Saying Goodbye to the Backpacking Lifestyle: A Week in Hanoi and Halong Bay

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I have a confession. Despite its iffy reputation, I love backpacking. And what do I mean by “backpacking”? Backpacking, by my loose and unofficial definition, is independent international travel on the cheap, typically done by young people from all over the world. Backpacking has a lot of negative connotations- namely drunk teenagers partying on beaches. But I … Read more

Dalat Vietnam: The French-Inspired City of Eternal Spring

Deep in Vietnam’s Central Highlands, Dalat is a  former French hill station that sits high up in the mountains at around 5,000 feet above sea level. Popular with domestic tourists, Dalat is a honeymoon destination nicknamed the “City of Eternal Spring” on account of its consistent temperature of around 50-70 degrees. And the mountain air was … Read more

Embracing My Inner Adrenaline Junkie: Canyoning in Dalat, Vietnam

If you’ve been reading this blog for more than about five minutes, you’ve probably realized that I’m not a huge adrenaline junkie. In fact many of the more daring activities I tried, like duck-hunting or surfing, I completely failed at all together. But canyoning – an adventure activity that can be summed up as “white-water … Read more