Change of Plans

When I initially set out to plan my Southeast Asia backpacking trip, I eyed two months of wandering six countries: Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Indonesia. I’ve been to three of the six, but I haven’t had the chance to fully explore them other than Siem Reap in Cambodia, Hanoi in Vietnam and Bangkok…

Money Matters

As I mentioned from my last post, I was hoping to share the other side of being a digital nomad and/or a perpetual traveler. I’ve noticed how most travel bloggers paint a pretty picture, without talking about the other things that happen when you choose this alternative lifestyle. For the first round? Money matters.

The Perfect Stranger

I have to admit, I didn’t notice you at first. I was just passing time at the hostel lobby, intent on staying aloof. I didn’t see the point of reaching out to anyone when I had six hours left in the country before I flew home. But there you were, sharing the couch with me…

Solo and Not Sorry: 5 Questions Solo Travelers Hear All The Time

For most people, solo travel is such a foreign concept that they can’t wrap their heads around it. You’ll see it in the way their faces drop to surprise, usually followed by some sort of praise that applauds your bravery or followed by a barrage of questions such as:

Pho Virgin No More

Do you remember that time when you’ve eaten something wonderful for the first time? The way your tongue curled around a foreign flavor, wondering how you lasted this long without tasting it. Wishing you can eat as much of it as you can, and then hoping you can replicate the dish at home. Or, it…

Leaving, Then Living

There was that one moment when I rode a train for twenty two hours, crossing the Thailand-Malaysia border. I’ve always wanted to do an overland crossing and I didn’t mind the long hours on a train. I had no internet connection and almost no conversation with anyone. I was alone, and yet… I didn’t feel…

Clarity in the Chaos

It’s amazing what a year can do to you. Around this time last year, I traveled to Hanoi for my first solo trip. I didn’t know it then but in hindsight I have that trip to thank for for this journey that I am in now.

On Choosing To Be Alone

I have always felt loneliest in the presence of other people – people I can’t connect with, people I feel unseen by, people who make me feel insincere or uncomfortable. For me, loneliness comes from a sense of missing something. I never miss anything when I’m alone. – Kate Christensen Exactly one month ago, I…