Visiting Gardens by the Bay in Singapore

Gardens by the Bay Singapore Cloud Forest

If you've ever thought of visiting Singapore, you probably heard of Gardens by the Bay. If you're sitting there scratching your head thinking, "I don't know Michelle... that doesn't sound familiar" then let me rephrase. You know that area with the really weird giant trees, and the waterfall inside a round building, and that other building with a boat on top? Yea, that area! Well that my friends is Gardens by the Bay. It's pretty much the thing every tourist thinks of when they think of...

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6 Reasons Singapore is My New Favorite City

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If you know me, you know that the title of this post is a bold statement. I've lived in New York City for the past 8 years, and I never thought I'd love a city more than New York. Until, I discovered Singapore. Singapore has all of the things I love about New York and then some. So what is it that has me head over heels about this tiny country?

1. It's so clean!

This is probably the weirdest reason to love a place, but if you've spent time in any city, you probably thought it...

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Book Review: What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman

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I like to think of life as a highway. You drive along and when everything is going okay, you pass mile markers. Early in life they consist of things like learning to use a toilet and losing all of your baby teeth. Soon after, it’s going to prom and graduating high school. Up until that point, it seems like there is only one logical decision in front of you at a time, and it’s pretty easy to follow. Your GPS demanding you go straight ahead for 10,000 miles. Until it doesn’t....

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12 Things To Do and See in Munnar, India

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If there's one thing I've learned about travel advice, it's that you should listen to everything but still form your own decisions. For instance, one backpacker told me Munnar, India was just another city. Another told me they went on a day trip, and there's really no reason to stay longer than that because there's nothing to do. My boyfriend and I had already booked a hotel for a week, but I was confident that there was a ton to do and see in Munnar. I was in no rush to see it all in one...

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How Much it Costs to Backpack in Northern Thailand

How much it costs to travel in Northern Thailand - Backpacking Chiang Mai, Ayutthaya, Lopburi, Bangkok

I’ve read so many blogs about what it costs to spend a day in Thailand. Some said $10 while others said $50 and I couldn’t really decide where that left me. How much should I budget? Where do I even start? Everyone has different spending habits and the person spending $50 a day seemed extravagant while the person claiming to spend $10 seemed a little out of my comfort zone.

I knew that once I traveled I wanted to write a really in-depth post about how much everything cost so that...

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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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Everything you Need to Know About the Northern Train in Thailand

There are certain things that seem insanely daunting before you start backpacking. For me, one of those things was transportation. On a very limited budget, I’d be forced to take trains and buses everywhere. I never even conquered the New York City bus system and I lived there eight years. So how would I figure out public transportation in a foreign country in another language?!

Everywhere I looked online directed me to a timetable, but I never found much more information than that....

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Book Review: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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As some of you know, I have a never-ending list of books I’d like to read. Usually a friend recommends one, or I read about one on a travel blog. Whenever I see something interesting, I add it to the list. However, I often skip over the same book repeatedly because the small blurb on Amazon doesn’t sound appealing. That’s what happened to The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. A shepherd goes in search of his dreams. Hmmm. Sounds kind of boring.

Thanks to the new restrictions...

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What to Pack for Southeast Asia: A List for Female Backpackers

As a woman who used to work in the fashion industry, packing light is hard. How could I possibly fit everything I would need for one year and ten countries into one 55L bag? The trick was to make a pile of everything I wanted to bring with me weeks before I was going to leave. I left everything on my dining room table, and every day I’d take out one thing that wasn’t essential. Eventually there was nothing left to remove, and I knew I’d gotten it down to the necessities. So what made...

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16 Things to do in Kochi, India

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Kochi, a small city on the coast of southern India goes overlooked on most itineraries. Although a popular hub for northerners, it's not often visited by foreigners who prefer to see monuments like the Taj Mahal in the north. Those who do venture south often find themselves in larger cities like Goa. Fort Cochin, however, is worth a visit for a few days. After spending over two weeks there, we got the lay of the land and even repeated Uber drivers (a sure sign you've seen it all). So what...

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