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A Local’s Guide To Times Square

by Jessica Festa @ Epicure & Culture

A native New Yorker takes on a mission to find local things to do in Times Square. Her findings are quite surprising.

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Vietnamese Fashion Brands: The Future Of Brick And Mortar Retail

by Minh Nguyen @ Vietcetera

With the current Vietnam fashion retail market reported to be worth US $358 million, Vietnam is attracting global industry players drawn by its double-digit growth figures of 22.5%. For the consumer, that means choice across different segments; for the retailer, that means new strategies are required to increase sales both on- and offline. Despite impressive […]

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Things to Do in Puerto Escondido — Fun Things to Do in Oaxaca, Mexico’s Southern Port

by Jason Jenkins @ An Epic Education

Out of all the things to do in Puerto Escondido, sunsets may be our favorite, but there’s much more to this sleepy Mexican beach town than that. Much more. Beautiful beaches, fantastic food, incredible wildlife, and a laid-back surfer vibe. There are lots of reasons to visit Puerto Escondido, in Mexico’s southern state of Oaxaca. […]

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Staying Healthy in Vietnam - How to Not Get Sick During Your Vacation | XO Tours Blog

Staying Healthy in Vietnam - How to Not Get Sick During Your Vacation | XO Tours Blog


XO Tours Blog

One of the fastest ways to ruin a vacation is by falling sick! Here are some great tips on how to stay healthy during your time in Vietnam.

Things to Do in Merida Mexico — What to see, Do & Eat in the Yucatan

by Jason Jenkins @ An Epic Education

Visit Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and you’ll find so many things to do in Merida with kids…or without them. We travel with children, but Merida has something for everyone. In fact, the Yucatan Peninsula is great for any and all types of traveler: from grubby solo backpackers to adventurous families to retirees on a luxury holiday. Things […]

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The Art of Bun Cha Hanoi: My Favorite Vietnamese Dish

The Art of Bun Cha Hanoi: My Favorite Vietnamese Dish


Runaway Juno

Bun cha was my favorite Vietnamese Dish. President Obama loved it too! It's a unique dish from Hanoi region. What is it, where to have it, and how to eat it

17 Best Restaurants in Ho Chi Minh

by @ The Travel Ninjas

The best restaurants in Ho Chi Minh will amaze you with bold flavors, fresh ingredients, perfect balance – and super cheap prices. We lived in...

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Binh Chau Hot Springs Resort & Spa

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Just a couple hours' drive from Saigon, Binh Chau Hot Springs Resort & Spa has improved it's facilities and aesthetics in recent years: it's now a lush, relaxing and satisfying retreat from the city.... Continue reading

Adventurer’s Guide Through Vietnam (Part Two)

by milica @ Bamboo Village Resort And Spa

In the previous post, we’ve told you about our top three destinations in Vietnam that are ideal for adventurous travelers. More about these destinations you can find following this link. Today, we’re continuing our awesome journey through the most exciting areas in Vietnam in the same manner. Read on and find out what are some

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Explore Vietnam – Part Seven: Southeast Vietnam

by milica @ Bamboo Village Resort And Spa

Now that we’ve had our virtual walk through Northern and Central Vietnam, it is high time we presented you Southern Vietnam. This area of the country consists of two beautiful regions. One of them is Southeast Vietnam and the second one is Mekong River Delta. In this post, we’ll show you some of our favorite places

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Tomb Rider: Hue to Dong Hoi on Back-Roads

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Covering nearly 200km of completely empty beach, coastal back-roads lead from the old imperial capital of Hue to the beach city of Dong Hoi. Scattered with thousands of traditional-style tombs, this coastal region is rarely explored by foreign visitors... Continue reading

We Dig The Ludlow’s Guide To Eating In NYC’s Lower East Side

by Jess Kapadia @ Food Republic

If there’s one thing New York City hotels all need, it’s a friendly, concise, expertly curated guide to the neighborhood’s best eats. Lower East Side mainstay The Ludlow is handing out these cool little maps to make sure you end up exactly where you want. Here’s the map’s legend — check out all these great […]

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Ultimate Singapore Tourist Attraction: Gardens by the Bay

by Annette White @ Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog

The futuristic Supertrees are part of the most well-known places, a must Singapore Tourist Attraction to visit in Gardens by the Bay. Don't miss the Cloud Forest, Flower Dome and view of the Marina Bay Sands hotel.

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Vietnamese Holiday Food – New Year (Tet) Holidays

by vietnamesecuisine @ All About Vietnamese Cuisine

Every country has different traditions and holidays, but when it comes to holidays, we all have things in common. We celebrate and we eat. In this blog, I am going to introduce you the list of must-have Vietnamese dishes during

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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...

Snake: at the heart of Vietnamese cuisine

Snake: at the heart of Vietnamese cuisine


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Why do Vietnamese people have such a longing for eating snake? And what can be so tasssssty about these sssslippery ssserpents? I must be honest, I could NEVER eat part of a snake. I have seen BBQ …

Do Vietnamese eat dogs?

by Anh de Vietnam @ Anh de Vietnam

We all have misconceptions about a culture we’re not familiar with. Like any country, Vietnam has a number of stereotypes and surely many of which are inaccurate. As a born & raised Saigonese, I find myself explaining the same misunderstandings multiple times about my imperfect lovable tiny densely-populated country Vietnam. Of course I cannot speak for more

10 Outrageous Countries to Scratch Your Travel Itch

by Jake @ Nothing Familiar

When putting together your next amazing adventure, you’ll have to decide what’s important to you. Are you the type to book the all inclusive in Cancun and lounge on the beach all day, or do you prefer something more outrageous and exciting? Are you trying to just lay in the Get Familiar...

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Speed POS: Diagnostic Data For Reactive Restaurateurs

by Jake Hornberger @ Vietcetera

In 1883, Dayton, Ohio restaurateur James Ritty was growing frustrated at his staff. Cash kept going missing and customers thought he was overcharging them. In response, he invented the first ever “incorruptible cashier” or mechanical cash register. It could calculate the total price of each bill, keep a log of each day’s total sales, and […]

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Listen To Food Republic Today: Phil Rosenthal

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

Be sure to subscribe to Food Republic Today on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. And please rate the podcast and leave comments! Subscribe: Apple | Stitcher | Spotify | TuneIn The creator of Everybody Loves Raymond loves food, but you may have known that if you caught James Beard Award-winning I’ll Have What Phil’s Having, Phil Rosenthal’s first venture into food television. He’s back with Somebody Feed […]

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Eiffel Tower is not the only thing Paris

by Hao-Nhien @ Living Local

Weekend in Paris! What?! Congratulations! You are luckier than many other people for having the entire weekend to hang out in Paris. Paris, as we all know, is the city of light, the city of history, art and fine cuisine – the capital of culture and beauty. To fully describe the list of thing-to-do in Paris, […]

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Savannah Bucket List: 44 Fun Things To Georgia’s Historic City

by Annette White @ Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog

Fun things to do in Savannah, Ga—What to see, places to eat and things to check off your bucket list in Georgia's top city.

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All American Summer Vacation Spots: the East Coast

by Juno Kim @ Runaway Juno

Sipping light beer under a parasol on a beach, playing games on a boardwalk, grilling burgers and hotdogs: that’s my image of an all-American summer vacation. Summer is a special time in the US, in fact, it feels like the […]

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Bucket List Meaning: What’s the Definition and What is it?

by Annette White @ Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog

What is a bucket list? By definition, the bucket list meaning is a list of things you want to do, see or achieve before you die.

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Endurance Athlete Chi Nguyen Aims To Run In 100 Cities

by David Kaye @ Vietcetera

In November, Chi Nguyen finished third in Ho Chi Minh City’s first Techcombank International Marathon in a time of 3 hours 22 minutes. The Vietnamese endurance athlete has also completed the Mont Blanc CCC, a 100-km mountain challenge that quickly climbs to the Grand Col Ferret Alpine pass at 2537 meters. It’s a race in […]

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Why Vietnamese Women Don't Get Fat - The Happy Passport

Why Vietnamese Women Don't Get Fat - The Happy Passport


The Happy Passport

Vietnamese women are NOT just naturally thin - here are 7 tricks you can steal to stay fit and young-looking long-term like your Vietnamese friends.

What the Vietnamese Eat For Breakfast - Vietnam Vacation

What the Vietnamese Eat For Breakfast - Vietnam Vacation


Vietnam Vacation

The “culture” of breakfast is a significant thing when tourists think of a country, especially the country which has a diverse culinary like Vietnam. Here is top most popular breakfast [...]

Lê Minh Quý: Du lịch phải có chút mạo hiểm

by Anh de Vietnam @ Anh de Vietnam

Chinh phục nhiều đỉnh núi nổi tiếng từ Hoàng Sơn (Huangshan), Trung Quốc đến Rinjani ở Lombok, Indonesia, đạp xe dọc Dương Sóc (Yangshuo), lặn bình khí ở Philippines rồi phi ngựa ở Mông Cổ, với Lê Minh Quý, những chuyến đi chỉ trọn vẹn khi kết hợp với các hoạt động ngoài trời mang

Cultural Spotlights of Hanoi (Experience Hanoi like a Local)

by Phuong Thuy @ The Christina's Blog

Hanoi is perfect for a trip of cultural exploration. Its culture is expressed in many of the remarkable attractions of the city. The culture, too, is in every activity that you see on the street. In this article, I will go through several casual cultural spotlights of Hanoi. A random cultural experience of the city, […]

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The Essential Gluten Free Guide to Vietnam

The Essential Gluten Free Guide to Vietnam


Legal Nomads

A gluten free guide to Vietnam, which includes foods that are safe, foods to avoid, & a detailed translation card in Vietnamese written by a celiac.

Creepy Vietnamese foods in one adventurous meal.

Creepy Vietnamese foods in one adventurous meal.


The Travel Ninjas

Read about we ate some creepy Vietnamese food like tarantulas, scorpions, lizards and live worms in one adventurous meal.

Mooncakes: Celebrating The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

by Izzy Pulido @ The Next Somewhere

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, known as “Tet Trung Thu,” is Vietnam’s second most popular holiday. In Ho Chi Minh City, the appearance of pop-up yellow and red stalls announces the coming of the Moon Festival, a lesser-known holiday to foreigners, yet the second most widely celebrated Vietnamese holiday. Traditionally falling on the 15th day of the […]

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Boracay Island in Low Season – Finding Bliss, Beauty, and Elbow Room on the “World’s Best Island”

by @ The Travel Ninjas

Boracay Island is a double-edged sword. This Philippine island is undeniably gorgeous and a dreamy tropical paradise. It has sparkling turquoise waters, powdery white beaches,...

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The Best Boutique Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

While it is quite easy for anyone to look up on TripAdvisor or Agoda for the best hotels in Saigon (and get some great deals), we have decided this time to search some accommodations here that stands out (to us) for their decor and style....

How to do the Cabot Trail in a Day

by Sherry @ Ottsworld Unique Travel Experiences

Everyone tells you that you should plan for 3 to 5 days on the Cabot Trail – a 185 mile drive around the tip of Cape Breton Nova Scotia passing along and through the scenic Cape Breton Highlands. Nova Scotia is beautiful, and most people vacation on the whole province of Nova Scotia, which means […]

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My Village Show – Làng Tôi

by Stephen @ Vietnam Vacation

My Village Show is a lively mosaic where the ancient Vietnamese village life is painted in contemporary stage language with enchanting folk melodies. Fishing, farming, traditional games, or family gathering are rendered with graceful stroke by wonderous acrobatics...

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Vietnamese Sweet Soups – Che

by vietnamesecuisine @ All About Vietnamese Cuisine

What is Che? Che is originated from the North of Vietnam. It refers to any Vietnamese sweet soups and desert pudding. Che is normally made from different types of fruit and beans. Since Vietnam is a tropical country which is known for its various

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Off The Beaten Path in Vietnam

by Brinda Shah @ XO Tours Blog

Vietnam is seeing more and more visitors each year, with the actual number of tourists per year reaching well over 6 million.  Some areas in Vietnam, such as Halong Bay, Sapa, and Hoi An, are very beautiful but also packed with tourists year round.  Fortunately, if you want to get away from the crowds, you…

Justin Timberlake Served (And Ate) Insects At His Album Launch

by Jess Kapadia @ Food Republic

Pop singer Justin Timberlake is a woodsman now, everyone! If the album art for his latest release, Man of the Woods (out February 2nd), didn’t tip you off immediately, the menu for yesterday’s launch party in New York City should do the trick. The AP reports that partygoers enjoyed “ants coated in black garlic and […]

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Copper Cow Coffee: Vietnamese Pour-Over Goes Global

by David Kaye @ Vietcetera

Like her Copper Cow Coffee, Debbie Wei Mullan is a mix of Asian and American. She was raised in San Francisco by her Chinese-Vietnamese mother and American father, and although they assimilated into American culture, growing up, her mom’s kitchen was filled with the pungent aromas and intense flavors of Vietnamese and Chinese home-cooking. That […]

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Cambodian Num Pang Recipe — How to Make Num Pang Barang

by Lara Dunston @ Grantourismo Travels

Our Cambodian num pang recipe is a recipe for what I have called num pang barang – ‘barang’ means ‘foreigner’ in Khmer. Cambodia’s banh mi is similar to Vietnamese banh mi — a Vietnamese sandwich or technically a baguette packed with pork, pate and salad....

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Letter: We need to develop a good immigration policy

Letter: We need to develop a good immigration policy

by Letters To The Editor @ The Mercury News

I make no excuses or try to justify President Trump’s supposed vulgar characterization of certain countries in his recent meeting on immigration. But consider the way The Mercury News has characterized El Salvador (“Salvadorans should not be torn from jobs, families, communities,” Editorial, Jan. 10). “Agony,” The Mercury News stated for refugees contemplating to return […]

10 things must do when visit Hanoi

by hoang @ Hanoi food tour

Walking around Hoan Kiem Lake in early morning or going around Hanoi by motorbike are just 2 of 10 things visitors should try when visit Hanoi, the city with thousand years of civilization. 1. Go to marker in early morning Quang Ba Flower Market and Long Bien wholesale market are two places tourists should visit […]

From Đồng Văn to Yên Minh

by Mike @ Hanoi For 91 Days

Our third day on the road in Ha Giang was spent in a battle with frequent cloud bursts. Up until now, we'd been having great weather, so it didn't feel right to complain, especially since the slower pace gave us more time to appreciate the province's unbelievable scenery.

