Don’t Leave Porto Without Eating At These Four Places

Portugal was one of the biggest surprises during my first backpacking trip through Europe. From the beaches in the South, to the fairytale land of Sintra, and the hilly stoned streets of Porto - it's one of my favorite countries. No part of the country stuck with me though quite as much as Porto did. I couldn't go back to Portugal without visiting my favorite city up North. I am always happy to have a...more

6 Reasons You Should Stay at the Palacio das Cardosas Hotel In Porto

If you're looking for the perfect place to stay while you're visiting Porto, you won't find any better hotel than the Palacio das Cardosas Hotel. It is centrally located right in Liberdade Square and makes for a great starting point for whatever you want to do. It's also steps away from the São Bento train station for where ever your next adventure takes you. Even though the rooms aren't cheap, I worked around that to...more

My 10 Step Guide To Moving To New York With Nothing (Because You Can)

I moved to New York City four years ago from California with nothing more than a little chunk of change and a (practically) strangers couch to crash on. It had been something I had been talking about doing for my entire life, and I was finally done just talking. I was 26 years old at the time, a college graduate, with nothing exciting happening in my life. My life wasn't bad by any means, but...more

Planning A Trip To Halong Bay? Here is Why You Shouldn’t Go Cheap

Halong Bay is the highlight of a Northern Vietnam trip. For anyone who has been to Hanoi and found it as stressful as I did, a breathtaking boat ride through this UNESCO world heritage site will make it all worth it. But here's why you shouldn't do it on the cheap. To begin, choosing a cruise company to host the adventure is daunting. The amount of information I found on how to pick the right...more

The Only Places You Need To Eat and Drink in Ho Chi Minh City

Finding amazing food and charming cafes is one of my favorite things about traveling. In Vietnam, I was looking for cheap street food and noodles drowned in a variety of different broths. I was surprised in Ho Chi Minh City, when I also stumbled across amazing craft beer, hidden cafes and delicious egg coffee. If you are traveling to Ho Chi Minh City, you will soon find the amount of restaurants to choose from is...more

Top Things To Do On Your First Trip To Ho Chi Minh City

I was surprised how much I loved Ho Chi Minh City. With all the anticipation I had building around Hanoi and Hoi An, I almost considered skipping it all together. Perhaps my lack of excitement was exactly why I found myself enjoying it so much. Maybe it was because I had such a great travel companion. Maybe it was because it was my last stop in Vietnam and I was sad to leave.  Perhaps it...more

The Best Places To Eat and Drink in Hoi An

I was looking forward to my trip to Vietnam mostly for all the food and coffee I planned on eating while I was there. No place quite delivered on quality of food more than Hoi An. Next to Chiang Mai, this central region of Vietnam is home to some of the very best dishes in all of Southeast Asia. One of my favorite things about traveling is consuming all the native food and drinks I...more

Everything You Must Do On a First Trip to Hoi An

I much preferred the charming and quiet alleys of Hoi An, especially coming from the traffic-heavy streets of Hanoi. Wandering around the old town or sipping on coffee for a day in one of my favorite cafes was the highlight of my trip to Vietnam. There was an ease to being in Hoi An. I fell in love with the streets and the colorful lanterns that adorned them. Other than Halong Bay, it is at...more

Best Places For Spicy Noodles and Vietnamese Coffee in Hanoi

There were a lot of things about Hanoi that made me highly anticipate my trip there. Since it is mostly a raved about travel destination, I thought I would fall madly in love with it. Instead I found the busy and hostile streets of the old quarter unwelcoming. It was nothing compared to the calm and charming streets of Hoi An. But to say I didn't like Hanoi wouldn't be accurate. In spite of almost getting...more

What You Should Expect on Your First Trip to Hanoi

Hanoi is a lot of traveler's favorite place to visit in Vietnam. I even met people who showed up and then blew off the rest of the country just to stay in Hanoi. I was looking forward to this city more than any other in Vietnam. I'm usually not let down when I get to a city that I highly anticipate going to, and I did end up eventually liking Hanoi.  But just like chopping...more