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life of a sapa sister

The Life of a Sapa Sister

When I found the Sapa Sisters website, I had no doubt in my mind that they would be the ideal company to trek the Sapa Valley with. For one, it’s a company started by women and run by women. In a country where women aren’t typically seen as the breadwinners, it’s nice to see a […]

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Hoi An Clothes

Why We Chose NOT to Buy Clothes in Hoi An

Hoi An, Vietnam. Home of custom, tailor-made clothes. Blogs rave about it. Visitors flock to the destination with magazine clippings of their dream outfit, hoping to have it made to their specifications and chosen fabric. We had this same hope, though we weren’t as fastidious to know exactly what we wanted to have made. A […]

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travel costs leave of absence

How Much Does a Three Month Leave of Absence Cost?

As I wrap up a month of travel costs for each Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, I think it’s important for anyone planning a leave of absence to realize that there are other costs. I’m going to lay out the TOTAL costs for three months on the road. No hidden pennies to be found. Why are […]

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quit work to travel

Why I Wouldn’t Quit Work to Travel Full-Time

I’ve been devouring travel blogs for years, long before these bloggers were massively popular. I remember waiting in line to meet Robin Esrock, the Modern Gonzo, at the University of Alberta to learn ANYTHING that he had to say. I attended an event with Ian Wright and hung on every word he said, every illustration […]

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Spa Southeast Asia

Spa Time in Southeast Asia

Once upon a time I worked as a receptionist at a gorgeous Scottish hotel complete with spa. On slow days, staff would get to partake in spa treatments for a 50% discount. And so the luxury addiction began. Southeast Asia was going to be another such opportunity to enjoy spa time. I just knew it. […]

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