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Top Destinations on a Budget

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Two backpackers staring at the departures screen in Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok, Thailand.

There is hardly a person out there who does not dream about traveling the world. Unfortunately, a lot of people get dissuaded by the misconception that traveling to distant places must cost an arm and a leg, even though that’s demonstrably untrue. You can find seasonal discounts in some countries, and some of the most… Read More >>

What’s Expat Life in Chiang Mai Like?

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Bustling expat life in Chiang Mai's walking street. It is packed with tourists and expats alike shopping for goods.

“You’re still in Thailand?” is a question I get asked all the time when I go back home to visit friends and family. Most don’t realize how long I’ve been an expat abroad–and the next questions invariably center around expat life in Chiang Mai and what living in the North of Thailand is like. Pointblank: I… Read More >>

Top Things To Do in New York On A Budget

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The busy streets around Times Square in the early evening. The streets are full of pedestrians and the iconic New York yellow cabs.

There’s no denying that New York is a great place to splash the cash. With more billionaires than any other city, and high end shops adorning many of its grand boulevards, it may seem difficult to enjoy a budget break in the Big Apple. Thankfully, this couldn’t be further from the truth. New York is… Read More >>

Delicious Madrid: Best Places to Eat

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The crowded San Miguel Market in Madrid, Spain. Plenty of people are shopping and eating.

The city of Madrid–Spain’s culturally rich central capital–offers a dizzying range of culinary delights. From delicious street food to traditional fine dining, there is something to suit every taste and budget. Though it would be impossible to fully cover Madrid’s range of eateries, I wanted to share a guide to the dining highlights of this Spanish… Read More >>

Awesome Workshops to Try in Vietnam

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Students in a cooking class and workshop during a vacation in Vietnam. They are all wearing red aprons and holding their finished dishes up.

To be honest – few of us would consider putting a class or workshop on our to-do list during a holiday. But… travel is an exercise in life-learning and learning a few new things on the road is never superfluous. Classes and workshops provide us with unique opportunities to learn from the real experts: the… Read More >>

A Little Update On Life in Chiang Mai

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I used to have so much time to blog back during my first year in Chiang Mai, but lately time seems to have become so scarce. The last couple of months, especially, have been hectic. There doesn’t seem to be enough hours in my days. What’s been keeping me so busy? Well, I’ve been working on my… Read More >>

7 Things I Love About Chiang Mai

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Thaphae Gate walking street at dusk, one of the things I love about Chiang Mai.

It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly two years since I’ve moved to Chiang Mai. Most people told me the magic of that first moment when I stepped off the plane would eventually fade, but it never has. There are so many things I love about Chiang Mai, I could write an endless list, but… Read More >>

My Visit to Kenya, Africa: Jambo & Goodbye

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Slums of Kibera during my visit to Kenya, Africa.

I remember the safari during my visit to Kenya, Africa. I remember the raw land;  a wild countryside where long, oval masks painted in tribal colors hung on the village and lodge walls; where wooden elephant heads stared at me from the nooks of shops and restaurants; where the sense of unbridled wilderness pervaded the… Read More >>

Planning For Life in Thailand: Tips & Advice

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Birds-eye view of Thai women walking down a street in Bangkok.

The prospect of life in Thailand may seem quite mysterious at first. You’ll surely have tons of questions about long-term living there. Things such as how to make money, where to live, and what kind of social scene there is are all valid questions would-be expats ask themselves when planning for life in Thailand. I’ll try to answer the most… Read More >>