Book Review: A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout

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Usually, I read travel memoirs or stories about what it was like to live in a country during a certain time period. For some reason, all of the books on my list didn't appeal. I stumbled across A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout on a blog listing the best female travel memoirs, though this story only starts out as a travel memoir. I recently talked to another woman about how easy it is to relax too much when traveling. You hear horror story after horror story of all the...

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Chasing Waterfalls and Abseiling Them in Nepal

Nepal is a mecca for adventure tourism. I knew I wanted to go bungee jumping, which you can read about here, but to be honest, I didn’t know if I’d have the guts to jump. I didn’t want to take a 4 hour bus ride to The Last Resort with nothing to show for it. After looking at their website, I fell in love with the idea of canyoning (better known as waterfall abseiling). I decided to sign up for both activities and an overnight stay at the resort.

Initially, I thought it would be...

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How Much it Costs to Backpack in Southern Thailand

Thailand is one of the countries where it's super easy for me to live on a $30 a day budget. In January, I spent 18 days in Northern Thailand (budget- here), but I knew I wanted to go back and explore the south. This time I stayed for just under 4 weeks (27 days), and managed to stay well under budget. A big factor in that was attending an 11 day silent retreat which cost only $60 including all food and accommodations.

My Itinerary

1 night in Surat Thani - Since I...

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Bungee Jumping at the 9th Highest Bungee in the World

Bungee Bungy Jump Nepal The Last Resort

The sound of screams echo in the distance. The ground beneath me moves, just slightly, bouncing up and down like a gentle wave. I’m a firm believer that the wait is always the worst part. Those excruciatingly long moments right before you do something really brave. Those few seconds can feel like an eternity. Both of my hands are planted firmly on either side of the narrow suspension bridge, my knuckles turning white from gripping for too long. My breath has steadied, but the line in front...

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20 Things to Do & See on Nusa Lembongan, Bali

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Nusa Lembongan (a small island off the coast of Bali) felt like a mystery to me. My only plan while there was to go to the beach. Beyond that, I really wasn't sure what the island offered, and I found it hard to find information online. It seemed most people only stayed there a couple of days at most. Leave it to me to spend two weeks in a place that most people deemed an overnight trip. After exploring, I really feel like this is the perfect place to chill and do nothing while being...

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Failing the PADI Open Water Scuba Course in Bali

PADI Open Water SCUBA Diving Course in Nusa Lembongan Bali - Manta Ray Bay

After getting off to a rough start snorkeling, I wasn’t sure I wanted to learn to dive in Nusa Lembongan. I knew that getting my PADI would require me to go back to Manta Bay, the place that just a few days prior had sent my mind into an erratic state of panic. I’ve heard that if something scares you, the best thing you can do is jump back in and try again right away. Otherwise, it builds up in your mind and becomes a fear that you can’t defeat.

I decided I would talk to the people...

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When, Where, and How to Negotiate in Southeast Asia

Every once in awhile, I realize I have a skill that I didn't know was unique. I grew up with parents who owned an antique business, and I was going to flea markets before I could walk. Negotiating is something I was exposed to at a very young age. As I got older, I'd go to antique shows with my dad as my summer job. After years of training, negotiating is about as easy as breathing air. It wasn't until I met a really sweet girl, Laurene, that I realized this is a skill not everyone has. She...

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The Best Restaurants in Nusa Lembongan on a Budget

Best Restaurants in Nusa Lembongan on a Budget

My mom and I decided to visit Nusa Lembongan after looking at a map of Bali for hours. We originally confused the small island with one of the Gili’s, but once we realized it was a different place we began to do some research. There was little information out there about the island since it’s an up and coming tourist destination, but the pictures we found were enough to have us sold.

We really had no idea what we would find in the way of restaurants when we got here, but I can tell...

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Taking a Balinese Cooking Class in Ubud

Taking a Balinese Cooking Class in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

If you follow my blog, then you know that I like to take a cooking class in every country I visit. Truth is, I’m a terrible cook. The great thing about cooking for friends back home is that they have no idea if you’ve messed up because they have no idea what it’s supposed to taste like. This has given me a little more confidence in the kitchen. I can honestly say most of my friends and family don’t know what Balinese food is. In fact, I’m not sure I even know.

From what I...

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Two Adventurous Days in Mondulkiri, Cambodia

Swimming with Elephants in Mondulkiri, Cambodia

For some reason, southern Cambodia just wasn't calling my name. Koh Rong, Kampot, and Sihanoukville all felt a little lack luster for me. I don't know why, but I suddenly had no interest in leaving Phnom Penh. We can blame it on the gorgeous pool at my hostel, the amazing people I met, the bad weather down south, or pure laziness. Whichever excuse you decide to go with, you're probably right. I had no intention of venturing around until I met an awesome girl from Denmark who happened to be...

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