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Get Your Eco-Friendly Fashion On

by @ Green Home Library

Of course you want to look good all the time and your choice of clothes certainly reflects that. However, the behind-the-scenes story of what, where and how your wardrobe is produced may be surprising, especially if you consider yourself a green supporter.

Get your Eco-Friendly fashion on by revamping what clothes and accessories you choose to purchase going forward. It is yet another opportunity to up your green game and literally walk the walk in the some sustainable shoes, shirts and more.

The Trickle Down

Choosing the right fabric is essential to Eco-Friendly fashion. The most popular fabrics are:

  • Cotton
  • Rayon
  • Wool
  • Oil-based synthetics: polyester, acrylic, nylon, spandex

It is however, oil-based synthetics like polyester that are at the top of the Eco-Unfriendly chain as they are derived from crude oil that requires high energy extraction and melting of plastic manufacturing. Plus, when these break down they are far from compostable as residue can leach into waterways and subsequently fertilizer which cycles into plants, livestock and you.

This trickle down effect shows the potential, slow, toxic environmental accumulation which, over time, is believed by some to indirectly be an underlying contributor to many cancers.

What Else Not to Choose

Revamping your wardrobe understandably takes time but eventually you may be able to swap out oil-based synthetics as well as other environmental drains such as:

  • Leather - Unethical treatment of animals as well as agricultural methane global warming contributor.
  • Rayon - Derived from wood pulp and threatens water conservation.
  • Non-Organic Cotton - Most pesticide intense crop and chemically treated material on the planet threatening humans and wildlife.
  • Polycotton - According to Green Choices, “virtually all polycotton (especially bedlinen), plus all ‘easy care’, ‘crease resistant’, ‘permanent press’ cotton, are treated with toxic formaldehyde (also used for flameproofing nylon).
  • Wool - Avoid wool from UK farms that use organophosphate sheep dip which creates serious hazards for both agricultural and craft workers.
  • Dyed - Avoiding dyed fabrics conserves water, reduces river/ocean pollution, and cuts down on heavy metal exposure.

Stick To

As you travel along your new Eco-Fashion path look for materials that tell a story. Many offer transparency advertising that tout various attributes including fair trade supported practices, organic manufacturing, recycled and sustainable materials usage.

Materials with a more sustainable footprint include:

  • Organic cotton
  • Organic wool
  • Hemp
  • Bamboo
  • Bagasse (from sugar cane)

You can also keep an eye out for clothing tags that show use of recycled-upcycled material saved from landfills, Eco-friendly treated, and repurposed for safe wear.

One pioneer for recycled-upcycled usage is Rachel Faller who started her company Tonlé. Her products are completely void of virgin materials saving tons of carbon from entering the atmosphere.

Green Matters describes her mission:

“By upcycling discarded pre-consumer fabric from clothing factories, she transforms fabric destined for the trash can into treasured clothing, bags, and jewelry. Based in Cambodia, Faller’s team regularly visits manufacturers to save hundreds of pounds of scrap materials from landfill. Once saved, her production team works to make sure every single scrap is put to use. Large scraps are cut down to make clothes while smaller pieces are made into a yarn like material to be woven. For the tiniest scraps, the company has created a formula for paper which allows them to turn small bits of scrap into hang tags and office paper. Through this process the company is able to close the loop in production while working in tandem with their zero waste mission.”

Faller is one example of many young and old entrepreneurs alike paving the way for a whole new fashion industry sector that may one day be the norm.

Ethical Tools

Yup, there are even apps to inform you of ethically made clothing and other goods such as non-toxic cleaning products, bath and spa products, as well as materials derived from workers under inhumane conditions.

Apps to try are:

  • GoodGuide
  • Free2Work
  • Shop Ethical
  • aVoid
  • The Higg Index

 

Get your Eco-Friendly fashion on and stop supporting consumer driven global health and human threats. In due time your wardrobe will consist of green choices that pay it forward to a more sustainable future.

Where’s The Place For The Best Stress-Free Siesta?

by Izzy Pulido @ The Next Somewhere

The classic siesta originates from Spain, it’s where you just take a step back from hectic life and wind down. After all, that’s what a traditional holiday is all about right? The Spanish culture links a siesta to a long sleep or a nice nap. As the country itself can get quite hot, people get […]

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Child Prodigy Chef Flynn McGarry Documentary To Debut At Sundance

Child Prodigy Chef Flynn McGarry Documentary To Debut At Sundance

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

Flynn McGarry has cooked at some of the country’s top restaurants like Alinea, Alma and Eleven Madison Park, created supper clubs and hosted numerous pop-ups in Los Angeles and New York City all before the age of 17. Now at 19 years old, McGarry’s back in the headlines, this time to star in the documentary Chef Flynn. […]

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The Coast Road: Saigon to Hoi An & Beyond

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Thanks to new coastal roads, it's now possible to ride from Saigon to Hoi An, and beyond to Dong Hoi, following the coast all the way & avoiding the busy main artery of Highway 1 for the vast majority of the route. This is a salty, sunny, sandy & scenic road trip.... Continue reading

Sapa-Y Ty Scenic Motorbike Loop

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Sapa's dramatic mountainous landscape continues north of town, via Y Ty Village, all the way to the Chinese border. Several small roads penetrate deep into steep, terraced valleys & climb high above ferocious rivers creating a scenic loop.... Continue reading

Socially Responsible Travel in Hanoi (Travel and Give Back)

by Phuc Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

The phrase “socially responsible travel” is a new trend followed by travelers all over the world, in the context that traveling and experiencing new cultures is popular nowadays. Hanoi, renown for the chaotic Old Quarter, many little temples, Dong Xuan Market that sells household goods and street food, already has so much to offer. However, […]

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National Popcorn Day, Free Dumplings, Cochon555: This Week In Food Events

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

Happy National Popcorn Day! Find out which movie theater in Brooklyn is celebrating with a fancy bowl. Heading out to the Women’s March tomorrow? There’s a bar is hosting a charity happy hour! Looking to celebrate the Grammy’s return to New York City? Chef JJ Johnson knows exactly the place. All that and more in this […]

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Green Business Spawns More Green Jobs

by @ Green Home Library

They said it would happen and now it is coming to fruition. Starting with small business ventures and then catching the eye of Big Corp., green entrepreneurship and activist movements have begun spawning more green jobs in America and throughout the globe.

Although the current administration is supporting coal production, the need is no longer there. Since mechanization, coal industry jobs have diminished putting many out of work. The average number of employees at US coal mines dropped by 12% in 2015, according to the Energy Information Administration.

However, there is more demand elsewhere to put workers back on the map in the green sector. According to The Department of Energy's Energy and Employment Report it is predicted that green energy employment will have a 9% growth rate over the next 12 months — higher than any other energy sector.

Currently, Europe and Asia are taking the helm as the US trails, but hangs on to, green sector job growth until hopefully the White House comes to its senses, or succumbs to change.

They’re Blowing in the Wind

That’s right, wind energy jobs have increased from 3.4 million in 2011 to just over 4 million in 2017 according to a report published by the Environmental Defense Fund's Climate Corps program.

Business Insider writes,

“The report estimates that solar and wind jobs are growing at a rate 12 times as fast as the rest of the US economy and suggests that 46% of large firms have hired additional workers to address issues of sustainability over the past two years.”

If you have a small business, look into a wind energy choices from your local electric company. It is required in most states for the consumer to be able to choose their electricity source.

Smart Cities

With the steady growth of smart technology and smart homes, smart cities are on the parallel. Europe has recently reported of a “green jobs for a greener future” initiative citing several urban applications that will inevitably take over many conventional careers.

Some of these include:

  • Municipality - “We have identified, especially from the municipalities side, that there is a need to create new skilled jobs for the creation of specific cross-department teams to work on defining action plans for cities, supporting the design of solutions and an understanding of the needs," says Miguel Garcia, from the REMOURBAN project, which is pioneering new approaches to urban regeneration in the Spanish city of Valladolid, Nottingham in England, and Tepebasi/Eskisehir in Turkey.” (reported by Phys.Org)
  • Building Retrofit - Perfect for green small business startup jobs, retrofitting buildings with clean energy options and fixes has risen in demand due to money saving incentives.
  • Electric Car Infrastructure - As the alternative energy infrastructure rises in demand, more people are becoming electric car charging station installers and maintenance workers.
  • Solar Installation - As solar technology falls in price more commercial and residential installations have been sought after.

Cleanup

It's unfortunate that many will profit from man’s decades long environmental abuse, yet that is exactly what is happening. Certain sectors, small businesses, local organizations and even Big Corp. have finally wrapped their heads around the lucrative potential for green beautification, waterway cleanup, non-toxic cleaning, pure air initiatives and so much more.

One example that was originally considered a job killer is a mandate to cut pollution flowing into the Chesapeake Bay by 25 percent by 2025. A study of potential cleanup for 6 bay states that includesDelaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, Virginia and West Virginia stated,

“If history is any guide, environmental regulations will once again nourish job creation, not bury it,

 

As more small businesses go green it will inevitably lead the way for business to business and consumer to business green job increase. Add in activist movements and environmental cleanup for more job opportunities and, regardless of antiquated, bottom line only thinkers, more people will see and reap the job benefits of Eco-friendly opportunities.

9 International Cocktails to Try This Summer

by Jake @ Nothing Familiar

What’s better on a hot summer day than a nice cold drink? Whether you’re at the beach bar or the local dive down the street, you’re sure to see plenty of your favorite cocktails from around the world. While no ones debating the fact that the Margarita is the best Get Familiar...

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Wonderful family trip to Vietnam

by Cuong Nguyen @ Travel Sense Asia

It is likely that building a strong family bond and exploring new lands will be two of the most popular resolutions in 2018, as strengthening the family relationship and discovering new cultures will significantly change the life of each person. So, obviously, a wonderful family trip to Vietnam will be a stone killing two birds […]

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Vietnamese Food - What to Eat in Vietnam

Vietnamese Food - What to Eat in Vietnam


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In the past few years Vietnamese food has become more and more popular around the world. Food lovers may have tried the two best known Vietnamese dishes – spring rolls and bread rolls. Rice, noodles, fresh vegetable and herbs all play big roles in Vietnamese food, making it

13 Things to Do, See, & Eat During Winter in Japan

by Jason Jenkins @ An Epic Education

Winter in Japan. Like every season in this amazing country, Japanese winter has its own specific sights, smells, and sounds. Let us tell you what to look for. What to Do, See, and Eat During Winter in Japan I’ll be honest: winter is not our family’s favorite season. Indeed, we enjoy living in places with […]

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Tokyo Bucket List: 44 Top Things To Do in Japan’s Coolest City

by Annette White @ Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog

Tokyo is known for its unique experiences, such as a medical themed restaurant where you can eat beef, shaped like a brain, inside a private jail cell. Or the cat cafes where petting felines and drinking coffee go hand in hand.

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Uncovering the real Rio… in just one day

by Anne Von Osterhausen @ Urban Adventures

I went to Rio while on my first ‘360’ around the world. I had spent a few weeks in Ecuador and Peru, and wanted to visit my family in Germany on my way back home to Australia. It would have been silly not to stop anywhere else along the way,...

Maya Moon Lodge on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala: a traveler’s dream

by @ Nutrition Abroad

Maya Moon Lodge on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala: a traveler’s dream Serene; inspiring; enchanting; picturesque; refreshing; breathtaking. These are only a few of the words that describe the Maya Moon Lodge on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala. Whether you’re a long term traveler or just passing […]

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A Thrilling Hai Van Pass Adventure With Onetrip

by Phuc Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

Vietnam is a fabulous country that sings harmonies of the wild jungle and the people that venture through it. That is a destination that you must visit at least once in your life if you seek adventure. One of the most desired places to stay in Vietnam for both foreigners and locals alike is Da […]

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23 Vietnamese Dishes to Celebrate Tet - Bacon is Magic

23 Vietnamese Dishes to Celebrate Tet - Bacon is Magic


Bacon is Magic - The Best Food Around the World

Celebrate Vietnamese Tet with Food! Here are 23 Vietnamese foods you should try during Tet, the most important holiday in Vietnam.

7 Reasons to Eat Street Food in Vietnam

7 Reasons to Eat Street Food in Vietnam


Vespa Adventures

Planning your travel to Vietnam? Here's some reasons to eat street food in this wonderful country.

The Best Day Trips from Hanoi

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

Beware! XO Tours does not operate in Hanoi. If you book with a tour operator in Hanoi that claims to be XO Tours, you have been defrauded! Hanoi sits on a bend in the Red River. To the south and east lies the watery world of the Red River Delta, where farms and villages continue as…

Eating Hot Vit Lon in Vietnam

Eating Hot Vit Lon in Vietnam


Ottsworld Unique Travel Experiences

You should try everything once - right? That's how I ended up trying hot vit lon in Vietnam - baby duck embryo. See how I fared.

What to Eat in Hanoi Vietnam - A Hanoi Food Guide

What to Eat in Hanoi Vietnam - A Hanoi Food Guide


2foodtrippers

Wondering what to eat in Hanoi Vietnam? Our Hanoi food guide has the best spots to eat and drink in the wonderfully chaotic Vietnamese city.

Safety Tips for Women Traveling in Vietnam

by milica @ Bamboo Village Resort And Spa

For women considering Vietnam as their next travel destination, the common question that arises as “Is Vietnam Safe for Women Travelers?” Vietnam is a blossoming country and is drawing a large number of visitors and solo travelers every year. The most attractive mention about the country is that it is not only the most inexpensive destination for exploring but also the safest place in the Southeast Asia.

