The Monsoon Diaries

Travel the world with no time, money, or excuses
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The Blog

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

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

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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 Itinerary: North Korea (Aug. 2011)

Vice did their take, here’s ours.
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Featured Itinerary: Antarctica (Dec. 2013)

Perhaps our most remote expedition yet!
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[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

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 that ignore the “Yeah, but…” excuse, kick the bucket list, and jet set. For the past 3 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 also inviting you to join the 100+ other monsooners on coming on OUR TRIPS! Put money where your mouth is, and don’t let your dreams be dreams.

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

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[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

Until Our Next Adventure: Extreme SE Asia

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