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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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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How Much it Costs to Backpack in Cambodia

angkor wat siem reap

If you're coming from a western country, you'll think Cambodia is cheap. However, if you're coming from another country in Southeast Asia, you'll find it surprisingly expensive. While beautiful hotels are super cheap, food and tourism is on the pricey side. I started with a budget of $30 a day, but ended up going over constantly. So, how much did I spend over 18 days in Cambodia? Check it out below...

My Itinerary

4 nights in Siem Reap - Siem Reap is not that...

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How Much it Costs to Backpack in Singapore

singapore supertrees

It seems like everyone has different opinions on what it costs to travel in different countries. While I'm usually really good at staying on a budget, I didn't do so great in Singapore. In most of Southeast Asia, I've budgeted for $30 a day including everything. I knew Singapore would be more, so I set aside $50 a day. To be honest, this is probably doable, but I spent closer to $60 a day.

I'm going to attribute this to a few things. The biggest reason was that no one in my hostel spoke...

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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

Green Sleep Hostel Chiang Mai Thailand

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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Taking an Indian Cooking Class in Kochi, India

There’s something poetic about sitting down to a great meal. The aroma of spices wafting through the air. The bright colors on the plate before you. The only thing better than eating a wonderful meal, is the satisfaction you get from knowing you cooked it.

After researching several cooking classes online, I decided to call Flavor Cooking Class, which is located in the Casa Linda Hotel in Fort Cochin. We arrived at a somewhat deserted hotel at 11:00 am sharp and let ourselves into the...

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How Much Does it Cost to Travel in Myanmar?

I'd heard time and time again that it's more expensive to travel in Myanmar than most countries in South East Asia. Truth is, it is and it isn't. Cities like Bagan, that thrive off of tourism, are expensive. My hostel there cost $26.00, almost twice the price of any other hostel I've stayed in thus far. But things balance out. In Yangon, I'd eat a feast for under $2.00. In the end, I almost stayed on budget. I spent an average of $32.36 a day which came in slightly over my $30.00 a day...

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Speaking English in Yangon, Myanmar

One of the reasons I traveled halfway across the world was to understand cultures that were so different than my own. I'd see photos of people living in what we would consider a shack and smiling. They looked genuinely happy. Meanwhile, in my world, people would have everything and still seemed so miserable. So what was it that made people with so little so happy?

The first explanation came from something that often makes me skeptical. Religion. Most of the countries I would be...

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Little Humans Without Morals: The Monkeys of Lopburi

Lopburi... Gosh where to start. Lopburi was filled with an odd amount of excitement and overall confusion. My day started off fairly normal. I went to the train station and in true Thai custom it was running over an hour late. I spotted another backpacker (Jenny from Germany) close by and introduced myself. We were both headed to Lopburi and decided to team up. While waiting for the extremely late train we tried a weird dessert called roti-sai-mai, which I'm just now finding out from...

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