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The Gluttony Guide: Best Restaurants in Victoria BC

by Ayngelina @ Bacon is Magic – The Best Food Around the World

Where to eat in Victoria BC, what to order and the most scenic spots to walk it off.

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Adventure Makes People Happy: Where to go and What to do?

by Juno Kim @ Runaway Juno

There is plenty of scientifically proven evidence that travel and experiences make people happier than owning things. Forbes says, the secret of happiness is spend money of experiences, not things. CNN says travel can be a savior. As we already […]

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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...

How to Change Your Life With Coffee Enemas

by Camille Willemain @ This American Girl

  Do you believe me when I tell you, that putting coffee up your butt just might change your life? Well, at the very least, I can tell you, that it changed mine. Not to say that the thought didn’t horrify me once upon a time.     Frankly I probably would have never even […]

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Vietnam – Land of History – 9 Days

by Stephen @ Vietnam Vacation

Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City arrival – Cu Chi Tunnels (D)
On arrival at the airport in Ho Chi Minh City, teacher and students will be driven to visit [...]

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Travel to Sapa – Homestays and More

by Phuong Thuy @ The Christina's Blog

H’mong, Dao, and Giay people speaking English more fluently than Vietnamese, tremendous natural vistas right outside your balcony, an early morning chill with clouds hovering over the mountains, this and more is what you should expect from Sapa! Located on the northern border of Vietnam, Sapa is the only region of the country that has […]

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The Most Amazing Vietnamese Cyclo Ride

by @ The Travel Ninjas

My first Vietnamese cyclo ride was the most amazing in the whole country. The “driver” pulled me and the cyclo WITH HIS EYES! I thought...

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Dream Vacations That Can Easily Become Reality

by Jake @ Nothing Familiar

When picking out your next vacation it’s easy to be complacent. Way too often we look at pictures and think “Someday… I’ll be there.” Well we’re here to tell you that you don’t have to wait! It’s time we make our hard earned money stretch farther than we ever imagined. Get Familiar...

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The Liebster Award

by @ Nutrition Abroad

The Liebster Award A huge blog win for Nutrition Abroad is being nominated for the Liebster Award and the Mystery Blogger Award by Ha Truong, the creative writer behind “Expatolife“, a blog that combines being an ‘Expat’ and ‘Life’. She has lived as an expat […]

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Vietnamese Women Are Eating Rat Meat Because It’s Believed to Keep Them Youthful

Vietnamese Women Are Eating Rat Meat Because It’s Believed to Keep Them Youthful


WORLD OF BUZZ

Get the latest viral stories daily! Like us: While Koreans are spending thousands of dollars on plastic surgery, the Vietnamese have their own way of beautifying themselves, and it is way cheaper! Apparently for the longest time, Vietnamese women have been eating rat meat, not because they have no other choice, but because they love it. Yes […]

Eat Worm Cakes (& Other Vietnamese Street Food) in Hanoi

Eat Worm Cakes (& Other Vietnamese Street Food) in Hanoi


Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog

Hanoi was known for it's plethora of Vietnamese street food and I wanted to try it all. Everything from worm cakes to frog legs to delicious banh mi.

Vietnamese Food: What to Eat in Vietnam - Nothing Familiar

Vietnamese Food: What to Eat in Vietnam - Nothing Familiar


Nothing Familiar

A photo guide to all the amazing Vietnamese food we ate during our journey through Vietnam! Warning the photos will make you hungry!

How to stay safe and avoid scams in Vietnam – Part 1: North Vietnam

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

Generally, Vietnam is a very safe country in which to travel. Compared to most major tourist cities in the West – Paris, London, New York, Rome – the streets of Vietnam’s urban centers are much less threatening. However, in some of the more popular tourist destinations in Vietnam, there are a handful of tourist scams and…

What To Expect From Trek Sapa Tour Within 2 Days?

by Cuong Nguyen @ Travel Sense Asia

As an old French Hill station in the past, Sapa is now a beautiful and peaceful town in Lao Cai Province, Northwest Vietnam. Close to the Chinese border, the town has its name reputable for its unique weather, breathtaking natural beauty, and the wide variety of hill-tribes locals (Red Dao, Tay, Hmong, Xa Pho, and […]

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How to Visit Uxmal, the Best Mayan Ruins in Mexico

by Jason Jenkins @ An Epic Education

Many people think that the best Mayan ruins in Mexico are found at Chichen Itza near the town of Valladolid. It’s true that Chichen Itza is larger and also very impressive. That said, our family thought Uxmal was the best Mayan Ruins in the Yucatan Peninsula and the rest of the country. Read below and […]

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Forget the Bund, here are 5 hidden gems in Shanghai by night

by Hao-Nhien @ Living Local

Forget the Bund, here are 5 hidden gems in Shanghai by night Shanghai nightlife guide is a must-have list in your handbag in case you have more than one night in the city of future. Shanghai is special to locals since it has touches of International culture growing inside it, stronger and clearer, every day. […]

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How to Best Prepare for Your First Silent Retreat

by Rosemary @ Authentic Food Quest

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Best Fujifilm Cameras and Lenses for Travel and Food Photography

by Terence Carter @ Grantourismo Travels

Best Fujifilm cameras and lenses for travel and food photography? It’s a question I get asked almost weekly – mainly by travellers coming to do our travel and food writing and photography retreats and culinary tours. Here’s advice from the perspective of a pro travel and...

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7 Ways Women Get Paid to Travel the World

by Rebecca Anne Nguyen @ The Happy Passport

Of course you want to get paid to travel the world. Who doesn’t? Okay okay, not everyone wants to make money traveling.  Some people actually prefer to work from a more stable home base. As someone who recently came home after 15 years of traveling and moving around the U.S and the world, I definitely get […]

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Pho Etiquette - LovingPho.com

Pho Etiquette - LovingPho.com


LovingPho.com

How to eat pho? Is there such thing as Pho Etiquette? Of course! Here's a collection of pho etiquette to help you come closer to pho and Viet culture. Learn the tradition, protocol and pho manners.

Watermelon Mint Cooler Recipe – A Refreshing Cocktail For a Warm Day

by Lara Dunston @ Grantourismo Travels

This watermelon mint cooler recipe is super easy to mix and makes for a refreshing light cocktail to drink on a stifling summer afternoon or a sticky day in the tropics. If you’re in the chilly northern hemisphere turn up your heating and pretend you’re...

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Vietnamese Theatre: A Traditional Water Puppet Show in Hanoi

by Annette White @ Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog

The water puppet show in Hanoi is a representation of a traditional Vietnamese theatre show that dates back centuries.

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How To Make Stuffed Zucchini Like You’re From Syria [Free Cookbook]

by Jessica Festa @ Epicure & Culture

This free cookbook download shares recipes from SOS Mothers around the world. Also read on for a delicious Kousa Mahshi recipe from a mother in Syria!

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The Most Popular Places of 2017 on Grantourismo – From Siem Reap to the Isaan

by Lara Dunston @ Grantourismo Travels

Our 10 Most Popular Places of 2017 on Grantourismo included the Southeast Asian destinations we love and frequently cover – Cambodia’s main cities and towns, Thailand’s capital and most off the beaten track region, Vietnam’s key destinations, and lovely Luang Prabang in Laos. As 2017...

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Green Cosmetics: Know What to Buy

by @ Green Home Library

Nowadays you can hardly watch television or open a magazine without being bombarded by an ad for things like lipstick, perfume, eye shadow or cologne. Each one promises youth, sex and everything in between. However, pull back the veil of the glossy waif beauty or the six packed he-man and you may very well be surprised as to what actually makes up many of your beauty choices. There is ruthless animal testing, unreported insect ingredients, toxic chemicals and more. By choosing green cosmetics you will help support companies who make responsible environmental choices while protecting yourself from dangerous ingredients, and there's no need to compromise quality or capability.

What to Avoid

Before choosing your cosmetics, make sure to look for certain ingredients that could be hiding in between the lines. Even alleged eco-friendly products may contain chemicals that have been linked to a variety of potential skin allergies, irritations, trans-dermal microscopic synthetic toxins; pore blockage; fossil fuel production like petroleum and in some rare cases possible organ damage. Below is a list of some popular toxic ingredients to look for and avoid:

  • Parabens a/k/a methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben or butylparaben.
  • Phthalates a/k/a dibutyl phthalate (DBP), Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), SLS
  • Petroleum, Propylene Glycol
  • Coal Tar

Green Choices

The above ingredients may sound daunting and/or impossible to avoid however finding an alternative choice is not impossible as they are becoming more readily available. Read the label of green products which should show simple, botanical ingredients that are not harmful to you or the environment. Look for ‘cruelty free’ brands displaying the Humane Cosmetics Standard (HCS) label which promises that animal testing has not been carried out. There are also well marked petroleum-free products that compete with such things as lip balm and gloss. Beeswax is a great alternative which also supports environmentally essential bee farming. Certified organic is often a clear sign of a green, healthy product. However, do not be confused by words such as ‘natural’, ‘organic’ or ‘hypoallergenic’ as these may be misleading advertisement schemes to get you to purchase a non-green choice. Look for a ‘100% Certified Organic’, ‘USDA Organic’ or ‘Eco-Certified’ label to make sure the product you are considering is adhering to strict, green standards. There is also the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics contract that many companies have signed and made available on their products and/or company info. Environmental Working Group's (EWG) Cosmetics database - Skin Deep is a fantastic resource for finding out what's really in your products.

Self-Lab

Sometimes you can create your own green cosmetics by simply formulating your own products at home. Body lotion, shampoo, conditioner, soap, and even toothpaste can all be made to order by you. It may take some time but you can save money, the environment and avoid toxins by knowing every step that goes into your product. Plus, the lack of packaging alone is a great step.

Green cosmetics show the potential of anything being adaptable to socially conscious responsibilities. Ignore the hype and listen to your body, offering it an embraceable, natural choice as opposed to the synthetic, potentially toxic flavor of the month.

Best Places for North Americans to Travel in Winter

by Sherry @ Ottsworld Unique Travel Experiences

I visited my parents in South Dakota this holiday and was reminded of how harsh the Great Planes can be in the winter. As the whole US seems to be in a deep freeze right now it’s only natural to look out that frosted up window and dream of the warm sun hitting your face […]

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10 Viet and Thai Grilling Recipes for Now (or Later)

by milica @ Bamboo Village Resort And Spa

In astonishingly exotic and utterly compelling places like Vietnam and Thailand, one must enjoy the food while approving to its breathtaking beauty. Apart from enjoying the ready dishes, grilling and cooking bring an exotic experience in the culturally rich country. Moreover, grilling in Vietnam and Thailand will greaten your experience if you get access to

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A Final Day in Ha Giang

by Mike @ Hanoi For 91 Days

It was with reluctance that we got back on our motorbikes, and put Du Gìa in our rear view mirrors. Our next stop would return us to Ha Giang, and complete our tour with Chu Chu. This trip had been incredible, and it was to be our final adventure in Vietnam. Not just four days, but six months were coming to an end, and it was hard to stomach.

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Getting Around in Hue, Vietnam

by Phuc Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

Hue is the famous Imperial city of Central Vietnam, the throne of the Nguyen Dynasty from 1802 to 1945. Old and tranquil, Hue is frozen in time, standing amongst the remnants of a once glorious Asian empire. Because of this, getting around Hue is intriguing with many options available, and sights to see. A major […]

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Best Vietnamese food in Little Saigon: The top 25 dishes to eat

Best Vietnamese food in Little Saigon: The top 25 dishes to eat


Orange County Register

The scent of Little Saigon hits me in the face. An intoxicating perfume of jackfruit and bananas and the vanilla-y scent of pandanus leaves wraps itself around me in a warm, tight embrace. It’s a s…

Operation Bikini Wax

Operation Bikini Wax

by Rebecca Anne Nguyen @ The Happy Passport

The mission: You have less than 24 hours to a find salon or an individual to give you a bikini wax (preferably with hard wax, because we all know what a disaster crappy Sally Hansen wax can be). “It’s too easy!” you say. “There’s a place right down the street!” you say. I wasn’t finished […]

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How to Do Mount Fansipan Right

by Anna Suszynski @ The Christina's Blog

Mount Fansipan is the highest mountain in Vietnam and Indochina peninsula, located in the Hoang Lien Son mountain range. It was once only visited by adventure seekers fit enough to make the strenuous hike, but now this mountain offers a few different experiences for all types of travelers. Regardless of the new tram that brings […]

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Here’s the Thing About Eating Dog in Vietnam…

by Mike @ Hanoi For 91 Days

Before arriving, we'd read a lot about the Vietnamese penchant for chowing down on "man's best friend". However, during our three months in Saigon, we hadn't seen a single plate of dog being offered anywhere, and decided the stories were exaggerated. But it turns out that, in the north, they do eat dog. And it's not exactly uncommon.

WARNING: This article contains an image of a dead, cooked dog.

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High school basketball: St. Francis stays perfect in WCAL

High school basketball: St. Francis stays perfect in WCAL

by Darren Sabedra @ The Mercury News

Logan Johnson scores 18 points and Roy Yuan, Oscar Pedraza combine for eight 3-pointers to beat St. Ignatius.

Treat Yourself to The Best Pizza in Oaxaca At La Matatena Pizzeria

by Jodi Ettenberg @ Legal Nomads

A profile of a new restaurant serving the best pizza in Oaxaca, with both gluten free and vegan pizzas in addition to regular thin crust, crunchy pies.

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3 Small Business Green Savings

by @ Green Home Library

If you're a small business owner you know what it takes to keep afloat. You don’t have the luxury of Big Corp money pouring in to fund frivolous decisions, your business needs every penny in the right place, at the right time, all the time. This is why going green can sometimes be a challenge for small businesses. It requires switching a variety of choices that have been set in place to keep your company running at an even pace.

Changing a workable format is a risky venture but when it comes to going green, the numbers speak for themselves. These small business green savings show how you can integrate green products and green practices that just may, eventually, increase your bottom line.

B2B Reach Out

Business to business communication can be essential as a green money saving tip for small businesses. By reaching out to adjoining companies there is the possibility of working together for a variety of incentives.

