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Jessica Esa

Jess is the creator and editor of Books and Bao. She's passionate about the world, its literature, food, culture, and people. She enjoys sharing her travel tips with others and capturing those perfect moments.

A Perfect Day Trip to Audley End Estate and GardensĀ 

Escape to this beautiful stately home and gardens within an hour of London for a change of scenery, a taste of regency Britain, and a tour of some incredible architecture. As well as being of the finest Jacobean homes in England, Audley End is also one of the most popular stately homes to visit in …

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21 Unique Things to Do in Tokyo (2022)

Tokyo, more than a city, is a metropolis; an overwhelming landscape that’s home to the world’s finest cuisine, quirkiest districts, kindest people and most ambitious art and architecture. It’s a city that inspires visitors to be adventurous and to discover its strangest secrets; it’s also a city that cannot be conquered, which makes it all …

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11 Stunning Places to Visit In Wales 2022

As someone who grew up in Swansea and has subsequently lived in some of the most beautiful parts of Wales — from the Brecon Beacons to Conwy in North Wales — I know first-hand that there is almost no end to the amount of gorgeous, often hidden, and always jaw-dropping sights and places to visit …

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18 Unique Things to Do in Copenhagen (2022)

Copenhagen prides itself on bikes, park life, iconic architecture, and delicious smørrebrød, but did you know they also have rich and diverse arts and culture scene just waiting to be explored? In short, there are so many unique things to do in Copenhagen. There’s a purity, a cleanliness, and a natural beauty to Copenhagen. It …

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Explore Bohol and Panglao Islands (Travel Guide)

Panglao and Bohol in the Philippines are amazing travel destinations for those who want to relax, explore, and get adventurous while reconnecting with nature and its beauties. Today we want to share with you some interesting tips for creating a unique itinerary in search of authenticity, hidden gems, and fewer tourist traps. Your Ultimate Guide …

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15 Cultural and Historic Day Trips from London

If you’ve managed to exhaust the cultural hub that is London and are looking for an adventure that’s easy to reach and offers you even more cultural and historic activities then look no further than these easy day trips from London. Sure to satisfy any wanderer, whether they’re looking for a stroll around a quaint …

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25 Exciting Bars in Tokyo (by District)

Wondering where to find the best bars in Tokyo? Tokyo has it all when it comes to nightlife. There are cozy whiskey bars serving pours from rare bottles, quirky gamer bars with Nintendo systems, and glitzy cocktail bars where white-jacket bartenders serve balanced cocktails in the city’s high-rises. Most have some small snacks to keep …

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8 Fantastic Asian Graphic Novels in Translation

Since reading Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, I’ve been a big fan of the graphic memoir. Using drawing as a medium to deliver a message isn’t a new concept but I’m so grateful for the slew of comics in the last couple of years that deal with the more difficult concepts in life. Essential Asian Graphic …

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7 Tokyo Gardens & Parks to Enjoy Japan’s Changing Seasons

Parks are an integral part of life in Tokyo, a welcome break from the urban sprawl of skyscrapers and railway lines. They provide a chance to see a Tokyo of the past as you wander past shrines, explore museums, and examine statues of samurai and emperors, but also a slice of modern life where locals …

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