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  • 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…

  • Discussions,  Taiwan

    COVID in Taiwan: The Secret of Success

    Currently, the majority of the world is experiencing a small-scale apocalypse. The entire globe has come to a complete standstill as it suffers through the worst global pandemic in centuries. I wouldn’t know anything about that, as I’m currently living…

  • Discussions,  Indonesia

    Lombok: The Secret Paradise

    I often ask people “where is the best place you’ve ever travelled to?”, and there’s one answer that always makes me cringe, Bali. I can’t help but feel that a lot of people choose Bali as its the only exotic place they’ve…

  • China,  Discussions

    Chinese Kids vs. Western Kids

    Of course, there are incredible amount of contrast between China and the West, both culturally and superficially. After enough time in both places, such differences become just another part of everyday life. However, one difference stands out beyond the rest,…