My Top Travel Picks

Dragon & Tiger Pagodas (Kaohsiung, Taiwan)

I’ve been to more than sixty countries around the world. I’ve narrowed it down to the best places to hike, eat, and sight see. Here are my top travel picks for the “best of the best”.

Favorite Country: Taiwan

Best place to eat: Hawker stalls in Singapore

Best Night Market: Shilin (in Taipei)

Least Favorite City in Asia: Manila

Best Solo Destination: Bali

Best hidden treasure of Taipei: Taking the gondola up to Maokong Tea Plantations

Best way to see Kyoto/Osaka: By bike

Most navigable country: Singapore (MRT)

Best place to snorkel: Ko Tao (Thailand)

Best Hike: Batad Rice Terrace (Philippines)

Best Airbnb: Ate Beth’s place in Puerto Galera (White Beach)

Airbnb or Couchsurfing: Airbnb!

Best place for a layover onwards to Asia: Honolulu

Best Caribbean Island: St. Maarten

Best thing to see near Sydney: Blue Mountains (Katoomba)

Best thing about Korea: The energy of Seoul

Best Airlines: Delta (super reliable and kind crew)

Best Filipino snacks: Buko juice(coconut) and lumpia

 

My best travel experiences

  • Getting lost in Ssamziegil in Insadong taking in art and traditional shops while eating delicious soondubu jiggae, and savoring a warm tea with honey in a local teashop afterwards
  • Enjoying morning yoga at sunrise in Bali at the Yoga Barn
  • Hiking through the rice terraces of Batad Rice Terrace in Banaue, Ifugao Province, Philippines and savoring a cold coconut juice (buko) while admiring the views
  • Snorkeling In Ko Tao, Thailand with unimaginable marine life in an array of colors
  • Watching a blue whale breaching in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Inhambane, Mozambique
  • Getting lost in a traditional food market in Da Nang, Vietnam
  • A stranger on a motor bike picking me up to bring me back into town when I was walking from the cold springs