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What Are You Letting Go Of?

by Victoria Smith @ Girl Tries Life

Happy 2018! Now, some of you might be saying, Victoria, you should have an interview up on the podcast today. While normally I’d say, you are correct, today I’m saying, I have changed it up a bit. I’ve decided that for 2018, I’m alternating weeks of the podcast between interviews one week and every other […]

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No Vietnam Visa Required For Citizens Of Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

From July 2015, you don’t need to apply for a visa to enter Vietnam if you’re a citizen from Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain Vietnam Embassy, Bangkok The Vietnamese government have announced a important change for Vietnam tourist visas – if you’re from Britain, Germany, France, Italy or Spain, you no longer need to […]

Seeing Saigon on Two Wheels

Seeing Saigon on Two Wheels


the tea break project

I thought I would be terrified on the back of a scooter. Now, I kind of want one. One thing that never fails to disappoint about travel is how much it helps me to overcome my fears. //embedr.flickr…

How One Traveler Spent The Perfect Winter Vacation In Zürich, Switzerland

by Travel Noire @ Travel Noire

Traveler Lindsey Gene tells Travel Noire about her recent winter getaway to the beautiful city of Zürich, Switzerland.  Travel Noire: Why did you decide to go Zürich? Lindsey: I decided to take a trip for my 30th birthday with my best travel partner, my mum. My mum travels to Zürich quite frequently for work and has […]

12 Years Of Travel: Newquay Cliffs, Cornwall, UK

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

Famous for its burgeoning surfing scene, Newquay also has some stunningly beautiful scenic walks along its cliffs too. Newquay Cliffs, Cornwall 21 May 2013, 2 Years Ago This Week: Less than fifty miles from where I grew up, I’d never been to Newquay until this visit to see a friend who I’d first met in […]

Drone photography in New Zealand – a new perspective

by Petra @ The Global Couple

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

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Medellin and its ‘famous criminal’ Pablo Escobar, Colombia

Medellin and its ‘famous criminal’ Pablo Escobar, Colombia

by kelleyjanelowry@gmail.com @ Pondering Perth Girl

With only a comparatively short time in Colombia (approximately three weeks), we decided to take advantage of the cheap domestic flights and fly from Cartagena to Medellin. In hindsight, this was a godsend as Dave was still sick from the disgusting water he had accidently swallowed whilst at Totuma Volcano and a ten hour bus […]

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

by Petra @ The Global Couple

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

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The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, Mumbai

by bontaks @ bontaks travels

In the area surrounding the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, the traffic was gridlocked, and security procedures were thorough, and thus, time consuming. The residual precautions from the 2008 terrorist attacks Continue Reading →

SINGAPORE | Lush Surroundings of Singapore Botanic Gardens

by RJ Abellera @ iWander. iExperience. iKwento

When we stayed at Hotel Jen Tanglin Road, I mentioned to a friend that a UNESCO World Heritage Site is in the neighborhood. A laugh was an instant answer I got with a sarcastic question, “Is that true?” She actually didn’t believe that Singapore has a heritage site, and it’s the only one they have. […]

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Tour de York

Tour de York

by ncma69 @ Greedy Gyal

I’ve been spending a lot of time in the Yorkshire dales recently – well the “dale” of York in particular. This is an unusual area in terms of food culture. Jay Rayner, in his review of Le Langhe restaurant, (http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/mar/23/la-langhe-york-restaurant-review) described York as an area punching below its weight and that, for the most part, […]

World Records, Just Do Good Things and Girl on Fire with Carisa Hendrix

by Victoria Smith @ Girl Tries Life

Today on the podcast we are taking an usual turn into the world of magic… In my head, when you read that you’re seeing bunnies pop out of hats, sparks on stage and fire eating… or maybe that’s just what’s in my head when I say magic with a long pause. Anywho, we’re joined by award-winning […]

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Road Trip: Tasmania

by Necessary Indulgences @ Necessary Indulgences

For 6 glorious days, we explored Tasmania from Hobart to Launceston. Here are the highlights.