European marketing company Imfuna reports that,

“By making environmental friendliness a priority of your business partnerships, you not only encourage other companies to reduce their carbon footprint, but also to reduce their own expenditures; and when companies with which you partner save money, those cost savings are passed along to you.”

Talk to your counterparts about:

  • Combine supplies - Combining green purchases, like industrial cleaning supplies in bulk, can make starting off together financially more feasible.
  • Patriotism - Joining with your suppliers, vendors and B2B neighbors to purchase and show USA made support can be a huge win, particularly when it comes to solar installations and wind power.
  • Beautification - When businesses band together in the name of the environment they must walk the walk, and it will show. Whether outdoor shopping or indoor building office space, the surroundings of your small business should have basic upkeep that you probably pay for, however, there are additional options.

You can work with other small businesses to install green extras such as:

  • Composting bins - Can be sold to local farms for profit.
  • LED public lighting - Saves everyone money on electric bills.
  • Solar powered garbage compactors - Saves on excess garbage costs and fossils fuel use.

Scale Down

Obtaining larger space may be a misstep when it comes to keeping your small business green. Lowering your carbon footprint means less consumption, yet startups and small thriving ventures  are often pressured to expand for more money and stature.

It may seem anti-business but keeping your company at a manageable level that embraces green practices, such as energy efficient lighting, wind or solar power, recycling and more, is a green money saving move. With less overhead you use less energy, create less waste and, if managed well, can increase profits on a low carbon footprint.

Happy Employees

Whether working at a zoo, an office, or any small business, employees that see how you run your company are apt to follow your lead. Moreover, if that lead is a positive message, like Eco-friendly practices, money saving benefits could very well follow.

CNBC reported that,

“A study by UCLA and the University of Paris -Dauphine found that employees at Eco-friendly companies are 16 percent more productive than average.

Professor Magali Delmas, an environmental economist at UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the UCLA Anderson School of Management commented on the study,

“Adopting green practices isn't just good for the environment, It's good for your employees and it's good for your bottom line. Employees in such green firms are more motivated, receive more training, and benefit from better interpersonal relationships. The employees at green companies are therefore more productive than employees in more conventional firms.”

 

As more small businesses, consumers and Big Corp. embrace the green movement, cost is finally coming around to a more conventional playing field. These small business green ideas show how jumping on the Eco-friendly band wagon can be good on all fronts.

8 Viewpoints That Will Make Your Heart Stop

by Jake @ Nothing Familiar

We’re all searching for the perfect viewpoint. It’s that epic place and single moment that will serve as the highlight of your next big trip. The perfect spot where you can document your adventure with an incredible photo, and capture the beauty of your travels forever. From insane cliff walks along the ocean to out of Get Familiar...

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Top Five Things To Do in Hanoi, Vietnam

by Izzy Pulido @ The Next Somewhere

Ho Chi Minh City may have eclipsed Hanoi as Vietnam’s most populace city, but one cannot forget that Hanoi, Vietnam is the political heart of the nation, the capital of one of the world’s last communist fronts. They say that Hanoi is the most Asian city of all Asian cities. Personally, it’s hard to dictate […]

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What I’ve Learned From Four Years Without Sex

by Camille Willemain @ This American Girl

When people discover that I’ve been celibate for the past four years they always ask me if it’s by choice.   They must be trying to figure out if I’m a) totally repressed (by choice) or b) totally undesirable (not by choice)   And I don’t exactly know how to answer, because I’m neither… and […]

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Why I Want to Go Back to Ireland & Bring You With Me

by Sherry @ Ottsworld Unique Travel Experiences

It was love at first sight. I pretty much fell in love with Ireland the moment I saw her. She seduced me with rolling, emerald, sheep-dotted hills and plains of gray-green stone. She stirred my wild side with reckless winds tearing across rocky cliffs, and underneath her incredible expanse of sky, she stole my heart. […]

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Top 10 Weird Food in Vietnam You Must Try: Bugs, Rats, Worms and Blood

Top 10 Weird Food in Vietnam You Must Try: Bugs, Rats, Worms and Blood


The Christina's Blog

Here is our list of Top 10 weird food in Vietnam you MUST TRY - from the mild ones to the absolute adventurous! Hilarious videos included!

Finally, A Home Biogas Converter That Won’t Break The Bank

by Jess Kapadia @ Food Republic

When it comes to gas for heating your home and cooking, you’re pretty much tied to the utility company. HomeBiogas is a new home biogas converter and digester Kickstarted by 677 backers who pledged nearly half a million dollars to bring the idea of a waste-reducing independent fuel supply into fruition. What’s more, perks included donations to areas in need of steady […]

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The Mystery Blogger Award

by @ Nutrition Abroad

The Mystery Blogger Award Wow! A huge blog win for Nutrition Abroad is being nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award and the Liebster Award by Ha Truong, the creative writer behind “Expatolife“, a blog that combines being an ‘Expat’ and ‘Life’. She has lived as […]

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How to stay safe and avoid scams in Vietnam – Part 2: South Vietnam

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

In this, the second part of our two-part series on avoiding common tourist scams in Vietnam, we focus on popular tourist destinations in the south of the country. Saigon, Nha Trang and Hoi An all have their fair share of scams and safety hazards that travelers should be aware of. (Read Part 1 of this series…

Top 5 Most Popular Vietnamese Dishes

by vietnamesecuisine @ All About Vietnamese Cuisine

In this post, I will share the top 5 most popular Vietnamese dishes which you can easily find if you visit my country. I will also include a recipe for each dish, so you can try to make it at

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Spiced Persimmon and Ginger Muffin Recipe

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

My parents adore bargains, especially the ones at their local Salvation Army on Wednesdays, when seniors receive a 25 percent discount. On October 12, 2016, they scored a charming set of English Royal Wessex Red Willow dishes for about $22 (discounted from the original $29.50). They bought it with the intention of gifting it to...

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My 3 amazing days in Porto

by Anh de Vietnam @ Anh de Vietnam

Porto, Portugal has got to be one of my favorite destinations for a weekend trip: stunning architect, chill vibe, lots of characters, beautiful landscape, affordable delicious food and friendly people, I don’t know what more can you possibly ask for. In fact, I’ve been questioning myself why am I not living here already! Day 1:

Where to Stay in Sapa Vietnam?

by Cuong Nguyen @ Travel Sense Asia

Before visiting Sapa, you should find where to stay in Sapa, Vietnam in order to choose the best accommodation for your trip. There are some types of accommodations in Sapa like Hotel, Resort, homestay, so it is easy to match your demand. Sapa is the small town in North Vietnam. In 1922, the French settled […]

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Dining on a dime: Find out the cost of food in Vietnam

Dining on a dime: Find out the cost of food in Vietnam


InsideVietnam Blog

Vietnamese food is delicious and scandalously cheap, but just how much should you expect to spend? Violet investigates the cost of food in Vietnam.

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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Coming To Netflix: David Chang Gets Ugly Delicious

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

David Chang, the man behind Momofuku and subject of the first season of Food Republic parent company Zero Point Zero’s Mind of a Chef, is back on screens. Ready for his new show, Ugly Delicious? Premiering on February 23, the eight-episode series follows Chang as he travels, eats and hangs out with notable food personalities like Jessica Koslow, […]

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Roasting Agave & Eating Tacos: A Oaxacan Adventure With Mezcal Unión

by rmartin @ Food Republic

People talk about Oaxaca like it’s a mystical place. Like on your first night there you’ll experience some hint of magic and it’ll guide your journey and you’ll go home feeling not so much refreshed but changed. Maybe the world will be a little clearer. Maybe you’ll see in the Technicolor of the craft-made spirit […]

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Russian Recipes, Holiday Memories, Homesickness, and Nostalgia

by Lara Dunston @ Grantourismo Travels

My family Russian recipes make an appearance every January when Terence and I can often be found in the kitchen rolling out dough for Russian dumplings and making baboushka’s pink beetroot potato, while I recollect the summer holiday family feasts of my childhood, and miss...

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Specialty Delivery Services: Digitally-Driven And To Your Door

by David Kaye @ Vietcetera

In Vietnam, the average living area of a family of three is around 50 square meters. That means a centrally positioned sofa would be 25 meters from the front door, which is an easily reachable distance to pick something up. With that short distance in mind and considering the global rise in food deliveries that led us to […]

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Christmas in Northern Ireland

by Fanfan Wilson @ Live Less Ordinary: Bangkok Based Bloggers Travelling in Asia & Beyond

We have spent the past 4 years documenting the various cultures of Asia, yet to date we haven’t shared much about the other side...

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How to enjoy Petra without getting the hump

How to enjoy Petra without getting the hump

by backpackerlee @ backpackerlee

For a seasoned traveller like me, it is perhaps surprising that it took me until 2017 before I finally visited Jordan. However, my visit left a great impression on me, and in particular my time at Petra (just one day, unfortunately) will stay with me forever. Even after the pilgrimage from Amman to Petra, too […]

When Best to travel to Vietnam?

by Cuong Nguyen @ Travel Sense Asia

Decide when best to travel to Vietnam will give you some confuse because Vietnam is the tropical monsoon climate. That is the reason why you should choose the best time to visit each place in Vietnam, however, there are some months which is suitable for all parts of Vietnam. This article will show you the […]

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Top 10 Karaokesin Sapa

by Stephen @ Vietnam Vacation

Sapa is the home to not only heart-touching natural landscape but also interesting entertaining places alluring a great number of visitors. If you fancy yourself with singing songs, besides amazing [...]

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Best Tacos In San Diego: Don Bravo

by Jake @ Nothing Familiar

In the hunt for San Diego’s best tacos we came across a gem in beautiful La Jolla. In the part of town they call “Bird Rock” between La Jolla Village and Pacific Beach, you will find this amazing little beachside restaurant. While you can find Mexican food anywhere this close to the border, Get Familiar...

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How Fast Can You Get Fluent in Spanish?

by Rebecca Anne Nguyen @ The Happy Passport

We’ve all been there. After touching down and getting acclimated to your new country, it hits you: while you can say things like, “Where’s the airport?” or “How much is this?,” you have no clue how to order your favorite drink or where to go for a decent haircut. Where’s your high school language teacher when […]

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The Best Desserts in Ho Chi Minh City

by fred wilson @ Back of the Bike Tours

  It’s not always easy to explore Saigon under this unbeatable heat, and sometimes a quick ice cream stop can be the best way to refresh yourself and have enough energy for your adventures here. Fortunately, with a summer all year round, Ho Chi Minh...

Top 10 Vietnamese Food | Introduction to Eating in Vietnam

Top 10 Vietnamese Food | Introduction to Eating in Vietnam


Live Less Ordinary: Bangkok Based Bloggers Travelling in Asia & Beyond

Introduction to eating in Vietnam. Includes popular local Vietnamese dishes and my own personal favourites. My top 10 Vietnamese Food. Hanoi, Saigon, Hoi An

Post Holiday Eco-Solutions

by @ Green Home Library

When the holidays are over, you have an opportunity to utilize some post holiday Eco-solutions rather than add to the continual waste around you. These are ways to harness various resources from your holiday leftovers for the betterment of your community and the planet.

Scrape the Scraps

If you have a composting system setup, after holiday meal scraps are perfect to add. If you don’t, now is the best time to start one. Plus, if you use compostable products for your holiday event, this is yet another opportunity to drastically reduce your garbage footprint.

No compost, no problem. Pack up those leftovers and donate to a homeless shelter or make a soup out of the scraps and help feed the needy.

Scoop the Paper

Wrapping paper that can be salvaged, folded and stored will save you time, money and unnecessary waste when your next present needs to be wrapped.

Scoop up as much used wrapping paper as you can and toss it in a pile until you can go through it. Cut in squares and place in a box under your bed or in a back closet for a treasure trove of recycled-upcycled designs that would otherwise end up in a landfill. You can do the same with empty boxes and if storage is a problem, gently pull them apart and store flat with wrapping paper. When needed, simply glue, tape or staple corners back together and you have a free gift box ready to go.

Tree to Earth

If you celebrate the holiday with a real Christmas tree then it is your responsibility to put your tree back into the earth. With over 10 million Christmas trees ending up in landfills each year, recycling yours is essential. Sure, if a tree is in a landfill, just like many compostable products, it will eventually biodegrade. However, it is the release of methane gas from these and other biological landfill waste that has become a huge problem for global warming.

Recycled trees can be used for many things including landscaping mulch or stream bank stabilization. Some businesses that sell trees offer recycling incentives. You can also contact the National Christmas Tree Association or check your local listings for a Christmas tree recycling program near you.

E-Waste

With holiday gifts comes holiday waste and electronics are at the top of the list. The amount of e-waste that is produced has become a serious problem due to the degenerating toxicity from these devices.

Small Footprint Family reports that,

“Each year, 130 million cell phones are thrown out, weighing approximately 65,000 tons. Recycling your old phone prevents hazardous elements like mercury, cadmium and lead from ending up in our landfills.”

Before dumping your old cell phone, tablet, computer or other used electronic device look into energy efficient programs near you or afar able to recycle and re-use rare earth metals and other components. Some organizations will even send you a prepaid mailing envelope to ship your e-waste to their company while paying you for it at the same time.

Digital Thank You’s

Once all the dust settles, you may want to send out some thank you notes. Yes, it’s nice to receive a handwritten note in a mailed envelope however, practically speaking, it wastes paper.

There are hundreds of digital ‘thank you’ sites offering a variety of graphics and delivery options to make your digital thank you just as special as a handwritten one. Some even include picture uploads so you can send images of the baby and kids, pets, grandparents and more.

 

Post holiday Eco-solutions are easy and smart. All it takes is a little wherewithal to gather up the loose ends so your after holiday carbon footprint is significantly reduced.

Eat, Prey, Love: Vietnam’s dogs double as family members and dinner

Eat, Prey, Love: Vietnam’s dogs double as family members and dinner


Public Radio International

That’s not as odd as it may sound.

10 poisonous dishes in Vietnam you should avoid

10 poisonous dishes in Vietnam you should avoid


Asia Pearl Travel - Best Deals for Vietnam Tours, Guides and Halong bay cruises

10 poisonous dishes in Vietnam you should avoid. Do you dare to look at? Do not talk about trying it! It is delicious but only for Locals - not for you!

