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  • Asia,  Discussions,  Indonesia

    Gili Trawangan: The Island Paradise of Drugs

    Many people travel to the tropical island of Gili Trawangan in search of white beaches, turquoise oceans and ultimate tranquillity. Others visit Gili Trawangan for more nefarious desires: bustling nightlife, bikini ladened boat parties and more importantly, drugs… a lot…

  • Discussions,  Food,  General Travel

    Street Food: Is It Safe?

    Sampling local food is a must-do when travelling around the world, and there’s no better place to get a taste of the region than on the streets! Night markets and rows of stalls selling street food has become a permanent…

  • Asia,  Discussions,  Guides,  Thailand

    Getting a Sak Yant in Thailand

    Getting the obligatory tattoo has almost become a rite of passage for travellers in Thailand. Only a few countries are renowned for the skin altering artform, and Thailand is the most famous of them all. The unique Buddhist form of…

  • Discussions,  General Travel

    What COVID Means for Travel

    COVID has brought the adventures of many travellers to a screeching halt. Flights are limited to extreme cases, borders are closed and much of the industry has shut down for good. Not only has COVID had a profound effect on…

  • Asia,  China,  Discussions

    Chinese Kids with Western Names

    Ever wondered how your parents chose your name? Maybe you were named after a family member, or more likely your name was completely picked at random from a long potential list. Many people will even have a bit of resentment…

  • Discussions,  General Travel

    Package Tours: Pros & Cons

    Most fresh-faced travellers find themselves with a very difficult question: should I book a package tour or not? Even seasoned travellers have to ask themselves this from time to time. Is it better if someone else is responsible for your…

  • Discussions,  Taiwan

    The Battle of the Pork: The Uproar in Taiwan

    There are many ways tensions can be raised in countries. Political friction, presidential elections and government decisions over health concerns are just some of the things we’re experiencing right now in the West. Taiwan on the other hand has recently…

  • Discussions,  Teaching

    Being an ESL Teacher: Pros & Cons

    Many people decide to pack their bags and escape the constraints of their lives back home to start afresh in a foreign country. For the most part, becoming an ex-pat isn’t necessarily that hard, except for one thing, you need…

  • Australia,  Discussions

    Australia: Backpacking For Beginners

    People have many reasons not to take their first steps on a backpacking adventure. How is it done? What if something goes wrong? How do you sort travel from AA to B? What if you can’t understand the language? How…