A friend based in Cambodia is a consultant for nonprofits and international NGO's and reached out to me about potentially doing some photography work for a nonprofit in
It is so important to get off the beaten path when you travel. While Chiang Mai was absolutely lovely and extremely relaxing, it was also full of westerners! Like sooooo many foreigners who all had the same uniform of elephant pants, dreads, tattoos, and
Most expats in Vietnam have to leave the country every three months for a visa run. Even if you purchase a six month to 12 month visa, you are still required to leave and re-enter the country every 90 days with a new stamp. I have not quite been here for three months yet,
I've had a slight delay in writing this next post because life has felt settled and not as noteworthy, which is a fantastic feeling, yes, but I was waiting for more things to happen to write about. Then I remembered that my day-to-day may become regular to me,
Within my first hour in Siem Reap, Cambodia, I had the most rewarding little travel hiccup. Upon arrival at Siem Reap International Airport, I took out some cash from one of the ATM's by baggage claim. Everywhere in Cambodia accepts both Cambodian riehls and US dollars (USD),
Traveling can be hard. There's no two ways about it. Being in a place where you don't speak the language, don't know the currency, are on timelines to get to new destinations and relying on unreliable transportation, small things out of your control seem much bigger of a deal, and you get frustrated. HOWEVER, there are still appropriate ways to act.
For me, half the fun of traveling somewhere new is the journey there. I love airports and people-watching and the hustle and bustle of transportation hubs. However, those times can also be stressful and give you anxiety at the start of your trip, which is such a horrible way to begin an adventure! So below are some tips to make your travel days a little easier so you start your journey on a better note! Bon voyage...
When planning a trip (whether overseas or even just a weekend get-away), you know there are certain things you're going to need. I have compiled the checklist below over years of traveling and trial-by-error when certain clutch items were left at home. It's unbelievably helpful to have when packing your suitcase (since even the most confident and seasoned traveler sometimes packs late at night after one-too-many glasses of wine or packing hungover is not the best of ideas...)
NOTE: there are a few things to consider. Do you plan on checking your bag? If not, you need travel size toiletries. Are you going to a country where you will most likely be able to find specific items in order to save the space while packing? How long are you going for and you realllllly need a curling iron? Be pragmatic, be realistic, and realize you can get by with a lot less than you think. Also this is the Master List, not all bullet points are applicable for all kinds of travel.
Ok so forget whatever you’ve heard about Sicily. I’m sure one of the first things that comes to mind is the Mafia. That’s one tiny facet of Sicilian life. Let me tell you about my first two days in-country where I was welcomed with open arms and had the time of my life.
Danielle Desnoyers is a traveling freelance photographer with a focus on humanitarian, travel, and family photography. She currently splits her time between the United States and Vietnam with travels to other countries as well.