Going Solo in Vietnam

I am Joan Rio.

“Some journeys can be traveled alone. If you need to wait for someone else, you’ll be waiting for the rest of your life.”

Even years after she was gone, I can still hear my Mom saying that. I was molded to be independent, brave, and courageous even when I have to decide and do things on my own.

I remember doing the same solo backpacking back home but that was different because people speak in the same tongue and we can understand each other. But this time, going to a foreign land, with nothing but my wits and will, how will this turn out? Well, it turned out to be what it should be – amazing! And I cannot stress that enough.

My history class back in college has always inspired me to visit countries, especially those that have a long and complex history and cultural traditions. For now…

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