5 Things You Need to Do and Try in Manila

Things You Need to Do and Try in Manila

The Philippines are commonly known from travel journals and magazines as the land of a real wildlife because there are more than 7,000 islands from which only 880 are populated. But no less interesting than visiting beautiful and vivid jungles and beaches is a visit the capital city of Manila, which is also known as the [...] Read more »

Deco Delights in Miami’s South Beach

Art Deco in South Beach Miami

Architectural Wonderland: Art Deco in South Beach Miami South Beach, despite its reputation as a party zone, is a premier destination for architecture buffs. The neighborhood’s architectural evolution began in 1926, after a hurricane decimated most of its existing Mediterranean-style hotels. Over the next decade, it was rebuilt in the popular Art Deco mode, resulting [...] Read more »

Photo of the Week: Changing of Guard at Gyeongbokgung Palace

Changing of Guard at Gyeongbokgung Palace

Changing of Guard at Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea One of the unexpected highlights of visiting Seoul was the changing of guard at Gyeongbokgung Palace. It’s an elaborate ceremony with several dozen men in Joseon Dynasty-era costume. The effect of the event, even with all the onlookers, is stunning. Since 1469 these royal guards have performed the [...] Read more »

What It’s Like In: Varanasi, India

What It's Like In: Varanasi, India.

What It’s Like In: Varanasi, India Varanasi, India. Bodies burning on the waterfront; cows wandering through tiny streets; holy men, pilgrims, and paupers side by side on the ghats; and unending crowds pressing forward to catch sight of pandit holy men offering sacrifices by fire each evening to the Ganges River that the town is built [...] Read more »

What it’s Like in: Lisbon, Portugal

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Lisbon, Portugal   Lisbon is a city you can fall in love with instantly, but that takes its time to truly show itself. You need to get lost in the narrow streets of her old neighborhoods, and find your way discovering new details every time; waste time over a coffee or a beer in a [...] Read more »

What It’s Like In: Delhi, India

What It Costs: Travel In Delhi

What It’s Like In: Delhi, India The international gateway to the north of India, Delhi will be the first impression many visitors get of the country. Though much maligned in favor of far-flung attractions like the camel safaris of Rajasthan or the palaces of Jaipur,  Delhi is an experience all its’ own and one well worth having if [...] Read more »

5 Things You’ll Miss Most About Shanghai

Things You'll Miss Most About Shanghai

The following guest post is from Alexander Barrett, who recently published This is Shanghai, a guide to living in the world’s most populous city. Alexander is a writer and illustrator who is constantly baffled by the human experience. From his home in Shanghai, China, he uses ink and words to try to make sense of [...] Read more »

5 Reasons to Visit Brisbane Australia

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Art Brisbane is a city with art built into its fabric. Statues stand on the ground and some art even floats in the sky . Or sometimes it’s hanging from the ceiling of a building, or covering a high-rise like a jacket. The Art Built-in policy came into effect in July 1999, meaning 2%  funding [...] Read more »

Photo of the Week: Winter in Luxembourg City

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Winter in Luxembourg City Luxembourg City is one of of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Much of that is due to its position high on an embankment over the river and lower town. It isn’t the most exciting place to keep travelers entertained, but it is worth visiting for a day. Need more convincing? Here are [...] Read more »

Photo of the Week: Industrial Tourism, Tokyo, Japan

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  Industrial Tourism Tokyo Japan   It’s an oft overlooked fact that Tokyo is a city by the sea, and to be honest, it’s easily done.  Visitors to the world’s largest urban area spend most of their time trying to keep from drowning in an ocean of metropolitan pleasures that encompass the mad kaleidoscope of [...] Read more »

What It’s Like In: Baku, Azerbaijan

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What It’s Like In: Baku, Azerbaijan Baku is an odd city, straddling as it does so many lines between distinct realms. Desert and sea, Central Asia and the Middle East, rich and poor, historic and modern; Baku has a touch of all of these and plenty of other more subtle distinctions besides. Despite hosting the [...] Read more »

What It’s Like In: Copenhagen, Denmark

What It's Like: Copenhagen

What It’s Like In: Copenhagen, Denmark Copenhagen is equal parts small and off the beaten track when compared to Euro-trip favorites like Amsterdam, Paris, or Berlin. With canals that rival Venice, beers that are surprisingly tasty, and an odd political enclave that stands apart from the rest of the city it seems Copenhagen has more [...] Read more »

Spotlight On: Travel to Macau

spotlight on travel to macau

Spotlight On: Travel to Macau   Official name: Macao Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China Location: On the southern edge of the mouth of the Pearl River Delta, on the Chinese border from the city of Zhuhai and just across the Delta from Hong Kong. Noteworthy facts: According to 2014 statistics Macau is the most densely-populated [...] Read more »

Photo of the Week: St. Mark’s Square Zagreb

St. Mark's Square Zagreb

  Photo of the Week: St. Mark’s Square Zagreb When I walked up into Zagreb’s Upper town, there was hardly a soul around. I turned the corner into St Mark’s Square Zagreb and this was my view. You can’t miss the colorful tile work of St. Mark’s church. The church itself dates from perhaps as [...] Read more »

Photo of the Week: Paris by Night

photo of the week paris by night

As cliche as it may sound, there really is something indefinably special about walking through the heart of Paris at night. Stripped of all the touts and tourists and scammy sidewalk gamers, the normally crowded area surrounding the Eiffel Tower can feel downright deserted. Here, on some small street just between L’Hôtel des Invalides and the Eiffel [...] Read more »

Your Guide to Oxford, U.K.

Christ Church Oxford

Often synonymous with its university, the bell chimes of Oxford’s spires ring to the sounds of elitism and wealth.  It is a city that has produced some of the world’s great leaders and/or some of its biggest rogues, and for most British school kids its university is a seat of learning to be aspired to [...] Read more »

Photo of the Week: Nankinmachi in Kobe, Japan

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Nankinmachi in Kobe, Japan After Japan was bullied out of its self-imposed isolation in the mid 19th Century, the port city of Kobe in southern Honshu became one of the nation’s first cities to reluctantly open its doors to the outside world.  The usual hotchpotch of merchants, empire architects, bon vivants, and religious crusaders rocked-up [...] Read more »

Over In Asia: Istanbul’s Other Side

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Exploring the Asian Side of Istanbul   The Sultanahmet Mosque is beautiful, and the view from the Galata Tower at sunset is without doubt one of the tourists highlights of any trip to Istanbul.  Just sticking to these well-trodden areas, though, would be missing on an important piece of Istanbul: the Asian side. Anadolu is Europe’s [...] Read more »

How to save money in Dubai

how to save money in dubai

How To Save Money in Dubai   Dubai is a popular destination for tourists, with the world’s tallest building and the Middle East’s biggest airport, and even the very name evokes the image of gold-plated luxury and oil-money excess. Budget travelers need not be scared, though, and with just a bit of care towards spending [...] Read more »