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How to Overcome Anxiety Through Travel

How to Overcome Anxiety Through Travel

Things did not immediately get better upon my return like I expected them to. I wondered how to overcome anxiety and I discovered the key was to travel solo once again, to do something that challenged me as a person. I needed to learn how to be independent again, how to overcome anxiety through realizing my strengths and capabilities through solo travel.
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Recipe: Vietnamese Pho

Vietnamese Food. I could write love poems for you. I knew before I arrived in Ho Chi Minh City that I loved Noodle soups. Having spent a month in Thailand prior to that wetted my appetite already to try different types of soups all across Asia. I’m also a massive fan of Japanese Ramen. Little did I know that Pho was quickly going to be one of my favourite foods ever. The amazing thing about Pho is (and Vietnamese food in general, for that matter), that it is very low in calories and because it is prepared with rice noodles, also makes a fantastic option for gluten free meals. You can substitute the beef for some veggies to make it a Vegetarian option – or for chicken if you prefer it.
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Serendipity Tess in Vietnam

Vietnam was one of the most memorable countries I have ever visited. Hoi An, in particular, was a photographer's Paradise. Everywhere you look, there was yet another scene that caught my attention. From the friendly lady selling her fruit, to the boys on the street carefully laying out their lanterns ready to welcome their customers for the day, to the exquisite vietnamese dishes that are photogenic at its best. From the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City to the tranquility in Hoi An, with Hanoi, a grungy artistic city, in the North - Vietnam, you amazed me!
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Vietnam: First Impressions and expressions

Three months into my perpetual traveler existence and these feelings never surfaced in Nepal nor in India. So, when I arrived in Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon as it is still called by many locals), I was disappointed. I had read so many great things about the city – I was not blown away. It would never be a city I would consider to live in. Like ever. Yes, the street food is yummy and there are some cool streets here and there – but other than that: it is dirty and extremely noisy. There are an estimate of about 6 million scooters buzzing around in Saigon. Unsurprisingly, it is called the motorbike city. Whatever it was that attracted people to live an expat life out here…I don’t know.
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A Life Full of Serendipity – Lifestyle & Travel Blog

Vietnam was one of the most memorable countries I have ever visited. Hoi An, in particular, was a photographer's Paradise. Everywhere you look, there was yet another scene that caught my attention. From the friendly lady selling her fruit, to the boys on the street carefully laying out their lanterns ready to welcome their customers for the day, to the exquisite vietnamese dishes that are photogenic at its best. From the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Minh City to the tranquility in Hoi An, with Hanoi, a grungy artistic city, in the North - Vietnam, you amazed me!
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Serendipity Tess’ Bliss Report – Month 4

Month 4 was a very different Month to all the previous ones. I crammed two new countries in a month, Vietnam and Laos, and experienced two different travel styles: solo and buddy travel. After an initial bumpy start to my solo travels in Vietnam, I started loving it so much that I was actually a little bit sad that it came to an end. I was looking forward to meeting my friend in Laos – but at the same time, I kind of wished my solo time had continued a little bit longer. After Laos I was going to be in Chiang Mai for two weeks to catch up on work and only explore a little bit before meeting Ben at the end of March – more solo travel will have to wait for a while.
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Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City? Hanoi!

Hanoi – a Beautiful Mess

My photography is heavily focused on capturing a ‘beautiful mess’. Give me a broken wall, add some colours to it, dot some leaves around and I’m in my element! For whatever reason, my eye is always immediately focused on imperfections. They fascinate me. In my photography, but also in life, in general. I love stories about the black sheep, the outcasts, the rebels and those that have done things differently. I love reading about those that were dubbed ‘nonconformists’. Hanoi, for me, is a city full of alternative non-conformity. It has character. The same way, that I find Melbourne to have character – whereas Sydney…meh. I find myself drawn to ‘artsy’ places, without a doubt.
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Welcome to Vietnam! Musings on travelling solo.

This one evening, I was happily minding my own business – about to order my dinner at this street food stall, looking forward to half an hour of uninterrupted simply being with myself, when this dutch woman sits opposite of me. Eurgh. Really…what is it with people? I would never ever do that. If I saw someone sitting there on their own, I would not just waltz into their bubble and install myself smash bang in front of them. There is a reason, they are there alone. A few months on I realise it’s called ‘being social’ and that is what solo travellers do – it’s perfectly normal.
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