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Panama City, the Canal and an itinerary change, Panama

Panama City, the Canal and an itinerary change, Panama

by kelleyjanelowry@gmail.com @ Pondering Perth Girl

Our original itinerary did not include more than a couple of hours in Panama City, however once we decided to skip Costa Rica in favour of Colombia, it made more sense to fly directly from Managua (Nicaragua) into Panama City as opposed to spending five-plus days making the overland journey. The decision to forgo Costa […]

Sinulog Festival 2018 Schedule of Activities

by RJ Abellera @ iWander. iExperience. iKwento

Holiday season is over and most cities of the country go back to their regular programmings. But for Cebu City, the Queen City of the South, has the festivities still on high-spirits because of the annual Sinulog Festival. The much-awaited festival is celebrated in the entire month of January with its highlight activities on the […]

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Experiencing Saigon by Motorbike with XO Tours - The Atlas Heart

Experiencing Saigon by Motorbike with XO Tours - The Atlas Heart


The Atlas Heart

XO Tours only made me appreciate the foodie scene and nightlife in Saigon even more, it was one of the best tour experiences in Vietnam! Read about it here.

Saigon Street Eats | Necessary Indulgences

Saigon Street Eats | Necessary Indulgences


Necessary Indulgences

The Saigon Street Eats Tour is a fun way to discover Saigon's local street culture and make new friends all at the same time.

Chè Chuối Nướng Út Lúa

by admin @ Eating Saigon!

Chè Chuối Nướng Út Lúa 115 Phan Đăng Lưu Street, P.7 Phú Nhuận District DT: 0915 762 076 DT: 0121 547 3763 Facebook:Chuối Nếp Nướng Nam Bộ *************************************************** If you’re in Saigon, and can’t quite make it to the Mekong River Delta countryside, don’t despair. There’s still a way to find yourself inside a Mekong [Read on ...]

Eating in Hong Kong

by Necessary Indulgences @ Necessary Indulgences

One of my favorite things to do in Hong Kong is eat. Here are my Hong Kong restaurant recommendations.

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XO Scooter Tour of Ho Chi Minh City (Foodie Tour) | Wanderable

XO Scooter Tour of Ho Chi Minh City (Foodie Tour) | Wanderable


Wanderable

Vietnam has great food and Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) is at the heart of it all. The ladies at XO tours offer motor scooter tours of the best street food Saigon has to offer and we want to eat it all. An evening spent riding around the city on scooters and eating some of the best street...

San Blas Island Hopping, Panama

by kelleyjanelowry@gmail.com @ Pondering Perth Girl

The San Blas Islands are an archipelago of palm-tree packed islands with aqua blue water and a distinctly Caribbean feel, and they lie between the east coast of Panama and the north coast of Colombia. For us, the San Blas also represented the stepping stones on our journey from Central America to South America. Once we […]

SINGAPORE | Singapore Hostels for Budget Travelers

by RJ Abellera @ iWander. iExperience. iKwento

Singapore is a prime destination in Southeast Asia and sometimes scares every traveler because of its cost of living.  But Singapore is not purely about luxurious hotel accommodations and fancy dining on Michelin-starred restaurants. Surprisingly, food is cheap with hawker centers scattered around the city-state. In addition, Singapore hostels make the backpacker scene less intimidated. With […]

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12 Years Of Travel: Thames Barrier, Greenwich, London

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

London is steeped in history, but it’s also shaping the future of how we control the landscape Thames Barrier, Greenwich, London 10 June 2012, 3 Years Ago This Week: I spent a few days in Greenwich for my 40th birthday – it seemed appropriate to go back to the Source Of All Time as I […]

Tea Break Thoughts from Vienna

by Katie Hale @ the tea break project

ON NOT SEEING A PLACE THROUGH ROSE-TINTED GLASSES: We wake to grey skies releasing an endless flurry of snow. Our first stop this morning is Schönbrunn Palace. We wonder around the white-blanketed grounds, giddy with that childish excitement that only the first snow of the season can produce. It’s a long time before we pay […]

New York! These streets will make you feel brand new!  Big lights will inspire you!

