Everything you need to pack to survive rainy season in Thailand and SE Asia from www.dtravelsround.comEverything you need to pack to survive rainy season in Thailand and SE Asia from www.dtravelsround.com

What to Pack for Rainy Season in Thailand

Everything you need to pack to survive rainy season in Thailand and SE Asia from www.dtravelsround.comEverything you need to pack to survive rainy season in Thailand and SE Asia from www.dtravelsround.com

Rainy season is my favorite time of year in Thailand. Without a doubt. I love the fresh air that washes the smell of diesel away. The sound of the droplets hitting the metal roofs. The downpours that come charging out of nowhere, and then disappear as quickly as they came.

During the months of July through October, mainland Thailand is privy to rainy season, also known as monsoon season.

Considered to be low season – although this is when the bulk of Americans travel thanks to our antiquated leave system and schools being out of session — prices tend to dip a little, making it the perfect time to head to this gorgeous part of the world.

Yes, it’s hot. Yes, it’s humid. No, it doesn’t get chilly at night. Unless you are wearing soaking wet clothes. And, even then, it is more of sticky wet than chilly wet.

Expect the days to be mostly overcast, although the sun does show its bright little face every now and then. And, expect bursts of rain showers that don’t last long enough to ruin your plans … just make them damp.

What to pack for rainy season in Thailand?

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Money Matters: Why You Must Have Money to Travel

Why you don't need money to travel is the worst advice ever. A case for why money is necessary. Part 1 of 2 in Money Matters via www.dtravelsround.com
“Quit your job to travel. Now.”

“Don’t worry about money. It’s OK. You won’t regret traveling.”

“Who cares about the future, you need to enjoy your present.”

Or, “It’s OK to spend all your money on traveling, says science,” according to the Huffington Post. (Hello, click bait! which I refuse to link to.)

Do these statements sound familiar?

I see motivational messages like this all the time. Sure, they are inspiring. They are motivating.  But, they are also irresponsible.

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10 Tips for Solo Female Travelers

10 tips for solo female travelers, especially first-timers!
Do you want to travel solo but haven’t pulled the trigger yet?

Traveling as a single female is more accessible than ever, thanks to a growing number of kick-ass women who take the plunge and hit the road for their own adventures. Whether heading out on a gap year, taking a career-break or simply going on a holiday, no one says you must have a companion at your side.

In fact, solo travel can open people up to a wide world of experiences that people traveling with others aren’t always so fortunate to have. Solo female travel pushes women to become more adaptive. To have faith that they can do whatever they set their hearts to. That they can be independent and see the world, without needing anyone else.

As a first-time solo female traveler, it can be daunting to book those tickets, make those plans and dive into the world of travel. But, it doesn’t have to be!

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The Cool Guide to London

The Cool Guide to London including free attractions, where to eat, bars and where to stay via www.dtravelsround.com
While in London, I was constantly looking for cool places to visit and experience. I like to think I found quite a few little gems, some you may have heard of, and maybe some new ones, too!

Sure, people visiting London tend to do the tourist things like Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the West End and on and on … but some of the gems of London aren’t those attractions.

In fact, there are plenty of free places to explore (and, sure, they are likely in guidebooks).

I’ve rounded up some of my favorite free places to visit, walks to take, great restaurants and bars and even some hotels to add to your itinerary.

So, what’s cool to do in London? Why, hello, The Cool London Guide (as curated by yours truly) that includes all of the things to do in London that I love.

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Getting a Student Visa for Spain as an American

Step-by-step tips on how Americans can get a student visa to live in Spain via www.dtravelsround.com
For most of my adult life, I have dreamed of living in Europe. But, as an American, actually living in Europe beyond the Schengen visa limit of 90 in/90 out in a 180 day period makes it pretty much impossible (unless I get hitched to someone with an EU passport, which is never entirely out of the question).

So, what is a girl to do when those dreams of residing in this bubble of history and culture can’t be achieved without an EU passport? Answer: she gets creative.

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Hipmunk City Love: Planning an Artsy Trip to Berlin

Planning an artsy trip to Berlin, Germany

Berlin is no stranger to art.

From the ever-growing street art scene to the more traditional art enclaves, Germany’s capital is one of the best places in Europe to go to become immersed in the creative – and unique – art scene.

It’s hard to miss art in Berlin – it can be found pretty much everywhere.

The key to planning an art-focused trip to Berlin is to know where to look for the ultimate art-lover experience.

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Chiang Mai health and beauty guide

Chiang Mai Health and Beauty Guide
When I first arrived in Chiang Mai, I had no idea where to start in terms of becoming a healthier person (and a well-coiffed one, too). It isn’t difficult to find places which cater to expats or western travelers in Chiang Mai, thanks to its ridiculously huge digital nomad scene, and its unending supply of english teachers.

But, the key is to find the places other expats/travelers recommend.

It took me years of living in Chiang Mai to discover all the city had to offer in terms of health and beauty.

If you’re planning a trip to Chiang Mai, or living/looking to live as an expat, here’s your Chiang Mai Health and Beauty Guide.

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