Misc V. 17 The Difference Between Privileged and Spoiled

I read a personal blog taking a jab at “privileged backpackers” in a derogatory manner. There is no one right way to travel but to explore, is indeed a privilege. Not everyone has the opportunities, means, will, or desire to visit another country. But there is nothing wrong with being financially stable enough to see […]

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Misc V. 35 Robbed in Saigon Pt. 2

Recap Pt 1 He spewed on longer about “chasing them down,” and I let him leave for the small moment of clarity I could use over skype. I finally got through the long process of reporting potential fraud and identity thief. Then my ex came back out of breath and said he was robbed by […]

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Misc V. 34 Robbed in Saigon Pt. 1

There is a hostel in Saigon with video footage of me in an elevator, head tilted towards the ceiling, projecting vomit. I hadn’t slept in twenty-four hours and the world was spinning while I struggled to keep balance in this metal box. Until the doors opened and I was face to face with the staff […]

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Misc V. 33 Yucatan First Dates

Taxi drivers, time shareholders, and hotel pickups surrounded us the moment we left the airport. We struggled to find the guy with our name sign and were led into a false Marco-Polo game before being offered a deal from another rent-a-car company. I understand the persistence since their sales pitch is a part of the job, […]

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Misc V. 32 Cities of Love: Tourist Trap

In the 1970s, the Mexican government decided to uproot acres of mangroves and marshes to replace them with glittering resorts. These enormous infrastructures were built along a strip of sand that previously housed a myriad of mosquitos, gators, and snake piles large enough to make this girl’s heart jump. No former settlements. Solely a jungle. It was […]

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