Vietnamese engineer quits job to become travel vlogger

Despite his stable job, Hoai Phuong, a.k.a. Khoai Lang Thang (Wandering Potato), suddenly had a change of heart and started publishing videos on travel and foods. Currently the owner of the Facebook fan page entitled Khoai Lang Thang – Food and Travel, with more than 85,000 followers, and a YouTube channel with 126,000 subscribers, Dinh Vo Hoai Phuong might surprise his fans with his academic background. In fact, he graduated magna cum laude from Ton Duc Thang University, a growing public college in Ho Chi Minh City, where he majored in construction engineering. The journey to journeys “I got itchy feet just thinking about new journeys, new people, and new foods,” Phuong said. His first experience of travel came at the age of 15 when he got to Da Lat, a famed city in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, located around 300km to the northeast of Ho Chi Minh City. Then, the young man made it to Da Nang City in central Vietnam, Can Tho City in the Mekong Delta, and Con Dao Islands, a magnificent island chain off the southeast coast of the country, all before his graduation. Talking about his financial resources, he said he was burning the candle at both ends. “I took a part time job during college,” he recounted. “I would always set aside some of my monthly salary for my trips.” After graduation, he worked as a design consultant at a large company. When people questioned his motive for quitting such well-earned job, he… [Read full story]

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