Motivational Monday- What’s Your Purpose?

My purpose is to inspire, whether it be talking to a congregation of people (not that I have done that), to writing a blog post where 1 to 5 people may read it or a simple conversation to the stranger on a bus, in a bar, on a plane or anywhere really!

I am living my story and I love hearing other’s too! Everyone has a story to tell, and if you just listen and open up to the universe, you will be a much better person. I have never felt more alive than when I am traveling, meeting people and having a good time!

I sat down and thought about it for a second… what is it about travel that makes me so happy? It’s the thought of discovering a new gem, a new friend, a new smell, a new smile! It’s to see things with my wide open eyes for the first time! It’s the excitement I feel when I wake up in a new city, it’s the lives I can touch with a simple hello or thank you!

I have learnt to let go of the person I thought I was and embrace the person I am. I am a single 28-year-old woman with a faith-filled life ahead of me. Stepping out of my comfort zone was the best thing I have ever done and I am so proud of myself for doing it! The road’s never easy, but the person you become is the greatest story you will ever tell!!

I encourage you to find your purpose, it’s tough especially when you don’t know how, who or what but try different things. Do something you’re afraid of, speak to a stranger, live now because the only way you can harness your full potential is to discover who you truly are!

I for sure don’t have my ducks all in a row and the truth is I probably never will but it is nice knowing who I am and the person I strive to be! Don’t let society cloud your judgement. I am a marketing girl by vocation.I studied consumer behavior, The media is selling you lies and things you don’t need so don’t buy into things you think you need rather do something crazy if you will. For me, it’s travel and exploring life through others and in so doing I have found ME. find the thing that makes you happy and just take it from there.

So step outside and you will be so surprised with yourself!
Peace love and Happiness

Cherry ♥

My Travel Tips for Vietnam

As I promised some tips to hack Vietnam on a budget and still have the best time of your life!

I started off in the Hanoi and worked my way down to Ho Chi Minh City.
Tip one the most tricky thing when going to any country is the currency. In Vietnam, you are a millionaire well in Dong, the currency they use. 1million dong is approximately $50 US. So be smart with your money or you will get ripped off.

If you are backpacking, I suggest staying in the backpacker areas so everything you need is within walking distance and you won’t be spending money on taxis. In Hanoi, it’s called the old quarter, and I highly recommend staying at Hanoi Rocks undoubtedly the best hostel I stayed in, in Vietnam.

It has everything amazing big beds big locker space its clean, amazing chill area with bar and restaurant including free beer for 2 hours and breakfast if you wake up in time. They have a gig guide of different events every night perfect location for a solo traveler around free beer o’clock the place livens up, and everyone becomes friends. It is also on the night market street so it can be very crazy over weekends but such a good vibe. They also have a travel desk where you can book trips and bus or train tickets.

Tours to do in the area that’s a must is Halong Bay and Sapa. I suggest you go from agency to agency to get a good deal and get your haggle game on.
I did one night two days Halong bay all meals and activities are included. You get kayaking cave exploring beach time a cooking class dinner and karaoke and fishing the next day breakfast, a trip to an oyster farm and lunch before heading back to Hanoi.

Sapa I did two nights one night in a homestay and one night Hotel. The first day you do a 6-hour trek in the rice fields up to the homestay. Next day half day trek to beautiful waterfalls and back to the beautiful city of Sapa. The third day half day trek to a village called. Cat Cat village. More beautiful rice fields and waterfalls a local dancing show and lots of things to buy everywhere.
For both tours, I paid $120 US that I quickly realized was too much but for five days including all meals accommodation and transport not bad at all but you can get it cheaper.

Another Gem I found thanks to a local friend the best massage I have ever had a place called the foot massage in Hanoi it was so great oil hot stone and Thai all in one!
I then headed to Da Nang on sleeper bus I sprained my ankle and was very lucky to meet a lovely Vietnamese girl who took me in for a few days. So I had my own Vietnamese family for a week that was so awesome.
Another good tip check out couchsurfing and try and meet some locals they are all awesome, and most of the locals want to practice English with you. Some people may even offer you free accommodation.

