There are a lot of things to do in Melbourne, so I spent two days exploring St. Kilda, the famous Penguin Pier, Museums, and of course, a hidden bar.
I explored Melbourne after meeting up with an old coworker. I visited the war memorial, the botanical gardens, the zoo, and the mall. I even explore the nighttime city lights and a food truck festival.
Singapore is a fantastic city to have a long layover. It’s beautiful and super clean. It was one of my favorite cities to explore. Beware of the high prices, though.
Tips on first-time travel to Thailand and Vietnam including, transportation, communication, cell phone, and how to handle money.
I explored Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and needed to ship some items back to the U.S. I just missed the cutoff time and begged to be let in. I also explored a war museum, but my stomach was really hurting.
It felt wonderful to sit there and enjoy the sun, the breeze, and the ocean. I went into the water once but kept a strict eye on my bag. The resort was upscale and a nice spot to rest.
I went on a tour to My Son Sanctuary. Some of the ruins had standing buildings that we could enter, but most were rubble. We walked from site to site among stones strewn around the grass. I was alone in the most romantic city and thankfully, I had the chance to meet up with fellow travelers that I had met recently.
Spending time in one of the world’s most romantic cities was beautiful, but something was missing. I walked around feeling lonely. I wanted to be there with a partner. I wanted to hold hands with someone as we strolled along the river.
I explore Ba Na Hills in DaNang, Vietnam, with a tour. The bridge was awesome to see, but the theme park was very touristy. I met some fellow travelers and learned a bit about them.
I was on a twelve hour train ride in Vietnam, which gave me plenty of time to reflect on my travels and to reflect on my life. I was reminded of a train ride with my ex-husband.
I drove a motorbike through the mountains of northern Vietnam with a small, local group. It was a blast! We stayed locally in homestays in small villages.
I went on a tour to HaLong Bay from Hanoi. The tour guide told us about problems they have with surrounding countries; drugs, gambling, and human trafficking.
I went on a food tour in Hanoi, where we walked to street vendors and small restaurants. The food was delicious! I strolled around the city, like the train station street.
I flew from Thailand to Hanoi, Vietnam, for the first time. I was staying in old town and the streets were narrow and old. The weather was overcast and cooler than in Thailand.
I spent my final days in Thailand enjoying the sunsets and driving my motorbike around. I met up with friends and reflected on my time there. I overstayed my visa by one day and got questioned at the airport.
I did two try dives and decided that I would I continued open water 20 dive certification, but it wasn’t easy. I got personalized training and an instructor who gave me two game-changing tips.
My mind wandered, Why am I doing this? I won’t be able to have my mask off that long because water will go up my nose. I won’t be able to clear my mask. If I’m panicked in the pool, I’m going to really panic in the ocean. Do I even want to dive? Am I just doing this because it’s cheaper here and it would be cool to say I did it? Maybe I don’t even like diving. I’ve never even done a ‘try dive.’ I don’t need to do this. I should just give up.
I took a boat from Phi Phi Island to Krabi and stayed the night. I went to the market and met some people from Poland. a woman in the pool swam right up next to me and said I have very white teeth.