10 Ways to Cope with Wanderlust While Living Abroad

You might be asking yourself how someone can get wanderlust while living abroad, but trust me, it happens. Many expats will move overseas to get away from the daily grind, leave it all, and have adventures, but often moving abroad just means finding yourself in a new 9 to 5 halfway around the world. So…

From Best to Worst: A Weird and Wonderful Taipei Food Tour

Taiwan has some of the best and the grossest food I’ve ever tried, and I’m still determined to create my ultimate top ten list of Taiwanese foods, so this Saturday I took an 11 AM gastronomic adventure all around Taipei with Taipei Eats. The food started out gently in a local Taipei wet market with…

15 Unique Things to do in Hanoi

Hanoi is a gorgeous cultural and culinary mecca, but if you look at a guidebook, you often find the same handful of activities to do over and over again: go to the temples, go to the markets, eat street food. All of those things are must do’s in Hanoi, but if you’re looking for something…

3 European Museums that You Should See Before You Die

Usually, I find museums a bit… boring. I’ve been traveling long-term for the last three years, and believe me when I say, I’ve seen a lot of museums. A lot of museums… It’s gotten to the point that I avoid museums unless they’re free or I’m really, really bored. But with that said, there are…

Top 5 Funny Things Students Have Said

Working with kids means waking up to something new every day. You never know what’s going to pop out of their mouths, and if you’ve worked with ESL or EFL kids, then you know that some of the things they come up with can be absolutely stunning. #5 Upon seeing me wearing my glasses for…

5 Worth-It Expensive Travel Experiences

What’s worth spending money on even if you’re broke? Here are 5 travel experiences that are worth spending the dough on even if you’re traveling on the cheap. 1. Food tours Food tours are more expensive than walking tours, but they include dinner and/or lunch. A food tour is a great way to learn about…

Asian Face Masks Debunked

Why do people from Asian countries where face masks? I used to ask this question when I lived in the States, but when I first moved to Asia a year ago and saw that face masks weren’t just an occasional fashion choice, like a hat, but a near mandatory adornment for going outside, I thought…

10 Luxury Travel Experiences that AREN’T Worth the Money

If you’re broke and traveling it can be hard to decide where you want to spend your precious few dollars. You don’t want to feel like you’re missing out, do you? Well, here are ten luxury travel experiences which you can typically give a miss without feeling guilty. 1. Boat tours They’re always a bit…

10 Survival Tips for the Shy Guy or Gal Moving Abroad

From one shy kid to another, living abroad isn’t just for the talkative, bold, and outgoing. Us bashful people have an adventurous streak too. And although sometimes I feel like my reserved, anxious personality is hampering me, more often than not I’m proud of myself for taking the leap. So how do shy travelers do…

I Hate my Language School and I Want to Quit: 8 Things to Consider

Most English language schools are okay, some are awesome, and a very rare handful just suck. So what happens if you’ve moved overseas and paid a boatload for a flight and an apartment just to discover that you’re school is a stinker? I’ve taught at a few schools now, some good, some bad, and some…

What’s the Best Hotel Booking Site for Asia?

So in America and Europe I’ve got a general idea of what sites I like to use for booking. But in Asia? I’m useless. Here are my thoughts and problems with some of the top hotel booking sites for Asia. Agoda Pros: I like Agoda because I’ve noticed, that at least last year in Vietnam,…

Toilet Tales: Restroom Culture in Four Countries

I’ve officially lived in four countries now. Yes, I’m counting Taiwan, even though I’ve just arrived. I’m going to have two years here, people! Anyway, I couldn’t help but notice that different countries have different rules, regulations, and expectations involving restroom usage, so I thought I’d compare and contrast the toilet culture of all four…