Sihanoukville Sunset

Reader Email: Pre-trip Wanderlust and Angst

I receive emails all the time from potential, current and future travelers but occasionally one of them stands out above the rest. Leading up to my departure I had a difficult time summing up my thoughts. I was saving my money up for something, something… bigger. I didn’t have all the details worked out but […]


Thailand vs Malaysia: If You Can Only Choose One

Thailand and Malaysia share a border and are two of Southeast Asia’s most popular tourist destinations, but they are still distinctly different. I’d recommend a long visit to both, but if time is an issue, I’d hate to rush either country. There’s just too much to see and do! So if visiting both isn’t going […]

Kwang Si Waterfall Luang Prabang

Backpacker’s Daily Budget in Laos

Laos was the third country I visited on my Southeast Asia trip and one of my favorites (however bad the internet might be). After the dirt cheap prices of Northern Thailand, daily expenses were slightly higher than I was accustomed too, or would have liked, and many other backpackers agreed, but having said that, Laos […]


How I Got My One Way Ticket for Free: Beginners Guide to Credit Card Rewards

If you’ve done any amount of traveling, you know that airline tickets can constitute a major part of your total expenses. Unless you know a pilot that can put you on standby, you’ll have to book your own flights. They’re expensive and for shorter duration trips, can sometimes cost as much as the rest of […]


Save Money While Traveling: Credit and Debit Cards

I travel with a minimum of two trusty pieces of plastic in my pocket. One being my debit and the other(s) my credit card. While I suppose any such cards that you already possess will work, there are a few specific features on my cards that will save you a bundle in the long run. […]

nikon d5100

My Travel Gear

Travel gear yay! Here is what I recommend and why I think you’d love it too. I put plenty of thought into my decisions so that you can save some time and just buy what I got… or not. Up to you. Exofficio Boxer Briefs If you take away nothing else from this post, take […]


Backpacker’s Daily Budget in Cambodia

I’ve decided to continue the posts on my spending habits for each country I visit, as I think they’re turning out to be very helpful. It’s worth noting that I’m a serious budget traveler and comment on the backpacker mode of travel, which doesn’t negatively affect my overall experience. In fact, I think it improves […]


Budgeting for Two Weeks of Travel in Myanmar/Burma

Budget travel in Myanmar is currently in a state of flux. Prices are constantly changing and like everyone else, I was hearing differing reports on what to budget for each day in the country. Having just recently returned from a two week stint in Myanmar, I can shed some light on the status of budget […]


Choosing the Perfect Travel Companion

While I do love traveling solo, having a travel companion also has its advantages. Costs can be split for things like rooms and taxis, they help with the loneliness of being far from home and if nothing else, they provide a wingman. But if you decide to take this route of traveling with a buddy, […]