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Receiving bad news while overseas

Back in 2013, I was sitting in the stairwell of my Hanoi hostel, with people coming and going past me, skyping home to my family and bawling my eyes out. I’d just found out that my childhood dog had…

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Why don’t we ever talk about the bad days?

Yesterday, I had a long wait in Yogyakarta Airport thanks to flight delays. I was in one of those troughs characteristic to solo travel, coming right off a soul-soaring high. I was sleep deprived, hung over, and sad at…

interior of Cat Ba island
Asia Destinations Vietnam

Halong Bay: Motorbike adventures

Throughout Asia, I harboured dreams of whipping through the countryside on a motorbike. It’s the quintessential Asian adventure, right? The wind would lick at my hair and the breeze would cool me down. I’d scoot through out-of-the-way roads, waving…

beach at perhentian islands
Asia Destinations Malaysia

Cast away on the Perhentian Islands

The rocks became more jagged, larger, and more tightly fitting until they were one obstinate cliff front. I had several options: Turn back. Swim. Or start rock climbing. I couldn’t turn back. I’d come too far, and I had…