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  • Tips for Starting Your Own “One Second A Day” Video Project

    A few years ago, Director Cesar Kuriyama started a personal project that would go on to become a worldwide phenomenon. He titled it his “One Second Every Day” video. You can view his original TED Talk here.

    Think about all the little things that happen to you every day—how you burnt your toast yesterday morning, helped your sister paint her nursery, or that time your Uber driver had a disco ball in his car. There are thousands, even millions of moments that paint the picture of your life each year, and most of them go forgotten.

    Our memories are fickle things, pliable […]

  • A Practical Guide to Sapa, Vietnam

    If there was one thing I kept reading over and over again during my research for Vietnam, it was, “Don’t miss Sapa!”

    Honestly, I had no idea what Sapa looked like or why it was so special before planning our trip. And although a quick Google search showed me some nice rice terraces and wooden houses, I wouldn’t really know the answer to these questions until we were on the bus back to Hanoi.

    What is Sapa?

    Sapa is a mountainous region that sits at the very northern tip of Vietnam, located just below the Chinese border. The larger surrounding area is known […]

  • Secrets Abroad: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Taiwan

    Secrets Abroad is an ongoing series that explores the hidden sides of cultures from around the world. Check out previous editions here.

    It’s been a week since we left Taiwan, and I’m finally ready to share this island’s own edition of “Secret’s Abroad”! Taiwan is an absolutely fascinating destination, but this isn’t always apparent at first glance. Here are just a few of the things I discovered during our trip that make this place so unique:

    1. Betel nuts, betel nuts, betel nuts. It feels strange including this on a list of “hidden” details, since the influence of these terrifying quids was […]

  • Monthly Round-Up: September Travel Diary

    September was another month of crazy highs and disappointing lows. We started off flying out from Shanghai to the capital of the Sichuan province, Chengdu. This was a pretty big turning point in how I viewed China; while I never hated the place like many people do, I also didn’t expect the locals to be particularly welcoming. Exploring the country outside of the big cities showed me a different side of the country. People were actually interested in interacting with us, and we even had one instance in Guilin where a random girl sat down with us at a noodle […]

  • Street Stalls & Waterfalls: Two Weeks in Taiwan

    After a solid month of traveling around Mainland China and Hong Kong, it was time for the last stop on our China-and-its-maybe-territories tour: the humble island of Taiwan!

    Taiwan, like Hong Kong, has been visited and positively reviewed by many of the people I know back home. Wandering around its famous night markets was something that I’ve had on my “Life List” (an actual bucket list I started back in high school) for a long time now, so it only seemed fitting to give the place a proper visit before heading out of East Asia for good.

    Day 1: Taipei
    After a quick […]

  • Secrets Abroad: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Hong Kong

    Secrets Abroad is an ongoing series that explores the hidden sides of cultures from around the world. Check out previous editions here.

    Hong Kong is one of the most distinctive cities in Asia, and possibly the entire world. It’s a place where Eastern and Western influences stitch together seamlessly. Snippets of English and Cantonese flow through the streets, and traditional baozi are served alongside Portuguese egg tarts.

    I was really excited to visit Hong Kong. Many of my close friends have connections to the city, and often spend holidays or vacations there. I’ve seen so many Snapchats of crowded dim sum tables […]

  • 3 Days in Chengdu: A Photo Diary

    Joel and I recently spent three weeks traveling around China. One of our favorite spots on the trip was Chengdu; a mid-sized Chinese city that’s much more laidback than its coastal counterparts, such as Beijing and Shanghai. The delicious food and kind people made for an incredible three days.

  • Secrets Abroad: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About China

    Secrets Abroad is an ongoing series that explores the hidden sides of cultures from around the world.

    We’re currently researching and preparing for adventures in Hong Kong, but before we get there, I wanted to share a (mainland) China edition of Secrets Abroad. After three weeks of exploring all over the PRC, these are the top ten observations that stood out to me most:

    1. If you find yourself walking into a busy restaurant for dinner, and all the tables are full, don’t be surprised if the waiter/waitress guides you to a table where people are already eating. I first encountered this […]

  • Monthly Round-Up: August Travel Diary

    Autumn is finally rolling in, which means it’s time to wrap up the last official month of summer. You know how sometimes, life will just dribble by for a few weeks, with nothing worth noting occurring? Well, August was the complete opposite of that. There were plenty of great moments, as well as a handful of awful ones, but at least we weren’t bored.

    We started off the month in Seoul, South Korea. A lot of long-term travelers say that it’s easy to get burnt out if you move too fast, so we picked Seoul as a sort of resting spot. […]

  • 12 Korean Street Food Dishes You Have to Try

    One of my favorite things to do when traveling is to eat. In fact, it’s probably one of the top reasons I decide to travel to certain countries over others. As someone who’s usually traveling on a budget and likes getting a taste of local culture, you’ll often find me passing over Michelin dinners in favor of roaming the streets for all things cheap, quick, and delicious. In terms of street food, South Korea does not disappoint.
    As ubiquitous in the Korean food scene as a slice of pizza is in America. You can’t walk ten steps without running into a […]