China Travel Guides for Backpackers

Attractions You Can’t Miss When Visiting Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

What are some of the must-see attractions in Malaysia? – one of the most common questions people ask me ever since I returned from Malaysia after studying there for almost two years). I used to love walking around discovering different places, experiencing the hustle-bustle of locals and tourists alike, or […]
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Nature's Miracles: Avatar Mountains in Zhangjiajie, China

When we happen to think about China, the first image that comes to mind is of romantic mountains surrounded by curly clouds and tiny temples with upward-pointed roof corners; some other times we imagine large metropolis, skyscrapers and crowds wearing anti-pollution masks. Yet China is much more. In its territory […]
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A tour around Bergamo: a local’s guide

When I get asked ‘where are you from’, and I reply Bergamo, Italy, the comment is: ‘upper town or downtown?’ (Respectively, in Italian, called Città Alta and Città Bassa). Maybe you don’t know, but Bergamo is divided into two parts. Upper town The old part is the upper town, surrounded […]
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Ways to Save On Your Budget in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Have you watched Lara Croft: Tomb Raider? Did you know that it was filmed in a little known place called Cambodia? Cambodia, also known as Kampuchea, is a country located in the southern part of the Indochina peninsula. This country is an ancient place that was formerly known as the Khmer […]
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One day in Hangzhou. Explore China

How to come to China and not get lost? The unusual country attracts many travelers. You can learn how to say hello in Chinese (Ni Hao), but it is not enough for the first trip. I offer you to spent one day with me in Hangzhou – the most popular […]
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Places to Visit in China from From Beijing To Hong Kong

My journey to China started several years ago when I visited Chinatown, the Chinese district in London. Chinatown, London Chinatown©Elena Lavrova Chinatown©Elena Lavrova London’s Chinatown is located in the heart of the city, and it is incredibly easy to get ‘from Europe to Asia’ just by turning from an adjacent […]
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5 amazing cafés in Hanoi

When one comes to Hanoi, Vietnam, city tours usually cover the most famous landmarks with traditional values. What the tours do not usually offer, however, is a selection of coffee shops for resting after long distances and enjoying the atmosphere. There are many cafés or beverage chains available, such as […]
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A wanderer's guide on a Road Trip to Tawang

If you are looking for an escape route to a place of perpetual peace and bliss, the heavenly kingdom of Arunachal Pradesh is the perfect getaway for you. This state is brimming with nature’s beauty and the best way to experience it is a road trip from Guwahati to Tawang. […]
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Guide to Vancouver Island

I was lucky enough to grow up on this West Coast Island and explore many amazing places that the island has to offer. First up on the list of places to go also happens to be the provincial capital. Victoria Victoria is located on the southern end of the island. […]
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China, Beijing:  Temple of heaven, tea and Great Wall

Beijing is one of the most beautiful cities in China. The rich history of the northern capital dates back more than five thousand years. During this huge period of time, the city has undergone many changes, formed its unique harmony of traditional and modern. Now we can see it in […]
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Adventures in Harwan: From Paragliding to Buddhist Monasteries

Harwan is a small village located about 20 km from the city center of Lalchowk in Srinagar, Kashmir, India. Easily reachable by the airport which lies 28 km from the place, Harwan is a famous vacation, adventure travel, and picnic spot for tourists. Home to the Dachigam National Park, 1st […]
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Great Places to Visit in Jhelum Pakistan

Jhelum is one of the cities of Pakistan with many tourist sites like Khewra Salt Mine, Fort Rohtas, a monument of Alexander the Great and Tilla Jogian Complex of Ancient temples. The government of Pakistan, international tourists, and mainstream media ignores Jhelum and its precious sites for many years. It […]
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China, Shenzhen, The first time Going Solo -Tips and tricks

When visiting China the first time or specifically Shenzhen solo, you need a detailed plan. How surprised I was entering China the first time five years ago! When I crossed the Chinese border and entered Shenzhen, I was literally in a state of shock! At the time, there were no […]
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Top Seven Things To Do In Abuja.

    Hello, I want to help make your stay in Abuja one to remember. How was the trip? I hope it went well. Now, while in AbujaI can imagine you’d want to do and try everything and I know exactly how that can be. Well lucky for you, I […]
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Best Things To Do In Natal, Brazil

Natal is one of the finest cities in Brazil and there are many things you can do in Natal. Tourist attractions abound here including works of nature for you to experience. It is a suitable place to spend a few days or spend your holidays with your loved ones. Here […]
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Hong Kong Highlights: Hiking and Eating

Neither a part of China nor completely independent, Hong Kong is a fascinating city which hovers between two worlds. With many remnants of British colonization existing alongside Chinese traditions, these two components collide and mix to create a completely unique cultural atmosphere. As well as a complex history, Hong Kong […]
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4 Must-Visit Destinations + Activities At New Taipei City, Taiwan

So, you think you’ve already had enough of Taiwan? Guess what, you might not have tried these four destinations and activities yet. Get yourself in-the-know about the following tourist go-to’s before finally confirming to yourself that you’ve already covered everything about this little but beautiful country. Shifen Old Street – […]
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Perfect 3-Day Travel Itinerary

Kuala Lumpur – a city that combines seemingly incompatible. Most of the population here is made up of three cultures – Malays, Chinese and Hindus – and three religions – Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism. Most admiringly, the representatives of these three groups live completely peacefully, and each group has its […]
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Top 7 Things to Do in San Francisco

Having had the opportunity to spend some time in San Francisco, United States, I would have to say it is the most picturesque city that I have ever been able to explore. It is a truly unique city with countless amazing attractions and unique spots to experience. Here are some […]
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Sri Lanka South: Where To Eat Vegan, Chinese & More

Sandy beaches and coconut trees are a dime a dozen on Sri Lanka’s south coast. Many praise the ‘Wonder of Asia’ for its verdant jungles, luscious flora and elephantine fauna. Indeed, there is something to suit every person, every taste: romantic lagoon retreats for couples, backpackers’ hostels for the solo […]
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The Ideal Travel Guide to Coron Palawan

The Philippines is a wonderful country that will leave every tourist in awe. It consists of 7,107 beautiful islands and each island has its own remarkable features that truly won’t disappoint you. The Filipinos are also known for their hospitality that’s why this country is among the top countries that […]
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Taipei, Taiwan: Must-see attractions

We celebrated our first wedding anniversary last January 27-30, 2018 with 4 days and 3 nights trip in Taipei, Taiwan. And we really had a great time in such amazing City. Now I am sharing to all of you all the beautiful places we have been to during our trip. […]
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Strange & Beautiful – Why Shanghai is Definitely Worth a Visit

This is a little tale of China – an incredibly diverse country that is cut off the rest of the world, with delicious (and strange) food, generous but introverted people and a fascinating old culture. Yes, I had some stereotypes before traveling to China – I thought of crispy duck, crowded […]
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The kumbhalgarh fort: The crowning prestige of Rajasthan

Want to pack your bags and go to the best travel destination in India. well, we’re here to help.when you think of blending colors with cultures, what's strikes you first?? well, definitely Rajasthan, the majestic city of maharajas and awe-inducing forts. Ranging from royal sweetness i.e Kesar Bati to the […]
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The Best of Singapore- for One Day or One Month

A city/country island in South East Asia, Singapore is one of the most popular tourist destinations these days. Some people like to visit this place for a week; some like the idea of settling here. So what makes this country irresistible? Singapore was one of the first international destinations that […]
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5 Amazing Attractions in Portland, Oregon

When it comes to visiting the United States, most people think of New York and Los Angeles. They don’t give much thought to the multitude of smaller cities sprinkled around the myriad climates of North America.   One of the more overlooked cities is Portland, Oregon. Nestled in the great […]
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My trip to Peru: colours, smiles and a thousand landscapes

Before setting off, the only few things I knew about Peru were that the Inca civilization lived here over 5 centuries ago and that the Machu Picchu is one of the seven wonders of the modern world. I definitely had to add quite a few more interesting facts on my […]
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Top 3 Things to do in Arequipa, Peru

I recently spent the last eight months traveling with my children through Arequipa, Peru.  Famously named, “The White City,” for its buildings constructed from sillar, an ashy variety of volcanic rock formed from eruptions of andesite lava, Arequipa leaves the wandering explorer with an impression of quaint, colonial architecture and […]
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Five Reasons to Make Hong Kong Your Next Holiday Destination

