Our journey around Southeast Asia has been continuing, which partially explains why we’ve not been in touch for a while.
Last time we sent out an email, we were in Laos and hailing it as tourism’s next big thing (a statement we still stand by). Since then, we’ve traveled the length of Vietnam from north to south.
Vietnam: highs and lows
Vietnam is a fascinating country. Like its neighbours, it’s a nation with a challenging past which continues to shape it. That said, the tourism sector is well developed and there is plenty on offer for adventurers. Halong Bay and Hoi An are clear highlights (pictured above) and we loved them both. Sapa was an overdeveloped disappointment and clearly a victim of its own success. One to one, the people are lovely and easy to get on with, but generally as a mass (in our humble experience), they’re a tricky nut to crack. Overall, we come away with very happy memories, but still mixed feelings.
Almost certainly contributing to our impressions of Vietnam, travel fatigue has kicked in and is very real. Living out of a bag and moving around on a regular basis does get wearing after a few months, as I’m sure you can imagine.
We channeled the emotion of travel fatigue into writing an article on this topic. If you’re thinking about embarking on long term travel/backpacking anytime soon, you’ll certainly want to give this a read.
More vids on our YouTube channel
Posting regularly to our YouTube channel is tricky when you're having to rely on inconsistent hotel Wifi. While we're trying to post once a week, we had to wait three weeks to publish our latest video from Rishikesh, India (above).
Since we last wrote a newsletter, we also posted some other videos to the channel. Head over to check them out and subscribe for future videos from our adventures in India and Southeast Asia.
A new home for Here To Travel Plus
Our email newsletter (Here To Travel Plus) has a new home at plus.heretotravel.com, where you can catch-up with our previous newsletters. As a subscriber to our newsletter, you are automatically a free member of HTT Plus.
We've future plans to expand HTT Plus into something much larger than just a newsletter, but these extra bits will always be optional. If you're happy as you are, don't worry, nothing will change.
Trending Travel Guides
Here are the travel guides on our website which are currently trending:
In each newsletter, we summarise all the cool eco-travel stuff we've found elsewhere on the internet. Here what we've been enjoying lately.
- NomadSister is a platform that empowers women and helps them to travel the world on their own by offering free and safe places the stay.
- In this thoroughly researched article, we learn why travel is so good for our minds (as if we needed more reason to explore the world).
- Ecomadic connects travellers like you with responsible and sustainable travel businesses.
- This report by World Animal Protection highlights the travel companies that still aren't doing enough to protect wildlife.
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Until the next one,
Jade and Matt
P.S. If you’re curious about the tools we’re using to plan and book our big Asian adventure, head to our Resources section.