Medical Writing

Deborah Liao, PharmD

Wherever There's a Bed


Nomad life isn't for everyone. Actually, it isn't for most people who like having a regular schedule, amenities, lots of things, a sense of ownership, etc. Living out of two bags can be challenging at times, but I rather like this minimalist approach. I feel like I buy less and waste less, aside from the flights, obviously.

One of the things that I get asked about is how frequently I move around. Yes, the pace the last 18 months has been a bit fast, but I'm okay with it. If I feel the need to, and can slow it down, I do. I actually will be staying in most places for 3-4 weeks, if possible, although with work trips, things get a little broken up and hectic here and there. But that's okay. I'm used to it.

So, at this rate, since November 2015, I've slept in a wide range of places! Here's a more or less full list. 

  1. Finca La Puebla, Costa Rica 
  2. Flutterby House, Uvita, Costa Rica
  3. Cafe Mariposa and Guesthouse, Cerro Chirripó, Costa Rica
  4. Cerro Chirripó base camp, Costa Rica
  5. Expedia, Hotel Posada Canal Grande, San Jose, Costa Rica
  6. AirBnB, Backpacker La Bo'm, Cusco, Perú
  7. Salkantay trek campsite #1
  8. Salkantay trek campsite #2
  9. Salkantay trek campsite #3
  10. Salkantay trek, hotel (I can't remember the name), Aguas Caliente, Perú
  11. Expedia, Hacienda Plaza de Armas, Puno, Perú
  12. Sleeper bus, Puno to Paracas 
  13. AirBnB in Paracas National Reserve (no longer listed), Paracas, Perú
  14. Expedia, Hotel Gran Palma Paracas, Paracas, Perú
  15. AirBnB (no longer listed), Lima, Perú
  16. AirBnB, Auckland, New Zealand
  17. AirBnB, Rotarua, New Zealand
  18. AirBnB, Wellington, New Zealand
  19. Dusky Lodge and Backpackers, Kaikoura, New Zealand
  20. AirBnB, Christchurch, New Zealand
  21. Hostelbookers, Franz Josef Montrose, Franz Josef, New Zealand
  22. AirBnB, Auckland, New Zealand
  23. AirBnB, Sanur, Bali Island, Indonesia
  24. Friends of the National Park Foundation, Nusa Penida, Indonesia
  25. AirBnB, Ubud, Bali Island, Indonesia
  26. Bali Wildlife Rescue Center, Tabanan, Bali Island, Indonesia
  27. AirBnB, Rama Garden Retreat, Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia
  28. AirBnB, Sanur, Bali Island, Indonesia
  29. Expedia, Morwing Hotel II, Taipei, Taiwan
  30. F Hotel, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  31. Deb's parents' apartment, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  32. Ooshima-san's house, Hirakata, Japan
  33. AirBnB, Kyoto, Japan. Kyoto
  34. AirBnB, Osaka, Japan
  35. AirBnB, Yugawara, Japan
  36. Kimi Ryokan, Tokyo, Japan.
  37. Expedia, Hotel Kanda-Jimbocho-Ekihigashi, Tokyo, Japan
  38. AirBnB, Tokyo, Japan
  39. AirBnB, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 
  40. Ger #1, Amarbayasgalant Khiid, Mongolia. 
  41. Hotel, Bulgan, Mongolia.
  42. Ger #2, Mongolia.
  43. Ger #4, Mongolia.
  44. Ger #5, Mongolia.
  45. Ger #6, Mongolia.
  46. AirBnB, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
  47. Sleeper train, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to Beijing, China
  48. AirBnB, Beijing, China. Hutong style
  49. AirBnB, Xi'an, China.
  50. Sleeper train, Xi'an to Chengdu then regular train to Leshan, China
  51. Ctrip, Ibis Leshan City Center, Leshan, China
  52. Xixichiang monastery on Emeishan, China 
  53. Expedia, Leeden Hotel, Chengdu, China
  54. Sleeper train, Chengdu to Anshun, China
  55. Double Tree by Hilton, Anshun, China
  56. Sleeper train, Anshun to Kunming to Lijiang
  57. Ctrip, Yue Gu Lu Inn, Lijiang, China
  58. Ctrip, Shangri-La Home Inn, Deqen (Shangri-La), China
  59. Expedia, China Old Story Inns, Dali, China.
  60. AirBnB, Kunming, China.
  61. Expedia, Tu Linh Palace Hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam.
  62. Sleeper train, Sapaly Express, Hanoi to Sapa. Note, the Sapaly express is way more comfortable (thicker mattresses and blankets) and spacious than the Violette train despite the Violette train being newer