Hong Kong, one of the only two special administrative regions in China, is a charming little city. Its many attractions set it aside, if not on top of the rest of the country. Purporting a strong western influence, Hong Kong is one of the most expat-friendly cities in the world. […]
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Things to Do Around Kuching in Sarawak

When it comes to Malaysia, many travelers only focus on Peninsular Malaysia where the capital city is located. However, Malaysia is so much more than that. So, if you’re one of the travelers who think that Malaysia is only Kuala Lumpur, Penang, and Malacca, here’s some good news for you: […]
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Must see places to experience the real Shanghai in one day

Shanghai is such a large metropolis that foreign tourists rarely consider it for a short citybreak destination. It’s more often that people plan their visit months ahead and put at least a week aside for discovery. While there will be things to do, I’d rather recommend you to plan a […]
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Exploring Binondo on a Student Budget

Many consider Binondo as one of the densest, most dizzying places in Metro Manila. But as a student who loves adventure, history, and local cultures, I’ve always seen the bustle of Binondo as its main charm. Nestled snugly in old Manila alongside other historic districts like Santa Cruz and Divisoria, […]
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Reasons you should go on a trip to Myanmar

When I first thought about my trip to Southeast Asia, countries like Thailand and Indonesia were the ones that came to my mind. They are totally worth the visit, don’t get me wrong, but for being very touristic already, we need to agree they won’t change much in the next […]
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Best Things to Do, See, and Eat in Shunde, China

China is rich in culture and history, from the luscious tree-filled mountains and winding rivers to the brightly colored architecture and the laughter of children ringing through the air. In a small but bustling city just an hour south of Guangzhou, you’ll find a glorious adventure awaiting you in the […]
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10 Best Things to Do in Sydney

I migrated to Australia last 2018 with my husband and since then we started searching for interesting local and touristy places to visit within the vicinity. Australia’s a very big, isolated chunk of land down under, so if you live here, you ought to figure out how to explore its […]
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Pet friendly malls in Metro Manila

According to Pet Secure Australia, the pet population increases as the human population increases, too. There are really more pet-loving people all around the world—may it be dogs, cats, birds, and even fishes. The United States of America is a huge contributor in the numbers on the charts shown on […]
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Nepal – A Warm, Vibrant Gem hidden in the Himalaya Mountains

Well known for its snow-capped mountains and trekking, Nepal is a country that has it all! A paradise for all nature lovers, a vibrant capital, full of heritage sites, amazing national parks, jungles, wildlife, mountains, rivers and lakes. A unique destination perfect for any kind of trip you seek, and […]
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Cheap Guide To New York: Accommodation, Food, Transport

New York is considered to be one of the most expensive cities in the world. Yet there are many ways to save on apartments to rent, food, shopping, and even transportation. Here’s the story of how I spent about 3 months in New York City on a budget with basically […]
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Ideal Itinerary for Beijing Tour

One of my dream destinations is Beijing and it is primarily because of the Great Wall of China. This is why my friend, Feli, and I planned to celebrate our Y2015 birthdays here. However, we learned that it is not easy to communicate with the locals because only a few […]
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Top Ten Places to Visit In San Francisco

You ever find yourself thinking about what places you should visit? What places are worth visiting? Well, San Francisco is definitely one of those places. One Of The Most Popular Cities In America San Francisco is definitely considered one of America’s crown jewels in terms of captivating attention. The city […]
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Top 5 things to do in Mosman, Sydney

Mosman is one of Sydney’s 658 suburbs. It is located north of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, set between the bridge and the well-known suburb of Manly. If this is your first time visiting Sydney, you might’ve never heard of it before, or you might know of it only because it […]
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Göbeklitepe, First Temple of the World is in the History Scene

Anatolia, the lands where thousands of civilizations were born and destroyed, the lands were believed to be the first human stepped on, the first plow was used, and the first university of the world was founded astonishes us by uncovering yet the unknown ones. The excavation which is still being […]
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Bucharest: A Winter Weekend

If you’re looking for a city break that will have you yearning for more, Bucharest needs to be on your bucket list. A vibrant university city with plenty of atmosphere, but still holds close their history and culture. I was amazed at how much I actually crammed in and saw […]
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Two Days in Sapa: Sleeper buses, trekking, rice wine and more!

Sapa is one of the most popular tourist destinations in North Vietnam. When my friends and I planned to go there for the weekend, I was told by numerous people that two days wouldn’t be enough, but we were determined to give it our best shot! Getting there Our friends […]
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The Best Things To Do In and Around Taipei

I moved to Taipei to teach English at the beginning of 2017 and stayed for a year and a half. Those 18 months were some of the best times I’ve experienced in my life, and some days I regret leaving that very comfortable life for a life on the road. […]
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One-day trip to Bogor: Temples, Waterfalls and More!

Bogor, a lovely province situated at the last train station from Jakarta. It is one of the many destinations where Jakartans visit for a quick holiday trip other than Bandung. I have lived in this province for about 6 months during my student exchange program and can say that anyone […]
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Must-Go Places in Nanjing

After living in Nanjing for a year now, I’ve fallen in love with it. It’s modern enough to be friendly enough to foreigners, but it’s Chinese enough so it doesn’t feel like a totally international city. Nanjing, or “South Capital,” is located at the top of what is considered the […]
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Singapore on A Budget: What To Do and Where To Go

A few months back, I took a trip to what was considered one of the most expensive cities in Asia. I have read a lot of stories about Singapore it has the cleanest streets, efficient modes of transportation, the tasty foods, and that going there would surely put a dent […]
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Ulanbator's top must-see sights and best places to eat

Mongolia is a landlocked country between Russia and China. Mongolia is well known for not only it’s nomadic culture and Gobi desert but also for its rich history and astonishing nature. As a person who has been living in the capital city of Mongolia, Ulanbator, here are the best places to […]
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Singapore on a budget: food, things to do, and nightlife

I ended up in Singapore more out of convenience than any particular longing to travel there. Coming from New Zealand, but now living in England, when visiting home I face the joy of at least 24 hours of quality plane time. It struck me as silly to put myself through […]
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Chinatown Bangkok – Paradise for Drinking and Dining

Thailand is a foodie utopia and Bangkok's Chinatown is its heart. Do you want to squat on a miniature stool with a $2 bowl of noodles in an alley? Or would you prefer perching by a dimly lit bar in a speakeasy, sipping a $30 martini made with butterfly pea and […]
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Exploring the Food, Culture & Art of Singapore

This young country was born from a fishing village, and having embraced the world market has sprouted skyscrapers and become a fast-paced, multicultural city with lots to offer prospective visitors. I spent a total of 10 days there in 2017 exploring food, culture and art, and the following are some […]
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Nagasaki – A Budget Friendly Destination in Japan

I have been to over ten different prefectures in Japan, and Nagasaki City is by far the most traveler friendly place I have visited to date. All of the main sites are centrally located and easily accessible by tram. The maps at the tram stations are explicit and equipped with […]
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A Beginners Guide to Ho Chi Minh City.

