$25 off your first HotelTonight booking

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HotelTonight is one my favorite travel apps. On a recent roadtrip from Seattle to LA, HotelTonight was my go-to app. Some days my friend and I would drive 100 miles. Other days we would drive 300 miles. The point is: we didn’t know where we were sleeping that night. But it didn’t really matter. We knew that…

American Express Sync: $30 off your cell phone bill

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I woke up this morning to a pleasant surprise from American Express. They are offering a $10 statement credit for a $75 cell phone bill transaction, up to 3 times. I synced two of my cards to the deal. On the topic of cell phones, I recently switched to T-Mobile for the new, free international data…

“No guide, No shop” at the Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal

Below is a piece that I wrote for the Rapid Travel Chai from two summers ago. It was my first piece that hit the blogger scene. I’ve been a bit busier than usual lately, so I had to dig up some classics for the blog. Enjoy! ************************* Sometimes savvy travelers get stuck with others that…

City Hacking: Lima

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Introduction City Hacking: Rio de Janeiro and the 2014 FIFA World Cup City Hacking: Iguazu Falls City Hacking: Lima How to book this trip Things to do before leaving for Brazil and Peru Injured abroad? Here’s what to do. I stayed in the city center and the business district after jumping on a mistake fare…

Uber $30 credit, Lyft $25 credit, Flywheel $15 credit

Uber in London. Much cheaper now, 37 pounds from Heathrow to West London on UberX

Summer is here and so is the generosity of new user credits for nearly all the car sharing programs. Uber: get $30 toward your first ride. Almost everywhere in the U.S. and internationally. I’ve used the service on five continents and it’s worked flawlessly on each. For those of you that are UK-based, sign up…

City Hacking: Iguazu Falls

Full moon view of Garganta del Diablo at midnight

City Hacking: Iguazu Falls Iguazu Falls was the highlight of my South American trip. Successfully navigating Iguazu Falls means visiting both the Brazilian and Argentinian sides. A few days before my flight to Foz do Iguaçu International Airport, I bit the bullet and paid the $160 Argentinian reciprocity fee so that I could see the…

How did Hao Tran travel so extensively as a student?

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Within half an hour of posting a question, I would get more than 5+ detailed answers for questions like: What are the best destinations around the world to see cherry blossoms? What is it like to drive from Jasper National Park to Vancouver? What is the best way to travel through Budapest, Vienna, and Prague? After…

Welcome to Dispatches from Abroad!

On Dispatches from Abroad, I’ll be looking to provide a different spin on travel blogging. As a 21-year old blogger who has just graduated college, I’ll be focusing on demystifying strategies and itineraries on how to travel efficiently and safely in cities and countries that are challenging for the typical traveler. I’ve just recently come back from…