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A food lover’s treasure hunt through Paris

by Kenny Monteith @ IHG Travel Blog

Imagine a treasure hunt of Paris, where the prizes are foodie delights. A gourmet safari where you can go at your own pace, stopping at.

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Christmas 2017: What’s on my holiday menu this year?

by the Blind Cook @ The Blind Cook

Our family celebrates Christmas, and that’s less than a couple of weeks away. My, how time flies. Following the likes of my post on our Thanksgiving menu last month, I thought I’d share with you what I’ll be making in our kitchen for this year’s Christmas dinner. Since the hubs and I hosted his family […]

Stavanger in Norway is the City of Street Art

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Stavanger in Norway is the City of Street Art. This affluent city has an edginess to it that we were not expecting when we arrived on their National Independence Day. The …

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Ho Chi Minh City Food Tours - Saigon Food Tours

Ho Chi Minh City Food Tours - Saigon Food Tours


Saigon Food Tours

Sample the world's best street food with a Saigon Street Eats food tour, run by an Australian-Vietnamese couple who are obsessed with Vietnamese food.

Hai Van Pass & Coastal Adventure – Hoi An to Hue

by admin @ Vespa Adventures » Products

Guests ride on the back with our experienced drivers on this tour to ensure safety. If you'd like to drive, please contact us directly!

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Saigon Extravaganza Tours

Saigon Extravaganza Tours


Food and Motorcycle Tour - Saigon Extravaganza

A Saigon scooter tour owned and operated completely by locals to provide you with the most authentic and unique experience sure to remember a lifetime.

THE ORIENTAL SAIGON 2

by Phu Truong Thang @ Saigon Free Walking Tours

THE ORIENTAL SAIGON 2 Transport: Scooter Depart: Daily 8:00 AM* Duration: 4 hours **Scooter surcharge: 50.000 VND/ person/ tour Note: ***scooter surcharge*** will be 70.000 VND/person/tour starts on 17th February 2016 * The tour will not available on Monday. **If you’d like to do tour at afternoon, please make reservation 24 hours prior to the […]

Where to Eat in Budapest Hungary – The Best Budapest Restaurants, Cafes and Markets

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

Wondering what and where to eat in Budapest Hungary? We spent a month eating our way through the sprawling Hungarian capital city. Check out our Budapest Food Guide with the best Budapest restaurants, cafes and markets. Four weeks of eating our way through Budapest was overwhelming. The Hungarian capital’s food scene, with its never-ending selection of restaurants, cafes and markets, kept us constantly on the go. But with the help of our and lots of third wave coffee, we survived a month of hearty eating without sacrificing our sanity or waistlines. ...

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Spinal Taps, a Burglary, and a Legal Nomads Hiatus

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

Legal Nomads is on hold for the time being.

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Burgers in Ho Chi Minh City

by Vinh @ http://streetfoodiessaigon.com

While all of us at Street Foodies Saigon are complete street food evangelists, there are times when you need a good burger. Thankfully, Ho Chi Minh City has plenty of options to choose from! From humble greasy spoon types to fancy pants gourmet burgers, the city has them all. So we’ve compiled a list  places […]

Blind MasterChef cooks in the Underground kitchen

by the Blind Cook @ The Blind Cook

Back in October, I was invited to collaborate with Alvin Schultz of MasterChef fame and cook at the Eat Drink Experience Underground. The Underground is a supper club based in Houston where each event is an intimate dining affair with a highly creative, themed tasting menu. For this particular collab, we did a brunch-themed tasting […]

Budapest Cafes – A Budapest Coffee Guide for the 21st Century

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

The new breed of Budapest cafes are hip, happening and highly caffeinated. Read on to find out our favorite spots to drink third wave coffee in Hungary’s capital city. Budapest is a city known for a cafe culture that’s as rich as the cream that flows into its coffee. Back in the day, artists and poets would meet at Budapest coffee houses to share ideas and philosophies while sipping strong brews and eating a variety of Budapest cake specialties like strudel and flodni. Hundreds of cafes graced both sides of ...

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Where to find Street Art in Saigon

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Away but within earshot of the cacophony of motorbikes and beeping horns in Hoi Chi Minh City, you will find a little alley full of Street Art in Saigon. Most things in Sai…

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Saigon on Bikes | Vietnam Motorbike Tours | Saigon Street Food Tours

Saigon on Bikes | Vietnam Motorbike Tours | Saigon Street Food Tours


Saigon on Bikes

Vietnam Motorbike Tours. Saigon Street Food Tour and City Tour on motorbikes. Competitive price with best service. From $42. 100% English speaking drivers.

Ho Chi Minh Museum

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Our 4½ Month Southeast Asia Budget Backpacking Trip: All the Costs, all the Details

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

7 Countries47 Cities138 daysFor only $3081.30 eachThat’s $22.32 per dayAbout 156.29 per weekAnd $669.60 per month In this guide, I will share all the details of our Southeast Asia budget backpacking trip that included Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore. The Map: Budget Backpacking Southeast Asia The Details and Itinerary:A 47 Cities Tour [...]

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How to go from Hanoi to Hue City

by Vietnam Drive @ Vietnam car rental with driver

It is because that many tourists ask about how to travel from Hanoi to Hue City. Today, Vietnam Drive will guide you some ways to travel from Hanoi to Hue,…

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Hong Kong on the Cheap

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

How Not To Blow Your Wad In Hong Kong (it’s a poker term) The 2nd most expensive city in Asia, but there are plenty of ways to budget travel Hong Kong. While Hong Kong is generally raved about, it’s not typically a backpacker stop, mainly because it’s too damn expensive. I’ve seen a lot of [...]

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20 Best Lighthouses in the World

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

We recently published The 60 Best Lighthouses in the World, and then we received another 20 Best Lighthouses in the World. Considering that everyone loves lighthou…

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City Hall

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Spending Christmas in Saigon, Vietnam

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

Christmas is nearly a month away, and can be trully a magical time in Vietnam (minus the snow). If you decided to spend our favorite holiday in the South of Vietnam, make sure to check out our video on what Xmas is really like like...

Connecting you to the local experience – My day out with Inspitrip

by Sharyn @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

Well, I haven’t been out on a trip for quite a while. (I think the last one was with Saigon Treasure Hunt) The main reason is, I’ve been totally flat out writing and editing the second edition of my book...

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Christina's Saigon

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Thrillable Hours: Karen Walrond, Speaker, Photographer & Bestselling Author

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

New Thrillable Hours Q&A about life after law with Karen Walrond, a former lawyer. Now, Karen is a public speaker, photographer, and bestselling author.

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17 Do’s & Don’ts when Visiting Vietnam

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Vietnam is one of the most rewarding places you can visit, but you need to be aware of these 17 Do’s & Don’ts when Visiting Vietnam. From the frenetic cities of Ho …

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Bun Cha Hanoi

by Vinh @ http://streetfoodiessaigon.com

Bun Cha Hanoi One of the iconic dishes in Hanoi, Bun Cha is one of our favourite of all street foods in Vietnam. What’s not to love? It’s got two types of pork, a smoking hot grill, a tangy fish sauce dip, tons of fresh veggies and noodles. What is Bun Cha Hanoi? Bun Cha […]

Cádiz in Spain will be the next Hot Spot Travel Destination

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

I am calling it here and now; Cádiz in Spain will be the next Hot Spot Travel Destination. I probably shouldn’t tell people this and ruin what is one of the most delight…

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Visiting and Discovering the City of Stavanger in Norway

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

We had the distinct pleasure of visiting and discovering the city of Stavanger in Norway. This is a cool little city, which also happens to be a city of great Norwegian pr…

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"You will start your life believing that the external world can make you happy. I can't tell you otherwise. You are wired that way. "

by Emmeline Vu @ Archive - VUES

"If travel is your lusty dream, your plan of escape, I hope you find what you're looking for. If you feel trapped and think some far away place will heal you, it may or may not. I hope it does. If a raise and a nice apartment and a car will make you happy, I hope you get what you want and are right. It's nice when our expectations are met.