  In the South of Vietnam lies Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). Also known as Saigon, this busy and vibrant city has quickly become a popular stop on many travelers lists. It is hard not to fall for this city’s quick paced energy, buzzing nightlife, and the abundance of culture […]
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Jiankou, The Wild Great Wall Trek

One of the most astounding man-made wonders in the world lies in Beijing, China.  For those who want to avoid the noisy crowds, large tourist groups, and the perfectly modern-day reconstructed wall, the Wild Wall is the perfect place to experience ancient China for a weekend. Directions from Beijing to Jiankou There […]
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Visit Foshan! The Best Vacation Destination in China

 Greetings from the Middle Kingdom! I chose to make Foshan my home nearly 5 months ago and it has quickly risen in the ranks to become one of my favorite places! (And trust me, there is some stiff competition). Though the flight is long and you actually need to secure […]
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Best Places to Visit in South America

Now that I am home in the U.S. after spending a year in South America, the most common question I get is, “What was your favorite place?” This is a very difficult question because South America has it all. It ranges from tropical beaches to snowy mountains, from ancient ruins […]
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Yubeng: The Outdoor Playground of China

If you love mountains – particularly the taller ones with snow caps, trekking, Tibetan culture, and the wilderness, then you need to get over to Yubeng, China now!  However, keep in mind this hike is at a higher altitude (up to 3,864m) so make sure you take it slow if […]
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5 Reasons to Visit Cao Bang, Vietnam

A motorbike trip through Vietnam is almost a backpacker’s right of passage. My husband and I have been traveling Southeast Asia for nearly four months and we knew, without a doubt, riding Vietnam was a must. Like many travelers, we had only planned on the stereotypical Ho Chi Minh City […]
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Why You Should Take a Trip to New York, At Least, Once

New York City; the city that never sleeps. This city is charismatic, chaotic and beautiful in its own separate way. You’ll either love it or hate it. But one thing is for sure, there is no city in this world that will make you feel yourself the way that New […]
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Perfect 9 Days Itinerary in Sri Lanka + backpacker advice

Last month I visit Sri Lanka for 9 days and it was absolutely amazing, I fell in love with the places, the people and the food and I totally recommend it to everyone who is looking for adventure but at the same time a place with a lot of cultural […]
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Where to Stay in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)

Bright colors, exotic aromas, and smiling faces will make a lasting impression when you visit Yangon, formerly named Rangoon. Myanmar, also known as Burma, is becoming more and more popular as word gets out about Myanmar tourist attractions. While the Myanmar capital lies farther north in Naypyidaw, Yangon hosts the […]
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Places to Visit for a Day in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Traveling to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is no easy task. No matter how long you stay, I’m sure you’ll want to do everything you can in order to get the most out of this incredible experience. I know how you feel, I was the same way. I recently returned from my […]
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Best Parks to Visit in Guangzhou, China

The thing I love most about Guangzhou, China is that almost all year, it’s comfortable to be outside (with the exception of the occasional typhoon or insanely hot and humid day). I encourage you, if you’re visiting, to take advantage of the sun and fresh, relatively unpolluted air, and visit […]
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Best Free Summer Concerts in Los Angeles

Summer is a great time to spend your days and nights outside. One way to do this is to find summer concerts at outdoor venues. When my husband and I travel, we start searching out local events, looking for a place to hear music, eat good food, and hang with […]
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Kampot: Cambodia's Sleepy, Riverside Heaven

Many people who travel through Cambodia make the terrible mistake of going from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap and then crossing over into either Thailand or Vietnam. Let me tell you guys something: YOU MESSED UP! Whenever I asked travellers about their plans in Cambodia, they’d shrug and tell me […]
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What to do in Ottawa

Less famous than its three big sisters, Toronto, Montréal and Vancouver, the capital of Canada is often forgotten by tourists visiting this huge country. But with its strategic location at the French/English border, its proximity to nature, and its opened arms to the whole world, Ottawa has nothing less to […]
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Youth travel guide to Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong, the special administrative region within China is a mixture of the old and modern in one city. From dim sum to the neon lights at night to the mountains on Lantau Island, Hong Kong has it all. Having spent a full 5 days 4 nights in Hong Kong, […]
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5 reasons to visit Paracas

Did you know that there is plenty of beautiful places just three-four hours away from Lima? Paracas is one of them. I love this place. Even in July and August (the coldest months in Lima), Paracas stays warm and sunny. If you don’t want to spend too much time in […]
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In search for the best Macau famous snacks – Rua do Cunha, Taipa

Looking for some of the best Macau street food or snacks? Rua do Cunha in Taipa Village is the place to start! What’s more? I would be showing you how I got there by public bus (and a bit of walking) from Macau International Airport! Taipa Village is one of […]
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Sunny morning in Moscow: lovely walk with the tasty stops

It’s bright Sunday morning, you’ve just woken up and found yourself in Moscow? Great! Let’s have a lovely walk in the heart of the city. But first… tasty breakfast. Use a subway to get to the starting point Choose a ticket In Russia, we call it metro. You need to get a […]
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7 Essential Things to Do in Guilin, China

“Go to Beijing for the history, to Shanghai for the technology, and to Guilin for the beautiful scenery” is the advice that many Chinese people will give to people who want to visit China. Famous for its striking karst mountains, Guilin has been drawing Chinese tourists for centuries and in […]
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Pushkar : a pearl of Rajasthan

Pushkar In January, my friend and I went to Northern India on a two-week package. We booked this trip with TravelBird and flew with Etihad. I really like this airline company. However, that is not the topic of the day. We were 19 years old, and it was our first […]
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11 Things for travellers to do in Hong Kong

People who like travelling as I do will always like to go and to see the world. Some people like to stick with tourist attractions, some people like to relax and enjoying indoor services, some people like to backpacking and get themselves busy on exploring new places in other countries. I […]
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Walking the breathtaking coast paths of Cornwall

When visiting the UK it’s easy to be seduced by the breathtaking architecture, dense cultural history and exciting nightlife of its large cities, but if you want to venture beyond the urban sprawls of London, Manchester or Liverpool there is also a rich array of countryside to explore. Cornwall, the […]
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Take a Step Back in Time And Visit China's Ancient Town, Pingyao

Pingyao Ancient Town Alex here to tell you about the ancient town of Pingyao, China. I live in Shijiazhuang, China which is an hour southwest from Beijing if you take the bullet train. I’ve lived in China for over a year now, and even before I moved here, I had traveled […]
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Things to do in Singapore – An Expat Weekend Guide

So you are an expat 6 months into their new life and have started to find this tropical island somehow dry despite its high humidity. If that is the case, why not try some weekend activities of the locals? Here are some suggestions. Sing KTV in Singapore Singapore has a strong KTV […]
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Havana- The city of colors & rum

Cuba is always the answer if you’re looking to explore a new side of the Caribbean or maybe you would like to go years back in time!  We have all heard about the capital, Havana  or how the Latin Americans call it ‘La Habana’. The city of old cars, where […]
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Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh City, My First International Stop

On December 17th, 2017 I drove to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to catch an international flight to Vietnam. My trip to Vietnam actually took shape three months earlier when I met Nghia online. Nghia was the aunt of a shopkeeper I worked with at the Asian Garden Mall in […]
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Tips to Travel Hong Kong

The definitive list of must-knows before you visit the city of skyscrapers. When I was 21 I moved to Hong Kong for five months – and I can say without a doubt it was the most exhilarating five months of my life. The city is a hub of excitement, and […]
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China Great Wall Tour: A Memorable Experience

One of the privileges of traveling around the globe is the opportunity to meet people from diverse backgrounds, trek on pristine landscapes, visit historic sites, enjoy breathtaking views, and even sample exotic cuisines. I recently during a China Great Wall tour, visited Mutianyu. For me to say the experience was […]
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China | Shanghai | The Yuyuan Garden

The Yuyuan garden is rated as one of the best things to do in Shanghai, and with the garden being in close proximity to The Bund, Nanjing Road and the City God Temple it’s one of the most convenient attractions. The historic Yuyuan garden belongs to the Jiangnan-Style Traditional Gardens […]
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Xuhui, Shanghai: Guilin Park and Kangjianyuan

Guilin Park I went to Shanghai for a few days. At that time, I have noticed the amount of garden or park they have. Being Malaysian, I know most of the Chinese loves doing morning exercise. I would always see my neighbor jogging around the neighborhood, cycling or simply doing […]
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What Makes Hong Kong Unique?

