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SE Asia travel insider tips/advice!

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I love talking about S.E. Asia and will provide you with insider-knowledge and advice on where to travel, eat, explore, sleep, etc... with a strong emphasis on Thailand, since I've spent the most amount of time studying and traveling there.

I have traveled with groups and independently all over the area (Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanamar, Indonesia and Malaysia, specifically) and absolutely love talking about my travels and recommendations!

I can provide the best advice for those seeking out an alternative travel experience. I know many "non-tourist" things to do (especially in Thailand -- things off the beaten path), though I am still happy to provide more traditional travel information and advice as well!

Always down to just chat about SE Asia as well to anyone (those who've traveled there before or not)!

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I spent most of my time in SE Asia studying, exploring all over and embracing Thailand for everything it is (not just the pretty beaches you see on the cover of travel guides). I know the country inside and out. Most people who travel there as tourists are given just a small glimpse into what the country has to offer. I was fortunate to learn basic conversational Thai while I studied there and can pass down that knowledge if you're interested. Being able to converse exposed me to food, culture and places that I would have never known had I not taken the effort to meet and become friends with other Thai students in the area (NE Thailand; Khon Kaen).

I can write a small dissertation on the political landscape of the country and the ins and outs of it's cultural paradoxes and norms (e.g. did you know Thailand, i.e. "the land of smiles," carries the harshest legal punishment for defaming the Royal Party?). A powerful experience came out of planning and implementing a human rights festival in Thailand; the day before the event, we were approached by the Thai military police and told to censor all of our videos.

While my experience in Thailand was very "real," you could say, I do want to emphasize that it is very much a safe country to travel to. While my experiences in Thailand ranged from tanning on the shore of Phuket to partnering with an activist group and implementing community public health initiatives, I can say that the richness of the country stems from it's multi-faceted nature. You can make your experience traveling through Thailand (and truly any country) what you want it to be. I am happy to talk about all aspects, so you can find a path that works best for you!

I also traveled to unbelievably enriching and breathtaking parts of the surrounding countries. To this day, traveling through Myanmar has exposed me to some of the most breath taking sights and has shaped my perspectives on the world and what it means to live in a global community. My experience there was raw and untainted by tourist infrastructure (they opened up their borders to foreigners fairly recently, and while more are starting to pass through, it is still very underdeveloped). I wouldn't recommend traveling through Myanmar if you're looking for boutique living arrangements, but for the adventurous and open-minded type, spending time in Myanmar will inevitably affect you in some way. I will never forget the brief and scarce conversations I had with natives about oppression, fear, hope and perseverance.

My off-the-beaten-path travel changed my perspectives on international politics and it was as much a self-reflective journey as it was one filled with excitement, spontaneity, and most importantly, connection. I highly recommend in traveling to SE Asia straying away from tourist hot spots (they're fun to check out but I wouldn't recommend you spend all your time there).

Life gets put into perspective in a way you can't possibly fathom until you travel, step out of your comfort zone, and surround yourself with human experiences so fundamentally different than your own.

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We'll find a time!

Trading Preference: I’m flexible, just hit me up!

Reviews of Joshua


Pris received hour of SE Asia travel insider tips/advice! from Joshua
May 09, 2018
Josh was great to converse with re: SE Asia, we talked mostly about Thailand. He gave me some great tips to get me started and for things to look for...! So appreciated!show more
Emma received hour of SE Asia travel insider tips/advice! from Joshua
Jan 12, 2018
Joshua was super helpful! Thanks!
Luis received hour of SE Asia travel insider tips/advice! from Joshua
Jan 08, 2018
Josh is astute, sharp and creative. He has a great balance between his thoughtfulness and creativity. He has some really incredible insights and grea...t perspectives on life. He's done some pretty cool stuff.show more
Rachel received hour of SE Asia travel insider tips/advice! from Joshua
Nov 18, 2017
Joshua has a lot of great experiences from Asia and china
Tabitha received hour of SE Asia travel insider tips/advice! from Joshua
Nov 15, 2017
5 stars! Joshua is extremely knowledgeable and friendly. He gave me lots of personal tips and relating of experiences that I can apply to my own trip ...to SE Asia in the fiture. I definitely recommend him to anyone who is interested in this topic! Very enlightening conversation. You won’t find this kind of advice on google!! Thanks again Joshua. show more
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About Joshua Kumin

I am a passionate educator, aspiring entrepreneur and curious mind. My life revolves around conversing with others, learning and growing as I constantly strive to be a better listener and version of m...yself. My strongest interests lie of the cusp of neuroscience, philosophy, education and technology! I currently work for AmeriCorps VISTA at a STEM-education nonprofit in Denver, CO. I help out where needed, working on our Operations Manual, implementing a career exploration program and developing fundraising strategies. In March, 2018, I will be finishing up my term with AmeriCorps and strive to pursue other meaningful work in and around Denver! Just wanted to share a little tidbit on a thought I've been having a lot recently, especially after I started using Simbi: Nowadays, for those who wish to make a large positive impact on the world, an underlying question seems to be: How do we leverage the power of technology for social entrepreneurship? I try to come up with new answers to that question every day, but I also want to find ways to retain the power of human connection that comes only from pure interaction. To me, connection is a mystery because it's effects are unscientific, sporadic and unmatched --- people talk about love, friendship, family and gratitude as abstract concepts. I believe there is a thread that intertwines these feelings, one that serves as the lowest common denominator, providing ground for the limitless power that comes through connecting with others. So, I ask a slightly different question: How can we leverage the power of human-to-human interaction to create meaningful solutions to some of the most daunting problems? I love speaking and thinking about grassroots efforts, advocacy, and community-support efforts. I am always down for a conversation (on just about anything), so please reach out!show more

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