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Remote Year: Hanoi food favourites

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This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure statement. All photos are © Barbara Cameron Pix, unless otherwise noted. Before I travelled around the world with Remote Year, when I thought of Vietnamese food I conjured up Canadian-ized-versions of it. Tasty, yes, and a favourite choice for a frugal meal out. But after spending a month in Hanoi and enjoying many of the classic...
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Remote Year: Hanoi food favourites

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This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure statement. All photos are © Barbara Cameron Pix, unless otherwise noted. Before I travelled around the world with Remote Year, when I thought of Vietnamese food I conjured up Canadian-ized-versions of it. Tasty, yes, and a favourite choice for a frugal meal out. But after spending a month in Hanoi and enjoying many of the classic...
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Can You Really Adapt to Other Cultures While Keeping Your Own?

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It’s a strange thing as a digital nomad- after traveling for a certain amount of time you begin to feel like you belong no where. You never fully belong to any place you settle in, and as time passes, you feel like you don’t really belong to your own culture. It feels like you’re becoming some sort of cultural voyeurist- eagerly consuming other communities way...
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What’s magic, anyway?

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I live in Los Angeles now so saw a lot of people in real life that I had only seen on TV before. It was weird. First it was elating, and unbelievable, and exciting. And then it was just another human being talking.I spent some of the time amused (these were comedy shows). I spent a good amount of the time questioning why I was...
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I Don’t Complain Anymore

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I used to include just a single affirmation, “Every day in every way, I am getting better and better,” in my morning routine. Over the years, this has blossomed into several paragraphs describing how I show up, multiple Bible verses about my faith, a few lines of poetry about my new city, and a 6-page slide deck vision board about my future. (I might be...
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Moving to a New City is Easy

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Lol just kidding. It’s terrible and hard.BUT. There’s a reason the city you're in now isn’t doing it for you. And chances are you don’t feel like trying to make it work there anymore. Or maybe you just want to see new places, meet different people, see the real affects of culture and lifestyle on your joy and contentment.I moved to Los Angeles because I...
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I Jumped Off a Bridge (and You Can Too!)

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Usually a leap of faith isn’t meant literally. When I spent the weekend in Guatapé, Colombia I didn’t even realize I would be taking one. The experience was already better than I was expecting. The group of us, who had been traveling together for 11 months with Remote Year, rode on the top of vans down the breathtaking countryside, hiked up to see landscape views...
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3 Ways to Not Die When Dating Internationally

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We all know true love knows no bounds and recognizes no visa requirements. We also know that what you’re looking for when you’re lonely and swiping on Tinder and Bumble from your hostel or a random cafe where you can’t pronounce any of the menu items, could not even loosely be described as love. But for the sake of this article, let’s pretend that it is.The warm embrace of a stranger...
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What Does International Allyship Look Like During Pride Month?

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As a heterosexual Black woman, the identities I often use to examine a culture and its history as I travel are based on race, gender, and occasionally class. One lens I’m privileged to not have to consider as deeply is sexual orientation and presentation. In general, traveling abroad opens your eyes in all the expected ways. You try new food. You test new languages. You...
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3 Ways to Save Money When Living Abroad

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There is no feeling like leaving familiar territory for the cities and countries you’ve only visited in your dreams. But regardless of whether you’re walking the streets of Tokyo, lounging on a beach in Ghana, or hiking the trails of Patagonia, you’ll need to make sure your bank account remains as healthy as your Instagram feed. I’m here to help. After months of living abroad,...
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