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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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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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Hi there! I’m Maya, a Los Angeles native turned expat. I’ve been living and working in Asia for the past 7 years and traveling every spare moment I get.

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Culinary Adventure in Old San Juan

  Puerto Ricans are a proud bunch. We are proud of J.Lo., Roberto Clemente, our flag, Puerto Rican music and dance, and of course, the food. And as a Puerto Rican vegetarian, I always felt like I was missing something. So when my brother, Ravi, and I recently... read more

Guest Post: Moving Abroad With Kids

  Many people hear my story and think it’s great but somehow not feasible for themselves. The thing I hear over and over again is “But how can I move abroad with kids?” So I’d like for you to hear it from someone who’s done it. John David Lewis is a high school... read more

The Financial Advice I Would Give My Younger Self

As a middle school teacher I often hear my kids say some pretty ridiculous things that make perfect sense to them. Then I think about the stupid things I said when I was their age and shudder. The same is true for the financial decisions I made when I was younger. At... read more