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LIVE LIKE A LOCAL: RENT A SHORT-TERM APARTMENT WHILE TRAVELING

by Steven @ The Hungry Suitcase

If you want to experience the true life of a place, experience it like a local: get an apartment in a true neighborhood. Wake up to the sounds of street vendors and garbage trucks. Be recognized with a smile by your local noodle-slinger.

If a city strikes your fancy, rent an apartment for a month and stick around for awhile.

Another advantage of worldwide Internet networking is that it allows us to exchange short-term apartments without going through an agent or company. Check the New York City craigslist sublet page and you’ll find plenty of Parisians happy to exchange their Left Bank apartment for a little temporary stepping stone on the Upper West Side. Though apartment exchanges are rare in Asia, there are plenty of expats and locals alike who will be vacating their adobe and happy to have someone trustworthy in ... Read More »

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How to stay safe and avoid scams in Vietnam – Part 2: South Vietnam

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

In this, the second part of our two-part series on avoiding common tourist scams in Vietnam, we focus on popular tourist destinations in the south of the country. Saigon, Nha Trang and Hoi An all have their fair share of scams and safety hazards that travelers should be aware of. (Read Part 1 of this series…

Discover: Kota Kinabalu

by @ Wikitravel

The Hall of Skulls at Monsopiad Cultural Village outside Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia features 42 skulls of enemies, all killed by the warrior-hero Monsopiad.

Vietnam eases liquid restriction for domestic flights

Vietnam eases liquid restriction for domestic flights


Thanh Nien Daily

Passengers are now allowed to bring an unlimited volume of liquids in their carry-on luggage

‘A STOP AT WILLOUGHBY’: THE TWILIGHT ZONE EPISODE THAT EXPLORES OUR NEED TO TRAVEL

by Steven @ The Hungry Suitcase

“a place around the bend where he could jump off”

Created during a time (1959-1964) when American television seemed eerily clean and domestic, The Twilight Zone challenged viewers to examine a possibility of uncertainty beyond the comforts and assumptions of contemporary life. It was my favorite thing on TV. One episode in particular always stuck with me- A Stop at Willoughby. It brings up questions. How could such a ‘successful’ man working in a New York tower and living in an upscale suburb be so miserable? Why would he dream of escaping to a sleepy village where the streets have no name and the children wear overalls and go fishing?

A STOP AT WILLOUGHBY is the story of an advertising executive named Gart. Gart feels endless pressure from his pugnacious boss and his minion-like coworkers at his New York City office during ... Read More »

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My Travel Guide | Canada | 2Hearts2backpacks

My Travel Guide | Canada | 2Hearts2backpacks


My Travel Guide | Canada | 2Hearts2backpacks

If you are wanting to travel the world and you want to do it without spending alot of money! This is the perfect site for you! 2Hearts2Backpacks

The 8 Trendiest Suitcase Sets for Business Travel

by Meg Jerrard @ Mapping Megan

Travel is the perfect opportunity to sport fun looks and trendy styles. But when traveling for business, it can be tricky keeping up with the latest trends while still maintaining professionalism. It also depends on the industry you’re in.

Whatever your business is, bonding with colleagues, engaging in business meetings, and impressing clients is a part of all business travel. In order to make a good impression, you have to look good from head to toe.

Choose a suitcase that compliments your style and makes you look put together. From mid-century to sleek, here are some of our favorite catalog finds and brand favorites specifically for trendy business travel.

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One Day in Kuala Lumpur

by Luke Nicholson @ Charlie on Travel

In this Kuala Lumpur travel guide, we share our favourite things to do in Malaysia’s capital city, including the best temples, Chinatown and the best vegetarian restaurants in the city. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s capital city, wasn’t on our original travel itinerary. But we’re so glad we went there! Kuala Lumpur is a city with towering skyscrapers, […]

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Traveller's Guide: Vietnam

Traveller's Guide: Vietnam


The Independent

Loaded with historic interest, majestic mountains and national parks, ravishing sandy beaches and fascinating cities, and boasting a stupendous national cuisine, Vietnam is a compelling destination.

Get Off the Beaten Track in Hue, Vietnam

by Phuong Thuy @ The Christina's Blog

Located on the bank of Perfume River, this city is the capital of Thua Thien Hue province, 700 kilometers to the south of Hanoi. Although you can visit Hue at any time of the year, the most charming season is surely from March to August, especially March through April when the temperature is at its […]

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Craft Beer Vietnam

by Clickable Temp @ Wide Eyed Tours

Craft Beer Vietnam is here and it’s here to stay. Last week we at Wide Eyed Tours had the pleasure of experiencing the Hanoi Original Craft Brewery tour,  the first of its kind, and they knocked it out of the park! On the way our tour guide Brian told us about the history of beer in […]

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Discover: Cranbrook

by @ Wikitravel

If you visit Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada and crave a dinner of alligator meat, you can get it at K's Amazon Eatery -- even though the Amazon and its gators are thousands of miles away.

Best ways to travel around Vietnam - Rickshaw Travel

Best ways to travel around Vietnam - Rickshaw Travel


Rickshaw Travel

There's many ways to get around Vietnam. This traveller's guide from Rickshaw Travel's Vietnam experts will help you plan your next Vietnam adventure.

Discover: Vicksburg

by @ Wikitravel

When you visit Vicksburg (Mississippi) National Military Park, you can see one of the first ironclad gunboats, dating back to US Civil War times.

Two Days in Hanoi – How to Make the Most of It

by Juliana Hahn @ The Christina's Blog

Small alleys crammed with food stalls, delicious smells filling the air of the quaint Old Town streets and imposing monuments honoring Vietnam’s rich and turbulent history— all that and more is Hanoi. If you are planning a short trip here and want to see all the main attractions, this two-day itinerary of the capital is […]

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How to Use Your Social Network to Travel the World

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

Celinne da Costa spent a year traveling the world and relying on the kindness of strangers to host her. She stayed with 70+ strangers in 17 countries across four continents. In this interview, Celinne tells us how she did it all, with surprisingly very few hiccups along the way.

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How to stay safe and avoid scams in Vietnam – Part 1: North Vietnam

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

Generally, Vietnam is a very safe country in which to travel. Compared to most major tourist cities in the West – Paris, London, New York, Rome – the streets of Vietnam’s urban centers are much less threatening. However, in some of the more popular tourist destinations in Vietnam, there are a handful of tourist scams and…

No Vietnam Visa Required For Citizens Of Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

From July 2015, you don’t need to apply for a visa to enter Vietnam if you’re a citizen from Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain Vietnam Embassy, Bangkok The Vietnamese government have announced a important change for Vietnam tourist visas – if you’re from Britain, Germany, France, Italy or Spain, you no longer need to […]

Koh Pha-ngan

by abbieglew @ Abbie's View

Koh Pha-ngan Koh Pha-ngan is an Island in the south-east to Thailand. It’s probably most famous for its crazy full moon parties that attracts thousands of backpackers each year. Though don’t let this put you off if partying isn’t your thing. If you are after a quieter more relaxed atmosphere travel to the island outside […]

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Summer 2018 France - Paris, Loire Valley, Dordogne, and Corsica

by kathleeninsf @ Fodor's Forum

Bonjour! My husband, two children (12 and 7), and I will be travelling in France for three weeks, flying in and out of Paris CDG, arriving June 17...