If you’re looking for a place in the massive continent of Asia where you can enjoy diversity, food, people, and activities, look no further than ‘Asia’s World City’: Hong Kong. I’ve just recently returned home to New York City, from a nine-day family trip to Hong Kong (we stayed in […]
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Lunar New Year special, shopping in Mong Kok /Hong Kong, China

  Looking for the best exchange rate in town? Where is the local shopping area? How to save your time in transport? Best exchange rate inside the most dangerous place /Tsim Shi Tsui Shops in Hong Kong don't accept other currencies but usually accept credit card. It is necessary to bring […]
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A Day In Macau- Casinos, Culture and History

In both the September and November of 2017, I made day-trips to the independent Chinese territory of Macau. A former Portuguese colony that was returned to Chinese sovereignty in 1999, it is widely known as the foremost gambling capital of the world. This city still has a strong Portuguese influence, […]
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My culture shock in Bangkok

Transport in Bangkok The 17th of november I took a plane from Perth to Thailand for a short trip. I planned to meet up with a friend who I met at the East coast of Australia. The airport Don Mueang seemed very chaotic when I arrived, it was really hot […]
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Hong Kong, a sensorial experience

‘Japanese chopsticks are sharper, so you can grab the slippery food in Japanese cuisine. Korean chopsticks used to be made of silver because, back in the day, poisoning royalty was frequent and silver could detect poison, and these days they’re still made of metal. Chinese chopsticks are longer, because we […]
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Dali: An Enchanted Ancient Town in China's Yunnan Province

Exploring Dali Have you ever heard of Dali? No, I’m not referring to the surrealist artist of the early 20th century. Dali, the small ancient town nestled in China’s Yunnan Province is a departure from the bigger cities in the People’s Republic that will make you feel like you stepped […]
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The Ultimate Melbourne City Break

Perhaps you are thinking of visiting Melbourne, or perhaps you have a city break booked in Melbourne and you need some inspiration for your visit? Well, you have come to the right place. I’ve put together my favourite things to do in this beautiful city which will hopefully help you […]
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Singapore On A Budget: For Tourists and Locals Alike

Whether you’re living in Singapore or planning to visit for your next vacation, there are plenty of places to go to and things to do – for FREE or for a pretty low cost. Though Singapore is listed as THE MOST expensive city to live in (as of 2017 studies), […]
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6 Cool Spots To Visit In Hong Kong

Kicking off my first-ever post with a Hong Kong trip with friends! I never got to write about this, especially since we flew over there on a tight budget (we spent roughly $250 for the entire trip), so now’s a good time as any. For those who might not know, […]
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Beijing : 5 places to visit

Things to do in Beijing Beijing is a chaotic city rich with history, culture, and places to be discovered – from sightseeing to bars. The Great Wall Mutianyu section of The Great Wall located 70 km away from Beijing center: it was a whole adventure to get there by bus, […]
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7 Reasons to Love San Francisco

Being born and raised somewhere can make you take a lot of things for granted. You might only look at the negatives or see things and think that they’ll always be there. I’m from San Francisco, California – born and raised. However, I’ve been living in Barcelona for the last […]
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Kuala Lumpur: A City of Diversity

Malaysia is a unique country with an interesting blend of cultures and beautiful landscapes.  Although I only spent four days in the fascinating city of Kuala Lumpur, I now have to consider this my favorite place that I have traveled. I fell for this city immediately. Upon riding into the […]
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Cheap Eats and a Few Cheeky Drinks: Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne, Australia Two Day Unique & Cheap Food Tour Since we are both the Countryless Couple I’d thought I’d let Lewis have a go at blogging and what better subject for an Australian food lover than Melbourne’s cuisine! Having the great pleasure of living in Melbourne for a year I […]
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A perfect day in Hangzhou: the city of living poetry

Once the capital of the Southern Song Dynasty and now the capital of the most thriving economic region of China, Hangzhou definitely merits a visit. Located only 100km from Shanghai, Hangzhou is easily accessible by the high-speed train and now has its own international airport and a growing network of […]
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What to see and do in Mainland China

According to the World Atlas, China is the fourth largest country in the world and the second largest in Asia. It’s approximately 9.6 million square kilometers big! That’s huge compared to my home country, the Philippines. Despite how massive this country is, people tend to conclude that the whole of […]
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Exploring the Himalayan Shangri-La: Sikkim

Gorgeously tucked away in the north-eastern region of India, Sikkim is often regarded as one of the last Himalayan Shangri-La. The breathtaking views, adventurous trekking trails, quaint Buddhist monasteries and the cheerful aura of the place is sure to lure you into staying here forever! This landlocked state of India […]
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Nainital (India): An escape to Mini_Heaven

Nainital (India) Nanital in India is really a mini heaven on this earth as it is the best combination of cinematic views, nature, and spirituality. This Hill station is located in headquarter of Nainital’s district Kumon foothills of the Himalayas, Uttarakhand (India). Before going into My Story tales, I would like to give […]
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Beijing: A guided tour of the capital of China

Beijing: Let the two kiwi adolescent travel bugs take you on a journey to China My partner Falko and I have done a wee bit of travelling recently and we decided this time China was on the cards, a more of a spontaneous trip, booking and departing NZ within 3 months […]
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Top 5 Hong Kong Sights

Hong Kong may be a small area, but it sure does pack a lot into the space it has! While most people think of the Harbour skyline and the densely packed skyscrapers – which is not an incorrect image! – Hong Kong has so much more to offer than that. […]
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A Foreigner's Guide to Surviving in China

What are the first words that come to mind when someone says China? The mystic land of the East. The land of the clones. The place where Facebook and the likes are blocked and social media are doomed. China is the place with an open door policy expectation and yet, […]
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Budapest – Visiting Magical City On A River Danube

Three years ago I applied for a scholarship in Budapest to study the Hungarian language for one semester. Living in Budapest for 5 months was a blast! I met a bunch of foreign people from Egypt, France, Venezuela, Colombia, Russia, Ukraine, USA, Canada, Poland, Japan, Korea, China, Brazil, Argentina, Hungary. […]
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A trip to Ladakh: Pangong Lake, Nubra Valley and Monastries

My 4 day trip to Ladakh was one of the best travel experiences I've ever had. Ladakh displays the beauty of nature in its rawest form. Except for the scorching sun, there was absolutely nothing that hindered the trip. Following article covers the must-visit places in Ladakh and some information […]
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Singapore: one city, many cultures

A lot has been written about Singapore, but I think the reason why is definitively worth a visit is represented by its multicultural environment. In a nutshell, visiting Singapore is like taking a look on several cultures and religions, all in one! Not bad for a city-state, right? Obviously, exploring […]
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10 Hours in Macau

Macau – the Las Vegas of Asia; a hub of extraordinary hotels, out-of-this-world performances, and perpetual casino buzz. But it's not just that. Beyond its resemblance to its Western counterpart, Macau is home to a rich hotpot of Portuguese and Chinese culture and it shows in its world-class population, architectural heritage, and […]
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Singapore on a budget

Singapore is one of the most modern and safest places to go in Asia. When arriving at Changi airport, you can already see it is very modern, organized and efficient. I was stunned to see that their MRT, Singapore's subway system, does not use any driver. Everything is automatic. And […]
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Hong Kong: New Territories

Bay Bridge Hong Kong can be a daunting location to visit, as it presents many logistical challenges, especially for Westerners, as many Asian countries do, but one need not be intimidated by the language and cultural barriers visitors expect to encounter. Hong Kong's population is predominantly […]
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Backpacking in Peru for 17 days

Last July a couple of friends and I went Backpacking in Peru! They had extra time to afterward go to Colombia, but I only had 17 days for this trip, so we tried to work our stay in Peru according to my limited schedule, to make the most of it. […]
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Bangkok: Exploring the Land of Smiles

Thailand is known as the “land of smiles”. Stepping into the land of smiles can bring a smile to others. I, for one, have experienced the excitement of coming to the city of Bangkok in Thailand. There is an hour late time difference between Manila and Bangkok. It made our […]
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An Experience of History to an Ilocos Escapade

Make sure you have enough energy for a three day trip in Ilocos, as this trip can tire you out. Ilocos is full of heritage buildings that are worth the visit. This was our family-business get away to decamp from the stress with work. Following an itinerary from Triple 8 […]
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Travelling through a developed Kuala Lumpur

Travelling Blog Kuala Lumpur Excited about writing a blog for this amazing country. I've always seen Malaysia with glittering eyes since my childhood. The ad tagging it as 'Truly Asia' still plays very familiarly in my head and I got to experience the true essence behind it when landed for […]
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Holiday in Gangtok, Nathula pass, Tsomgo Lake

 India Aerial view of Gangtok Sikkim India is a country with great ancient history. Along with the history this country has got many exotic places. One such place is Gangtok. Gangtok a capital of Sikkim is full of places for sightseeing and adventure. It is filled with […]
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Da Nang: City of lights and beautiful beaches

Whenever people think of spending their vacation in a beautiful place, they end up traveling to Bahamas or Bali. Unfortunately, there is a beautiful and affordable option that most of the travelers miss. Da Nang is the wonderful city in the central part of the historic Vietnam that has many […]
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Jeju Island Solo Backpacking: A small person on a big island

