June 2012

The best of Vietnam, via Instagram

It’s no secret that I fell in love with Vietnam: the food, the friendly people, the ever-changing landscape (and ever-reducing sunshine) as I crept from south to north on the back of a motorcycle, on a bus, on an overnight train. It’s a country full of lasting images, many that can’t be captured on camera: […]

June 18, 2012 Continue reading…

The seeing comes before the writing

I always seem to be going on “my last big trip.” Nice was supposed to be six months of French and fun. Australia was a chance for international work experience. And then, well, Southeast Asia was so close and cheap that I couldn’t pass it up. My parents have deemed this my “gap summer,’ a […]

June 15, 2012 Continue reading…

Postcard from the Promenade Plantée

The first color that comes to mind when I think of Paris: neutral. Is that even a color? I think of gray skies, beige buildings, cream shutters, brown cobblestones. The nuances of gray skies in Paris can be astounding, from dark and foreboding to pale and misty. And then I wandered up on abandoned Vincennes […]

June 14, 2012 Continue reading…

Renting an apartment in Paris: a Roomorama review

Growing up in a family that favored apartment rentals and timeshares, I’ve long realized the benefits of non-hotel accommodation while traveling. Having a kitchen, a washing machine, an area to lounge and relax saves money, time, sanity. However, it’s not always cost-efficient as a solo traveler. I often stay in hostel dorms to avoid the […]

June 11, 2012 Continue reading…

24 things making me happy

My 23rd year didn’t get off to the best start. I had planned big things: a long weekend in Cairns would kick off with a skydiving over the Great Barrier Reef on my birthday. Then my flight was canceled and unable to be rescheduled, leaving me with the very boring birthday plan of working, gym-ing, […]

June 8, 2012 Continue reading…

Postcard from Dalat Gardens

Dalat is known as the honeymoon capital of Vietnam, with couples enjoying the year-round temperate climate. The mild temperatures and clear blue skies also mean that flowers bloom year-round, making the sprawling grounds of Dalat Gardens a popular destination for honeymooners. But this is no tastefully understated Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens: this is Vietnam, proud […]

June 7, 2012 Continue reading…

Travel: the only purchase that makes you richer

My standard answer when people ask how I afford a life of travel: priorities. I choose to spend my money on plane tickets, splurge on paragliding/skydiving/scuba diving, scrimp by crashing in hostels. I’ve become a master at browsing instead of buying, at carefully choosing statement pieces instead of throwing every color in the bag, at […]

June 4, 2012 Continue reading…