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In Africa

Nairobi, Kenya | A Two-Day Travel Guide

Things to do in Nairobi, Kenya

It’s the spaghetti streets and highways that hit you first. Only born and bred Nairobians, not simply Kenyans, but Nairobians know where you’re going. Thank God for the Chap Chaps and Boda Bodas. Only they can navigate, as Kenyans lovingly call it, the organized mess.

But within this organized mess is organized peace. I’m talking about the green spaces of Nairobi, like Karura Forest, and of course, Nairobi National Park.

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In Europe

Germany

Schmalkalden, Germany View

You have a taste for history, cities, and the great outdoors, so you’ve made the wise decision to visit Germany. There are plenty of resources out there to help you plan for your trip to Germany, but all the focus seems to be on the big cities of Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, and Frankfurt. To be fair, they are all fantastic cities and you should visit them.

That said, there’s more to this country than these cities. Luckily, this is a big chunk of land, so there is no shortage of things to do in Germany, and although the country in and of itself is not necessarily off the beaten path, getting away from the cacophony of clicking cameras can still be done. So, when compiling this off-the-beaten-path travel guide for Germany, I used a few self-imposed barometers.

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In Asia

Vientiane, Laos | A 24-Hour Travel Guide

Vientiane

I’m not going to lie to you. We weren’t in Vientiane, the Laotian capital, for more than 14 or so hours. That’s because we had to catch a flight to Bangkok and the trains from Vang Vieng didn’t line up nicely to leave the same day.

That said, I’m glad we got to see Vientiane. There’s plenty you can see in one night and one morning, but if you can do a whole day, I don’t think you’d regret it.

But like I said, I have a flight to catch to Bangkok. So let’s get moving!

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In Asia

Luang Prabang, Laos | A Two-Day Travel Guide

I never heard of Luang Prabang until a friend of mine ping me, telling me about this cool place with a waterfall you’ve gotta see to believe. I saved it on Google Maps and didn’t think about it for years until we started planning our trip to Hanoi and Ninh Binh, wondering where else we should go in Southeast Asia. That’s when I felt it in my gut. I had to go to Laos.

Laos is the perfect place for a traveler like me. Overall, lesser-traveled, a little harder to get to from the US and Europe, and history that, sadly, is greatly intertwined with that of my country. (At the same time, the horrors that befell the Laotian people during the US bombings does not define them, so don’t go here in search of tragedy porn.)

I was in Luang Prabang for about a day before I had the cliché thought of, “Yeah, I think I should move here.” Who knows if that’d be a good idea. All I can say is that more than any other place I visited in Southeast Asia, my soul misses Luang Prabang the most.

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In Asia

Ninh Binh, Vietnam | A Three-Day Travel Guide

Ninh Binh is one of those places you’ve probably never heard of until you started planning your trip to Vietnam. As they say, better late than never. Luckily you’ve found it before setting off for the airport.

This is the polar opposite of Hanoi. Quiet, serene, enveloped by nature. If Hanoi is like taking five shots of espresso (of more unsavory drugs I won’t write about here), then Ninh Binh is morphine. Stress alleviates from your body as your heart settles into a simple rhythm.

Like most rural places, three days in Ninh Binh can feel like a week. Time just moves slower here. Nonetheless, you’ll be surprised when it’s time to leave.

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In Asia

Hanoi, Vietnam | A Three-Day Travel Guide

Hanoi, like much of Vietnam, is a city that fires up the imagination. Narrow streets, hordes of motorbikes, and there’s always a plastic stool somewhere to grab a seat and have a bite.

It’s beautiful. But it can also be cacophonous to the uninitiated. And unless we’re born immersed in the synchronized chaos of Hanoi, we all enter the Vietnamese capital uninitiated. This includes Vietnamese travelers and transplants as well, as our street food guide later confirmed.

After a few days, I felt I got my Hanoian equivalent of sea legs and was able to confidently strut about the city. So in this guide, I’ll share some of the key details about travel in Hanoi that ought to cover you for three days. How to get there, how to travel around the city, the best time of year to visit, and some of the things to do in Hanoi.

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