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Ultimate Guide to Enjoying Hanoi like a Local

Hanoi is one of the most vibrant and exciting places I’ve visited. The food is fantastic, the people are friendly, and there’s loads to do. I honestly can’t wait to visit Vietnam again. That saying, It definitely takes a little getting used to, so here is my guide to enjoying Hanoi like a local.  Below you’ll find everything from day trips, to...

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...

Five Best Book Cafes around East Asia

I like nothing better than sitting in a cafe with a book, and one of the first things I do in a new city is scope out the best and most unique cafes to visit. From quirky to stylish, snug to spacious, I love them all. Here are a few special ones I’ve found so far on my travels. Tranquil Books | Hanoi This is a fantastic little place in Hanoi. Towards the end of...

How China Got Me Interested in North Korea

How did living in China start 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. In fact, despite my interest, I’ve decided I won’t visit North Korea via tour as I don’t want to support a corrupt regime. What has developed...

Strange Weather in Tokyo: Japanese Culture Old and New

Written by Hiromi Kawakami and translated by Allison Markin Powell. The twentieth century, and the end of World War II, saw a global shift in culture, technology, and economics never before experienced. One of the places hit hardest by this was Japan, which previously had one of the most vibrant and fascinating ancient cultures, brimming with ancient customs which...