Asia

10 Commandments for getting over a heartbreak

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Thailand is good for all sorts of occasions: to party, to find adventure, for girlfriends and for romance. The last time I wrote about Thailand here I was in love and we were annoying the other patrons in a hotel in Phuket. This time around I am heartbroken and desperately trying to get over it. Why did I choose to return? Because quite frankly I love Thaila[...]

Travel Jobs: 4 Things You Should Know Before Teaching English in South Korea

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With the sinking British economy and constant chaos in America, working abroad has never seemed more attractive. There are hundreds of options but teaching is often the most achievable and well paid. Almost every country offers teaching jobs to English native speakers. Often cited as one of the best places to teach abroad, South Korea is enjoying a moment. T[...]

36 hours of Japan - 10 things I clicked with right away

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Here’s the thing: I have never been to Japan before. I've got a vague memory of one of my university professors, talking about great cultural differences, about how difficult it can be to master a perfectly executed Japanese bow, about misconceptions and the challenges of intercultural communication. I’ve listened to friends who have been there, and vividly [...]

The story of Mama and Papa and the small Maldives island they loved

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Every once in a blue moon you hear of a story that makes your heart jump. The kind that sends you dreaming and that you want to share with everyone you meet. The kind of story I heard over dinner at the Sun Siyam Vilu Reef resort in the Maldives. I was just enjoying my grilled fish when Shammun, the resort's Media Manager, told me the story of Mama and Papa,[...]

Is this Indonesia's best kept secret?

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I don't have a travel bucket list. The reason for that is quite simple - I can never tick places off for good as I fall in love with countries and want to return over and over again. But if I had one, Raja Ampat would have been in the top ten ever since I started diving. Image by Jackson Groves from Journey Era The archipelago lies off the west coast of P[...]

How to Travel the Philippines on a Budget

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The Philippines is one of the least visited countries in Southeast Asia, and this is mostly because the archipelagic nation is only accessible by plane. Do not let this stop you though. Getting there will have you realizing that the Philippines is indeed one of the premier travel destinations in the world. You will love that it is great for solo travelers to[...]

How Delhi Broke My Travel Spirit

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“You win. F*cking Delhi, you win.” I was standing somewhere in Chandni Chowk, New Delhi, India. Around me: pure chaos. At least to me. Women in colorful saris were shopping for fruit, buying freshly-made Aloo Tikki from loudly shouting street vendors, men in kurtas pulled carts full of fabric through the crowded streets, street performers balanced on[...]

The Ethics of Totalitarian Tourism: A Weekend in North Korea

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This month, American passport holders can no longer travel to North Korea. After a recent increase in missile tests including an alleged hydrogen bomb - the irreversible weapon of mushroom cloud notoriety - the UN has increased sanctions against them. Before all this escalated, last April, I ran the Pyongyang (half) marathon. I’d become fascinated while l[...]

Waking up with Elephants - my Sri Lankan adventure

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I am staring mesmerized at the little elephant baby. It is tiny, well at least in elephant terms and quite feisty, it seems to know that today is World Elephant Day. Luckily I am spending the day at the Shangri-La Hambantota in the South of Sri Lanka. It seems a fitting location as there are elephants everywhere in the hotel and it is not far from the fam[...]