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Going Local on the Island of Camiguin, Philippines

As our ferry puttered toward the island of Camiguin, Philippines, it felt as if we were sailing toward a lost world.  Set…

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The Trash Crisis in Indonesia

There a lot of quirky things about living in Jakarta but the one thing that I cannot get used to is…

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Motorbiking Bohol: Exploring Natural Wonders & Natural Disasters

I was lured to the island of Bohol for the same reason every other tourist is.  Promises of dreamy tropical…

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3 Reasons Being a Vegetarian in Penang Actually Rocks

When most travelers think of Penang, the first thing that comes to mind is street food.  In fact, many travelers…

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Life in Jakarta – My Taxi Ride from Hell

As I wrote in a previous post I was a bundle of nerves about my first ever solo trip to…

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My First Solo Trip: A Visa Run to Penang

As I waited for my plane to take me to Penang it struck me that I hadn’t boarded an international…

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4 Helpful Things to Know Before Traveling to El Nido, Philippines

Some say that the nine-hour ferry ride from Coron to El Nido is a hellish one.  I’ve read stories of…

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Moving to Jakarta: 10 Things I Should Have Packed

After I found out I was moving to Jakarta, I only had three weeks to fly “home” to California, pack…

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The Reality of Traveling to a Disaster Zone – Coron, Philippines

As I mentioned before, my trip to the Philippines was ill-timed.  A week before my arrival Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) ripped…

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A Cheapskate’s Guide to Backpacking Boracay on a Budget

There are two things that almost deterred me from traveling to Boracay.  The first was Super Typhoon Haiyan and the…