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Getting the opportunity to travel out of Singapore, I spontaneously agreed to fly to India without any prior knowledge on what to expect.For a total of 8 days in India, I started out from Amritsar and explored the Dharamsala...
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...
Written by: Xinen ChuaIt's been 21 months since I’ve tasted my favourite Hokkien Prawn Mee and Milo Dinosaur drink — That was the sacrifice I made in exchange for hitting the road with just a backpack to travel solo for...
We give ourselves two weeks to make a difference, and we expect ourselves to change someone's life. Walking through the sandy beaches of Sihanoukville, I was swarmed by tiny hands and big eyes with every step I took. They patted my thighs, pulled...
As our skins shrivel and sweat drips from our foreheads, the Indian and Pakistani soldiers have it worse with their thick, pressed uniforms and ostentatiously colourful headgear. From where we are sitting, soldiers march and display strength via their...
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.
And we are currently down to our very last post on The Travel Intern life (before application for the new internship starts). Since this is going to sound cliche anyway, why not string all the common phrases together: 3 months...
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...
The month-long internship — travelling 3 weeks non-stop covering 4 destinations — is over! Our two Travel Interns share their go-to steps to surviving The Travel Intern Life, with all limbs (and sanity) intact. 1. Setting expectationsRachel: It is first important to recognise...
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...
Sometimes, travelling can be a real headache — deciding where to go, what to do, and of course, who we should bring with us to the World of the Unknown. Our travel buddies can determine an epic trip, or a dreadful...
After the inaugural TTI Ambassadors Boot Camp in Penang (2017), this time 17 travellers head to Bali, Indonesia to spend 3 days together. With surprises ranging from pleasant to "shookening", here's a blow-by-blow account of what we got ourselves...
5 months into this internship, our long awaited trip to India had come. At the start, we were told how the idea of TTI began in India and it held a special place in their hearts. People in Singapore often...
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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....
Penang is Malaysia's second largest city. Its capital, Georgetown, is intricately interlaced with a unique blend of new and old cultures, well-preserved heritage, world-class gastronomic delights, and a robust and flourishing art scene.Taking a day to explore Georgetown, I've...
5,4,3,2,1..You find yourself standing at the edge of the platform, beneath is 233m of space between yourself and the ground. Your heart pounds and your palms are colder than the winter wind...
Imagine this. You’ve just checked yourself in to a neat friendly hostel, and you come to know about this intriguing town that’s a mere 3-hour drive away from a fellow backpacker. Nice scenery, authentic local delicacies, a hidden gem...
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...
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...
There are many ways to understand a new land and its people; my favourite of all, is through its literature. As we travelled through Toyko, Hong Kong, Macau & Bangkok — each with massively different cultures and lifestyles, I studied the...