Getting To Grips With Delhi

India is a massive country, so to say I’ve seen India would not be exactly accurate, but I will say I’ve seen Delhi. Most travelers to India start out in Delhi; with flights arriving here, you might stay for a night or two depending on your travel itinerary. Arriving in Delhi for the first time […]

Joke Karibo

Seize The Day: Macau, China

Whenever I tell someone I visited Macau its as if a great bolt of lightning hits them in the rear — their excitement level goes through the roof. I didn’t quite get it at first. Perhaps the portrayal in the media paints the impression of a “Rich Man’s paradise.” On the other hand, many people […]

Nate Chambers

Bali: Island in the Sun

From the mountainous city of Ubud to the crowded beaches of Kuta, the island Bali certainly has something to offer everyone. The streets of Kuta are coated with restaurants, bars and shops offering both Balinese and Western comforts. And although tourists dominate this small city, Kuta’s beaches and night life certainly make it worth a […]

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Siem Reap: Beyond Temples

By far, one of the most memorable days on a month-long trip that took a friend and me across six countries and eleven cities, was riding 4x4s through the countryside of Siem Reap, Cambodia. Most people visit Siem Reap to see the Angkor complex of temples – it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, after […]

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The Joys of Sticky Rice

I love Japan. I love the culture, the sights, the sounds. I even like the way it smells! After an extremely long 13-hour flight, most people would be tired and just read to hit the sheets, allowing jet lag to take over.  Arriving back in Japan for the first time in months gave me life. […]

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Finding the Heart of the City: Istanbul

My life is planning. I’m a graduate student studying urban planning. Understanding the importance of a well-planned city and creating a vision for the future is my job. That is why each day I read literature, write papers, and think about how to create plans for the future growth of cities. Yet, in my heart […]

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How to Visit a Balinese Temple

A trip to Bali isn’t complete without a visiting one of the island’s 22,000 temples.  There is a mode of conduct and dress that Balinese temple-goers must adhere to.  Tourism has steadily increased to the ‘Isle of Gods’ annually, this increase of visitors to the island has led to a surge of travelers seeking irreverent […]

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Paradise in Southern Thailand

This morning, I woke up to the sound of wild birds crying out around me, swaying from side to side as the floating hut I was currently staying in shifted back and forth, the lighting subtle.  I opened my eyes, stumbled to my feet and walked outside to the rickety platform atop the water and […]

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The Ubud Monkey Forest

Imagine a ‘secret jungle’ with inquisitive monkeys who rule over sacred temples and century old banyan trees. Sit quietly and hear the sounds of rushing ravines. Drift a little. See and smell the vivid color of flower offerings and sweet Balinese incense. This isn’t Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Lost World,” it’s the Ubud Sacred […]

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Getting Intimate with China (Part 2)

There we were, four American travelers in Beijing scheduled to leave for home in the morning. We had a snag in our plans however. Our visas had expired earlier in the day and now, being illegally in the country, we had no place to sleep the night before our departure. In a last ditch effort […]

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Discover Kuala Lumpur

It’s midday, it’s raining but it’s around 36 degrees centigrade with a sticky humidity in the air. Welcome to Malaysia. I arrive in from Thailand in the middle of the day. My first encounter with Malaysia was back in 2010 when it was recommended that I visit.  To tell you the truth, Malaysia was never on my itinerary/wish list of places to see […]

Natalie A.M

Love Affair with Hong Kong

Have you ever been to a city and fallen in love with it immediately? It doesn’t happen to me very often. Most of my favorite places—Paris, London and Montreal, to name a few—started as a slow and steady build. But not Hong Kong. From the moment I arrived, this cosmopolitan city was a dazzling slap […]

Tausha Cowan

The Andaman Islands, Unfiltered

Many a traveler may have India on their bucket-list of places to see.  However, about 1100 kilometers off the eastern coast of India, the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are one of the most beautiful destinations the world over. There are close to 600 islands (572 to be exact) in the archipelago but out of these only 38 are inhabited and a […]

Nicole Grimes

Discover Bali

Bali, Indonesia is an island that will captivate your heart, revive your soul, and leave you wanting to experience its sacred grounds over and over again. I am currently in Singapore after experiencing seven blissful nights on the ‘Island of the Gods.’ I stayed at Fivelements Puri Ahimsa in the village of Mambal and the […]

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Getting Intimate With China

In my experience, the most valuable things I have gained from my travels are the relationships I’ve made while on the road. I have shared many of my best adventures, such as sky diving, cave crawling and walking the Great Wall, with people who I now consider very good friends. Few things build companionship more […]

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