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…

Six Quirky Things You’ll Find in Vietnam

Vietnam is a country of randomness. From the lady who lives outside the front door of your apartment chopping up snake penis on her make-do food stand at 5 in the morning waking you up every day, to the guy who bumps into you with a hundred chickens tied to his motorbike, to the lady…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

All the Way Around the World

Bali, Indonesia I began my 8 month backpacking adventure at the enchanted island of Bali. After making my way past customs I marvelled all the beautifully intricate statues of Hindu gods and goddesses that towered all the way to the ceiling of the airport. Colossal Hannuman and Shiva statues stood high above me as I…