The Secret Sauce Behind Scott’s Cheap Flights

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

Scott Keyes turned a simple newsletter into a popular travel hacking site, Scott's Cheap Flights. In this interview, Scott tells us how he and his worldwide team find cheap flights using a combination of manpower and knowledge of industry trends. Every flight is hand-searched!

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Ethiopian Airlines B787 Dreamliner Business Class from Vienna to Dar Es Salaam

by The Luxury Travel Expert @ the Luxury Travel Expert

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Why Sri Lanka Inspires for a Second Trip

by Meg Jerrard @ Mapping Megan

Since I started travelling four years ago, I have been lucky enough to experience truly varied cultures and places, many of which I hold dear. Sri Lanka, however, has always had a special place in my heart and I’ve made it my mission to convince everyone else of its merits.

Despite a troubled past, Sri Lanka and its people are well on their way to a full recovery. More than that, they are very welcoming to people who wish to experience the beauty of their country and perhaps contribute a bit to stimulating the local economy.

I had such a great experience in Sri Lanka that I even decided to start my own blog about the country and inspire as many people as possible to visit! You can find the blog at takemetosrilanka.com.

With friendly people, incredible food, and stunning locations throughout the country, there are plenty of reasons to choose Sri Lanka as your holiday destination. You’ll love Sri Lanka for the following reasons, and it’s for these reasons that the country will inspire a second trip!

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Which Airport Should You Fly Into When Traveling to Vietnam?

Which Airport Should You Fly Into When Traveling to Vietnam?


TripSavvy

See what you need to know about flying into Vietnam. Learn if Saigon or Hanoi is better for arriving, visa information, getting around, and more.

What’s the Cost of Living in Chiang Mai, Thailand?

by Charlie and Luke @ Charlie on Travel

One of the pull factors of Thailand is the low cost of living, but how much does it really cost? Living comfortably in Chiang Mai, expect to pay 28,100 Thai baht per month. That’s roughly $873 or £644. That includes the following: Accommodation in a house, plus a guesthouse in Pai — 8000฿ / $248 […]

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Living Lagom in Sweden: An Interview With Lola Akerstrom

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

Lagom is the key to unlocking the Swedish psyche, and it governs all aspect of Swedish society. In this interview, Lola A. Åkerström talks about why lagom is about more than just balance, and what it's like to assimilate into life in Sweden as a writer and photographer.

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Hue and Hoi An itinerary help please.

by heeney @ Fodor's Forum

From Hanoi we are planning the fly into Hui, arriving at around 10am. The plan is to stay there 2 nights before transferring by private car to Hoi...

Travel news: Monte Carlo Las Vegas Update

by @ Wikitravel

As of today, Las Vegas' Monte Carlo Casino Hotel remains closed pending the investigation of last week's fire and the impending repair work. At this time, reservations at the Monte Carlo are being moved to other MGM Mirage hotels. In addition, the Lance Burton show will be suspended for the time being and all tickets that have already been purchased will be refunded.

Hue and Hoi An itinerary help please.

by heeney @ Fodor's Forum

From Hanoi we are planning the fly into Hui, arriving at around 10am. The plan is to stay there 2 nights before transferring by private car to Hoi...

What is a RTW ticket?

by @ STA Travel

So you’ve decided to take the plunge and head out into the big wide world? Good decision. But do you just have the vague notion of travelling ‘around the world’ in your head and are not actually sure how it …

How to get around Saigon on the cheap!

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

As tourists, Ho Chi Minh City can seem very centralized because not only are many of the tourist attractions around District 1, the centre of the city, but this district is also quite compact.  However, with 24 districts, the city is actually very spread out and some of the other districts are more than twice…

Swiss Boeing 777 Business Class San Francisco to Zürich

by The Luxury Travel Expert @ the Luxury Travel Expert

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Travel contests & sweepstakes: win luxury holidays!

by The Luxury Travel Expert @ the Luxury Travel Expert

Friday newsletters always feature luxury travel contests, tips, series or news [...]

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Dear Female Travelers: Reasons Knixwear Is the Greatest Travel Underwear You’ll Ever Own!

by Meg Jerrard @ Mapping Megan

Forget your passport, when it comes to travel, appropriate underwear is one of the most essential things. (Don’t actually forget your passport, but I’m sure you get what I meant!)

But traditional cotton underwear isn’t always the best option for travel – they’re slow drying and they absorb moisture meaning cotton isn’t the most comfortable or hygienic thing to wear for extended periods of time.

Underwear might be one of those things you don’t think twice about, but purchasing a pair for the practicalities of travel can make or break a trip. There are plenty of options out there for travel-specific underwear, but when it comes to being specifically designed for women, Knixwear is a Canadian based brand you should know.

The following are seven reasons why Knixwear is the greatest travel underwear you’ll own. But the biggest reason? The amount of confidence you gain from wearing them, for all the reasons below.

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Travel Advice and Advisories for Vietnam

Travel Advice and Advisories for Vietnam


Travel.gc.ca

Country Travel Advice and Advisories from the Government of Canada

8 of the Best Cafes in Hanoi

by Bill @ The Hungry Suitcase

The big cities in Vietnam have a cafe culture that is virtually unknown to the rest of the world. Don’t expect a Chemex of Ethiopian Yirgacheffe with hints of blueberry and strawberry or an Aeropressed Kenyan. You might be able to locate one eventually, but not before tripping over scores of cafes serving up tumblers of coffee so dark it looks like used motor oil and smells like the most intense mocha you’ve ever had. It’s no secret that we love Vietnamese coffee and as a follow up to our very popular Saigon cafes list, we offer a list of some of our favorites in the northern capital city. Also be sure to check out our handy guide to ordering coffee in Vietnam.

So, in the event that you can’t find this guy rolling around town, keep scrolling and we’ve got ... Read More »

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Orangutans in Borneo | Our Rainforest Adventure

by Luke Nicholson @ Charlie on Travel

The best place to see orangutans in the wild is Tanjung Puting National Park on the island of Borneo. There are said to be 6000 orangutans in the park. Borneo is shared by three countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei. Tanjung Puting is in Indonesian Borneo, which is known as Kalimantan. Wild orangutans are found only on […]

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6 Reasons You Should Go On a Canal Barge Cruise

by Meg Jerrard @ Mapping Megan

Cruising has become one of the biggest trends in travel recently, though have you ever considered going on a canal barge cruise?

Canal barging is a unique form of slow travel popular throughout Europe, especially in France, Italy, Scotland and Ireland. The size of the canal dictates the size of the barge, but the maximum number of guests on board usually ranges from 4-12 passengers.

On board the barge are a handful of crew members who will help make your journey an effortless one, and while the options for barge cruises are vast, a luxury, all-inclusive barge cruise is definitely way to go.

While there are many reasons to take a canal barge cruise, here are the 6 most compelling.

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Halong Bay

by abbieglew @ Vietnam – Abbie's View

Overnight cruise in Halong Bay About Halong Bay Halong Bay is in northeast Vietnam, It is known across the world for its thousands of towering limestone islands covered in rainforest. Halong Bay was designated a world heritage site in 1994 and is unsurprisingly one of Vietnam’s tourist hubs. There are between 1960 and 2000 islets in […]

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Arrest of a U.S. Citizen | U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Vietnam

Arrest of a U.S. Citizen | U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Vietnam


U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Vietnam

The Department of State is committed to ensuring fair and humane treatment for U.S. citizens imprisoned overseas. We stand ready to assist incarcerated citizens and their families within the limits of our authority in accordance with international law, domestic and foreign law. If you are arrested… If you are arrested, you should ask the authorities ...