But the damn tricky Universe teaches us in a way that is almost funny. It says 'you will start your life believing that the external world can make you happy. I can't tell you otherwise. You are wired that way. Of course I will tell you that it isn't true, but you won't hear me. You will go and chase all that money. And you just might get it. And then, once you've become your own god, exerted your expertise on the world... When your beauty got you sex and power, when your brain got you respect, when your hard work got you a castle... When you've done what you said you would do... you will have some dark realizations. You'll feel the emptiness of space for the first time. How much of it is nothingness. And then, finally, you will listen to me. And if you haven't boarded up your ears, you will hear me.'"

 

Thanks, Jedidiah Jenkins.

SAIGON FREE WALING TOURS

by admin @ Saigon Free Walking Tours

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Many great reasons to visit Kilkenny, Ireland

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

From the hole in the wall pub run by the towns cardiologist, who was the doctor for Metallica, to the milk bar where you can get a whisky, to the hospitable publicans at the …

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The Best of Saigon Street Food: What To Eat And Where to Find It

The Best of Saigon Street Food: What To Eat And Where to Find It


Legal Nomads

Eat your way through Ho Chi Minh City / Saigon's streets with this guide to the best dishes and where to find them. Bonus section on visas, taxis, and more!

Hotel Majestic Saigon

Hotel Majestic Saigon


Hotel Majestic Saigon

Boutique Hotels in center of Saigon

Pho Binh Noodle Shop

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Black Friday-Cyber Monday: Get 25% Off Gift Certificates

by jamie @ UnTour Food Tours

UnTour turns SEVEN! It’s holiday time! WE’RE OFFERING 25% OFF ALL SHANGHAI & BEIJING GIFT CARDS! The holiday season is upon us and if UnTour was a child, it would be in that picky eating phase (ugh, the worst). As proud operators of a seven-year-old food tour and big fans of the holiday spirit, we’re offering

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North Vietnam Photo Tour – Mr. Kieron Nelson Review

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Date: 6 – 25 Sep 2017 | Party of 1 passenger: Mr. Kieron Nelson (Toronto, Canada) | 10-day North Vietnam Photo Tour This is a follow up to my posting of April 23 2017 Finally recovered from a seventeen hour flight from Toronto to Hanoi via Taipei. Devastating flooding had occurred two weeks before my scheduled […]

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Escape Hunt Experience Ho Chi Minh City

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At Maison Marou Saigon, An abundance of amazing artisanal gourmet chocolate made from locally grown cacao

by the Blind Cook @ The Blind Cook

I got sidetracked with the holiday season being in full swing and left off in the middle of my Vietnam trip. I’d written about my great experience with Back of the Bike food tour, and today, I’m sharing with you the best place in Ho Chi Minh City to get delicious gourmet artisanal chocolates. Maison […]

SAIGON STREET FOOD

by admin @ Saigon Free Walking Tours

Transport: Scooter Depart: Daily 6:00 PM Duration: 4 hours **Scooter surcharge: 70.000 VND/ person/ tour** OVERVIEW: People once said that “Saigon is the kitchen of the world”, it certainly feels that way. Indeed, whenever you feel like grabbing some foods, to satisfy either your stomach or your appetite, it is always easy to find some […]

My Son Holy Land Tour from Danang City

by Vietnam Drive @ Vietnam car rental with driver

My Son Holy Land is a famous destination for many travelers staying Danang City, Vietnam. My Son Sanctuary is located in the mountains of Duy Phu Village, Duy Xuyen District,…

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Foodie Flashcards: Week 2 – Wontons

by kylelong @ UnTour Food Tours

Hungry to improve your Chinese vocabulary, but don’t know where to dig in? Welcome to our weekly Foodie Flashcard series. Follow along, study these morsels of knowledge, then dig in at your local restaurant to fully digest the information. What is it: Wontons take many forms in China, but are generally first stuffed with pork,

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The Best Lunch Foods in Ho Chi Minh City

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

What to eat for Lunch in Ho Chi Minh City a.k.a Saigon? Entering the world of Vietnamese food can be a daunting task for a beginner out there on their own. What is it? Where is it? Is it the best? These are the questions...

Bun Bo Hue

by Vinh @ http://streetfoodiessaigon.com

Bun Bo Hue While the city of Hue is known for it’s fancy diminutive single bite royal cuisine, those of us spending our time eating on the street are more familiar with the soup that originates from it. We’re talking about Bun Bo Hue. Balance of flavours, usually seen in Vietnamese cuisine, gets thrown out […]

Food Tours in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Food Tours in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

by Emmeline Vu @ Archive - VUES

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UnTour Shanghai Dining Recs for Ho Chi Minh City - UnTour Food Tours

UnTour Shanghai Dining Recs for Ho Chi Minh City - UnTour Food Tours


UnTour Food Tours

UnTour guide Topher B. recently had some recommendations for some Shanghai guests who were heading to Ho Chi Minh City, and we wanted to share them with the world and hopefully make it a better place, one bite at a time. Here’s Topher’s thoughts: I would highly recommend checking out this banh mi place. We walked past it the first nightContinue Reading

THE ORIENTAL SAIGON 1

by admin @ Saigon Free Walking Tours

THE ORIENTAL SAIGON 1 Transport: Scooter Depart: Daily 8:00 AM* Duration: 4 hours **Scooter surcharge: 50.000 VND/ person/ tour *If you’d like to do tour at afternoon, please make reservation 24 hours prior to the tour.   OVERVIEW: Beliefs and faiths are important and indispensable parts of people’s spiritual life, especially for Asian people. However, […]

Sampling the best of Ho Chi Minh City's food with XO Tours

Sampling the best of Ho Chi Minh City's food with XO Tours


The Global Couple

What could be better than riding motorbikes and sampling some of the city's best street food? The Ho Chi Minh City food tour run by XO Tours is fantastic!

Street Food in Copenhagen at Papiroen

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

If you want to sample some amazing Street Food in Copenhagen, then head to Papiroen, or more correctly Papirøe, which translates to Paper Island. If you want the very t…

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BOOK NOW

by admin @ Saigon Free Walking Tours

There are 3 steps to book tour: Step 1: Complete and submit booking form: http://goo.gl/forms/9qg0usPKM3 Step 2: Wait for confirmation. Your request will be responded in 12 hours at the latest. Step 3: Confirm. Please note that the sooner you make reservation, the better service we provide. We recommend you to book tour 24 hours in advance.     […]

Weekly Tour Photography Winners (Updated)

by kylelong @ UnTour Food Tours

Share the foodie photo love. We invite our guests to upload their photos from their food tour on social media (Instagram @UnTourFoodTour FB: UnTourFoodTours or on WeChat moments and we’ll choose our weekly favorite to send a free tour voucher. Finally, a real reason to take photos of your food. See below for all of

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LIGHT UP THE NIGHT

by admin @ Saigon Free Walking Tours

Transport: Scooter Departure: Daily 6:00 PM Duration: 4 hours  *Scooter surcharge: 60.000 VND/ person/ tour  **From 14/10/2015, the scooter surcharge will be 60.000 VND/ person/ tour. Note: ***scooter surcharge*** will be 70.000 VND/person/tour starts on 17th February 2016 OVERVIEW: Saigon, Vietnam’s economic hub, is reputable for its hectic daily life and sparkling nightlife that is popular amongst […]

5 reasons why you should include the Philippines in your travel list

by Petra @ The Global Couple

The Philippines mesmerizes tourist and locals alike with its beauty. Here are 5 reasons why you should visit the Philippines.