Adventurer’s Guide Through Vietnam (Part One)

by milica @ Bamboo Village Resort And Spa

Those of you looking for the exciting moments filled with adrenaline shouldn’t hesitate to visit Vietnam. The tourist offer of this amazing country offers various attractions and things to do to keep your adrenaline at the highest level. In this post, we’re talking about some of the most spectacular places you should visit if you’re

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Get Off the Beaten Track in Hue, Vietnam

by Phuong Thuy @ The Christina's Blog

Located on the bank of Perfume River, this city is the capital of Thua Thien Hue province, 700 kilometers to the south of Hanoi. Although you can visit Hue at any time of the year, the most charming season is surely from March to August, especially March through April when the temperature is at its […]

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The Best of Northern Ireland

by Allan Wilson @ Live Less Ordinary: Bangkok Based Bloggers Travelling in Asia & Beyond

Northern Ireland is a country foremost famous for alcoholics, terrorists and a sinking ship, and admittedly my home country does have a slightly depressing...

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Vietnamese Food: The Ultimate Food Guide

Vietnamese Food: The Ultimate Food Guide


Travel + Leisure

“An com chua?”If you’re going to understand Vietnam and the Vietnamese, this three-word phrase is key. A friendly greeting exchanged throughout the day, it poses a seemingly mundane question: “Have...

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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How To Eat Vegetarian In Vietnam - Food Republic

How To Eat Vegetarian In Vietnam - Food Republic


Food Republic

With affordable prices and delicious eats, there's no going wrong with eating vegetarian in Vietnam.

Eating out in Vietnam

Eating out in Vietnam


The Economist

As communism crumbles, a great cuisine revives

Liberty Central Hotel, Nha Trang

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Liberty Central Nha Trang is a contemporary, stylish, high-rise hotel just a block from the beach. Featuring elegant, minimalist decor, extraordinary sea views, rooftop bar & its own section of beach, Liberty Central is a solid place to stay in Nha Trang.... Continue reading

Importance of Green Baby Bedding

by @ Green Home Library

You have been living in progressive times with technological, medical and industrial advances happening practically daily. Yet, with all this forward movement, when it comes to pollution, health, and safety, some free-enterprise ventures remain off course.

Serious health risks are now connected to the toxins from many plastic products which, studies are confirming, have continuously leached into our lives creating accumulative effects linked to disease. Now, plastic toxin exposure is showing to be a threat to our children which is why the importance of green baby bedding is an essential protective first step.

Off-Gassing Risks

When home improvement materials such as paints and plastics are manufactured, the risk of dangerous fumes subtly emitting from some of these products should be concerning. These off-gassed fumes are volatile organic compounds or VOC’s such as PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers), phthalates and phthalate alternatives. Breathing VOC’s could cause the body to embed toxic residue in muscles and other tissue. Due to an underdeveloped immune system and fragile state, new and existing data show that infants are the most vulnerable groups for contracting these off-gassed toxic emissions.

In a study by researchers at the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, published in Environmental Science & Technology (12/16/14), the abstract states,

“In infant sleep micro-environments, an increase in the temperature of the mattress can cause a significant increase in emission of phthalates from the mattress cover and make the concentration in the infant's breathing zone about four times higher than that in the bulk room air, resulting in potentially high exposure.”

Phthalates and phthalate alternatives are linked to causing disorders of hormonal regulation which may include health conditions such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Early puberty
  • Infertility
  • ADHD
  • Cancer

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) interviewed Dr. Brandon E. Boor, an assistant professor of civil engineering at Purdue University who commented that,

“We need innovative research to come up with manufacturing practices and ingredients that put children’s health first and ensure that we don’t end up with a new toxic chemical.There is now a real movement on the state and federal level to reduce Americans' exposure to flame retardants in furniture, foam and other items, because research shows that these chemicals accumulate in the bodies of people, increase the risk of cancer and can harm hormones”

Off-the-Grid

Mainstream consumerism is continuously bombarded with slick advertising and many manipulated words such as “natural” and “safe.” In reality, most people have no idea that many products they trustingly purchase are ticking time bombs of off-gassing exposure.

When it comes to merchandise for baby and kids, thinking twice about utilizing “off-the-grid” manufacturers, especially for crib mattresses and bedding, could be life saving.

Off-the-grid products come from unconventional companies that offer a variety of alternative options beyond the possible dangers associated with mainstream choices. These might include materials like:

  • Hemp
  • Bamboo
  • Organic cotton
  • All-natural green tea
  • Organic Merino wool

Many green crib mattresses are also made in the USA and meet the same fire safety standards as synthetic choices. Be sure and ask questions when purchasing a green crib mattress such as:

  • Is it organic?
  • Has flame retardant been added to this material?
  • Is this material a good deterrent for mites, bedbugs, etc.?
  • Are there any levels or citations that confirm the authenticity and safety of this mattress?

 

Baby furniture, bedding and blankets do not need to be a danger zone for your child. The importance of green baby bedding is imperative and can only start with you. It offers peace mind that your child is starting out on the right foot before they can even walk.

Hải Đăng Vegetarian Restaurant, Saigon

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Hải Đăng is a simple, local, informal vegetarian restaurant in Saigon's Binh Thanh District. The sheer variety and freshness of vegetable dishes on offer (not just tofu and 'fake meat') sets it apart from other Vietnamese vegetarian eateries in the city.... Continue reading

US government shuts down; Dems, GOP blame each other

US government shuts down; Dems, GOP blame each other

by Dale Harvison @ The Mercury News

The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations.

Suoi Tien – Vietnam’s Weirdest Amusement Park

by @ The Travel Ninjas

Located in Ho Chi Minh City, Suoi Tien is Vietnam’s wacky Buddhist wonderland. It’s Vietnam’s weirdest amusement park and maybe the strangest in all of...

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Sun And Sea Vacations For Newlyweds Through Vietnam Holiday Package 2018

by Cuong Nguyen @ Travel Sense Asia

Thanks to its colonial structures, sparkling bays, gorgeous beaches, stunning landscapes, exotic cuisine, and colorful culture, Vietnam is always appealing to many honeymooners in all parts of the world. So, if you are newly married couples and wondering where to go in the S-shaped country for unforgettable and meaningful experiences, then Vietnam Holiday Package 2018 […]

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Top 10 Facts About Eating Habits in Vietnam - Bamboo Village Resort And Spa

Top 10 Facts About Eating Habits in Vietnam - Bamboo Village Resort And Spa


Bamboo Village Resort And Spa

Vietnam the way the local people do and fit in the local way of living, besides exploring the local cuisine, you may want to learn about the eating habits in Vietnam

The Quintessence of Tonkin Show

by Stephen @ Vietnam Vacation

A totally new entertainment show has emerged! The Quintessence of Tonkin is deep experiences of live performances by locals, traditional Vietnamese music, water-light show and daily stories. If you have [...]

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Here's the Thing About Eating Dog in Vietnam... Thịt chó

Here's the Thing About Eating Dog in Vietnam... Thịt chó


Hanoi For 91 Days

As a concept, neither Jürgen nor I have any problem with Eating Dog in Vietnam.. We're not vegetarians, and happily scarf down cow meat, duck meat.

Vietnamese breakfast, lunch and dinner in an afternoon (a class in eating with some cooking)

Vietnamese breakfast, lunch and dinner in an afternoon (a class in eating with some cooking)


Lardy Ladies

What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than making breakfast, lunch and dinner Vietnamese style, then eating it all? Lardy rules: it doesn’t matter how full you are, push on through and …

How To Eat Like A Local In Vietnam

How To Eat Like A Local In Vietnam


AWOL

The freshest fare, from Hanoi to Hoi An.

How Foreigners React While Trying Durian, The Smelliest Fruit In The World!?

by vietnamesecuisine @ All About Vietnamese Cuisine

In this quick post, I will gather YouTube videos about how foreigners react while trying durian, the smelliest fruit in the world. What makes durian so different from other fruits is that most people hated at their first tries, but

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The Vietnamese People: The Dragon’s Successors

by bamboovillage @ Bamboo Village Resort And Spa

The mythological story of the origin of Vietnamese is one of the most interesting parts of their culture. They’re especially proud of this story because, according to it, they’re all the successors of a powerful dragon. In this post, we’re revealing the captivating details of this incredibly popular traditional belief. How does the story start?

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Eating Live Larvae Coconut Worm - Bizarre Vietnamese Street-Food

Eating Live Larvae Coconut Worm - Bizarre Vietnamese Street-Food


Back of the Bike Tours

Have you ever wonder what is the strangest street-food in the world? Check out the Vietnamese coconut worm being eaten alive!

Important Holidays in Thailand to Keep in Mind

by Haylie Hoang @ Living Local

Thailand is a multi cultural country that you can easily get immersed in, literally everyday is a party or a memorable celebration of a royalty. But if you want to double up the fun, Thailand does have their regional holidays to offer if you wish to learn more about their distinctive heritage. Songkran Festival (April […]

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Vietnam Tourist Destinations (Sites Pictures)

by vietnamesecuisine @ All About Vietnamese Cuisine

Vietnam is a beautiful country with an extraordinary 4000-year history. Every year, there are millions of tourist visit to Vietnam from all around the world. Friends come to Vietnam for its wonderful sites, its cultures, and definitely for its various cuisine

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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...

The Otaru Snow Light Festival (Hokkaido)

by Allan Wilson @ Live Less Ordinary: Bangkok Based Bloggers Travelling in Asia & Beyond

We travelled to the Otaru Snow Light Festival (aka the “Otaru Snow Light Path Festival”) during a visit to Hokkaido, where it was somewhat of...

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Vietnamese Food: 25 Must-Eat Dishes in Saigon (and Where To Try Them)

Vietnamese Food: 25 Must-Eat Dishes in Saigon (and Where To Try Them)


Migrationology - Food Travel Blog

Vietnamese food is an insanely delicious cuisine. Here are 25 Vietnamese dishes you need to try, and restaurants to eat them in Saigon.

Grilled Pipis, Garlic and Karkalla Recipe by Chef Lennox Hastie of Firedoor

by Terence Carter @ Grantourismo Travels

This grilled pipis, garlic and karkalla recipe comes courtesy of Chef Lennox Hastie of Firedoor restaurant in Sydney, Australia, from his wonderful cooking with fire cookbook, Finding Fire – along with some sides of Christmas tips and grilling advice. Every festive season we share Christmas tips...

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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.

The post The Legal Nomads Guide to Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca appeared first on Legal Nomads.

Stop answering emails and truly relax

by Juno Kim @ Runaway Juno

These days it’s hard to take more than a couple of days off work because we only create more work for ourselves! With a day or two away from emails they pile up, but it’s important to take time to […]

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The 5 Best Night Markets in Southeast Asia

by Rebecca Anne Nguyen @ The Happy Passport

How do you find the best night markets in Southeast Asia? By looking for the perfect balance between street food and dry goods, tourists and locals, popular and off-the-beaten path. It’s a delicate balance to strike, and some markets in SE Asia don’t quite get it right. To me, a great night market is loud, noisy, […]

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A Day with Triip Creators in Tokyo, Japan

by Ha Lam @ Living Local

Japan and Tokyo have been in my bucket list for a long time. The country appears quite often in my dream, those shiny smiles of Japanese people, the Wagu beef, Sappor, Asahi beer, sake, salmon, sashimi, sushi, udon, ramen, tempura. My gratitude to ChangeMakersXchange – you made this happen: Tokyo – happier and easier traveling with Triip’s local experts […]

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Ryan Kesler’s goal lifts Ducks to 2-1 win, sends Kings to 6th straight defeat

Ryan Kesler’s goal lifts Ducks to 2-1 win, sends Kings to 6th straight defeat

by Eric Stephens @ Orange County Register

Veteran’s third-period goal helps the Ducks earn a hard-fought victory at Honda Center and keeps the Kings in freefall. The game features far fewer scuffles than the previous three this season.

Eating Snake in Vietnam - Vietnam Food Travel Blog

Eating Snake in Vietnam - Vietnam Food Travel Blog


With Husband in Tow

It is no surprise then that when were greeted back to Dong Ha we were invited to eat snake in Vietnam for the first time.

Vietnamese eat rats and are aggressive, Stanford professor says in article, triggering online uproar

Vietnamese eat rats and are aggressive, Stanford professor says in article, triggering online uproar


The Mercury News

Vietnamese eat rats and are aggressive, Stanford professor says in article, triggering online uproar

The Year in Pho: Recipes, Cooking Tips, and Family Stories from 2017

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

| Wouldn’t you know it, there was a lot of pho fervor this year, especially at Viet World Kitchen! Instead of doing a year-end summary of the most popular recipes on the site, I decided to round up all the pho-related content that published during the past twelve months. I published tips, tricks, and recipes...

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3 Best (Legit) Saigon Spas

by @ The Travel Ninjas

Cheap massages abound in Saigon (aka Ho Chi Minh city). It’s a real perk when traveling here, but the quality and “reputability” of the massages...

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Anchorage is a Northern Lights Destination

by Juno Kim @ Runaway Juno

Last week, we drove outside of Anchorage downtown to catch the northern lights. It was supposed to be Kp 4 that night. The Kp number is a system of measuring aurora strength. It goes from 0 to 9 (0 being […]

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A Foodie’s Guide to Hue, Vietnam

by Phuc Nguyen @ The Christina's Blog

Come to Hue and Eat like a Local Hue City is the old capital of Vietnam. Despite its location – next to Da Nang – the new economic center, Hue is calm and peaceful in a unique way. If you want to have a truly relaxing travel experience, Hue is definitely the city you must […]

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What to eat and where to eat it in Vietnam

What to eat and where to eat it in Vietnam


Urban Adventures

I’m a big lover of food and I recently visited Vietnam. And as a big lover of food who recently visited Vietnam, I fel...

