Main gate at the Temple of Literature. Photo © Dana Filek-Gibson.

Travel Itinerary: A Long Weekend in Hanoi

While the thousand-year-old city holds plenty of history, the most captivating moment in Hanoi is the present. Follow this three-day itinerary to explore the storied past of the capital while experiencing the best of a modern-day Vietnamese metropolis at the same time.

The peaks and valleys of Sapa. Photo © Petr and Bara Ruzicka, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

Exploring Vietnam’s Northwest Loop

Venture into Vietnam’s far north and you’ll discover another world altogether, awash with rich green rice paddies and wide, flowing rivers that wind around the region’s many oversized landscapes. Exploring Vietnam’s Northwest Loop by motorcycle or bicycle is an independent adventure on which you’ll find few to no English speakers, no high-end hotels, and not a Western meal to speak of.

Storefronts line the banks of the Co Chien River in Vinh Long. Photo © Dana Filek-Gibson.

Planning Your Time in the Mekong Delta

Exploring western Vietnam allows for more interaction with locals and a more authentic glimpse of daily life than many other destinations along the coast. Here’s how to effectively plan your time in the area, making the most of your explorations, along with a general overview of the area’s geography and population.

Cambodian fruit spread. Photo by Lexie Flickinger, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

All About Traditional Cambodian Food

Learn about traditional Cambodian food, from the most basic ingredients and typical at-home dishes to restaurant and street-corner favorites, along with local customs and cultural influences.

Long Beach, Phu Quoc Island. Photo © Dana Filek-Gibson.

Vietnam’s Best Beaches

From mainstays on the tourist trail to remote, near-deserted islands, here are Vietnam’s best beaches–a healthy mix of active, fast-paced water sport hubs and easygoing seaside venues.

Preah Pithu T Monks in Siem Reap. By JJ Harrison ( (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Photography Tips for Travelers in Cambodia

Cambodia is a very photogenic country: spectacular temples that change personality with the shifting light of day, colonial architecture, river and lake vistas, forests and white sand beaches, and, most importantly, the country’s enigmatic and friendly people. Here are a few basic tips on how to get the best shots on your travels.

Moving World Artwork, Heathrow Terminal in London. Photo © Jim Linwood, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

Five Women Share Their Experiences Living Abroad

Making the move abroad is filled with practical hurdles, like finding a place to live and to work, but what about making friends, becoming part of the community, thriving in your new home? From Japan to Mexico, here are the thoughts and experiences of five women on making the cultural transition to living abroad.