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Li'l C - Big Shoe Lady

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Eating it Raw in the Largest Fish Market in South Korea – Jagalchi Market

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

Busan’s Jagalchi Market (자갈치시장), the largest fish market in South Korea, has taken up two very different places in my memory. The first one is a very positive place, where the memories of incredible lunches, lively atmospheres, excitement and intrigue all sit. The second place is dark. It’s usually avoided at all costs. This memory [...]

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Eight architectural wonders in Ljubljana

by Kenny Monteith @ IHG Travel Blog

Some of the most stunning European architecture can be found in Ljubljana, including works of famous architect, Jože Plečnik.

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"To an Unknown Victim: The untimely death you suffered shall never be in vain, but will unite humanity to speak against human injustice of every nature." -Rwanda Genocide Memorial

by Emmeline Vu @ Archive - VUES

I have no words of my own. Only three pieces I pulled from the Genocide Museum and the different memorial sites we visited:

  • "In a survey by UNICEF, they found that 80% of Rwandan children had experienced a death in the family in 1994, 70% witnessed someone being killed or injured, and 90% believed they would die."
     
  • “The world withdrew… and watched as a million people were slaughtered.”
     
  • To an Unknown Victim, by Winnie Hinson and Jack Gordon Osamba of Embrey Human Rights

 

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To an Unknown Victim:

We offer our solemn prayer
that what happened to you and others
as the world watched without help,
unconcerned as you were slaughtered
like cows int he slaughterhouse,
will never happen again

You are the unsung hero
that the world fought
the unknown hero
you have become in death
that the world will have to remember

The untimely death
you suffered
shall never be in vain
But will unite humanity
to speak against human injustice
of every nature

It is our sincere hope
that your death
will unite us for a better purpose
Never again should it happen
to innocent lives anytime, anywhere

We shall never meet
but your memories will endure forever
in eternity
till we meet again
in another world
someday
rest in peace

- Winnie Hinson, Jack Gordon OsambaEmbrey Human Rights

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Top 20 FREE things to do in New York City

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

New York City is one of the most visited cities in the world, and here is a list of the Top 20 FREE things to do in New York City. Just walking around the city is enough to keep y…

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Food Tours (Dining and Cuisine), Vietnam tours & activities, fun things to do in Vietnam | VELTRA

Food Tours (Dining and Cuisine), Vietnam tours & activities, fun things to do in Vietnam | VELTRA


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Eat like a local and discovery Vietnamese snacks and treats unknown outside the country (or even city!) on fun and filling food tours guided by local connoisseurs, Make sure you bring your appetite!

The Cow Head Taco Philosopher King of Oaxaca

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

Oaxaca is full of great street eats, including this delightful philosophizing taco vendor who makes tacos de cabeza (cow head tacos).

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One Day in Saigon

by saigononbikes @ Saigon on Bikes

Ho Chi Minh City a.k.a Saigon is a vibrant and hectic city. To really absorb the culture and lifestyle of Vietnamese people in this city requires travelers to spend at least a month here. However, not everyone has that kind of time and sometimes, visitors can only spend a day in this urban jungle. Fear […]

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Visiting Saigon During TET – 2017

by Sharyn @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

TET or Lunar New Year occurs at the end of January in 2017. The lead up to the Year of the Rooster will be very festive, but during the actual holiday period, the atmosphere around the country will change completely. The...

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Images from our tour on June 21, 2015

by Vinh @ http://streetfoodiessaigon.com

Many thanks to Michelle, Jeff, Peeta, Oli and Kendra for a lovely evening of eating, drinking and walking!

Do-it-yourself Eating and Walking Tour - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Do-it-yourself Eating and Walking Tour - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


Itchy Feet on the Cheap

This self-guided walking tour covers the main tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh City and shows you some great meals to eat along the way.

Longquan Peach Blossom Festival // This is Chengdu, China

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

If there’s an art to attending a Chinese festival, I’m the dumb kid who eats the paint. Give me some time and I’ll be linking to a How To Successfully Attend a Festival in China article right here. But for now, I’ll admit that my attendance at the Longquan Peach Blossom Festival was a short-lived [...]

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Top 5 Com Trua dishes in Ho Chi Minh City

by Vinh @ http://streetfoodiessaigon.com

Top 5 Com Trua dishes in Ho Chi Minh City One of our favourite spots to eat in Vietnam are com trua restaurants. Literally translated as “rice day”, these are canteen-like spots that serve homestyle dishes, perfect for the fast paced Saigonite.. Most canteens serve at least 10 different dishes during peak hours which usually […]

Get Farming Experience with Dalat Garden Tours

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Dalat in Vietnam gains fame as the “City Of Flowers,” “Foggy City,” or even “Sakura Land,” thanks to a mild climate and fresh air all year round. Wandering around fresh fruit and vegetable gardens is likely to be a new hot trend that attracts a large number of visitors every year. With a big advantage […]

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Egg Coffee

by saigononbikes @ Saigon on Bikes

Coffee was first introduced to the Vietnamese people by Catholic French priests in 1857 and was gradually adopted by the Vietnamese people across the entire country. And because Vietnam is the second largest coffee producer in the world, a cup of coffee is the last thing you want to miss when you visit this beautiful […]

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Splash, play, hike: A family guide to outdoor vacations

by Kenny Monteith @ IHG Travel Blog

Looking for a family getaway with lots to do? Here are some fun locations throughout the U.S. for kid-friendly vacations.

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Everything We Ate in South Korea

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

This is (almost) all the food we ate during our 2 weeks in South Korea. The absolute number one thing we were looking forward to in South Korea was the food. It did not disappoint. We were introduced to new dishes we had never had before, and some old dishes that we had eaten bastardized [...]

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A-Z guide to Vietnamese Lunar New Year (Tet)

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Vietnamese Lunar New Year – Tet is not only extremely significant to every single Vietnamese in the country but also somehow deeply impressive to foreign tourists who have a chance to experience the most special and important holiday in Vietnam. Tet in Hoi An has...

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Saigon Street Food Tour of Ho Chi Minh City by Motorbike

Saigon Street Food Tour of Ho Chi Minh City by Motorbike


Contented Traveller

One of the best ways to understand this sprawling and the frenetic city is to do a Saigon Street Food Tour of Ho Chi Minh City by Motorbike .. at night

Top Churches in Vietnam for Meaningful Christmas Eve

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Vietnam has several top churches for foreigners and locals to celebrate Merry Christmas. Christmas is the ideal time for the Christians to show off their great faith in their God and for the non-Christians to gather and memorize the last moments at the end of the year. Although this event has not been traditionally celebrated […]

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Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam – Get Full Tips at HCM City Travel Guide

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Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam (formerly named Saigon) is a huge magnet attracting people of all kind and background to gather, work, and earn their daily bread. If asking for the most bustling and less sleepy destination in Vietnam, then the answer might point to the city named after Uncle Ho: Ho Chi Minh […]

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Learning about Lisbon from a local

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

We spent some time with Nuno, a local Lisbon man from Lisbon Riders, a tour company where we spent our day Learning about Lisbon from a local. There is nothing like spendi…

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Shangli Ancient Village // This is Sichuan, China

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

Visiting Shangli Ancient Village in Sichuan Province Shangli has been through a lot, but you wouldn’t know it from the peaceful feeling you get while walking its lanes. It’s one of 10 Chinese ancient villages in Sichuan province, but unlike its counterparts the village has been able to keep its authentic charm. How to get [...]

