• 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…

  • 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.…

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    Tips for Picking a GREAT AirBnb

    Click HERE to save money on your first AirBnb! You can save up to $40 with my referral link 🙂 I don’t usually stick with one type of accommodation; it varies between hostels, hotels, and AirBnbs. Lately, though, I’ve been using AirBnb more frequently because of a few reasons: cost, space, and vibe. I love AirBnB because I can get an entire apartment or studio to myself at a WAY lower cost than a hotel. After my sister had a generally horrible first AirBnb experience…

  • Traveling Solo? Tips for an Introverted Traveler

    If you ask anyone who knows me from home, they would tell you I’m introverted and relatively antisocial. If you asked anyone I met while traveling, they might be more inclined to say the opposite. That really depends on who you’re asking and when they met me, but when I travel, I am so open to connecting with others and experiencing new cultures. I’m not shy by any means, but I definitely need time alone to “recharge” my social energy. I don’t feed off of…