Posts in 2018
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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November in New Zealand: a photo diary from my most recent trip 'home'

I’m currently going through the archives of New Zealand posts, re-vamping guide to Auckland, Wellington, and a road trip through the South Island {as well as re-vamping Myanmar posts and South America posts, per your Instagram requests}, and it’s given me such a warm heart to see how this blog space has changed, grown, and improved. But, it’s also reaffirmed for me that I will never not want there to be some personal touches on this space. So, I’ve created this little photo diary from my most recent North Island return.

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Kuala Lumpur Forest Eco Park: where to catch free aerial views of KL in nature

I love exploring new cities. That being said, what I miss most when I’m hitting the pavement of a cosmopolitan locale is nature. Ya girl like her greenery! So, when I found out via Travel Dream Seekers Instagram account that there was a park where you could get aerial views of Kuala Lumpur with a dose of Mother Nature, I was more than a little eager to visit!

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a day trip from Prague to Kutná Hora + the Bone Church: what to do, where to eat, + is it worth a visit?

Kutná Hora is a city located in the Bohemian region of the Czech Republic that is frequented by tourists. Despite the number of people who trek out to the UNESCO town, it’s quiet and easy to see everything in half a day if you’re ambitious {a little longer if you move slower}. With delicious bistros and interesting churches, Kutná Hora is a town just a 1-hour train trip outside of Prague.

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Prague from every angle: where to find fantastic views of Prague, Czech Republic

Given Prague’s compact layout, fantastic public transportation system, and Bohemian-meets-Gothic architecture, it’s easy to cover a lot of ground in only a few days and stumble upon fantastic views of the Czech capital. During my 4-day return to Prague, I got to see the city from a variety of angles. Here are my favourites, and some alternatives {just in case}!

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a café guide to Prague, Czech Republic: the best hidden cafés + where to find them

Prague is quickly catching the attention of happy café-hoppers looking for the right ambience and a delicious cup of drip. I was out amongst the architecture of the city and its cobblestone streets for 12 hours almost every day I was in Prague, only escaping the cold for brief interludes in hidden cafés I would stumble upon. The best places are always the ones that are harder to find, away from main roads, or hidden in plain sight— these cafés are no exception!

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2018: a year of upheaval + falling back in love {with life}

If you would have told me a year ago that I’d be celebrating a new year in England and that I was starting to make my living as a writer, I would have told you to get lost. If you would have told me this time last year that I’d be going to New Zealand twice in 2018, I probably would have thought it a cruel joke. If you’d have told me future Tara would spend 2018 revisiting favourite countries, getting compensated hotel stays and tours, working with brands I love, and that I’d be writing at a British-owned and Chinese-based publication, I’d have told you to get the hell out.

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the case for slow travel: 7 perks of traveling slower + longer

Since many people are planning their travels for the new year, and because I have a lot of slower, elongated travels booked for 2019 myself, I thought I’d explain my reasoning for my travel-style preference. This post is for all of us, myself included, to remember that slow travel is full of benefits!

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tasting Prague with Eating Europe: a traditional food tour in the Czech capital

I was invited to be a guest of Eating Europe’s Prague Food Tour. I’ll be the first to admit that, initially, I knew nothing about the food scene in Prague. After my 4-hour walking tour with Eating Europe, however, I found myself filled to the brim with Prague urban legends, Czech folklore, cultural and historical trivia, and….well…food.

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hostel highlight: Post Hostel in Prague, Czech Republic

I’ve always been unsure about my feelings towards hostels. Staying in some of…questionable… hostels in South America put me off of them pretty hard. But, since those days of backpacking around with Tash like reckless and unprepared wildlings, I’ve learned to read reviews and trust my traveling peers when they recommend hostels that are safe, clean, and in great locations. I’ve found great budget bunks in Thailand and Vietnam when need be. So, trust me when I tell you Post Hostel Prague was top-quality.

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an Instagram guide to Berlin, Germany: 10 spots for free photos in the city

It’s true that Berlin isn’t as classically beautiful as Vienna or as aesthetically pleasing initially as Paris. It might even be fair to say that Berlin isn’t in the running to be one of the most visually stunning cities in Europe. However, there are so many quirky spots in the city that offer unique photo opportunities. Urban photographers love Berlin, and if you open your eyes, it’s clear to see why. In my multiple visits to Berlin, especially as an adult on my own, I’ve realized that the city blends old history with modern architecture so that there’s something for everyone to find easy on the eyes.

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the 10 best kept secrets in Prague: an off-the-beaten-path guide to the Czech capital

We all get sick of seeing the same stuff repeated time and time again on blogs, Instagram, and travel T.V. shows, but Prague, a city visited by millions every year, has so many spots that get missed, works of art that never get noticed, and bars that are only regular-ed by locals— true hidden gems of the city! What you won’t find on this list: trying trdelnik, watching the Astronomical clock, and catching views at the top of the Hotel U Prince.

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a food guide to German Christmas markets: 7 traditional foods to try on your next winter visit

Being in Germany in the winter time has its perks. Namely, German Christmas markets. Sure, it’s cold, but the lively holiday atmosphere, twinkly lights, and glorious carb-y food is worth freezing. I promise. Some of the items on this list will seem obvious, while others you might never have heard of! Here are 7 foods {and drinks, if you include glühwein} I tried at 5 different Christmas markets in Berlin and what I thought of each one.

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Instagrammable Hamilton: surprising street art in Hamilton, New Zealand + where to find it

When you get to spend an extended amount of time exploring a new city, you tend to find secrets of a city and why it deserves more credit than it gets. Hamilton is filled with trendy cafes, green parks, and colourful street art! This post will help you find the artsy side of the city’s side streets and alleyways.

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the big guide to Bangkok: where to stay, where to eat, and what to do in Thailand's capital

After years of bouncing around Bangkok on self-guided visits, long layovers, and group tours…I’ve finally put together a comprehensive guide I’m proud of. While it’s no secret every trip to Bangkok has been riddled with bad luck for me, looking back at these photos also made me realize…I’ve had so many fun memories in the capital city. It might have suffered the fate of the tourist boom {i.e. a Starbucks, H&M, and McDonald’s on every corner}, but it’s also got lots to see and do, great food, and alluring temples.

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a dairy doing good: Laos Buffalo Dairy in Luang Prabang, Laos

For such a small little town in the middle of a country no one talks much about, there are a number of social enterprises doing big things in Luang Prabang. One of these important businesses is Laos Buffalo Dairy.

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a local’s café guide to Luang Prabang: where to find the cutest cafés + the best coffee

This cafe guide includes local joints, social enterprises, and some of the more expensive but aesthetically pleasing spots in Luang Prabang to grab your morning caffeine intake— something for everyone.

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Nahm Dong Park: the secret oasis you never knew about in Luang Prabang, Laos

An eco-tourism haven, Nahm Dong Park is an oasis you’ve probably never even heard about right outside the city limits of Luang Prabang. Don’t worry, I knew nothing about it either! Until one day, paint fumes of a newly renovated office space dizzying my head and fingers hurting from whipping out writing work, it was suggested that I hop on the back of a motorbike and head to Nahm Dong.

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