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]

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...]

Why I don’t buy SIM cards when I travel

The question came up casually the other day, while discussing Snapchat habits. I had mentioned in passing that since I rarely buy SIM cards, I usually … [Continue reading...]

The 5 best things I ate in New York City

In this series, I round up the five best things I ate in a particular city or country. Click here to read previous 5BTIAs from Paris, London, and … [Continue reading...]

Life as a Nomad: Winter 2016

These 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 see … [Continue reading...]

Slowing things down: Where I’m moving in 2016

There was once a time when friends would ask me what my upcoming travel plans were, and I'd already have flights booked out for weeks -- or happily … [Continue reading...]

The 5 best things I ate in Paris: January 2016

In this series, I round up the five best things I ate in a particular city or country. Click here to read previous 5BTIAs from London, Boston, and … [Continue reading...]

From Serial Expat to Full-Time Nomad: Life in 2015

Let's skip all the pleasantries and excuses: yep, this recap is a little delayed. Happy 2016! Regardless of date, I love me a good annual recap. … [Continue reading...]

Pass the Turkey, S’il Vous Plaît: The Joys of Expat Thanksgiving

I often claim that the best Thanksgivings are Expat Thanksgivings.  That's not to say that my parents aren't great cooks, because they're the bomb … [Continue reading...]

Celebrating 2000 Days of Travel — and One Big Announcement!

Yesterday, I celebrated a huge milestone: 2000 days since I left home to see the world! On June 8, 2010, two weeks after my graduation and 21st … [Continue reading...]

Paris Is Life

Fluctuat Nec Mergitur: She is tossed by the waves, but does not sink. This has been the city motto of Paris for over 650 years. The day after … [Continue reading...]

Paris, Last Night

Red House last night, shortly before curfew was announced "There's been a shooting." My friend Joe read the news from his phone. We were gathered … [Continue reading...]