Quick Tip #2: Be Spontaneous! Don’t Plan Too Far Ahead

One of the amazing things about travel is the ability to follow your feet and jump in the direction of all that inspires. Whether you’re joining in with friends you’ve met at the hostel or making a last minute decision to extend your stay in a country of particular interest, it’s important to keep a flexible schedule in order to get the most out of any travel experience.

If it’s your first time traveling solo-overseas, it can be tempting to book everything beforehand: from flights to hotel to transport on the ground, it’s comforting to know that everything is taken care of prior to take-off. Keep in mind that this will seriously limit your ability to move around once you touch down (take the advice of someone who watched a pre-booked flight to Vietnam take off from Bangkok because of a romantic encounter that re-routed her in favour of Cambodia). While last minute travel plans and cancellations happen to the best of backpackers and elite travelers alike, it’s best to keep your options open in order to get the most out of your time abroad.

 

 

Thailand Chronicles 2008: Krabi, Kho Phi Phi, Chiang Mai

Thailand Chronicles 2008: Krabi, Kho Phi Phi, Chiang Mai

Oh, hello again! Back for more are you? Well, here it is.

The morning (and by morning, I mean late morning, since technically we were still partying on the beach when the sun broke through the clouds of Kho Phan Nhang) following the Full Moon Party, my girlfriend and I spent the next day recovering on the beach before gearing up for our overnight bus/ferry trip to Krabi. To give you an accurate picture of what the ferry portion of this trip looked like, imagine sardines. Now imagine less space in between bodies and humans in the place of fish. That was the ferry full of passengers, leaving Kho Pha Ngan behind en route to their next adventure. Having thrown-up twice and popped two Gravol in the hopes of passing out for the entirety of the journey, I was over the moon when I boarded ship and discovered I had been given a wall seat. My less fortunate travel companion, tucked snugly between my body and that of a stranger next to her, hardly slept a wink. It must be said, overnight ferry travel in Thailand is not for the weak at heart (or stomach, for that matter).

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Carefree in Cambodia: Phnom Penh and Siem Reap

Carefree in Cambodia: Phnom Penh and Siem Reap

I had the pleasure of visiting Cambodia in 2008 as part of my whirlwind travels across South East Asia. After traveling through Singapore, Malaysia (Malacca, Penang and Kuala Lumpur), I ended up in Thailand (Bangkok, Ko Phi Phi and Chiang Mai) where, under the Full Moon of Ko Pha Ngan, I met my husband to be. Having fallen head over heels for this German on walkabout, my travel plans took an unexpected turn. Not wanting to part ways, we both re-directed our existing travel plans to Cambodia. As I watched my pre-paid flight to Vietnam take off before my eyes, I had no idea what to expect! Cambodia? I wasn’t prepared for this! As it turns out, sometimes the most spontaneous travel plans are the best! Read on…

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