Month: July 2016

Vietnam Travel Photo Diary

Vietnam Travel Photo Diary

There is something spectacular and interesting about Vietnam. We spent over a month here visiting some beautiful places along the way, it was a privilege to be able to take photographs of this colourful, historical country. I fell completely in love with Vietnam, for it’s history, culture and uniqueness. I even went as far as writing a post describing a few reasons why I fell in love with Vietnam. Take a look, I’d love to know what others thought about it. For now here are some of the photography’s I took whilst travelling through Vietnam. Hoi An was one of our favourite towns in Vietnam. The architecture is sensational, with a mix of styles from wooden Chinese shophouses and temples to colourful French colonial buildings, ornate Vietnamese tube houses and the iconic Japanese Covered Bridge. You could spend days roaming the beautiful streets of Hoi An. Hoi An Hoi An – Japanese Covered Bridge Hoi An – Thu Bon River Hue – Imperial city The scenery in Vietnam is phenomenal, I’ve never seen anything like …

Why I Fell In Love With Vietnam

Why I Fell In Love With Vietnam

I fell completely in love with Vietnam, now one of my favourite countries in the world which I hope I get the chance to return to. Here’s why I fell in love with Vietnam. You don’t have to search online for long to find that travellers either love or hate Vietnam. There’s a lot of littering, pollution, scams (but that’s the same throughout South East Asia) and my personal pet peeve, the traffic is horrendous. Nonetheless, I fell completely head over heels in love with Vietnam. Maybe it’s the resilience of the Vietnamese or the beauty in places like Ha Long Bay. Whatever it may be, I loved every minute of it. We spent a month travelling around Vietnam, there were so many things to see and do. Each and every part of Vietnam has something unique and different to offer. Now you’re probably wondering what makes Vietnam such an incredibly wonderful country? Well… It has History Vietnam has a complex history making it a country that is rich in culture. While they may paint a somewhat …

Laos Travel Photo Diary

After Chiang Mai we decided to leave Thailand and head for Laos on the slow boat. The slow boat is a three day journey, which isn’t as bad as it sounds. Travelling to Laos involved a bus journey to the border town Chiang Khong and stopping overnight. Accommodation was provided in the package we bought through our hostel in for the Slow Boat. The rooms were little wooden shacks with a fan and mosquito net. I had to get into Beth’s bed because mine was ripped. The next day we had another bus ride to the border. Our visa was stamped and paid for and then we were in Laos. Now for the two day Slow Boat to Laung Probang. When I first set eyes on the Slow Boat I thought: “Damn this is going to be a rough two days”, but it was actually a smooth trip. An awesome way to see the beautiful scenery. It was lovely passing the villages along the river. Locals got on and off, it was an interesting way to see a …

The Science Behind Negative Tweets

The Science Behind Negative Tweets

The rise of Social Media has meant that is have become a whole lot easier for people to be negative towards others. For me it’s difficult to understand why anyone would want to be nasty to others whether it’s to there face or online. Is there a science behind why people are more negative on social media, has it unlocked a hidden evil in us all?   It is not difficult to scrutinise others when you have a screen to protect you. The Internet has become digital-fuelled alcohol, we now say things to strangers that we would never say if we met them. They consider themselves less accountable for their actions. But, I’m not just talking about Internet trolls, they aren’t the only ones who try to embarrass, scrutinise and ridicule people online. “In the real world people subconsciously monitor the behaviour of others around them and adapt their own behaviour accordingly […] Online we do not have such feedback mechanisms.” – Graham Jones According to Sherry Turkle’s study based on hundreds of interviews over 15 …

Backpack Gadgets you need

5 Backpack Essential Gadgets You Actually Need

As backpackers we are constantly told to travel light. This makes it somewhat confusing when we just want to know what the essentials actually are. When it comes to gadgets we can get a little carried away, everything seems like an essential we can’t do without. There’s many blogs telling you what you do and do not need. This doesn’t really make things any easier. After carrying around probably too many gadgets and coming to a conclusion of what I could do without or even stuff I wish I brought with me I’ve put together a list of five gadgets you actually need. Just the bare essentials, nothing else. Here is a rundown of the backpack essential gadgets no backpacker should do without: A Camera You most certainly will need a camera so you can take pretty snapshots of all your adventures. One camera will do. You don’t need different cameras for each individual purposes. Neither do you need different lenses and equipment. I had a DLSR and sold it in exchange for a smaller, seconded …

Why I Started Blogging

Why I Started Blogging

I first started a blog many years ago; which I deleted. I was young and looking back it was dreadful. A few years later I began another on wordpress. I kept this blog up for a few years. I wasn’t an avid blogger, but I had some followers (I guess). However, I always wanted to start my own self-hosted site, I wanted to take blogging a little more seriously. After I quit my job to travel the world I decided to take the plunge and fork out some money for my own domain name. Curiousjessie.com was born. So I started blogging about my travels. Along side sharing my adventure with the world I also blog for other different reasons. Here are few reasons why I started blogging: Blogging is a great way for me to practice my writing (my grammar can sometimes be awful). I studied Journalism at university and writing is something I wanted to scrub up on. I also wanted to develop my own voice. I’m extremely envious of those who have a …