Logistics

The ultimate USA road trip: the good, the bad and the numbers

To be honest: I was nervous about taking this road trip. Sure, I was stoked to see more of the USA, and after driving across the whole of Australia, I knew via land would be the best way to do it. But I don’t like driving or being stuck in a car, my funds were […]

August 6, 2012 Continue reading…

The coolest places to stay in Croatia

In Croatia, I spent most of my nights on a boat. The few that I spent on land, however, impressed me. I spent time in Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik: the main tourist destinations in Croatia. The hostels and guesthouse I stayed in were clean, modern, reasonably priced and offered free, fast Wifi: highly recommend all […]

July 6, 2012 Continue reading…

Sailing Croatia with Busabout

Kelsey and I first discussed a trip to Croatia right after finishing college: I’m not sure why we were so obsessed with it, but it definitely stuck. We finally decided to make it happen in 2012, committing on a Christmas catch-up phone call. However, this was Kelsey’s first trip to Europe, and we were both […]

June 27, 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…

Rock Long, Rock Hard: cruising Halong Bay

Eating a steaming plate of noodles while perched on a plastic chair built for a 5-year-old, I faced a dilemma. I had four days in Hanoi, a city that was a grey and chilly as Saigon was colorful and warm—in weather, in buildings, in people. Hanoi’s proximity to the UNESCO-recognized Halong Bay makes it the […]

May 23, 2012 Continue reading…

Highlights of Hue

I’ve learned that when a city is proclaimed as a country’s cultural capital, it usually means it’s cold. True to form, Hue (pronounced h-way) features gray-hued skies, a chilly wind drafting over the river and squat buildings crowding the winding streets. The Imperial City of Hue is a walled complex of temples, pagodas and extraordinary art: […]

May 21, 2012 Continue reading…

The ups and downs of Phong Nha Farmstay

Every once in a while, I surprise myself and willingly break away from beaches for a chilly, cloudy destination. Exploring Ke Bang National Park was one such adventure: renowned for having some of the oldest, largest caves in the world, the region has yet to be discovered by mainstream tourism. I figured a couple of […]

May 11, 2012 Continue reading…