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Brasov’s wavering beauty

Many travelers have that favourite place in the world that they’ll always try to weave into long trips. Places that, if they’re anywhere in the vicinity or even continent, they must pass through. It might be a favourite food, landmark, Read More

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Brasov for Digital Nomads

One of my favourite parts of being a digital nomad and being able to wander the world while working remotely is meeting fellow travelers and swapping adventures and stories of beautiful cities, esoteric cultures and of course, bullet speed WiFi. Read More

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Traditional Romanian Food

Coming back to Romania was always very exciting for me. I loved the old fashioned rustic cities, namely Brașov where I was born, the amazing hiking in the Carpathian Mountains, the donkey and mule carts still visible among the country Read More

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Hiking the Dolomites

There are many mountain ranges worth exploring in the world, but few are as famously picturesque as the Alps. A number of countries come to mind when those mountains are mentioned and for me, France and Switzerland were always the Read More

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Wild Western Myanmar, Show Up and Figure it Out

If you’re going to Myanmar, chances are, you know a little bit about it’s history. Even if you’re not, it’s hard not to at least know that drastic changes are finally coming to its government, changes that had been promised Read More

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Motorbiking and Paragliding to Dharamsala

After an absolutely glorious time in Vashisht and Manali, leaving was not something I would have liked to do, unless my next stop was Dharamsala. Not only was I excited for one of the most spiritual and yogic centers of Read More

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Dharamsala’s 3 Hippie Brothers

After motorbiking from Manali and paragliding in Bir, I finally made it to Dharamsala. Touted as a hotbed of yoga and reiki, I had decided to come here a long time ago and expected a blissful, relaxed town, full of Read More

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Go to Manali but stay in Vashisht

Manali is a famous name in India, a touristy ski resort in the winter and beautiful scene to lounge in during the summer. You’ll hear talk of scenic views, peaceful vibes, lush forests, tantalizing waterfalls and meditative temples. But you’d hear Read More

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rasta cafe

I’m at rasta cafe! http://4sq.com/1aLeWEK [“Today is turning into a productive work day full of masala and curry #workwithaview Read More

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Listen to Strangers… and don’t lose your good travel habits

It’s absolutely incredible how many times a stranger’s kind recommendations benefit one’s travels, but it’s happened time and time again. There I was, relocating from Leh to Manali on a 14 hour overnight, overcramped van, eager to to arrive. I Read More

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Turtuk – An oasis of tradition in Northern India

The sun was slowly starting to set as we were leaving Hunder. We had left Leh that morning and put a few hunder kilometers behind us on our way to Turtuk. In my mind, this made the road a even more Read More

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Beyond Leh through Northern Ladakh

After having seen the sights in Leh and completing my work for the week, which I did while sipping on the area’s fantastic masala chai in their panoramic cafes, it was time to see what lay even further north. Making this Read More

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Leh and Norther India

I arrive in Leh, the capital city of the province of Ladakh, from Delhi, eager to experience a side of India that I hope is quieter, less hectic and more scenic. Delhi was a culture shock to say the least. Read More

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The Ghost Scam that got me to Leh

As always, a chance encounter threw my travel plans for a spin, and I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome. There I was, minding my own business on the busy streets of Delhi, walking around looking for a SIM Read More

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Home For a Rest

What an adventure that was! After an epic 5 month journey through South East Asia, followed by a 2 month trip through Europe, I was finally able to come home for a rest before heading out to India. It’s also Read More

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Post Asia Reflections

I left Vancouver December 26th, to embark on a journey that I had dreamt about the entire year leading up to it. I had quit my job, moved all my stuff back home, spent the holidays with my family, and boarded Read More

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Sibling Adventures in Thailand

Few travel buddys can bring to the table what a sibling can, especially when said sibling is a younger sister. I was looking forward to her joining me in Thailand for weeks before she finally arrived, and despite her stay being only Read More

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Travel vs Vacation

From the outside, travel and vacation sound the same, look the same, but they’re not the same. It was clear that many of the people who heard about my trip didn’t understand that it wasn’t just going to be lying on beaches Read More

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Travel Struggles To Siem Reap

