• 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…

  • Malaysia's National Dish Nasi Lemak

    Taste the World: Malaysia’s National Dish Nasi Lemak

    What is traveling without tasting the culture? There’s a reason why specific dishes are a must-try in certain countries, for instance Paella in Spain or Kobe beef in Japan. Each place I visit, I try to eat a meal that is unique to that area. It’s all part of the experience of being abroad. With this new series ‘Taste the World’, I want to bring these local eats to you! I enjoy cooking, so I thought sharing the recipe would be fun. Not only for you to try, but also for myself to keep as a memory. Since I’ve been in Malaysia for almost two months, to kick off this…

  • 14 Reasons Why You Should Take a Travel Gap Year

    14 Reasons Why You Should Take a Travel Gap Year

    Thinking back to my 18-year old self (which was 6 years ago… when did I get so old?), I was so driven to build a future for myself. We are often in this mindset to get a degree, transition into a career, get married, buy a house, and live the life of our dreams. Nothing wrong with that, it’s great to have goals and the ambition to achieve them! However, I think we all find ourselves saying, “I just want to travel” at some point in our lives. Why not do it when you’re most able to? A reader recently reached out to me about how she was interested to…

  • Kuala Lumpur Cost of Living

    Kuala Lumpur Cost of Living for 1 Month

    If you didn’t know, I’m all about budget travel. Sharing my costs of living while traveling country to country is really exciting for me. First reason being that this is how I can show people that travel can be affordable! For me, it is more cheaper to live abroad rather than in my own home country. Second reason that I love sharing my expenses is because I personally love reading about others’ costs in other countries. It helps me plan and prepare for where I will end up next! I hope being transparent with how I live and how much I’ve spent in places helps you decide where in the…

  • How to Travel from Kuala Lumpur to Penang

    How to Travel from Kuala Lumpur to Penang

    I recently spent a month in Kuala Lumpur, but I’m not done in Malaysia just yet! Penang is where I’m currently living for the next 45 days. It’s about a 5-hour drive north from KL and only a couple hours south from Thailand’s border. Getting here was much easier than expected. It always makes me nervous when trying a new route of transportation because the last thing I want to do is miss the departure! Or even worse, when taking a bus or train, missing the destination stop. Personally, I boarded a bus to travel from Kuala Lumpur to Penang. However, flight or train actually would have been my first…