28 October 2018 – The horror bus ride from Northern Laos to Vietnam (Luang Prabang to Hanoi)

28 October 2018 – The horror bus ride from Northern Laos to Vietnam (Luang Prabang to Hanoi)

We all hear of horror transport stories – whether it’s a train, boat, plane or bus ride. I’ve certainly heard a few in my life but I never would have thought I’d live through one of them from catching a bus to Vietnam. Before hopping on this bus, the longest ride I’ve had was a [...]

12 March 2019 – Coming to Colombia on a whim and experiencing culture shock all over again

12 March 2019 – Coming to Colombia on a whim and experiencing culture shock all over again

Ok I’m kind of lying when I say I came here on a whim. I knew I was coming here but didn’t plan to come here so quickly. I initially planned to come to Colombia by catching a 4-5 day slow boat from Brazil… It was a ridiculously tough decision for me because I was [...]

Diary Entry: Day 5 of my family holiday in Malaysia last year

Diary Entry: Day 5 of my family holiday in Malaysia last year

I just recently stumbled upon something I wrote almost a year ago before I went on my first solo trip. It's always so interesting reading something I wrote in the past because it's almost like I'm digging up old feelings or even watching a scene from a movie in my life. Sometimes it's embarrassing because [...]

13 January 2019 – the power of having time to think         

13 January 2019 – the power of having time to think         

I remember before leaving to go on my trip to India and speaking to a stranger – he expressed how much he loved being on transport while traveling. “You get to just sit and think like a child ~ with no phone, laptop, or other thing to distract you. It’s something you only do when [...]

10 January 2019 – Working abroad with a language barrier ~ part of the fun or part of my frustration?

10 January 2019 – Working abroad with a language barrier ~ part of the fun or part of my frustration?

For the past week, I’ve been volunteering in Rio Das Ostras (in Brazil) at possibly the most unique hostel I’ve ever been in. The hostel feels more like a holiday house or mini-mansion. They have more luxurious private rooms than dorm rooms and it attracts families rather than solo travelers. I guess the most different [...]

Getting ready and preparing to travel to Brazil (well mainly Rio De Janeiro)

Getting ready and preparing to travel to Brazil (well mainly Rio De Janeiro)

Whenever you go into a new country with drastically different cultures, laws and customs, culture shock isn't the only thing which will hit you. You'll be faced with a swarm of confusion on how to act, how to get from A to B, how not to get ripped off, how to stay safe, how to [...]