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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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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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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Finding Calm in Chaos: My Month in Myanmar

My life in New York was a series of scheduled moments. Wake up, walk the dog, go to the gym, shower, eat breakfast, go to work, come home for lunch, walk the dog, back to work, grocery shop, eat dinner, walk the dog, watch tv, sleep, repeat. Weekends weren't much different. Every second was scheduled to make sure I got the most out of my day and that I didn't forget anything. I was constantly checking my clock making sure I wasn't running a minute or even a second late.

Jump ahead to...

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Sunrise to Sunset: A Day on Inle Lake

Visiting Inle Lake has been kind of surreal. I did little research on this location before arriving and most people who visited described it as "touristy." By Myanmar standards, it is. In Yangon, I maybe saw one other tourist a day. In Bagan, there were plenty of tourists, but with a playground of temples to see (over 3,000) you could go hours without running into anyone else. So yes, Inle Lake is "touristy" in comparison. Regardless, arriving here was almost indescribable. Almost. I...

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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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Walking with Elephants at Elephant Nature Park

My day started out in a blur. I'd mixed up my schedule, didn't set my alarm, and was barely moving around the room when the elephant tour came to pick me up. I sprinted out the door hair undone, teeth unbrushed, and shoes slipped on my feet in a rush. I did manage to grab a croissant on my way out the lobby, but there wasn't enough time for the fresh jam next to it. This was not how I'd planned for this day to go.

I hopped in the van and as it pulled away, I realized I hadn't...

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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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