A Quiet Day with the Batak Community

While most people head to the Island of Palawan for the sand and surf, there’s quite a bit of culture beyond the beach as well. On our first full day in Puerto Princesa, we swapped the seashore for a jaunt in nature. Our half-day excursion consisted of a hike to the Batak village where we stopped for

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Basking in the El Nido Sun

Before ever arriving to the Island of Palawan, I knew two things: that it is part of the Philippines and that several travel magazines have coined it the “most beautiful island in the world.” That’s a lot to live up to but as soon as I landed at the Puerto Princesa airport, I knew that

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A Photo Journey through Hoi An

*This is a guest post by professional photographer Angela Altus. You can view more of her work here.  I had been travelling in Vietnam for just over a week – faced the wonderfully chaotic streets of Hanoi, taken the “less traveled” hiking rout through Cat Ba National Park, crawled through the mud-filled Dark Cave of Phong

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Learning the Story of Hong Kong with Urban Adventures

After my first week of touring Hong Kong like a boss, it was time to slow things down and actually get to know Hong Kong on a deeper level. When Urban Adventures approached me to participate on one of their most popular and longest running tours: The Story of Hong Kong, it was kind of

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5 Fascinating Faces of Tokyo

Although my time in Tokyo was short, I was still able to experience several unique aspects of the city. It almost felt like a sneak peek though because as soon as I touched down in New York City I was ready to turn back around. Like most international hubs, there are so many different ways

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Kyoto Neighborhood Guide

I found Kyoto very manageable, especially compared to a larger city like Tokyo. I spent three days exploring the different neighborhoods, sampling local food and people-watching whenever my legs needed a break. Kyoto has a good number of neighborhoods and just like other cities like New York and London, each feels different and appeals to

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How to Navigate Tokyo’s Famous Fish Market

My first trip to Tokyo lasted less than 72 hours so I really didn’t have too much time to explore every neighborhood or visit every historical monument. I did, however, spend a few hours at the famous Tsukiji fish market and wow – what an day! We arrived there around 8am, which sounds early but by

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5 Cultural Ways to Tour Macau

This is a guest post from Jeremy Albelda, who runs The World or Bust and Top Spot Travel. If China has always been somewhere you’ve wanted to go, but you can’t live with the thought of not being able to check your Facebook (ya, it’s banned on Mainland China), you have two options, Hong Kong, or Macau

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Off the Grid Beaches in Thailand

This post is written by Global Basecamps. Thailand has it all: ancient ruins, holy temples, elephant rides, world-class parties, and so help me Buddha, the very best, cheapest street food I have ever tasted. There is one other thing you will encounter while touring here though: other tourists. Tons of them. When we travel, many

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Bohemian Shopping in Shanghai

This is a guest post by Ali Dempsey of Global Basecamps. While living in Shanghai from 2002-2006, shopping was one of my favorite pastimes.  Even if you don’t buy anything, just wandering around the markets is a fun adventure and offers insight in the city’s culture. Since 2006, many markets have relocated and shops have shut

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