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Top Free Travel Apps You Shouldn’t Leave Home Without

Apps have made travel life so much easier. From booking flights, to organising your life, to finding cool things to do. I’m not sure how we travelled before. Here’s a list of my favourite free travel apps that you may not have heard of. TripScout App This app is a wonderful way to explore any city like a local. If you’re anything like me, you generally want to...

Life Lessons Learnt in Asia: Russians, Moet, and a Machete

When I sat down to write this next ‘lesson’ from my travels, a childhood story came to mind. As a teenager I used to read my youngest brother the book,“If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”, written by Laura Numeroff. The story starts: “If you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to ask for a glass of milk. When you give him the milk, he’ll probably...

How China Got Me Interested in North Korea

Living in China started my North Korea fascination. The title of this article may lead you to believe that I hold fascist sympathies and have perfected my goose step, but that’s certainly not the case. What has developed in me, however, is a morbid fascination with the ‘communist’ leaders in Asia, which is certainly something that I didn’t possess when I moved to...

Life Lessons Learnt in Asia: Macau Mania

Arriving in Macau Not knowing I needed to pay 6 MOP (yes ‘mop’) for keeping my bags in the trunk, I then found myself being thrown out of the taxi by a very angry, shouting Chinese driver. Shaken, I walked into the Conrad Cotai hotel where I had, an hour earlier, booked myself a room, unable to control my tears or even speak to the concierge. Twenty-four hours prior...

Busy Bangkok Street

Life Lessons Learnt in Asia: There’s No Place Like Home

Thoughts on the Internal Struggle of the Wanderlust My mother’s favourite movie is The Wizard of Oz and as a singer of the American song book I know the film’s music well. As a traveler the song lyrics “there’s a land that I heard of, once in a lullaby” always speaks to me. I am constantly searching to find that “land”. Recently I went home to visit my family in...