Seogwipo City Jeju Island, also known as South Korea's Hawaii, is the dream destination for all South Koreans. Located in the South of South Korea, Jeju Island is furtherer away from Busan, South Korea's second biggest city, than it is from Japan's city of Fukuoka. Jeju […]
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A steampunk wonderland: Machines de l’île in Nantes

If you are walking through the Parc des Chantiers in the French city Nantes, don't be surprised if you run into a giant elephant slowly strolling by. Instead, take a good look or grab your camera – but be careful, because the creature can aim a stream of water from […]
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The Sydney Guide

Sydney is one of the most famous cities of the southern hemisphere and often mistakenly called the capital of Australia, embodies the relaxed and easy-going way of life. Therefore, every year millions of tourists travel there to surf the wave and many of them never leave. Nightlife In Sydney I […]
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Five Sensational Experiences to do in Singapore

How people see and take life in a country amazes me. As a culture-vulture kind of girl, I immerse myself with literature, food, art, and local experiences when visiting a particular nation. The city skyline and modern pace can only strike me with amazement, but I guess I’m that girl […]
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Top 5 parks to visit in Singapore

Occupying 719.1 square kilometres, Singapore is not an enormous country. (As a comparison, Australia is 7.692 million square kilometres.) However there is a lot squeezed into it: more than 5 million people, business hubs, a thriving arts scene, every imaginable type of food, a busy nightlife and continual construction. But because of […]
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Istanbul – vibrant metropolis between two continents

I do travel to Istanbul a lot for business. This city feels like home, people are so friendly and hospitable. There is something incredibly powerful and positive about Istanbul. No wonder city has been inhabited continuously for more than 6000 years. In Rome Empire times known as Constantinople, today Istanbul […]
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What to do when you are in Taipei, China

  Recently, Taipei, a city based in China's province, Taiwan, has been seeing an increasing number of foreign tourists and that too, each and every year. Keep in note that even though Taipei is not an extremely budget destination in China, it is still a whole lot of cheaper than […]
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My trip to Kuala Lumpur

Aug 2016 Making of the travel plan First things first, I love to travel. I dream about travelling all the time. There were so many obstacles in my way when I was planning this trip. When I finally boarded the plane I couldn’t believe it. I was about to get […]
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What to do on a stopping by in Peru: Lima and Miraflores

Hello, travelers! My name is Claudia and this is my very first post as a writer ever! I am very excited! Most of my posts will be about Peru (South America). But I am going to post about other countries eventually. I really hope this post means a bit of […]
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This is San Francisco

Golden Gate bridge from the upper viewpoint If you are going to San Francisco be sure to wear some flowers in your hair, or a coat if you're planning on going in winter, truth is, San Francisco has something to offer for everyone, children, teens or […]
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Life in Chongqing, China

Cultural Exchange and Travel in Chongqing, China Recently, I took part in a cultural exchange in Chongqing. I was able to live there for six months whilst working in a local kindergarten and learning the language. I experienced life in a host family, as well as life on my own, […]
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An Introduction to Craft Beer in Vancouver, Canada

There’s nothing like a cold beer after a day of voracious sightseeing. Vancouver has the sightseeing covered- from crossing suspension bridges to literally climbing up a mountain there’s tons of ways to get very thirsty. Luckily Vancouver also has the best Craft Beer scene in Canada. Even the dodgiest little […]
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Top 5 Things To Do In Brisbane

During my time in Australia, I spent over 4 months living with a local Brisbane family in a suburb, 15 minutes outside of the Central Business District. In this time I was able to explore what Brisbane has to offer and how the locals live. If you want to find […]
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How to make the most of your stopover in Perth and Sydney

I had been travelling India and Southeast Asia for the last year and a bit, and decided to go to New Zealand with a Working Holiday Visa after spending Christmas in Kolkata, India. The thing is, as many as you already know, the cheapest way to travel isn’t usually the […]
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How and Why You Should Move to China

Most of us daydream of it, you know getting up from our desk and quitting our day jobs, hopping on a flight and going somewhere different? And then there are the small group of people that actually do it! We have all seen the pictures on Instagram, heard the stories […]
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VIGAN, Ilocos Sur: a city frozen in time

Whether you're an avid fan of Philippine history or just a casual traveler looking for your next destination, you should definitely include VIGAN in your travel list. That is, if you still haven't been! For history nerds like me, Vigan had always been my ultimate dream getaway but I never […]
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Ladakh: exploring the stunning mountain region of India

When most people think about traveling to India, they imagine crowded and polluted places, colourful dresses and spiritual rebirth. These impressions are true for almost all except one region in India, called Ladakh. It is found in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, at the most northern tip of Indian […]
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Exploring Melbourne on a Budget

Enjoy Melbourne Whatever Your Budget… We've all been there – you decide to travel, you plan, you budget, you save up yet life happens and it doesn't quite go to plan. The result? You land in a brand new country with way less funds than expected. You tell yourself it's […]
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India Road Trip

Introductory Have you ever considered driving around one of the biggest countries of the world? Like China, Russia, the USA or… India? My boyfriend and I spent one month driving in India, visiting family and places. In this article I would like to share the adventures of the first week, […]
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MUSEUMS IN JAKARTA: THE BEST WAY TO DISCOVER INDONESIA’S HERITAGE

If you are forced to brand Jakarta by the first sight you will probably mention its horrifying transport system and insubstantial character as capitalistic economic centre. So I did a couple of months ago! Every time I entered the city I did almost everything to leave it as soon as […]
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Travel-guide: Peru

The many reasons to go to Peru Peru is an amazing country with so many adventures to offer. Peru has got everything: The diversity in nature with the long coastline, the lush valleys, deep canyons, humid rainforest and tall mountains. Peru has some of the kindest people and best food […]
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Thailand in 10 Days: Travelling from North to South

Welcome to Thailand – A place where you can travel with luxury on a budget Thailand is paradisiacal. Its natural scenery is breathtaking with the stunning South Islands and its evergreen rice fields in the north. Its street food is delicious and its people are so welcoming, you will immediately […]
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Kumbhalgarh Fort: Rajasthan's Best Kept Secret

Kumbhalgarh Fort The state of Rajasthan in India’s north-west is famous among travellers for many reasons. It is known as the King’s District (Raj meaning King, Sthan meaning district) and is home to the famous Rajput clan. Tourists are drawn to the exquisite man-made lakes in the […]
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First time in Thailand, 2016/2017

I have to admit that Thailand was not actually my 'dream destination', I never actually thought about it. But anyway, all those good reviews and stories made me thinking. Soon, my friend and I had purchased the flight and the adventure was ready to start. The country itself – Thailand […]
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India, Sikkim: The Monastery Trail

So I was traveling in India with a friend at that moment and he recently just bought a Royal Enfield motorbike to continue his travels in India, so we decided to travel together this, not so popular but beautiful, State of India with his motorbike. What it's all about: Sikkim […]
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Guns and Fun Outside Beijing

Getting Out Of The City There are a million travel articles about the things to do in Beijing. Not many people realise that the best things to do in this city, lie just outside of it. Forget Tiananmen and Houhai, Beijing is all about the outer suburbs of Changping and […]
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Motorbike trip from Hanoi to Sapa

I've got an idea to travel around Northern Vietnam by motorbike a long time before I started a trip, and it looked like more as a fantasy rather than a realistic thing for me. I’ve been riding an automatic scooter a lot in some SE Asian countries for the last 2 […]
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A week in New York City

New York City, U.S.A, is a city like no other. All of the movies in the world cannot prepare you for what it will be like, and yet one visit prepares you for all of the movies you'll ever see. A week in New York City ensures that the traveller […]
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Five things you should not miss in Luang Prabang

Laos, situated in South East Asia, is a unique country, not only for its cascading mountains, glorious waterfalls or the genuine locals, but rather the influence from Western countries has been minimal, compared to Thailand or Cambodia. This means that you will not find any fast food restaurants, no convenience stores […]
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Further North of Vietnam

By chance, I got a friend returned Vietnam from Australia and I already promised him years ago, that to bring him to my favorite adventure in the North of Vietnam. Plan was set and I got two more friends wanted to join so we have 4 people in the end […]
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Shangri-La: Gateway to Tibetan China

Shangri-La, situated in the Northwest of the Chinese province of Yunnan at the edge of the Himalayas, is the gateway to Tibetan China. This is the town (a small village by Chinese standards) where you will have your first encounter with yak butter tea and see signs written in Tibetan […]
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Ho Chi Minh City: A city that never stop surprising you

