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A Backpacker’s Debate: Southeast Asia vs. South America

In 2007, my boyfriend and I were scheming about where to go for a 6-week trip.  I desperately wanted to…

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My Next Big Trip: One-Way Ticket to Colombia

Last August my boyfriend and I made the decision to travel the world, indefinitely.  This decision was not made hastily –…

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The Rewards of Travel Blogging – The Liebster Award

For me, travel blogging has been rewarding on many levels – personally, creatively, intellectually.  But today the reward comes in a…

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Culture Fix: The Ancient Javanese Temple of Borobudur

When visiting Indonesia most travelers tend to make a beeline to the tourist mecca of Bali.  However, since it is significantly…

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How to Live in Paradise for $18 a Night – Nusa Lembongan

When most budget travelers think of Bali, the first thing that pops into their mind is, “It’s too expensive!”  As…

A Guide to Motorbiking Nusa Lembongan, Bali

The first time I rode a motorbike I was terrified.  I was vacationing in Hawaii when my family peer pressured me into…

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My Anniversary in Paradise – And How It Went Horribly Wrong

By the time we arrived on Nusa Lembongan my boyfriend, Aaron, and I had traveled through Southeast Asia for exactly…

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The Rugged Beauty and Laidback Charm of Nusa Lembongan

I kicked off my flip-flops, waded into the warm Balinese water, and clumsily hoisted myself onto a rickety 20-foot boat. …

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Gado-Gado: Indonesia’s Vegetarian Dream Food

If you’re a vegetarian, eating in Southeast Asia can be frustrating to say the least.  In Vietnam, I can’t even convey…

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Organized Tours, Why Bother?: Java’s Mount Bromo Sunrise Tour

I was so excited to see Mount Bromo, the sulfur-gushing Javanese volcano, that the 10-hour journey from Yogyakarta to the…