8 Things to Know Before Visiting El Nido, Palawan

You’ve probably seen photographs of the stunning limestone formations around El Nido rising majestically above the turquoise water. It is one of the most popular destinations in the Philippines and for good reason, the nearby islands and beaches are absolutely stunning. But the actual town of El Nido leaves something to be desired. The infrastructure…

7 Awesome Things To Do in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Situated in the highlands of northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Visitors come here to play with elephants, trek through hill tribe villages, shop ’til they drop at the endless night markets, or simply to use it as a stopping-off point before heading further north to…

9 Must-Visit Destinations in Myanmar

Imagine visiting a place where the locals smile warmly when they see you, where you can freely explore beautiful and well preserved ancient temples, and where you can live like royalty on a modest budget. Where you can visit bustling cities, pristine beaches, and remarkable floating villages. Where as soon as you leave you begin…

15 Awesome Things To Do in Mandalay

Mandalay is the second largest city in Myanmar and one that often gets overlooked by tourists. Visitors generally fly into Yangon and head straight for the popular tourist areas of Bagan, Inle Lake, and Ngapali Beach. But they really have no idea what they’re missing! The city of Mandalay and the area surrounding it is…

The Best Tea Shops in Mandalay, Myanmar

Throughout Myanmar you’ll find tea shops filled with men wearing “longyis”, laughing with friends while sipping endless cups of thick, sugary sweet Myanmar Tea. They are truly the heartbeat of Burmese culture, especially in larger cities like Mandalay. Most of the hotels in Mandalay include breakfast but if you really want to experience the culture…

Myanmar: 6 Off-The-Beaten-Path Adventures

Myanmar (officially known as the Republic of the Union of Myanmar) is located in Southeast Asia and may be more recognizable by it’s former name, Burma. While the name was officially changed from Burma to Myanmar in 1991, the names are often used interchangeably. The locals are also known as Burmese and the official language…

6 Awesomely Obscure(-ish) Adventures in Thailand

Thailand: The Basics Know Before You Go The currency of Thailand is the Baht and at the time of writing (May of 2017) the exchange rate was about 32 Bhat to $1 USD. Learn a few handy Thai phrases! If you’re a woman say “sawadee kah” for hello. If you’re a man it’s “sawadee kap”. You’ll…

India: Our Travel Journal

India is one of my top 5 countries that I’ve visited to date. As I write about it now I’m dying to go back and see all of the cities that I missed on my first trip. However, it is also the most challenging country I’ve ever visited so if you’ve never really traveled before, you may find it to be a nightmare. The food is rough on the belly, trains are always late, there is trash everywhere (and if you don’t throw your own garbage on the ground people will look at you like you’re crazy), public peeing is quite normal, you’ll need to cover your shoulders and knees all the time in extreme heat, and female butt-groping is really an issue. But if you can have infinite patience with the people and the customs, it will be one of the most memorable experiences of your life!

Myanmar: Our Travel Journal

To date, Myanmar is absolutely, without a doubt my favorite country I’ve ever visited. We encountered the most lovely, welcoming, friendly, amazing people who genuinely had an interest in interacting with foreigners (aka they don’t yet see $$$ when they meet tourists). Every time I look through my old photos of Myanmar I cry a little inside because I’m not back there in that moment and I miss it like crazy. Book your trip, get off the beaten path a bit, and prepare to be amazed!