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How to Survive Getting your Passport Stolen in Vietnam

September 15th, 2014

hanoiWhat just happened?

“What am I going to do?! What am I going to do?! I can’t believe this just happened.” The words were spilling helplessly out of my mouth through breathless sobs. My pouch containing my money, credit and debit card, driver’s license, phone and most importantly my passport had just been ripped from my body.

It was my first day in Ho Chi Minh City, the last stop on my two month Southeast Asia journey. Aimlessly wandering the sidewalk packed with shops and restaurants I didn’t think twice when I passed street signs warning tourists to “Watch Your Belongings.” It was daylight, I was under the ever watchful eye of the locals, what’s the worst that could happen?!

My body is jerked back and then forced forward. My pouch snaps off and is gone in the hands of the thief racing on his motorcycle toward the highway. WHAT. JUST. HAPPENED.

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Through the Lens: Ha Long Bay

August 21st, 2014

Claudia and I were running down the narrow stairs as quickly as possible. The tour van had arrived earlier than expected. A rare occurrence in Southeast Asia. Nonetheless, we had to skip breakfast, throw our heavy backpacks over our shoulders and pray they didn’t get impatient and leave. After jumping into the front seat, the bus circles around Hanoi to pick up other guests from their hostels before we depart on the four hour drive to the coast.

Welcome to the morning of our two day Ha Long Bay tour.

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Laos: Elephants, markets and caves

August 19th, 2014

ele2It was a mix of excitement and nervousness when I entered the third country of my two month journey. Out of the four countries on my route, Laos was the one I knew the least about.

On the agenda for our week in this landlocked country were the three main cities that are commonly visited in the North: Vientiane-the capitol, Vang Vieng-the party town and Luang Prabang-the beautiful countryside. In this post i’ll share with you my favorite moments and experiences from my travels through Laos.

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Crossing the Laos Border

August 8th, 2014

L7I scoured the internet for information regrading the border crossing from Thailand into Laos and failed to find anything that provided me with a definitive understanding of the visa on arrival process. When speaking with fellow travelers regarding the crossing I received conflicting information. Did I really need two passport sized photos? Do they only accept USD as payment? Go to window 2 first? I’ll use my experience with the border crossing from Nong Khai into Vientiane to help sort out any questions you may have.

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Confessions of a First Time Backpacker

July 16th, 2014

photo (3)Since I am halfway through my Southeast Asia journey, I thought I would share some of the mistakes, confessions and lessons that come along with being a first time backpacker. I am going to consider this Part One…I still have 0ver three weeks to go and I can only imagine this list will grow.

1. Only pack what you REALLY need: I’m convinced my backpack could shatter a scale at this point. Not only do I carry a 55L backpack that I have to battle to zip, I also carry a full daypack on my front, an over the shoulder bag and my neck pillow. I look as if I have robbed a baggage claim. Read the rest of this entry »

The Best of Malaysia: Instagram Style

July 10th, 2014

10450382_10100249467194564_374852051605682822_nAs I am lounging in the downstairs patio of my hotel, watching my favorite Thai soap opera and failing to ignore the constant humidity that surrounds me, I found myself surprised that my journey into Southeast Asia only started 3 weeks ago. My time in Malaysia seems to have flown by quickly.

From my landing in the Kuala Lumpur airport to the night train that took me into Thailand, I captured the first chapter in my new journey on Instagram. I thought I would use these photos to sum up my experiences as a new backpacker in peninsular Malaysia.

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Through the Lens: Cameron Highlands

July 4th, 2014

camhighIt took a persuasive argument from me to get Claudia to agree to a guided tour of the Cameron Highlands.  I knew this would be our best option at viewing multiple sections of this 275 square foot region in northwestern Malaysia. From tea plantations to strawberry farms and dark forests to waterfalls, this popular tourist destination is worth paying for a guided tour to get the most out of your visit.

Claudia and I sat on the curb in front of the CS Travel & Tour office eating a filling breakfast of spicy noodles. In typical Southeast Asia fashion, the tour started an hour late. After being joined by three young Dutch travelers  and our young and stone faced Indian guide, our group was complete and our whirlwind of a tour begun.

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The Street Art of Malaysia

June 29th, 2014

streetart11I have come to the decision that there should be a tour strictly dedicated to the visiting and viewing of street art throughout Malaysia. Perhaps one day I will organize such a splendid tour, but in the meantime my humble photos will have to suffice.

Admittedly, I was unaware of this growing trend in Malaysia. When Claudia and I stumbled upon the murals on a side street in Ipoh we stood amazed. We had found the work of Eric Lai, an art teacher who runs an art school Artgene Studio in Bercham, a suburb of Ipoh.

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On Top of the World

June 25th, 2014

In my mind I have perfected a bucket list that if I were ever crazy enough to quit my job and travel the world I would complete. Though most sane individuals have a fear of heights I have never shied away. Maybe it was my mother forcing me on roller coasters from a young age, maybe it was my years flying through the air as a cheerleader, but the rush I get when up above is one I crave.

I got the opportunity to walk across the canopy walkway at the Forest Research Institute Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur and I could not have been more excited. The walkways stretch for almost 500 feet (150 meters) and are 100 feet (30 meters) above ground level. Sweetness!

Browse through my photos below to feel the rush yourself.

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The Case of the Broken Bed

June 24th, 2014

“It’s happening again, ” I declared in disbelief as the planks from underneath our bed began crashing to the floor. The mattress starts to sink in the middle and Claudia freezes in mid motion.

“Don’t move.” I hunch down to inspect the damage. Four rickety wooden planks have fallen to the floor, two more than the previous night. Our room at Jalan Jalan is showing it’s true colors.

Before we can stifle our laughs and begin to repair the damage, there’s a knock on the door. “Can I help you girls?”

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