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Top 5: Busan, South Korea

  • April 24, 2017

When people visit South Korea for the first time, they usually head straight to Seoul. And for good reason – the capital city buzzes with an amazing energy akin to New York City. But I’m partial to Busan, the next largest city located at the very southern tip of Korea. Its vibe is totally different than that of Seoul. It’s beachy, laid back, and has enough activity to keep you busy…

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How To: Pack For An Extended Trip

  • April 17, 2017

If you’ve been following along on Instagram, then you’ll know that a couple of weeks ago I booked my very first extended, solo, one-way ticket to Cambodia(!) I’ll be leaving on June 5th, and I’m having all the thoughts and feelings (excitement! fear. happiness! sheer terror. bravery! did I mention fear?) that I will surely be word vomiting on you between now and then. One of the first things I…

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Pasar Malam [Malaysian Night Market Wanderings]

  • April 12, 2017

Every night all over Southeast Asia night markets, or pasar malams as they are known in Malaysia and Indonesia, pop up in different cities and towns. On any given night in Malaysia, you can find these night markets throughout Johor Bahru and its suburbs. The town where I lived, Puteri Wangsa, happens to host one of the larger pasar malams on Friday nights. Here you can find everything – street food, fresh produce,…

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Street Food Street Smarts: How To Avoid (And Survive) Food Poisoning Abroad

  • March 15, 2017

Once upon a time, a couple from New York moved to Southeast Asia and ate all kinds of crazy street food. There were noodles and bugs and everything in between. But then one fateful night in Yangon, Myanmar, they indulged in street meat that had gone bad. Thanks to the copious amounts of beer that they were consuming with newly-made friends, they didn’t notice that the food was spoiled. Until the…

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How To: Spend The Night In A Spa

  • March 6, 2017

Jimjibangs, or public bathhouses, are an essential part of Korean culture. And while I visited them often while I was living in South Korea, I had never considered staying in one until a coworker suggested it. We were heading up to Seoul for the weekend but our train wouldn’t be arriving until after midnight. Our friend suggested that we stay in the jjimjilbang behind Seoul Station: a public bathhouse that doubles as…

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Top 5: Budapest, Hungary

  • February 27, 2017

I’ve never been to a city that has an ambiance quite like Budapest’s. Hungary is a country that has suffered a long history of war and occupation, and even in its democratic nascency, it retains a deep sense of loss. You can feel that melancholy as you wander the streets of Budapest – but it also comes with a sense of humor. (Our tour guide, while describing the end of World War II,  asked…

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Amsterdam Eats: the Good, the Bad, and the Raw Herring

  • February 24, 2017

When you think of Amsterdam, you don’t typically think of it as a foodie destination. Or at least, I didn’t. But as I was doing research before my trip, I found a number of food tours that were offered around the city. Always the budget-conscious traveler and planner extraordinaire, I decided there was no reason I couldn’t create my own Amsterdam food tour. Here’s the route that I dreamed up, which…

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The Art of Korean Barbecue

  • February 22, 2017

I’ll preface this post by saying that I am a quasi-vegetarian who can take or leave meat most of the time. It’s not something I go out of my way to cook or order in restaurants, and I’m usually just as sooner choose a veggie-centric meal over a nice steak. But even I, an apathetic omnivore, can appreciate the delicious art of Korean barbecue. While living in Korea, one of my…

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Top 5: New Orleans, LA

  • February 20, 2017

I was lucky enough to have spent about a month living in New Orleans last year, working for a nonprofit that organizes volunteer spring break trips around the US. The city is nothing short of magical: it feels so alive all the time, and infuses that feeling into its visitors. Once you’ve hit up Cafe du Monde and have beignet there, done that, check out my NoLa Top 5. 1. Wednesdays at…

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An Evening of Insects at the Bugs Café

  • February 17, 2017

As soon as I read about the Bugs Café in Siem Reap, I knew that I had to try it. Touted as an “Insect Tapas and Cocktail Bar,” Bugs Cafe specializes in – you guessed it –  insect dishes and delectable mixed drinks. Never one to pass on a culinary adventure, I made it a priority to have dinner there one night. Note: The photos in this post are pretty atrocious, but…

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