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Hue Street Food for Happy Vietnam Food Tour

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Hue is romantic in each of its details, from culture to history, beauty, and food. Not only do the tourists come to this city to visit the Imperial Citadel, Perfume River, Thien Mu Pagoda, etc., but some also enjoy the Hue Street Food. The trip will lack something enjoyable if you skip the chance to […]

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Visiting The Medieval Village of Eze in France

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

We started our tour of Monte Carlo in Monaco, and Visiting the Medieval Village of Eze in France, by driving along the scenic roads of the Moyenne Corniche. From here we h…

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The best breakfasts in Ho Chi Minh City

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

If you’re like us and got the Vietnamese habit of waking up with the sun and a cup of cà phê sữa đá, you probably have already your favorite Phở or Bánh Mì joint that will help you start the day in ease. For most...

Where to Find Shanghai’s 2018 Bib Gourmand Cheap Eats Winners

by kylelong @ UnTour Food Tours

Want to Eat Cheaply in Shanghai? Try these 2018 Shanghai Bib Gourmand Winners Looking for Michelin Guide-worthy dining on a budget? The 2018 Bib Gourmand winners represent some of the city’s best casual dining on a budget. With street food stalls rapidly disappearing as the city makes way for new developments, these winners are a

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"Every single place in this world has a community within itself, and I’m not talking about the other backpackers at my hostel or expats that have lived here for a couple years."

by Emmeline Vu @ Archive - VUES

When I was a freshman in college, Steve Singh once told me that wherever I go, it’s the people that matter the most. The rest will follow. I remember holding onto these words so tightly and internalizing it. I wanted to prioritize the value of people with everything in life — in the working world, in my personal life, everything.

Over the years, though, I started to lose sight of that. Sure, in internships and full-time jobs I sought out company culture first and foremost. But with everything else? I found myself giving up family time for extracurriculars, friend time for case competitions, and both for the experience of “seeing places”.

I use the term “seeing places” for a reason. It’s funny to be writing on this blog boasting places I’ve been and things I’ve seen, because I want to take a moment to backtrack and make something really clear: as a wise friend once told me, at the end of the day, a place is just a place. Some places in this world are outright beautiful, and I don’t blame people for wanting to see and witness that, I’m guilty for that all the time. But if traveling just becomes about “seeing places”, taking a few beautiful photos for Instagram and snapchat, and writing on a travel blog describing how to get there and what the process was like, then we’re missing something entirely here. 

Because what about the people? Every single place in this world has a community within itself, and I’m not talking about the other backpackers at my hostel or expats that have lived here for a couple years. 

I found myself crying over and over again (lol yay for emotions) this past week while having to say goodbye to family. I realized it was because I was leaving a place that had become much more than a place for me — while I will be missing Washington hikes and summer weather here, most of all I’ll miss the feeling of walking into family gatherings every couple of weeks, visiting my grandparents whenever I want, and hanging out with my friends until late while watching movies and drinking beers. Having to leave a place for good (or for a few years at least — I’ll be back for ya, Seattle!) has been the biggest refresher of what I learned my freshman year: wherever you go, it’s the people that matter most. 

Over these next three and a half months, I want to commit to prioritizing people again. I want to know the people of each country: their traditions, what kind of music they listen to, stories of them growing up, everything. It’ll take effort. A conscious and intentional effort to seek out places and organizations (thanks, Laboratoria!) and not being afraid to just say “hi” and ask more questions and just observe and listen. But that’s what this trip is dedicated to — doing all I can to get to know the communities of each place we step into. I couldn’t be more ready, and I’m pretty lucky to have the best travel bud by my side who’s completely on the same page (hi Tar, love ya). 6 hours left on this plane until our layover in Dubai, then it’s Cape Town by Thursday evening!

Discover Impressive Ban Gioc Waterfall and Its Festival in Cao Bang

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Cao Bang Province is blessed with Vietnam’s widest waterfall named Ban Gioc – the must-see highlight in the northern areas. The waterfall is mesmerizing and mighty while the ethnic culture of Tay makes it the ideal ground for the cultural festival. For any travel to Cao Bang, everybody is recommended to see this magnificent ecotourism […]

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War Remnants Museum Saigon

by saigononbikes @ Saigon on Bikes

A place to learn about the war War Remnants Museum is currently one of the most popular museums in Vietnam. Every year, it attracts approximately half a million visitors, two-thirds of whom are foreigners, coming to study about the Vietnam War. History of the War Remnants Museum Opening on September 4, 1975, the museum was named […]

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The best pho/Vietnamese beef noodle soup in Saigon is at Pho Le

by the Blind Cook @ The Blind Cook

You would think it’s easy to find an excellent bowl of pho in Ho Chi Minh City. (It’s not.) You’d think there’d be a pho shop on every corner. (There practically is.) But as many times as I’ve been to Saigon, I had yet to taste a bowl of steaming beef noodle soup that I […]

An Illustrated Guide To Vietnam’s Motorbikers

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Published on Tuesday, 07 October 2014 09:26. Written by Illustrations by Nam Núm. If you spend more than 5 minutes on Vietnam’s streets, you’re bound to run into one of these characters.               (source: Saigoneer)

Hike China – Beijing & Hangzhou Hiking Plans & Tips

by kylelong @ UnTour Food Tours

Hiking in China – What to know Touring China does not have to be all ancient temples, museums and big cities. When you’re traveling in the world’s most populous country, it takes a bit of effort to avoid the crowds – why not add a little adventure to the effort and a day or two

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Bun Dau Mam Tom

by saigononbikes @ Saigon on Bikes

BUN DAU MAM TOM (Vermicelli with Fried Tofu) Have you ever wondered what to eat when first coming to Vietnam? Probably, popular dishes like Pho, Banh Mi or spring rolls, will pop up in your head but then you decide to get out of your comfort zone, looking for something new. Perhaps, friends, Bun Dau […]

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Delicious pork and won ton noodle soup at Mi Thay Nghiep Ky in Vung Tau, Vietnam

by the Blind Cook @ The Blind Cook

If I had to pick my top five noodle soup dishes, won ton noodle soup would definitely make the cut, along with pho, ramen, and bun bo Hue. (I know that’s only four noodle soups—I’m not sure which would be the fifth.) There is something so comforting, savory, and yet so simple about a bowl […]

30 of the Best Lighthouses in the World

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

It appears that I am not the only one with a thing for lighthouses, and here are 30 of the Best Lighthouses in the World. It all started when we visited Hook Lighthouse in Ir

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48 hours in Helsinki, Finland

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

What to see, what to do, where to stay and where to eat when you have 48 Hours in Helsinki, a city that will pleasantly surprise you. As the capital city of Finland, spendin…

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Foodie Flashcards: Week 1 – Hotpot

by kylelong @ UnTour Food Tours

Hungry to improve your Chinese vocabulary, but don’t know where to dig in? Welcome to our weekly Foodie Flashcard series. Follow along, study these morsels of knowledge, then dig in at your local restaurant to fully digest the information. What is it: Sometimes called Chinese fondue, hotpot is a fun DIY meal where diners dip

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I didn’t really like the Medieval Island of Rhodes in Greece

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

I didn’t really like the Medieval Island of Rhodes in Greece. Rhodes  (pronounced rho-dos) is an odd little place, with a highly controversial history. Visi…

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The best bowl of Vietnamese cake soup/banh canh is at Banh Danh Long Huong near Vung Tau, Vietnam

by the Blind Cook @ The Blind Cook

Before ringing in the new year with a healthy vegan recipe, telling you about my recent snowboard trip to Whistler, and filling you in on our Christmas plans, I was narrating my last travel to Vietnam where I finally found the best bowl of pho in Saigon. During this vacation, my family and I also […]

Melbourne: a foodie’s paradise

by Petra @ The Global Couple

Melbourne is one of the world's great cities - the vibe is great and so is the architecture. But the food in Melbourne is what you go there for!