After a heck of an adventure, which involved Thailand (twice), Vietnam (from south to north and then some), and Laos (where I fulfilled my childhood dream of living in a treehouse in the jungle), I’m finally jetsetting to Cambodia. Now Read More

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My Epic Adventure in Phong Nha

Words cannot describe how amazing Phong Nha was. From the ride in, to the scenery around, to the caves themselves, it was all a surreal experience. The view all along the road leading up to it was spectacular. So amazing in Read More

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Working in Đồng Hới

My quest to see as many of Vietnam’s corners, continues. After some of the most fulfilling experiences on this trip so far in the caves of Phong Nha, I was going to head north towards Hanoi through Nimh Binh before reading that Read More

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Careful Privileges of Tourism in a Second World Country

Throughout this trip, I have met many fellow backpackers that, like me, are on an extended trip through South East Asia. I left almost 3 months ago and still do not have a return ticket. There are few other places Read More

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South East Asia is not a Western Country

For all you obsessives out there, yes, I know South East Asia is not a country. It just sounds better than saying “The Countries in South East Asia are not Western Countries”. If this title upsets you so much that you Read More

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Ongoing Vietnam Hostels

As you may have noticed, I’m doing a little motorbike trip throughout Vietnam. I started in Ho Chi Minh City and headed south through the Mekong Delta, all the way down to Hà Tiên on the border with Cambodia. I then Read More

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Đà Lạt – Vietnam’s European Connection

Cannot say enough wonderful things about this city. As soon as we entered, I started getting flashbacks of various European cities that I’ve visited in the past. The Xuan Huong Lake, for instance, instantly reminded me of Geneva, and the hill Read More

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Working in the Mui Ne Hills

You know when travel goes wrong but everything is all right? Like when Mitch Hedberg described an escalator as something “which cannot break, it simply becomes stairs”, travel cannot fail. You just end up somewhere else, doing something else, which is Read More

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The Heisenberg Travel Uncertainty Principle

There are places in the world that people have visited since the dawn of time but never settled. These are places like a dense forest, an arid and rocky mountain, a stadium, or a concert hall. The amount of people Read More

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Same Shirt, Different Day

Ah the joys of traveling sure do lead you to some interesting habits. The mix of poor facilities such as laundry, the limits imposed by the fluctuating yet minimal contents of your backpack, and the unattainability of certain products that are otherwise considered Read More

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The ride out of Saigon and Mũi Né

The time has finally arrived to embark on one of journeys that had me most excited for this trip through Asia: the motorbike ride from Saigon to Hanoi. I’ve bought my bike, taken a practice run through the Mekong Delta, spent my final Read More

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Getting lost in a Creepy Vietnamese Amusement Park

Did I mention it was also abandoned? Just goes to show how getting lost can lead to the most interesting discoveries. We had been driving from Saigon into Mũi Né, the serene fishing and beach village on the south east shore of Read More

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Can Tho

After a six hour motorbike ride from Saigon which involved a few repairs and some sights, I made it to Can Tho to explore with two friends and fellow travelers, Deepak and Katie. We were staying in the Aura hotel, in Read More

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First Motorbike Trip – Back to the Mekong!

After my friend Arjun unfortunately had to delay his trip to come join me in Vietnam, I was left with my two friends, Deepak and Katie. They had planned to bus down to Can Tho in the Mekong Delta so, rather Read More

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Buying a Motorbike in Vietnam

Motorbikes are as synonymous to Vietnam life as pho is to Vietnamese cuisine and every traveler knows it. A motorbike trip, usually from Ho Chi Minh City in the south to Hanoi in the north, or vice versa, has pretty Read More

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Hoppy Juice

Hoppy Juice is a small shop and it can get busy, although I’ve never had a problem getting a table. Nothing special about the environment, it’s simple and quiet. The best part about it is the food and drink combos, Read More

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Thuc Coffee

Thuc Coffee gave me good impressions coming in due to its nice decor and seemingly low coffee prices. A few moments in though, I caught the smell of cigarette smoke inside. They then added a 20% service charge on my drink. Read More

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Tous les Jours

As the name suggests, Tous les Jours is a French cafe and bakery. Overall a great place to work or just chill and read. I started with my kindle while enjoying a pastry and moved on to my laptop to Read More

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Learning the Traditions of the Mekong Delta

After a few work days in the heat of Ho Chi Minh City and a trip to the War Remnants museum, it was time to get back at nature. Signing up for a tour of the Mekong Delta was easily done Read More

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Learning from our Viet Homestays

I was sitting down on the porch of the shaggy looking home of the homestays that took me in for the night during my 2 day tour of the Mekong Delta and was blown away by the environment I was in. Read More

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Avocado Coffee – Best Wake up in Vietnam!