New York! These streets will make you feel brand new! Big lights will inspire you!

by ncma69 @ Greedy Gyal

New York Soundtrack Empire State of mind – Jay-Z and Alicia Keys: The A train So I arrived in New York one early afternoon mid-week and took the A train to Harlem. Apparently it’s the quickest way. I’ve planned a whistlestop tour of some of New York’s finest restaurants, bars, markets and street food. I’ve […]

Stoking Siargao: Fun Activities for Non-Surfers

by RJ Abellera @ iWander. iExperience. iKwento

No doubt, Siargao Island has a reputation when it comes to surfing. But admit it, the intimidating waves sometimes only allow professional surfers to enjoy. Cloud 9 wasn’t coined if not for the thick waves and hollow tubes that can go as high as nine-foot. However, I didn’t find myself riding a board and doing […]

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Wrap Up: November 2017

by Mimi McFadden @ The Atlas Heart

I can’t believe I’ve been back in California for over a month already. It has gone by super fast, probably because my schedule has been filled with plenty of work, family time, and catching up with my closest friends who live in the Bay. I tested out doing a sober month in November for the […]

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Chiều Cháo Lòng

by admin @ Eating Saigon!

Chiều Cháo Lòng 26 Huỳnh Mẫn Đạt Bình Thạnh District 0934 324557 ******************************* One of my favorite memories from my years living in Hanoi (already 10 years ago now), is a small cháo lòng eatery just a few blocks from my apartment there. On a chilly Hanoi winter morning, there was nothing better for breakfast than [Read on ...]

Tea Break Thoughts: Wishes in Hoi An

by Katie Hale @ the tea break project

The sky’s an inky blue, lanterns form necklaces adorning the yellow buildings, and the river is filled with wishes. This is Hoi An, a small town near the coast in central Vietnam. Once a busy fishing port, the town languished into obscurity when the river silted up , meaning that the buildings have remained fairly […]

The Strings by InterContinental, Tokyo

by bontaks @ bontaks travels

That feeling of dread after making a huge travel stuff up can ruin a holiday before it has even begun, and that clenched gut is what I had when we Continue Reading →

SINGAPORE | Singapore Tourist Pass and Why You Need One

by RJ Abellera @ iWander. iExperience. iKwento

Developed countries in Asia have an efficient mass transportation systems and EZ-link cards are convenient ways of navigating these networks. Japan has its famous Japan Rail Pass while other countries promote their train passes. Since Singapore is a major tourism destination in Southeast Asia, they also created their own, the Singapore Tourist Pass. The card […]

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That’s Inappropriate, Hot Mess Express and Not Being Alone with Meredith Masony

by Victoria Smith @ Girl Tries Life

“You might have cancer.” Those are words that none of us want to hear, especially not if you have three kids at home. When Meredith Masony heard those words, she initially went into productivity mode – cooking freezer meals for her family, considering creating an online dating profile for her partner – but thankfully the […]

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How To Spend A Day In Black-Owned Los Angeles, California

by Shontel Horne @ Travel Noire

Los Angeles, California is home to nearly four million black residents, but unlike cities like New York or Atlanta, finding black-owned businesses to support can pose a challenge for both locals and visitors. Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles and the California African American Museum are two of the most recognizable institutions in the region, but this guide will tell you […]

Manila Hostels for Budget Travelers

by RJ Abellera @ iWander. iExperience. iKwento

Metro Manila has a booming business for high-end and budget hotels. But for shoestring travelers, these rates are still out of bounds especially if they try to extend every cent from their travel fund. Most foreign travelers visiting the Philippines decide not to spend a night in Metro Manila because of two main reasons; congested […]

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No Indonesia Visa Required For Citizens Of 45 Countries

by Chris Mitchell @ Travel Happy

The Indonesian Government recently announced citizens of forty five countries no longer need a tourist visa to enter Indonesia. Indonesia Immigration Stamp How Does Visa Free Entry To Indonesia Work? If you are a citizen of one of the countries listed below, arrive at one of the entry points below and proceed to Passport Control. […]

