All my Southeast Asia travel tips, now all in one easy post. The following contain where I went, how I got there, and where I stayed, plus some other helpful, relevant information. Enjoy!Read More
While Southeast Asia can be a laidback adventurer's paradise, it's also home to some pretty chaotic cities (Bangkok, Saigon, Kuala Lumpur). Escape the crazy and be sure to add these six charming towns to your next SE Asia itinerary for a little calm and a whole lotta charm.Read More
In Thailand, you hear this funny expression from the locals when they're trying to sell you something that's similar to something else: "same same but different". It's such a widely-used expression that it's now on flourescent over-sized tanks sold at tourist shops and cheekily used to name restaurants and cafés. And it sort of sums up how I feel about myself post-trip right now. I'm same same. But different.
To be honest, this trip had way less of an impact on my life than my two week overlanding trip a year ago in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. That trip was life-changing. Because that was mind-blowing. I flew to Bishkek and met a group of strangers and spent two weeks in a truck camping in the middle of Nowherestan, sometimes in a yurt. It was eye-opening, mostly because I had been in the day-to-day working world rut for so long I'd forgotten how immense and cool our planet was, and how seeing it is way less difficult than we think. It made me immediately crave more adventure and travel, and as soon as I returned to San Francisco, I started cooking up plans of how I might be able to quit my job and travel for a prolonged period of time.Read More