Before we planned our trip to the Maldives all we knew was that it is the classic honeymoon destination—white powdery beaches, turquoise lagoons, and luxurious over-water bungalows. All those are true, but as we dug deeper we learned that the country has a fascinating culture and history.
Hoi An doesn’t have as big a digital nomad scene as Saigon, but it’s worth considering if you prefer quieter towns. There’s a beautiful ancient centre, rice paddies, rivers, and a beach a few kilometres away. There are no co-working spaces, but plenty of cafes. The Wi-Fi is good, and it’s easy to rent a house for stays of a month or more.
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.