Finding the Beauty in Goodbyes

Paros, Greece - Europe Travel

My friends and I made our way giggling in a tuk tuk to the party. The night before we had danced on a moonlit beach, Leos in hand, swaying in time to the palm trees and chill electronic beats. “Wow, you seem to be doing so well. If I was in your position, I would […]

If You Were Here (Part II)

Cotton candy sunsets in Langkawi, Malaysia - Asia Travel

The sun brought out the subtle green hues in the waves today. I walked to the sea and floated in the warm reflections. They reminded me of the color of your deep set eyes, the specks of marine blues and greens and how they always had a crinkle, like the lip of a curling wave. […]

Travel Budgeting for Laos

Travel budgeting for Laos - Asia Travel

To continue my travel budgeting series around Asia, next up is Laos! I finally made it to Laos after missing it during my last trip to Asia in 2013. Since I went in the low season this year, I found it harder in some aspects for traveling around and budgeting. I still managed to meet […]

Looking Back on 8.5 Months in Asia

Wat Phu, Pakse - Laos Travel

“‘Live each day as if it’s your last’, that was the conventional advice, but really, who had the energy for that? What if it rained or you felt a bit glandy? It just wasn’t practical. Better by far to simply try and be good and courageous and bold and to make a difference. Not change […]

6 Things to do in Phú Quốc, Vietnam

6 Things to do in Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Note: this post contains affiliate links Explore the stunning tropical Vietnam island Phú Quốc – a side of Vietnam that most people don’t see. Soak in the sun and enjoy these 6 things to do in Phú Quốc. When you think of Vietnam, you probably think of moody landscapes, thick jungles, and the hectic nature […]

Why a Second Visit to Thailand Changed My Mind

Is Thailand Overrated? Why a Second Visit Changed My Mind | Maya Bay in Koh Phi Phi, Thailand - Asia Travel

This is why a second visit to Thailand changed my mind about the country. Note: this post contains affiliate links, which help run this site at no extra cost to you so I can keep providing free travel advice and tips. When I was planning my first trip to Asia in 2013, the countries that […]

My First Impressions of Laos

First Impressions of Laos - Luang Prabang - Asia Travel

Pink and purple. If I could describe Laos in colors, it would be pink and purple. There’s this soft haze of pastels that often falls over the country, and it’s easy to see why they call this the romantic traveler’s paradise. The outline of the distant mountains, the soothing flow of the river, the soft […]

An Ode to the Asian Night Bus

An Ode to the Asian Night Bus

There’s nothing like an Asian night bus to make you think of your own mortality, The stained curtains swing side to side in tune to the curves as we go around again. I have The xx on repeat, thinking about all of life’s little defeats and how I got here. The driver is going 80 […]

My Travel Plans for the Rest of 2017

My Travel Plans for the Rest of 2017 - The Atlas Heart

I don’t know where this year has gone already, but I am left gaping every time I look at a calendar and realize it’s already May. May, people! That’s the fifth month (my birthday month, woot woot!), as in, 2017 is already almost half over. In other words, I need to get my bum into gear. […]

If You Were Here (Part I)

Tropical Sunset

It started raining at sunset tonight. I looked up at the sky and it brought me back to that night. There were crashing waves and mojitos. The rain was coming down in buckets, we had to shout to hear each other over the noise. If you were here, we would look up at the rain […]