Introduction to a (Pho)nomenal Trip


My name is Gili and I’ll be blogging live from my trip all throughout Vietnam over the next three weeks. I am from New York and am halfway through my third year of college (uni).

I spent the past 4.5 months studying on exchange in Sydney, Australia, and wanted to adventure out into the world, rather than sit on a couch and play Xbox until the next semester commenced. Also, I’m not really sure when I’ll be back on this side of the world, so it’ll be good to seize this opportunity. 

I finished my last exam one week ago and my rent expired, so I had some time to explore South East Asia on my own for a little bit, which translated to some good and some bad. I travelled to Bali for half of the week, and then ventured further north to Thailand (mostly Bangkok), for the remainder of my free time. It was really liberating to be on my own and spontaneously plan my daily events, but also very tiring. I was able to visit temples, see rice paddies for the first time, and dive a shipwreck in the Gulf of Thailand. This was all great, except for my last night in Bangkok. One of my roommates (I assume) went into my bag and stole money out of it while I went to dinner. Although it was a lot of money, and I am still upset, at least I had my money split up in different places, so that I’m not completely bankrupt right now (good travel tip.)

That’s enough of the bad news because I’m at the airport now, waiting to travel to Hanoi! I’m stoked to tour with a group, something I haven’t experienced much of, despite luckily being able to travel to a lot of places in the last few years. It'll be nice to sit back, relax, and not have to worry about what lies ahead for the next three weeks. 

I can’t wait to document my travels, and hopefully inspire some other solo travellers to explore Vietnam with LBW.

If you want to see some really cool pictures, follow me on Instagram at @aftern00n_dlite Can't wait to make more Vietnamese puns.


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