• 2 Weeks in the Philippines

    2 Weeks in the Philippines

    Mabuhay! That means ‘welcome’ in Tagalog, the language used in the Philippines. My following on Twitter has grown quite a bit over the past month. So, I want to take a minute to reintroduce myself for all those new here and explain where I’ve been for those who have been patiently waiting for a new post. For starters, my name is Dianna! Last year, around this time, I decided to change my life for the better. I wanted to experience all that life had to offer. So, I booked a one-way ticket to Sweden because YOLO. Do people still use that term? I hope not. Anyways, I started traveling country…

  • Penang Cost of Living

    Penang Cost of Living for 6 Weeks

    Can you believe I stayed in Penang for nearly 45 days? When I was taking care of my accommodation and travel plans before arriving, I actually thought it would be nice to settle for a little bit more than a month for once. I was wrong. 6 weeks felt way too long! I think my ‘travel bug’ sickness isn’t ready to go away yet. I spent my days fairly similar to each other, not much was out of the usual this time around. I’m sharing my Penang cost of living below, but I also previously wrote about a few other places I’ve lived if you’re interested in reading those! As…

  • Being Back In Thailand Chiang Mai

    Being Back in Thailand

    It’s a weird feeling. A good feeling. Thailand was the first country I went to when I started traveling around southeast Asia. At the time, it was exciting to be in a warm country during what was supposed to be winter. I actually landed in Bangkok a couple days before Thanksgiving and being from the midwest of the U.S., I’m only used to being in temperatures below 8 celsius during November. Now that I’m visiting Chiang Mai, I have much more to be excited for. This weather, you either hate it or love it. I honestly love it. When I first visited Thailand, I thought the weather in Bangkok was…

  • The Ultimate Southeast Asia Packing List

    The Ultimate Southeast Asia Packing List

    As some of you may know, I began my travel journey from the states to Europe. However, in November, I packed my bags for a trip around Southeast Asia. Perfect timing to avoid the cold winter, right?! Since then, I have traveled to Thailand, Bali and Malaysia. The year-round summer weather left me tossing a few belongings here and there… okay, I actually ditched an entire suitcase full of clothing. They say you shouldn’t pack things unless you’re okay with losing them, and it’s so true. Shoutout to my favorite knee-high boots, I miss you. Learn from my mistakes and use this southeast Asia packing list to ensure you have all…

  • I Broke My Tooth While Eating Fried Rice

    I Broke My Tooth While Eating Rice in Malaysia

    Not joking, I seriously broke my tooth while eating fried rice for lunch. I have always had weak teeth my entire life, with endless dentist visits starting at a very young age, so it was bound to happen sooner or later. But, while eating rice? That was a surprise for me. Having to take a trip to the dentist or doctor is something that I have been fearful of while traveling. I don’t have health insurance, therefore having to pay unexpected out of pocket expenses really worries me. Also, I have no idea about sanitation standards and regulations in these places that I visit. I simply don’t plan for things…