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The Monsoon Diaries

Trying to change the way we travel: no time, no money, no excuses

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You Are Not Alone: Join The Monsoon!

Ever wanted to travel but didn’t know where to start? We’re here to help.

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Where Have We Been?

12 trips: 70+ Countries in 4 years, without skipping work or school!

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Featured Trip: North Korea (Aug. 2011)

Vice did their take, here’s ours.

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Featured Trip: Antarctica (Dec. 2013)

Perhaps our most remote expedition yet!

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From Guyana To Suriname

  After a few drinks at Georgetown, Guyana’s Hibiscus Restaurant & Lounge across the street from our guesthouse, the group turned in at around 1am in preparation for a 4am, 4-5 hour bus ride to the Monroe Creek border between Guyana and Suriname. The... read more

Where Are We Now?


Our Mission

You’ve heard it before: “I don’t have the time or the money.” We say otherwise.

We’re your everyday college/grad students and young professionals who love to travel, ignoring the “Yeah, but…” excuse, kicking the bucket list, and jet setting around the world as much as we can while with a full-time job or as full-time students. In the past 4 years, we’ve taken over 130 of our readers to 70+ countries on countless independent trips without skipping a day of class, asking for extra vacation days, or touching our savings.

Besides writing about how to travel with no time or money, we’re inviting you to join the 130+ other monsooners on coming on OUR TRIPS! Put money where your mouth is, and don’t let your dreams be dreams.

2000 Miles To Graceland

Mar. 27th – Apr. 3rd, 2015

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Route 66

Apr. 3rd – 10th, 2015

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Venezuela + The Great Guianas

April 12th – 22nd, 2015

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Meet Some of Our Travelers:

[Since my first trip with The Monsoon Diaries], I’ve been to more places in the last year than I have been in my entire life.

And in another seven days, I will board a plane for my fourth Monsoon in the last year, this time to Eastern Europe, as a third-time veteran of The Monsoon Diaries’ family. . . .

Cynthia Koo

Guatemala, Austria, Iran, Switzerland, Ukraine, Poland, Germany

[Remembering] this, after only a few days of home life, brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for a life changing experience. The highs and lows of the last two weeks are the reason why it would be the best two weeks of my life.

Melissa Le

Spain, Morocco, Portugal, Gibraltar

Perhaps the most remarkable consideration concerning Calvin’s compelling argument to travel is that there is no compelling argument from Calvin. He does not push unwilling souls to take the plunge. Instead he inspires by example, moving along his (loosely) planned route on his own accord and, much like the force of nature for which his travel approach is named, leaves you to (re)act as you see fit. Jan Ferrer

Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Cuba

Words really don’t teach but it was you being an example that help me realize it. I know you would be an amazing doctor and traveler. I really don’t know how you do it as a world traveler and a Med student at Columbia, but now I know for sure there is no excuse and anything is possible if you have the passion and the love and it is thanks to you. Anonymous

Austria, Iran, Switzerland, Germany

It has been a great privilege to travel with the Monsoon Diaries.  They live, breathe, and thrive by “taking the road less traveled”.  In other words, they travel without maximal comfort, and with ever-fluid and constantly tinkered itineraries.  If we can take that leap of faith away from the “resort” experience, what we experience with the Monsoon Diaries is invaluable: the chance to witness wildly beautiful landscapes, to make human connections with our global neighbors, and to learn exactly what we ourselves are made of.  It is absolutely worth not having constant 3G network, or even having a flush toilet.  

. . . Calvin Sun is the heart and soul of the Monsoon Diaries.  All these trips are possible only with his vision and enthusiasm, and the strength of his personality draws together all sorts of people who share that willingness to see what’s out there.  “Taking the road less traveled” is never easy, but with Calvin, it’ll never be lonely or boring. . . .

Tan Nguyen

The Palawan, Indonesia, East Timor-Leste