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Finding my cultural roots in Taipei, Taiwan

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With this post, I wrap up my epic, month-long Asian vacation. The final stop had a mission: finding my cultural roots in Taipei, Taiwan. I spent four fascinating days in the capitol city of this tiny island nation. Between the food, conversations and art, I went home feeling updated, with a more global sense of self. Taipei gave me another chance to …

Fear of traveling solo: 9 things I learned in Bangkok

betty ming liu Inspiration, Travel 8 Comments

On Jan. 1, my daughter Gabi and I flew to Bangkok. This was after 18 days of traveling together in Asia. She was heading home. Meanwhile, I planned to stay in Thailand’s capitol city and deal with my fear of traveling solo. As we waited for her flight, Gabi watched me fidget on my iPhone. “Why are your hands shaking?” …

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Why I loved visiting Cambodia, a tourism hot spot

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Cambodia is a tiny country with incredible ancient ruins, brutal politics and really good food. Visiting here taught me so much about being human — and having hope. I went into this poor nation of 15 million people totally ignorant of its history. Turns out it consistently ranks on top-10 tourism lists for its huge, sprawling temples that date back 900 …

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10 days in Vietnam changes my life

betty ming liu Inspiration, Travel 14 Comments

Our mother-daughter dream vacation just wrapped up 10 days in Vietnam. The trip made memories that bonded us as adult buddies for life. How marvelous to have a 21-year-old adult child who is now one of my best friends. And the trip isn’t over yet! Vietnam offered us everything from nature and incredible eats to military history. Gabi and I kayaked …

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Practicing the art of flying at LaGuardia Airport

betty ming liu Relationships, Travel 4 Comments

Hello from Ann Arbor, Michigan! I just arrived for a week in my new Midwestern home-away-from-home. The flight from New York was such a horror show that it got me reflecting on My Journey: What do 21st century travelers need to survive airplanes and life in general? I always find the patience to go on from a wise writer who …

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