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Hong Kong’s Victoria Peak

Hong Kong’s Victoria Peak

During my last day in Hong Kong, I decided to take it easy and hang out at the hostel for most of the day, the only plan being to eventually hike Victoria Peak and see the sun set. Victoria Peak is the highest point overlooking […]

Shenzhen, China: Boring AF or a Hidden Treasure? (Also introducing OCT LOFT)

Shenzhen, China: Boring AF or a Hidden Treasure? (Also introducing OCT LOFT)

What makes a city a great city? This is a question that’s been turning in my head my entire life. Growing up mostly in the suburbs, my 18-year old self would say a great city is one with “LIFE!” and “CULTURE!” and “NO BOX STORES!” […]

A Day Trip to Macau

A Day Trip to Macau

Macau is the other Special Administrative Region of PR China, located to the west of Hong Kong. Known as the Las Vegas of Asia, Macau is a gambling destination for many Asians looking for a quick weekend trip. Macau is easily accessible via ferry from […]

Hong Kong Outdoor Activities: Kowloon Park, Lantau Island, Tai O Fishing Village

Hong Kong Outdoor Activities: Kowloon Park, Lantau Island, Tai O Fishing Village

Here is my first actual blog on traveling. There’s a lot to cover, and to be honest, I’m not sure where to start. Do I focus on just the facts? Keep the words to a minimum and post all sorts of pretty pictures? Make this […]

What’s in My Bag: The Southeast Asia Edition

What’s in My Bag: The Southeast Asia Edition

It surprised absolutely nobody when I announced I was going to try to fit my entire life for the next three months into one backpack. I traveled with a rolling suitcase exactly one time before, and after dragging the thing uphill on a narrow, winding […]

False Starts and Other Excuses

False Starts and Other Excuses

I Want vs. I Will The first time I felt compelled to travel longterm was back in college. My major had a study abroad partnership with a theater and film program in Dublin, Ireland, and I had always had a fascination with Celtic folklore (to […]

Trip Planning V.1: Pre-Booking Plans

Trip Planning V.1: Pre-Booking Plans

A general technique I like to use for dealing with stress and anxiety is planning to not plan. For instance, I have a flight booked to Hong Kong booked for March 27, and a flight to the Philippines booked for April 2, and because they […]

A Lady and Her Backpack

A Lady and Her Backpack

Since I turned 16, the longest I’ve spent without a job was… never. I’ve always been working, maybe taking 1-2 week breaks here and there, but otherwise always beholden to an employer and throughout adulthood, bills. My career was my identity, and I identified with […]