Young, wild, and free! I was born and raised in sunny San Diego, California. I inherited the love of travel and adventure from my parents whom love to travel themselves. My mom took me and my siblings camping across America when we were young. Now I have lived in and traveled to a few interesting places... currently trying my luck in Southeast Asia!
I am always on the look out for the next adventure, the next stranger to befriend, and the next opportunity to see something new.

Asia » Vietnam » Northeast » Ha Giang July 29th 2014

As you may or may not know, Ha Giang city is the capital of Ha Giang province which is the northern most province of Vietnam and it borders with China. Having lived in Hanoi for almost 2 years now, I have heard whispers and great stories of this province. I finally got my chance to come explore this area by accepting a short teaching contract for some summer classes! What I didn’t know is what this city had to offer. Most only do a brief stop off before and after the “Ha Giang motorbike loop” which goes from HG city, to Quang Ba, Dong Van, Meo Vac and back to HG city. This loop is for the adventurous and those looking for something more authentic than the over developed Sa Pa. The scenery here is arguably ... read more
Thon Tha
The way to Thon Tha
The way to the "other villages"

Asia » Vietnam » Northeast » Cao Bang June 10th 2014

You want to spend 5 days traveling, taking tours, seeing wonderful caves and waterfalls, and drinking your nights away… all for $80?! It’s not impossible. Follow me and I’ll show you the way. The setting in Lunar New Year, or Tet as the Vietnamese call it. It’s the biggest celebration of the year and most have 2 weeks off to travel to the homeland to visit family and make offerings to God’s and ancestors. Most everything is shut down, especially in the big cities. As an English teacher in Hanoi, I have at my disposal the plush scenery of northern Vietnam. Pick your posion: Cuc Phuong/Ninh Binh, Cat Ba island, Ha Long Bay, Sapa, Mai Chao, Ha Giang, Ba Vi, and Tam Dao to name a few. What we chose to do was head straight up ... read more
off the beaten path
Trung Khanh

Asia » Malaysia » Langkawi August 6th 2013

Close your eyes. Now imagine a long stretch of dazzling white sand and the sun setting over the Adaman Sea. That's where I am writing you from. It's an island named Langkawi in the Northwest of Malaysia. Currently on an Asian summer odyssey, flying solo with a love of all things natural; undeterred by bad weather and evil monkeys. I like to write my stories due to my ever disappearing memory and to prove to my future self that I did live a life of adventure. This morning, I awoke to the rain that I had fallen asleep to. Darn it! It's the first day of rain that I have encountered so I guess I'm lucky. Around midday I grew restless and decided a little bit of precipitation can't stop me! I've driven through a typhoon, ... read more
Mt. Gunung Raya
keepin it local

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi » Thuy An July 3rd 2013

After completing a year of teaching in northern Vietnam, I have had one of the most interesting years of my life. Not only did I unexpectedly fall in love with Ha Noi, I have met amazing people, lived like a king, and picked up British vernacular. Ha Noi is the charismatic capital of Vietnam, where you can explore and achieve your dreams but can also have a lethargic effect. If there is a lack of self motivation, you can find yourself stuck in a rut. On the contrary, if you have aspirations, Ha Noi is a great avenue to explore them. People are doing great things. I even got work as a photographer and sold photos at an auction! I would love to share my Ha Noi with you all. If anyone is interested in going, ... read more
Long Bien Bridge
the city line
local housing

Asia » Laos » West » Luang Prabang June 7th 2013

The day I get back from holiday with my company in Vinh, Vietnam, I decide to join Liam on his visa run and week holiday to Laos. There’s not much work anyways and it was probably one of the most financially stupid yet totally worth it trip of a life time. 27 hrs from Hanoi to Luang Prabang, Laos by bus. Liam and I found a quiet town on the banks of a river and just the peace and quiet we (mostly him) needed. The natural beauty of Laos is stunning and the people are very kind. We decided to rent a motor bike (which is relatively expensive in LP and cheaper in other cities) for the day and drove out to a wonderful waterfall and rope swing! It’s about 27 km from town but so ... read more
Sunset in Vang Vieng
officer Tufnell
no man's land

Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi March 31st 2013

Having worked a total of about 4 weeks since mid December and traveling the rest of the time, March is by far the poorest, hardest month yet. It’s back to working full time (as in a full 18 hr week) which sucks getting back in the routine on top of having NO money. You know your poor when you can't afford 25 cent beer… or maybe can just go out once during the weekend. Anyways we were all strapped for cash, one of my house mates was having problems coming up with rent which caused intense tension at home and on top of all of this it was still freezing cold and our house was FULL to the brim with couch surfers. At one time we had 5 surfers. And they were all soooo amazing and ... read more
we're special
say what?

Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City » District 1 February 17th 2013

Feb 17 2013 Don’t want to go back to work and coldness! Today is the last day of my holiday and I couldn’t have had more fun… Well that’s not true because if I had the money I would have been able to indulge myself more. BUT with what I had, things turned out well. And for all this “hard work” I’m indulging myself today. Saigon takes credit card! = I had an amzing breakfast with Inida before she left for her morning flight back to Hanoi and now I’m sitting in a river side grass area soaking up the Saigon sun, reading and writing and reflecting. You for traveling alone for 2 weeks, I had very little time alone. I’ve met some really awesome people. There is this super tall skyscraper in Saigon that caught ... read more
district 1
district 1
the river

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville February 12th 2013

Feb 12 2013 Utopia! How fitting. Yesterday me, Corndog, Adres and Carl came to serendipity beach in Sihanoukville. We checked out in Otres beach and found our way to Utopia. Literally, the hostel is called Utopia. Im in desperate need of work and serendipity is the place to be! Everywhere has signs advertising for western staff. It was impossible to work anywhere in Otres Beach because it was soooo dead. Nice for vacation, but not for poor/broke me. I fucking paid $3.50 for friend rice!! 3 fucking 50. Oi gioi oi!.. Now I find myself in a little backpackers paradise and a bit more civilized than these hippie ass places I’ve been. I went out looking for work and came back with a few prospects, but luckily I actually ended up getting a job behind the ... read more

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville February 9th 2013

Feb 9 2013 Today can only get better from this bus journey… and it did, like times a million! Have to say this was like the best day ever. We shared a tuk tuk to Otres beach with Phillip, the Australian guy who witnessed to bus horror. We were looking for cheap rooms and found this great place ON THE BEACH. $8 for a room with 2 double beds. Easy to fit 4 people. So the 3 of us will share, sweet! I’m so nervous though because I only have $45 left for the rest of the trip. Little to my knowledge, Phillip paid for the room! So considerate of him. It also helped him ease his conscience about not giving me his seat on the bus. Side note: we’ve had really ... read more
Otres Beach
chillin out

Asia » Cambodia » South » Sihanoukville February 8th 2013

Feb 8 2013 It’s about to be the longest day ever! We’ve been going to Angkor Wat the last 2 days so by day 3 it gets tiring. We arrive at 6:15 for a very anticlimactic sun rise. No pink sky, just a gradual lightening of the sky. BUT to be fair, it was still an amazing experience to see the main temple of Angkor Wat in the light of dawn. It’s truly an remarkable sight to see. After that we went to the next temple, Bayon. WOW! This is me and Radhika’s favorite one. It was such an impressive temple with endless spires filled with faces. Seriously straight out of Indiana Jones or Tomb Raider. And it was so nice to be able to cycle around all this beauty and history. By the time we ... read more
Angkor Wat
The main temple
black and white

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