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The Best Time to Visit Vietnam (and Where to go by Season)

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It’s always high season somewhere in Vietnam! This is the best time to visit Vietnam, depending on the region and what type of experience you're looking for.

Vietnam is split up into three different regions, each with their own climate and optimal time of the year to visit. 

There's no doubt that Vietnam has breathtaking sights to see, whether it be in the countryside, on the beach, or in the heart of a bustling city.

It's a country that is also known for having a tropical climate and the type of intense moisture in the air that makes your shirt stick to your skin.

Vietnam has heavy monsoon seasons and thick humidity leading up to it, but the country also has plenty of days where the weather is beautiful.

No matter what region of Vietnam you are traveling to, there will always be a point in the year where the weather becomes more hospitable and you can enjoy the outdoors. 

You should be well aware of the climate changes between the three regions of Vietnam and understand which time of year is best to travel depending on where you plan to base yourself.

Weather is an important factor in deciding where to go in Vietnam and when. So, let's dive into the best time to visit Vietnam! 

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The Best Time to Visit Montreal (And What to do Based on the Season)

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Whether you're more of a summer or winter person, Montreal has something for everyone no matter what season it is. This is the best time to visit Montreal depending on what you want to experience in the city.

Whether it's your first time to Montreal and you want to take in all the sights, or you're more interested in attending one of the city's popular festivals, there's something for everyone when visiting Montreal. 

It's no secret that the winter months in Canada are not the most hospitable. That's why during the summer, Canadian cities like Montreal take advantage of the longer days and comfortable weather. If you're into much more temperate weather, this time of the year becomes the best time to visit Montreal. 

Montreal summers are known as festival season in the city, and locals and visitors spend a great deal of time outdoors in urban parks around Montreal. This French-inspired city feels like a little slice of Europe, especially when summer is in full swing. 

During the winter, much of Montreal retreats to its Underground City. Local residents and tourists can often spend the majority of their time in this underground web of shops, restaurants, businesses and public transportation. It is a sight to see on its own and a unique experience.

However, once summer comes around everyone wants to be outdoors and with good reason with Montreal's long winters. Not only is it a great time to visit Montreal, but summer is also arguably the best time to visit Canada. 

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The Best Time to Visit Zion National Park (And What to do Based on the Season)

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The best time to visit Zion National Park depends on the type of outdoor experience you want. Luckily, there's something for everyone based on your budget and type of adventure you're looking for.

There's a perfect season for everyone to visit Zion National Park, depending on if you enjoy winter activities or warmer summer adventures. Let's dive in!

Most people think the best time to visit Zion National Park is in the summer. In reality, there's so much to see and do in Zion National Park that finding the best time to go really depends on what kind of experience you're after. There is no shortage of things to do in Zion National Park year round.

It is important to understand Zion National Park weather by month and by season to decide when to visit.

Although summer is technically part of the park's peak season, the national park is open 365 days a year and recreational activities vary depending on the season. 

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A Guide to Getting a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa as an American

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Learn everything there is know about getting a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa as an American. It’s as simple as filling out an online form in 15 minutes.

My second installment on how to secure a work visa down under, this is my New Zealand edition where I’ll show you how easy it is to get a New Zealand working holiday visa as a US citizen!

Last time, I talked about how easy it can be to get a work visa for Australia, but if you also want to work and travel to that place from The Lord of the Rings, keep reading to see how it’s even easier (and much cheaper!) to gain a New Zealand holiday work visa.

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A Guide to Getting a Work Visa in Australia for Americans

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Getting a work visa in Australia can be as easy as filling out an online form in 15 minutes.

It always surprises me how many Americans don’t know about the working holiday visa in Australia.

To be fair, I was one of those Americans too, until I took my first solo venture to Europe and made friends from a variety of different countries. One of those friends happened to be British, and she told me about the working holiday visa she was planning on doing in Australia, and how she thought it applied to Americans too.

In an instant, the course of my life changed drastically.

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How to Find Cheap Flights to Asia from the US in the Summer

How to Find Cheap Flights to Asia from the US

Travel doesn’t always have to be expensive or out of reach. This is how you can find cheap flights to Asia from the US in the summer.

Travel doesn’t always have to be expensive or out of reach. This is how you can find cheap flights to Asia from the US in the summer, a season that’s usually the most expensive for travel.

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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Short-Term Animal Volunteer Opportunities Abroad

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Short-term animal volunteer opportunities around the world. Even if you only have a short amount of time to spare in your travels, this is how you can give back.

I’ve always had a big heart for animals. That heart has only grown fuller as I’ve traveled more and seen the amount of animals that need help around the world, and just how many short-term animal volunteer opportunities exist to fulfill that need.

From the many stray dogs I saw roaming around Greece, to the homeless kittens in Thailand, and yes, even dogs who were rotting from the inside out in Myanmar, there is plenty of help that is needed around the world and right here at home.

I’ll be the first to say that before this year I had never volunteered at an animal shelter. And to be honest, I initially did it for selfish reasons. I was going through a difficult time in my life in Thailand, and I just wanted to feel that unconditional love that animals are so good at giving.

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Travel Budgeting for Laos

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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 quite a few new traveler friends, but starting off my time in the country with a week straight of heavy rains in Luang Prabang, put a bit of a damper on my time, literally.

Offseason or not, Laos turned out to be on par, or even a little cheaper, than its neighboring Southeast Asian countries of Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Food and drink especially were inexpensive and accommodation prices varied a lot depending on where I was in the country.

This is everything I spent during my 28 days in Laos!

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Travel Budgeting for Hong Kong

Travel Budgeting for Hong Kong

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To continue my travel budgeting series around Asia, next up is Hong Kong!

Hong Kong was actually my first Asian destination for this trip, but I somehow didn’t get to this budgeting post until now. I think it’s because I’ve spent the least amount of time in Hong Kong so far, so it wasn’t as much of a priority.

But, the time has come to talk about travel budgeting for this metropolitan city. Hong Kong is one of the most expensive places in Asia, so it’s good to know what you should budget before you arrive.

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Is Myanmar Expensive? Travel Budgeting for Myanmar

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Is Myanmar Expensive? I actually found it to be the least expensive country in Southeast Asia.

To continue my travel budgeting series around Asia, next up is Myanmar!

Myanmar can be a wild card when it comes to budgeting. Although you can research and read blog posts like the one you’re currently reading about what to expect, you can never be too sure when it comes to this country. Prices are constantly changing, as well as the information on Myanmar as a whole.

I wrote up a Myanmar travel blog post on 12 things to know before you go to Myanmar, and it’s a good reference from which to base your travels. I came across so many posts from 2014 and 2015 in my research, and almost all of them were already out of date.

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