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8 Reasons Hiking Sucks

8 reasons hiking sucks

So, I’m proposing that Hiking sucks. I’m sure the members of the long-socked community will be up in arms about this article… But as they are probably in a field somewhere with no access to the internet, who cares! For the rest of us, comfortably enjoying the wonders of technology, let me expand on why hiking is the target of my rage. Before I get started, I should qualify something. …

003 Slow travel is quickest way to travel freedom & $5 Hong Kong Podcast

Hong kong festival of lights

Slow Travel & Hong Kong Podcast Episode 003: Slow travel the key to discovering travel freedom sooner. We also visit hong kong and learn about crazy superstitions and the cheapest Michelin star restaurant in the world. Listen NOW! WE NEED YOUR FEEDBACK We love to hear from listeners about how we can improve the show or what you love about it already. You can email us using the contact form …

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16 Asian Taxi scams (and how to beat them)

Taxi drivers all over Asia know how to extort foreigners, and locals. We’ve encountered our fair share of Asian taxi scams but North Indian taxi drivers are by far the most sneaky. Even the most experienced traveller can easily fall prey to some of the lesser used tricks. Not all of these are hardcore scams exactly, some are just ways to eek a few extra dollars out of ignorant foreigners. …

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15 Best Foods in Asia and where to find them

Xiaolongbao, Shanghai

You love Asian food? So do we. Taste is always subjective. One man’s spicy is another man’s uncontrollable, red faced pain. One woman’s sweet is another woman’s diabetic nightmare. As foodie travellers there is one thing we can promise – We’ve eaten a lot. In doing so, we’ve drawn a bunch of comparisons in order to compile this list. One year in Asia. Its been one hell of a journey, one …

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5 Essential Travel Apps that Will Save You Money and Make Travel Easier

These are our 5 Essential Travel Apps which we use on a daily basis and have helped us save money. When you’ve been travelling for 10 months straight with no intention of stopping any time soon, budget is everything! It’s no secret that we live in a smart phone crazy world. Everyone lusts after the latest and greatest iPhone and Samsung releases and of course the applications that come along with …

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How to use Squat Toilets: 10 tips on technique and what to expect

how to use squat toilets

Going to Asia for the very first time can be a daunting experience. But it’s going in Asia that is the subject of today’s article. Welcome to the land of Squat toilets. Everyone needs to “go” at some point during the day. In Asia you may even find that the change in cuisine can make this matter a bit more urgent (if you know what I mean). We’ve all heard of …

Best and Worst Travel of Asia 2013

12 countries, hundreds of towns and cities and well over 40,000KM covered – 2013 has been quite a year for travel! (Click here to see our full route and where we have been this year). But, if we were to do it all again, where would we long to go back to and where would we give a miss? There are so many lists of “Best places to visit” but we …

Foodie Tales from the Silk Road: Lanzhou Beef Noodles (牛肉面)

After quite a few years of travelling the globe indulging in all the local delicacies we can get our hands on, we’ve come up with a few guidelines we stick to when choosing where to eat. Especially if this is a country where English is not the native language, this helps us with firstly, not ever getting sick (touch wood! Neither of us have been sick so far) and secondly, …

Eating Yak Yogurt in Western China

MEGSY EATS SOMETHING TERRIBLE: Yak Yoghurt. Get ready for super sour dairy suffering… If a yogurt-stomach-acid combo is your thing, then you’ll love this. For those regular followers you’ll know we have a regular section called Tommo Eats Something Terrible. I thought that on this occasion I’d give him a break and run the gauntlet myself… We decided to head to Xiahe, Gansu Province, China, for two reasons: 1. Wiki travel …

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How many of China’s historical sites are authentic?

When it comes to ancient sites in China, a lot of distressing words get thrown around. “Reconstruction” is probably the most disturbing, especially when you are paying $20 or $30 to gain entry to some of these attractions. However, often in China things are lost in translation and, as we discovered this week, some historic sites are not be as fake as the “Chingrish” descriptions may lead you to believe. …

Urumqi Local Food: Big Chicken (Dapan Ji) & The Grand Bazaar

Cuisine on the western side of China is actually quite different from the eastern side of the country. With influences from Sichuan and central Asian countries, Xinjiang province offers up some interesting fusion. Hitting Urumqi after spending a month in Mongolia there was only one thing we had on our minds, vegetables and any meat that was not lamb! If you don’t know much about mongolian cuisine, here’s a quick …

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How to cross the Bulgan Border: Khovd (Mongolia) to Urumqi (China)

Mongolia’s western border at Bulgan is not frequented by foreigners – but it is certainly open to us! Find out how we made the crossing from Khovd to Urumqi in August 2013. Similarly to when we arrived through Erlian & Zamiin-uud in the east, border corossing between China and Mongolia are not straight-forward, you just have to put the time in and plod through the process – expect your passports …