5 Things to Consider When Planning a Trip to Maldives

Flight
If you are coming from within Asia, flights to Maldives are pretty reasonable. But you will likely need another flight and perhaps even a boat once you arrive. Unless you plan on staying near the main island of Male, you will need to book a separate seaplane, which will cost at least a few hundred US dollars round-trip. For me, this was just about the amount I paid for my international flight, nearly doubling my total flight costs.

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Bandung, Indonesia: A Girl’s Best Friend?

I once read that Michael Jordan makes more from Nike in a year than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined. This quote has stayed with me since childhood and made me very curious about the places where our clothes are made. So when someone mentioned to me that Bandung is a city where overruns from some of these same factories are sold, I grew interested in seeing Bandung for myself.

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My Philippine Favorites

The island of Mathiveri is located on the North Ari Atoll, which is about a 30-minute seaplane ride from the main island of Male. The population is very small, perhaps 900 people at most,..

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How To Get A Job Teaching Abroad

As I mentioned in previous posts, teaching abroad can be an excellent way to travel and see the world. But how do you get a job teaching overseas? Simple. First you have to ask yourself, “What type of teaching do I want to do?”

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Skiing Lake Louise

I am a warm weather girl. During college I did my time in the cold and since moving abroad I’ve been strategically avoiding winter. Well, winter smacked me in the face over the holiday break as I went to visit my boyfriend’s family in Calgary, Canada (Well, Medicine Hat to be exact). The majority of the time we were indoors, but on our last day we went skiing. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but this wasn’t it.

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Hi there! I’m Maya, a Los Angeles native turned expat. I’ve been living and working in Asia for the past 6 years and traveling every spare moment I get.

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