Tag Archives: Malaysia

30 before 30 travel bucket list: My top 30 travel experiences so far

This list of things to do before you turn 30 can help you plan your travels for years!

On Tuesday, I turned 30. I celebrated my birthday on the road through Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda. As I’ve been spending a lot of time on buses staring out the window at the East African savanna, I’ve been reflecting on my first 30 years of travel. So I put together this list of […]

Three days in Penang Malaysia: Things to do in Penang on a budget

This Penang itinerary 3 days covers all the best Penang points of interest.

Penang Island is a highlight of any trip to Malaysia. The island is a unique blend of traditional Malay, Indian, Chinese, and European cultures, coupled with 21st-century street art and third-wave coffee shops. In this post, I’ll share the perfect itinerary for three days in Penang, Malaysia’s cultural beating heart.   Penang has long been […]

Kuala Lumpur Backpacking: Things to see in KL on a budget

The Petronas Towers are one of the most iconic places to visit in Kuala Lumpur.

Ah, Kuala Lumpur. One of Asia’s most exciting cities. Where traditional meets modern. The perfect intro to Malaysia’s multiculturalism. One of Southeast Asia’s main gateways — and a far friendlier entry point to the region than Bangkok. As great as KL is, it can also be an expensive city to visit. But with a little […]

Ten things to do in the Cameron Highlands

One of the main Cameron Highlands attractions is the tea plantations.

The Cameron Highlands form Malaysia’s most iconic landscapes. Mile after mile of rolling hills covered with impossibly-green tea plantations. Towns with a strong British influence in their afternoon-tea culture. Refreshingly cool temperatures. Great food and hill-station vibes to match. It doesn’t get much better than this. There are plenty of things to do in the Cameron […]

Hiking in Malaysia: Taman Negara National Park Jungle Trek

The best hiking in Malaysia is in Taman Negara National Park.

In peninsular Malaysia’s most wild area, I trekked 30 km through the jungle, saw a tapir and heard elephants at night, was bitten by 37 bloodsucking leeches, completely destroyed my clothes, carried 15 kilos of food, water, and camping gear for a total of eleven hours, and loved every minute of it. That pretty well […]

Off the beaten path solo female travel

Hiking in Ecuador is one of the top activities. Read on for details in my comprehensive Ecuador travel guide.

Solo female travel is all the rage these days. More and more women are taking off on adventures alone and learning just how empowering it can be. Destinations like Portugal, Thailand and Bali are at the top of every list of best destinations for solo female travellers. Don’t get me wrong, those are great places […]

Southeast Asia Packing List for women

So you’re planning a trip to Southeast Asia. Awesome — you’re going to have the adventure of a lifetime! This fascinating region is among the easiest in the world to travel, while still offering a diversity of culture and outdoor activities. So how do you pack for all that? In this post, I’ll walk you […]

Perhentian Islands Diving and Relaxation: Malaysia’s best island

The Perhentians are unquestionably the best Malaysian islands to visit.

The Perhentian Islands in Malaysia are home to some of the world’s best beaches. I will spend the rest of my life looking for somewhere to match Long Beach on Perhentian Kecil — and I’ll probably never find it. But these islands aren’t just about finding the shade of a palm tree and curling up […]