Seven Natural Beauty Brands From Vietnam

by Minh Nguyen @ Vietcetera

Vietnam’s cosmetic retail market rakes in US $1.78 billion per year and is expected to hit US $2.35 billion by the end of 2018. That’s one of the fastest compound annual growth rates on the planet. Currently, 90% of Vietnam’s cosmetic market share is dominated by multinationals including companies from South Korea, Europe, Japan, Thailand, […]

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How to Make a Bucket List: 5 Easy Steps to Create a Great One

by Annette White @ Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog

Don’t wait for that “perfect time” to make your bucket list, create it not because you are dying but because you want to live! With these easy how-to steps, you'll be living the your dream in no time!

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Punch Up Your Steak With Homemade Korean Ssamjang

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

We know, we know. You were about to say, “Good steak doesn’t need sauce.” But you’d be missing out on an extra tasty, spicy, funky sauce if you didn’t marinate and dress your beef with homemade Korean ssamjang. Our friends at ChefSteps partnered with Portland, Oregon chef Gregory Gourdet on this recipe for sauced-up steak to […]

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Explore Vietnam – Part Eight: Mekong River Delta

by milica @ Bamboo Village Resort And Spa

In the previous several posts, we’ve talked about Northern and Central Vietnam and one part of Southern Vietnam. Now, when our journey through the beautiful regions of Vietnam is coming to its end, Mekong River Delta is the last one left for us to explore. Read on and find out what are the places and

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The Weirdest Vietnamese Foods and Drinks

by vietnamesecuisine @ All About Vietnamese Cuisine

Most of people know about Vietnamese Cuisine by its signature dishes, Pho or Banhmi, and its elegant, light, and healthy cooking style, but Vietnamese cuisine is way more than that. In the last couple of my blog posts, I have

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In northern Vietnam, a piece of unfinished cloth tells a story

by Hannah Crosby @ Urban Adventures

I recently took a trip with my mother through northern Vietnam, and up into the mountainous region that borders Southern China. The people who have lived there for generations are not Vietnamese, but a mix of isolated and unique groups that retain very separate cultural styles — partly due to...

Do Vietnamese eat dogs?

Do Vietnamese eat dogs?


Anh de Vietnam

We all have misconceptions about a culture we’re not familiar with. Like any country, Vietnam has a number of stereotypes and surely many of which are inaccurate. As a born & raised Saigonese, …

DINING ETIQUETTE (BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER)-VIETNAM HIGHLIGHTS TOUR 

DINING ETIQUETTE (BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER)-VIETNAM HIGHLIGHTS TOUR 


Travel Sense Asia

Have you know about Vietnam dinning etiquette? Let’s get useful tips and experience the best meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) through Vietnam highlight tour.

Tide Pod Challenge, Movies, Super Bowl: 10 Hot Topics On Food Republic

by Tiffany @ Food Republic

Film and television award season is upon us, which got us thinking about all the movies we saw in 2017. We also got excited for the documentaries and television coming in the near future. We’re also getting on some winter travel: New York wasn’t cold enough for us so we checked out some of the […]

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5 Reasons to Visit Lake Atitlán in Guatemala

by @ Nutrition Abroad

5 Reasons to Visit Lake Atitlán in Guatemala There are few places left in the world today that will envelop you in as much splendor and natural beauty – without crowds and tour buses – as Lake Atitlán in Guatemala.  Below are five reasons why […]

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5 Best beaches in Thailand

by Hao-Nhien @ Living Local

Top 5 best beaches in Thailand is an exotic list for anyone out there who is a big fan of tropical heat, the beach and fresh coconut water. Why? Because these 5 beaches have extra-ordinary features of the most exotic beaches on our Planet Earth. 1. Undeniably no. 1 among the best beaches in Thailand: […]

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Don’t F*$! With Mother India

by Rebecca Anne Nguyen @ The Happy Passport

I was 22 years old and on my way to sit in the Vipassana meditation course in Jaipur, India. It was spring of 1997. I had been traveling in India mostly alone for a few months by this time. I was feeling resistance to the impending 10 day meditation, and I had an hour before […]

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Food for Hanukkah: 17 Things You’ll Want to Eat

by Ayngelina @ Bacon is Magic – The Best Food Around the World

The festival of lights, there is so much delicious food for Hanukkah you need to try.

Food for Hanukkah: 17 Things You’ll Want to Eat is a post from: Bacon is Magic

Saigon to Hanoi: A Food Diary

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

On a recent road trip between Saigon & Hanoi I made a record of some of the meals I ate along the way, to try and illustrate the variety of food available, and what a delight it is to eat your way from one end of the country to the other... Continue reading

Get ready for a shock that sticks, as US Postal Service stamps will soon cost you more

Get ready for a shock that sticks, as US Postal Service stamps will soon cost you more

by Staff and news service reports @ Orange County Register

Starting Sunday, the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp is going up from 49 to 50 cents.

Vietnamese Holiday Food - New Year (Tet) Holidays - All About Vietnamese Cuisine

Vietnamese Holiday Food - New Year (Tet) Holidays - All About Vietnamese Cuisine


All About Vietnamese Cuisine

must-have dishes during the Vietnamese New Year holidays

Surrender is What Will Save You

by Camille Willemain @ This American Girl

  “Ultimate freedom has nothing to do with your life circumstances –it is the freedom of allowing the self to dissolve into the waves of the ocean. It is the freedom that is born through one’s absolute trust in life.” – The 55th Gene Key   (This post is part three in a series, you […]

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Top Five Things To Do in Munich, Germany

by Izzy Pulido @ The Next Somewhere

Presenting ‘Munich, Germany’ according to blogger Roobens Fils of Been Around The Globe. The “Whereabouts” series is now taking guests! Have a location to share? Pitch your idea here. When you ask someone “Have you ever been to Munich, Germany?“, either you will hear “No” or “Yeah I went there, for the Oktoberfest festival, I […]

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Clayton Valley shooting exhibition takes down Las Lomas

Clayton Valley shooting exhibition takes down Las Lomas

by Mike Lefkow @ The Mercury News

The Clayton Valley Ugly Eagles have five players reach double figures in scoring and beat a good Las Lomas team by 19 points.

Waste Not With Your Waste

by @ Green Home Library

The sacred wipe is a personal experience. In comparison to other countries, many Americans are spoiled enough to get ultra soft, moistened or a something in-between toilet paper wipe for their privileged bums. However, the result is taking its toll on the environment.

“The environmental research group WorldWatch Institute estimates that according to the World Wildlife Foundation, global toilet paper production wipes out about 27,000 trees per day, which comes out to almost 9 million trees per year.”

This is a staggering number which some experts determine could be much higher; possibly 15-20 million trees per year. Of course, some claim collected lumber and wood for paper is matched by an intricate regrowth program. This may be true, but the earth can only sustain so much harvesting until an area becomes so overused nothing will grow there for a while. Yet, humans still go to the bathroom with barely a worry for the crumbling forests around them as long as plenty of toilet paper is available for proper cleaning.

Waste not on waste when there are many other options that, once you realize, don’t have to include the enormous devastation and overuse of one of our many essential natural resources.

Recycled and Bamboo TP

Recycled toilet paper and many other recycled paper products from organizations like Emerald Brand offer one solution to overuse. Many posts and alleged studies try to discourage the use of recycled toilet paper however many of these have been linked to, you guessed it, Big Corp toilet paper companies.

According to the nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council, per year,

“...if every household in the United States replaced just one roll of virgin fiber toilet paper (500 sheets) with 100% recycled ones, we could save 423,900 trees.”

Be wary of your paper towel, tissue and toilet paper use. Many come with a long carbon footprint and chemical enhancement that is taking its toll on your planet. Instead, there are a variety of alternatives such as Bamtastic Bamboo Toilet Tissue made from 100% bamboo one of the most sustainable materials on earth. Plus, it is chlorine-free, BPA-free, and does not contain any dyes or fragrances.

Recycled and bamboo sourced toilet paper are just as soft, fluffy and effective as conventional choices but with less waste while doing your number two part for the planet.

Bidet is Best

Any new home or home improvement construction should consider including a bidet (“biday”). This is one of the most common additions to bathroom use throughout Europe and many other parts of the world except for North America. It involves self-controlled warm spritzes of water to rinse out your posterior while still seated after toilet use eliminating toilet paper except for a quick dry wipe. Some bidet’s include a warm air option to dry the backside so no toilet paper is necessary at all.

Some try to argue that a bidet still wastes water, however it takes much more water than used in one flush and one bidet session combined to produce one roll of toilet paper. Justin Thomas, of Metaefficient considers bidets to be “a key green technology” commenting to Scientific American,

“Basically, the huge industry of producing toilet paper could be eliminated through the use of bidets,”

In addition, when it comes to health and safety, wiping with toilet paper has shown to be more abrasive than a water bidet cleansing which is linked to less rashes and hemorrhoids. There are several models to look for with some that work as a cold water bidet system and others that include a hot and cold water bidet system. Either way, a bidet is an excellent replacement for toilet paper.

 

All it takes is a little adjustment to minimize the overuse of natural resources you use for waste and other personal tasks. Step up in green stature and waste not with your waste to keep Eco-friendly on all fronts... and backs.

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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Fight Mineral Depletion in Your Favorite Greens

by @ Green Home Library

From the world of climate science comes the unsettling news that carbon dioxide, or CO2, actually reduces protein and nitrogen in staple grains like rice, wheat and barley.

CO2 Will Not Improve Plant Nutrition

Previously, it was thought that CO2 would improve plant growth and, as a result, food plant yields. Not so. In fact, atmospheric CO2 increases carbohydrates like starch and sugar, but depletes essential trace minerals, often more than nine percent.

That’s a lot of loss when it comes to the 13 essential minerals, 7 of which are vital to life: calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, and zinc (some scientists even include sodium, which is abundant in most diets).

The Seven Vital Nutrients

...are considered essential to everything from the immune system, the heart, and the Central Nervous System, to adequate hemoglobin in blood, sexual maturity, and metabolism. Diets low in minerals, especially zinc  and iron, result in poor growth in childhood, an immune system poorly equipped to fight off infections, and a greater number of maternal and child deaths.

This depletion in the bioavailability of minerals is “systemic and global” and may dramatically worsen the prevalence of “hidden hunger” and obesity. This type of malnutrition is typical of poor and undeveloped countries because many people cannot afford the fruits, vegetables, dairy and meats necessary to provide complete nutrition.

Lack of Plant Nutrients Raising Obesity Epidemic?

Unfortunately, it is also being seen in greater numbers in developed nations as the disparity between rich and poor grows. In the USA – according to New York Time columnist David Brooks – this gap is about 0.45, or worse than Iran. Brooks also notes that income inequality in New York City is similar to Swaziland. Miami is like Zimbabwe, and Los Angeles is equivalent to Sri Lanka.

Looking into the future, study author Loladze suggests that these food plant deficiencies might contribute to the rise in global obesity as people eat increasingly starchy grain crops, etc., consuming more and more to make up for the lack of vital nutrition.

What You Can Do

You can make sure that you (and your family and loved ones) do not suffer from vitamin/phytonutrient/mineral deficiencies. According to the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, broccoli sprouts are a superb source of minerals like calcium and magnesium, containing 10 to 100 times more cancer and inflammation fighters than full-sized broccoli plants, as well as vitamins and essential fatty acids produced during sprouting. Broccoli sprouts also help detox from many environmental pollutants like benzene.

They are easy to grow with a little planning and care. They are also easy on the budget, requiring little more than an old jar, some cheesecloth, and some seed. You can use sunflower seeds, broccoli seeds, and alfalfa seeds, to name but a few.

The "Indoor Salad Garden"

You can also grow some small vegetables indoors, in an “indoor salad garden”. Dr. Mercola, a leading health expert, recommends watercress, which reportedly has greater nutrient density than either broccoli or alfalfa sprouts.

You can even add various lettuces, green onions, arugula, spinach and mesclun to your salad garden. You can build racks to set in front of patio doors – but not directly, as this will freeze the plants. You can buy plant lights at any big-box home and garden store. Or you can spend up to $500 for a full-featured, tiered indoor growing system.

In short, as mega-farming and increasing CO2 levels rob plants of their nutrition, you can feed your family well on an hour or two a week planting, growing and harvesting sprouts and other salad vegetables.

Storing Your Home-Grown, Nutrient Rich Greens

Once your plants are harvested, be sure to store them in USA-made, BPA-free plastic food containers manufactured from recycled plastic. These eco-friendly food storage containers will definitely “green” your kitchen, even if it is red and blue.

Food and hospitality in Vietnam, with a side of porcupine | The GroundTruth Project

Food and hospitality in Vietnam, with a side of porcupine | The GroundTruth Project


The GroundTruth Project

When Joanne Silberner travelled to Vietnam to report on an initiative to prevent infectious disease outbreaks, she figured she'd be fine on food.

An Epic Education’s Year in Family Travel 2017: Family Travel Roundup 2017

by Jason Jenkins @ An Epic Education

Kayaking in Borneo. Lava tubes in the Canary Islands. Horseback riding in Mexico and scuba diving in Indonesia. It’s been a full year for Team Epic Education (aka the Yoshikawa-Jenkins family). Here are a few highlights from our year in family travel 2017. An Epic Education’s Year in Travel 2017 Spain, Indonesia, Mexico, Malaysia, and […]

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Letter: Laid-off fed employees shouldn’t get breaks

Letter: Laid-off fed employees shouldn’t get breaks

by Letters To The Editor @ The Mercury News

I hope we can avoid a federal government shutdown, but just in case we don’t, everyone should contact their federal representatives and tell them that any laid-off federal employees should not be paid for their time off unless they use accumulated vacation or other pay to which they are entitled. In the past, they have […]

The best souvenir I ever bought was…

by Urban Adventures @ Urban Adventures

We recently asked our travellers about the best souvenirs they had picked up on their travels. And the answers were hilarious, cool, charming, precious and sometimes a little weird… Vintage records, a handcrafted kaleidoscope, an alpaca jumper from Peru, an ogre mask, a good ol’ bottle of hot sauce from...

