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Hello! My name is Sarah, an expat who lived a life of a professional nomad for five years. I am now based in beautiful California and work overtime to travel. I love taking photos and this is my visual wanderlust diary.

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Fisherman's Bastion; Budapest; Hungary; Central Europe; Fairytale; Castle; Sky Envy; Blue Sky; Early Morning
Dubrovnik; Croatia; King's Landing; Mount Srd; Game of Thrones; Cable Car; GOT; Orange rooftops; Terracotta Roofs; Adriatic Coast; Balkans; Lokrum Island
St. Paul's London
12 photos that will make you visit Montenegro; Kotor; Montenegro; St John's Fortress; Ladder of Kotor; montenegro view; rotor view; kotor hike; montenegro hike; day trip dubrovnik
Vienna, Austria, Wein, Hofburg Palace, Blue Skies, Cloud Envy, Sky Envy
Machu Picchu

Where I've Been


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Bergen in 48 hours

Bergen, Norway Most people don’t know that the first time I set foot in Scandinavia was about 10 years ago. With the exception of Iceland (which is located in the middle of the ocean), I finally got to return to this part of the world. Norway is one of the last countries I have yetContinue reading

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Norway in a Day

Sognefjord, Norway When Fjord Norway , said I can see Norway in a day, I basically said, no way! (Sorry, can’t resist!) Although you don’t actually see the whole country, you’ll get to experience the best of the country, thus reason why the tour is called Norway in a Nutshell. This is not your typicalContinue reading

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Hotel Norge by Scandic: Historic Nordic Meets Modern Luxury

Bergen, Norway In the heart of the the lovely city of Bergen, stands the iconic Hotel Norge by Scandic, a 130-year-old historical landmark which was recently renovated and reopened in June 2018. With three floors of restaurants, bars, and lounges, a fitness center, and 415 stylish rooms, Hotel Norge by Scandic can keep you busyContinue reading

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Danube River in Luxury and Style with Crystal River Cruises

Danube River, Europe I have been a traveler since I can barely walk, and have experienced basically most modes of transportation and travel, from riding tuktuks in streets of Bangkok, to hopping small wooden boats in Vietnam, to flying Business Class from Hong Kong to Frankfurt. However, never have I gone sailing in a cruiseContinue reading

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Pullman Danang Beach Resort: Modern Luxury in Tropical Paradise

Da Nang, Vietnam On the silver white sands of Bac My An Beach lies Pullman Danang Beach Resort, an exceptional property boasting minimalist modern luxury with a tropical feel. With it’s lush gardens, manicured lawns, Fiber-Stars swimming pool, and exceptionally clean private beach, Pullman Danang Beach Resort is a true oasis in the vibrant, up-and-comingContinue reading

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Luxury Urban Retreat in Zurich with Atlantis by Giardino

Zürich, Switzerland Switzerland has always been a dream to visit, from the best luxury brands, to food, to gorgeous sceneries, to cheese and chocolates, this country seem to have it all. My introduction to Switzerland couldn’t be more perfect, being welcomed in the sleek, luxurious, five-star superior historical Zurich city hotel, Atlantis by Giardino. TheContinue reading

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Le Narcisse Blanc Hotel & Spa: True Parisian Sophistication and Elegance in the Heart of the City

Paris, France An actress, an artist, and a world-renowned ballet dancer of Belle Époque, Cléo de Mérode was the IT Girl of Paris in the twentieth century. A contemporary of Gabrielle Chanel, Cléo was said to be one of the first celebrity icons, her charm and glamour eventually was recognized more than her dancing skills,Continue reading

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Art Deco Chocolate Factory turns into a Hotel

Paris, France Just over 2 years young, in the heart of the vibrant Bastille neighborhood, Eastern Paris city center welcomed it’s first five-star hotel, Hôtel Paris Bastille Boutet. Housed in the historic building, Maison Boutet was originally built in 1926. This boutique hotel which was a former exotic wood supplier then a chocolate factory paysContinue reading

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Beautiful Budapest

Budapest, Hungary I’ve only been to Central Europe once before and had been itching to go back and visit the city of Budapest. Although it may not be as popular as London or Paris, Budapest is just as lovely. The grand architecture of century-old buildings, the lovely bridges connecting Buda and Pest sides, and theContinue reading

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When in Wien

Wien, Austria I had dreamt of coming to Vienna for a while now and questioned myself why haven’t visited yet. It had been a tradition of mine to always travel on the month of September so I can celebrate my birthday in different parts of the world and so when I was thinking where IContinue reading

