With a UNESCO World Heritage ancient centre, lush rice paddies, and scenic beaches, Hoi An was a pleasant place to base ourselves for a few months. It was a quieter alternative to the more popular digital nomad hub Saigon, and we found it an affordable place to live.
Lucy Sheref (aka WanderLuce) is a beauty blogger and London native who has been travelling with her impressively bearded boyfriend since January 2014. She has a passion for seeing the world while keeping her favourite lipstick on. This is one of my favourite interviews in the book as while I chose not to wear makeup, Lucy shows that it is possible to travel carry-on only with lots of beauty products. I also love the very English luxury item that she packs!
There’s good news and bad news for vegetarians in Vietnam. The bad news is that no Vietnamese dishes are naturally vegetarian, so hunting down street eats is a challenge if you want something more than a laughing cow cheese banh mi. The good news is that many Buddhists in Vietnam eat vegetarian food for at least two days a month. This means that there are many vegetarian restaurants, and for two days at full and new moons (30th/1st and 14th/15th days of the lunar calendar), you can even find street stalls selling meat-free dishes.
Vietnam is an increasingly popular digital nomad hotspot. Most people head to Hoi Chi Minh City or (to a lesser extent) Hanoi, but we knew those cities would be too hectic for us. A few years ago we looked into Hoi An, a much smaller town in the centre of the country, but it seemed impossible for find rentals for just one or two months. Thankfully, things have changed, and it’s now easy to find a house to rent.
Two weeks ago I released my book, The Carry-On Traveller: The Ultimate Guide to Packing Light. The launch went so much better than I expected, and I even managed to pay off all my book expenses (Grammarly, proofreader, cover) in the first few days. Thank you to everyone who bought the book, left a review on Amazon, and shared it on social media. You have all been so supportive!