How to Survive Manila (and maybe even enjoy yourself!)
The capital city and the largest city of the Philippines is known for its terrible traffic, littered streets, extreme pollution, and reputation for being extremely unsafe. Manila is not our favorite Asian city, and not somewhere we would enjoy staying for a lengthy period of time, but it certainly had its moments. Here are a few tips for surviving, and possibly enjoying yourself, while in Manila…
Our Top Recommendations for Singapore
Singapore was the first stop this time around on our Asian adventures, and let me tell you, it was awesome! Singapore is clean, orderly, and ultra modern. It may be more expensive than your average Asian country, but there are also firm driving laws + rules against littering that make it one of the cleanest and quietest big cities we have ever been to (not just in Asia, but in the world).
We spent a week exploring Singapore, and here are our top recommendations….
Visa Requirements for Canadians Traveling in Asia
While preparing for our trip to Asia, we spent quite a bit of time researching how long we could stay in each country, and what the requirements to enter are. One of the most confusing and complicated parts of travel is figuring out the requirements to enter and exit foreign countries, and we have spent hours before and during pouring over government websites and doing Google searches to try and figure out what we need. For all of our fellow Canadians, this is what we found….
Travel Anecdotes and Accuracy
One of the problems about deciding where to travel is forming an accurate view of the safety of a city, country, or region.
News, anecdotes and travel warnings induce anxiety, but how do you know if somewhere is truly safe?
The only news that receives coverage is of disasters or extreme events. You don’t hear about all the Canadians having pleasant vacations to the Philipines, but you will repeatedly hear about the two who were kidnapped and beheaded. The associations that you have formed with a place will probably be negative from the news you’ve heard about it.
Why We Started a Travel Podcast
Why did we start a travel podcast?
Because we wanted to continue a conversation. We were in Peru, at the end of a six-month backpacking trip in South America, and we began thinking of ways that we could keep travel alive in our lives while sharing our experiences with other people. When we started that trip, we were burnt out, exhausted, and just looking for an escape from the lives we had been living at home. Five and a half months later we felt alive, excited, but not ready to go back to the lives we had been living.
How To Buy Viva Colombia Tickets
Colombia has some of the most diverse geography in the world. From Cartagena on the Caribbean coast, to Bogotá, one of the highest altitude capitals in the world (2640m above sea level, 4th highest capital in the world), to the Amazon Jungle in the Southeast corner. That means that as you are traveling between cities you are going to making some crazy elevation changes. The roads between city’s are windy and not very direct. If you are traveling by bus it is going to take you a VERY long time. Luckily there is Viva Colombia. Viva Colombia is a discount airline in Colombia servicing most of the major cities and really low prices. It is included in Sky Scanner, one of the most popular tools for travelers looking to book flights.
Overcoming Fear Through Travel
When we started this podcast I also envisioned regularly writing on our website, but for three months now I haven’t. I have started a few times and not finished, and other times I want to start writing something, but keep finding reasons not to. I get hung up because I’m not sure of what I should be writing about, or that I want to write things that don’t belong on a travel blog. All sorts of thoughts have run through my head that have lead me down paths that take me away from doing what I actually want to do, leading me away from actually writing something and sharing it. I started writing a post about relationships, and how travelling has helped mine, but then I just let it sit. I have all these self limiting thoughts, like I can’t write on the computer because I will get distracted, and that I don’t have the credibility to write and give people advice about relationships.
Travel for Personal Development: Find your own Path in Life
Everyone has a path before them, the path of least resistance, a way through life that won’t attract to much attention. It probably looks a lot like the life of your father or your mother. By the time you become an independent adult (whether that is 18 or 21 or even 25) you have built up a lot of momentum simply from the circumstances you were born into. Finding your own path in life is one of the best reasons to travel for personal development.
Wanderlust Yoga Festival in O’ahu
Wanderlust festival can be found at the point where yoga retreat meets music festival. With multiple different yoga classes to choose from at 7am, 9am, 11am, 1pm, and 3pm, it is easy to choose 3 classes each day. Actually, it’s not easy to choose between all the amazing classes offered. With big name yoga teachers like Sean Corne, Eoinn Finn, Janet Stone and Nicki Doane, it is quite difficult to choose which class to take when. It would be easy if it were possible to be in more than one place at a time and practice 10 or so yoga classes a day. Can you imagine?!
Ubud & Traveling Solo
After spending 26 days with my fellow yogis by my side, it was strange to arrive in Ubud alone. This was a completely foreign concept to me, as I have always traveled with Ryan, girlfriends, or my family. I arrived prior to check in, so I dropped my stuff, changed my clothes, and set out to explore. My first stop was at a cafe, called Kafe, not too far from my hostel. It felt too early to have lunch, but I was hungry, so I ordered a smoothie, enjoying the view from the adorable balcony set above the street. This, I quickly became aware of, is one of the many perks about traveling solo. You can eat what you want when you want to, and you have no one else’s stomach to answer to but your own. Following my smoothie at Kafe, I made my way down to the famous Monkey Forest, taking in the sights and sounds of Ubud. Ubud is located inland on the island of Bali, and is home to gently rolling hills covered in rice paddies. Ten years ago, Ubud was hardly a tourist destination, but since Eat, Pray, Love, it’s been on foreigners’ lists of must see destinations in Bali, mine included. I felt a bit of sensory as I tried to take in numerous stores and cafes around me, all the while trying not to trip in a hole on the ground. Although I had upgraded to sidewalks, they were in questionable condition.
Creating a life without borders
I nervously checked my watch. 20 minutes until the interview.
I mindlessly fidgeted with my hair as I looked over the list of questions once more.
Take a deep breath, I told myself. It’s just an interview.
It had been over 5 years since I had talked to Carolyn, and we had never been close. I had followed her journey on Facebook though, and after watching her move from country to country around the world, I finally reached out to her to see if she would be willing to do a Skype interview for the The World Wanderers podcast. She said yes.
The Adventure of a Lifetime: London to Magnolia in a Ford Fiesta
To often in life we make sacrifices without thinking about them.
We sacrifice fun for contentment.
We sacrifice adventure for safety.
We play it safe.
We live day to day without REALLY feeling alive.
TBEx in Minneapolis
Bad Experiences Make Great Stories
One of the most important lessons you learn traveling is that bad experiences make great stories.
Hanging around the hostel at the end of the night, you don’t tell people about the pleasant time you had at the beach. Instead, you and your new friends are all laughing about how everyone got harassed and involuntarily massaged every ten minutes all day.
You don’t bond over pleasant; you bond over pain, awkwardness, discomfort.
When you travel for a few months, you learn this lesson over and over again.
You internalize it so much that the when you are nervous about something bad happening, you think, “well at least it would make for a great story.”
Amanda’s Atlanta by #’s
Atlanta by #’s? What might this be? Well, the last 9 months spent in Atlanta has been busy, and adventure filled, so instead of writing about each individual thing I saw, did and experienced, I am summarizing it using numbers. Here we go…