a comprehensive guide to visas for U.S. citizens traveling Southeast Asia: how to get your visa for Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, + Myanmar in 2019

Southeast Asia is popular for tourists thanks to its affordability, wild landscapes, and the appeal of its “exotic”-ness. It’s because of this, knowing that many people want to travel this part of the world, that I decided to but together a detailed guide on visas for U.S. Citizens traveling through the region. I’ve also included Myanmar, since I was intimidated by the rumours I had heard about strict visa policies. I thought including it might help others rest assured it isn’t impossible.

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how to travel responsibly in Budapest: locally-led tours, social enterprise cafés, + what you can’t miss in Hungary’s capital

While Budapest tourism has risen steadily in recent years thanks to music festivals and its low price tag, the city has also seen a major influx in boozy bachelor parties. These visiting groups often stick to ruin pubs and, while I’m sure they have a great time, they miss out on all the other outstanding things Budapest has to offer. This post serves as a guide to the more responsible {though equally as fun} things to do, places to eat, and cultural sites in Hungary’s capital.

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10 reasons to add Malaysia to your bucket list

Not sure if Malaysia is worth a visit? I promise, you want it on your bucket list. It’s well, well, well worth a visit. Malaysia was a surprise to me the first time I visited. Wow-ed by their breakfasts, dazzled by the detailed architecture, but thrown off by all the staring, Malaysia had me puzzled from my very first visit. Now, after multiple returns to the beautiful country, I can truly say I am a lover of all the country offers its guests. If you’re on the fence about whether to make the trip to Malaysia or not, I’ve got a list of reasons to book your plane ticket today!

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my birthday wishlist: the ethical items + travel gear this birthday girl is lusting after

It’s my birthday in exactly one month. This past winter, I put together a wishlist for Christmas, and my loved ones actually said it helped them pick out ethically made, eco-friendly items and travel gear to gift me, as well as introducing them to brands they hadn’t yet heard of— talk about wins all around.

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how to responsibly volunteer abroad: an extensive look at the ethics of overseas volunteering + my own experience

Summer means people are eager to spend their school breaks volunteering. It’s overwhelming to do the rigorous amount of vetting that has to be done to guarantee you’re volunteering with a quality organization that has a clear mission and operates in an ethical fashion. I’m here to help.

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Lju-beer-ljana: a locally-led craft beer tour of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Craft beer tours in Europe are a dime-a-dozen. Most are more like messy pub crawls than beer tours that pass on historical and cultural knowledge to its participants. Luckily for me, Peter’s craft beer tour of Ljubljana, a capital city that stole my heart, packed in as much architecture, history, and cultural context as it did pints.

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bungy jumping in New Zealand: everything you need to know before you take the leap

Bungy jumping is all very straightforward. You go to a bungy, pay your money, and then jump. But, what do you wear? What does it cost? Do you get your money back if you don’t jump? Don’t worry. I had questions too, and, today, I’m here with the answers you’re looking for! I’ve created this post with all the information you need to know and questions to ask yourself prior to having a bungy experience.

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where to find the best vegetarian food in Chefchaouen, Morocco

Finding vegetarian food can be hard in certain places. In Morocco’s smaller cities, like Chefchaouen, it was a bit of a task. Despite the lack of overall variety, I was pleasantly surprised with the modest number of restaurants in the blue city of Chefchaouen that offered vegetarian meals. If you’re looking for vegetarian food in Chefchaouen, this guide is a compiled list of all the spots I ate with a map at the bottom to help you find them all!

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sleeping in a prison cell: a stay at Hostel Celica in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Staying in a prison cell might sound like a nightmare, but Hostel Celica is more like a dream set in the art-meets-grunge Metelkova Mesto area in Ljubljana. Cells of a military prison have been transformed into individual cell rooms designed by local and international artists. My stay at Hostel Celica was one of the most interesting and unique hosted stays I’ve ever had.

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tips for first-time solo travelers: advice from 5 female experts

When asked specifically about solo travel, I don’t think I’m enough of an advocate to feel like my advice is masterclass-level, ya know? I want people to be excited about traveling and feel good about at least trying it along. That’s why I decided to combine the wisdom of five badass ladies in this post, all with incredible travel experiences of their own.

