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This is how you can extract that tender Ghibli happiness for your trip to Tokyo, without involving anything directly Ghibli-themed. Ghibli is about that feeling. Think its mesmerising portrayal of our world, mystical yet recognisable. Its poignantly moving soundtracks (glory...
Lessons learnt from solo travelling in Taiwan — from a Muslim girl who doesn’t speak Mandarin 🙊 Seeing my older sisters solo travel has inspired me to have it on my bucket list as well. They would come back with...
I have a confession: I'm not much of a volunteer. Sure, I took part in Flag Day and donated to GoFundMes, but beyond that, I was never able to convince myself of the ostensible altruism behind volunteerism. Besides, Overseas...
We've lived with Covid-19 for over a year now, and if there's one thing we can all agree on, it's just how lucky we are to be in Singapore. That said, thanks to travel restrictions, wanderlust is at an...
How does one cope with burnout? Google might suggest "recalibrating in nature" while friends might tell you to just "leave Singapore". Under the restraints of a budget and travel limitations, I did the next best thing — camping overnight on...
Student exchange isn't just "seeing the world" — there are actual life lessons too. In university, student exchange was a huge deal. Just check any school website and brochure — you'll find a list of perks like expanding your worldview,...
Getting up-close and personal with whale sharks is a bucket list worthy experience for many. But the reality of getting that money shot of whale sharks in Oslob, Philippines may not be quite as picture perfect. Photo credit: @jonasandtorv...
Twelve days in China. Twelve avoidable cockups. Twelve tips for you to travel smarter.  We genuinely loved China. The people were warm and friendly, and so was the food and weather. But it was evident along the way that we...
Co-written by: Lesha Mansukhani, Kimberly Lai & Karin Lew The TTI Bootcamp is best described as a torture chamber a rite of passage where every new batch of interns are thrown into a mystery destination and introduced to the hell...
This is everything I've learnt about Changsha, China, and Mao Zedong — their modern founding father. Travelling to a country without understanding how it came to be is like watching Endgame as a standalone movie. It's still pretty good, just...
The culprits behind elephant cruelty might not be who you think it is. We stopped by Chiang Mai, Thailand as we backpacked across Southeast Asia. Trees as tall as cathedrals surrounded me, a warm light shimmered through the thick canopy...
If you haven't heard, applications for the 2020 Travel Intern Programme are now open! But first, you might want to read this ;) Last year, I left my Parent-Approved Corporate Job™ to write for The Travel Intern, which my peers refer...
Couchsurfing isn't just about free lodging from a willing community. It's opening your doors to welcome the most interesting travellers, some of whom might even offer you a job! Three Singaporeans share how couchsurfing changed their lives in the...
What's so bánh-tastic and un-phở-gettable about the TTI bootcamp in Vietnam? If you ask mì it's gà-ht to be spending three days in a five-storey airbnb with 13 other crazies. Don't cha wish you were there? It's been three years...
The Travel Intern life is not a straightforward dream like you think it is 🙃After six months of adventure, here’s what went down with one of our writers. Imagine this: lounging on a beach, pina colada in hand, waves crashing...
The joys of travelling on your own stretch beyond qualitative fluff like self-discovery, "focused experiences" and what have you. Here are nine real, practical benefits of solo travelling, through the lenses of an ENTJ. In the lead up to writing...
The TTI Ambassadors Boot Camp continues for its third run with 17 travellers plunging into Phuket to spend 72 hours together. Besides idyllic island life and insane adventures, of course, unfortunate mishaps had to happen too. "Shagggggg." "Crazy." "You won't sleep one,...
While most would endeavour to backpack only in their 20s, Singaporean Merine Chung started her journey at 55 and caught the travel bug for the next four years — and she's not planning to stop. We can all agree that...
A fictional story about two solo Singaporean travellers who meet unexpectedly over a Summer trip in Portugal. For the itinerary, check out our 10-day Portugal Itinerary for less than S$2k. "Wow, it's like I'm stuck in an indie summer film." I...
At 28, Nurul Humairah (also known as Mairah) has gone on 7 solo trips. That might not sound like a huge feat, until you hear that she's in fact, deaf since birth. While some of us might think twice before embarking...

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