A few months ago, I moved away from Hanoi, but not from the memories.

On Long Bien bridge at sunset / Photo: Jean-Guy Audéoud

When I’m still awake,
Hanoi oi, how I miss you.

Back in my old Europe, away
From your hustle and bustle,
At times,
You come rushing down like a wave of motorbikes,
And the magic happens as I cross along with memories,
Like the first time I crossed from one side
of Âu Co to the other, where now I stand
Like now I stand, on the other
Side of the world.

Your great chaos — or is it mine is happening as I can't fall asleep. Three months away from you and I miss Your absence of…

Are you thinking about becoming a digital nomad? Here is some key advice to help you work it out.

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It’s probably among the most alluring lifestyles nowadays… I adopted a nomadic lifestyle in 2015, shortly after I quit my 9–5 (which was more like a 9–8) as a consultant in a social media agency in Paris, France. Shortly after realizing my profession allowed me to work from — almost — anywhere in the world, I embarked on a great working travel life, with my laptop in my backpack, and it felt like a dream come true.

What’s not to like indeed in a life that allows you to travel all year long while earning money? As wireless makes the…

First a hidden gem, it became an Instagram sensation in less than 8 months. Yet, it’s only a narrow street with train tracks in the middle. This is the story of Hanoi Train Street told by an insider.

Hanoi Train Street, Dien Bien Phu — Tran Phu section, May 2019.

Two years ago, when I first walked along the tracks, it was like entering another world upon stumbling on the loose stone. Quietness befell the incessant rumbling traffic of the city’s motorbikes. An old man was smoking, sitting on a plastic chair in the middle of the tracks. There was a traditional barber’s mirror hanging from the wall and a middle-aged lady came out of nowhere, speaking loudly in Vietnamese. She pulled me by the arm and with a piece of chalk, traced on the floor “7:00”. I understood she was telling me the time of the next train.


Is travel blogging even still a thing?

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When travel blogging became a hype, I was just about to take the big “digital nomad” leap. That was only a couple of years ago — back in 2014 or so. Twenty-somethings with good degrees, good positions but finding no meaning in their life, started to blog about the countries they visited after quitting their jobs, selling everything they owned and setting out to travel the world in search of better experiences.

Coincidentally, that was also the rise of social media, so we had the motivation, the information, and the platform. The convergence of purpose and easy digital means was…

A tale of immersion and consumption, but also a lesson about nature and the beauty of the moment.

Is it safe to assume everybody, at some point in their travel career, has wished to go to Japan to experience the cherry blossom season?

Japan is one of the most desired destinations in the world from March to May. And no wonder: entire cities wrapped in a soft pink velvet blanket, thousands of people living to the rhythm of the ephemeral cherry blossom. It is wonderful to see and trust me, the sakura excitement is real!

Yes, I’ve done it, I’ve chased the sakura in Japan, and not mildly: a couple of years ago, I came up with a…

How I found a community after 3 years of restless traveling and came to understand the true sense of travel.

Photo credit The Railway Hanoi

Travel is about crossing bridges.

It is so by essence, allowing you to bridge the distance between you and other places, cultures and people. With the Internet and today’s technology, the gaps between all these things seem to be filled more easily than ever. Even when you’ve come home, or moved places, you keep crossing the world, as modern travel connects us together constantly. At least, that’s what it feels like.

I became able to work remotely and to start my journey as a long-term traveler when I turned 25. That was four years ago. Thus began a sort of…

Love while traveling: one way to survive it

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I’m 30 and have been on the road for five years. I’ve lived in more countries and changed cities more often than I can recall.

Although I have never regretted this lifestyle one single second, there’s been one issue that’s kept nagging at me: a life of travel hasn’t allowed me to build a lasting love relationship. On the contrary, it’s had the unfortunate tendency to pave my way with more short romances than my heart could beg for. Sweet beginnings and bitter ends included.

Now. While I could write volumes on love while traveling, this article will focus on…

Fabienne Fong Yan

Digital strategist & Travel writer. I collect experiences & stories around the world, fall in love with each of them and write about it.

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