SMANGUS – Aboriginal Communal Village in the Mountains of Taiwan

If the name itself doesn’t entice you to visit, then you’re following the wrong blog. Smangus (司馬庫斯 – sīmǎkùsī) is the most remote aboriginal tribal village in Taiwan. With a population of just over 200, it sits at an altitude… Continue Reading…


How does getting a new credit card affect credit score?

Usually, the first question anyone asks me when discussing new credit cards is “Won’t this affect my credit score?” The short answer is “YES”…but not by much For anyone living in the United States, you’ve probably seen or heard advertisements… Continue Reading…


What to eat in Taiwan – Dumplings

Taiwan is well known for their cuisine. It’s not only delicious but special and unique. Over the past few years, I’ve been constantly in search of the tastiest meals, snacks, and bites that this country is known for. Here is… Continue Reading…


I traveled the world for a year for $24,740

It’s been quite the year. I left the country almost a year ago (361 days to be exact). It’s been a remarkable experience that has changed my life more than I could’ve imagined (longer hair). But here I am back in… Continue Reading…


Surviving a Lonely Planet

Wow! I can’t believe it’s been so long since my last post. Over the past month and a half since leaving the Western Hemisphere, I’ve been to 6 countries traveling with family, friends, and random strangers. I’ve hardly had any… Continue Reading…


Colombia Food Diary

So many great things about Colombia. This was probably my favorite country so far including the food. Cartegena My first few days didn’t start off on a good note as I was dealing with an illness but still managed to… Continue Reading…


Nicaragua Food Diary

Playa Poneloya We had our own kitchen at this awesome little beachfront resort. I spent a lot of time in the kitchen brushing up on some dumpling skills and cooking with the other guests. Granada This was my second stop… Continue Reading…


Guatemala Food Diary

You’re all probably thinking, “It’s great that you’re having a great time and enjoying different cultures. But what about the food!?” I’ve been slacking on the food updates. I’ve had so much great food in Latin America that it’s hard… Continue Reading…


How to Change Your Life – Volunteering at Casa Aleluya

 It’s taken me a while to start writing this post. Activities, spotty Wi-Fi, and general procrastination have all contributed. However, this gave me plenty of time to reflect on my volunteer experience at Casa Aleluya. As I was planning my… Continue Reading…


Guate’s Up?!

These are my last few days in Guatemala. Over the past 3 weeks, I’ve met countless amazing people, seen some of the most jaw-dropping scenery, and tasted delicious and authentic food. The most rewarding part of my time here was… Continue Reading…