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Why Did No One Tell Me About Melaka?

As I sat writing this post, I mulled over a series of grabbing titles: “The Best Destination in SE Asia You’ve Never Heard of”, or “Melaka: Malaysia’s Hidden Gem”.  In the end, I couldn’t use any of them because the truth is that Melaka (sometimes spelled Malacca) isn’t actually some exciting, off-the-beaten path destination that […]

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Dopiansa Temple (도피안사) Cheorwon, South Korea

Sunday Snapshot: Dopiansa Temple

Today’s Sunday Snapshot comes from former librarian and current wanderer Claire Eichman, who packed up her life in early 2014 and set off to work and travel the world. She has spent time in Thailand, Australia, Mexico, China and Europe, and is currently teaching in rural Korea. She documents her experiences on her blog, Vegetating […]

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How to Avoid Temple Burnout in Chiang Mai

Temple burnout: I think anyone who has traveled in Asia has reluctantly experienced it at some point. Every city has temples, and they’re often ranked among the top attractions in each place. At first, they’re mesmerizing; all gold-leaf-coated Buddhas and exotically-pointed stupas. Then, slowly, you realize that the memories of each temple you’ve already seen […]

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Sunday Snapshot: Mount Roraima, Venezuela

Today’s Sunday Snapshot comes from Leah Davis, an avid world traveler and travel blogger.  She’s been exploring the world since 2009 and has spent significant time in Thailand, Venezuela and Perú.  She has no intention of settling down anytime soon; although she currently resides in the US, she’ll be on the move again in the fall, […]

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Long-Term Travel and Visas: How Does It Work?

A lot of my posts focus on ways to work and volunteer your way around the world, and therefore, I guess it’s not surprising that one of the most common email questions I receive is: “What do you do about visas for each country?” I haven’t really tackled the subject of visas before because, of […]

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Sunday Snapshot: Huay Tung Tao

One of the best things about living in Chiang Mai is that it offers virtually all the conveniences of a major city, yet if you head just a few kilometers out of town, the coffee shops and malls quickly disappear, giving way to fresh air and greenery. One of our favourite places to escape the […]

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Know Your Noodles: An Introduction to Asian Noodles

I’ve been slowly coming to the realization that I’m a total food traveler. In part, I think it’s a side effect of slow travel. I’m not doing something mind-blowing or visiting somewhere new every day; and some days, the excitement of being in a different country comes through finding a fantastic street stall that I’d […]

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Sunday Snapshot: Koh Tao

Most people know Koh Tao as the place to go to get your scuba diving certification in Thailand. I’d heard mixed reviews of this little island in the Gulf of Thailand, with some dubbing it their favourite island in the country, and others feeling it fails to live up to the hype. Scuba diving wasn’t […]

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