• China
  • Shanghai

    There’s something very different in the air of Shanghai compared to the rest of the country – and I’m pretty sure its residents notice it too. Bursting with skyscrapers and futuristic architecture that reaches for the clouds, Shanghai is very much in a league all of its own. It’s so easy to forget you’re in […]

  • China
  • Xi’an

    Xi'an China, Where's the Charm

    Once the capital of China and the eastern end of the Silk Road, Xi’an is brimming with history and significance. It was home to 13 imperial dynasties and most substantially, the spot where China’s first emperor united China. Like most momentous ancient cities, a giant fortified wall surrounds the original city center. The wall makes […]

  • China
  • Beijing

    As the capital city of the most populated country in the world, Beijing is every part as crowded and congested as one would imagine, but it also means it’s jammed packed with things to do. Unlike ultra-modern Shanghai, Beijing is a history traveller’s dream. The city is modern and efficient enough for everything to operate […]

  • Malaysia
  • Kuala Lumpur

    As the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is a diverse melting pot of both ethnicity and culture.   I honestly didn’t know what to expect from Kuala Lumpur, especially after talking to other travellers that had visited before. Many had mixed emotions about it, and I often received the heads up that it’s a very different […]

  • China
  • Hong Kong

    A bustling and thriving financial centre, Hong Kong serves as the financial and international gateway for many Asian countries, especially China. Aside from its professional reputation, Hong Kong is also an exciting country to visit. It’s a wonderful blend of old-world traditional charm, mixed in with an ultra-modern and luxurious lifestyle. It’s also super convenient […]

  • Japan
  • Kanazawa

    400km Northwest of Tokyo, seaside Kanazawa is known for its well-preserved Edo-era districts. While I don’t think any Japanese town or city is ever lacking in culture or history, Kanazawa stands out because it actually has preserved neighbourhoods. Since Kanazawa attracts a lot of tourists, there’s a specific bus loop that brings you to all […]

  • Ecuador
  • How to Visit the Galapagos Islands for Under $1000

    Made up of a group of volcanic islands and an immensely diverse marine ecosystem, the Galapagos Islands almost seem mystical and far from anywhere else on Earth. You almost feel as though it’s your personal duty to preserve these humble, yet astonishing islands. Because it’s known as one of the world’s top destinations for viewing […]

  • Wish I Knew
  • How to Pack Light Without Giving Up on Style

    Packing well has never been a forte of mine. I use to take a suitcase and fill it with things “I might need” or “just in case” items. With any extra room, came the need for me to be extra prepared for literally everything that may, and truthfully did not come my way. This packing […]

  • Japan
  • Five Things I wish I Knew Before Travelling to Japan

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    In many ways, the media and popular culture portrays Japan pretty closely: technologically advanced, cosmopolitan and ever so polite and polished. But having recently visited the country, here are five things I wish I knew beforehand that would’ve made my visit even smoother. Train Pass vs. Bus Pass Undoubtedly, you’ve heard of Japan’s well established […]

  • Vietnam
  • Selling a Motorbike in Vietnam

    Selling a motorbike in Vietnam

    Purchasing a scooter and driving it through Vietnam was a great way to explore the country, and you can find out what I thought in my previous post here. I wouldn’t have done it any other way. But now that I’ve completed my journey and sold my bike, there are definitely things I would do differently […]