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Christine Ha tries the spicy ramen challenge

by the Blind Cook @ The Blind Cook

I recently reached 70,000 subscribers on my YouTube channel, and thanks to all the fans who made it so! This video of me trying the spicy ramen challenge was released a while ago, but it was one of the crucial videos that helped me gain viewers. People have since charged me with doing the double-spicy […]

Blue River Hotel 3

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42 Hoang Dieu: A street food paradise

by Vinh @ http://streetfoodiessaigon.com

When we find great street food for our tour, we tend to find it in random spots, usually a bit of a drive away from each other. So it’s a rare occurrence when we stumble across a group of stalls that boggles the mind with the amount of choice and quality. We were even more […]

Experiences to travel in Dalat Vietnam to get great holidays

by Vietnam Drive @ Vietnam car rental with driver

Dalat is a famous tourist destination in Central Highlands of Vietnam. This city is great for anyone who wants to explore and discover different beautiful places. Dalat is considered as…

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Hoa Vien Brauhaus

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Hue Imperial Adventures

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Hue Imperial Adventures To the Citadel…and beyond! The day begins with a coffee or juice, where you’ll meet your tour...

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Where to Head for the Best Vietnam Motorbike Tours

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Vietnam is a hot destination that steals your heart with picturesque scenery, romantic rivers, impressive mountain ranges, green and lush forests, stunning beaches, etc. This country is somewhat best explored by a motorbike. During the Vietnam motorbike tours, you will be given from admiration to admiration by the marvelous landscapes in the most authentic way. […]

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The best motorbike tour in Saigon

by saigononbikes @ Saigon on Bikes

This is in regards to the night food tour. Also, this is a completely honest and unbiased review. I did this tour last night and it blew my mind. I have done other companies and other cities and this was certainly the best without a doubt. We were taken to parts of Saigon that you […]

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The ultimate snorkeling adventures in Bora Bora

by Kenny Monteith @ IHG Travel Blog

Bora Bora's lagoons draw snorkelers from all over the world. Here's how to experience them yourself.

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Ho Chi Minh City

by Phu Truong Thang @ Saigon Free Walking Tours

Known to most as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City is a city of contrasts. The pace of life is frenetic, and yet the wide boulevards and parks help the city retain an air of calm. Classic French architecture competes for attention with brand new high-rise buildings. The port hosts vast tankers and cruise-liners while tiny […]

Vietnamese Street Food Tour

Vietnamese Street Food Tour


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Outstanding

by saigononbikes @ Saigon on Bikes

We booked our tour for 8 people by email with less than 24 hours notice. We requested female drivers for the teenage girls in the group, and we mentioned that our group consisted of one vegan, one vegetarian, one carnivore and one cautious teenager (plus 4 adults who would eat and drink anything!). We had […]

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What to do in Dubrovnik for a Day

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

What to do in Dubrovnik for a Day. The city of Dubrovnik is located in the south of the beautiful country of Croatia, and lies on the Dalmatian peninsula. It is positioned …

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Saigon Zoo & Botanical Gardens

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UnTour Food Tours Eats Beijing Chestnuts with CBS Sunday Morning

by jamie @ UnTour Food Tours

UnTour Beijing City Manager and tour guide extraordinaire Chang Qian joined Ben Tracy of CBS Sunday Morning’s Postcard from China to explore one of our all-time favorite winter snacks: chestnuts! On this special chestnut food tour, Chang took the CBS crew to one of Beijing’s most famous chestnut stops. Daily queues are long, but it’s

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Bac Ha Market Day Tour - Sunday Bac Ha Market Tour

Bac Ha Market Day Tour - Sunday Bac Ha Market Tour


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Morning pickup at your hotel in Sapa or meet the tour guide and driver upon your arrival at Lao Cai …

Top 15 Free Things to Do in Tokyo

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Tokyo is a fascinating city, and despite its reputation as being a very expensive city, you will be pleasantly surprised at the Top 15 Free Things to Do in Tokyo.  With J…

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Insider’s View Episode 8 – Fiona Briers

by Sharyn @ Ho Chi Minh City Highlights

Episode 8 of Insider’s View comes from Fiona Briers who runs the brilliant Bright Solutions in Vietnam. The work they do to empower women and produce gorgeous handicrafts is fabulous. She’s been here almost 9 years so I’d say she...

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Must Visit Sites in Hoi Chi Minh City

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

When you visit Vietnam, these are the Must Visit Sites in Hoi Chi Minh City (Saigon). Saigon is the more familiar name of this very popular city to visit. The city is beaut…

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My Son Sanctuary – Half day trip from Hoi An

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Situated in a small valley in the mountainous district of Quang Nam Province, about 45 km from Hoi An Ancient Town, My Son Sanctuary is the best choice for tourists to get a half day getaway to uncover the fascinating history of the Champa...

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Explore a summer of possibilities in New Zealand

by Kenny Monteith @ IHG Travel Blog

How about seeing the best of New Zealand on your next holiday? A hallmark of any trip is the great food and wine – from.

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Thrillable Hours: Lebawit Lily Girma, Author and Photographer

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

The next in my alternative careers for lawyers series: interview with guidebook author and photographer Lebawit Lily Girma.

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Banh Cuon

by Vinh @ http://streetfoodiessaigon.com

Banh Cuon When one thinks of Vietnamese breakfast, the many different noodle soups that litter the street food landscape come to mind. Most of the time, that is true for me as I can hardly turn down a great bowl of pho. But when I do, it’s probably for banh cuon. What is banh cuon? […]

Exploring Off The Beaten Path Hong Kong: Pai Tau Village

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

Visiting Po Fook Hill, the 10,000 Buddha Monastery, and the hills around Pai Tau Village Sha Tin is not only great for immature puns (I Sha Tin your shoe), it also has some worthwhile attractions. You can check out the Hong Kong Heritage Museum, or the the oldest walled village Tai Wai, there’s also the [...]

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Vegan’s Guide to Saigon Visitors

by saigononbikes @ Saigon on Bikes

A Vegan’s Guide to Saigon Vegetarian/Vegan in Vietnam On the surface, Vietnam – famous for her pork and beef dishes – doesn’t seem like the friendliest of destinations for vegan travelers. However, one might be surprised to learn that Vietnam is actually one of the more vegan-friendly destinations in Southeast Asia.  Though infrequently marketed to […]

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Terrific experience and great young guides. Highly Recommend!

by saigononbikes @ Saigon on Bikes

This is the best way to experience Saigon. Just like all the other locals, on two wheels and Thanh and his crew of young guides couldn’t be better. We went on a customized tour and asked for guides to take us to local shopping boutiques while stopping to experience some of the local street food […]

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How to Eat in Saigon

How to Eat in Saigon


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Saigon is a city filled with motor bikes, coffee and soup. Check out our favorite ways to eat in this exciting Vietnamese city.

Multigenerational Travel – Why We Do It – Contributing Writer

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Multigenerational travel is certainly one of hottest travel trends these days. Taking a trip with three or more generations of a family is making the travel ind…

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Com Suon Nuong

by Vinh @ http://streetfoodiessaigon.com

Com Suon Nuong Here at Street Foodies Saigon, we are unabashed lovers of all things pork. And in the great city of Ho Chi Minh City, you can’t walk more than a block before running into a vendor that sells some form of pork deliciousness. Most likely than not, if you see some smoke as […]

The Rex Hotel

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10 Days in Vietnam via Ho Chi Minh City

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

A Very Detailed Travel Itinerary Tours are for foo-ls. I tried my best to make that rhyme. While Vietnam may seem a little daunting at first, the country is not difficult to travel – especially if you have a great blog to aid you, with details on every leg of the trip, written by a [...]

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Eat your way around Ho Chi Minh City

Eat your way around Ho Chi Minh City


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A food tour on a motorbike proves to be speedy and flavoursome.

