Off the Beaten Path Travel: I Wasn’t Planning on Going There

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Off the Beaten Path Travel

After writing a handful of blog posts, I realized there is a consistent pattern and viewpoint of many of the destinations I have traveled to.  Even while sharing travel stories with friends, family, and travelers alike, many of my sentences start out the same. “I wasn’t planning on going there.” I tend to travel with a pretty open schedule, and when I hear about cool places or things it’s hard to justify not making the trip!  The most common way I hear about off the beaten path travel destinations is from staying in hostels with like-minded travelers.   One of … Read More

Koh Rong Party: That Time We Awoke to a Rat Fight on NYE

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Koh Rong

A true Koh Rong Party. We had been researching where to spend New Year’s Eve for months. Starting our Southeast Asia tour in Bangkok, the plan was to gallivant around Thailand, Cambodia, and Malaysia for 7 weeks.  The million dollar question was where to spend that one night a year where you combine love, partying, and resolutions all into one. Koh Rong Party Time After deliberation, we chose to spend four days on the island of Koh Rong, the second largest island in Cambodia and apparently the new backpacker haven.  We read articles and met travelers gushing about the white sand … Read More

What is the Schengen Agreement? All You Need to Know About Staying in Europe

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All You Need to Know About the Schengen Zone

Any non-European backpacker spending an extended amount of time through Europe knows of the limitations of the Schengen zone and understanding Schengen travel.  Even though there are government and state-run guides explaining what the Schengen agreement is, it’s still hard to wrap heads around. That’s because the Schengen visa is a blessing and a curse and it’s confusing as hell when you are there. Personally, I have abided by all the rules of the Schengen zone.  I have sadly left Europe way too soon because I was on my 90th day of travel, I do this because the fear of … Read More