Travelling Welshman
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  • Discussions,  Teaching

    Being an ESL Teacher: Pros & Cons

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

  • 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,…

  • China,  Discussions,  Taiwan

    China vs. Taiwan: What is The Difference?

    There’s a very annoying interaction I’m forced to go through regularly while travelling the world. It begins with a simple introduction and one simple question that every traveller is asked. “Where are you from?” “I’m from Wales.” “Oh, you’re from…

  • Discussions,  Japan

    Tattoos in Japan: Are They Taboo or Not?

    Before going to Japan, everyone gave me the exact same warning: it’s going to be difficult there with your tattoos. This was said to me from both people who lived there and those who had never visited the country. You’ll…

  • Discussions,  Hong Kong

    Hong Kong: Love/Hate

    Despite my very short time spent in Hong Kong, quickly it became apparent that travellers have very mixed emotions to the country. Some will sing the praises of the mystical land which which is world known, where others despise everything…