Saigon Central Post Office

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Bun Thit Nuong

by Vinh @ http://streetfoodiessaigon.com

Bun Thit Nuong Simple yet so complex, bun thit nuong has to be one of our favourite street food dishes in Vietnamese cuisine. Translated to noodle meat grilled, it’s a dish that lends well to the climate of Vietnam as it’s more of a salad than a noodle dish. It’s all about the layers in […]

The Legal Nomads Guide to Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

A Puerto Escondido guide, including where to eat, the best spots to swim, where to stay, and how to get there and away from Oaxaca and elsewhere.

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Foodie Flashcards: Week 3 – Soup Dumplings

by kylelong @ UnTour Food Tours

Hungry to improve your Chinese vocabulary, but don’t know where to dig in? Welcome to our weekly Foodie Flashcard series. Follow along, study these morsels of knowledge, then dig in at your local restaurant to fully digest the information. What is it: One of the region’s most famous dishes, xiaolongbao (or soup dumplings), can be

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Drone photography in New Zealand – a new perspective

by Petra @ The Global Couple

New Zealand has some spectacular landscapes, and we think that there's no better way than to photograph it from the air with a drone!

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Hai Van Pass & Coastal Adventure – Hue to Hoi An

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Guests ride on the back with our experienced drivers on this tour to ensure safety. If you'd like to drive, please contact us directly!

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Visiting ABBA The Museum in Stockholm, Sweden.

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

We visited ABBA The Museum in Stockholm, in Sweden. Gordon wasn’t really fussed, but I said, ‘take a chance on me.‘ He said well, ‘you are the danc

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Eat Well While Doing Good With UnTour Shanghai During Chi Fan For Charity 2017!

by jamie @ UnTour Food Tours

UnTour Food Tours is excited to be the first non-restaurant partner in the history of Chi Fan For Charity! This annual event – the largest F&B charity event in Asia – brings together restaurants and diners to create set menus – all proceeds are donated to two awesome charities. In 2016, CFFC Shanghai raised RMB

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A Study in Contrast when you visit Le Meridien Saigon

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Le Meridien Saigon is one of Ho Chi Minh City’s most ultra-modern 5-star hotels. If you like bright and shiny things, you will love this hotel. It is located across fro…

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How to Spend 24 hours in Aarhus in Denmark

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

As the 2017 European Capital of Culture, here is how to Spend 24 hours in Aarhus in Denmark and make it a very worthwhile experience. In our opinion, Aarhus is a contempor…

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The Insider’s Phnom Penh

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If you’re looking to see not only the highlights of Phnom Penh but the secret spots too – this is the...

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Go beyond the beach in Phuket with these unique attractions

by Kenny Monteith @ IHG Travel Blog

Beaches may be Phuket's biggest draw, but Thailand's largest island has cultural treasures beyond the shore.

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Recipe of the Month: Gluten Free Banana Bread with Chocolate from Oaxaca

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

A simple, easy recipe for gluten-free banana bread that is both moist and healthy! No butter -- just coconut oil and yoghurt, along with Oaxacan chocolate.

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The Best Vegetarian Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh City

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

If you are following us on our YouTube Channel (and you should!) you probably would have watched all of our top 5 already. Our goal as always is to provide travelers with the best spots, according to us, for various Vietnamese street food or activities here...

24 hours in Dublin

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Let’s face it, 24 hours in Dublin is never going to be enough time, but if that’s all you’ve got, then here is how to make the most of it. 24 hours in Dubl

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The Best Place for Shopping in Saigon

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

Everyone likes to go on a shopping spree sometimes, and Saigon is definitely one of the best place for this. Through a quick Google search will help you find countless of high end shopping malls (Vincom A and B, and the most recent Takashimaya), we...

What to do in Katakolon, Greece

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Katakolon, Greece is a hole-in-the-wall port that is surprisingly charming. The port of Katakolon or Katakolo is a popular stop for cruise ships, offering an opportu…

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The best food and drink in Queenstown, New Zealand

by Petra @ The Global Couple

Eat the best food in Queenstown and Arrowtown with this guide. Featuring everything from food truck tacos to winery lunches, you'll find something you like!

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Best of 2017 – Our Food and Travel Favorites

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

2017 was a busy year for the 2foodtrippers. We traveled to three continents, 13 countries and too many cities to count. Check out the food and travel experiences that were our best of 2017. We began the year 2017 without definite plans. Perhaps we could plan our calendar way in advance as some ‘type A’ people probably do, but what’s the fun in that? Sometimes, we’re just hanging around our Naples, Italy apartment and, all of a sudden, the spark of travel shoots across our brains and, on a whim, we ...

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Top 5 Seafood dishes to try in Vietnam

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

We always recommend travelers in Vietnam to definitely try what the locals call “ốc”, which literally means “snails”, though its meaning is actually going out and enjoying seafood, including crabs, shrimps, oyster and yes, snails. However these ốc restaurants usually have only a 5 to 10...

Do-It-Yourself Walking Tour of Dalat, Vietnam – A Perfect Day in Dalat

by IFOTC @ Itchy Feet on the Cheap

Signup for my weekly newsletter The first time I took Chopper Suey (my Chinese-made American cruiser bike) on a road trip, was to the sexy hills of Dalat. As we pulled into town, surrounded by pines and fresh cool air, I knew I was going to love the place. Formerly a retreat town for the [...]

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#1 Hotel in Ireland – Harvey’s Point Hotel, Donegal

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Harvey’s Point Hotel, Donegal has been named ‘No 1 Hotel in Ireland’ by TripAdvisor for the fifth year in a row, 2017 ‘Travellers Choice’ Awards on its websi…

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Top 5 Children Activities in Saigon, Vietnam!

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

We’re quite proud to say that we had our tours customers aged from 1 to 95 years old, and they all enjoyed it! Though parents are often quite scared to let their children on a motorbike in busy Saigon, we believe that is also a...

Ho Chi Minh City in three days: holiday itinerary

Ho Chi Minh City in three days: holiday itinerary


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Discover fascinating history, fantastic food, art galleries and a year-round party scene in one of Asia’s most exciting cities … once you’ve mastered the art of dodging the motorbikes, that is

Australian East Coast Road Trip Itinerary

by Petra @ The Global Couple

The East Coast of Australia is the perfect place for a road trip - there are amazing beaches, cute towns, and of course the city of Sydney to explore.

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Thrillable Hours: Matt Levine, Financial Journalist

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

The next in my alternative careers for lawyers series: interview with financial journalist Matt Levine, now writing for Bloomberg View.

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Best Photos of 2016 & Plans for the Coming Year

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

11 of my best photos this year, as decided by readers.

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SAIGON FREE WALKING TOURS

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A non-profit managed by Hospitality & Tourism students, Hoa Sen University, Ho Chi Minh city.

Nick the Greek and Exploring the island of Corfu in Greece

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

Let me tell you about Nick the Greek and exploring the island of Corfu in Greece. I am fairly sure that when you get off a cruise ship in Greece, the waiting hordes of taxi dr…

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Bottoms Up – Budapest Ruin Bars and Beyond

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

Feeling thirsty in Hungary? Check out our favorite places to drink including hip Budapest ruin bars plus cool spots for beer, cocktails and wine. Finding a bar in Budapest is like finding hay in a haystack. The Hungarian capital has a lot of drinking establishments, many filled with young professionals and visiting tourists. Though infamous for its funky ruin bars, the river split city also has traditional pubs, classy wine lounges and even spa bars. Yes, you can imbibe at Budapest bars while getting your soak on. We visited our first (but ...

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Visiting Vigeland Park in Oslo, Norway

by Paula McInerney @ Contented Traveller

A screaming kid with a gold fist; a woman who looks like me first thing in the morning and yes, we were Visiting Vigeland Park in Oslo, Norway.

