How Much it Costs to Spend a Month in Bali, Indonesia

How much it cost to spend a month in Bali Indonesia- Budget

Usually, my months are filled with cheap hostels and street food, but this month I was traveling a little differently. I convinced my mom to come visit me in Bali for a much needed month long vacation. Since we'd be traveling together, we chose to stay in homestays and eat at restaurants. Even with the changes, I wanted to stay on a $30 a day budget. I've done a breakdown below of what we each spent over the course of 27 days (just under a month).

My Itinerary

7 nights in...

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10 Fun Things To Do on Cat Ba Island in Vietnam

Sometimes we make mistakes, and sometimes we make happy mistakes. My friends and I booked a Halong Bay cruise with some high expectations. Needless to say, it didn’t live up to them. You can read more about that here. After hearing “Follow me! Follow me! This way! Quickly,” a few too many times, we decided to abandon ship (literally), and stay on Cat Ba Island where we had been dropped off. We said goodbye to our group in the morning, thrilled to be able to go at our own...

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Trying Laughing Gas Balloons on Cat Ba Island in Vietnam

laughing gas balloons hanoi vietnam

I should start by stating that this post is meant for entertainment purposes only and is not an endorsement of this activity. While I want to share my personal experience, there are risks and dangers involved with trying laughing gas balloons. Everyone should do their own research before making an informed decision on whether or not trying it is right for them.

I breathe in continuously as the nitrous oxide enters my lungs. I look up at Jim who is sitting across from me with a...

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3 Days & 2 Nights on a Halong Bay Cruise in Vietnam

Halong Bay Vietnam 3 Day 2 Night Cruise

When it comes to travel in Southeast Asia, I always try to keep my expectations in check. Every once in awhile, that gets challenged. My friends, Lisi and Pat, flew out to Vietnam to spend my birthday with me, and we all decided to book a cruise on Halong Bay. We were shown an elaborate book with beautiful photos of the boat. The rooms looked like a fancy hotel on the water, the dining area vast, and the deck the perfect place to sit back and sunbathe. It was perfect. For $140 each, the...

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6 Exotic Massages & Spa Treatments to Try in Southeast Asia

exotic massages and spa treatments to try in southeast asia

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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Flying into the Most Dangerous Airport in the World

What it's like flying into the most dangerous airport in the world - Lukla, Nepal

My stomach is tense, and I can't stop tapping my foot on the floor. A nervous tick. We're already running an hour late as we pull up to the airport because someone in our group had ATM trouble in the morning. As we exit the van, I can see Lalit (our guide) sprinting across the parking lot. Before I know it, we’re all running frantically behind him praying we haven’t missed our flight. Our group of ten rushes into the entrance and blasts through what is considered security. After pushing...

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Everything You Need to Know About Southeast Asian Toilets

Everything you need to know about southeast asian squat toilets

Using a toilet in Southeast Asia is kind of like playing a game show on TV. You never know what’s behind door number 1. Well, after opening many doors, and then quickly closing some, I’ve learned a lot. I didn’t think this knowledge was valuable, but after being home for a couple of months, I realized most people really didn’t care what country I’d been to or what temple I visited. They only wanted to know the important stuff. “What were the toilets like?” I know, my...

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A Year in Review: 2017

year in review 2017

I used to measure time with what I considered accomplishments. A raise in my salary. A job promotion. Which high end brands I could afford. However, this year was a little different. I stopped measuring time all together, and boy, has this year flown by and stood still all at once. I’ve learned so many valuable lessons this year, and I’ve grown as a person exponentially.

2017 has been filled with some of the highest highs and lowest lows of my life, both literally and figuratively....

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Experiencing Pure Nepal in Tangting Village

Tanting Village Pure Authentic Nepal

Nepal seems to be one of those countries that never runs out of beauty. Just when you think it can't get any better, it does. I'm lucky enough to have a local friend who was willing to show me what he referred to as "pure Nepal." We'd be heading into the Annapurna Conservation Area, but we'd be on a route that few people touristed. The location was a surprise, so when we arrived at Tangting Village I was absolutely blown away. This tiny little town sits perched on the side of a mountain and...

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17 Things to do in Pokhara, Nepal besides the Annapurna Trek

Things to do in Pokhara

Pokhara is one of those places with an endless list of things to do. Pretty much walk in any direction, and you're surrounded by beauty. It's a haven for trekking and adventure sports. For those  who don't fancy themselves "thrill seekers" there's tons of places to sit back and relax as well. The best part, it's not expensive. Below is a list of all the things I was able to do during my time in Pokhara.

1. See the Sun Rise from Sarangkot

My friends and I attempted to...

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