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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 Hardest & Most Rewarding Thing I’ve Ever Done: Trekking to Everest Base Camp & Three Passes in Nepal

The ground spun under my feet the same way it seems to turn after stepping off of a tire swing. My vision blurred as if I were looking through a dirty windshield, and I squinted my eyes and stared at the ground to regain my balance. The dizziness came out of no where like a […]

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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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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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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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Why I Love Traveling Slowly

“Hello, bong!” I say to Yinn, one of the Khmer workers at my friend’s bar. It comes out in a breathless whisper as I jog past him. His skin wrinkles like the folds of a crumbled newspaper as he smiles back, cheek to cheek. The loose strands of hair on my head dance in the […]

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Reflections After 6 Months of Solo Backpacking

Six months ago, I stepped onto an EVA Airlines flight by myself, with a 60 liter backpack and too many clothes. I sat in between two strangers in the middle seat of a 16 hour flight where I didn’t sleep. My flight landed with a thud in the 32 degree heat in the middle of […]

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Finding Paradise in Otres Beach

I awake in the early morning hours, with the sing song of the roosters, the rhythmic, creaking melody of a swimming hammock, and the soothing effect of a hot cup of Vietnamese coffee. The wind plays with the hammock, causing it to swing unevenly in the breeze. The sun casts a yellowish hue on all […]

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