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Why Backpacking Sometimes Sucks

Why Backpacking Sometimes Sucks

You’ve been there before – For those of you who’ve been daring and adventurous enough to strap on a backpack and set off into the great unknown, you know what it’s like to rough it in almost any circumstances. But there are those times when you pause and think to yourself why you’re even doing this in the first place. I lived out of a backpack for more than 8 months when I was traveling around India, Nepal, and SE Asia,…

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Why Living in the Developing World Makes You More Mindful

Why Living in the Developing World Makes You More Mindful

Having been born and brought up in a rich, developed country full of opportunity and structure, I never would have been able to imagine a life any different. That was, of course, until I stepped outside my comfort zone and backpacked in India, Nepal, and SE Asia for 8 months, and then moved to Vietnam to work as a teacher. By that time, I’d traveled around developing countries extensively, and spent at least one month in each country to gain…

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7 Best Places to Visit in Bali

7 Best Places to Visit in Bali

Bali is an enchanting paradise,  scattered with ancient temples, astounding nature, and friendly locals. It’s rich in natural beauty, from it’s cascading waterfalls to it’s lush jungles, pristine beaches, active volcanoes, and hidden caves, the nature here is incredibly diverse. Bali is a cultural mecca, with ancient traditions that visitors can easily immerse themselves in. Although Bali is pretty touristy compared to other islands in Indonesia, it remains a gem for its timeless beauty and countless opportunities for adventure. Bali…

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Seven Things I Like About Living in Vietnam

Seven Things I Like About Living in Vietnam

Living in Vietnam has changed my life forever, for better or for worse. It’s made me laugh, cry, and nearly pull my hair out all in the same day. But ultimately, it’s helped me appreciate a completely new and different culture on the totally opposite side of the world. Now that I’ve actually had the experience of teaching in Vietnam’s schools and have integrated more in the culture, I’ve realized all the little things I missed the last time I…

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Four Things I Dislike About Living in Vietnam

Four Things I Dislike About Living in Vietnam

Living in Vietnam has changed my entire perspective on life. It’s made me laugh, cry, and nearly pull my hair out at times. But ultimately, it’s helped me appreciate all the wonderful things I have, and what a privilege it was to be able to grow up and be educated in a developed, Western nation. Living somewhere versus visiting is ALWAYS different, no matter which place in the world you decide to go. Living here has made me see some…

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9 Tips On How to Save Money When You Travel

9 Tips On How to Save Money When You Travel

It’s easy to just show up somewhere when you’re backpacking and have no idea much money you’ll be spending, especially when you travel to less expensive destinations, like Thailand. It’s so important to be able to stay within your budget while still being able to have a great time!     Travel During the Low Season   When you travel during the low season, you’ll not only have to deal with less tourists, but accommodation will be much more available and…

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A Backpacker’s Guide to Paris

A Backpacker’s Guide to Paris

Ahhh Paris, j’adore…my dream city ever since I can remember. I had some mixed feelings about coming to Paris, since it was somewhere I’d always dreamed of going, and I wondered if it would feel much different traveling here than if I hadn’t already backpacked around remote parts of the exciting developing worlds of India, Nepal, and SE Asia. I wasn’t going to let any past travel experiences get in the way of me having a new and wonderful experience, so I…

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Tips For Trekking Solo in Nepal During the Monsoon Season

Tips For Trekking Solo in Nepal During the Monsoon Season

The ABC (Annapurna Base Camp) trek is one of the most strikingly beautiful treks on earth. The most popular times of year for this trek is the September to November months. Trekking ABC during the monsoon season is a challenge for anyone, no matter how fit they are. The relentless afternoon rains make the stone paths slippery and dangerous, and can really slow you down. On the trek you’ll get to see so many diverse landscapes, ranging from lush jungles to…

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How to Spend A Week Day in London

How to Spend A Week Day in London

If you’re like me and new to England, and one of the many who live outside London, it can sometimes be a hastle getting back before it’s too late and the trains are no longer running and you end up stuck. I recommend taking the bus, preferably National Express since you can get a discount card if you’re 26 or younger, and it will cost you way less than taking the train. You’ll also be able to see a lot…

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Solo Female Travel in India: My Best Tips

Solo Female Travel in India: My Best Tips

Of all the countries I’ve explored during my travels in Asia, I’ve always found India to be the most frustrating, yet exciting places I’ve ever been. India was the first ever country I’d been to in Asia, and going to India is much more of a culture shock for Westerners than, say, Japan. I’ll never forget the day I stepped out of the airport in Delhi, the strong wave of pollution and human chaos hit me hard. I remember finding it difficult…

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