Wanderlust Wendy

Itineraries

Road Trip from Montréal to the Maine Coast

On the Road Again After a week of city wandering and filling our stomachs with delightful treats in Montreal, we picked up our rental car and head to Maine. From Skyscanner, I was able to find a reasonably priced car rental (National) that allows for cross-border drop-off. The border control officers in Maine requested to see paperwork from the rental car company, and our passports, of course. But otherwise, the … Read more

One Week in Montreal

At the end of last summer, I was in Vermont for a wedding. Since Montreal is so close and I’ve heard so much about this charming town, it was necessary to make a stop. I booked the Greyhound bus that journeyed from Burlington Airport to Montreal Bus Station on Busbud. The journey took a bit less than 3 hours, including a friendly stop at the border. Bus ticket only cost … Read more

8 Days in Mexico City

Mexico City Zocalo

Mexico City was such a surprising delight. Two years later, I can still feel the vibrant energy, remember the incredible cuisine, and appreciate the culture that permeates through its streets. Our family vacations together every year, and despite my sister and I’s globetrotting ways, we prioritise the yearly trip. Accommodation When traveling with parents, we like having a base and not pack up every few days. Mexico City was perfect … Read more

Trans-Siberian Journey: The Summary

12 trains, 115 hours, and 14,645km. This trans-Siberian journey took us 27 days. What an incredible experience, and it all went by in a flash. I could have easily double the time for this trip, and dig deeper into each of the places that we visit. If this trip has been on your bucket list, I encourage you to find a way to make it happen. You won’t regret it … Read more

Getting Russian & Mongolia Visa in China

Preface  Xavier (French) and I (Taiwanese-American) were living in Shanghai at the time of this trip prep. I was staying in China on my Taiwanese ID, but will be traveling on my US Passport, so I needed to obtain Russian visa in Hong Kong. US citizens do not need a Mongolia visa at this time. French needs both a Russian and a Mongolia visa, but the Mongolian Consulate in Shanghai … Read more

Trans-Siberian Journey Part 8 – 3 Days in Kazan

Journey to Kazan Our train left for Kazan from Yekaterinburg early in the morning. The 13-hour journey was our first non-overnight train; the perfect time to do some good old-fashioned reading without the distraction of Internet. I read Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind and completed Hillbilly Elegy in one sitting. I cannot remember the last time I read a book cover-to-cover in one sitting!  We shared our second-class cabin … Read more

Trans-Siberian Journey Part 7 – 24 hours in Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg

During my planning, I had read that Yekaterinburg is a good stop point to break up the Trans-Siberian route, but that it was an industrial city not worth lingering. I took that silly advice and only allowed for less than 24 hours in this lovely city.  Self-Guided Walking Tour If there’s any place that I wish we could stay longer, it’s Yekaterinburg. To maximise time and see as much as … Read more

Trans-Siberian Journey Part 5 – 4 days in Irkutsk & Lake Baikal

Day 1 – Irkutsk Wandering We checked into our hostel at Katyusha Travel Centre, a no-frills hostel that is clean, spacious with a large common space. I didn’t realise that bathroom wasn’t en-suite for a double room, but hey, a little hostel living is good for the soul.  First order of business is to get a Russian SIM card. I did a bit of research and turns out Megafon has … Read more

Trans-Siberian Journey Part 3: 24 hours in Ulaanbaatar

As soon as we got off the train, we felt the breeze of that fresh Mongolian air with a shining sun. We saw a guy holding a sign of our hostel (Zaya Hostel), and walked towards him.  But first, cash. With 3 ATMs in the train station, only one worked with my Charles Schwab VISA card. With 2,000 to one USD, I withdrew 60,000, and it was only $25. To my … Read more

10 Days in Thailand & Cambodia

bangkok, Thailand, flower market

Day 1: Bangkok Arrived in Bangkok. There were 4 of us; one coming from Shanghai, two from Washington D.C., and another from Michigan. We managed to all arrived within 24 hours of one another. We spent the night at THA City Hotel, a no frill, cozy boutique in a nice part of the city. Conveniently located and easy to get around. Day 2-4: Koh Samet The hotel arranged a taxi … Read more