Short-Term Animal Volunteer Opportunities Abroad

by Mimi McFadden @ The Atlas Heart

I’ve always had a big heart for animals. That heart has only grown fuller as I’ve traveled more and seen the amount of animals that need help around the world. From the many stray dogs I saw roaming around Greece, to the homeless kittens in Thailand, and yes, even dogs who were rotting from the […]

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Postcards from Vienna’s Christmas Markets

by Katie Hale @ the tea break project

I’m feeling Christmassy! So, while it may be raining and blowing a gale in Cumbria at the moment, I’m posting a little look back at the fantasy Christmas offered by Vienna’s Christmas markets. Mulled wine, goulash, and all kinds of marzipan-related goodies… Hope these help to get you in the festive spirit. Meanwhile, I’ll be […]

4 P’s Pizza – Saigon’s Best

by admin @ Eating Saigon!

4 P’s PIZZA 8 Thu Khoa Huan, District 1 (immediately behind Bến Thành Market) +84-8-3622-0500 (Reservation Only) ***************************************************** Once in a while, Hai and I decide to leave Saigon’s streets and enjoy dinner inside a “fully-enclosed” eatery. And we recently decided to do it in real style! Not only had we convinced ourselves that we deserved an [Read on ...]

Dining Out in Reykjavik

by Katie Hale @ the tea break project

Let’s be honest: eating out in Iceland was never going to be cheap. The country is notoriously expensive, so I pretty much planned on eating baked beans on toast the entire time I was here, maybe interspersed with some plain pasta. Which is ridiculous, as I ought to know myself better than that by now: […]

2017: A Travel Round-Up

by Katie Hale @ the tea break project

2017 has been a big year for travel. Maybe not by some people’s standards, but for me, I feel as though my bum has hardly touched my own second-hand saggy* sofa. *for ‘saggy’, read: incredibly comfy but also impossible to get out of after you’ve had a glass of wine or two. But I’ve learned […]

BonBon Residence

by admin @ Eating Saigon!

BonBon Residence 2C8 Trường Sa Street P. 19, Bình Thạnh District **************************************** Let’s get this out of the way right up front.  I hate the name BonBon Residence.  Sounds like an assisted-living home for expired frozen treats. And, I want to be clear that Eating Saigon! is not in the business of reviewing the Saigon hotel/housing [Read on ...]

Cartagena in all its colonial, colourful (and mud-covered!) glory, Colombia

by kelleyjanelowry@gmail.com @ Pondering Perth Girl

We arrived into Cartagena pretty late at night following a lengthy 12-hour transit from Capurgana and it wasn’t until the next morning that we got our first real glimpse of what a beautiful place Colombia’s largest seaside city truly is. As with most of the Spanish influenced towns we have visited (most of Central America), […]

XO Foodie Tour, Ho Chi Minh City

XO Foodie Tour, Ho Chi Minh City


bontaks travels

Our first glimpse of Ho Chi Minh City was from the back of a black Mercedes E Class sedan, having been whisked from the airport arrivals hall by our friendly hotel-provided guide and driver. This t…

DIY Itinerary and Travel Guide: 4D3N Bangkok for First Timers

by RJ Abellera @ iWander. iExperience. iKwento

Bangkok is a backpacker haven and it’s commonly the initiation for aspiring backpacker travelers. You might wave your white flag when the city’s culture bit you but I’m sure you’ll enjoy its crazy vibe and offerings. I know a friend who immediately got out of Bangkok after his first night on his first-time visit to […]

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How Much Money Do I Need For Hong Kong?

by Guest Travel Writer @ Travel Happy

Hong Kong has it all – heavenly food, high-octane nightlife, striking architecture and top shopping all laced with heaps of culture and tradition. There are plenty of ways to spend a fortune, but Lee Cobaj explains how Hong Kong doesn’t have to be prohibitively expensive Hong Kong © barbara-pictures Compared to its SE Asian neighbours, […]

