Laura Olds

Laura has been wandering the globe for over a decade. She's an early bird and backpacker at heart and can often be spotted with a dog or ten that she's befriended along the way. Much of the content Laura writes on A Piece of Travel includes details on solo female travel and wheelchair accessibility, with the support of her brother-in-law and sister.

Hanoi vs Ho Chi Minh City: 16 Similarities & Differences

A temple in Hanoi.

If you’re like me, you enjoy visiting a country’s capital. But if you’re short on vacation days or the travelers in your group have varying interests, Vietnam poses an interesting problem: Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City have both been Vietnam’s capital. So, what’s the difference between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City? Hanoi has …

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Travel Bucket List for Retirees (Active & Low-Impact Options)

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Retirement comes with many perks, but for those with wanderlust, among the best is being able to travel. So, whether you’re looking to add destinations to an already established list or want to start a bucket list for retirees, the ideas below will help you out. But first, let’s turn to financial experts to ensure …

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Responsible Tourism 101: Examples of How to Be a Responsible Tourist

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According to the U.S. Travel Association, travel spending increased by 4% in January 2023 compared to January 2019. While there’s reason to celebrate that, an increase in travelers can spark responsible tourism issues for destinations, many of which are still recovering economically from the pandemic. A Piece of Travel reached out to experts in the …

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