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]

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 for a brief window of time. So when we found a flight back from our week in Bali with a 12-hour layover in HK, we jumped on the chance to sneak in a … [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 packing up everything to move to New Zealand in January...not to mention all the ridiculous jobs I took on around the world as a digital nomad. Over … [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 … [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...]

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...]