My Heart’s in Hoi An

I didn’t come to Southeast Asia to drink alcohol. But when the beer is 15 cents a glass, how can you say no? I entered Nha Trang, Vietnam. I waved at its white sand beaches, clear waters, Russian tourists, and luxurious resorts. Two hours later I left and went to Hoi An. Hoi An is […]

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Guilt Trip

Our Vietnamese guide stopped cycling along the rice paddies. He leaned his bike against the fence of a lone shack and beckoned the group inside. The smell of stale liquor, made pungent by the trapped heat, caused instant gagging. “This is how rice wine is made,” an old Vietnamese man explained. “Tear it. Boil it. […]

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Get me out there!

Justify traveling. It’s easy – any reason will do. Finding the means to travel is a bit trickier. However, along my way I’ve met a variety of people who have found a creative means through which to sustain their traveling, extending their dreams into the sphere of social change. Take Sarah-Marie Hopf, a German-American girl, […]

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Everyone has a story

Besides The Killing Fields, Phnom Penh was a food tour with new friends. Keiron met Claire and Sarah-Marie during their fall internship at Ashoka, a social entrepreneurship organization in Washington DC that believes, “that anyone can learn and apply the critical skills of empathy, teamwork, leadership, and changemaking to be successful in the modern world.” […]

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Who you meet on the street

The train ride to Cambodia started out scenic and soon became a blur of palm trees and farmland. The cockroaches kept us conscious of our feet, and the bathroom had the foot pads to give you traction so you could squat into a hole. People piled on and off as I lost count of stops […]

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The Story began two weeks ago…

Have you ever felt like every time you blink you’re in a new place?  Like you’re in the movie Jumper and you haven’t figured out how to control your power yet. I spent the first two weeks traveling with my college friend, Keiron.  We each decided to go on backpacking trips in Southeast Asia completely […]

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Phnom Penh: The Killing Fields

Without knowing the history of Cambodia, you would never realize that there’s an entire generation of people missing. The capital city, Phnom Penh, is home to one of the most heart wrenching memorials in the world, colloquially translated as, The Killing Fields. We cruised past the markets; past the cafes and business offices, the signs […]

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Backpacking Culture

Hike, bike, bus, taxi, train, move, stop, crash, mingle, talk, see, do, learn. This is the lifestyle of a world backpacker. Backpacking is a unique culture all its own. The party backpacker and the culture backpacker are different animals indeed, but by no means are they mutually exclusive. Regardless of your purpose for backpacking, good […]

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