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]

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 working on a recap, but long story short -- I took nearly 50 flights in 52 weeks, crossed continents nine times, and burned the hell out at least … [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 covered cities can be found here. Today's post comes from Jessica, an American I met over the summer (via Snapchat!) and has since become a close … [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 I've been. See previous months here. 2016 is the year I've forced myself to answer the question: How much is too much? How long can you live … [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...]

Is Rio really that bad?

No. NO. Stop it. I've been receiving daily messages asking about Rio: is it safe, is it clean, is it ready? This happens every Olympic … [Continue reading...]

Rio, Day 0: An Accident & Settling In

I'm attempting to write more from the road: quick thoughts I've jotted down, with photos taken from my phone instead of DSLR. Less polished, but more … [Continue reading...]

A year of saying yes (and what’s next)

*A note: I wrote most of this piece before the world completely burst into flames. So I kept putting off hitting publish, as it felt inappropriate to … [Continue reading...]

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 white-dominated industry. I've taken a few days to … [Continue reading...]

Life in Taipei: April 2016

My monthly wrap-ups are for me to share personal tidbits — the little things that make up my life abroad; stories and photos which may not otherwise … [Continue reading...]