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…
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.
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.
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.
Hi there! I’m Maya, a Los Angeles native turned expat. I’ve been living and working in Asia for the past 9 years and traveling every spare moment I get.
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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...read more
I frequently get emails from people asking about how to start a career teaching abroad. These people are often highly educated in a field that is not education. Yet because teaching is so well known as a ticket to move overseas and have a career, we...read more
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...read more
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...read more
Seeing Spanish? Don’t worry. You’ve come to the right place. One of my lifelong goals is to master Spanish, and I truly think it will be lifelong because there is always more to learn. I recently applied to Arizona State University to complete my degree in Spanish. I...read more
For all of the traveling I’ve done, up to this point I had never really even considered a cruise. But when cheap plane tickets led to a summer in Europe, my husband and I decided to give it a shot since we were near such great destinations. We originally planned to...read more