Bag a Bargain in Bangkok

Bangkok Thailand

Thailand is well known as a country to bag a bargain. The markets of Bangkok are a fascinating and exciting experience, where you can wander through the maze of stalls and take in the sights, sounds and smells of the city. If you are planning to fly to Bangkok, then schedule in plenty of time [...]

Why Teach English in Korea?

Couples' shirts in Korea

The number one question I got when I told people I was going to teach English in Korea was this: “Why Korea?” Fair question. If you’d told me five years ago that I’d spend two years teaching in rural Korea, I’d have laughed at the suggestion. I knew nothing about Korea, and even less about [...]

Da Nang, Vietnam: the Most Underrated City in Southeast Asia

visit Vietnam

You know Bangkok, and Hong Kong, and Singapore, and Hanoi…but what about little Da Nang?  While it may be just a paragraph in most travel guides, Da Nang, Vietnam is worth an entire chapter.  This city of under one million – teeny, tiny by Asian standards – is not just a stopover; it’s a travel [...]

Budgeting for Japan

Bamboo garden Arashiyama, Kyoto

Indisputable Facts: The sky is blue. Water is vital for life. Japan is expensive. I’m not sure when I developed the opinion that Japan was an expensive place, but it happened well before I ever set foot in the country. When my fiancé and I planned an 8-day trip to Kyoto and Osaka, we were [...]