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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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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Prepare to Visit Myanmar with these Helpful Tips

Before you go...

Travel Document Requirements

  • Passport - required
  • Visa for Business - required
  • Visa for Tourism - required (more here on how to get a tourist visa)
  • Visa for Transit - not required as long as you remain in the airport and do not pass through immigration

Suggested Vaccinations

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

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Everything You Need to Know When Visiting Thailand

Before leaving to visit Thailand, I did an insane amount of research. I read every blog I could find, and every article that was emailed to me. I read a 1,000 page informational guide on safety in the 10 countries I'd be visiting. Never has a person been more prepared than me in the moment before I left. If there was a common scam, I knew about it. If there was an area that wasn't safe, I researched it. Had there been a pop quiz on the plane, I would have aced it! Here's the highlights of...

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What Was I Thinking? My First Day in Bangkok

The last few days have been such a mix of emotions. I can’t help but sit here and just stare at my keyboard hoping it will tell me how to explain just how I feel. Alas, technology has only come so far. I’m currently sitting in a hostel common area. An atrium of sorts. It’s so hot that I literally have sweat dripping off me. Classy, I know. Luckily I’ve found myself a secluded spot in the shade with a light breeze and the sounds of birds chirping mixed with the dull beeping of car...

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How to Apply for a Nepal Tourist Visa

I've read so many blogs and am always surprised when they say that Nepal is one of their favorite countries. If applying for a Nepal tourist visa is any consolation, then I'm already in love. It may not be as easy as hopping off the plane and getting approved, but the paperwork is easy to find, understand, and process. Here is how to apply for a Nepalese Tourist Visa. Please note, this was written for a US citizen in December of 2016. Please check the Embassy of Nepal website for up...

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How to apply for a Myanmar Tourist Visa

how to get a visa for myanmar

Paperwork has never been my strong suit, but having to apply for multiple visas has forced me to get my act together. Unlike the Indian visa that I wrote about previously, the Myanmar visa is a tad easier to apply for. Please note that this was written for a US citizen in December of 2016. You should check this website for updates.

Things to know

  • You can apply for a visa before leaving for your trip
  • Application is submitted through the...
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Which Travel Vaccines to get for Southeast Asia

I'd like to start by stating that I am by no means a doctor in any way shape or form but thought it might be helpful to provide some info on which travel vaccines I decided to get for a year long trip to 10 countries in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Myanmar, India, Nepal, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam). I chose the vaccines mentioned below based on my past vaccine history, research done on the CDC website, and consulting my doctor. Each person is...

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The Unglamorous Side of Trip Planning

I'm going to apologize in advance because this post is basically me whining. But then again, it's my blog, and I can do what I want (Sorry...not sorry). On the other hand, this post is also for all the people who always say, "That's amazing! I'm so jealous!" Now you won't be jealous because you don't have to do any of this stuff. Yay for you. With that being said....

Lately my conversations seem to be filled with "ooooohhs" and "ahhhhhs." And yes, the idea of traveling a...

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