Life as a Broke Backpacker

Life as a Broke Backpacker

In my early days as a solo traveller, there was a lot of buzz around the notion of being a “broke backpacker”- that is, travelling so extensively that you don’t have a dime to your name, but are nevertheless happy because you’re living like a vagabond on the beach in a land far, far away. For some, that would seem daunting and very unappealing, but for Wanderlusters like me, it’s alluring – or so I thought it was.

It wasn’t until 2012, after several years of solo travel, that I realized I still hadn’t experienced life of a broke backpacker – something that was almost like a rite of passage for young travellers. And so, like many others, I decided to aimlessly wander off to Southeast Asia and Australia.

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How to Stay Healthy on Long Flights

How to Stay Healthy on Long Flights

Long flights, coupled with layovers and delays can often be the most taxing part of travelling. There’s nothing worse than having to take a day of recovery upon arrival just because of an exhausting flight itinerary. To figure out how to stay healthy on long flights, I asked Dr. Melanie Lopes to share some of […]

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Don’t Let a Food Allergy Control You

Don’t Let a Food Allergy Control You

Food allergies are not only a nuisance, but also a serious health risk. I’ve had a severe peanut allergy since childhood, and it has created many obstacles throughout my years of travelling. Eating in a foreign country can be quite risky with a severe food allergy. Through my travel experience, however, I have learned that […]

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My Luxurious Stay at Phi Phi Hotel

My Luxurious Stay at Phi Phi Hotel

I had just arrived on Koh Phi Phi island, and I was exhausted. The very thought of trudging around the island with my oversized backpack in search of a hostel made me grouchy. As I tried to figure out which direction to start walking in, my oversized backpack and I stood in the middle of […]

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Taking on the Jungle: Part I

Taking on the Jungle: Part I

Chiang Mai was like a breath of fresh air for me – literally: Crisp, clean air filled my lungs as I stepped off the train and onto the platform, leaving me instantly revitalized. A picturesque little city bordered by a river that marked its perimeter, Chiang Mai was the perfect dose of small town life […]

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The Glitz of Bangkok’s Grand Palace

The Glitz of Bangkok’s Grand Palace

As we spilled out of the tightly packed market and onto the road after taking the River Boat, I couldn’t quite figure out where I was. According to my map, I was supposed to be at the foot of the Grand Palace, but all I could see was a long road running alongside some tall […]

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The best ways to get around in Southeast Asia

The best ways to get around in Southeast Asia

  Forget about airplanes! Flying is often more expensive, time consuming and essentially the dull alternative to getting around Southeast Asia. Stick to land transport – it’s a money and time saver, as well as an adventure at the very least! Here are the Best Ways to get Around Southeast Asia without Flying:  

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Transport in Bangkok: Try the River Boat!

Transport in Bangkok: Try the River Boat!

It was my third visit to Bangkok: I had one day and I was determined to see it all. Map in hand, I found myself wearily standing on a dock (which was in fact a random slab of wood) while waiting for the River Boat and praying that the platform didn’t break it’s feeble attachment […]

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Why Bangkok Left Me Puzzled…

Why Bangkok Left Me Puzzled…

I’m always scrambling for words when people ask me to describe Bangkok. The capital cities of its neighbouring countries seem to pale in comparison to Bangkok’s vast and thriving metropolis. The sight of flashing lights, tuk tuks jostling with SUVS, and roadside kiosks at the foot of sky scrapers that rub shoulders with ancient temples […]

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Sleeping for $2 in Bangkok

Sleeping for $2 in Bangkok

It was my second time in Bangkok, and I had just arrived at 11pm, totally exhausted after the long haul from Koh Phi Phi Island. Flashing fluorescent city lights were blinding me, and the irritating combination of horns and nightclub base rang in my ear as I sat in the back of a squeaky tuk […]

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