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12 Things to Know Before Visiting Myanmar in 2017

12 things to Know About Myanmar - Asia Travel - The Atlas Heart

Myanmar is still a mysterious and constantly changing spot in Southeast Asia. This is what you should know about the country in 2017!

I received confirmation for my Myanmar e-visa, and booked my flights to the country soon after from a sweaty, windowless hotel room in Hong Kong. I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

I’m going to be honest and say that Myanmar is the most challenging country I’ve traveled to as of yet, but that doesn’t mean that it still wasn’t all kinds of awesome.

Myanmar was a unique destination in a sea of backpacker trails and countries that have been overrun by tourism time and again. Myanmar was still touristy in areas, but it also offered a glimpse at traditional Burmese culture and untouched scenery that I haven’t witnessed in quite awhile.

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Travel Budgeting for Taiwan (2017)

Tachung, Taiwan - Asia Travel

Taiwan was exactly what I needed after fast-paced Hong Kong. It was also a much needed relief on my budget. Although Taiwan is definitely not the cheapest destination in Asia, it was a hell of a lot cheaper than Hong Kong. I adored the good humored and playful nature of Taiwanese culture, and the friendliness that I came across time and again.

Besides a couple of rogue bus drivers who refused to let us off because they were late for the rest of their route (um, what?), I had very few negative experiences in the country. In fact, Taiwan is right up there with Vietnam as one of my favorite countries in Asia thus far.

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My First Impressions of Hong Kong

First Impressions of Hong Kong | Asia Travel

The buses barreled past at an alarming rate, not giving me the usual berth I would find in North America. The smells that wafted up from the grates and alleyways made me equally intrigued and wary. The electricity that I felt every time I stepped out into the humid air was unforgettable. These were my first impressions of Hong Kong.

The smog made us both sick within a few days, we were unable to get out of bed with our pounding heads, coughs, and other ailments that crept up on us. We bounced back soon enough and Hong Kong grew on us in a way that makes you reminisce about a new travel friend who was exciting and a bit of a mystery.

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Travel Misconceptions: Vietnam

Travel Misconceptions - Vietnam | Asia

One of my goals on The Atlas Heart is to break down travel misconceptions or judgments about places and ideas. Perhaps it could be that destination that everyone warns you not to visit because of how dangerous it is, or maybe you yourself had preconceived notions that were proven wrong once you arrived to where you were going.

My aim is to present a variety of different opinions and experiences through the eyes of other travelers. It’s important to hear travel stories from all different perspectives in life, I call it seeing the world through a kaleidoscope lens.

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The Cheapest Asian Destinations to Fly into this Summer

Cheapest Flights to Asia this Summer from the USA

Summer can be the most expensive time of the year to travel, but it’s also the most likely time of the year that Americans will use their vacation days. A lot of my fellow Americans have this idea that travel has to cost a lot of money and can only be done every once in awhile since it’s so expensive (or you only have two weeks of vacation every year).

Now, I can’t help you with increasing those vacation days, but what people don’t realize is that travel can be incredibly affordable if you know where to look. Travel doesn’t have to mean resorts and constant indulgences either, the best kind of travel is truly when you’re meeting locals and getting an overview of the local culture.

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Festivals I Want to Experience in Asia

Festivals I Want to Experience in Asia

It’s not news on this blog that I’m moving to Asia in the fall, but that doesn’t mean I can’t still daydream about it on here and continue to look forward to my upcoming digs. As some of you who have been with me for awhile may know, I’m big on festivals. Mainly music festivals, but I’ve grown to appreciate a mix of cultural, local, and party festivals as well as the ones that solely focus on music.

Asia has a ton of great festivals, some cultural and some more party, but I wanted to put together a list of all the ones I’m especially looking forward to. I’m going to try and hit as many of these as possible while I’m in the region.

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Travel Misconceptions: India

Travel Misconceptions - India

One of my goals on The Atlas Heart is to break down travel misconceptions or judgments about places and ideas. Perhaps it could be that destination that everyone warns you not to visit because of how dangerous it is, or maybe you yourself had preconceived notions that were proven wrong once you arrived to where you were going.

My aim is to present a variety of different opinions and experiences through the eyes of other travelers. It’s important to hear travel stories from all different perspectives in life, I call it seeing the world through a kaleidoscope lens.

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