Category Archives: Asia

On the “Misery Olympics”

Oh, Imodium (aka Loperamide), how much I owe thee….

This morning, I again participated in an event that is one of the highlights of my week: the #WeGoSolo Twitter chat, hosted by super-blogger Mariellen Ward of Breathedreamgo, one of the top India travel blogs.

(Side note: if you are a woman interested in solo travel, you should definitely join the conversation.  It is a great community, and you will learn quite a bit!)

This week, the topic was “travel challenges”, and the chat questions gave plenty of scope for all of us to tell funny stories, share inspiring lessons learned, and provide support and advice to one another.

The best part for me, though, was the discussion surrounding the final question: “What advice would you give a would-be solo traveller about the bad patches?” Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on July 2, 2014 in Asia, China, Europe, Miscellaneous, Spain


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Plans, Interrupted: Changes for Travelers to Cuba and India

You know what they say about the best-laid plans….

As you may have gleaned from some of my previous posts, travel planning is something that is pretty important to me.  Even when I go for a more free-form type of travel, I still at the very least try to figure out the general outlines of trip and plan for the most important eventualities.  That being said, there are times when, despite one’s best-laid plans, greater forces intervene in unexpected ways.  Two recent examples come to mind: one that affects U.S. citizens’ travel to Cuba and one that affects my upcoming trip to India.

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Posted by on September 6, 2012 in Asia, Cuba, India, North America


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See It, Or Skip It?: Laos

Wandering in Luang Prabang

The first post in my See It, Or Skip It? series focused on Vietnam.  More specifically, inspired by one of my Facebook friends, I used my pictures and experiences to explain why Vietnam should be on any traveler’s itinerary.  This week, it’s time to turn a critical eye on Laos.  As before, I’ll start with a brief list of places in Laos, and, for each place, I’ll give my unblemished (obviously biased) opinion as to whether someone should see it and skip it.  Read on, and tell me what you think!

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Posted by on August 29, 2012 in Asia, Laos, Photo Posts, See It, Or Skip It?


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See It, Or Skip It?: Vietnam

Streets of Hanoi

This post was inspired by one of my Facebook friends.  Elena is on a round-the-world trip and had been planning to spend time in Vietnam.  However, she had heard “horror stories” about the country, so she is thinking of heading elsewhere.  Like any normal person in 2012, she put the question to Facebook–should she still go to Vietnam, or should she skip it?

As you’ll see at the end of this post, I have a definite opinion as to whether Vietnam deserves a spot on Elena’s itinerary.  Before I get there, though, here is a brief list of places in Vietnam as well as my (obviously biased) opinion as to whether someone should see it and skip it.  Read on, and tell me what you think!

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Photo of the Week: Cat Ba Island, Vietnam

Rock climbing for the first time in Vietnam

My upcoming move to San Francisco has me thinking of a challenge that I faced a few years back.  During my time in Halong Bay, in Vietnam, I decided on a whim to attempt rock climbing for the very first time.  I met up with a crew of more experienced climbers on Cat Ba island, and, after receiving some basic instruction and getting properly equipped, I began climbing.

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Posted by on May 10, 2012 in Asia, Photo of the Week, Vietnam


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Feeling Lucky and Making Changes

An elephant ride in Thailand–one of the great experiences that I have had since I am lucky enough to travel

A certain blog post has been making the rounds around the travel blogger community lately.  If you haven’t already read it, I encourage you to do so.  The short version is that travelers in the West push this idea that “everyone can travel”; however, this premise just is not true.

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Posted by on May 8, 2012 in Asia, New York, North America, Thailand, USA


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Photo of the Week: The Great Wall of China

Trekking the Great Wall near Mutianyu

I just finished Rolf Potts’ classic long-term travel book “Vagabonding”–I know, I know: as a longtime travel fiend, I am way behind the ball on reading this, but better late than never!  In any event, I thoroughly enjoyed the book, especially because it made me reminisce about some of my past travels.  In particular, I thought about my time in Beijing when I was reading Rolf’s thoughts on the silly, long-running “traveler” vs. “tourist” debate (i.e., that tourists just check the box as they wander amongst the typical sights while travelers are more “authentic” and make an effort to get off the beaten track and meet people).

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Posted by on April 26, 2012 in Asia, China, Photo of the Week


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