A Thrilling Hai Van Pass Adventure With Onetrip

by Phuc Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

Vietnam is a fabulous country that sings harmonies of the wild jungle and the people that venture through it. That is a destination that you must visit at least once in your life if you seek adventure. One of the most desired places to stay in Vietnam for both foreigners and locals alike is Da […]

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Travel series: a travel guide to Hawaii

by The Luxury Travel Expert @ the Luxury Travel Expert

Friday newsletters always feature luxury travel contests, tips, series, or news. [...]

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Vietnam Travel Guide

Vietnam Travel Guide


Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

A comprehensive budget travel guide to Vietnam with tips and advice on things to do, see, ways to save money, and cost information.

Getting to, from and around Vietnam

Getting to, from and around Vietnam


Travelfish

An overview on how to get to, from and around Vietnam. Includes information on public transport options and safety concerns.

Discover: Lubbock

by @ Wikitravel

Among the objects on display at the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock, Texas, memorializing the city's favorite son, is a giant-size replica of the rocker's trademark glasses.

Chiang Mai Vegetarian & Vegan Guide

by Charlie Marchant @ Charlie on Travel

Chiang Mai is a hot spot for vegetarian and vegan food. In this vegetarian and vegan food guide, I share all my favourite places to eat in Chiang Mai. Expect Thai curries, pad Thai, Burmese tea leaf salads and more smoothies than you can shake a bamboo straw at. When our flight to Bali was cancelled […]

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What you should bring to Vietnam | XO Tours Blog

What you should bring to Vietnam | XO Tours Blog


XO Tours Blog

A top 10 list of things to bring to or pack for Vietnam.

25 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE TRAVELING IN THAILAND

by Steven @ The Hungry Suitcase

Thailand, with over 26 million foreign entries in 2016, can be a very touristic place to visit. By some accounts, 20% of the Thai GDP is based on tourism (worldwide nations average about 10%). Thailand is often an entry point for all of Asia, a constant revolving door of tourists on short or extended trips. We’re writing this article to help you avoid getting your hand caught in that often dangerous door.

Thailand is a country that can live up to its high expectations and reputation. It really can be paradise. On the other hand, it can be a disappointing place filled with drunken pub crawlers, tourist scams, empty promises and subpar made-for-tourists versions of local dishes. Pad thai made with instant noodles? You’ll find it all over Phuket and Koh Samui. If you venture past the tourists districts, the food ... Read More »

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Health & Wellness Inspiration

by Paul Raymore @ Journeys Within Tour Company

Sometimes, the stress of everyday life and the state of the world leaves us thirsting for serenity. Fortunately, it can be found if you just know where to get away to.… CONTINUE READING »

5 Ways Prepaid Phones Can Save You Money When Traveling

by Meg Jerrard @ Mapping Megan

When traveling internationally, many cellphone providers charge high rates to cover roaming fees. Sending a text or checking emails quickly becomes a costly expense for travelers.

Many people think that the only ways to avoid paying massive bills is to leave their cellphones at home. But if the thought of living without your smartphone while you travel makes you want to scream, don’t despair.

Many cellphone providers offer affordable options to help you stay connected no matter where you are in the world. Learn about the following five ways prepaid phones can save you money when traveling.

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5 Ways To Survive When Traveling In Rougher Countries

by Meg Jerrard @ Mapping Megan

Most people follow the Banana Pancake Trail when setting off on their adventures. In other words, they follow the same routes millions of travelers have already experienced. They are playing it safe even if they don’t know it.

Surviving when you’re traveling in rougher countries isn’t the same. You need to approach things differently if you want to stay out of trouble. Let’s look at a few examples to ensure you’ll always be prepared.

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#EatTheRainbow: Colourful food from across the globe

by @ STA Travel

Colourful food has been making waves around the world of late, and 2018 will see no stop to that trend. But before Instagram came along, did you know that bright foods have been staples in many countries for years? Red: …

Conquering Mount Fansipan the Right Way (Tallest Mountain in Vietnam)

by Anna Suszynski @ The Christina's Blog

Mount Fansipan is the highest mountain in Vietnam and Indochina peninsula, located in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. It was once only visited by adventure seekers fit enough to make the strenuous hike, but now this mountain offers a few different experiences for all types of travelers. Regardless of the new tram that brings […]

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Discover: Clipperton Island

by @ Wikitravel

If you somehow find yourself visiting Clipperton Island and lack things to do (understandably), try running around the island and timing yourself; the record circumnavigation time is one hour and 17 minutes.

Trekking in Sapa

by abbieglew @ Vietnam – Abbie's View

Trekking in Sapa Sapa is a mountainous region in the northwest of Vietnam. It is a popular trekking base overlooking the rice fields of the Muong Hoa Valley. Local hill tribes fill the town and surrounding villages with colour and culture. Though you don’t come to Sapa for the town, you come for the trekking. […]

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Hue

by abbieglew @ Vietnam – Abbie's View

Hue & DMZ tour Hue is a city in central Vietnam. It is located next to perfume to river and is split into two main areas. The old city and the citadel in the north side and the newer city including most hotels and restaurants on the south side. Getting there We travelled from Phòng […]

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Travelling in Vietnam During Tet - Wide Eyed Tours

Travelling in Vietnam During Tet - Wide Eyed Tours


Wide Eyed Tours

Travelling in Vietnam during Tet can be tricky. During Vietnamese New Year a lot of shops and services are closed. get this guide to avoid the hassle. 

Memories

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

Spurred by the writing of my next book about my years on the road, I find myself wandering the halls of memory reminiscing about my last decade of travel. I dig through old photos and journal entries. I search Facebook for people I met years ago. Stories and faces long forgotten zoom back into my […]

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Socially Responsible Travel in Hanoi (Travel and Give Back to the Community)

by Sue Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

The phrase “socially responsible travel” is a new trend followed by travelers all over the world, in the context that traveling and experiencing new cultures is popular nowadays. Hanoi, renown for the chaotic Old Quarter, many little temples, Dong Xuan Market that sells household goods and street food, already has so much to offer. However, […]

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37 Places to Eat in Tokyo

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

I asked for your food recommendations for Tokyo, and you did not disappoint. In November, me and some friends spent a week eating our way around the city. It's hard to have a bad meal in Tokyo, and while I didn't get to eat everywhere, these are some of the best places!

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Vietnam by bus – the cheapest and easiest way to travel | Overland Way

Vietnam by bus – the cheapest and easiest way to travel | Overland Way


Overland Way

When we think of Asia we think of chaotic traffic and almost non-existent road rules. So what do you do if you want to travel through a country where flights and rail travel are relatively expensive? This is our story of travelling by bus through Vietnam and how we found it to be the cheapest, most comfortable, flexible and efficient way to travel the country. When we got to Vietnam our plan was to travel from Ho Chi Minh in the south to Hanoi in the north and to see as much of the country as we could in between. However, we arrived in the bustling southern capital without any idea of how we would accomplish this! We really wanted to buy or hire a motorbike and have the freedom to drive ourselves around Vietnam, but our large amount of luggage (meaning we'd need to take 2 bikes), my lack of motorcycle driving experience and the overwhelming traffic conditions made us doubt the safety and flexibility of this option. Our bus from Hue to Hanoi So buying a bus ticket was our remaining

VIETNAM E-VISAS

by amizuchan @ Wide Eyed Tours

The Vietnam government has added Australia to a list of more than 40 countries whose citizens are eligible to apply for an e-visa when entering the nation. Foreign travellers from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the Netherlands, India and the UAE can now apply and receive Vietnamese visas online, joining the likes of the USA, UK, […]

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Really Cool Stuff To Do In Vietnam

by amizuchan @ Wide Eyed Tours

This week we will offer you some really cool stuff to do in Vietnam that you won’t find in other ‘mainstream’ itineraries. We have so much fun researching these activities so we know you love them too. There is something for every type of you: beer drinkers, adrenaline junkies, families, foodies and explorers. Check out […]

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8 Accessories Which Will Transform Your Travel Style in 2018

by Meg Jerrard @ Mapping Megan

Do you have an instant pot? They’re like magic, right? You put ingredients in, head to work, and eight hours later this amazing meal emerges.

