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How A Simple Hello can Change Everything

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'A simple hello could lead to a million things.' This carpe diem-esque quote is scribbled on various journal pages, typed into an Instagram caption, or spoken aloud in times of uncertainty and hesitation. This is a story about one of my first experiences traveling solo, an experience that continues to affect and shape my travels one year later. It[...]

Manila Unravelled: Exploring the Different Side of a Metropolis

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After a 15-hour journey I arrived in Manila. A gust of hot sticky air instantly hit my face, making my curly hair look just a little bit crazier. I managed to make my way on to the right public bus, thanks to the invaluable travel information given to me by my contact in the Philippines, Jay. It’s pretty easy to get lost in a major capital city that boasts o[...]

Why You Should Add the Naadam Festival to Your Bucket List

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Do you know the legend of Genghis Khan? It is told that Genghis Khan was born with a blood clot in his hand and therefore destined to lead Mongolia to become the world’s largest empire. Genghis Khan’s vast empire was founded upon Mongolia’s nomadic steppe life and horses. It was this legend that captured my imagination and lead me to catching a train from Be[...]

10 Reasons Why You Should Try Couch Surfing

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At the very beginning of 2015, I undertook the trip I had always dreamed of. I boarded a plane in Paris on December 31st and spent New Year’s Eve crossing half the world to land in Bali, on the first day of January. The plan I had in mind was simple: to travel from South-East Asia to Europe, mostly crossing off-the-beaten-track countries on my way, located e[...]