The Bamboo Traveler

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Welcome to The Bamboo Traveler, a travel blog, dedicated to helping women over 40 travel the world safely, cheaply, and comfortably. Whether you’re going for a one, two- or three-week vacation, exploring the world as a digital nomad, or staying home and discovering the world from the comfort and safety of your home, you’ll find loads of information to help inspire and inform you in your wanderings.

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25 Great Books on Cambodia

25 Great Books on Cambodia

Spending the past month reading over 20 books on Cambodia, I feel like I’ve just been on an emotional rollercoaster. Throughout history, Cambodia and its people have experienced so much greatness but also so much sorrow--from the grandeur and brilliance of the Angkor Empire to the unimaginable horrors of the Khmer Rouge. At times I wondered if I was crazy to read about so much heartbreak and suffering in 2020. But then I realized that it's better to know than to not know about what can happen when a country is taken over by a delusional, cruel, and incompetent group of...

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25 Great Books on Thailand

25 Great Books on Thailand

Looking for a good book to help you escape to a faraway place from the comfort of your couch? Or are you preparing for a trip to Thailand? Here is a list of 26 popular and critically-acclaimed books on Thailand. The list includes fiction from Thai classics to...

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30 Novels on Japan: Read Before You Go!

30 Novels on Japan: Read Before You Go!

  In this post, I’m going to share with you my honest and unbiased review of 30 of my favorite and not-so-favorite novels about Japan and Japanese culture.  Hopefully, this list will help you decide which books to read, borrow, or skip. For those looking to dip...

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A Ranking of the Best Books by Murakami

A Ranking of the Best Books by Murakami

This post is for those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of reading a Murakami book yet and can’t decide on which book to read first. It’s also for those of you who’ve already read one or two or three books by Murakami and can’t decide on which one to read next.

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