Letters From Vietnam: To My Grandad From Abroad

24th October 2018 Dear Grandad, I’ve just arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam last night. I came with a friend whom I made in Bangkok, Rodri (short for Rodrigo), from Buenos Aires. When we arrived, it was late. The city was dark and trashy and a bit intimidating. Starved, we bounced around the city with our backpacks […]

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Letters From Vietnam: To my Hometown from Abroad

04 December 2018 Dear Anton, It has been such a long time since we’ve seen each other and I apologize for that. I am now living in southern Thailand with a friend whom I’ve been in contact with for years but only recently met when we decided the brainstorming stage was worn thin and we […]

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Letters from Vietnam: To France from Abroad

23rd November 2018 Tiph, Sorry, this letter is so delayed. I ended up on the island of Cat Ba and the post is particularly difficult to access there. So I’ve had to wait a few weeks until I was back on the mainland. I’m writing this as I’m in the crazy capital of Vietnam, Hanoi. […]

Realizing You’ve Traveled the World With the Ultimate Privilege

Most people don’t understand what it’s like to have a restriction on travel. For most living in a western society where traveling is affordable and obtainable, our passport allows us access to a lot of places on Earth. I was one of those people for many years. I grew up with a passport from the […]

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Letters From Vietnam: To a Generous Donor From Abroad

25th October 2018 Dear Shawn, After an underwhelming initial impression, the city of Hanoi has really hit its mark on me. The people seemed uninviting but now I think that’s the wrong interpretation. Coming from Thailand, where locals are so in-your-business and genuine about interaction with tourists, I was expecting more of the same here. […]

There’s Something Wrong With Travel Blogging — That’s Why I’m Running Away. . . Kind Of

I had taken a trip alone out to the west coast of the United States. I loved it. I wrote about it in a notebook — my thoughts and what I saw that inspired me. I slept in my car and began to learn different tricks for doing so. Two months after that, I left […]

Arabian Nights: Into the Algerian Summer

Arabian Nights Day One (July 17, 2017) It was a long-ass night. Samy and I left our flat in Malta at 9 o’clock the night before. We landed in Barcelona around 2 o’clock in the morning. We had a four-hour layover in which we planned to catch some sleep. After getting a quick snack (my […]

Letters From Bangkok: To Kansas From Abroad

13 October 2018 To Ethan & Amber, I’m now into my third week living in Bangkok. It’s no exaggeration to say that every day I feel like The Hangover, Pt. 2 could happen to me at any moment. Things are so unrealistically unexpected and that’s just the norm here. Admittedly, I’ve started to become a bit […]