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February, 2019

  • 20 February

    Visiting the Water Puppet Show and Other Unique Attractions in Hanoi

    Water Puppet Show #1

    During my week in Vietnam this year, I only made it to a couple of the main attractions in Hanoi. While the Street Food Tour and Halong Bay were the highlights of my visit, the other attractions I saw were really interesting. As one of the last five communist countries in the world, Vietnam has a really interesting culture, and …

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  • 17 February

    Observing Chinese New Year in Kuala Lumpur

    Chinese New Year in Kuala Lumpur

    I wanted to write about what it was like to celebrate Chinese New Year in Kuala Lumpur, but there aren’t actually that many activities which could be termed celebrations. So this is simply the story of observing Chinese New Year, including both definitions of “observe” – upholding a tradition and watching from a distance. After my visit, I talked with …

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  • 5 February

    Finding My Favorite Meals and Restaurants in Hanoi, Vietnam

    Selfie Eating Pho on Street Food Tour in Hanoi

    One of my main reasons for traveling the world is trying different dishes, and discovering beautiful cafes and restaurants. Although I’m usually a big fan of the food in SE Asia, there have a been a few places where I struggled to find a dish that I liked, or quality food that I didn’t think would give me a bad …

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January, 2019

  • 27 January

    Celebrating New Year’s in Vietnam Wasn’t What I Expected

    Seflie on Plane to Vietnam

    Last year, I decided to visit Vietnam for the end of the year, partially because my 30-day visa into Thailand was expiring and because I was hoping to see some good fireworks. Without a lot of research, I flew into the Vietnamese capital on the 31st from Bangkok. While there were quite a few celebrations, they were sadly underwhelming. Here’s …

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  • 15 January

    Finding the Best Hostels in Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Selfie at Tangmo House, One of the Best Hostels in Chiang Mai

    Chiang Mai is my winter home base. I usually rent a condo here, but I’ve also stayed in over a dozen hostels all around town. Here’s my list of the best hostels in Chiang Mai. Criteria for the Best Hostels in Chiang Mai Location The location of the hostel is a primary factor, even though Chiang Mai is quite small. …

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  • 12 January

    Exploring Halong Bay: One of the New Seven Wonders of Nature

    Selfie on Dau Go Island

    If you’re visiting Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam, you have to see Halong Bay. That’s just a given. It’s one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature and a UNESCO World Heritage Site after all. Before I flew into Vietnam, I had done a little research on what to see, but the top attractions didn’t stick in my memory. It …

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  • 9 January

    Pho and Egg Coffee on the Old Quarter Street Food Tour in Hanoi with Lan

    Street Food Tour in Hanoi

    Do you like Vietnamese food? Have you got a favorite dish? I was never a big fan, even after I arrived in Vietnam. Then I did the old quarter street food tour in Hanoi and now I’m hooked. I booked the Hanoi Old Quarter Street Food Walking Tour with Trazy. The tour guide Lan met my travel companion and me …

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December, 2018

  • 19 December

    Seeing Dundee’s Facelift at the V&A Dundee and Sleeperz Hotel

    I never actually wrote about my two weeks in 2016 when I was in Dundee and had my first housesit. At the time, my body was a bit worse for wear and I didn’t really have a chance to explore the city. I’m glad to have made it back this year for a couple days to see all the changes. …

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  • 16 December

    A Comprehensive Guide to Visit the Isle of Skye in Two Days

    Selfie at the Fairy Glen

    Simply put, the Isle of Skye is my favorite place on Earth. With scenery that’s literally out of this world, I believe everyone must visit the Isle of Skye at least once. Most locals on the Isle of Skye will tell you it’s impossible to appreciate the island in just a day or two. Then again, many of those same …

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  • 13 December

    Thailand Transportation: Riding the Bus from Krabi to Bangkok

    Krabi Beach with Boats

    Would you take the 13-hour bus ride from Krabi to Bangkok? I did, and it wasn’t that bad. Here’s my experience, and some things I learned along the way. Traveling Around Thailand It’s hard to conceive how large Thailand is, even for an American. It’s over 1500 miles to drive from the top to bottom, which is more than the …

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  • 10 December

    The Ultimate Backpacker’s Guide to St Andrews, Scotland

    St Andrews Cathedral

    St Andrews is a beautiful coastal village about an hour and a half north of Edinburgh. If you’ve had your fill of the big city and want to see what a smaller Scottish village looks like, or perhaps you just really like golf, St Andrews is the place for you. As part of the Kingdom of Fife, (which you can …

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  • 7 December

    A Backpacker’s Guide: How Not to Go Broke Traveling to Marrakech, Morocco

    Selfie Traveling to Marrakech

    Morocco is one of those countries that’s inherently cheap, but it’s also easy to go broke there. During the 12 days of my first visit to Morocco, I resisted countless scams, fell victim to a couple of them, and generally learned how to get by on a minimal budget. Here are my tips for traveling to Marrakech as a backpacker. Please note …

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November, 2018

  • 29 November

    Tom’s Kitchen: Experience Fine Dining in Chelsea, London

    Tom's Kitchen Fish and Chips

    There are tens of thousands of restaurants in London to choose from. That’s overwhelming. Some are certainly better than others. Here’s another recommendation from me in case you happen to be in the posh Chelsea part of town. This week, I had a few hours in London between a flight from Morocco and a bus to Scotland. Looking for somewhere …

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  • 26 November

    A Fantastic African Desert Safari at the Merzouga Luxury Desert Camp

    4x4 Ride on the African Desert Safari #1

    Of all the excursions available from Marrakech in Morocco, I’d recommend the African desert safari above all others. You probably think of lions and giraffes when I mention an African desert safari. Those are popular…in the southern part of Africa. The Sahara is in the north. What can you do in a giant desert? For starters, have the best day …

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  • 19 November

    Marrakech Excursions: A Day Trip to the Coastal Town of Essaouira, Morocco

    Essaouira Boats

    When I booked a tour to Essaouira in Morocco, I’m ashamed to say that I actually knew nothing about it or if there was anything special. Well, let me tell you there certainly is lots to see there. Morocco is my 47th country, but actually my first country in Africa! After a long adventure flying into Rabat and getting a …

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