Excursion

My First Jump at Skydive Snohomish!

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Gorgeous weather, picturesque views and one amazing adrenaline rush sums up a birthday to remember for me at Skydive Snohomish! Ever since my Dad told me about his skydiving adventures at Harvey Field, I always knew that one day I would follow suit. This year for my birthday I decided to take my first jump! For anyone out there interested in taking a leap, I would highly recommend cruising over to Snohomish and checking it off your bucket list with this friendly team of professionals. My friend David and I had a great time learning about this sport and found it super easy to embrace the number...

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Dalat Motorbike Tour

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If you’re staying in Dalat, there is a good chance that your hotel or a member of the Easy Riders motorcycle club has offered you a motorbike tour of the surrounding highlands area. The only problem is that these trips tend to be light on details. If you’ve made the trip to Dalat and you’re considering purchasing a spot with the group, here’s a rough itinerary of what to expect. You can read the rest of this article on Travelfish.

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My Ha Long Bay Visit

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Before I moved to Vietnam, one of the things that most impressed me about the country were pictures I had seen of Ha Long Bay. The beautiful pictures showed romantic views of limestone islands sitting in gorgeous blue water, and I knew this would be a place that I would have to visit! Much to my surprise, when I arrived in Ho Chi Minh City I realized that this magical place was pretty far away. Unfortunately, after a year of working in, and traveling around, this impressive country I had yet to accomplish my goal of visiting the bay. Recently, while on a business trip to Hanoi, I took a few extra...

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Visiting Bangkok’s Grand Palace & Wat Pho

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My trip to Thailand was kind of spur of the moment, I only had a few days to book accommodations let alone plan out what I was going to do once I arrived, so I kind of hit the ground without much of an itinerary. I had done a bit of research before hand and looked at some lists of things-to-do in Bangkok but I didn't have much by the way of a concrete plan. More than anything else on my trip to Bangkok, I wanted to see the Grand Palace, it looks awesome in pictures and, from what I saw online, it seemed like the site to see in the city. So, on my first full-day in the city I decided to get the most...

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Ever wanted to become a Travel Writer?

Say hi to this guy in Bali for me!

This year World Nomad'sTravel Writing scholarship will be sending a lucky writer to three different countries in Southeast Asia! This assignment is unique in that you are not only sent to three destinations but, you will also be mentored by professionals in your dream industry. In Singapore your mentoring starts by working with Rough Guide's own Richard Lim. Then you will fly to Bali for some cultural insight and adventure with my Travelfish boss and friend Stuart McDonald. Finally, you will conclude your journey with a Malaysian Food Odyssey. Eating your way through Kuala Lumpur and Penang...

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I had a TV interview today!

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Apparently word has gotten out about my travel writing around Saigon. A producer from a local Vietnamese station, VTV, asked Max and I to be a part of their show and today we wrapped up day 1 of shooting. We had tons of fun being interviewed and we got the chance to interview some of our favorite market ladies that we haven't been able to talk to because of our lack of speaking Vietnamese! We got to tour and learn about the history of the Le Van Duyet Pagoda. Day 2 should be even more fun, because I will be learning how to cook banh xeo! I'm excited!          

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Canyoning in Da Lat

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When you’re travelling in Vietnam, taking tours can become a common theme of your trip. Tours can be great, but after you’ve done a few they can get a little repetitive. Lately I’ve been looking for a little more adventure in my travels around Saigon so when my friend recommended I take a quick weekend trip to the city of Da Lat, a six-hour bus ride or one-hour plane trip away, and give the extreme sport of canyoning a try, I jumped at the chance. Read the rest of the article on Travelfish.

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Mekong Delta Day Tour

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If you take a stroll through Saigon’s backpacker district of Pham Ngu Lao you’ll notice that the landscape is full of travel agents. They are everywhere. Although they all offer tours that will take you throughout Vietnam, their specialties are trips to the Cu Chi Tunnels and tours of the Mekong Delta. When you’re looking at tours of the delta most guides will push an overnight one, and those can be great, but Saigon is usually the first stop on a bigger tour of the country in which every night counts. Day tours through the Mekong are available with most guides and from hotels, usually...

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Phu Quoc Snorkel Tour

Beautiful Bai Sao Beach

Stay anywhere on Phu Quoc Island and you’ll probably see a sign, or be given a brochure, advertising a snorkel/fishing tour. Being a sucker for tours that include water, and me going into it, I was chomping at the bit to get on a boat. My first few days on the island disagreed, however, and the rain cancelled all the tours. Luckily, just as I was beginning to worry that my trip would be without sun, the bad weather broke and I was able to go on a tour. So, if you’re in Phu Quoc, here is a run down of what you get on your snorkelling trip. Read the rest on Travelfish.

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Cricket Farm

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A trip to Ho Chi Minh City isn’t complete without a quick visit to the Cu Chi district, where the city’s big buildings melt away and morph into rural countryside. While the area is most famous for its tunnels and war history, Cu Chi has something else worth a visit: a Cu Chi cricket farm. A stop here will show you the process, and give you a taste, of the popular culinary delicacy. Read the rest of the article on Travelfish.

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