Frogner Park is the largest p…

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Streets & Eats of Hue

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This is an all you can eat & free flow drink tour, so come with an appetite!

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Where to Get Your Xiaomi or iPhone Fixed in Shanghai

by kylelong @ UnTour Food Tours

PLUS How to Get Your Phone Fixed Via Wechat So you dropped your Xiaomi or iphone on one of Shanghai’s many marble floors and now the shiny little screen looks like a cracked mirror that will bring you seven years of bad luck? Never fear. There are tons of places around town to get it fixed, but

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Saigon After Dark - Saigon, Vietnam

Saigon After Dark - Saigon, Vietnam


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Join the exhilarating streets of Saigon on the back of a vintage Vespa scooter while stopping at some of the best food stops & local nightlife hot spots. This is the quintessential night tour in Saigon.

Things to do with Kids in Saigon

by saigononbikes @ Saigon on Bikes

Planning a vacation with young children may seem like an arduous task but with the right itinerary and preparation, it can be an enjoyable experience for every family member. Contrary to what most would think, Saigon does offer a range of activities that travelers with children can participate in. Here are the top 4 things […]

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The 60 Best Lighthouses in the World

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What is it about lighthouses that appeal to so many people? We live next to two lighthouses in Australia, and we love them. So maybe that has something to do with it. Check …

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Recommended Route through Vietnam during 15 days from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City

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Gwangjang Market: South Korea’s Oldest Market is Filled with Incredible Food

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The Best Places to Eat in Seattle Washington

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Travel to Vung Tau, Vietnam: Where to find the best noodle soups

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Eating Tapas and Exploring Cartagena in Spain

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Hoi An Rural Villages & Luxury Spa Experience

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The Best Boutique Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

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A Quest For the Ultimate Vegetarian Meal in Ho Chi Minh City

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Is Naples worth visiting? That would be a yes.

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Ho Chi Minh City attractions and food private tours - Inspitrip

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The Best Desserts in Ho Chi Minh City

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Visit Hook Lighthouse, Ireland

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The Best Cooking Class in Tuscany in Italy

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"Youth in Revolt: A day of violence and fury — and regrets" | District Six Museum

by Emmeline Vu @ Archive - VUES

Youth in Revolt: A day of violence and fury — and regrets

I turned 16 on June 15, 1976. My girlfriend brought me a cake. We were in the dark, running away from the police. So my birthday cake was cut with members of the action committee. That was the only decent meal we had that week.

The marches were planned at a community centre right across the road from a police station in Orlando East.

The next day, June 16, the first group of marchers, led by Tsetse Mashinini from Morris Isaacson High, arrived on Vilakazi Street.

As they were coming, the police were behind them. The police started throwing teargas canisters. The gods of Africa were with us. You know what happened? The fumes of the teargas were blowing back to them.

They were so affected that they then decided to release the dog.

The first violence of 1976 was us beating the dog to death. That agitated the police. It was the fumes that were catching them and it was their dog. After that was another miracle of God. Just as the police were busy trying to organize themselves, behind them came the second lot of students.

The police were caught in the middle. They had to force their way through this.

That’s when they started shooting live bullets. They shot their way out. That’s when Hector Pieterson and Hastings Ndlovu were hit.

In the chaos that ensued, more violence took place, including the death of Dr. Edelstein at the hands of students.

The day was not meant to be violent in any way — it only became that when students started dying at the hands of police.

There are people we don’t honor around June 16: the women. The first people to disguise us that day when the police began looking for us, the first people to sacrifice their dresses, were women. They gave us their dresses.

The first people to bring us water as we were fighting the teargas were mothers. The people who shot us were fathers. But we never speak about that soft side of 1976. It brings tears to my eyes whenever that happens.

That evening of June 16 we started counting our misfortunes and all the things we did right and all the things we did wrong, and the biggest one was that we failed to think that the police would react in the extreme way that they did.

We were children, we still had that heart that says: “They will be coming there as parents, they won’t just open big fire to the 13-year-old.”

I was identified by the police as one of the student leaders and went into hiding.

Then, on the morning of July 3, I was missing my family terribly. My mother, my father and my brother were so much in my heart and mind. I hadn’t seen them for a long time. I asked the guy who was keeping us in hiding: “Please take me home, just to go and see my parents.”

I walked my parents halfway to work and then I came back home. And I just decided to take a nap on the couch, because when you are in hiding you never sleep. It was about 8 o’clock in the morning when soldiers and police knocked on the door. Because of my small body, the cops didn’t think I was the person they were looking for.

They said to me: “Where’s Seth Mazibuko?” and I said: “Seth Mazibuko’s got a temp job in town.”

They went into the bedroom, where my little brother was, and asked him where I was. My poor little brother pointed at me. So I got arrested.

“The police caught in the middle, started shooting live bullets… shot their way out."

I went through one of the worst times of my life. I was arrested under section 6 of the Terrorism Act, which kept me in solitary confinement for 18 months. I was tortured, interrogated in the middle of the night. A teenager. A 16-year-old. I was the youngest political prisoner at Robben Island. I hardly had a prison uniform size.

Why did I lead children of mothers and fathers out of the classroom to be killed by Boers? In front of my eyes is the picture of Hastings… is the picture of Hector Pieterson. It’s like I killed them.

It’s like I killed them. If I didn’t lead the struggle that took them out on the street they would be husbands and wives, uncles… that’s where my pain is.

 

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The story above is from a newspaper article in the District Six Museum in Cape Town, South Africa. It helps illustrate the history with "youth in revolt" in South Africa and why June 16, the official Youth Day of South Africa, is so important.

Volunteering abroad? Consider this: Voluntourism, the Privilege of Traveling, & the White Savior Complex

by Emmeline Vu @ Archive - VUES

Last summer I spent a month in Peru working at a non-profit. My birthday happened about a week after I got there. As I scrolled through the text messages and Facebook posts from family and friends, something stuck out: a number of them mentioned something about “changing the world”. For example:

Teach me how to be you? All the love to you as you casually change the world.

“Happy birthday, Emmeline! I know you’re having a wonderful time in Peru, changing the world.”

“Happy birthday doll, spend it changing the world okay? ;) Find some time to celebrate too."

“Happy birthday! So excited for you and the other gals as you guys make a huge difference in Peru."

“Em! So proud of you for going out and changing the world.”

“The fact that you’re spending your 21st birthday volunteering at a non-profit in Peru blows my mind."

Before I go on, I definitely don’t write any of this to bag on my friends that wrote these. Not at all. Obviously they had nothing but good intentions and were being nice. But… too nice. Undeservingly nice. Most, if not all, of my friends had no idea what we were actually doing in Peru let alone much about the non-profit we were working for. I wish I had said something about it back then other than a mere “haha, thanks!". But this summer, I’m in the same thing, and I’ve thought a lot over the past year about what it means to “volunteer abroad.” This post is a cumulation of the articles read, thoughts journaled, and conversations had.

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30 some years ago, volunteer opportunities in developing countries were only open to skilled medical professionals. Nowadays, the opportunity to “volunteer” has become a lot less exclusive and has expanded to anyone (that has the money and time to, that is). It should be noted that the industry that’s been deemed as “voluntourism” is now worth over $2 billion dollars. Of the 1.1 million international volunteers, 88% are white and 1 in 3 come from a household that makes at least double the average American income.

