The Monsoon Diaries

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

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Coming up in December: Extreme Palawan Island-hopping from the Philippines to East Timor

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

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We post daily live updates from everywhere we travel to, whether it’s Antarctica, Iran, or Kashmir!

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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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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. For the past 4 years, we’ve taken over 100 of our readers to 60+ 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 110+ other monsooners on coming on OUR TRIPS! Put money where your mouth is, and don’t let your dreams be dreams.

The Palawan

Dec. 2nd – Dec. 7th, 2014

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East Timor

Dec. 9th – Dec. 13th, 2014

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Latest Blogposts

Meet The Island Hoppers

  MEET THE MONSOONERS OF EXTREME SE ASIA     Introducing the following monsooners (half of them are return travelers!) accompanying me on my December trip to Southeast Asia: Calvin "O Captain! My Captain!" Sun: New York, NY; Columbia University... read more

5 Hours In Macau

  Today I arrived in Hong Kong around the early afternoon and decided to take a quick day trip into Macau. I won’t attempt to outdo Lei here as he did a much better job covering Macau. From my hotel I took a cab to the Hong Kong Ferry Terminal where I went... read more

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.


Austria, Iran, Switzerland, Germany