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how to spend the perfect day in Lake Bled, Slovenia: how to get there + 5 fun things to do

Lake Bled is quickly garnering attention from travelers thanks to its pristine lake water and dense forest greenery. Topped off with a castle on a hill and famous cream cake, and you have the making’s of what quickly became one of my favourite destinations I’ve visited in Europe ever— which says a lot coming from a girl who literally grew up traveling the continent.

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the ultimate guide to Fes, Morocco: what to do, where to eat, + how to get around

Fes is the second largest city in Morocco and known as the cultural capital of the country. Located approximately 300 miles from Marrakech, it’s easy to slap Fes on your itinerary thanks to it’s accessibility. And, trust me, you don’t want to leave it out! As a UNESCO World Heritage site, Fes is one of the most well-preserved Arab cities with vast history, a buzzing medina, and plenty to keep you busy for 3+ days.

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15 unique things to do in Hoi An, Vietnam: a photo-filled guide of what to see + do in Hoi An

Every new destination comes with new questions. Where’s the best place to eat? Where should I stay? What’s the best way of getting around? What is there to do? I’ve created guides with some of my favourite pictures from my most recent trip to the yellow city specifically to help you create your own Hoi An bucket list.

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stories from my suitcase: overcoming imposter syndrome + taking up space

Over the last year, I’ve felt a rollercoaster of emotions tied to the bigger steps I’ve been taking in freelancing, blogging, and my work for the U.S. Embassy. I know that these feelings are normal, but it feels strange to be asked by people about these kinds of things when I still feel like I haven’t actually got a clue what I’m doing and I’m in no way qualified for any of it.

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where to find the best street art + alternative ruin pubs in Budapest: a locally-led tour with BudapestFlow

BudapestFlow is a website and tour company run by Attila, a local of Budapest who wants his city to be known for more than just bachelor parties and stag dos. Touring with Attila through the Jewish Quarter revealed surprise after surprise and gave context to all the beautiful things I had been passing by without much thought. In this way, Attila has masterfully combined history, street murals, and a facilitated conversation around gentrification.

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Riad Menzeh: the most affordable, luxury riad in Marrakech, Morocco

Staying in a riad while traveling through Morocco was, I’ll admit, a bit of a basic bucket list item for me {if I kept a bucket list anymore, that is}. Most riads in Marrakech are located in the medina, which is a prime location for visitors, and include home-cooked breakfasts. However, it’s for these very reasons that riads tend to be more expensive than other accommodation options. Riad Menzeh offers all the bells and whistles that other riads do, but at a more affordable price tag. It was the perfect place for me to relax and enjoy Marrakech, the last stop on my Moroccan adventure.

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a café guide to Vienna, Austria: UNESCO cafés + modern brunch spots in the Austrian capital

I’ve put together a list of my favourite coffee houses in Vienna that include both the posh places in town and the more modern brunch spots for the new wave of travelers eager to enjoy a Viennese cappuccino.

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the big guide to Vienna, Austria: where to eat, how to get around, + the best things to do in Vienna

Vienna is exactly what you would expect from a classy European capital. Filled with awesome architecture, harrowing history, and outstanding operatics, there is culture oozing from every pore of the city. From castles to cafés, Vienna offers something for everyone. In this guide, you’ll find exactly where to eat, what to see + do, and how to get around the beautiful Austrian capital. Don’t forget to check out the map at the bottom of the post to help you navigate the city!

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10 of the best things to do in Seville, Spain

Seville won me over in a matter of seconds. I only spent 4 days in the city, and it was not nearly enough for me. There is so much to see + do {+ eat} in the sunshine capital of Europe. It was easy for me to see the appeal of Seville for tourists flocking to the southern Spanish city.

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a veggie food guide to Marrakech: where to find the best vegetarian + vegan food in Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech was where my culinary choices widened considerably in Morocco, and I was able to hunt down some modern takes on Moroccan meals with different flavours and more variety. I’ve put together this little guide of veggie food spots in Marrakech to help my fellow vegetarians and vegans find a few more dining options so that you can all enjoy the fun food culture that awaits you in this colourful city.

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