Ho Chi Minh City: A city that never stop surprising you I was doing my volunteer work in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam for 2 months. I have got the chance to visit also other cities during my stay, including Hoi An, Hue, Dalat, Mui Ne and Nha Trang. But in […]
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Hidden beauties of Guangdong province

Almost all travelers and tourists coming to China mostly visit Peking, Shanghai and Xi’an. Of course, these three places are called the golden triangle and offer the most popular Chinese tourist attractions. However if you have time or just simply want to see natural beauty and avoid crowds then the […]
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Visiting Beijing: no hustle only fun

  I always say: I love Beijing because it is easy. So let me put that back into context. I am a 23 year master’s degree student currently spending 5 months in Tianjin for my studies. By bullet train Tianjin is only 30 minutes away from the Chinese capital and […]
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Hiking the Juan de Fuca

Hiking the Juan de Fuca Trail      The Juan de Fuca Trail (JFT) in British Columbia, Canada, is an amazing trail for beginners and experienced hikers alike. It provides 47km of stunning wilderness trail, winding through lush rainforests and expansive beaches, all while hugging the Pacific coastline. It extends from […]
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Berlin in 48 Hours

Weekend in Berlin (April 14-16, 2016) Berlin has always been high up on my European city bucket list. It is perhaps one of the most unique European capitals that I have visited where the recent history of the 20th century can still be felt. Counter culture is the main culture – […]
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From Mud to Sky in Bangkok

Some love it. Some hate it. But what it is sure is that your first impression of Bangkok can quickly change, unexpectedly. The capital of Thailand is iridescent. You can look at it from the top of a skyscraper or from a boat moving among the canals. You can visit […]
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Eating My Way Through Singapore

My trip to Singapore was a welcome break from the craziness that is work. Armed with an appetite for adventure and an agenda that involves eating all the good stuff, I made my way to the city-state via a 3-hour plane ride from Manila. Hostel Check-in    First order of business: I […]
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Yunlin, a place full of greens in Taiwan

Yunlin, a county of Taiwan, the place I was born and grew up, is often forgotten in tourists’ guidebooks or mainstream media. I feel an urge to promote the real beauty of it…               Because it has never gone commercial, that’s why it’s so […]
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Travelporn: Solo Travelling in Iran

Soaring mountain ranges, stunning mosques, palaces and ruins from different eras provide architectural wonder, while brilliant bazaars adds colours to shopping culture, making Iran an irresistible destination for travellers. Even before touching down, the view from the plane is just soooooo breathtaking Iran was one of the countries I've included […]
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A day’s trip around Lagos

A day’s trip around Lagos Lagos is unarguably West Africa’s number one city. Aside from being the commercial Nerve center of West Africa, Lagos attracts tourist from all over the world every year. As New York is to the USA, so is Lagos to Nigeria. Located in the South Western […]
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How To Hitchhike Across the US East Coast

The following article is a brief guide to hitchhiking the East Coast of the United States, but most of the tips mentioned can be applied to hitchhiking in other countries as well. Who am I to give advice on this? Well, two years ago I ended a three-year relationship with […]
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Road trip in West America

A hands-on guidebook for an unforgettable, family road trip. The United States extend over 9 833 517 km² (11760787996830yd²) and include a multitude of cultures and landscapes. For one month, my family and I crossed 5 states in the West of the country and met very friendly, welcoming people. Here […]
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A Frolicker's Guide to Madrid

Tapas and Vino.  I've been living in Madrid, Spain now for just over two months, and if I were to use two words to describe my time here, those are the ones I would chose. So many tapas…and SO much wine. Speaking of wine, it's shocking I don't have a […]
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PAKSE: First and Lasting Impressions

Rare Opportunity Studying about Asian countries in grade school, I never thought that I would ever get to visit Laos.  The country never triggered any interest in me.  I even confused it with Burma and Cambodia.  Yeah, I guess I was that ignorant back then.   Years later, the opportunity to […]
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Dong Hoi- A bit of history, great cuisine and stunning caves!

A lazy morning at the Beachside Yesterday, it was a clear day. The bright blue sky reflected its color in the dazzling water of South China Sea. But today morning was different. The clouds made a complete canopy up above, while the ocean below was wilder than usual. I took […]
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A Welcome Travellers Guide to Hong Kong

WELCOME TO  HONG KONG! Have you ever been to Hong Kong? Well I had just been there, and I would like to share few simple guides after my experiences of 5 days in Hong Kong. Its not much, but as a new traveller to this place, its good enough for […]
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Lima Historic Centre: Museums, Markets, Madness, and Much Much More

Whilst staying in Lima, I have experienced the hectic, noisy madness of the area of the city known as the Historic Centre and have loved it for how much it has to offer the urban explorer. Whilst in sharp contrast to the better known tourist districts of Miraflores and Barranco, […]
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Chengdu: 7 Budget-Friendly Tips for a Trip to the Sichuan Capital of China

I’ve been living and teaching in Xi’an, China for the past two months, so when China’s 7-day National Holiday came around, I knew I wanted to explore a new part of the country. I decided on Chengdu, the capital of the Sichuan province, located in the southwest of China. Why Chengdu? […]
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India : The Kashmir Great Lakes Trek

Having lived in India for over half a decade, I wouldn't forgive myself if i didn't visit the Himalayas. So over the years, i did quite a fair bit of trekking in the region, and the respect i've developed towards these majestic Himalayan mountains is absolutely unparalleled. In the summer […]
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Shikumen Architecture in SHANGHAI : treasures hidden by skyscrapers

Discovering Shanghai I'm an Architecture student at the fifth year and in few months I will get my graduation. I decided just few months ago to try a new experience . So I choose Shanghai as my new destination to prepare my final thesis project about the typical architecture of […]
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San Andrés Mixquic: a magic door to the world of the dead.

It’s well known that in Mexico death is lived differently to the rest of the world. Non the less it’s not a taboo subject, the Day of the Dead is a tribute, a party, a reunion with their dear dead. During November first and second, Mexicans are reunited with their […]
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Your Guide to: Beijing, China

Beijing was the second stop on my adventure that took me by train from China to Helsinki. An enormous city, it was pretty impressive from the offset. Even though I arrived at night, the atmosphere was bizarre. I’d flown in from Shanghai, so I already had an idea about how the […]
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How to road trip through California!

I recently traveled from Los Angeles to Mt. Shasta in the United States and had the most incredible journey. From the funky beach vibes of Venice beach, to the majestic redwoods of Big Sur and the snow clad mountains of Mt. Shasta. It was a journey that challenged, transformed, and deeply […]
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Taiwan : A secret place better than Yehliu Geopark

Planing a trip for Taiwan ? Taiwan is an island country located in south eastern of China, it nears tropical and have 4 lovely seasons , it condense all the nature landscape and activities, from from hiking to nightlifes, from surfing to build a snow man , but if you're nature lover, […]
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Ica-Peru: the City of Eternal Sunshine

I visit Ica for the first time when I was 14 years old in a study trip, it was a cold and cloudy day and all I can remember, beside my loud classmates playing around, was me walking down Paracas’ beach spotting lots of birds and sea lions’ bones as […]
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Copenhagen, the pearl by the sea

INTRODUCTION Sometimes when I travel I use to wonder how would it be like to live in that particular city. Well, I think Copenhagen (and the whole Denmark) is one of the few places in the world where life is really awesome, because has the rare and precious quality of […]
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Kota Kinabalu: The Small Big City

A bit about Kota Kinabalu “What is there even to do in KK at night?” I was asked many times by fellow Sabahans when I was studying in a college Kuala Lumpur in the late 90s. I was 18 then. Since then, just like I have grown from being a […]
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Manhattan on a shoestring.

A little bit about New York. New York city, one of the most remarkable capitals of the World, can be a very expensive place. Obviously, the heart of the city, Manhattan, is not an exemption. But do not give up; we can enjoy this magnificent borough on a budget. If […]
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Brisbane: 7 Lovely Places to Visit.

