Gracia City Hostel: Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Even as a solo traveler, there is something quite true about the saying, “It’s not where you travel, it’s with whom you travel.” Ambience, environment, and the people who surround me have a vast impact on how I feel. If something is amiss, I won’t hesitate to leave. If everything is in sync, I’m apt … Continue reading Gracia City Hostel: Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Travel Talk Tuesdays 4/8: Worst Travel Experiences

Today's Topic: Worst Experiences! 1) What do you hate the most about traveling? I hate repacking my backpack. The moment I get to a hostel (or any other kind of accommodation), things come flying out of my bag as I rush to see my surroundings. It's like this everyday. Things- clothes, toiletries, shoes, books, towels, etc.- almost never return … Continue reading Travel Talk Tuesdays 4/8: Worst Travel Experiences

Things Remembered, Names Forgotten

Even though the rain has ceased, Spring has sprung, and cherry blossoms are in full bloom throughout the city of Portland, their pink and white petals boasting vitality, my mind still wanders. I suppose this will always be the case; if my feet cannot roam, my imagination will. Meditations of the Caribbean pervade me: warm … Continue reading Things Remembered, Names Forgotten

13 Unforgettable Moments in 2013

Admittedly, the beginning of 2013 was quite a dreary one. As I wrote in the past, the months of February and March meant the end of an engagement, but also the beginning of a completely new life for me. I realized what it truly meant to love myself, and what I had been giving up in a futile attempt to … Continue reading 13 Unforgettable Moments in 2013

Hanoi, Vietnam: Staying at Tony’s

Motorcycles, bicycles, rickshaws, pedestrians, motorcycles, buses, pedestrians, and more motorcycles. Colors and characters flash by you instantaneously: old men smoking cigarettes on plastic stools; women in straw hats carrying a four-by-four, balancing a scale of pineapples and durians; bags, kitsch, shoes, Buddhas, green “Good Morning, Vietnam” t-shirts; lakeside Catholic churches and harbor-side pagodas; little kids … Continue reading Hanoi, Vietnam: Staying at Tony’s

How to be a “Real” Backpacker

Recently, on the bus from Penang, Malaysia to Phuket, Thailand, I met a group of four Indonesian men traveling together. Equipped with designer bags, sunglasses, and beaming smiles, they joked that they wanted to be "real" backpackers, like me. This got me thinking about what it means to be a "real" backpacker. While I'm wandering … Continue reading How to be a “Real” Backpacker

Liebster Blogging Award

Recently, Alex and Bellinda from Wanderlust Marriage nominated me for the Liebster Blogging Award. What an honor! These two  have combined their love for solo travel together and are now living life as an amazing nomadic couple. I'm really looking forward to answering their questions and highlighting others' travel blogs. People all over the world are really … Continue reading Liebster Blogging Award