Travel Does Not Cure Anxiety.

travel anxiety

Backpacking is booking a flight to Bali on a whim, dreaming of The Yoga Barn and walking through the Monkey Forest. Everyone at the yoga retreat in Cambodia encouraged a trip to Bali. Your mom wants you to go. You haven’t read Eat, Pray, Love, but you know a thing about heartbreak and could use a chat with a monk and a juice cleanse. Your Instagram following could use a boost and what’s $3 a night for accommodation? Sigh. Shrug. Pleasant ‘mmm.’

Backpacking is uncontrollable sobbing in your hostel dorm, sending a flurry of contradictory messages to people who are on the other side of the world, who are ready to go to bed or go out for the night. Something, which you’ve been sure was ‘hormones’ the past two days, has a grip on each of your lungs and each of your eyes, relentless. You’re out of balance and out of control and wondering at what point you’re going to have to accept your personal definition of “failure” and book the flight back home.

Backpacking is both of these events happening at the same time.

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Review: Grab Cafe

Grab Cafe Kuala Lumpur

My past few KindMeal reviews have all taken place around the Bukit Bintang area of Kuala Lumpur, but I’m shaking things up! This week I’m reviewing Grab Cafe!

Address: Unit 1-5, Ground Floor Menara UOA Bangsar, No. 5, Jalan Bangsar Utama 1, Bangsar, 59000, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, 59000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Hours: Open 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; Closed on Saturday and Sunday

Free Wifi? Yes!

KindMeal Deal: 10% off with Basic Discount; 20% off with KindWords Sharing; valid on any meat-free items

Do They Take Cards? They accept card payment for purchases over MYR 20.

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Can Vegetarians Visit Southeast Asia? An Herbivore’s Guide

Can Vegetarians Visit Southeast Asia?

Anyone with a dietary restriction may be hesitant before traveling to a new place, especially if you’re already dealing with new languages, new cultures, and new traditions.

I stuck to a plant-based diet while traveling through Europe, but I was unsure of what I would find when I got to Southeast Asia. All I saw on Instagram are people eating scorpions off the street, and I couldn’t find too much information on how easy it was to stick to a vegetarian diet. I’ve been in Southeast Asia for three months now, and here’s what I’ve learned…

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This Isn’t Just a Story.

“I got into this business because I love stories. They comfort us, they inspire us, they create a context for how we experience the world, but also you have to be careful because if you spend a lot of time with stories, you start to believe that life is just stories. And it’s not. Life is life. And that’s so … sad … because there’s so little time … and what are we doing with it?”

Princess Carolyn opens the Season 4 finale of Bojack Horseman with these questions. If you wait too long to hit the pause button, you’re quickly ushered away from the drama by the ridiculousness of the adult cartoon, which features a wild amount of animal puns and some of the most devastating plot lines I’ve watched on television. I’ve already talked my coworkers’ ears off about the pure genius of this television show, so I’ll spare you.

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Review: Cafe Etc.

Review: Cafe Etc Kuala lumpur

Coffee shop lovers will hit the jackpot visiting (or living in) Kuala Lumpur. I have another review sponsored by KindMeal, the world’s first meat-free lifestyle platform! This week, I visited Cafe Etc., and I’m happy to share this local gem with you!

Cafe Etc.

Cafe Etc Review - Kuala LumpurAddress: 198, Jalan Tun H S Lee, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Hours:  10 AM-10PM Tuesday-Sunday; closed on Mondays

Free Wifi?: Yes!

KindMeal Deal10% off with Basic Discount; 20% off with KindWords Sharing; valid on any meat-free items

Know Before You Go: Credit cards can only  be used on purchases MYR 60 and up.

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The Best and Worst Things About Living in a Hostel, As Told By RuPaul’s Drag Race GIFs

This post is for a bit of a niche audience, eh?

For the past few weeks, I’ve been living and Workaway-ing in a hostel in Kuala Lumpur. Hostel life is definitely a unique experience, whether you’re working for accommodation or just staying for a few nights. Every hostel is different, and every night is different depending on the people that are staying for the night, but in general, you’ll find great things (and not so great things) at every hostel. To make things fun, I added GIFs from Drag Race. No reason. I just miss watching Drag Race every week.

All images are via RuPaul’s Drag Race, in case you were not aware. Just feel like I had to say it.

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Five Strange Things I Ate and Drank in Da Lat, Vietnam (And Other Terrifying Experiences)

Things to do in Da Lat

Looking for things to do in Da Lat? Get your stomach ready. This is going to be a wild ride.

Andrew and I didn’t know much about Da Lat when we decided to add it to our itinerary. It’s a few hours away from Saigon, and another place in Vietnam to check out.  We had heard about canyoning and experiencing cold weather (for once,) but that’s about it. We were in for a surprise.

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