The Monsoon Diaries

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


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Summer 2015: The Baltic Crescent – Scandanavia & The Baltic States


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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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We blog everyday while on the move, whether it’s from Antarctica or North Korea!


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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 heard it before: “I don’t have time or 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 keeping our full-time jobs or as full-time students. In the past 4 years, hundreds of our readers have traveled with us to 70+ countries on independent trips without skipping a day of class, asking for extra vacation days, or touching their savings.

So besides writing about how to travel with no time or money, we’re inviting YOU to join the hundreds of monsooners on our trips! Take a leap of faith by changing your life today and don’t let your dreams be dreams forever.

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The Baltic Crescent

Aug. 10th – 24th, 2015


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The Silk Road

Dec. 28th, 2015 – Jan. 10th, 2016


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Latest Blogposts From Our Most Recent Trip


Meet The Nords

Please welcome the following monsooners as they embark on our upcoming trip to Scandinavia & The Baltic States: Calvin “O Capn’ My Capn'” Sun, ER Physician, Trip Co-Leader Jenn “O Matriarch My Matriarch” Li, Designer, Trip Co-Leader... 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

Words really don’t teach but it was you being an example that help me realize it; I knew 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

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

[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

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