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The WithLocals Giveaway

The following post is sponsored content written by me and brought to you by Southeast Asia-based startup Withlocals. Partnerships like this help keep me on the road — thank you for your support! I’ve been missing Southeast Asia something fierce, and a recent email to land in my inbox didn’t help! Withlocals is like an Airbnb for home dining and local-led tours and activities in... read more

Travel Porn: A Review of Tiger Balm

I used to be a voracious reader. In a way, I still am- however, books and magazines have been replaced by blogs and websites in my current nomadic lifestyle. I want to get back to the good stuff. Unsurprisingly, travel literature has always been my favorite genre. There’s nothing like Paul Theroux’s The Great Railway Bazaar to make you want transport yourself to a hot sweaty train in Southeast Asia or... read more

The Great Escape: Month 6 Roundup

Each month I take some time to reflect not just what I’m doing, but how I’m doing. You can read my previous roundups here, here, here, and here. Reading through my Month 5 Roundup and my Cambodia vs. Vietnam comparison, it’s no secret that Vietnam didn’t “speak to me” the way that Cambodia did. I had so many moments of quiet joy there, my highlights list from Month 5 was almost... read more

6 Weeks of Travel By The Numbers

I’m having some separation anxiety related to wrapping up the coverage of our six-week tour through Cambodia and Vietnam. This was my longest stretch ever of straight-up non-stop travel, and I learned a lot about both myself and the countries I was in. I can’t seem to let go, so here’s one more post to say goodbye. Our trip, by the numbers, with some of my favorite photos to go... read more

Vietnam: Love it or Hate it.

I can think of very few countries that inspire as passionately varied reactions from travelers as Vietnam does. Its fans wax poetic about the breathtaking landscape, the intriguing culture and the resilient population. Its detractors spew bitterly about the traffic, the crime, and most of all: the unfriendly people. I’m fascinated by this. What is it about Vietnam that sparks these reactions?... read more

Caged and Outraged: The Sad State of the Ho Chi Minh City Zoo

Are you looking for a fun, family friendly activity or attraction in Ho Chi Minh City? Let me give you some hard-earned travel advice: Do not go to the Ho Chi Minh City Zoo. In our last few days in Vietnam we were back in Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon, as I often refer to it) and cooling our heels while we waited for our Thai visas to come through. We had done all of the big sights in Saigon, and frankly we... read more

Photo Essay: The Mui Ne Sand Dunes

Windsurfing was a rewarding new challenge, and getting off the beaten path to explore the mountain temple of Ta Cu was exhilarating, but nothing excited me more than the chance to see, photograph, and play in the famous Mui ne sand dunes. There are two distinctive hot spots: The red dunes, about 20 minutes drive outside Mui Ne, are more visited and more prone to garbage and pollution. The white dunes are... read more

Mui Ne By Bike

One benefit of being a travel blog addict is having some great recommendations before even arriving in a destination. While Mui Ne may be best known for its watersports, we were also eager to get out and explore dry land. When we were deciding where to go with our rental motorcycle, I though back to a post by Adventurous Kate in which she described driving to a far away temple on a hill. Ta Cu... read more

Windsurfing in Mui Ne

It took me a few moments to unfold myself from the six-hour mini-van ride we had taken, against our will, from Dalat to Mui Ne. I will recount this story in full someday in the future, perhaps when I get around to writing that “Bus Rides from a Vietnamese Hell” post I’ve been working on. But this isn’t a post about being trapped in a speeding box of boiling steel, it’s about... read more

Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls: Dalat Part II

Our first day in Dalat was spent exploring the bizarre and kitschy sights around the city. We had planned to dedicate Day two to an exciting new form of adrenaline chasing: Canyoning. Canyoning involves a combination of rock climbing and rappelling backwards down waterfalls. Unfortunately, Dalat was experiencing an unusual cold front during our visit and we no less wanted to touch a waterfall’s icy... read more

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