• Best Cafes in Hanoi’s Old Quarter

    I’ve spent a lot of time in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, Vietnam; during my weeks exploring this part of the city, I’ve spent a lot of time and money drinking an unnecessary and possibly even dangerous amount of coffee. Ok, maybe not dangerous – but you get the point. Here is my roundup of some of the best cafes in the Old Quarter of Hanoi, Vietnam. Loading T Loading T is my all-time favorite cafe in Hanoi. It’s located in an old, restored French…

  • Doing What I’m Supposed to Be Doing

    As most of you know, I’m back in the motorbike honking, coffee capital, and street food Mecca that is Vietnam. I’ve started out in Hoi An because I wanted some time by the beach and I needed to see my favorite tailor, Sewing Bee, for some tailor-made clothing for teaching. I’ll be heading to Hanoi within the next week or two and will be looking for a place to crash until my TEFL certification course starts, which includes accommodation for the 4 weeks. I don’t…

  • Bare Necessities & Kindness in Myanmar

    As I travel from country to country, catching hard glimpses into the lives of others, I’m set against myself as I think about how hard people work on a daily basis, as well as how much I have and how little everyone else needs in comparison. The lives here are very simple unless you’re staying in very westernized accommodation. But while the accommodation is nice, most people don’t live like this. The electricity in Myanmar goes out multiple times a day; someone in my hostel…

  • Waterside Resort in Chiang Mai, Thailand

    A resort? In… Chiang Mai? Yes, you read that correctly! An hour north of the city center of Chiang Mai sits a small, privately owned resort with a swimming pool and rooms that run for hundreds of dollars a night; it’s the perfect getaway for families, honeymooners, or even big groups looking for some peace and quiet with remarkable hospitality. The rooms range from 4,000 baht – 10,000 baht ($120-$300) though during off-season (which is right now during the dry season) you can pay half…

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    Ultimate Chiang Mai Food Guide for Foodies

    If you’re in Chiang Mai and looking for recommendations for anything involving food, you’ve come to the right place! This guide covers “foodie” things to do, along with street food, cafes & restaurants that are worth your time, daily and weekly markets, cocktail bars, and more! I don’t know whether it was obvious or not, but I really enjoy eating. I mean, I have an Instagram dedicated to the food that I eat because I don’t want to clog up my main account with endless…

  • Staying with Locals: Chiang Mai

    Are you in the city center of Chiang Mai and looking for an escape? Researching parts of Mae Taeng and looking for a place to spend a few nights? Do you want something real and authentic that doesn’t make you feel like a tourist? I recently had the opportunity to work with Duara Travels and visit a local Thai village outside of Chiang Mai for 3 nights. If you’re looking for a cushy, touristic experience that’s fluffed up and riddled with western comforts, you’re probably…