How to Live Local Anywhere

How to Live Local Anywhere

There’s nothing like sticking out like a sore thumb while traveling. In terms of appearance, there wasn’t anything I could do to blend in in Reykjavik, a land of blonde hair and fair skin. Luckily, Icelandic folk are a kind breed, but what about Russia where my...
On Couchsurfing in Japan

On Couchsurfing in Japan

This is an ode to my wonderful hosts in Japan. In a land where couchsurfing isn’t that common, it can be a bit challenging to find a host, especially at the last minute. On the upside, however, it can turn out to be an even more rewarding experience. With a sturdy...
Kyoto Living: An AirBnB Experience

Kyoto Living: An AirBnB Experience

I’ve couchsurfed, rented an apartment in Bangkok through Roomorama, and just recently, I stayed at an apartment in Kyoto with an AirBnB host. What’s next? Having just visited Japan four months earlier, I preferred not to live in hostels, during the country’s...
Overnight with Fly by Knight

Overnight with Fly by Knight

Per the suggestion of my friend, Laura, whom I met back in St. Petersburg, Russia, I spent my first 2 nights in Beijing at a hostel called Fly by Knight Courtyard hostel. Prior to my arrival in China, I reached out to them to see if they would be willing to exchange 2...
Living Like a Local in Bangkok

Living Like a Local in Bangkok

Among everything else, staying in hostels was a new experience to me when I started traveling, and the longer I travel, the more hostels become my calling. I also wanted to make sure I included a lot of variety on my journey, accommodation options included. In...