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Six Quirky Things You’ll Find in Vietnam

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 squatting in front of the Bia Hoi scowling at you while simultaneously picking her nose, no matter what your experience coming here is, whether good…

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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 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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All the Way Around the World

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 made my way out of the airport. A strong sense of spirituality saturated the entire place, and I hadn’t even made it out of the airport yet. When…

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How I Became A Traveler

How I Became A Traveler

Hi! 🙂 I’m Blossom, a half Brit/half American who left the U.S. to explore the world solo. The superficial way of life in Miami  just wasn’t for me, and I decided I had to move on to other pastures. I decided to get rid of these useless ‘things’ we think we need every day, and packed almost everything I owned into one suitcase. It was truly a weight off my shoulders, and I felt much better after getting rid of…

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