  63. Expedia, Sapa Dragon Hotel, Sapa, Vietnam.
  64. Sleeper train, Violette train, Sapa to Hanoi.
  65. AirBnB, Hoi An, Vietnam
  66. AirBnB, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.
  67. Bus/sleeper bus (Giant Ibis) Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh/Phnom Penh to Siem Reap.
  68. Expedia, Ombra Angkor Hotel, Siem Reap, Cambodia
  69. Cambodia Wildlife Sanctuary, 100 km outside of Siem Reap, Cambodia
  70. Expedia, Prince D'Angkor Hotel, Siem Reap, Cambodia
  71., Dokchampa Guesthouse, Don Khone, Laos
  72. AirBnB, Pakse, Laos
  73. Expedia, Cold River, Luang Prabang, Laos
  74. AirBnb, Bangkok, Thailand
  75. Expedia, Novotel Bangkok Fenix Silom, Bangkok, Thailand
  76. Expedia, Pat's Klangviang, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  77. AirBnB, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
  78. Panviman, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
  79. AirBnB, Lotus Boutique House, Yangon, Myanmar.
  80. Expedia, Best Western, Yangon, Myanmar. 
  81. Expedia, Gracious Bagan Hotel, Bagan, Myanmar
  82., Novotel Inle Lake, Myat Min, Myanmar
  83. Hotel Grand United, Yangon, Myanmar.
  84. AirBnB, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  85. AirBnB, Bangkok, Thailand. 
  86. Hotel Osho Home, Kathmandu, Nepal.
  87. Hotel Radisson, Kathmandu, Nepal.
  88. Lukla Everest Teahouse
  89. Campsite 1 
  90. Campsite 2
  91. Campsite 3
  92. Campsite 4
  93. Campsite 5
  94. Campsite 6
  95. Campsite 7
  96. Campsite 8
  97. Campsite 9
  98. Campsite 10
  99. Campsite 11
  100. Campsite 12
  101. Campsite 13 (I may be forgetting or adding a few?)
  102. Lukla Everest Teahouse
  103. Hotel Radisson, Kathmandu, Nepal
  104. AirBnB, Le Linda's Homestay, Fort Kochi, Kerala, India
  105. AirBnB, Mumbai, India
  106. AirBnB, Athens, Greece
  107. AirBnB, Santorini, Greece
  108. AirBnB, Athens, Greece
  109. AirBnB, Rome, Italy
  110. AirBnB hosts' home
  111. AirBnB, Barcelona, Spain
  112. AirBnB, Barcelona, Spain
  113. Sublet, NYC
  114. Kimpton Rouge Hote, Washington, DC
  115. Sublet, NYC
  116. Parents
  117. AirBnB, Piermont, NY
  118. Parents
  119. AirBnB, Accord, NY
  120. Parents
  121. AirBnB, Harlem
  122. Parents
  123. AirBnb, Managua, Nicaragua
  124. AirBnB, Managua, Nicaragua (different place because of accidental double-booking; better wifi)
  125. AirBnB, Montevideo, Uruguay
  126. AirBnB, Asunción, Paraguay
  127. Cosmopolitano Hotel Boutique, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
  128. Lodge in Parque Amboro, Bolivia (my favorite place!)
  129. Cosmopolitano Hotel Boutique, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
  130. AirBnB, Quito, Ecuador
  131. AirBnB, Quito, Ecuador (first host didn't tell me she was showing the apartment to potential buyers)
  132. AirBnB, Panama City, Panama
  133. Parents
  134. AirBnB, Stamford, CT
  135. Aloft Hotel, Panama City, Panama
  136. AirBnB, Stamford, CT
  137. AirBnB, Marrakech, Morocco
  138. AirBnB, Rabat, Morocco
  139. Riad, Fez, Morocco
  140. GLO hotel, Helsinki, Finland (work)
  141. AirBnB, Tallinn, Estonia
  142. Limes Apartments, Prague, Czech Republic
  143. Marriott, Chicago, IL (work trip)
  144. Apartment Berlin, Germany
  145. AirBnB, Szcecin/Stettin, Poland
  146. Apartment, Split, Croatia
  147. Marriott, Boston, MA (work trip)
  148. Berlin, Germany
  149. AirBnB, Riga, Latvia
  150. Apartment, Split, Croatia
  151. Berlin, Germany
  152. Iberostar, NYC, NY
  153. My apartment, NYC, NY
  154. AirBnB, Stamford, CT
  155. AirBnb, La Paz, Bolivia
  156. Casa Grande Suites, La Paz, Bolivia
  157. Atix Hotel, La Paz, Bolivia
  158. NH Cordillera hotel, Mendoza, Argentina
  159. Los Penitentes, Argentina
  160. Confluencia, Aconcagua
  161. Base Camp, Aconcagua
  162. Camp 1, Aconcagua
  163. Camp 2, Aconcagua
  164. Camp 3, Aconcagua
  165. AirBnB, San Pedro Sula, Honduras
  166. French Market Inn, New Orleans



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