No you are not dreaming, your two favorite things really are together at last. Avocado Coffee, something I never even dreamed of, is keeping people up on a regular basis all over Ho Chi Minh! I first tried this delicacy Read More

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Don’t Try to Fight the Travel Gods

Don’t try and fight the Travel Gods. They will win. Because they’re bigger than you, and smarter than you. Yesterday, while trying to make the trek from Koh Phangan to Hanoi was a perfect example of what they’re capable of. All the Read More

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Koh Tao

Koh Tao has officially won my Best Lower Gulf Island Award, an award that may be award to one of the 3 Gulf Islands – Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao, once per person per lifetime. Ever since I Read More

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Chiang Mai and Doi Suthep

The two friends I was traveling with had to head back to work this week so my solo trip was finally getting started! First stop: Koh Tao to get my PADI diving license. Unfortunately, it appeared that the bus plus Read More

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Lessons Learned on the Thai Trains

Before getting on the train to Chiang Mai from Bangkok, I had developed a cough due to the extreme AC that was pumped into the hostel all night and decided to stop by a pharmacy on the way to the train station. Read More

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Breakfast

Boiled rice with meat. Had this beauty in Chiang Mai. Didn’t realize or was going to be a soup, I was expecting some sort of boiled rice balls with chicken and was definitely surprised to see that soup can be Read More

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The journey to and in Patong

This was the first time I was riding on the highway, and it was significantly easier than I thought. In Koh Samui and Phangan, there were hills, turns and potholes to watch out for. This was a flat stretch of Read More

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Markets

Markets aren’t a common sight in America. When they do show up, it’s usually in the form of temporary farmer’s markets. In Thailand, as well as many other second and third world countries, they’re a common way of life. Unlike Read More

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Fruit shakes

I have to actively keep myself from guzzling these down all day. They taste so good, are so refreshing on those Thai hot days, and will rarely run you more than $1.50. They are easy to find along beaches, in Read More

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Oldtown Phuket

Beautiful town. Wish we had spent more time here. Very interesting architecture, albeit with a little more hustle and bustle than the beach towns we’ve been enjoying. It had been a very long travel day but eventually, we arrived at Read More

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Land and Sea Transportation in Thailand

Since arriving in Thailand, I was truly frequently pleasantly surprised by how put together it is. No offence meant, but I definitely over planned. Their pharmacies are well stacked, the stores have everything you need, and I definitely did not Read More

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Exploring Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan is one of those places where you can turn your trip into whatever kind of vacation you choose to. The party scene there is non stop and drinks are cheap enough that you can afford to have as many Read More

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Getting to the Thai Gulf Islands

After two flights, spanning almost 24 hours and a night in Bangkok followed by a one hour sleep, we headed back to the Bangkok airport, which I had left not ten hours ago, for our 7:30 am Bangkok Airways flight Read More

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Vancouver Airport (YVR), 2 terminals, 1 Tim Horton’s

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Landing in Bangkok

Who says you can’t just dive right into a trip? My two friends I’m starting it with definitely don’t. They arrived on December 25th so they had two nights on me. Already acclimated and desensitized to Bangkok, they simply sent Read More

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Made my first plan

Today was a big step in planning my travel because I made my first plan! Gotta start somewhere. We decided to spend NYE in Koh Pha Ngan so we’re heading from Bangkok to Koh Samui the morning of Dec 28th Read More

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How much should I plan?

My travel planning has been a lot more day dreaming than anything else, but as the departure date draws near, it’s getting as involved as it’s going to get. I’ve done so little that I feel like most of it is going Read More

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The Perfect Travel Notebook

  As my travel planning is picking up steam, so does my day dreaming and enthusiasm. There are times in which I’m literally nauseous with excitement at the ideas and possibilities I think up, of traveling and work abroad. It’s Read More