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Viennese Elegance and Luxury Stay at Park Hyatt Vienna

Vienna, Austria When I think of Vienna, I think of gorgeous architecture, classical music, and interesting history. Couldn’t come up of any better way to immerse ourselves in Viennese elegance than staying in the iconic Park Hyatt Vienna. Housed in a 100-year old beautifully-restored building which used serve as bank headquarters, this hotel exudes modern luxuryContinue reading

Dubrovnik; Croatia; King's Landing; Mount Srd; Game of Thrones; Cable Car; GOT; Orange rooftops; Terracotta Roofs; Adriatic Coast; Balkans; Lokrum Island


Dubrovnik, Croatia I’ve been dreaming of going to Dubrovnik ever since I’ve learned that it was THE filming location for King’s Landing from Game of Thrones. As we were driving into the small town, seeing the walls of Dubrovnik was definitely a pinch-me moment. So many stores, if not most of them, sell GOT merchandise.Continue reading

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Beautiful Boka Katorska Bay

Kotor, Montenegro When I first saw a picture of the view of Kotor Bay in Montenegro, I knew I wanted to go there. The clear blue waters and stunning mountain backdrop highlights the beautiful rooftops of this town which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Often referred to as Europe’s southernmost fjord, Boka KatorskaContinue reading

Vik Plane Iceland

Of Trolls, Planes and Horses

Vík í Mýrdal, Iceland The first time I saw a photo of this plane, I just know I have to get there. It wasn’t easy. 2-mile walk from the parking lot with very strong winds blowing up to 60 mph, with sand feeling like pellets on our faces. There was nowhere to hide from theContinue reading



Reykjavík, Ísland The Northernmost Capital of the World. Before budget airlines started to use this city as their hub, Reykjavík may have been unknown to most people. Pronouncing it is one thing, spelling it is the another (well, in all of Iceland too probably). But this quaint little city feels more like a small townContinue reading

Gullfoss Golden Circle Iceland

Golden Circle

Árnessýsla, Iceland   If you’ve read travel books or blog posts about Iceland, you’ll probably have heard of the Golden Circle. It is the most popular route and is included in almost all of the itineraries you can find (unless you only have less than a day) when you visit this country.     FollowContinue reading


Tokyo Express

Tokyo, Japan If you caught my previous post, you already knew that I booked a short Tokyo trip on a whim. My friends know me as a master trip planner, researching and organizing an itinerary even for months before the trip. But because of my busy schedule, I picked a few places where I wantedContinue reading

Tokyo Santa

Tokyo Christmas Lights

Tokyo, Japan I can’t believe I haven’t shared photos from my Tokyo trip exactly 2 years ago. I was working full time and attending grad school (and wished there were more than 24 hours in a day just so I can sleep longer than 3 hours), and had 2 weeks off from school and work.Continue reading

Great Wall of China

Autumn in Beijing

Beijing, China My first time in China was in the year 2010 when I had the chance to visit two main cities in mainland China plus Hong Kong for one whole week. It was a whirlwind trip but it was a good introduction to the country. If you will come upon my post on myContinue reading



Lisboa, República Portuguesa To the west of central Lisbon lies Belém, a historical district which shouldn’t be missed when visiting the city. It is said that this is where Portuguese explorers first embarked on their journey. It is also where two historical buildings also declared as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, still stands even after theContinue reading

Pena Palace


Sintra, República Portuguesa Approximately 28 kms (that’s only 18 miles!) from Lisbon lies a beautiful town that looked like it came out of a fairy tale. Aside from the 9th Century Castle of Moors and National Palace which served as a residence of the Royal Family, the most well-known stop is the Pena Palace. AtopContinue reading



Lisboa, República Portuguesa Lisbon is one of the most charming cities I’ve been to, but if there’s a part of Lisbon which I consider my favorite, it will be the Alfama neighborhood. Despite climbing up and down hundreds of steps, there’s something about Alfama that just captivated me and got me to return twice inContinue reading


Bom Dia Lisboa

Lisboa, República Portuguesa The first destination on my end-of-summer 2017 travel itinerary is the city I never knew I would fall in love with. Getting to Lisbon is like finding a gem, and I thank all the other travelers who wrote about this city. True, it reminds me of San Francisco, where I used toContinue reading



Petra, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan When I first heard of the New Seven Wonders of the World, I was surprised to learn about Petra. I have no doubt why it should be on the list, I was doubting myself as to why I am not familiar with it. If you asked me a year ago,Continue reading

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