2017, A Year to Myself

2017, A Year to Myself | The Atlas Heart

I never expected 2017 to be a year to myself, but then again, I guess you never really know what life will bring you with each new year. I should know better by now. Even though I didn’t expect it to be a year to myself, I can say with full clarity now that I’m […]

12 Things to do in Penang, Malaysia

Things to Do in Penang, Malaysia

The best things to do in Penang! From street art to cafes, hikes, and wacky museums, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy in this multicultural city. I wasn’t sure what to expect with my return to Malaysia this year. The brief time I spent in the country in 2013 was a good […]

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 […]

Travel Misconceptions: Gay Travel in Malaysia

Travel Misconceptions: Gay Travel in Malaysia

Join Stefan and Sebastien from Nomadic Boys as they unravel the travel misconceptions of gay travel in Malaysia. 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. One of my goals on The Atlas Heart is to […]

Travel budgeting for Malaysia

I’ve kept a detailed tally of all of my expenses from country to country, my first installation for Southeast Asia budgeting is Malaysia! Or more specifically, Kuala Lumpur. Here’s the run down of my relatively budget friendly expenditures for our first stop in Asia. Note: All prices are in US dollars, and I rounded when necessary to […]

Photo essay: A glance at Kuala Lumpur

The cheapest and best local breakfast in town Discovering Hindu temples at the Batu Caves Fish feet cleaning in the Central Market A quick bite to eat at one of the many fruit stands Merdeka Square, Muslim roots, and the Old Quarter Wearing a burka and exploring the National Mosque The crazy atmosphere that is […]

First impressions of Malaysia, it’s rad

Hot. hot. hot…and my backpack feels about 15 pounds heavier than when I checked it in this morning. Okay, but let’s be real, Malaysia is rad. I know I’m skipping around a bit because I haven’t even written about my time in Sydney yet, or the few more posts that I had planned about Melbourne, […]