Everything You Wanted To Know About The Vietnamese Conical Hat

by milica @ Bamboo Village Resort And Spa

From several specialties of Vietnam, conical hat is a favorite wearable of the native and a center of attraction of those who visit the place.  You can witness people of all ages donning the headwear in their everyday lives. Probably when you visit the site, you will photograph several pictures of the iconic hat or

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8 California Secrets You Need to Discover

by Sherry @ Ottsworld Unique Travel Experiences

You know how in the Wizard of Oz when Dorthy gets to Oz and there’s a lot of smoke and mirrors. She is temporarily enthralled with it – but soon she wants to find out what’s behind the smoke…and literally what’s behind the curtain. Her curiosity leads her to the almighty Oz, a man who […]

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Vietnam Tourist Destinations (Street Cuisine)

by vietnamesecuisine @ All About Vietnamese Cuisine

As other Asia countries, street food plays an essential role to form Vietnamese Cuisine. Vietnamese street food is very various in styles of cooking based on particular times of the day, different regions, and of course Vietnamese street food varies from

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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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Cu Chi – the Best Place for Ho Chi Minh Tunnels Tour

by Cuong Nguyen @ Travel Sense Asia

If you take a Ho Chi Minh tunnels tour, the must-going place is Cu Chi tunnel – one of the greatest works constructed by the Vietnamese. Cu Chi tunnel system serves as the living and hiding place for the Vietnamese soldiers during the wars. Visitors reaching there can not only experience the great tunnels but […]

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What Local Vietnamese Eat For Breakfast - Vietcetera

What Local Vietnamese Eat For Breakfast - Vietcetera


Vietcetera

We have compiled here some of the most popular breakfast dishes and where you can find them in Vietnam’s two major cities, Hanoi and Saigon.

Lasenta Boutique Hotel, Hoi An

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

A comfortable & aesthetically pleasing synthesis of the exotic & the familiar, the modern & the traditional, and Asian & European elements, Lasenta Boutique Hotel is yet another addition to Hoi An's list of excellent value, mid-range accommodation... Continue reading

What the Vietnamese Eat For Breakfast

by Stephen @ Vietnam Vacation

The “culture” of breakfast is a significant thing when tourists think of a country, especially the country which has a diverse culinary like Vietnam. Here is top most popular breakfast [...]

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A Vegetarian Guide to Vietnamese Food - The Next Somewhere

A Vegetarian Guide to Vietnamese Food - The Next Somewhere


The Next Somewhere

Vietnam is a paradise for herbivores. Our vegetarian guide to Vietnamese food will help you navigate the menus for the most animal-friendly dishes around!

Vietnam Tourist Destinations (Food Pictures)

by vietnamesecuisine @ All About Vietnamese Cuisine

Cuisine is all about culture, and with a country that has more than 50 different ethnic groups from the north to the south like Vietnam, its cuisine styles are expected to be various from region to region. In this post,

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Instant Pot Maple Glazed Pork Loin

by Ayngelina @ Bacon is Magic – The Best Food Around the World

This Instant Pot maple glazed pork loin is so easy to make and is perfect with salad and rice. I created this maple glazed pork loin recipe because I was receiving so many emails and questions on my Instant Pot balsamic pork tenderloin recipe. It seems that most home cooks are struggling with two things: […]

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Melanie the Labrador retriever mix is an older gal looking for love

Melanie the Labrador retriever mix is an older gal looking for love

by Maryanne Dell @ Orange County Register

Breed: Labrador retriever mix Age: 10 years young Gender: Spayed female Melanie’s story: Oh, the betrayal … to be an older gal, left abandoned by the only family you;ve ever known, at a high-kill shelter. Melanie had no idea what happened. One day she woke up and there she was. Melanie is a sweet girl […]

The Most Exciting Festivals in Phan Thiet (Part One)

by milica @ Bamboo Village Resort And Spa

If you’re looking forward to enjoying the traditional Vietnamese festive spirit, Phan Thiet is probably the best place you can visit. Located in charming Binh Thuan province, this charming town offers a wide variety of festivities. In this series of posts, we’re talking about some festivals you shouldn’t miss if you want to observe how

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Luxury Travel on a Backpacker’s Budget

by Rebecca Anne Nguyen @ The Happy Passport

“The best things in life are free. The second-best things are very, very expensive.” ~ Coco Chanel You can experience the wonders of luxury travel on a backpacker’s budget. How do I know? Because the most luxurious time in my life was spent traipsing through Asia for 13 months with nothing but a backpack and a […]

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Meet Livja Jaho, Videographer/Editor

by Izzy Pulido @ The Next Somewhere

Introducing the “Passport to People” Travel Interviews where I’ll take you around the globe, via inspiring, creative souls I’ve met while traveling! I met Liv during college at UMass Boston and immediately thought to myself, “this girl is going places.” And indeed, she has fulfilled that prophecy in every sense of the phrase: she’s followed […]

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What to eat in Vietnam - Travel Hysteria

What to eat in Vietnam - Travel Hysteria


Travel Hysteria

Would you like to know what to eat in Vietnam? Follow us in our culinary trip! Discover the best dishes, our favourites restaurant and what to do not miss!

Vietnamese Any Day – A New Book Coming Up!

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

You’re looking at the draft of my sixth cookbook! This week, I sent the manuscript to my editor, Kelly Snowden. Vietnamese Any Day is all about helping American cooks work Viet flavors into their regular rotation. Many people who are new to Vietnamese food do not know where to begin. They’ve been seduced by the...

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10 Unique Things To Do In Saigon, Vietnam

by @ The Travel Ninjas

Looking for original things to do in Saigon? After several months exploring this city, we have some unique ideas to round out your itinerary. Some...

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XO Tours in Hanoi

by XO Tours @ XO Tours Blog

XO Tours does not operate in Hanoi, and it’s unlikely we ever will. So why the misleading blog title? We felt the need to write this blog post to protect our brand, so that when our valued guests search for XO Tours they will know that XO Tours only operates out of Ho Chi Minh City…

The Best Places to Eat in Seattle Washington

by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch @ 2foodtrippers

Seattle is known around the world for its coffee culture, the Space Needle and Pike Place Market. But what about Seattle restaurants? We’ve asked a local expert to share her picks for the best places to eat in Seattle Washington. Read on to find out how to eat like a local in this wonderful Pacific Northwestern city. Seattle is famous for its cutting-edge coffee culture. But coffee is just one aspect of Seattle’s culinary landscape. Locals dine at the best restaurants in Seattle, shop at Pike Place Market for some of the ...

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How to Get Cheap Flights to Vietnam

by Stephen @ Vietnam Vacation

Vietnam has come across to the top of best travel destinations in Vietnam. Vietnam today is a country at peace attracting visitors all over the world for its magnificent landscape, [...]

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The Dangers of Traveling in Vietnam

by Mike @ Hanoi For 91 Days

In seven years on the road, Jürgen and I had never once used our travel insurance. With all the adventures we've had, from an encounter with quicksand in Bolivia to paragliding in Macedonia, that's a great track record. But in Vietnam, the streak came to a definitive end.

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Top 10 Authentic Vietnamese Food You Must Eat in Hanoi

Top 10 Authentic Vietnamese Food You Must Eat in Hanoi


Authentic Food Quest

Many of the popular Vietnamese dishes are from Hanoi. Here is the top 10 local Vietnamese food you must eat in Hanoi including Pho, Bun Cha, and more!

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...

Snails & Shellfish: A Guide

Snails & Shellfish: A Guide


Vietnam Coracle

Snail eating is incredibly popular in Vietnam. A night of shells & beer is a very local experience. Young & old feast late into the night. The snails come in all shapes and sizes and they're delicious. 'Shell tapas' is a fun night out that everyone should try Continue reading →

Hanoi For 91 Days: E-Book Travel Guide

by Mike @ Hanoi For 91 Days

After having spent three months in Saigon, Jürgen and I got on the road to the north. For the next 91 days, we'd travel slowly toward Hanoi. The first month was spent in the fascinating middle regions of Vietnam. During the second month, we tried to survive the chaotic capital city. And we explored the unbelievable nature of the north during the third month. We've now collected our experiences in Hanoi and North Vietnam into an e-book travel guide, with all of our articles and over 280 full-color photographs, in one handy, portable edition.

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Rooftop Bars in Hanoi

by Mike @ Hanoi For 91 Days

With its smaller, more historic downtown, Hanoi doesn't have quite as many rooftop bars as Saigon. But there are still options... and over the course of 91 days, we discovered some great places to get a birds-eye view of Vietnam's capital.

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20 Vietnamese Foods You Really Should Be Trying

20 Vietnamese Foods You Really Should Be Trying


BuzzFeed Community

You may know PHO but you don't know genuine Viet food until you've tried some of these!

Ladies Love London

by Rebecca Anne Nguyen @ The Happy Passport

The idea of traveling to a foreign country by yourself can be pretty scary, especially if you don’t speak the language or you’ve never traveled alone before. That’s why it’s a good idea to cut your travel teeth on a city that’s welcoming, easy to navigate, and exciting as hell. If you’re not exactly the […]

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Happy Holidays and Bucket Lists

by Sherry @ Ottsworld Unique Travel Experiences

I was working late one night and had a surprising email from a potential client come across my screen.  It talked about a possible opportunity to work on a travel project with a theme of’ ‘Firsts’.  They asked me to provide my list of ‘firsts’ (bucket list items) I wanted to do – and encouraged […]

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AO Show at The Saigon Opera House – Fun, Amazing & Meaningful

by @ The Travel Ninjas

The AO Show is one of the coolest things to do in Saigon. It’s a rich experience with layers of enjoyment. First, the venue is...

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Safe Eating while Traveling in Vietnam

Safe Eating while Traveling in Vietnam


Viet World Kitchen

We're heading into Vietnam's tourist high season. Visitors -- whether overseas Vietnamese or not -- flock to Vietnam when the weather is cooler and drier. Of course this all depends on where you are. It's just less hot and humid in and around Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), rather damp, cool and dreary in the Hue area, and downright wet and cold to the bone in Hanoi and its environs. As a long, skinny country, Vietnam's regional climates are as varied as its regional foods. If you're going soon, pack layers should you be traveling the entire country. A trip to Vietnam is nothing without eating lots of Vietnamese food. Jason emailed last week about his upcoming trip and sent this query: I'll be traveling...

Behind the Scenes of An Influencer or Blogger Campaign

by Sherry @ Ottsworld Unique Travel Experiences

I’m not a big fan of the term ‘influencer’, however I must admit, it does describe much of what I do. Over the past few years the term travel blogger has been taken over by the term travel influencer; honestly we do more than blog I suppose. My goal is always to inspire, or convince […]

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Vietnamese Hot Pot

by vietnamesecuisine @ All About Vietnamese Cuisine

The winter is near, and what is the better way to enjoy a freezing winter night than having a hot spot dinner with your loved ones after a long tired day. Hot spot is one of the fastest and healthiest

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Footpath Feasting: Vietnam Eating Tips from a Local Expert

Footpath Feasting: Vietnam Eating Tips from a Local Expert


Grantourismo Travels

Planning a holiday in Vietnam with food a high priority? Who better to consult for Vietnam eating trips than a local expert, the kind we go to for recommendations when we head back to Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh City resident, writer, and street food tour operator, Barbara Adam. As long

How to Eat in Vietnam - This American Girl

How to Eat in Vietnam - This American Girl


This American Girl

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How A Jewelry-Making Project Is Empowering Displaced Women In Istanbul

by Nikki Savvides @ Epicure & Culture

Jewelry that gives back to charity is a great way to be stylish and do good. Check out how to help empower displaced women in Istanbul through jewelry.

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Discovering Sapa: A Comprehensive Guide to Visiting Vietnam’s Northern Hill Station

by Juliana Hahn @ The Christina's Blog

Sapa is famous for its beautiful landscapes full of verdant rice patties, rolling hills, Vietnam’s highest mountain, and hidden trails in overgrown valleys. While the idea of coming here for a trek far off from the noise and pollution of the big cities inspires wanderlust, organizing it all can be a bit daunting, especially for […]

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Vietnam Lifestyle

by Stephen @ Vietnam Vacation

Naturally in S-shape, Vietnam, is a highly populated country with the population of over 90 millions of people spreading around from north to south. There are many distinguished lifestyles based [...]

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The Beauty of Slowing Down

by Camille Willemain @ This American Girl

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Things to do for pet lovers, with and without their pets

Things to do for pet lovers, with and without their pets

by Maryanne Dell @ Orange County Register

8th Annual Pet Days: Learn about caring for pets; receive information on procedures like spaying, neutering and microchipping; and maybe find your next best friend. 9 a.m.-3 Sunday, Jan. 21. Orange County Marketplace at the Orange County Fair  & Expo Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. $2 admission will be waived with a donation of […]

What Do Vietnamese Usually Eat for Tet Holiday? - Living Local

What Do Vietnamese Usually Eat for Tet Holiday? - Living Local


Living Local

Tet, or the Vietnamese New Year, marks one of the busiest and most important period of every calendar year. During this festive period, families will clean their houses and prepare for visits by relatives and friends. No celebration is complete without food – Tet is a wonderful time for loved ones to gather and welcome […]

11 Best Vietnam Destinations

by @ The Travel Ninjas

With so many great Vietnam destinations, choosing is tough. After more than a year here, we haven’t seen it all, but we can help narrow...

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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...

An Introduction to Vietnam's Favorite Noodle Soup Dish, Pho

An Introduction to Vietnam's Favorite Noodle Soup Dish, Pho


TripSavvy

Pho is a delicious noodle soup from Vietnam. Read about ingredients, seasonings, types of pho, and how to eat this tasty dish.

BEST MOBILE APPS TO SAVE MONEY ON FOOD FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS (Part 1)

by vietnamesecuisine @ All About Vietnamese Cuisine

This quick blog post will not exactly be about Vietnamese Cuisine, but it is still about food. In this post, I will share with you some of the best mobile apps to save money on food for college students. FYI,

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Turkey Avocado Club Sandwich with Sriracha Mayo – How to Use Xmas Leftovers

by Lara Dunston @ Grantourismo Travels

This turkey avocado club sandwich with Sriracha mayonnaise is a twist on the classic Club Sandwich. Over the festive season it’s an excellent way to use those Christmas turkey leftovers you have in the fridge but the rest of the year you can use chicken....

