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8 Quirky Houses Around the World

Stone house

// With today’s growing suburban culture, it’s extremely common to see cookie-cutter houses and less-than-creative designs and colors. Amidst these uniformity, there are still a handful of exotic and unique dwellings scattered around the world –ranging from cave houses to gnome huts. Their quirkiness adds a little bit of spice to our surroundings, and a [...]

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10 Unusual Adventure Activities

Scooter riding in Saigon

The true adventurer never stops looking for new and exciting ways to discover a country; even on a second or third visit it’s possible to take part in an activity not previously experienced. And while it takes a lot to beat a walking safari in Tanzania, white water rafting in Iceland or shark cage diving [...]

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7 of the Cheapest Travel Destinations in the World

Taj Mahal

// Travel has a reputation for being expensive, but whilst that’s often the case it’s equally true that there are some exceptional bargains around if you’re willing to spread your wings a bit further. In many parts of the world it’s possible to live on only a few pounds a day – or in luxury [...]

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Culinary Travel: Best Places to Eat Around the World

La Boqueria Market in Barcelona

Spain has its colorful seafood paella, vibrant tapas scene and world-famous jamón; Japan has its fresh-from-the-sea sashimi; and Mexico its whole slew of tacos, burritos and sizzling dishes… It’s a well-known fact that food plays an important part in travel – especially so in our travels. The hunt for good food has brought us through [...]

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Falling for the Chaotic Charms of Hanoi, Vietnam

Roundabout in downtown Hanoi

This is the second edition of an ongoing series of reviews on properties (budget hotels and hostels) we’re staying at during our travels in Asia, as part of our partnership with HostelBookers.com. On the streets of Hanoi, traffic ebbs and flows as slick chrome scooters weave between old-school rickshaws and pushcarts. Miniature stools and tables line the alleys, [...]

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Halong Bay: When Tourism Goes Wrong

n Northern Vietnam, thousands of grottos and limestone cliffs dot the emerald waters of Halong Bay. Junk boats ply its water, against the natural backdrop of dark green rock formations shrouded in mist. The limestone in this bay has gone through 500 million years of formation in different conditions and environments to evolve into the picturesque site it [...]

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Photoblog: Rice Terraces of Sapa, Vietnam

Emerald green rice terraces shimmered in the distance, as water buffaloes ploughed through the soggy field. In the backdrop, the towering Hoang Lien Son mountain range lay shrouded in mist while clusters of bamboo huts sprawled across its foothills. It had rained the day before and now the poetic landscape seemed even more beautiful than ever. We had left the town of Sapa in Lao Cai [...]

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3 Months of Travel in Photos

haotic traffic, sizzling tropical heat, bustling street food stalls, megamalls alongside residential neighborhoods: this is Bangkok, one of the craziest – and most seductive cities in the world. We’re currently in the Thai capital, preparing for the annual Songkran festival (or Thai New Year). It’s been almost three months since we left our home base [...]

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The Colorful Lantern Town of Hoi An, Vietnam

Riverbanks of Hoi An

Rows of shop houses spotting Chinese tiled roofs and yellow stained walls line the narrow alleys. Red lanterns hang from rusty ceilings, while creepy lalang tree branches hang from above. Red-and-green rickshaws stand alongside the traditional five-foot way and local ladies wearing conical straw hats amble along the streets balancing baskets of fruits on their shoulders. By [...]

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Landed in Saigon: the Start of Our Vietnam Train Journey

Streets of Saigon

Hello from Saigon! We’ve just arrived to the bustling Ho Chi Minh City to begin the next part of our journey. While it’s our second time in this city, we’ve never been to other parts of Vietnam so we’re really looking forward to exploring more of the country. Alberto and I wanted to see Vietnam’s [...]

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Overland Travel from Asia to Europe: Our Itinerary and Plans

Mabuhay from the Philippines! We’ve just arrived in Manila and we can’t wait to spend the next month slowly exploring various parts of the Philippines, a country that we’re revisiting simply because we’d enjoyed it so much the first time. This is the first stop on our itinerary as we transition into full-time travelers and [...]

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Daily Travel Snapshot: The Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Locals rowing their sampans along the Mekong Delta in Vietnam.

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10 Tips to Bargaining Your Way Across the Globe

Market in Fez, Morocco

While traveling in various corners of the world, you’ll often find yourself in situations where bargaining skills come in handy. Whether you are picking out straw hats in Saigon’s Ben thanh Market, or Arabic water pipes in the Moroccan souk of Djemma Al-Fna , the art of bargaining requires some tricky skills and a certain [...]

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5 Essential Things to Do Around Halong Bay, Vietnam

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This week, we venture back to Asia for a taste of exotic flavors and sights. Today’s guest post is from David Jr of Malaysia Asia blog, an online resource on all things Southeast Asian. Here, he shares with us some essential things to do at one of his …

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Your Wildest Adventure: Running into a Landslide

Terraced fields of Sapa, Vietnam

// ‘Your Wildest Adventure’ is a series featuring the most thrilling experiences from travel writers jaunting around the world. This week’s edition is a story about crossing borders in Asia, but they’re not just physical ones but psychological ones as well. Ben Colclough from the Tourdust adventure travel blog runs an adventure tour operator and [...]

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