Accessories are the instant pot of the fashion world. They can transform ensembles without a ton of time, effort, and often even money. Which is exactly what the savvy traveler needs.

Although comfort is top of the list, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to look stylish too whether you’re heading off to the wilds of Africa, or urban exploration in chic New York.

With this in mind, check out these tips on keeping your style on point, whilst travelling this season. Read on for eight accessories you need in 2018.

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5 Things You Should Know About Traveling to Spain

by Meg Jerrard @ Mapping Megan

Spain is one of the richest countries in the world from a cultural perspective. Its history runs from as far back as the period of the Roman Empire, the inquisitions among other eras that shaped world history.

This makes it an interesting country to visit, at least once in a lifetime. However, there are things you need to know before visiting Spain to make your stay an enjoyable one.

The following are 5 important things to know about traveling to Spain.

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Ho Chi Minh City

by abbieglew @ Vietnam – Abbie's View

Ho Chi Minh City Ho Chi Minh City, sometimes referred to as Saigon, is a bustling city in the South of Vietnam. It is a chaotic and colourful place, where traffic whizzes by at almost every hour and age old traditions contrasts modern day living. Getting there It is very cheap and easy to get […]

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Hanoi

by abbieglew @ Vietnam – Abbie's View

Hanoi Hanoi is a popular travel destination in Vietnam. It’s a bustling city, with many shops, restaurants and bars. The city is a starting point for many trips or tours to the north of Vietnam, including Sapa and Halong Bay. Getting there Getting to Hanoi is very easy, there are many bus and flight options […]

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Discover: Jakar

by @ Wikitravel

A cypress tree outside Kurje Lhakhang monastery in Jakar, Bhutan is claimed to have grown from Guru Rinpoche's walking stick.

Travel news: this month (January 2018) in luxury travel

by The Luxury Travel Expert @ the Luxury Travel Expert

Friday newsletters always feature luxury travel contests, tips, series, or news [...]

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Discover: Havana

by @ Wikitravel

For an "authentic" experience in getting around Havana via public transportation, try El Camello, a split-level bus pulled by a semi-truck, and resembling a 2-humped camel.

6 Easy Ways To Travel Around Vietnam | Around The World + Kids

6 Easy Ways To Travel Around Vietnam | Around The World + Kids


Around The World + Kids

Heading to Vietnam? Here are 6 very affordable, easy ways to travel around Vietnam. Find out your options and their cost, so you can see more of Vietnam.

Travelling from Vietnam to Laos by Bus - A Life Full of Serendipity

Travelling from Vietnam to Laos by Bus - A Life Full of Serendipity


A Life Full of Serendipity

Are you thinking of travelling from Vietnam to Laos by bus? Read this guide for useful advice and be prepared - it's not as daunting as you think!

Best Time To Travel

by amizuchan @ Wide Eyed Tours

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The Best Homestays in Sapa (For An Authentic & Personal Experience)

by Phuong Thuy @ The Christina's Blog

H’mong, Dao, and Giay people speaking English more fluently than Vietnamese, tremendous natural vistas right outside your balcony, an early morning chill with clouds hovering over the mountains, this and more is what you should expect from Sapa! Located on the northern border of Vietnam, Sapa is the only region of the country that has […]

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Off The Beaten Path in Vietnam

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

Vietnam is seeing more and more visitors each year, with the actual number of tourists per year reaching well over 6 million.  Some areas in Vietnam, such as Halong Bay, Sapa, and Hoi An, are very beautiful but also packed with tourists year round.  Fortunately, if you want to get away from the crowds, you…

Discover: Savannah

by @ Wikitravel

Chippewa Square in Savannah, Georgia was the site of the bus stop in the movie Forrest Gump, but don't look for the famous bench; it was just a prop.

Custom made? Yes Please! A Guide to Custom Tailoring in Vietnam

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

If you haven’t already heard, Vietnam is a superstar manufacturing country.  In the last several years, many multinational companies have created manufacturing facilities in Vietnam, solidifying the country’s superstar status.  The direct consequence of this is a huge reservoir of skilled and knowledgeable workers who can do everything from shoemaking, jewelry making, dress tailoring, suit…

Favorite Photos, Favorite Moments of 2017

by Julie @ Earth Trekkers

Just like that, another year comes to an end. As we get ready to flip the calendar over into 2018, it’s nice to look back and reflect on the past year. For us, 2017 was all about balancing work and school and sports with as much travel as possible. It was a hectic year, but we all think that, don’t ...

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Skiing in Romania. Cavnic Maramures

by Alyson Long for World Travel Family @ World Travel Family

We’ve had a fantastic time skiing here in Romania, the kids took a few lessons while Chef and I were free to head up the mountain. Being child-free is a pretty new experience for us, as full time child-wranglers and educators, it kinda rocked! After just 3 lessons D was joining us on the big […]

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My Mom Says This Blog is Boring

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

Last month, my mom told me she thought this blog was boring. “Where’s all the fun stuff? I want to see more photos of you traveling. I don’t care about these other updates.” “Mom, I live in Austin now. You know I’m not on the road that much,” I replied. “I know but still….I want […]

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Vietnam: Accommodations & Transportation - Tortuga Backpacks Blog

Vietnam: Accommodations & Transportation - Tortuga Backpacks Blog


Tortuga Backpacks Blog

Whether you're looking for Vietnam accommodation, or Vietnam transportation, we've got you covered. From people who have been there!

10 THINGS I CAN’T TRAVEL WITHOUT

by Steven @ The Hungry Suitcase

Recently I’ve taken a four-month break off of travel to settle into a comfortable life in a quiet town. It’s been nice, mostly.

I do miss packing and unpacking the bags. I miss tossing away ripped up socks, giving away paperback books, and moving what’s left of my big shampoo into a small little shampoo thingy.

Some things are essential to have packed and ready to grab when I’m on the road. I will not include the obvious things like a camera, computer, passport, etc. These following are the little home run hitters that are easy to forget about, but always needed:

1. DENTAL FLOSS

I like to eat. I like to eat meat. I like eating late. My teeth are spaced fairly far apart from laughing too much. Stuff gets in there and I need to get it out. I’ve often been wandering ... Read More »

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Tips for Traveling with the Whole Family

by Meg Jerrard @ Mapping Megan

Taking a trip is supposed to be fun, but travelling with the whole family can have challenges of its own, especially if you have children of different ages.

Making sure everyone is having fun means a lot of compromise, while at the same time you have to ensure that you leave time as adults for your own activities and relaxation.

Trip planning is sometimes difficult, but if you take some simple steps and make the right plans, it can be enjoyable for everyone involved. Here are some tips for traveling with the whole family.