Seeing Saigon on Two Wheels

by Katie Hale @ the tea break project

I thought I would be terrified on the back of a scooter. Now, I kind of want one. One thing that never fails to disappoint about travel is how much it helps me to overcome my fears. I discovered XO Tours while I was still back in England. They’re mentioned on Lonely Planet and a […]

How To Make The Most Of A Layover In New England

by j. nambowa @ Travel Noire

When it comes to getting the best deals on international flights, there’s a good chance that the cheap airfare will require a long layover. That was the case when I booked a trip to Saint Lucia, but rather than roughing it out at Logan airport in Boston, I decided to create another mini trip to […]

A taste of Lima with Food C’s Barranco food tour

by kelleyjanelowry@gmail.com @ Pondering Perth Girl

If I had a guiding principle when travelling, it would be that the best way to get to know a country is by its food and people, and there really is no better way to do this that with a foodie walking tour, hosted by a local. Enter… Food C’s Barranco Foodie Tour with the lovely […]

Searching for Peace at Angkor Wat

by Katie Hale @ the tea break project

I’d heard so much about Angkor Wat before I went there. I’d seen hundreds of photos. I’d read a dozen other blog posts. I’d looked it up in the guide books. I built up a picture of what it would be like – wandering through ancient temple sites to the chirping calls from the jungle […]

Taking The Foodie Motorbike Tour In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Taking The Foodie Motorbike Tour In Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


Travel Happy

Get a unique view of night time Ho Chi Minh City from the back of a bike on the Foodie Motorbike Tour with XO Tours' elegant female guides.

2017, A Year to Myself

by Mimi McFadden @ The Atlas Heart

I never expected 2017 to be a year to myself, but then again, I guess you never really know what life will bring you with each new year. I should know better by now. Even though I didn’t expect it to be a year to myself, I can say with full clarity now that I’m […]

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Eat With a Local Saigon Family – An Amazing Experience!

by admin @ Eating Saigon!

Once in awhile Hai and I get feedback from our readers that makes us feel great about what we’re doing here at Eating Saigon! In this case, Justin and his friends from Michigan, USA shared their thoughts about their recent home-cooked Saigon dinner with our family hosts, Hà and Hà. Seems they had a wonderful Eat With [Read on ...]

Maison Marou – Best Chocolate in Saigon, or Anywhere?

by admin @ Eating Saigon!

Maison Marou 167-169 Calmette Street District 1 +84-873005010 09:00 am – 22:00 pm ************************************************************************ Fifteen years ago, when I first began traveling back and forth between Vietnam and California, there were two predictable requests by my Vietnamese friends about what items I must buy in the USA and bring back for them upon my return [Read on ...]

8 Best Honeymoon Destinations For 2018

by Shontel Horne @ Travel Noire

Every engaged couple wants their wedding day to be special, but many duos tying the knot would also agree that going on a honeymoon is just as exciting as the big day. Like the wedding itself, a honeymoon should represent the couple’s interests and what they value. It’s the first trip a married couple will […]

HCMC: Foodie Tour

HCMC: Foodie Tour


Greedy Gyal

Later in the evening of the HCMC sights tour, I joined XO tours again for their night time foodie tour. I had already had Pho, pronounced (Fah), arguably the national dish of Vietnam, in Ha Noi but…

Melbourne: a foodie’s paradise

by Petra @ The Global Couple

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

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The Black-Owned Luxury Resort You Didn’t Know Existed

by Shontel Horne @ Travel Noire

Grenada is home to tranquil beaches and decadent cuisine, but the tiny Caribbean destination is also home to one of the world’s finest all-inclusive beach resorts, and it happens to be black-owned. Owned and operated by Sir Royston Hopkin and his wife and children, the Spice Island Beach Resort covers eight acres and features 64 […]

HCMC: Foodie Tour

HCMC: Foodie Tour

by ncma69 @ Greedy Gyal

Later in the evening of the HCMC sights tour, I joined XO tours again for their night time foodie tour. I had already had Pho, pronounced (Fah), arguably the national dish of Vietnam, in Ha Noi but it was at the mini-chain, Pho 24.  It was nice but not great.  Fortunately, my colleague Jason had […]

