Saigon has been slandered by nearly every backpacker I’ve met since I’ve arrived in Asia. I’ve been bombarded with lamentations about its cleanliness and its overpacked and hectic roads and streets. It’s as if everyone has prior notions about big cities being wonderous and magical, where all of their dreams will come true, only to … Continue reading Vietnam


As I sit, comfortably tanning poolside at my hostel listening to some relaxing Cambodian music, just one day after visiting the Choeung Ek Khmer Rouge Killing Fields and the S21 Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum I struggle to find the words to describe what I witnessed. Before visiting I had many people tell me that it … Continue reading Genocide

Know Your Limits

Traveling is stressful in an unorthodox way. I don’t have to deal with the typical stressors of everyday life in America, but I’ve felt the same if not a higher amount of stress since beginning my travels. That’s not to say I’m having an unenjoyable time. In fact, I’m having an amazing time that I’m … Continue reading Know Your Limits

The Sanctuary

Visiting the Chiang Mai Elephant Jungle Sanctuary has been the greatest experience of this trip so far. I’m going to attempt to put into words the vast spectrum of emotions I experienced during the half day visit to the sanctuary but I’m going to have trouble. The experience begets the emotion that I’d like to … Continue reading The Sanctuary