Buu Long Pagoda – A beautiful Buddhist temple hidden away in Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City has a wide variety of monuments representing different religions spread out across the city. Most visitors will be content to see those around District 1 and District 5. If you have a bit more time on your hand then a visit to the Buu Long Pagoda (Chùa B?u Long) will take you off the proverbial beaten track. This pagoda is in District 9 in the far east…

The Jordan Pass Is A Great Way To Save Money In The Country (And Petra)

The Jordan Pass is one of the best discount tourist packages offered in the world but it’s not well advertised. Unfortunately, many travelers learn about the Jordan Pass after they’ve arrived in Jordan or spent $70 entrance to Petra, missing out on a lot of money and time…

Why You Should Follow Your heart (and its wild journey)

I never realized I felt like a visitor in my own country until recently relocating to Raleigh. Now that I’m here and experiencing the feelings that I am, I know that was what that unsettled feeling always was. That desire to roam and seek, feeling like I never belonged, or perhaps not even wanted. I thought I just wanted to travel. I though I just enjoyed being free and turning up in places not knowing anyone and not being able to be found. That definitely comes into play, and it’s because of that, I ended up…

Route 66 – What Surprised Me About the Drive

I spent a lot of time preparing for my epic Route 66 drive, probably too much to be honest. I mean, there’s only so much research you can do before it all becomes pointless, but it helped me assuage my concerns that I would miss something along the way. Tackling the entire route in less than two weeks, while that sounds like a lot of time in practice it felt like I was racing. I still …

The re-emergence of Bangkok Chinatown – get there before the metro does

Bangkok Chinatown is one of the largest Chinatowns in the world, and it’s as old as the city itself. Chinatown is at the bottom of Rattanakosin Island, which is the historic part of the city by the Chao Phraya River. Even without the Chinese-themed stores there is a distinct feel to this area compared to central Bangkok. Part of that is because there are few high rise apartments here, and there is no metro system (yet). On my last few visits to Bangkok I’ve …

Two Months in Ft. Pierce, Florida – Causeway Cove Marina, Tackling Boat Projects & Enjoying ‘City Life’

When we pulled into Ft. Pierce in early April for the MTOA Rendezvous, we were only thinking we might stick around a few weeks. But then boat projects were taken on, and at that point you might as well let go of a concept of schedule. Despite a lot of project chaos during our stay, we made a point to get out and enjoy the amazing little town of Ft. Pierce – there’s a lot to discover! First, our video recap of our time: Where …

7 Things That Will Surprise A First-Time Visitor To Petra

Petra in southern Jordan is one of the most iconic tourist sites in the world, made famous by movies like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. It’s familiarity in films has narrowed Petra’s tourism marketing, giving many visitors a nice surprise when they arrive at the 9,000 year old ancient city. Petra is not what you expect though don’t feel odd about it, you’re not alone. These are 7 things that surprise most first-time visitors to Petra. 1. It&#…

A Guide to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Japan

If you are a Harry Potter fan and you haven’t been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Japan (USJ), it really should be on your bucket list! You can easily visit USJ as a day excursion from Osaka during your Japan family holiday. If you are ready to hop on the Hogwarts Express at Platform 9 ¾ and go to Ollivanders to get your very own wand, check out what it’s like to visit the …

Travel News: June 22, 2018

AAA Predicts Record-Breaking Independence Day Travel Numbers Travel Pulse A new AAA study revealed a record-breaking 46.9 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more away from home this Independence Day holiday. The nearly 50 million people predicted to travel for the Fourth of July are an increase of more than five percent compared with last year and the highest number since AAA started tracking 18 years ago. Of the 46.9 million American travelers, 39.7 …

Notes on Luang Prabang: Soups, trains, bad bikes, and sad waterfalls

The last time I visited Luang Prabang I remember leaving sooner than I would have preferred. It might just be the most charming town in Southeast Asia. Since that trip in 2010 I’ve often thought about if it would be a good base to stay for a while. It ticks the boxes of having plenty of cafes to work from, and being surrounded …

The Best Beaches In Malta, According To Locals

This is a guest post by Edward Lansink, the founder and editor of Malta Uncovered, a travel guide for curious travelers looking to discover Malta. Being surrounded by the Mediterranean sea, it’s only natural for the Maltese Islands to boast some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. With the islands’ mild winters, and the heat …

Visit Graceland, Sun Studios and Studio B, TN (Feel the Spirit of Elvis Presley)

There’s probably very little people alive who do not recognize the name Elvis. There are very few people alive who can be recognized globally by first name only. Elvis was a transformative spirit; an individual guided by something special to use his talents to touch the lives of many. He burst through a restricted world where music was tame and …

Charmed by Quirky Austin, Texas

We’ve all heard about “Keeping Austin Weird,” and the news-making SXSW event that takes place in the city every year is the stuff of legend. Austin does indeed exist in its own little bubble, one made up of food trucks and live music, but also of outdoor adventures and fun experiences. I was excited to visit Austin…

Laos Railways – Information on every planned railway

[China-Laos railway under construction.] Laos currently has no railway services, apart from one station near the border that is served by Thai State Railways. This is set to change once the Boten – Vientiane line is opens in 2021. There are also some other lines that have been proposed, which would connect Laos to ports in Vietnam, and maybe even Cambodia. The plan is to turn landlocked Laos into a rail hub…