3 reasons to visit the Carlsberg’s Brewery in Copenhagen

Country 23: Denmark | This post is part of my 30×30 series. Read more here! Whenever I think of Copenhagen, I think of playgrounds—which surprised me as much it may surprise you. This graceful northern city is typically more associated with design, architecture, and sculpture than it is with play. But whether you love blocks,…

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Visiting the Baldi Hot Springs in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is an adventurous place. It was the final stop on a multi-country backpacking tour that swooped from Cartagena through the San Blas Islands to Panama City, and ending at La Fortuna, a small touristy town north of San José that’s famous for its volcano. In fact, the town used to be named for…

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Visiting the Panama Canal: A New World Wonder

Country 21: Panama | This post is part of my 30×30 series. Read more here! Completely by accident, I arrived in Panama City on the day of the 100th Anniversary of the Panama Canal opening. After four days of touring the pristine San Blas Islands, I was a little reluctant to trade my beach vibes for a…

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5 Fun and Cheap Things to Do in Cartagena, Colombia

Country 20: Colombia | This post is part of my 30×30 series. Read more here! While Cartagena is starting to boom as a hotspot Colombian destination (if the plethora of swanky bars and burgeoning boutique hotels in the Walled City are any indication), it’s still quite possible to tour the city as a budget traveler. Here are a…

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Visiting the Jardim Botânico in Rio de Janeiro

Country 19: Brazil | This post is part of my 30×30 series. Read more here! Rio de Janeiro is perhaps the most awesome city I have ever visited, with heavy emphasis on the awe. It is the very definition of urban jungle, with plenty of concrete and plenty more greenery. But tucked between the beaches and…

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Why You Should Visit Singapore

Country 18: Singapore | This post is part of my 30×30 series. Read more here! My trip to Singapore was more or less a stroke of supreme luck—almost fairytale. An uncle I met on my trip to the Philippines happened to be stationed in U.S. navy housing in Singapore, and offered to fly me out for a…

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Postcard from “Back Home”, the Philippines

Country 17: The Philippines | This post is part of my 30×30 series. Read more here! One of the things I love, in principle, about America is that you can be any kind of American: Filipino-American, Swedish-American, Afro-American, Chinese-American. In theory, you keep the country of your heritage looped in with your identity as an American. My…

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Why you should visit Thailand for Loy Krathong

Country 16: Thailand | This post is part of my 30×30 series. Read more here! Planning a trip to Thailand? There are two very Thai festivals that might pop up on your radar. One is Songkran, which is the Thai new year and is a riotous celebration with people flinging, shooting, dumping, and dunking water onto everyone…

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Trip Tips: The Best Ways to Spend a Long Layover

Country 15: Taiwan | This post is part of my 30×30 series. Read more here! I used to hate long layover flights. Between the overused airport bathrooms, uncomfortable seating, and ridiculously expensive food and beverage options, there’s little to look forward to. It was only when flying into Taipei that I first appreciated the better ways a…

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Travel Inspiration: Chichén Itzá in Photos

I visited Chichén Itzá, the ancient Mayan city in the Yucatan Peninsula, back in 2010. (so young! So tan!). It was the first time I’d seen something so ancient and monumental—made even more dramatic by a deafening thunderstorm that drenched the site for a solid hour during my visit. My two favorite spots within the…

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