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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. [caption id="attachment_205" align="aligncenter" width="540"]Photo of motorbikes parked on a sidewalk in Vietnam Motorbikes are a common sight all over Vietnam, swarming like bees on the roads[/caption] 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. (more…)

By thesolotripper, ago
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10 Things Filipinos Should Know Before Applying as ESL Teacher

Applying as ESL Teacher can be either daunting or frustrating for some Filipinos but once hired, it can be life-changing.  I didn’t even imagine that I will score a teaching job here in Thailand.  I quit that 9-5 desk work that I’ve been doing for several years, without knowing what I will do next.  It seems the number of Filipinos wanting to become ESL (English as Secondary Language) teachers is growing.  So I have listed down 10 important things that Filipinos should note before deciding to become one:  (more…)

By thesolotripper, ago
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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. (more…)

By thesolotripper, ago
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6 Clear Signs That You are Overstaying in a Hostel

It may be odd for some backpackers in the hostel that I am hooked to CNN’s presidential debates while they were all excited touring across Hanoi’s vacation spots, off the beaten track. It was a sunny morning, after all. I just finished my usual breakfast of eggs and bacon, with two slices of tomatoes and lettuce on the side. And it was my 13th day in the capital of Vietnam. (more…)

By thesolotripper, ago
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Eat, Pray and Eat More at Camp Explore

Have you ever felt jealous of Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) after watching the “Eat, Pray, Love” movie? Who wouldn’t want a year off, exploring exotic destinations like India, Bali, and Italy? I've spent a week in Ubud a couple of years ago but instead of self-discovery, I explored artsy shops, yoga stores and spas (C’mon guys, we all have weaknesses! Haha). (more…)

By thesolotripper, ago