Sarah Lempa

Chicago, USA

Minimalist Travel: How to Pack Four Seasons in One Carry On

Observing feeble attempts to stack airport carts sky high with boulder-like suitcases and precariously perched bags never gets old, especially when someone has to act fast and rescue a piece of luggage that starts to tumble off into the terminal. It’s like Tetris, but a nightmare. As a self-proclaimed minimalist, all of my earthly possessions […]

Marrakech to the Sahara: 6 Must-See Spots Along the Drive

Say sayonara to gas station hot dogs, creepy rest stops, and boring tumbleweed-filled plains. You’re free of those now. We’ve traded them for ancient villages carved right into cliffs and valleys that will make you mutter holy sh*t under your breath. Staggeringly magnificent mountain ridges and sporadic film sets are just two of the contrasting […]

7 Ways to Stop Wasting Travel Time on your Phone and Be More Present

Like. Comment. Share. We’re inundated with notifications and virtual interactions around the clock — and ‘round the globe, too. A heavy emphasis is placed on capturing memories, but what if that very focus is detracting from the actual act of creating them? Without proper engagement in the present, our memories cease to embody the true […]

31 of the Best Things to Do in Vietnam

Vietnam is notorious for chaotically vibrant cities, iconic limestone mountains, and enough crave-worthy local cuisine to inspire you to extend your visa. Seriously, that pho is downright captivating. But wait, there’s more, and I’m not here to just tell you about Ha Long Bay like everyone else. You’re going to want to make your way […]

14 of the Worst People on Airplanes (and How to Deal With Them)

“For the love of god, Linda, if you don’t sit your butt down until we taxi to the gate I’m going to lose my damn mind.” — me internally, on at least 12 separate occasions. Trade out Linda for any name you’d like; this type of passenger is notorious for standing when they shouldn’t and […]

Copenhagen on a Budget: 11 Unique Ways to Experience the City on the Cheap

The Danish capital isn’t exactly known for being affordable, but there are tons of ways to take in all the energy and culture while keeping your budgeting badass status. Sure, you can go on free walking tours, but there are far more creative (and less touristy!) free or cheap activities that the city has to […]

11 Ways to Stay Safe As A Solo Female Traveler (Without Sacrificing Experience)

Let’s get something straight: bad things can happen anywhere in the world, both right at home and a thousand miles away. The road is no exception, whether you’re in a beachside 5-star resort or a cramped bus bumping through the misty Ecuadorian Andes. But that’s no reason to back down. I’ll never accept the notion […]

Bikepacking Vietnam on a Budget: Our Tell-All Guide

The quietest, most serene corners of Vietnam are often completely passed over by traditional methods of transportation — a true shame, if you ask me. You’ll never see a bus of tourists heading to places like Quảng Ngãi or Bảo Lộc, but on a motorbike, it’s a real life choose-your-own-adventure novel. Gear up, it’s time […]

Live, Work, & Thrive: 11 Perfect Cities for Digital Nomads

Planes, trains, hammocks, and the middle of nowhere: we’ll work anywhere that works for us. The life of a digital nomad is certainly free spirited, but there are a lot of factors to consider when deciding where to be a nomad. Towering mountains and white sand beaches certainly are an influence, but the cost of […]

The Best Places to Visit in Vietnam from North to South

Vietnam might be a geographically narrow country, but there’s certainly nothing easy about narrowing down your decision on which spots to visit. With nearly 1,000 miles from the top to the bottom, this Southeast Asian country is filled with beautifully chaotic cities, towering limestone mountains, and absurd amounts phở whenever your heart desires. Vietnam’s northernmost […]