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12 Years Of Travel: Thames Barrier, Greenwich, London

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

London is steeped in history, but it’s also shaping the future of how we control the landscape Thames Barrier, Greenwich, London 10 June 2012, 3 Years Ago This Week: I spent a few days in Greenwich for my 40th birthday – it seemed appropriate to go back to the Source Of All Time as I […]

Quick logistical tips about travel in Vietnam

by Carrie @

South East Asia has some extremely beginner-friendly travel destinations.  For instance, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Cambodia all essentially have visas on arrival for US citizens, (or e-visas).  Not to mention tourist infrastructures that are fairly easy... Read More

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Summer 2018 France - Paris, Loire Valley, Dordogne, and Corsica

by kathleeninsf @ Fodor's Forum

Bonjour! My husband, two children (12 and 7), and I will be travelling in France for three weeks, flying in and out of Paris CDG, arriving June 17...

Thousand

by Carrie @

Forgive me, but this post has nothing to do with travel, and is probably too personal for a travel blog, but I have never been one for under-sharing.

Have you ever witnessed someone becoming amazing at something? Where you can remember the first moments when the spark of something extra-ordinary appeared? Click to keep reading...

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Tsunami Scare in Mexico

by michaela @ Overland Way

Within a week we’ve lived through our first hurricane in the van and now our first tsunami scare while camped on the coast of Mazatlán, Mexico! We also check out some cool Mayan ruins and the charming village of Tequila where the drink of the same name was invented. ♦ Subscribe to our Channel: https://tinyurl.com/Subscribe-to-OverandWay

How to Order Coffee in Vietnam Like a Local

by Bill @ The Hungry Suitcase

Vietnam is a country that runs on coffee. There is a cafe on just about every block in Saigon and Hanoi and they’re packed most of the day with a mix of locals leisurely sipping away enjoying the day and others grabbing a quick fix on their way to wherever they’re headed. The cafe culture in Saigon is why it’s one of our favorite cities in the world. To see the list of our favorite Saigon cafes, check out our post on it.

Coffee is brewed differently in Vietnam. It’s sort of a mix between the French press and pourover methods and despite producing great coffee, it’s surprisingly “low tech”. You won’t see any chem-lab looking siphons or giant blown-glass drip towers. Coffee is brewed in a little metal filter called a “phin”. Grounds go in, water goes in, and coffee ... Read More »

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Let’s Send Another Set of Students Abroad (Exciting Updates from FLYTE)

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

Two years ago I started FLYTE, a charity designed to help students from underserved communities see the world. Since then, we have raised over $100,000 and sent three classes on trips around the world. Here are updates on the organization.

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48 Hours in Budapest. What to Do.

by Alyson Long for World Travel Family @ World Travel Family

Ask anyone who has traveled through Eastern Europe to name their favorite city and they will almost definitely say Budapest. Home of beautiful buildings, steaming spa baths and delightfully cheap beer, there’s really nothing not to love.Budapest is the ideal destination for people who want a weekend getaway. Two days in Budapest is all you […]

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Telunas Resort Indonesia, A Natural Paradise Near Singapore

by Alyson Long for World Travel Family @ World Travel Family

We spent Christmas in Singapore. Of those 2 weeks the highlight was our 3 days staying at Telunas Resort on their private island site. Along with the Private Island’s luxurious over-water villas we also had the chance to experience the fantastic family friendly facilities on the neighbouring Telunas Beach Resort site for a slightly different […]

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12 Years Of Travel: View From Cortona, Italy

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

Famous as the backdrop for the 2003 movie Under The Tuscan Sun, Cortona is a stunning medieval town perched above the surrounding countryside View from Cortona, Italy 11 June 2013, 2 Years Ago This Week: Despite the vast amount of information about every conceivable travel destination available, I still find myself occasionally stumbling upon places […]

Essential Vietnamese Words And Phrases for Travelers to Vietnam - The Christina's Blog

Essential Vietnamese Words And Phrases for Travelers to Vietnam - The Christina's Blog


The Christina's Blog

It's always great to study a little bit of language before you travel to another country. Here are some essential Vietnamese words and phrases for you.

Ken Burns’s New Documentary “The Vietnam War”

by amizuchan @ Wide Eyed Tours

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Discover: Kanab

by @ Wikitravel

When eating at Houston's restaurant in Kanab, Utah, tip the servers well; they pack pistols, although it's just for show -- allegedly.

5 Days in London: The Ultimate London Itinerary

by Julie @ Earth Trekkers

There’s just something about London. With its iconic skyline, trendy neighborhoods, world-class museums, and long list of popular attractions, London is a city that every traveler should visit. We put together this 5-day London itinerary to help you have the best experience here. About this London Itinerary In general, I grouped sites together based on their location in order to ...

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Vietnam Travel Blog and Guide 2018 – World Travel Family

Vietnam Travel Blog and Guide 2018 – World Travel Family


World Travel Family

Vietnam travel blog and guide. Where to go, where to stay, places to visit and see, how to find the best prices. Travel blog, tips and guide for Vietnam.

Are These the Best Jobs in the World? Jobs That Allow You to Travel (Some With No Experience)

by Meg Jerrard @ Mapping Megan

While there are many careers that will not afford you a care-free lifestyle, or give you the option to work from the comfort of a hammock, in Bali - there are plenty that do (cue the ‘OH. MY. GOSH, no WAY!’)

Check out our list, and maybe quit your job to follow your dreams in 2018!

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Eating vegetarian & vegan while travelling Australia

by @ STA Travel

Whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian, or you simply want to cut down on your meat and dairy consumption for ‘Veganuary’ and beyond, you don’t have to compromise your beliefs or dietary needs just because you’re travelling. In fact, one of …

An Overview of Different Travel Bags: Why it’s so Important to Choose the Right Bag for Your Trip

by Meg Jerrard @ Mapping Megan

I’m sure every traveler at some stage has found themselves in the situation where they’re stuck traveling with the wrong kind of bag.

Whether it’s trying to lug a suitcase through the jungle and beating the crap out of your wheels (been there), or throwing everything into a hiking pack for a stay at a luxury hotel, a travel experience is often about choosing the right kind of bag.

And there are many different types of bags, which will be suitable for different types of trips. So don’t fall into the trap of thinking any bag will do, because you just need something which will transport your things.

Bags are not sacks. They are not meant to be used as sacks. Bags are painstakingly blueprinted to strike a perfect balance between design and utility, for specific types of trips.

So to avoid committing ‘bags faux pas’, consider the following types of bags, and which will be most suitable for your upcoming trip.

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Adoption update!

by Carrie @

Hello everyone! Many of you may remember how Drew and I joined my older sister Rachel and her husband Zack as they traveled to Ukraine to bring home their adopted daughter Gianna.  (Which was easily the most meaningful... Read More

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Discover: Aberdeen

by @ Wikitravel

Among the artifacts displayed at The Gordon Highlanders Museum in Aberdeen, Scotland is a flag from Hitler's staff car. (Don't ask how they got it.)

Vietnam | Vacation Ideas | Andrew Harper Travel

Vietnam | Vacation Ideas | Andrew Harper Travel


Andrew Harper

Explore vacation ideas to Vietnam and discover the best luxury hotels, restaurant recommendations, photography and travel ideas from Andrew Harper.

