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Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi dress code | What to wear to the Sheikh Zayed Mosque

The Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi is a must-visit attraction when in the UAE. And if you’re planning a trip to Abu Dhabi, then the Grand Mosque may already be on your to-do list! Sheikh Zayed Mosque is the biggest mosque in the UAE, hence the nickname. It is also absolutely...

Silk Road China Itinerary- 2 weeks

Are you planning a Silk Road China itinerary? Well I can guarantee you are going to have an amazing trip! We were lucky enough to be able to travel along the Silk Road in China this past summer and we had an action-packed Silk Road China itinerary! Living in China definitely has its benefits sometimes! Travelling along the Silk Road in China is a very unique and special experience. Whilst the...

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10 Day Inner Mongolia Itinerary- Do It Yourself

Planning an Inner Mongolia itinerary for the DIY traveller isn't an easy feat. China has a group tour culture, with limited information in English on how to travel independently. But you absolutely can plan your own Inner Mongolia itinerary (and I think it is way better this way!). In this article I am going to tell you all about our 10 day Inner Mongolia itinerary and which are the best spots...

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Things to do in Guilin that are not in the guidebooks

There are so many great things to do in Guilin and the surrounding area. With some of the most spectacular scenery in China (and I would argue in the world!), Guilin should be on every China travel itinerary. Whether you are moving to China as an expat, backpacking through the country or travelling in China with kids, there is something for everyone in Guilin. In this article I will tell you all...

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Is it ethical to visit the Killing Fields in Cambodia?

Is it ethical to visit the Killing Fields in Cambodia? This is a question that many travellers will ask themselves. Whilst it is fascinating to learn about this horrible history, and education is always a good thing, is it right that we as tourists are taking photographs of the victim's skulls and walking along the paths that once saw such extreme terror and devastation? Ethics is always a...

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Is there such a thing as an 8 star hotel?

What is an 8 star hotel and does this actually exist? All is revealed in this article, read on to find out more... Is there such thing as an 8 star hotel? Yes - there is. But there’s only one, and that’s the Burj Al Arab in Dubai, UAE. The Burj Al Arab oozes luxury and glamour, and comes with a hefty price tag per night. The hotel is one of the most photographed buildings in Dubai, and is firmly...

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The best 7 star hotels in India

There are several great 7 star hotels in India. India knows how to do luxury hotels, and here are the best of the best! What is a 7 star hotel in India? OK lets start by clarifying what is a 7 star hotel in India or anywhere else in the world.... the truth is that there isn’t really any such thing. It was (and is) a term coined by journalists when talking about hotels that are super luxurious,...

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10 fascinating giant panda facts

Learning about the fascinating giant panda facts is one of the best ways to get excited about a trip to China, home to these magnificent creatures. I learned a lot of giant panda facts on my trip to Chengdu with kids, but you don't have to fly all the way to China to learn more- I have it covered below! Here are the most interesting giant panda facts... 1. Giant pandas can climb very early on...

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Should you visit the famous long neck tribe in Thailand?

The long neck tribe in Thailand has long been a popular tourist attraction, but this has not been without controversy. Some people say that you absolutely should visit the Kayan people because they are in desperate need of the tourist Dollar. Your visit will be educational and will help to promote the preservation of this fascination culture and associated traditions. Other people, however,...

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Why you should NOT visit Thailand’s Tiger Temples

Many tourists consider a visit to Thailand's tiger temples on their travels. I mean, who wouldn't want a super cute photo taken with a baby tiger? Or to take a full grown tiger for a walk? These make for the perfect Insta shots, right? Wrong. Oh so wrong. Once upon a time I was a naive twenty-something year old who did exactly this. Heck, my Facebook profile picture was of me and a baby tiger...

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The shocking truth about elephant riding in Thailand

Elephant riding in Thailand has become somewhat controversial in recent years. When I first went backpacking back in 2011 it was a right of passage to climb onto an elephant's back and to be paraded along the street. But nowadays, things are very different. Society has become more aware of animal welfare and ethical tourism has moved to the forefront of travel planning. But awareness still isn't...

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Ethnography: A SIMPLE explanation

Ethnography is a term that many students and researchers will come across. Associated with cultural and social anthropology, ethnography involves the study of people. Whilst the term ethnography might sound complicated (and many research books will explain it in a...

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The Best Eco Lodges in the World

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Hogmanay: Everything you need to know

Hogmanay is a festival that is BIG for people in Scotland. But people outside of Scotland.... well, they may never have heard of it. After having a fantastic time celebrating Hogmanay, however, I thought that should change! So through this article I intend to teach...