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Must-Try Food in Vietnam for Kids: Vietnamese Food for Picky Eaters - Family Travel Blog: An Epic Education

Must-Try Food in Vietnam for Kids: Vietnamese Food for Picky Eaters - Family Travel Blog: An Epic Education


An Epic Education

There is so much delicious food in Vietnam for kids. Here I list up some of the best Vietnamese food for picky eaters: fruits, desserts & main dishes.

The Winter Crossing to Hokkaido

by Allan Wilson @ Live Less Ordinary: Bangkok Based Bloggers Travelling in Asia & Beyond

We travelled from Honshu to Hokkaido by train during what we expected to be the busiest time of the year. We were travelling for...

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Top 8 Best Beaches in Phu Quoc

by Stephen @ Vietnam Vacation

Located in the Gulf of Thailand, Phu Quoc is the largest island in Vietnam including the island proper and more than 20 smaller islets. With around 150 kilometers of coastal [...]

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Here, Eat This: A Beginner's Guide to Vietnamese Cuisine

Here, Eat This: A Beginner's Guide to Vietnamese Cuisine


Houston Press

It was only a matter of time before we hit Vietnamese food. The cuisine has become one of Houston's favorite over the last few decades -- coinciding with the large influx of Vietnamese immigrants that began following the Vietnam War -- with dishes such as pho now rivaling cheese enchiladas...

5 Health Benefits of Vietnamese Food | Nutrition Abroad

5 Health Benefits of Vietnamese Food | Nutrition Abroad


Nutrition Abroad

5 Health Benefits of Vietnamese Food - Discover why Vietnamese food is some of the healthiest food you can eat for your mind and body.

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...

What to See in North Vietnam?

by Cuong Nguyen @ Travel Sense Asia

Thanks to the perfect geographical location, Vietnam has inherited many wonderful landscapes from Mother Nature and absorbed the essence of neighboring cultures. This makes people wonder what to see in North Vietnam. Because I have spent almost all of my life here, I can confidently say that I know this area inside out. My friends […]

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A native Vietnamese’s guide to best Vietnamese restaurants in Madrid

by Anh de Vietnam @ Anh de Vietnam

“Fresh herbs, lots of vegetables and seafood, and cooking techniques that use water or broth instead of oils — these are some of the standout qualities of Vietnamese food,” described Annie Corapi as Vietnamese food lies among CNN’s top 10 healthiest cuisines in the world. And more importantly, it’s delicious! The combination of different flavors and textures is

Things to do in: Copenhagen

by Mie Rom Dybro @ Urban Adventures

Progressive, artsy, oh-so-livable Copenhagen is the kind of city that will make you want to stay indefinitely. It’s packed with plenty to explore and discover, from the extensive fine arts scene to quirky parks, epic brunches to street food feasts. To help you make the most of your time in...

Eating Out Alone: Tips for Dining Solo at a Restaurant

by Annette White @ Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog

If dining solo scares you, you're not alone! These tips for eating out alone at a restaurant will have you enjoying a delicious meal by yourself in no time.

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CUBA: A NO RUSH 10 DAY ITINERARY IN PHOTOS

by Anh de Vietnam @ Anh de Vietnam

Day 1: Arrive in Havana in the evening, money exchange, try sharing a cab to the city center, check in to accommodation; Day 2: Explore the Old Havana, take a walking tour around the historical center (The tour I took lasted 3,5 hours and packed with A LOT of great information.);  Day 3-4: Viñales: hike

Coffee Habit of Vietnamese people

by Stephen @ Vietnam Vacation

Every visitor come to Vietnam are surprised that Vietnam is the second largest coffee producing country in the world and how Vietnamese enjoy coffee is not the same with the [...]

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Best of Kyrgyzstan in Photos (Part 1): You Have to See It to Believe It

by Juno Kim @ Runaway Juno

The beauty of Kyrgyzstan, you just have to see it to believe it. Kyrgyzstan, country of nomads and snow leopards is such a picturesque destination. The land, people, wildlife, mountains, and lakes, together they create a unique and memorable scenery. […]

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Bãi Rạng Beach, Quy Nhon

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

A small crescent of toast-gold sand lined with coconut palms & casuarina trees, Bãi Rạng Beach is squeezed between two rocky bluffs, 15km south of Quy Nhon. It's still a local, working beach & remains undeveloped.... Continue reading

When the Jungle Burned Me

by Camille Willemain @ This American Girl

  (Read Part One: A Return to the Wild)   My first two days back in the jungle were blissfully easy.   While I felt trepidation as I left Seattle, uncertain how Puerto Viejo may have changed or how I might see it through my new eyes, it actually felt so much better than when […]

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Tạm Biệt, Hanoi!

by Mike @ Hanoi For 91 Days

When we said goodbye to Hanoi, it wasn't merely the end of another 91 day adventure. We were putting an end to six months in Vietnam. That is a serious chunk of time, and it really affected us. While packing our suitcases, our emotions were all over the place; there was both sadness and contentment, relief and regret, fulfillment and pride. I guess we were just feeling.

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Teen Bucket List: 85 Fun Things Every Teenager Should Do

by Annette White @ Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog

This teenager bucket list will give you the funnest things for teens to do—friend bonding activities and cool ideas for the most memorable experiences.

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Vietnamese Traditional Costumes

by Stephen @ Vietnam Vacation

Vietnam is a multi ethnic country with 54 distinct groups and each with its own cultural heritage and specific styles of clothing. Common traits often include splendid color, seemingly contradicting [...]

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Day-After Thanksgiving Turkey Pho Recipe — Pressure Cooker and Multicooker Edition!

by Andrea Nguyen @ Viet World Kitchen

  Do you cook during the holidays with leftovers in mind? I do. There’s so much involved in pulling off a holiday meal to feed a crowd that I love to bank my efforts by repurposing ingredients and using up scraps. Many Americans make soup from the leftover turkey carcass and vegetable, but what about...

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A Comprehensive Guide to Vietnam Visas

by Scott Jones @ XO Tours Blog

*** Disclaimer: We believe all the information in this article was correct at the time it was published however, regulations in Vietnam change often so we urge travelers to not rely solely on the information in this blog post when planning their trip to Vietnam. We cannot be held responsible for any lost monies or travel time due to any…

Terror at Murchison Falls

Terror at Murchison Falls

by backpackerlee @ backpackerlee

On the backpacking trail known as the “Great Ugandan Loop”, you can experience many different kinds of safari. At Murchison Falls in the north west of the country, you will come face to face with ferocious hippos, and Uganda’s largest concentration of Nile Crocodiles! Getting to Murchison Falls is not easy, as it is a […]

13 Things You Must Do in Vietnam – Vietnam Bucket List

by Tom Divers @ XO Tours Blog

From exploring the depths of a mysterious subterranean world to bargaining in a Mekong market, from sleeping under a bamboo roof in the mountains to scaling waterfalls in the Central Highlands, Vietnam is bursting with exciting things to do. In this XO blog post we outline the very best activities across the country – from…

Hanoi Street Foods and Cuisines

by hoang @ Hanoi food tour

Hanoi is the capital city of Vietnam and the second largest city after Ho Chi Minh City. It is argued that the best place to find the most cherished Vietnamese cuisines is on Hanoi streets. It is almost a fact that the entire Hanoi Street is carpeted with food restaurants. One therefore finds almost any […]

Two Days in Hanoi – How to Make the Most of It

by Juliana Hahn @ The Christina's Blog

Small alleys crammed with food stalls, delicious smells filling the air of the quaint Old Town streets and imposing monuments honoring Vietnam’s rich and turbulent history— all that and more is Hanoi. If you are planning a short trip here and want to see all the main attractions, this two-day itinerary of the capital is […]

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Eating Bánh Khọt in Vũng Tàu

by Tom@VietnamCoracle @ Vietnam Coracle

Bánh Khọt are delicious gems: crispy discs of rice flour batter & coconut milk, fried until they’re crunchy on the outside but moist on the inside, then wrapped in herbs & dipped in a sweet-spicy sauce. Here are 7 places to eat bánh khọt in Vũng Tàu... Continue reading

Easy New Year Resolutions

by @ Green Home Library

You probably know that most New Year’s resolutions never make it to spring. However, if it is an easy fix that you can incorporate into your busy life, it usually lasts longer. When it comes to the planet, there is no better way to practice some simple adjustments for a green impact no matter how insignificant you may think it might seem.

These easy Eco-friendly New Year’s resolutions give some practical options to simply do your part without a lot of fuss. You can keep it at this level or use it to propel you deeper onto a green path that continues to support a clean environment for you as well as future generations.

Bottled Water Reversal

There is no reason to purchase, let alone produce, plastic bottled water anymore. By now most people are educated on the ravages this product is having on our oceans, land and even air quality. Not to mention the approximately twenty-million barrels of oil per year used to make these bottles. Yet, the greed machine continues produce bottled water taking advantage of an assumed uneducated public.

It is time to stand up to poor manufacturing; poisoning your planet and your body. Stopping your  consumption of bottled water and switching to a recycled steel, plastic, aluminum, glass or wood water bottle is a simple step you can take. Simply fill with clean water from an at-home filtration system or tap (many cities and states are proud of a clean, safe municipal water record) and take it wherever you go.

If carrying around a personal water bottle is out of the question, at least use them at home rather than fill your fridge with evil plastic waste. When on the road, look for more friendly packaging such as boxed water options or compostable bottles.

Paperless Towels

Another perverse depletion of natural resources is lumber used for the manufacturing of paper towels. Over fifteen billion pounds of these one-wipe wastes are found in landfills daily. Instead, using cotton cloths in place of paper towels saves trees and gets the job done at the same time.

Some argue that the water used to launder cotton cloths is a greater Eco-threat than felled trees which are replanted. However, the technological Eco-friendly upgrades to appliances such as washers and driers save more water and electricity than ever before. Add in non-toxic cleaning supplies and your cotton cloth replacements easily remedy the environmental atrocities of paper towel production.

Fix Phantom Power and Old Bulbs

Make this year your Eco-experiment by eliminating phantom power. Phantom power is the constant electrical drain on your home appliances even when they are shut off. The National Resource Defense Council put out this list in 2015 to give the homeowner an idea of the accumulated financial waste due to phantom power:

Annual cost of “phantom power”

  • Water recirculation pump - $93
  • Desktop computer - $49
  • TV - $38
  • Cable set-top box - $30
  • Audio receiver/stereo - $22
  • Printer - $11
  • Furnace - $8
  • Coffee maker - $6
  • Dryer - $4
  • GFCI outlets - $1 each

You can easily save money and energy by implementing simple home improvement fixes such as:

  • Installing smart power strips
  • Unplugging appliances until needed
  • Installing a digital power timer
  • Adjusting appliance settings such as shutting off power hogging “quick start” options

In addition, swapping out incandescent lightbulbs and replacing with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and/or light emitting diodes (LEDs) can also save money as well as reduce significant energy waste. The US Department of Energy estimates that, “green lightbulbs” can save upwards of 65%-80% energy usage as compared to incandescent bulbs.

 

Try these Eco-friendly New Year’s resolutions to start of your year with an Eco-bang. They are simple ways to save money and the planet all at once without you exerting yourself all that much. Then, when you realize how much extra energy you have you can join an activist association and travel the world fighting the good fight, or just go to work and be happy you're doing your part.

 

Why a Bhutan honeymoon is worth your romance, find out here

by Hao-Nhien @ Living Local

Why a honeymoon is worth your romance, find out here! Bhutan honeymoon may be your sweetest decision to start an eternally peaceful and harmonious marriage life. Why? Because the humble Buddhism kingdom has been designed to adopt Buddhism into every aspect of life. Every single living creature is treated fairly and equally in Bhutan since it […]

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Vietnamese Food - What to Eat in Vietnam

Vietnamese Food - What to Eat in Vietnam


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In the past few years Vietnamese food has become more and more popular around the world. Food lovers may have tried the two best known Vietnamese dishes – spring rolls and bread rolls. Rice, noodles, fresh vegetable and herbs all play big roles in Vietnamese food, making it

The French Influence On Vietnamese Cuisine

The French Influence On Vietnamese Cuisine


Epicure & Culture

The French have played an enormous role in influencing Vietnamese cuisine. Here's why (and how to savor it for yourself). 

The Ultimate Hanoi Shopping Guide – What to buy and where to buy it

by Graham Stein @ XO Tours Blog

We wrote a very popular shopping article focused on Ho Chi Minh City 2 years ago, and have since had many requests for a similar piece for Hanoi. Shopping posts are difficult to do however, because there are so many unique things that you can buy in Vietnam that it’s impossible to include everything in a single article. We…

Maui Bucket List: 43 Best Things To Do on the Coolest Hawaiian Island

by Annette White @ Bucket List Journey | Travel + Lifestyle Blog

What are the best things to do on the Hawaiian island of Maui? Fun activities, cool attractions, nature, tasty restaurants and traditional luaus.

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Best coffee shops in San Francisco for serious coffee fanatics

by Kristin O'Connell @ Urban Adventures

Good coffee is a way of life in San Francisco. It can be a leisurely affair — a way for city dwellers to slow down and savour the sweet nectar of coffee beans. Most of the places on our list of favourites below have what some may view as drawbacks:...

How to Experience Cabot Cliffs Golf Course When You Don’t Golf

by Sherry @ Ottsworld Unique Travel Experiences

“What is a links course anyway?” I asked as we pulled into the swanky Cabot Links Lodge in the little town of Inverness in Cape Breton. I’m not a golfer, so I don’t follow golf, I know nothing about golf terms, and I never really understood the ‘draw’ to what motivates people to be excited […]

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10 Vietnamese foods you need to try | Travel Feature

10 Vietnamese foods you need to try | Travel Feature


Rough Guides

Vietnamese food is very distinct, and can be the highlight of a visit. These are 10 essential Vietnamese foods everyone should try.

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