About Cindy

Cindy Fan is a writer, photographer and travel guide researcher. Her work has been published in The Toronto Star, The Australian, Ultratravel Magazine, GlobalPost and Expat Living Singapore Magazine. She has been the researcher/writer for Travelfish’s Laos and Vietnam travel guides since 2014. See her articles for the press at cindyfan.com/published

About Me

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, my journey to becoming a writer was far from a straightforward one. My degree in English Literature and Classics (that’s Ancient Greek and Roman history in non-Academic speak) thoroughly frustrated my Taiwanese parents, but the studies led me to work in Communications and Digital Marketing. Yet I spent every moment I could away from the desk backpacking and exploring — from trekking across the wilds of Patagonia and camping in the Serengeti, to trucking overland across West Africa and endearing myself into kitchens throughout Iran.

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Getting to know the locals, Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana

After falling in love with sticky rice and Mekong sunsets, in 2011 I uprooted my life in Toronto to live la vida Laos. Suddenly, travel wasn’t about travel. It was about becoming local, diving in deep and living the story. Moving abroad, I cut my teeth into writing and photography full-time — but more importantly, I learned how to plant rice, stand patiently beside broken-down buses and came to know that the difference between “tired” and “pubic hair” in the Lao language is the slightest inflection in tone.

I now divide my life between Laos, Vietnam, Turks and Caicos Islands and the world, juggling guide research/writing for Travelfish with chronicling my abiding love for culture, food, adventure — and misadventure — here on So Many Miles.

So Many Miles is a journey through stories. It’s about diving in, discovering and creating a narrative about the world, one story and one adventure at a time.

Stepping into someone else's shoes, Living Land Farm, Luang Prabang
Getting hands on with learning in Luang Prabang, Laos

I am an explorer.

40+ countries. A deep love for Africa and Asia, especially Southeast Asia, my home for five years. What drives me?

The best piece of advice I’ve ever received about travel writing came from a newspaper editor when I submitted my very first travel story. “Write like a writer, not like a travel writer” he told me, instructing me to change my cliché lede before he would publish it. I mulled that curious, perfunctory statement for a long time.

That opening paragraph didn’t even sound like me, it was reminiscent of so many dull travel articles I had read, written by people who didn’t reflect me. I needed to use my own writer’s voice.

As a writer and photographer — but also as a woman who travels alone, is a first-generation Canadian and a black sheep — I meet fascinating people, see and do extraordinary things. I want to tell those stories with captivating photographs and prose that sparkles. So join me. I have travelled so many miles; there are so many miles to go.

Writer, Photographer, Travel Guide Researcher, Explorer

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