Why is it still OK to be racist towards Asians?

This is an essay about casual racism, white privilege, and speaking out as an Asian minority in a … [Continue Reading]

Watch out! Unusual tourist scams to avoid in Paris

Whenever I go to Montmartre, I always keep my hands firmly in my pockets and out of sight.  Why? … [Continue Reading]

13 ways I saved money for travel as a teenager

We were poor when I was growing up, to be blunt about it. My parents immigrated to the US in the … [Continue Reading]

Travel Makes the Heart Grow Fonder: 21 Lessons from 21 Countries

If there's one thing every travel blogger loves to talk about on the internet, it's that solo travel … [Continue Reading]

Worth the wait: Highlights from Japan

For the longest time, I've wanted to visit Japan. And for the longest time, I've told myself to … [Continue Reading]

Five years on: How I moved abroad after college and built a career through travel

This week marks the five-year anniversary of my college graduation. FIVE years! Well I. feel. … [Continue Reading]

Floating over Melbourne by hot air balloon

Is there any better way to see a city than from above? I love sunrises and I love heights. So … [Continue Reading]

Two Days in…LA

How much can you really see with only two days in Los Angeles, a sprawling city the same size as … [Continue Reading]

On the Road Again: Where I’m Traveling in 2018

Exactly five weeks from today, my expat adventure in New Zealand comes to an end. (Gone quick, hasn't it?!) I've given notice at work, found someone to take over the last of my lease, will throw a big ol' leaving party then shove all my worldly possessions into a suitcase and return to life on … [Continue reading...]

Hitting Reset: How Fiji Got My Groove Back

"Can I ask you something?" the hazel-eyed Brit interrupted from across the hostel breakfast table. "Let me get this right: you're not a beach person. And you don't dive or scuba or hike. What...exactly...are you hoping to get out of being here?" It was a surprisingly personal and pointed … [Continue reading...]

The Quirks of Taipei Living

Confession: for years, I saw Taiwan as China's Canada. That is to say: it was so close in proximity, why would I visit the neighbor when I could use my vacation time to go literally anywhere else? (Yep, this is also me admitting I've still never been to Canada.) But then I began traveling … [Continue reading...]

Twelve Hours in…Hong Kong

This month, I'm counting down my top 27 adventures at 27. Next up: Hong Kong. Hong Kong is one of those cities I can never say no to, if even … [Continue reading...]

#27EpicMoments + The Best of Bali

It's May, which means it's my birthday month! 27 was by far my most epic age yet: I traveled to 20 countries in the first seven months, before … [Continue reading...]

Realistic Resolutions for 2017

Seeing in 2017, Paris house-party style What up, 2017? Another year, another round of resolutions. 2016 was straight-up insanity. I'm still … [Continue reading...]

I Love My Neighborhood: Westerpark, Amsterdam

In this series, I ask expats to share the joys of local life they’ve found in their corner of the world. If you’re just joining in now, previously … [Continue reading...]

Life as a Nomad: The Whirlwind Summer of 2016

These wrap-ups are for me to share personal tidbits, the little things that make up my life abroad -- and to help you (and me!) keep track of where … [Continue reading...]

On Balance and Burnout

This is the face of someone who has spent two solid months burning the candle at both ends. "You look destroyed," my old flatmate observed the … [Continue reading...]

Escape from Manila

Manila was chockers. Jam-packed schedules and early call times; four days went by in a blur. It was also the city where I took the least amount of … [Continue reading...]

Instagrammed: Return to Penang

Sunday was a travel day. We took a red-eye from Colombo to Bangkok to Manila; we are now over halfway through our filming schedule. Two episodes down, … [Continue reading...]

Evolving thoughts on extroversion

I had one task on our last day in Sri Lanka: find the DHL. Two hard drives had to make their way back to our editor in New York, tout de suite, and as … [Continue reading...]

Coconuts and Colombo

Of all the countries on our Asia filming schedule, Sri Lanka was the only place I'd never been. So I went in truly not knowing what to expect, and … [Continue reading...]

A month in my shoes

So the Olympics! Those happened. I said I was going to try to blog during it, and I didn't. For once I even had the time -- but I didn't have the … [Continue reading...]