Hello! I'm Julie!

The Bamboo Traveler

Welcome to the Bamboo Traveler!

Hi! I’m Julie, the Bamboo Traveler! My mission is to spark and fulfill your curiosity about the cultures and destinations of Asia. From the Great Wall of China to the Wailing Wall of Jerusalem and from the steppes of Mongolia to the ancient Indus River Valley of India, this vast continent has so much to offer the inquisitive traveler.

The cultures, histories, cuisines, languages, architecture, and religions of the complex and ancient civilizations of Asia have fascinated me ever since I stepped foot on the continent over 25 years ago. I hope to share with you my passion and knowledge of this part of the world in order to help you travel there, whether it’s from the safety of your armchair or through the pages of your passport.

Countries

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years living overseas

Where Have I Been?

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How can the Bamboo Traveler help you?

The Bamboo Traveler is for those who want to...

  • explore the history, heritage, and culture of a place. 
  • travel on a budget but comfortably. I prefer small two or three-star boutique hotels, but I'll also do hostels if I need to like in the U.S. or other expensive countries.
  • get detailed itineraries about where to go, what to see, and how long to spend at each stop along the trip.
  • travel off-the-beaten-path and get away from the big cities and the touristy sites.
  • get nervous and anxious before their trip. I'll tell you exactly how to get from point A to point B, so you won't feel so anxious.
  • do lots of research before they go. There are lots of suggestions for books to read.

Why did you name your website, the Bamboo Traveler?

If you’re like me and you’re around my age (somewhere north of 45), you’ve probably experienced a lot of sh$t in your life like divorce, job loss, career stagnation, career burnout, aging parents, death and so on. You’ve probably got lots of life and job experience, but nowadays that experience isn’t valued as much, especially if you’re a woman.

However, in order to survive and not let all the things that have happened to us beat us down, we need to adopt an attitude like that of the bamboo: strong, resilient, flexible, and open-minded.

◊ Like bamboo, we might not look tough. In fact, I’m pretty short (5’3’’), not very fit, always the last picked for team sports, and definitely someone who would come out on the losing end in a bar fight.

◊ However, looks can be deceiving. and in fact, bamboo is as strong as wood, concrete, and steel. So like bamboo, we really have no choice and we need to be strong on the inside. All women need some kind of inner strength to survive and thrive in this world.

◊ Bamboo is incredibly resilient. No matter how much pressure is put on it (if you’ve been to Hong Kong and China, you might’ve seen the scaffolding made of bamboo that is used on skyscrapers), it’s going to bounce back. Like Bamboo, we, too, strive to bounce back from failures.

◊ Like bamboo, we’re able to bend in the wind. We don’t fight change. We go with the flow. We adapt to the culture around us whether it’s China, Zimbabwe, Guatemala, or Prague. We can travel the world, accepting the differences and diversity, and willing to be with what is.

◊ Finally, bamboo is open inside. Like bamboo, we need to also have an open mind when we travel the world. We need to travel with an open mind and a willingness to travel to be with what is.

Disclaimer

The Bamboo Traveler is a blog and the information in this blog is my own personal opinion and not the opinion of anyone other organization or person mentioned in this blog. The information in this blog should be used for informational or entertainment purposes and should not be a substitute for professional advice.

 The information is accurate and true to the best of my knowledge. This site cannot guarantee that all information has changed. Thus, there may be omissions, errors, or mistakes. This includes, but is not limited to, information about prices, exchange rates, dates, accommodations, transportation, restaurants, and tourist attractions.  

 All prices and exchange rates are those from the dates of my travels or the dates the post was written or published. These prices and exchange rates may be just the approximate amount and may have been rounded up or down for convenience purposes. I cannot guarantee that these prices and exchange rates will be the same on the dates you travel. You should not rely on them for complete accuracy and should instead research them using more professional and up-to-date resources.

 Under no circumstances shall the Bamboo Traveler or its writers have any liability to you for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of information provided on this site. Nor shall the Bamboo Traveler be liable for the success or failure of your travels and travel preparation. Using any information provided on this site is solely at your own risk.

Travel Highlights

Interior Chinatown Review

Books on Chinese-American Culture Interior Chinatown By Charles Yu, 2020 My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars “Who gets to be an American? What does an American look like?” Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links.  As an Amazon Associate and a Bookshop.org...

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running – Review

Is this book really just about running? Most of the book is about running (80%), 20% is about writing and aging and about what kind of person Murakami is.

A 2-Day Hue Itinerary That’ll Delight History Lovers

There are so many things to do and see in Hue. Unfortunately, most travelers to Vietnam have time on their itinerary for only 1 or 2 days in this historic city. In this jam-packed Hue itinerary, I’ll share with you exactly how I was able to see all the most important sights and try all the must-eat dishes in just 2 days. I’ll also tell you where to stay, how to get around, and how much everything will cost.

Ho Chi Minh City Itinerary 3 Days

Planning a trip and looking for the perfect 3 days in Ho Chi Minh City itinerary? This jam-packed itinerary guide details how to find the best of this vibrant and cosmopolitan city’s food, history, and culture.

Lulu in the Sky – Book Review

Books on Cambodia Lulu in the Sky: A Daughter of Cambodia Finds Love, Healing, and Double Happiness By Loung Ung, 2012 My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars “No one ever told me being with someone whose attributes you admire could show you all the ways you were broken,...

26 Great Books on Vietnam

If you’re like me and you love to read up on the place you’re traveling to, then you’ll find yourself overwhelmed by all the choices of books on Vietnam. I swear the number of English-language books on this country could fill a small public library. What does it say...

Recent Travels

Read about my most recent travels. Leave a comment and share your travel experiences or ask a question. I’ll be happy to answer as soon as I can.

Interior Chinatown Review

Interior Chinatown Review

Books on Chinese-American Culture Interior Chinatown By Charles Yu, 2020 My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars “Who gets to be an American? What does an American look like?” Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links.  As an Amazon Associate and a Bookshop.org...

A 2-Day Hue Itinerary That’ll Delight History Lovers

A 2-Day Hue Itinerary That’ll Delight History Lovers

There are so many things to do and see in Hue. Unfortunately, most travelers to Vietnam have time on their itinerary for only 1 or 2 days in this historic city. In this jam-packed Hue itinerary, I’ll share with you exactly how I was able to see all the most important sights and try all the must-eat dishes in just 2 days. I’ll also tell you where to stay, how to get around, and how much everything will cost.

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