Hello, there! I decided to write about Brissie because I lived there last year and I felt in love with this amazing place! So I would like to recommend you visiting 7 places if you are in this city of Australia. Let´s go! South Bank Brisbane […]
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Japan: 6-Day Guide to Tokyo City

Japan, is one of the world's most interesting countries you can visit, embodying both its national tradition and the modernization of the world at large. Home to skyscrapers and temples, Tokyo, Japan's busiest capital is the New York of Asia in my opinion. Tokyo is always bustling with energy and […]
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Land of Mountains – Leh

India : Land of Mountains – Leh, Jammu and Kashmir Location: In the midst of the beautiful Himalayas lies a small town, Leh in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India. Surrounded by mountains on all sides Leh is a beautiful town. As soon as you land you are greeted […]
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Hangzhou after the G20

An day trip to charming Hangzhou Hangzhou is one of the most famous Chinese cities, known for being sort of enchanting and very recently, the meeting point for the G20 summit. From ancient times the emperors used to spend the summers in this place, famous for its lakes, scenery, tea […]
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Canberra: Festivals 2016 part 1

I recently moved to Canberra, Australia 7 months ago, and besides museums and other things I have enjoyed, today I will like to share my experience in the diverse festivals here. This first part is from festivals that happened between February to September, as you can expect during winter is […]
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USA: Big Sur, the iconic Roadtrip

Roadtrip Day 1 The beginning: It's the best way to travel. You make your own schedules, you decide where and when to go, you can stop wherever you like and you will certainly see things you wouldn't be able to see otherwise. And there´s no better country in  the world […]
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Traveling To Singapore For The First Time

  My 1st experience traveling to Singapore. In February 2012, me and my friends had the opportunity to visit Singapore. We visited Little India, Bugis Street, Sentosa Island and China Town. We landed on Changi International Airport. After passing through the migration and take the suitcase the first time we […]
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How to Catch Icebreaker or Swimming in Icebreaker Path – Kemi,Finland.

How to Catch Icebreaker or Swimming in Icebreaker Path – Kemi,Finland. One of my favorite way and place at this Earth is calm north or Finnish Lapland – home of Aurora Borealis (Northern Light). Now when I traveled through a lot of countries in different way and crossed a few […]
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Rajasthan – A Majestic journey through the Mountains

Rajasthan – the only state in India that presents the charms of desert to us. Famous for its royal heritage, Rajathan's Royal families have ruled this part for several years before India’s independence. We had a trip planned to a very different part of this state. Though it is known for its […]
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Magical waters of Pangong Tso

Introduction Ladakh is special in many ways and despite its gaining popularity, this place in Jammu & Kashmir remains virgin, peaceful and beautiful. Ladakh is not only home to some of the highest motorable passes and mountain peaks of the world, it also cradles high altitude lakes. The Pangong Tso […]
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China: The Fo Tan Lifestyle

Fujian Province I arrived to China almost two months ago.I stepped off the plane in Shanghai, took another plane to Xiamen and I was standing in beautiful province called Fujian Province.  And the first destination was Fo Tan. You must be asking “What is Fo Tan?”. Well, Fo Tan is located […]
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Cebu, Philippines: Queen of the South

CEBU, THE QUEEN I think it is only fitting and proper to crown her with such praise. She has been very generous when it comes to nature’s grace yet never being left behind when it comes to progress. She has changed a lot over the years yet one thing remained, […]
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Tiangge: Cultural Philippine Bazaar

Shopping is part of traveling. When visiting places, one would always find things he would want to take back home. Unless you happen to be an egoistically snobbish shopper who loves buying expensive brands you can brag about for a single time and wouldn’t, in any way, make you a […]
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Yokohama, the elegant neighbor

When it comes to traveling in Japan, most people will tell you the same: you must see the electric and fashionable Tokyo, the traditional and peaceful Kyoto, the funky and friendly Osaka. This is all probably true. But what about the great neighborhood of the capital city? Yokohama, second largest […]
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São Paulo, the city that also never sleeps!

As a born and raised “paulistana”  my first post could not be about anywhere else but the South American city that never sleeps. So many cultures in one place What almost no travelers know is that many immigrants settled in the city in the beggining of the century (my family […]
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Different Antwerp – Belgium’s gem

Antwerp is astonishing. When people talk about Belgium, they either choose Brussels as the main city to explore and Ghent or Brugges to breathe the cultural air of a small town. Antwerp has them both. It’s big and it’s small. It has an artistic vibe to it, in a Parisian […]
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Living in Singapore for a month

Last year, I was able to go to Singapore when I was one of the loan staff for our company’s international affiliate in SG. I, together with 10 other Filipino auditors stayed there for a month. Staying in the country for work is very much different than staying there for […]
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Singapore: An Urban Jungle Surprise

“Singapore is what your city could become if everyone obeyed the rules, did their jobs diligently, and just shut up. When your city gets to be this paragon of efficiency and discipline, would you still want to live there? Singapore is a model city, which is terrific if you happen […]
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48 Hours in Lima, Peru

2 days in Lima, Peru Lima is the capital of Peru. Most people when they think of Lima, think of it as a city that one must pass in order to arrive to the more desirable locations such as Cusco and Machu Picchu. Some don’t even leave the airport. But […]
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The Complete Thai Visa Run Guide: Bangkok to Vientiane

Over the years western backpackers in Southeast Asia have tripped from border to border like beer fueled homing missiles drenched in axe body spray, highlights, and spray tans. On arrival western passports meant you’d get 30 days to find enlightenment at a dozen temples or slipping in tourist vomit on […]
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Exploring the Hidden Gems of Taiwan: Xitou (She-toe)

About Xitou Xitou is a small little town in Nantou County that has developed as a tourist attraction. Xitou has an amazing hiking trail called The Nature Education Area. It has several attractions and many different paths. Xitou also has a little monster/ghost gimmicky attraction to entertain tourists. It seems […]
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Experience London Through ME

Experiencing such a beautiful city like London, by reading an article about it is quite difficult but I will try my best to take you through London, and present everything  you need to know when planning a trip to explore the city. London, where do I even begin to present you […]
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Southeast Asia: 6 Cheap Destinations for First Time Solo Travelers

It’s no surprise why South East Asia has long been dubbed as a backpacker paradise. It has an endless list of white sand beaches with sapphire waters, lush jungles and high mountain ranges ideal for an off-the-beaten-path adventure. But aside from these lures, South East Asia is a popular destination […]
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Penang : Ultimate Coconut Guide

Go Coconut Hunting in Penang Like a True Local. Where to go COCO in Penang like a “loco” Shen's Coco Guide in Penang Penang Island, Malaysia is known for its rich heritage and of course, the myriad of food choices. When you live in a city-island […]
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Melbourne's Migrant Stories: The Suburbs and Streets to See

CBD – via AP Business Centre Throughout the 20th century, Melbourne was the destination of many migrants around the world, fleeing war, poverty or otherwise keen to settle in a growing part of the world. Different communities chose to settle in different parts of Melbourne, meaning […]
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New Zealand : Motueka

“Finally, it’s Sunday!! Let's go outing, dude!” Felt so tired on my kiwi pack house job. Monday to Saturday, at least 8 hours per day, sometimes will go to 12 hours per day. It had been 2 weeks since we were in Motueka for kiwi job. Motueka is the only city with kiwi pack […]
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The Brisbane Explorer bus tour

The Brisbane Explorer bus is a reasonably priced way to see a bit of inner Brisbane, but consider saving your money if you’re a local. The Brisbane Explorer bus. Getting a ticket I’m a Brisbane local of twenty years with no particular need for a city tour, […]
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A City Break in Toronto

Toronto, Ontario  Departure and Arrival Whenever I fly on my own, be it to explore somewhere new completely solo, or to meet friends, or even to join an escorted tour group,  I am guaranteed to feel two things once through security: pure excitement for what awaits me at the other […]
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Amidst the Silence of the Hills – A Road Trip To Chakrata

History Chakrata is a small, picturesque town situated on the majestic, lush green mountains in Uttarakhand state of India. Nestled amidst the silent hills, at an elevation of approximately 7,000 feet, the town was initially encamped by the British Indian Army for somnolence during arduous periods of advances and retreats. […]
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Udaipur: Royalty is in the air !

