How to Find The Perfect Airbnb

It may seem obvious but the search function on Airbnb is the best place to start. You’ll want to narrow your results as much as possible.

Fabulous Airbnb Finds in Asia For The Perfect Destination Wedding


While wedding planning recently, I noticed that it was super time consuming to find places within Asia for possible venues. I knew I wanted to plan it myself and I knew from experience that Air Bnb has some fantastic finds. So I started with a basic Airbnb search…

Best Islands To Visit In The Philippines That Won’t Break The Bank

Many western tourists can attest that (almost) everything is affordable in Southeast Asia. The primary reason is the exchange rate. As of press time, your US$ 1 can buy goods and services worth Php50 in the Philippines.

From Applying to Teaching Abroad: My Timeline

A few people have asked how long it took me to get my job teaching abroad and then from there how long it was before I actually moved. So I’d like to share my timeline, which I think in a lot of ways is similar to many others who went the same route.

Trekking Bukit Lawang

A few weeks ago I headed to Bukit Lawang, Indonesia for a 4-day weekend. I heard great things about the area, particularly my chances of seeing an orangutan, so it seemed like the perfect way to escape Singapore for the Chinese New Year weekend. I was right! I couldn’t have asked for a better way to detox and unwind. If you’re interested in a similar trek, read on for details and suggestions.

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Postpartum Bengkung Massage and Wrap

Throughout my pregnancy I gained almost all of my weight exclusively in my stomach. Most people commented on how big my belly got, even going so far as to guess (incorrectly) that I was having a boy because of my pointy shape. In total I gained about 40 lbs. I wish I...

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So, How Much Debt Have I Paid Off?

If you’ve read any of the guest posts or features I’ve done you’ll see the headlines saying I’ve paid off anywhere from $50,000 to $200,000 in debt. But truthfully, I haven’t stopped to add it all up in awhile and I have been hesitant to share those numbers. But as I...

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Girls Tripping With Centara Resorts

Living in Singapore, Thailand is one of the easiest destinations to explore. But for some reason Chiang Mai had always eluded me. So when Centara Resorts contacted me and gave me the opportunity to visit one of their properties, the location was a no brainer-Chiang...

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