15 Tips on How to Confidently Handle Your First Solo International Trip

The feeling could be overwhelming for people preparing for their first solo international travel. Being anxious is normal. You are concerned about what you will find out there.  Your safety and how to handle yourself alone are your most important priorities. With preparation and common sense, solo travel is not as scary as you think….

Ho Chi Minh (Saigon), Vietnam to Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Bus

Long distance bus rides are never pleasant. In Southeast Asia, some bus companies do not have comfortable seats or bus toilets are too small and smelly. However, it’s the most cost-effective way when backpacking the tri-countries, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. To be fair, of course, there are bus companies that operate with great service and…

Ljubljana, Slovenia – Brief Adventure of a Globetrotter

I took the coach from Venezia Tronchetto,  coaches leave Venice in the afternoon via Trieste and reaches Ljubljana at night. As soon as I got to the city, I looked for my hostel and checked in for a good night sleep.  Ljubljana has amazing hostels with reasonable prices. For instance, the hostel where I stayed…

Bologna, Italy: Brief Adventure of a Globetrotter

Recently I have been to a small and compact adventure through south-east Europe. I would like to share my experience with you travel addicts to help you organize your own. My journey started in Bologna but it was only used as a travel hub at this time (Bologna has a larger airport than Venice and…

A Quick Trip To Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

From Budva, Montenegro, there are direct international buses to Mostar. I chose to take a night bus that didn’t cross the Croatian border since I didn’t have a Schengen Visa at that time. The trip took roughly 6 hours for 25 euros. Cautious about the trip and at the same time trying to get some…

A Visit To The 1500-Year Old Yungang Grottoes of Datong, China

It was a chilly morning when I arrived early at Datong Train Station. It was my next stop after my Beijing experience. At 5:00 AM, the streets of Datong were still deserted except for few early risers. I waited for the rest of the city to wake up before I started my itinerary for the…

Day 2: Backpacking Kiev, Ukraine

The next day, I continued what I started the day prior. My itinerary was full since I had a flight to catch evening of the same day. I walked back the same street going to the Golden City Gate and turned right towards the National Opera House. Pleased that the Opera House and Tsveto-muzykalnyy Fontan…

A Day Tour: Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Ubud, Bali is the center of Balinese tradition, culture and arts. Surrounding the town of Ubud are beautiful forests, mountains and rice paddies. The evidence of Balinese religion are evident in ancient and modern temples around town. Far from the crowded beaches and congested streets of Bali, Ubud is perfect  to those who would like to have a serene ambiance away from the city. Ubud…