When one is in Rajasthan and is looking for a perfect destination to unwind, Udaipur, which is surrounded by Aravalli Ranges, seems to be a dream getaway for many. Not only the hills but the picturesque lakes, massive forts, marvellous palaces, lush green gardens, contribute to the beauty of the […]
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Panama City: Something old, something new

Cinco minutos! – says our local driver to us for the third times answering the ultimate question about when we leave, and he sit back again to his chair. In this moment we hopelessly realize that in this part of the world time goes by in a different way than […]
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Russia : The coldest country in the world

Undoubtedly, Russia is one of the coldest places in the world and it was a crazy idea to visit the country in December. Just like us, the temperature refused to be positive 😛 Anyhow, we spent the last week of 2015 in the chilly city of Saint Petersburg and it […]
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LONDON: A CITY OF FOOD AND CULTURE

Being new to blogging, and having travelled to so many places in my 23 years, it took me a while to decide where exactly to write about first. Sometimes I think we forget that to some people, or in my case millions of people, the city on your doorstep is […]
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Winter in San Francisco

On 29th of December 2015 I took an airplane that carried me to the farthest place I’ve ever been and it embraced myself to my first trip alone for 10.250 km. After almost 15 hours of flying and chatting with some beautiful people that I met in the airports or […]
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Quebec: 6 must see places

I know Quebec is not the most popular province in Canada. When people usually plan a trip to Canada, they want to see the Rockies, Banff or Toronto. But Quebec has everything travelers love: mountains, sea, beautiful cities and different types of landscapes. From Montreal to Forillon and from Forillon […]
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Beyond the beaches of Mahabalipuram

The sun shone brightly in the clear sky. The breeze got warmer with the rise in mercury. The port was busy with the incessant arrivals and departures of archaic ships laden with goods and wealth. The cargo was loaded and unloaded ceaselessly. The vivid images that my mind created felt […]
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Siestas, Tapas and Sunshine in Madrid

                            Siestas, Sunshine and Tapas In September 2015, I packed all my bags, got on a plane and took a leap of faith.  I was off to start my new life in Madrid and I was nervous, […]
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Ica: Peru

When people think of Peru, I can assure you that the first thing someone will think of is Machu Picchu. But what if I told you that there was so much more to the country than that? If you are a backpacker looking for adventure, you've come to the right […]
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The Heart of Down Town Vancouver

  Vancouver, “Beautiful British Columbia”, Canada   Vancouver, British Columbia is a picturesque city right on the ocean, in the midst of the mountains, lakes and rivers… it doesn’t get any better than here! Whether you’re visiting with your partner, family, or with a group of friends, you’ll be able […]
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From New York to Australia

Hello everyone! My name is Amira and I’m a typical 20-something New Yorker who needed some change in her life. After graduating college, I applied to get my masters degree but unfortunately (now fortunately) I did not get accepted. I saw this as a sign and decided that I needed […]
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Innes National Park: The Beach Dweller

Imagine you are stranded on a deserted island, soaking up long, peaceful days away from your busy routine. Now, surround yourself with your favourite people, beaches that make your jaw drop and beautiful landscapes. Is there any more you could possibly ask for on a weekend getaway? I didn’t think […]
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Bali: Guide to the Island of the Gods

Bali seems to constantly increase its popularity among tourists and no wonder – whether you are a backpacker looking for cheap stay or if you want to enjoy finer things in life this island has something to offer for everyone. My own history with Bali goes back in 2012 when […]
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Malaysia: Where to Wine and Dine in Penang

The Beautiful Blue Mansion. Malaysia: Where to Wine and Dine in Penang. A glorious Island where traditional beauty and heritage are now merging with modern luxury and comfort; Penang is definitely a superb destination, especially for its food! Having lived in Penang on and off for […]
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Singapore : Las Vegas of Asia

BACKGROUND Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, and also known as the Lion City, the Garden city, and the Red Dot, is a global city in Southeast Asia and the world's only island city-state. It lies 137 km north of the equator, at the southernmost tip of continental Asia and […]
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Hong Kong – The top city

Hong Kong is my hometown and I spent my wonderful childhood there. I really love this place, especially after I start my travel… I miss her badly. You know what, no matter which type of traveler you are, Hong Kong is a place will not disappointed you. Before I start […]
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Dreaming in a city called Sydney

Sydney. It's what you think of when someone mentions Australia. The Opera House is up there with the most iconic buildings in the world. But for some reason, when I arrived in Australia I didn't feel the need to instantly go to Sydney. So it wasn't until I'd been in […]
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Things to do in Sydney, Australia

Things To Do In Sydney, Australia! Sydney is well known for its iconic beaches and beautiful views, but what really are the best things to do while you're there? Sydney has several hidden gems among its more well-known tourist destinations- that are guaranteed to make your trip one in a […]
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Cafehopping in Kuala Lumpur

Your arrival at Malaysia's highly acclaimed Kuala Lumpur International Airport will just be the preview and beginning of your escapades in this developing country. Known to be a Muslim nation, travelers and tourists may be surprised to see the rather receptive and diverse local culture in this single country. Nothing will […]
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For the love of Yangon

Around noon I arrive at the airport of Yangon. I haven’t showered and I smell of beer and smoke. A heavy headache makes it impossible to think clear. Khao San Road leftovers. It takes a while before I am finally able to withdraw money from the ATM. Every five minutes […]
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Venice Carnival, a travel through time

 Venice and I Happy People I went to Venice for the first time in 2009.  It was in May.  The weather was beautiful and the city looked too much like a postcard for my taste.  It was also full of tourists. I decided to go back […]
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Hong Kong: Why not visit the oldest district?

Hong Kong, in many travelers’ mind, is either a busy commercial city or a paradise of shopping and eating. It’s somehow a fact and you must have great experiences for your holiday here. But, would you like to explore this tiny and beautiful city beyond that? Sham Shui Po, my […]
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Walt Disney World : Best Tips to Make the Most of Your Trip

Best Tips to Make the Most of Your Trip If you are trying to figure out where your next family vacation should be, Orlando is the place for you! The city of Orlando, Florida is ranked in the top 10 tourist cities of the United States. Why, you may ask? Orlando is […]
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Your guide to Sydney!

Sydney was somewhere I originally went to find work. I'd just finished travelling around Asia, spent all my money and needed a job! Well, I got well and truly stuck there, for 9 months to be exact, and I can honestly say I had the best time of my life! Having always […]
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India: Getting to Ladakh and the things you should be aware of

More than 2 years ago I met my first Indian friend in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He started to introduce me to Indian culture and recommended me a movie called Bhaag Milkha Bhaag. Ever since I saw that movie I wanted to visit that North part of India, Ladakh – land of […]
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Perth: An Underrated Oasis in the Middle of the Outback

Perth: An Underrated Oasis in the Middle of the Outback “Australia!” people exclaim when I tell them where I’ve disappeared to for a year, “How wonderful. Where?” But their lit up faces quickly fall when I reply that Perth is where I have been residing for the past eight months. […]
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A Weekend in Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei, capital city of the small island nation of Taiwan in East Asia, a modern metropolis reminiscent of Hong Kong, Tokyo and Shanghai. Crowded streets, rowdy night markets and bustling nightlife – everything a nocturnal being like myself could possibly crave for is right here in Taipei. Taipei is often […]
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Vienna: The Wonders of an Old World Empire

Vienna Rathaus park Stephensdom Vienna State Opera House Why Vienna? Many people want to see and experience Europe and all its cultural offerings, but the size and shear volume of destinations can make this a daunting trip financially […]
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NYC : Roosevelt Island

  New York City is arguably one of the most traveled to cities in the world, and definitely one of the most traveled to cities in the United States. Living in NYC for 22 years one could say that they are familiar with all of its nooks and crannies, but […]
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Adelaide: Australia

The sounds, the smells and the colours at the OzAsia Night Noodle Markets. Vibrant, electric and moving – all words that Australian travellers don’t frequently associate with Adelaide, the City of Churches, and ever little sister to the Australian “must-sees” Sydney and Melbourne. But I’m here […]
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Dream country – Australia. Next stop Brisbane!

Latvian girl exploring Brisbane! “Welcome to Queensland, where Australia Shines”, said the flight attendant, approaching Brisbane International Airport. Since i was a small kid, I have always been crazy about Australia and anything related to it. This unexplainable obsession developed this motivation in me to achieve my goals. With determination, […]
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Osaka: The Deliciousness

I love food, Yes! good food is bliss, whether eating by yourself or with others. Every meal time should be celebrated. It's a great fortune to have food and to able to eat, it’s a greater fortune to be open to different kinds of foods. And when you have to […]
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