12 Years Of Travel: Bangkok Canal Bike Ride

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

One of the best ways to see everyday Bangkok is to take a bike ride into the sprawling suburbs Bangkok Canal Bike Ride 21 June 2014, 1 Year Ago This Week: Most people greet the idea of cycling in Bangkok with some variation of “Are you insane?”. And while the city’s traffic can be dangerous, […]

How to Book the Cheapest Hotels in 2018 (Which Match Your Travel Style Perfectly)

by Meg Jerrard @ Mapping Megan

One of my biggest pieces of advice for booking a hotel has always been to ask yourself why. And the answer should be beyond the obvious “I need a place to stay for the night”.

Because millions of people are booking into hotels every night. But how many of them are actually getting their choice right?

The solution? Nustay; a new hotel search engine which has 1.2 million hotels at rates cheaper than any other online booking site (seriously). And, by crunching data about your interests, it matches you with hotels which reflect your travel style.

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12 Years Of Travel: Jawfish With Eggs, Derawan, Indonesia

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

Indonesian Borneo has several islands with some great scuba diving – there are plenty of surprises waiting underwater Jawfish with eggs, Borneo 2 June 2010, 5 Years Ago This Week: Jawfish are one of my favourite sea creatures – they live in vertical tunnels dug in the sand and peer out over the top with […]

Hello Australia!

by @ STA Travel

Meet Pippa. Former STA Travel Customer Service Manager, European travel addict, and the manager of our new Working Holiday Heroes in Australia. (Essentially, the nice people in our Backpacker by STA Travel stores who help you find your feet, hug …

25 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE TRAVELING IN VIETNAM - The Hungry Suitcase

25 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE TRAVELING IN VIETNAM - The Hungry Suitcase


The Hungry Suitcase

Thailand enjoys a 50% return rate for foreign tourists. In contrast, Vietnam only pulls back 5% of visitors.Personally, I feel that Vietnam walks all over Thailand in almost every travel category except beaches. So, why do so many people have such bad experiences and never return to Vietnam?I hope the list I have made below helps out first-time visitors. It may seem cynical and anti-Vietnamese. It’s not. I love this country; I want you to love it, too. I’d just like to alert travelers to beware of the common first-time mistakes that may sour their experience of the local people and the country overall.Do your homework, know what to expect, and this is the most rewarding country in Southeast Asia to explore.Here goes:-1-TAKE YOUR VISA SERIOUSLY, VERY SERIOUSLY INDEEDYes, it seems like common sense, but I have seen tourists turned ... Read More »

Vietnam: Breathtaking Beauty and Indomitable Spirit

Vietnam: Breathtaking Beauty and Indomitable Spirit


The Nation

The Vietnam War (known as the “American War” in Vietnam) left an indelible imprint on both the land and people of this small Southeast Asian country, yet m

Reflections on Auschwitz, 2 years late

by Carrie @

Today as I continued going through old travel footage, I came across a video taken exactly two years ago, to the day. The feeling of that life comes back immediately as I watch myself in the lens of... Read More

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9-Night Vietnam Tour From $1,273 With Luxury Flights, Hotels & More — Ho Chi Minh To Hanoi

9-Night Vietnam Tour From $1,273 With Luxury Flights, Hotels & More — Ho Chi Minh To Hanoi


TravelPirates

Experience the beauty and culture of Vietnam with this fantastic nine-night trip that will take you from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi. Travel with a knowledgable guide through some of the country's most spectacular landscapes and exciting cities. Fly from Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York or San Francisco on 4-star or 5-star airlines.…

Should I Travel to Vietnam During Tet? | Earth Trekkers

Should I Travel to Vietnam During Tet? | Earth Trekkers


Earth Trekkers

Should I travel to Vietnam during Tet? Our family spent one month in Vietnam during Tet, spending New Year's Eve in Hanoi for Tet.

Get Huge Discounts on a Private Pool Villa at The Leaf Jimbaran Bali

by Meg Jerrard @ Mapping Megan

Bali has become one of the world’s premier travel destinations and for good reason. The popular Indonesian island is constantly ranked as one of the best islands to visit, enticing tourists from across the globe to experience its treasures.

Whether you come to seek nightlife that never ends, a relaxing eco-retreat, exciting outdoor recreation, delicious cuisine, or the hospitality of its inviting residents, Bali is sure to cater to the holiday you desire.

For those who desire a luxury villa retreat, with a private pool, beachfront seafood restaurants and laidback vibes, Luxury Escapes are offering 69% off stays at The Leaf Jimbaran for a limited time.

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New Van and New Dog – Live from Mexico

by michaela @ Overland Way

A sneak peek at our new vinyl wrap, meet the newest member of our travel family and see what plans we have in store for a new van interior! Big changes are happening! ♦ Subscribe to our Channel to follow the Adventure: https://tinyurl.com/Subscribe-to-OverlandWay

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vietnam


Phil Hoffmann Travel

Unique culture, turbulent history, delectable cuisine and hardworking locals, Vietnam is a country of great contrast.

Discover: Tokyo

by @ Wikitravel

Want to visit the Northern, Western, Eastern and Southern Capitals? Book flights to Beijing, Xian, Tokyo and Nanjing.

Thailand Travel Costs and How Much to Budget [Infographic]

by Charlie Marchant @ Charlie on Travel

Thailand is a very budget-friendly destination and you will almost always get a lot of bang for your Baht. But what’s a good budget per day for Thailand? Well, it depends on how you’re travelling. If you’re a digital nomad living in Thailand, you can take advantage of long-term rentals and keep costs low. If […]

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Discover: Graz

by @ Wikitravel

UPC Arena in Graz, Austria was renamed in 1997 to honor native son Arnold Schwarzenegger, but the old name was restored in 2005 over the governor's support of the death penalty.

What to Pack if You’re Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro (Packing List)

by Meg Jerrard @ Mapping Megan

In October 2010 I traveled to Tanzania with the goal of conquering a mountain. And at 5,895 metres (19,341 ft), it was really, really tall. The highest mountain in Tanzania, the highest mountain in Africa, and the highest free-standing mountain in the world, if we’re keeping score.

I trekked through some truly incredible landscapes, transformed as a person along the way, and battled through one of the world’s most challenging journeys over 7 days.

Kilimanjaro is powerful, awe-inspiring, and an experience which inspires transformation. But if you don’t know what to pack it’s going to make your life a hell of a lot harder than it has to be.

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12 Years Of Travel: Newquay Cliffs, Cornwall, UK

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

Famous for its burgeoning surfing scene, Newquay also has some stunningly beautiful scenic walks along its cliffs too. Newquay Cliffs, Cornwall 21 May 2013, 2 Years Ago This Week: Less than fifty miles from where I grew up, I’d never been to Newquay until this visit to see a friend who I’d first met in […]

Where To Go in Malaysia

by Charlie Marchant @ Charlie on Travel

In this Malaysia travel guide, we explore where to go in Malaysia and the best travel destinations. We’ll take you to the towering skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur, the lush green tea fields of the Cameron Highlands and the bustling art-laden cultural city of George Town. We loved Malaysia. But I should say up-front that we’re […]

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Singapore Travel Guide | What To Do with a Stopover in Singapore

by Luke Nicholson @ Charlie on Travel

In this Singapore travel guide, we share the best travel tips for a stopover in Singapore that takes in all of the city’s best sights without breaking the bank. Known as the gateway to Asia, Singapore is a popular stopover destination for travellers taking connecting flights to and from other countries in Asia. This unique […]

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Discover: Takaoka

by @ Wikitravel

On your way from Takaoka to the Vladivostok ferry? Take a look out the window: the name of the Himi train line means Ice-Watching.