My number 1 spot in Vietnam is Hoi An about 40km outside of Da Nang! A smaller little beach town that totally comes alive at night with beautiful lanterns so many things to buy you will want to buy it all. If you love shopping or fashion amazing seamstresses that can do anything in a day for cheap too. A good place to stay in Hoi An is the Sunflower hostel with a swimming pool it’s a little pricey $8 a night but there are plenty  cheaper in the area, and you can always use the pool.

I, unfortunately, due to my ankle I missed out Dalat Na Trang and Mu Nie places I have to go back to visit.
I then went to Ho Chi Minh City went to the Cu Chi tunnels and a cruise on the Mekong Delta.
I stayed at Hideout Hostel it’s nice also includes breakfast and two free beers in District 1 the backpacker area in walking distance of everything.
A surreal experience especially the tunnels listening to the war stories and even being in those tunnels for less then 5 minutes put things into perspective. I cannot believe people lived down there for years. Some heartbreaking stories but something I believe everyone should know about.
A good tip if you plan on doing Vietnam get the open bus ticket for $40 (try and haggle for that price its usually $50) it lasts for the month, and you can jump on and off, so it’s a great save.

The food where do I begin it’s all delicious, and the Coffee Vietnamese Coffee changed my life so strong and so good iced or warm it’s my favorite. The must try food pho noodle soup really good, and you can find it anywhere. Another great find is the Banh Mi a Vietnamese sandwich that beats SubWay. It’s a baguette with lettuce tomato cucumber shredded meat and cheese topped off with a source of your choice. I loved these things and they pretty cheap if you buy them off the street. Fresh or fried spring rolls amazing, and they have these places where you can make wraps with rice paper and add your veggies and meat fresh and tasty. One plus with Vietnamese food it’s mostly fresh and healthy not dripping in oil.

I truly loved my time in Vietnam and would recommend that anyone young and old should go.
Hope this helps give you an inside glimpse of Vietnam, and I hope you all visit. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give me a shout in the comments I am happy to help if I can.

Peace love and Happiness

Cherry ♥

 

My Vietnam

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My Vietnam from the moment I arrived you welcomed me with open arms a solo traveler with no plan but the vast beauty of your country to explore. Your people touched me with your kind nature and even when I was feeling ill I didn’t feel more at peace and home.

My first encounter with the street was shocked horror I remember my very first night as if it was yesterday sitting at a corner cafe and just watching bikes and more bikes shooting off in all directions I just sat there gobsmacked that I haven’t witnessed an accident yet. But yet in this madness and chaoticness things seem to work!

I had know idea what I thought Vietnam would be like a big village not as build up as it actually is, that was a huge surprise for me. Getting to explore the beauty of Halong Bay seeing thousands of untouched islands swimming in your warm sea and running my toes through the sand was a good treat again.

Waking up every morning and hoping someone would not shake me awake and this heaven on earth was all but a dream because that’s what every moment felt like a dream.

I sat on your boat in disbelief of the beauty I was seeing trying to capture every moment on my camera so I can explain it to friends and family back home, but the pictures don’t do it justice at all. I remember getting a little teary as I looked out at the sea and by the power of the heavens above for giving me the courage and strength to take a leap of faith and cross the road and give up the comforts of home for landscapes not even dreams could capture so vividly!

That was all only on day three now three weeks in and the eve of my departure I am filled with bittersweet emotions because around the next corner something else awaits me.

I have made real relationships with people quickly had deep talks about everything, and nothing more than my entire life in China could capture this trip has given me a new found confidence and I am living for each moment cherishing every second as I don’t want these memories ever to fade.

I thank you Vietnam for your beauty your kind people and yes everything isn’t perfect but for allowing me to have this amazing experience I thank you and I will be back!!

A glimpse of how a country can touch you when you open to trying new things being positive and allowing people in. Traveling alone can be scary but also one of the best experiences you can have. Next post I will give you a run down on the places I visited.

Peace love and Happiness

Cherry ♥

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