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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What Everybody Ought to Know Before Visiting India

I did a lot of research on India prior to arriving, however my personal experiences are only from a small area in southern India. Northern India may be drastically different as far as the information provided below.

Before you go...

Travel Document Requirements

  • Passport - required
  • Visa for Business - required
  • Visa for Tourism - required (read more about how to acquire a tourist visa here)
  • ...

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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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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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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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Goodbye 2016, Hello New Year!

Earlier this year, I made a list of 30 things I wanted to accomplish by the time I turned 30. Having just turned 28, time is dwindling faster than I care to admit. I tend to try things once and then flake out on them, so this list was meant to focus my attention. It was also meant to push my comfort zone. My list is filled with things I've always wanted to do, things that challenge me (physically and mentally), and things I never find the time for. Basically, any time I said things like, "I...

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How to Apply for an Indian Tourist Visa

Visas may be my least favorite part of traveling. Prior to this trip, I've never visited a place where you needed to apply for a visa ahead of time. I could simply step off the plane and enter the country after answering, "Are you here for business or pleasure?" and "How long are you staying?" Finally, a stern worker would stamp my passport, and I'd be good to go. Visas in Asia are a tad harder to acquire. Here are some steps on how to get an Indian Visa. Please note this was written in...

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