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Destinations

Read about our stories from around the world. From travel guides to tips for navigating a destination, get inspired and fuel your wanderlust with us.

Last year, I spent just under a month in New Zealand, and wrote a post about how I spent 2.6k SGD over 26 days. I briefly mentioned my experience WWOOFing in New Zealand so now here's a full post on...
When I told my friends and family that I was in China (specifically Hangzhou and Nanjing), they immediately asked if I had brought Imodium. Apparently, some of them have the impression that food in China is prepared with a...
People usually plan to travel to Osaka or Kyoto for their vacations as they are more popular among tourists. However, less than an hour’s pleasant ride away by train is Nara, Japan’s first permanent capital. There are many things...
Going on safari in Africa was a childhood dream for me. I'd always imagined it as a honeymoon destination, the kind of prohibitively expensive experience that you save up your whole life for.But it isn't! And that's the whole point...
The overnight train from Hangzhou pulls up at Nanjing Train Station shortly after daybreak, and we tumble out into a chilly morning. On the way to our hotel we peer out at streets already bustling - women hawking...
As Jonathan Safran Foer eloquently puts it “Food is not rational. Food is culture, habit, craving and identity.” Cultural cuisines are in a way, time capsules. Traditional dishes are shaped by a long history of events and appropriated to its...
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How to love China

Finding warmth in China, hidden under a slew of bad press and its gruff, sullen veneer.Curly haired Chinese ladies in puffy vests and mismatched scarves push me backwards at the Hangzhou airport luggage carousel, clucking their tongues in impatience....
1. Grab a halal mealHangzhou’s halal restaurants serve up steaming bowls of beef noodle soup, cumin-flavoured lamb chops and smoky lamb shashlik. Most of these dishes come from the northwestern parts of China such as Lanzhou in Gansu province,...
Even in this day and age, thousands of websites and mobile apps are still being blocked in China. These include popular websites and apps such as Google, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and certain news sites. Imagine not being able...
In the summer of 2015, I went on a month-long vacation to Europe with my girlfriend Uli. Traversing five different countries, we visited numerous countryside towns and bustling cities. We had a plethora of good and ugly experiences, such...