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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10 BARGAINING MISHAPS EVERY BEGINNER MAKES AT A STREET MARKET

So you’ve picked up some great street market bargaining tips and are ready to hit the late night stalls and haggle your way to some great buys. Everybody knows that sellers will inevitably set their prices high enough in anticipation of haggling tourists. While it can be a fun experience and you can walk away with […]

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Street Market Bargaining Tips

So you’ve browsed the markets in India and wandered through the markets in Africa. You know that the first price isn’t always the best price but sometimes it can be difficult or feel down right strange to haggle someone into giving you something for a fraction of their original price. Most people dread this part […]

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12 WHIMSICAL TIPS FOR YOUR FIRST SOLO ADVENTURE

Your’re finally doing it. You’ve quit your job… or scheduled some long overdue leave and planned an adventure to some exotic destination… by yourself. You have a million thoughts running through your head and none of them seem to be good ones. What if something goes wrong? What if you need help and there’s no one […]

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