Mohsen Ali…for helping Hassan with translating my Pakistani visa sponsor letter into Urdu.
Sadaf Malik…for helping Hassan with translating my Pakistani visa sponsor letter into Urdu.
Hassan Baber…for both translating and typing out my Pakistani visa sponsor letter onto Microsoft Word for the final visa application.
Shaifa Farooqui…for getting your mother to help translate my Pakistani visa sponsor letter into Urdu.
Meher Farooq…for writing out the translation of my sponsor’s visa letter into Urdu by hand, and then finding your friend Hassan to type it out for me.
Silvia Mancebo…for giving me advice on where to go in Nicaragua within seconds of receiving my email letting you know I was there.
Jen Gao…for sending me pages and pages of what to do and see in Quepos and Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica after you had just been there only a few days before.
Cristina Handal…for introducing me to your two childhood friends Andrea and Marie when I arrived into your hometown of Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
Diana Cahill…for giving me so much advice on the safety updates and where to go/eat/stay in Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. It’s so sad you were away on vacation to Peru and couldn’t meet up with us in Honduras. Next time, though!
Ashley Tagg of AIESEC…for putting me in touch with all her AIESEC colleagues abroad in Spain so that I could make new friends and get a side of the country I wouldn’t have otherwise!
Erica K…for convincing me to take a detour to Gibraltar when I was literally on the fence. Thanks to you, I’m seriously going.
Alina Masters…for being my personal travel agent when it comes to traveling around Spain.
Iona Mochado…for consistently providing tons of unsolicited advice on our winter ’11 trip to Spain, even though we had only met for 5 minutes when you interviewed at my medical school. One of these days you’re going to have to join us.
Naina Sharma…for gently nudging me to choose Belize for Thanksgiving, which I eventually did.
Dalea Dyer…for insisting (and convincing) me to go to Belize for Thanksgiving, and keeping up with me through the duration of the trip. Wish you could’ve came with us.
M Jannat Akhter…for providing me valuable information on where to hang out in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Evan Jones…for contacting his local friends in the Middle East about the situation in Syria and advising me whether or not I can still get a visa as a U.S. citizen.
Diva Datwani…for not only giving valuable advice on Luang Prabang last summer, but also on Dubai for the 2011 trip. One day, you’re actually going to join me and personally show me around!
Felipe Tarud…for setting me up a place to stay in his native city of Bogota and letting me under the care of his best friend
Dara Chen…for giving valuable travel advice on Machu Picchu and Cuzco before I left
Brian Foo…for designing this sexy blog and indirectly teaching me how to decipher & code .css stylesheets
Nilam Patel…for overall emotional support, making it hard to leave, and making sure I have a way to wash my clothes
Isaac Silverman…for teaching me the difference between “tourist” and “traveler”
Jess & Kim…for offering a place to stay, a family as guides in Manila, and advising us to the biggest mall in Asia
Christian Pina…for throwing me a surprise going away party and for setting up a pool of all the diseases I’m going to get
Shyama Rajendran…for meeting up with us in Manila, buying us bus tickets to Banaue, and sharing random stories about her family via gchat
Trina Tran…for demanding me to go to Dalit over Hanoi
Quynh Nguyen…for providing travel advice on Vietnam, Malaysia, Cambodia, and Singapore, and sharing her 10+ facebook albums
Linus…for being my big brother all my life, making sure my legal docs are intact in case anything happened, and being worried about this trip for me
Avanti Maluste…for chastising me to stay longer in Mumbai instead of going to Goa, and letting me play with her cat when I arrive there
Shivani…for chastising me to stay longer in Mumbai, after Avanti told her to
Van Nguyen…for providing travel advice on Vietnam in the longest facebook message I have ever read
Hong…for providing me travel advice on Vietnam, and a guide whom I will meet for the first time in Hanoi
Shari Setyawinata…for providing pages of travel advice on Indonesia, and making us consider taking airplanes instead of the trains
Lorenzo…for introducing me to his family in the Philippines via e-mail
Huei…for advising me on Malaysia but never really coming out to see me before I left, even though she was 5 blocks away
Jessica…for providing advice on Thailand and giving us the awesomeness that is airbandb.com
Nazeela…for giving indispensibly aggressive advice on India
Sarah Eberle…for providing travel advice on pretty much 60% of the places we’re going to, and tempting us to skip Bali for the Gili Islands
Pamela & Julian…for providing me great advice upon request on Thailand and Singapore
Julian and Genna…for suggesting titles for this blog, especially my favorite: “How Chen Ho Got His Balls Back”
Poh Choo…for providing travel advice on Malaysia and adding Penang to our list
Michael J. Novielli…for sending me a super awesome color map of Southeast Asia as a surprise gift
Vaibhav…for advising us and getting us a place to stay in Calcutta and Varanasi