City Guide: Luang Prabang, Laos


Full disclosure, everyone: I absolutely love Laos! After coming away from the very beautiful but also very loud, dirty and crowded country of Vietnam, Laos was a complete breath of fresh air. My first stop was in Luang Prabang, which is well-serviced by an international airport and is also located along several bus and ferry…

Taking a Traditional Cooking Class in Hanoi, Vietnam


Taking five different cooking classes around the world has been one of the most satisfying, rewarding and fun challenges that I’ve been working on as I cross things off my bucket list. So far, I’ve taken a vegetarian cooking course in Thailand, a gourmet cooking course in Tasmania and, most recently, a traditional Vietnamese cooking…

Day trip to Tam Coc, Vietnam


Having gotten to Hanoi a day before Typhoon Rammasun was set to strike Vietnam, I found my options for traveling relatively limited, as all trips to Halong Bay and other adventures along the coast were all preemptively cancelled. Fortunately, my hostel was very accommodating and found me some alternative trips that I could do, and I…

Bucket List Item #2.1: Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey


When I first started planning my trip to Turkey, I didn’t actually know all that much about what I wanted to do and see. There was the exotic allure of Istanbul, the oceanside resorts on the coast, and a lot of mosques. After some basic research, I knew I wanted to go further than the…