A Day in Abu Dhabi

by Necessary Indulgences @ Necessary Indulgences

We had a 21 hour layover in Abu Dhabi. Our main goal was to eat and visit Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

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Vietnam: Cu Chi Tunnels

Vietnam: Cu Chi Tunnels

by ncma69 @ Greedy Gyal

Towards the end of my trip to Vietnam, I joined a group tour of Saigon and Cambodia.  On our last day in Vietnam, the group headed about 70km North West from Ho Chi Minh City to the Cu Chi tunnels.  The Cu Chi tunnels are an underground network of tunnels built in the 1940s when […]

SINGAPORE | Must-Rides in Universal Studios Singapore

by RJ Abellera @ iWander. iExperience. iKwento

I have a confession to make, Universal Studios Singapore was my first legit theme park experience. Yes, I haven’t been to Enchanted Kingdom or Star City but I visited Carron Dream Park in Nueva Ecija during a familiarization tour. Considering the facilities, having your first theme park experience outside the Philippines is indeed more exciting. […]

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HO CHI MINH CITY | XO Foodie Tour: Saigon's Food and Culture on Two Wheels - iWander. iExperience. iKwento

HO CHI MINH CITY | XO Foodie Tour: Saigon's Food and Culture on Two Wheels - iWander. iExperience. iKwento


iWander. iExperience. iKwento

XO Foodie Tour, is one of the most trusted tours when it comes to night food tour in the city. The company promotes the intriguing bike culture of Saigon.

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – The Sights

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – The Sights

by ncma69 @ Greedy Gyal

XO XO Having learnt from my time in Ha Noi, when I found the city difficult to penetrate, I decide to sign up for two half day tours in HCMC with XO tours (http://xotours.vn/).  XO Tours are a small company, whose tours usually include a lead tour guide, with detailed and in-depth knowledge, an assistant […]

Traveler Story: What It’s Like To Volunteer in Ghana

by Kimberley Richards @ Travel Noire

Traveling to Ghana was such a beautiful and memorable experience. It was my first time visiting the continent, so I was excited to gain new experiences, gain new perspectives and to finally “go home,” so to speak, to the motherland to volunteer. Volunteering gave me the opportunity to experience Ghana in such an intimate and […]

Hilton Colombo Residences, Sri Lanka

by bontaks @ bontaks travels

Who would’ve thought that traffic in the capital of Sri Lanka could rival that of Delhi or Mumbai? But, yes, it did! We travelled 17kms in one hour…and that was Continue Reading →

XO Tours Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City

XO Tours Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City


Eating Saigon!

XO Tours Vietnam OK, I admit it. I’m not normal! Now I’m not admitting to some serious mental deficiency. I mean this, of course, only in the statistical sense – you know, the &#8…

Book Review + Giveaway: Why LA? Pourquoi Paris?

by Mimi McFadden @ The Atlas Heart

*EDIT* We have a winner!! CONGRATS to Toni! You’ll be receiving your book in the mail within a couple of weeks. It has been so long since I’ve hosted a giveaway on this blog, but when I got an email in my inbox about an artsy new coffee table book about LA and Paris, I […]

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Postcards from Hoi An

by Katie Hale @ the tea break project

From the Thien Nga Hotel where I stayed in Hanoi to the centre of the Old Town, it’s about a 10 minute walk. At first, it’s all scrubby streets filled with guesthouses, massage shops, minimarts and the occasional big hotel. Everywhere there are men offering motorbike rides or bicycles to hire. Then, the bigger streets, […]

Unawatuna and Galle, Sri Lanka

by bontaks @ bontaks travels

Arrival in Unawatuna After our drive of three and a half hours from Udawalawe, we were ready for time out of the car. We dropped our luggage at our accommodation, Continue Reading →

Lord have (Gra)mercy!

