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The Ultimate Guide to Backpacking in Taiwan

Taiwan is a remarkable island that boasts a unique culture, incredible food, and locals that will go out of their way to make sure you’re having a comfortable time in their country. While Taiwan is not as cheap as Southeast Asia, the modern transportation system around the island, high end hotels, and overall safety makes […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Backpacking in Myanmar (Burma)

Welcome to the land of loving and hospitable locals, untouched coastlines, and undiscovered temples. Burma, also known as Myanmar, is truly untouched. I can’t stress enough how important it is to visit this beautiful country before their tourism starts to boom. I explored ancient, abandoned temples without another tourist in sight. I walked along white […]

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I’ve Fallen in Love with Myanmar

I’ve fallen in love with Myanmar, With the children and women who paint their faces with Thanaka, With the innocent giggles from children who rarely see foreigners, And with the piercing blue waves that crash into charcoal black rock on a deserted coast. I’ve fallen in love with the golden sand, With the skinny coconut […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Backpacking in Sri Lanka

The aroma of samosas and roti wafts towards you as you listen to the repetitive banging of knives from locals chopping up kottu, the national Singhalese dish. Colorful, vibrant tuk-tuks with floral decorations zoom past you on the street, as locals pile onto large blue buses that drive at racing speeds. Welcome to Sri Lanka, […]

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Surf & Yoga in Mirissa: a Backpacker’s Getaway

Sand between my toes, The ocean’s salt in my hair. Deep breaths, namaste, Stretch and focus, become aware. Sri Lanka misses the backpacker’s radar. There’s no standard route here, which makes traveling from city to city a bit more difficult than it would be in Vietnam or Thailand. This is one of the reasons travelers tend to […]

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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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