• Chatting With Monks and the Best Night Market In Asia,  March 4, 2014
  • Thai Cooking and Elephants,  February 22, 2014
  • Travel Blogging Demystified,  February 17, 2014
  • In Chiang Mai Waiting for Jessica…But No Jessica,  February 17, 2014
  • Travel Tips #9: An Introduction to Using Credit Cards for Miles and Points,  February 14, 2014
  • Learning to Cook Vietnamese Food,  February 12, 2014
  • The Vietnamese Women’s Museum and Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum,  February 8, 2014
  • Vietnam’s Wonder of the World – Halong Bay,  February 8, 2014
  • Travel Tips #8: Selecting the Best Airline,  February 7, 2014
  • “You Have Package?”,  February 6, 2014
  • Thai Cooking and Elephants,  February 22, 2014
  • Travel Blogging Demystified,  February 17, 2014
  • In Chiang Mai Waiting for Jessica…But No Jessica,  February 17, 2014
  • Travel Tips #9: An Introduction to Using Credit Cards for Miles and Points,  February 14, 2014
  • Learning to Cook Vietnamese Food,  February 12, 2014

Featured Stories

In front of monks

Chatting With Monks and the Best Night Market In Asia

The temples in Chiang Mai are maintained by monks who live, study, and pray there.  They are … [Read More...]

Blogging about blogging

Travel Blogging Demystified

Prior to The First Retirement, I had never blogged but have since become intrigued by travel … [Read More...]

frequent-flyer

Travel Tips #9: An Introduction to Using Credit Cards for Miles and Points

  Credit cards, brokerage accounts, banking, dining and shopping rewards are arguably … [Read More...]

Riding with my knees behind the elephant's ears

Thai Cooking and Elephants

A couple weeks prior to our arrival, I had made arrangements to take a cooking class at the Thai … [Read More...]

The ceiling inside Wat Buparam

In Chiang Mai Waiting for Jessica…But No Jessica

Chiang Mai is a medium-sized city of about 100,000 in the central north of Thailand.  It is known as … [Read More...]

Dem and I prepping our food

Learning to Cook Vietnamese Food

On a random day in Hanoi I walked by a restaurant called Countryside.  The restaurant advertised … [Read More...]

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Pictures of women who lost their only son or multiple sons in the war

The Vietnamese Women’s Museum and Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum

After two weeks in Hanoi, I noticed an interesting dynamic.  The statement I’m about to make is obviously a generalization but it seemed apparent to me:  From the female owner of the Hanoi Street Hotel, to the women working and preparing food on the street, to the store owners and street vendors, to Sang in […]

View of Halong Bay from outside Sung Sot Cave

Vietnam’s Wonder of the World – Halong Bay

Considered one of the new natural wonders of the world, Halong Bay is a large coastal zone featuring approximately 2,000 limestone islets jutting out of the water.  The islets aren’t islands per se; they are large, dramatic cones and mounds sticking straight up out of the water.  Though some are smooth enough to inhabit, most […]

Airliner

Travel Tips #8: Selecting the Best Airline

Everyone has an opinion when it comes to their favorite and least favorite airlines.  On-time departures, customer service, pricing, baggage policy, flight attendant personality, seat size, status program — these all influence which airlines we like to fly.  However, not all airlines are created equal when it comes to their frequent flyer programs.  Some things […]

Lào Cai

“You Have Package?”

At the Lào Chi train station, a guy who was affiliated with my tour handed me a small package with a name and a phone number.  He said: “When you get to Hanoi, call this man and he will pick you up.” Knowing that I arranged my entire trip and anticipated being picked up from […]

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