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After One Year of Solo Female Travel, I Can’t Stop

The pitter-patter of rain barely concealed the unattractive snorts coming from the boars that rolled around in the dirt. I couldn’t see them, their dirt-caked bodies blended into the ground like fireflies without their lights. I watched two of my friends giggle about a photo on their phone, while the other two strangers on the […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Backpacking in Malaysia, Borneo, & Brunei

Malaysia quickly became one of my favorite countries in Southeast Asia. Malaysia is lesser traveled when compared to other countries like Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Because of this, traveling here feels more rugged and off the beaten path, and it feels like you’re getting a more authentic experience. Malays are some of the nicest people I’ve […]

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How to Prepare for Your First Solo Backpacking Trip

Anxiety, apprehension, and excitement—trust me, I know how you’re feeling. Venturing off on a journey to another country is admirable and takes a lot of courage. You’re diving into the unknown, without a clue as to what’s going to happen. But that’s one of the best parts about traveling. You’re about to embark on a […]

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Trekking in Taman Negara, Malaysia

“Almost every snake in this jungle will kill you,” my guide Ajip said over our candlelit dinner. “Snakes and falling trees are the two things I worry about the most while I take groups trekking in this jungle.” The chirping song of cicadas mixed with the of distinctive chirping of crickets created an ambiance you would […]

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My Stay with 5footway.inn Project Boat Quay, Singapore

***If you book directly with 5footway.inn you receive a 10% discount when you book with my code GT10. Email the code to reservation@5footwayinn.com to receive the discount!*** From the nightly laser light shows, the urban retro design, and the spotless sidewalks, Singapore seems like a city from the future. I recently visited Singapore on my backpacking trip through Southeast Asia, and can say […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Backpacking in Singapore

Singapore is a country full of secrets. It’s futuristic and other worldly. Athletes run during the day and night. Free work out classes along Marina Bay motivate people to join in and exercise. Commuters on the subway abide by the “This Seat is Reserved” rule, always leaving it empty even when it’s packed. The sidewalks […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Backpacking in Vietnam

Vietnam is glorious. It’s hectic, stunning, and surreal. You can walk the streets of Saigon and relish in the sounds of motorbike horns and shouting salesmen, or you can find your oasis in the mountains of Sapa. You can float in the mud in Phong Nha, and you can custom make that banana suit you’ve […]

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Getting my iPhone & Hula Hoop Stolen on the Same Day

Getting my iPhone & Hula Hoop Stolen on the Same Day

I wrapped the blanket around my hula hoop like a tortilla around the fillings of a burrito: out of sight, out of mind. Hiding the hoop, hiding the calories. I hesitated at the door before I shrugged and walked down the hallway decorated with pink plush pillows and black walls. No one is going to […]

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My Trek & Homestay in Sapa

In the terrace rice fields And towering green mountains I found my oasis The clouds wrap around the mountains And cradle them Like a newborn baby in a blanket Permanent foot prints mark the path Where nature will never grow again Forever banned We will never feel its wrath Strong Hmong Women Carry their babies […]

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Ten Non-Touristy Things to do in Cambodia

The first thing that often comes to mind when someone says they’re visiting Cambodia is Angkor Wat and the Killing Fields. Although both of these activities are definitely ones you shouldn’t miss, there is way more to Cambodia than these two touristy destinations. Stunning beaches paint the coast of Cambodia and offer some of the […]

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