The Japan Rail Pass: Is it worth it?

After spending a week in Japan, I can easily say that it is one of my favorite Asian countries to explore! This month, as I continue to share more and more of my trip around Japan with you, I thought it only practical to share some tips that helped us along because let’s face it, Japan […]

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Essential Tips to help you maneuver the Chinese subway at rush hour

If you really want to see if you can survive China, then your first test should be traversing the subway through peak hour traffic. With around 10 million people traversing the subway every day, it’s certainly not for faint-hearted. The sea of people stream along and subway officials eagerly push people into each carriage like […]

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A Guide to surviving Asian monsoons

You never know what adventures you’ll experience when travelling through south-east Asia. Maybe you’ll taste some exotic dishes that will have your friends squirming back home, maybe you’ll see a UNESCO world heritage site and uncover some historical secrets or maybe you’ll unexpectedly get stuck in the middle of a monsoon. Darkened skies, heavy rainfall, […]

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The Great Chinese Firewall

Oh yes. You read right. There really is such a thing as the Great Chinese Firewall and while you may not be able to see it, or even climb to the tenth tower to prove your manhood (or womanhood, for that matter), it certainly is bigger than anything you’ve ever seen (or not seen, for […]

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Simple packing mistakes you’re probably making

It’s pretty hard to pack for a trip abroad. You start out with a medium sized suitcase and tell yourself that you’re going to pack light. You want to leave room for your shopping trips, souvenirs and gifts… but before you know it you’re sitting with a pile of t-shirts, three evening dresses and endless […]

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Take that Erasmus Exchange: What You’ll Learn

If you’re at university and are contemplating a study abroad trip then my advice is to just go! Six years ago I embarked on an Erasmus exchange program to The Netherlands and I can honestly say that I’ve never been the same since. Sure, there were a few moments (both before and during my trip) […]

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How to Survive Getting Sick in China

Whilst venturing out into the unknown can be a life-changing experience, at some point, you might get sick. Amidst reading up on local food and culture sometimes we forget about the important stuff, like how to handle a medical emergency in a new city. Perhaps one of the scariest things for a young female traveler is becoming […]

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How to Avoid China’s Crowds and Chaos

China is a traveler’s paradise. Being one of the world’s oldest civilizations, it’s definitely a place that every travelista should explore, at least once in her life.  Walk through clouds of incense at the Lama Temple, run your hands amidst bright red prayer wheels, wander along the glistening Kunming Lake of the Old Summer Palace […]

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How to Deal with Delayed, Damaged, or Lost Luggage

You’ve just arrived in a new city. Everything around you is foreign. Nobody speaks English and after a sixteen hour flight, all you want to do is check into your hotel, take a nice long bath and get a good night’s rest. As you arrive at the baggage carousel, you see people frantically grabbing their […]

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Chinese Dining Etiquette: 15 Rules for Eating in China

Dining etiquette in China, whether it be a friendly dinner or formal business meeting, is built on strong traditions and whilst it may seem that all you need is to master the use of your chopsticks, it’s important to remember that table manners are more ritualized in the Eastern world with traditions and superstitions still […]

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