The Pros and Cons of Booking with a Tour Group

When I first set out on my yearlong adventure, I would have done anything to join a tour group. Unfortunately for me, the costs of tour groups were too high. I could either do a year of solo travel and figure things out on my own or two months with a company. The idea of solo travel scared me initially, but the more research I did, the more confident I became. Once I was on the road, I was happy that I’d chosen to do things on my own. I’ve learned to go with the flow and adapt, and...

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6 Exotic Massages & Spa Treatments to Try in Southeast Asia

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Coming from New York City, massages are a bit of a luxury. A cheap massage where I used to live cost about $60 an hour. A good massage could run up to $300 for the same amount of time. They're so expensive that it's hard to experiment and try new things because no one wants to pay that much for a bad massage.

Southeast Asia however, is a mecca for spas. Oh, and did I mention that an hour will only run you about $10 in most countries. I guess you can kind of do the math and see why I...

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Visiting Nepal? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

Visiting Nepal? Here's Everything You Need To Know - Customs, Culture, Weather, Safety

Nepal has quickly become one of my favorite countries I've ever been to. Whether it's the jaw dropping views or the hospitality of the locals, this country has tons of reasons to visit. Before I came, it was one of the countries I did the least amount of research on. Below are some of the things you need to know before coming, plus some helpful tips once you're there.

Before you go...

Travel Document Requirements

  • Passport - required
  • ...

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The Best Gifts to Get the Avid Traveler in Your Life This Holiday

I've become that super annoying person who is impossible to buy gifts for. Basically, I don't want anything unless it fits in my backpack and has a useful function. While not every traveler feels this way, I figured I'd compile a list of things to get the avid traveler in your life. Whether you're traveling for business or an adventurer, these items make the perfect holiday gifts!

Packing Cubes

I'd never heard of packing cubes until I started backpacking. I'd read some good...

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What is a Homestay? Why Should You Stay in One?

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Every once in a while, I realize that people are fascinated by what I consider the most trivial parts of my travels. This week it came to my attention that homestays are a mysterious thing. After telling a couple of women that we were staying in a homestay, they looked intrigued and said, “What is that like?” They also looked a little concerned, as if it were the third world. It was in that moment that I realized, I had no idea what one was until I started backpacking.

My...

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Your Cheat Sheet for Bali – The Island of the Gods

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I'd met several people who claimed they didn't like Indonesia, but when I told people I'd be spending most of my time in Bali, their eyes lit up. It was as if I was talking about a totally separate country. To be honest, it does feel like its own country. The people are Hindu, they speak Balinese, they have their own local cuisine, and their own type of massage. The subculture here is so different from the rest of Indonesia, that it's hard to generalize it with the rest of the country....

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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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Everything You Should Do Before Leaving a Foreign Airport

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Entering a new country can be scary. You don't speak the language, and you're so focused on finding the baggage claim, customs, and the exit that you don't really take advantage of anything the airport offers. Every time I enter a new country, I go through an "airport checklist," that way, when I leave the airport, the only thing I have to do is find my hotel. It makes life so easy that I'm not really sure how people do it any other way. So what's on my checklist you might ask?

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Visiting Singapore? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

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Before you go...

Travel Document Requirements

  • Passport - required
  • Visa for Business - not required for stays of under 90 days
  • Visa for Tourism - not required for stays of under 90 days
  • Visa for Transit - not required

Suggested Vaccinations

  • Hep A
  • Hep B
  • Tetanus
  • Influenza
  • ...

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8 Common Questions About Hostels Answered

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Hostels are a funny thing. Once you’ve stayed in one, you wonder why you ever questioned them. But prior to that, you have at least one million questions. No joke, I’ve answered more questions about what it’s like to stay in a hostel than what it’s like to stay in a country. No judgment, I asked all the same questions about hostels too. So what is a hostel like? I can best describe it as a college dorm made for travelers. Here’s the answers to the questions I’ve been asked the...

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