Lord have (Gra)mercy!

by ncma69 @ Greedy Gyal

The Tavern came near the top of most guides of best restaurants in New York City. It is well known for “farm to table” sustainable eating. I looked forward to eating there but worried about how it would fare, coming the day after my visit to Daniel.  Malcolm, my dinner companion, and I arrived just […]

Tea Break Thoughts: Instagram & Identity

by Katie Hale @ the tea break project

I’ve taken a bit of a break from Instagram. A 3-month break, if you’re counting. That’s a quarter of a year – which is kind of a lot, when you think about it. Recently, I sat down with a cup of tea to figure out what had pushed me away, and what I was going […]

Wrap Up: October 2017

by Mimi McFadden @ The Atlas Heart

I know I say this every single month, but whoa, where did the time go? I’m not sure how we’re already into the second week of November, but here we are. With that said, one of my goals before the end of this year is to get into a better habit of mindfulness. I want […]

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XO Foodie Tour – Ho Chi Minh City

XO Foodie Tour – Ho Chi Minh City


Pondering Perth Girl

Given our love of food and exploring off the beaten track, I searched high and low for a different kind of tourist experience to undertake while we were in Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon, depending wh…

Ho Chi Minh City in 24 Hours

Ho Chi Minh City in 24 Hours


Travel Noire

In Saigon, Vietnam for a day? Here's a guide on how to get the most out of your 24 hours.

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

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


The Global Couple

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

How To Take 8 Vacations In 2018

by Shontel Horne @ Travel Noire

Near the end of the year, it’s not uncommon to hear friends, family and colleagues talk about how they have yet to use their vacation time. While many say “I haven’t taken a vacation in years” with a sense of pride, comments like that are enough to make the avid traveler cringe. Seeing more of […]

6 Gorgeous New Hotels Opening In 2018

by Shontel Horne @ Travel Noire

I’m not one to shy away from a budget-friendly Airbnb accommodation that packs all of the style of a hotel for a fraction of the price, but there are some destinations and occasions when only a hotel will do. Countless new hotels around the world open their rooms, suites and penthouse doors to travelers each year, […]

How Comfortable Are You With Discomfort?

by Victoria Smith @ Girl Tries Life

I’ve been reading a fascinating book lately. It’s called The Upside To Your Dark Side: Why Being Your Whole Self – Not Just Your Good Self – Drives Success and Fulfillment. No, I’m not talking Darth Vader dark side here, but the book really tackles this idea that we have in western society about fake […]

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5 Affordable Destinations Worth Visiting This Summer

by Shontel Horne @ Travel Noire

Summer travel isn’t always kind to the budget traveler that values an affordable experience. The beautiful weather that many destinations experience between June and September often lead to an influx of tourists crowding streets, restaurants, landmarks, and museums around the world, with the rise in demand leading to high-priced flights and hotels in the process. The […]

Travel Destinations for 2018: Where I’m Going

by Mimi McFadden @ The Atlas Heart

Where I might be living, visiting, and going back to – these are my potential travel destinations for 2018! It’s my favorite time of the year! And no, I’m not talking about the holidays, although to be sure November and December can be some of my favorite months, especially when I’m surrounded by loved ones. […]

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A brief history of carnival

A brief history of carnival

by ncma69 @ Greedy Gyal

Carnival originated as a pagan festival in ancient Egypt which was subsequently celebrated by the Greeks and then the Romans. The popular festival was adopted by the Roman Catholic Christian church in Europe as the festival of Carne Vale. I always thought that the word Carnival was made up of two Latin words, carne, meaning […]

Travel Misconceptions: Thailand

by Mimi McFadden @ The Atlas Heart

One of my goals on The Atlas Heart is to break down travel misconceptions or judgments about places and ideas. Perhaps it could be that destination that everyone warns you not to visit because of how dangerous it is, or maybe you yourself had preconceived notions that were proven wrong once you arrived to where […]

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XO Foodie Tour

XO Foodie Tour


Girl Tries Life

Girl Tries Life reviews one of the most popular tours in Saigon, combining both sightseeing and local food - XO Foodie Tours.

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