Our guide to the Texas food & music scene

by @ STA Travel

Home to the rodeo, Willie Nelson, the Wild West, and finger lickin’ BBQ food, the Lone Star State is not to be overlooked. So, in true STA Travel style, we’re here to delve in to the food and music scene …

Top 10: best luxury hotels & lodges in Tanzania

by The Luxury Travel Expert @ the Luxury Travel Expert

Monday newsletters always feature top 10 travel lists to inspire [...]

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12 Years Of Travel: Perhentian Kecil Beach, Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

Malaysia’s Perhentian Islands are a backpacker haven with great beaches and cheap scuba diving Perhentian Kecil Beach, Perhentian Islands, Malaysia 28 June 2006, 9 Years Ago This Week: I’d been commissioned to write a story about diving in the Perhentian Islands by Asian Diver magazine – while it’s a bit of a trek to get […]

Review of American Airlines’ frequent flyer program, AAdvantage (pros & cons)

by The Luxury Travel Expert @ the Luxury Travel Expert

Friday newsletters always feature luxury travel contests, tips, series, or news [...]

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Hawaiian Airlines A330 First Class Honolulu to San Francisco

by The Luxury Travel Expert @ the Luxury Travel Expert

Wednesday newsletters always feature a hotel or flight review [...]

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Discover: Bohinj

by @ Wikitravel

Medieval frescoes in the Church of St. John the Baptist in Bohinj, Slovenia often show figures with large swellings of the neck (goiters), caused by lack of iodine in the local diet.

Backpacking Germany Budget Travel Guide 2018

by Ana Pereira @ The Broke Backpacker

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4 Years In A Kombi Through Middle East, Asia and Americas | OTHER OVERLANDERS

by michaela @ Overland Way

Sandra and Marcus have spent the last 4 years living and traveling in their 1978 Volkswagen Kombi from Switzerland to the world! They started heading east through the Middle East until their reached South East Asia, then shipped their van to Canada to continue to Mexico. This couple is nothing but pure inspiration! We love […]

Christmas Road Trip from Chiang Mai to Pai

Christmas Road Trip from Chiang Mai to Pai

by Charlie Marchant @ Charlie on Travel

This Christmas, we took a 2-day road trip from Chiang Mai to Pai. Because we work full-time, we use our Christmas holiday to make sure we go on an adventure! I know that doesn’t sound much like what you do at Christmas back home, but to be honest we’re both quite rubbish at sitting down, […]

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Backpacking South Africa Budget Travel Guide 2018

by Ana Pereira @ The Broke Backpacker

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A Foodie’s Guide to Hue, Vietnam

by Sue Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

Come to Hue and Eat like a Local Hue City is the old capital of Vietnam. Despite its location – next to Da Nang – the new economic center, Hue is calm and peaceful in a unique way. If you want to have a truly relaxing travel experience, Hue is definitely the city you must […]

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Things You Should Consider as a Responsible Traveler / EcoTourist in 2018

by Meg Jerrard @ Mapping Megan

We’ve all seen the obnoxious tourists waddling out of Subway in some beautiful, ancestral city. Chances are, if you catch us on the right day, we’ve all been that tourist.

There is, however, a revolution in tourism that is really starting to take off. A whole new way of thinking which prioritizes responsible travel, and considers the impact we have on the communities and environments we visit abroad.

The negative impacts of tourism are usually pretty clear to the traveler feeling particularly perceptive. But ecotourism is the belief that travel should be ultimately beneficial to both the tourist and the host country.

There is a balance we should all try to find while traveling: remain safe but also truly experience the local scene. Make ripples, but not a splash. Take only memories, leave only footprints. The following are four key things to consider for those looking to travel responsibly in 2018.

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SURVIVING BORACAY ALONE

by Steven @ The Hungry Suitcase

In March of 2012, I was nearly finished with a 3-week journey moving west through the Visayas region of The Philippines. Visayas is famous for beach and diving destinations. I have never been very interested in beaches, so I was focused on the cities of Cebu, Dumaguete, Bacolod, Iloilo and Kalibo. I did, however, have a beach destination as my final stop before flying out of the country. That beach was the most famous beach in all of The Philippines- Boracay. I was all by my sad self during these weeks in the Philippines. I’d met people here and there along the way, but I didn’t join a backpacker caravan or fall in love. So, how is it traveling to Boracay alone, anyway?

Often beach destinations entice travelers of impossibly clear turquoise waters bookended by eternal sunrises and sunsets. So often, ... Read More »

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A Year in Review (And a Needed Break)

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

As dawn broke on this year, I was excited for a fresh start. Last year, I dealt with panic attacks and anxiety from taking on too many projects, a breakup that left me heartbroken, and a mini-identity crisis from settling down. But that “greatest worst year of my life” set the stage for a year […]

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Move Over Las Vegas; Here are 3 Reasons Why Tourists Prefer Macau

by Meg Jerrard @ Mapping Megan

Thanks to appearances in countless Hollywood movies, Las Vegas has been widely regarded as the gambling capital of the world, with the bright lights of Sin City drawing visitors from around the globe for many decades.

However, the famous Nevada city can no longer claim to be the king of casino culture, and, in truth, hasn’t been for just over a decade now.

Rising to park itself firmly on that particular throne is Macau, which has transformed itself remarkably from what was once a sleepy fishing port to a booming Asian tourist destination at the top of many ‘must visit’ lists. Move over Las Vegas, because Macau is where the action is!

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Getting around | About Vietnam

Getting around | About Vietnam


Rough Guides

Though still a little rough around the edges, Vietnam’s transport network is continuing to improve. Most travel takes place on the roads, which are largely...

Is it better to be an expat or a nomad?

by Carrie @

Recently I did a tally of all the countries Drew and I have visited together, and which countries we've spent the most amount of time in. I think Drew has some ideas on how to analyze this information in interesting ways, but until that happens, the project has unearthed some interesting thoughts of my own, particularly as I compare my experiences as a nomad with Drew to my pre-Drew travels living, studying, and working in Northern Ireland.

I'm looking at this as a sort of comparison between living internationally as a nomad and living internationally as an "expat", (or rather, like an expat, since my experiences were in the study-abroad context). The real comparison is between living an international but stationary life, and living an international but nomadic life. Click to keep reading...

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And the winner is….

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

I received thousands of submissions for my round the world contest, and I enjoyed reading every single one of them. Unfortunately, there can only be one winner. Today, I'm very excited to announce the official winner of the round the world contest! The journey begins next month.

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We are hiring for a program coordinator in Vietnam

We are hiring for a program coordinator in Vietnam


Building University-Industry Learning and Development through Innovation and Technology (BUILD-IT)

Arizona State University (ASU) seeks a Vietnam based Coordinator responsible for day-to-day support including, but not limited: stakeholder communication and coordination, implementation of program activities, event planning, and implementation of training and workshop activities.

7 Things To Know Before Travelling by Overnight Train in Vietnam - Mapping Megan

7 Things To Know Before Travelling by Overnight Train in Vietnam - Mapping Megan


Mapping Megan

As many a traveler will tell you, taking an overnight train in Asia is quite an adventure, one that I have always found to be enjoyable and something to look forward to.Overnight trains are my favorite means of covering long distances because they're usually friendlier to my budget and more comfortable than taking long road trips being cramped in a small car or bus.The other advantage is that you get to stretch your legs out and get a good night’s sleep in exchange for just a little bit more than you would pay for a hostel or budget hotel.

