April 4, 2016

A Traveler’s Honest Talk on Money

A big part of me hesitated to do this. After all, our society thrives in paradox: post instagrammable photos of your travel but be mum about your travel fund. We are built on, built in the nondiscussion of taboos: sex and money. A supposed “responsible social media user” must not talk about three things online: salary, love (and sex) life, and family problems. But how am I supposed to honestly answer my fellow aspiring travelers whose primary dilemma is money? So many things have been written about it. So many travel bloggers anchored their traffic on how-tos: how to travel long-term […]
April 2, 2016

Five Hidden Places in Chicago that Can Make You Say Oh

  Interesting would be too weak an adjective to describe the architectural delights, both imaginative and historical, running aplenty in Chicago. Imagine yourself walking around, stumbling across place after place that surprises and awakens your senses — places that can make you giggle, smile like crazy, laugh, squeal, or jump. Here are five of the amazing places worth checking out when you find yourself in Chicago.  
March 28, 2016
12 Characters of a Good Traveler in Southeast Asia

12 Characters of a Good Traveler: Do You Have What It Takes?

I find it odd to write about this. Who am I to say that these are the characters that make a good traveler? After all, I am a flawed traveler myself, who bend rules once in a while—not wearing shoes when advised to wear one, for example. But with the boom of mass tourism, I feel that there is a need to remind ourselves that indeed there are responsibilities tied in the label “tourist,” “traveler,” “backpacker,” and what-have-you. What separates a responsible traveler from an irresponsible one? There are many factors to consider, but I think the following are the […]
March 26, 2016

El Paso: Where the Sun Keeps Shining

In the afternoon, when the light is getting softer, ride the Wyler Aerial Tramway and experience El Paso transformed into a place of magic and charm. Or drive through the city’s view deck on early evening to have a constellation-like view of El Paso. Relax for a bit and consume the scene before you. Or immerse yourself in the culture and history of this Texan city through museum visits and walks. To lessen your burden of looking for a place to stay,  here are five of the many affordable accommodations in El Paso.