• Living & Teaching in Vietnam: Q&A by Emily Rose Wanders

    In case you didn’t know, I have been living in Vietnam as an expat and as a teacher. I get a lot of questions regarding the process of finding a job, necessary qualifications, life in Hanoi, life in Vietnam, etc. Before I begin my Q&A, I need to have a quick rant! Ready? Okay. Life here is good. It truly is. I genuinely love living here. The best parts of my day are the moments when I interact with locals and enjoy the city in…

  • 10 Items Every Backpacker Needs

    If you’re getting ready to backpack anywhere in the world, you should know that your life is going to be so much easier AND cheaper if you’re traveling with a carry-on only.  First and foremost, I want to tell you about the backpack I personally have used throughout 23 different countries around the world. The Osprey Porter 46L Backpack has proven its worth and reliability over the years, and I wouldn’t dare to choose any other backpack. First of all, it opens like a suitcase which…

  • Do’s and Don’ts for Traveling Long Term

    Everyone is different when they travel, but regardless of how you are as a person, long-term traveling can be extremely taxing on your mind and body. Whether you’re going for 2 months or 2 years, traveling is exhausting. If you’re considering quitting your job or taking a break and hitting the road long term, here is my best advice:  DO pace yourself  This one might seem super obvious, but it’s so important. You have the time – don’t rush to see everything super quickly. You…

  • 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…

  • How I Graduated from University without Going into Debt

    I remember my mom telling me about the $6,000 set aside for my college fund. That amount of money does not go far for college in most places in the United States, though it definitely does depend on where you are. Regardless, I understood from a pretty young age that if I wanted to go to college like the rest of my friends, I would have to go into an insane amount of debt. However, I didn’t take out a single student loan for school.…

  • 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…