Getting Around in Hue, Vietnam

by Phuc Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

Hue is the famous Imperial city of Central Vietnam, the throne of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 to 1945. Old and tranquil, Hue is frozen in time, standing amongst the remnants of a once glorious Asian empire. Because of this, getting around Hue is intriguing with many options available, and sights to see. A major […]

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Vietnam - the Luxury Travel Expert

Vietnam - the Luxury Travel Expert


the Luxury Travel Expert

Get the most out of your (luxury) trip to Vietnam with my travel guide. [...]

Best Airbnbs in Reykjavik for a Winter Break

by Charlie Marchant @ Charlie on Travel

Let me share my Airbnb wishlist for Reykjavik, Iceland. Read my list of the best Airbnbs in Reykjavik, including budget rooms, perfect apartments and luxury rental homes.  Winter season has got me dreaming about white snow and cold countries. I was just sixteen when I went on my first trip to Iceland – it was short […]

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Discover: Fukuoka

by @ Wikitravel

A bullet train ride on the Hakata-Minami Line in Fukuoka, Japan costs just ¥290 (under US$3). Alas, the end-to-end trip lasts just ten minutes.

Discover: Jacksonville

by @ Wikitravel

If you visit Fort Caroline National Memorial in Jacksonville, Florida, don't expect to see the eponymous fort itself; it's now beneath the waters of the St. John's River.

January in Breb. Life in the Freezer

by Alyson Long for World Travel Family @ World Travel Family

We’ve been waiting for this. When we first had the idea of basing ourselves in Romania, locals told us winter temperatures can easily drop to -25C. We checked online, we couldn’t find any records of temperatures that low, so we kind of didn’t believe it but wanted to find out what it was like. With […]

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Dining In The Dark In Saigon

by amizuchan @ Wide Eyed Tours

The city of Saigon on any day is a heady onslaught on all of your senses with its chaotic traffic, tooting horns, street food stalls, neon lights and general excitement around every corner. So to find a dark and silent sanctuary in the centre of this heaving city is heaven to the senses. Down a […]

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Top 10: safest airlines that have never had a plane crash

by The Luxury Travel Expert @ the Luxury Travel Expert

Monday newsletters always feature top 10 travel lists to inspire [...]

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Discover: Santa Fe

by @ Wikitravel

In the celebrated art colony of Santa Fe, New Mexico, you can of course get paintings of the scenery of the southwestern United States, but did you know you can also get original paintings of Daffy Duck and Wile E. Coyote?

Vietnam: a boat trip on the Mekong

Vietnam: a boat trip on the Mekong


the Guardian

An overnight trip into the Mekong delta presents the opportunity get off Vietnam's tourist trail and meet the locals, says Liz Boulter

Music streaming abroad

by Carrie @

In my pre-travel-is-free days, my flight routine used to include lots of pensive journaling as I looked out onto a cloud landscape and listened to my favorite iPod playlist. Those were the days when I actually used to own music...
Over the last five years, the frequency with which I purchase music has gone down to almost zero. (With the exception of my twin sister's brand new album of course.) I don't even pirate music anymore. I haven't had a functioning iPod in years.

This is of course because the plethora of music streaming options now available make it so easy to listen to music without owning it.
But music streaming isn't as impressive once you leave the US. When we first started traveling nomadically, there was a bit of a learning curve in finding which music services worked and where. Click to keep reading...

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Top 10: best frequent flyer programs to join in 2018

by The Luxury Travel Expert @ the Luxury Travel Expert

Monday newsletters always feature top 10 travel lists to inspire [...]

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Hoi An

by abbieglew @ Vietnam – Abbie's View

Hoi An Hoi An is a city in central Vietnam, known for its atmospheric old town and period architecture. The old town has become somewhat of a tourist hub, with lantern filled streets boasting lounge bars, restaurants and boutique-shops. But travel a little outside of town and a more traditional way of life can be […]

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Places to Visit in Singapore-Christmas Blog Special!

by Alyson Long for World Travel Family @ World Travel Family

We spent almost 2 weeks in Singapore at Christmas and split our time between a budget hostel near the Singapore River, a short walk from the marina, quays and Marina Bay Sands, and a more luxury Resorts World Hotel on Sentosa Island. We also took the opportunity to take a 3 day break to an […]

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How Much Money Do I Need For Vietnam

How Much Money Do I Need For Vietnam


Travel Happy

If you're wondering "How Much Money Do I Need For Vietnam?", see our guide to the prices of Vietnam food, booze, accommodation, travelling and activities

Traveling with pets in Vietnam (Part 1) - Oi

Traveling with pets in Vietnam (Part 1) - Oi


Oi

Advice on traveling with pets in Vietnam and dealing with cars, trains, buses, planes and hotels as well as behavior, nutrition and security.

Yogyakarta Travel Guide

by Charlie Marchant @ Charlie on Travel

In this Yogyakarta travel guide, I share the five best things to do in Yogyakarta, the best vegetarian restaurants in the city and the best hotels in Yogyakarta. This Yogyakarta travel guide focuses on local culture, vegetarian food and green accommodation, to bring you the best green and local travel advice about the city. Yogyakarta – pronounced Jogjakarta – […]

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How your travel blog design is working against you

by Carrie @

As a graphic designer, I feel embarrassed that my blog has had a very mediocre design for the last years.  To be honest, it’s kind of like the interior designer whose house is a clutter of unintentional and... Read More

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6 (Non-Millennial) Solo Female Travelers Share Their Travel Wisdom

by NomadicMatt @ Nomadic Matt's Travel Site

Solo female travel isn't just for millennials! In this column, Kristin Addis introduces us to some older solo female travelers who are following their dreams to see the world. These women come from all backgrounds and all walks of life, proving it's never too late to start traveling.

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Discovering Sapa: A Comprehensive Guide to Visiting Vietnam’s Northern Hill Station

by Juliana Hahn @ The Christina's Blog

Sapa is famous for its beautiful landscapes full of verdant rice paddies, rolling hills, Vietnam’s highest mountain, and hidden trails in overgrown valleys. While the idea of coming here for a trek far off from the noise and pollution of the big cities inspires wanderlust, organizing it all can be a bit daunting, especially for […]

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Discover: Kratie

by @ Wikitravel

The interior of the Phnom Sombok temple in Kratie, Cambodia is decorated with torture scenes for the edification of the non-virtuous visitor.

How Much A Trip to Vietnam Costs | Vietnam Travel Budget 2017

How Much A Trip to Vietnam Costs | Vietnam Travel Budget 2017


Charlie on Travel

How much does it cost to travel Vietnam? Average daily cost per person, total travel expenses, budget accommodation and cheap food in Vietnam.

Discover: Japan

by @ Wikitravel

Good things come in threes — and in Japan, the list includes views, castles, gardens, mountains, hot springs and giant Buddha statues.

TOP 5 REASONS TO VISIT HO CHI MINH CITY DURING TET

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

Lunar New Year, or more commonly known as Tet, is a wondrous and prosperous time in Vietnam, and is an event that is anticipated throughout the year!  It marks the arrival of spring, a brand new start for many of life’s endeavours, and is a time to appreciate and spend time with family.  If you…

Backpacking Vietnam Travel Guide 2017 - Adventure Tips

Backpacking Vietnam Travel Guide 2017 - Adventure Tips


The Broke Backpacker

Backpacking Vietnam; the ultimate guide to exploring one of South East Asia's most mysterious and beautiful travel destinations...

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