Why Being Broke Shouldn’t Stop You From Traveling


/brōk/ Adjective, informal

Having completely run out of money


Yes, I’m officially broke.  The last money I’ve had was spent on road trips.

I quit my job as English teacher in Thailand after a bad leg accident.  After recovery, my partner and I decided to take that road trip from Thailand to Cambodia to Vietnam.  We were both losing money but we had to do it anyway. We both love traveling! It was his first in Asia so off we went. Continue reading “Why Being Broke Shouldn’t Stop You From Traveling”

Indochina by Motorbike

“Indochina by motorbike”.  Yeah, it does sound exhilarating especially for travelers across the Indochinese peninsula (Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam).  Crossing borders by motorbike can be one of the greatest adventures one can do.

Photo of motorbikes parked on a sidewalk in Vietnam
Motorbikes are a common sight all over Vietnam, swarming like bees on the roads

Legally, this is possible especially if you have an international license.  But roads in Southeast Asia can be knotty. No matter how experienced you are at riding bikes, accidents happen.

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Coffee Shops That Digital Nomads Would Love in Hanoi

I wouldn’t really call it a trip to the coffee shops because, in Hanoi, it wouldn’t even take ten steps to finding one. Just walk outside your hostel, you’ll find a street café. And when I say street café, I don’t mean those artsy coffee shops.  I mean those stalls with small wooden or plastic chairs lined up along the sidewalk.  Like Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), Hanoi has myriad coffee shops.  You can’t even compare one’s brew from the other because the Vietnamese coffee, regardless of whoever sells it, is like weed to coffee lovers. Continue reading “Coffee Shops That Digital Nomads Would Love in Hanoi”

How to Make the Most of Your Southeast Asia Trip if You’re a Beer Lover

Let me get this straight first: I’m not an expert who can tell which brand of beer in Southeast Asia tastes better than the rest. I am simply a traveler who prefers beer than any other alcoholic drink despite its bitter taste. I love beer, in general. So whether it’s pale ale or lager, it wouldn’t matter.

When I travel, it has always been my rule to “eat local, drink local”. In fact, my first-day itinerary would always include the backpacker’s area. Why? Continue reading “How to Make the Most of Your Southeast Asia Trip if You’re a Beer Lover”

How to Apply for a Philippine Passport (UPDATED)

While a passport is every traveler’s lifeline, it is also important to a non-traveler as a form of identification. And unlike before, getting a passport is as easy as a few clicks and a few steps. I’ll walk you through the process with this updated guide:

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How to be a Worthy Air Passenger

We’ve all heard about the Air Passenger Bill of Rights. I guess every country has its own. When our flights are cancelled and delayed, or when our complaints fall on deaf ears, we instantly leaf through that government-issued memorandum so we can confidently assert our claims against an airline.  And our rights extend beyond the check-in counter. In-flight, we also have basic rights in terms of how we are treated as passengers. Some of us may have had both good and bad experiences with flight attendants. But how do we know if we have also misused our rights as passengers? Where do we draw the line of respect between the passenger and the cabin crew midair?

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