TRAVEL GUIDES

I’m not an expert, but I’ve learned a few things from our trips that I wish I had known beforehand. Here are a few travel guides that I hope can benefit first-time travelers to these destinations.

The First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Sagada, Mountain Province, Philippines

The First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Sagada, Mountain Province, Philippines

A small mountain town of a little over 11,000 people, the first time I visited Sagada was fifteen years ago. My sister and I took a backpacking trip up north and this sleepy town famous for its hanging coffins was one of our first stops. I've always preferred mountains over beaches so I instantly fell in love with the place.
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The First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

The First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam

Saigon's pulsating nightlife didn't appeal to us. What we did find appealing, was the city's vibrant street food culture that exceeded every other destination we had visited in Vietnam. Despite spending little more than two full days in Ho Chi Minh City, we left with some of the most memorable dining experiences from our trip.
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The First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Taipei, Taiwan

The First-Timer’s Travel Guide to Taipei, Taiwan

I have a list of countries I want to revisit and Taiwan sits at the very top of that list. We’ve only been there once, for three days in Taipei, but we fell in love with it instantly. It surprised us on so many levels. The people were warm and friendly, the prices were surprisingly affordable, especially for a developed Asian country, and the street food? Phenomenal!
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