Voluntourism has become one of the most controversial trends within today’s travel scene, and for good reason. Why? Because volunteering abroad can often turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy, a sort of “I chose hardship and survived it” scenario to make us feel and seem selfless and worldly in some way. It’s the all too familiar photos with impoverished kids, the college essays about building houses, and the pride in doing things that, truthfully, most people could do, thinking we’ve somehow changed the world. The reality, though? In most cases, it's that we don’t know what we’re doing. We haven’t taken the time to know a place or a community and more often than not, we’re coming in with our own views of how something should be, thinking our unskilled labor is somehow better than the labor of an actual member of the community. The truth is that we can’t actually contribute as much as we’d like to believe we could. In some cases, we’re even doing more harm than help — it’s gotten as bad as “orphanages” keeping children that aren’t orphans so that they can make money off all the voluntourists seeking some life-changing, transformational experience. As Mark Watson, the Executive Director of a charity focusing on ethical tourism, said, “it’s imperialistic in some ways — white people going out to Africa to help the Africans."

I’ve volunteered abroad technically three times now. I was in Peru last summer working for Laboratoria, this summer I photographed and filmed for an orphanage for a couple days, and up until a couple weeks ago, I was working at a youth center/shelter in South Africa, which I'll be going back to in September. I’d be lying if I said there weren’t days that I question my own work. Have I been contributing to the very thing I feel so strongly against? I very easily might be. Unless you’re a specialized professional with years to give, it’s inevitable to some extent. 

But this isn’t a post to discourage you from traveling and volunteering. Not at all. In fact, it’s a post to my friends that want to do some sort of volunteer work abroad. Because, at least seemingly, as long as you’re not doing more harm than good, then you should be able to — just with some precaution. It goes without saying that I’m still learning this myself, but in my mind, it breaks down like this:

 

1. INTENTION: Recognizing that it’s more for you than anything

    Mark Watson put it perfectly when he said, “I think it’s mostly about getting people to be realistic; you’re just doing it for yourself, it’s a holiday.” Simply put, we’re being selfish. Traveling the world is a privilege and most of the time, we’re taking more from a place than we can give for our own growth, experience, and benefit. We’re spending our own money to see and experience the world for a little bit, and that’s okay. But recognize that. Choosing to go to a developing country doesn’t suddenly make it a selfless act of service. 

    I’m going to take Laboratoria as an example here. When we went last summer, it was because they gave us the opportunity to see and witness the behind the scenes work of one of the best organizations I know. I went to see that, to be apart of it, and to learn from it — in other words, I went for myself, not because I thought I could change the entire social construct of women in tech in Peru. Of course I wanted to help and contribute as much as I could within our 4 weeks there, but more than anything, it was a growth experience for me, not them. 

    This brings me to the next point: action. Because while we like to use our goodhearted intentions as a way of justification, the truth is that’s only a fraction of what makes up the impact of what we do.

 

2. ACTION: Aim to contribute to long-term work. Seek the organization, not the experience.

    This is what brings about the biggest issues of voluntourism. If we’re volunteering abroad to do things that are short-term solutions and are things that can be done by community members, what’s the point? We’re providing fairly unskilled labor, something that there is already an abundance of in many developing countries. While it may be easy to go in with the mindset of “at least I’m doing something to help”, the truth is that our “help” often times does more harm than anything. Our presence with kids can add to attachment disorders, we can take work away from others in the community that need it, or we just don’t know what the heck we’re doing because we haven’t taken the time to actually know the place/actually just don’t know what we’re doing. Why spend thousands of dollars on a flight to come and build a house when you don’t have any experience building houses or teach English when you have no experience in education? So many articles have pointed to communities that have to rebuild houses that high school students on a mission trip attempted to build or show studies of classes having to reteach/prolong their curriculums because of how students are taught differently across borders.

    I read an article once that talked about how we should ask, “what do you need?” versus “where should I put this thing that I’ve decided you must want?”. This is everything — it indicates that we should listen to a community, understand their needs first, let them lead the way, then take action. Ask as many questions as possible to see what they want and need, then ask yourself what you can contribute that is maybe a little harder to access, requires a certain level of specialization in skill, and can have a long-term impact. Though this quote is about Africa, it could be said about most developing areas — “The genuine hurt of Africa is no fiction. But beyond the immediate attention that rightly pays hungry mouths, child soldiers, or raped civilians, there are more complex and more widespread problems. There are serious problems of governance, of infrastructure, of democracy, and of law and order. These problems are neither simple in themselves nor are they reducible to slogans. Such problems are both intricate and intensely local.” Yes, they are hurting, but the issues are rooted in something so much deeper and it’s not in our power or knowledge to think we know how to fix everything (hi, Kony 2012).

    Finally, and on a related note, since the work being done is entirely dependent on the organization, it’s critical to take time to get to know the organization. Be weary of third-party businesses that charge you money to pair you with a non-profit to volunteer at, advertising a sort of “you can change the world” feel to it. These third-party sites are so much of the cause of why voluntourism exists. It’s worth heavily researching both the organization you’re using to pair you (if you are) and the non-profit you’ll be paired at. Each non-profit I’ve worked at I was connected with through a friend and I got time to chat with the staff at each organization beforehand. For Laboratoria, I would Skype them regularly for hours on end and for Little Rose, I visited beforehand with a friend who had grown up there. In both cases, it was because I fell in love with the organization and the community first and that lead into volunteering, rather than being determined to have this transformational experience abroad. Though it wasn’t really my intention, focusing on the organization versus the idea of an experience shaped everything.

 

3. REACTION: The White Savior Complex. Don't have it. Instagramming all your photos of you holding impoverished kids. Don't do it.

“One song we hear too often is the one in which Africa serves as a backdrop for white fantasies of conquest and heroism."

How we react to an experience like volunteering abroad is perhaps the most important part of it all (and probably the hardest to talk about). Let's say, referring to the above two points, you find a good org and do some solid work for a couple weeks. Sweet. You're not harming anyone with your work and you're doing it for self experience. But what follows next?

The White Savior Complex, by definition, can be summed up by this quote: "[It's] about assimilation. It's about feeling superior to another culture. It's about validating your own personal, individual experience through the lives and experiences of other marginalized peoples. It's taking their struggle (even if it's a sometimes imagined or exaggerated struggle), using your privilege, and making it about how much of a good person you are." It's real and so, so prevalent. They even made an Instagram account to illustrate it (what's up White Savior Barbie). 

All good intentions aside, it's why people think you can somehow "change the world" by working at a non-profit in Peru for a month. It raises egos, it feeds ignorance, and it belittles communities without even giving them a voice to stand on their own. 

How many times have you seen a photo of someone you know holding a kid in a developing country? How many times have we equated that to heroism and being a good person? I wrote a post not too long ago about the concept of photovoice and a conversation with a South African native about how African children are represented in media. Much of my work from the past couple of months of traveling has revolved around photography, taking photos and videos for two different non-profits in South Africa. I have logs of thousands of photos, some of which I'll occasionally post. As a photographer, something you're constantly thinking about is how you're representing what you're photographing. With everything I post, I make sure the photos are of kids I know and work with. For the most part, I try to leave myself out of it. They are photos that I find beautiful, carefully crafted to capture the energy of the moment and the personality of whomever is in the image. I know it sounds like a bit of an overwhelming commitment for something as simple as an instagram post -- but I would argue that if there's any time to obsess over "how your instagram feed looks", it should be now. Post all the selfies, latte art, or hiking shots you want, they're great. But when it comes to posting photos of you holding a kid you met once while volunteering abroad for a week, please, by all means, just think twice -- because unlike your selfies, you are no longer only impacting yourself by making it about yourself. You are using a person or people as a prop for your own ego and image, and you are taking away the voice of a community that is already so misrepresented across the globe. 

 

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It's a lot to take in, but also makes traveling that much more meaningful. If we can afford the experience of traveling, what are we doing to make the most of it?

If you've gotten this far, thanks for taking the time to read. Have questions or insights of your own? Please, please reach out! I'd love to talk and discuss. Peace and love y'all. 

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