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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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Thinking of Moving to Vietnam? What Soon to Be Expats Should Know

Thinking of Moving to Vietnam? What Soon to Be Expats Should Know

 Vietnam is one of the top destinations for expats in the world. There’s so many reasons to move to Vietnam, including the extremely low cost of living, beautiful weather all year round, high salaries for ESL teachers, a booming infrastructure, and its proximity to some of the top tourist destinations in the world. Vietnam is a culturally rich country that hasn’t yet lost all its culture to commercialism. It’s untouched beauty continues to inspire travelers to come back. So, you went…

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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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Teaching English in Vietnam: Everything You Need to Know

Teaching English in Vietnam: Everything You Need to Know

So you’ve thought about coming to Asia to teach English, but you don’t know where to start. Maybe you have some friends who’ve taught in Korea or Japan and said they loved it and would go back in a heartbeat.  Vietnam is one of the lesser known teaching destinations with a plethor of available teaching opportunities. Where to begin? Vietnam is a cultural explosion of random yet organized chaos, and teaching here is no different.       At first…

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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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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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Off the Beaten Path of the Annapurna Circuit Trek

Off the Beaten Path of the Annapurna Circuit Trek

The Annapurna Circuit trek is a breathtaking trek you shouldn’t miss if you come to Nepal! It’s considered to be one of the most extraordinary treks on earth because of its diverse landscapes. You’ll get to see lush valleys, windy canyons, hidden waterfalls, and of course the majestic Himalayas. You also have the challenge of crossing Thorong La Pass, the world’s highest navigable pass at 5,416 meters! After you make it across the pass you’ll see some of the world’s highest mountains, including Annapurna III and Gangapurna. After spending…

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Tips for Backpacking Mysterious Myanmar

Tips for Backpacking Mysterious Myanmar

Myanmar (AKA Burma) is a country that was completely cut off from tourism until just a few years ago when it finally opened its borders to foreigners after decades of military-imposed isolation. Myanmar has as many charming beaches and ancient temples as Thailand and is a rich and extremely diverse culture, yet Myanmar still doesn’t get nearly the amount of tourists as the rest of SE Asia. The ancient city of Bagan has more than 2,000 temples, some of them over…

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The Killing Fields

The Killing Fields

Phnom Penh, Cambodia   I got to Phnom Penh by bus from Siem Riep in the late afternoon, so I didn’t end up getting to see much of anything. It was a really rough 8 hour journey with constant random stops where they let people come on the bus to sell us things like fruit or drinks. At one of the food stops they were selling fried cockroaches, which I thought was really disgusting! They were also selling fried maggots and beetles….

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