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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...

10 UNETHICAL elephant sanctuaries in Thailand you should avoid

Sadly, there are many unethical elephant sanctuaries in Thailand. These organisations often promote themselves as being 'ethical', but in reality they are not. Tourists who visit the unethical elephant sanctuaries in Thailand are unknowingly contributing to these poor animals' pain and hurt. This malpractice needs to stop and it needs to stop now. It is difficult to know what goes on behind the...

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4 reasons why you need to get a VPN today!

You need a VPN- I'm not going to beat around the bush! We live in a time when people won't think twice about stealing your data. And when you travel you never know if the connection that you are using is secure or not. Fortunately, a VPN will keep you safe, and it only costs a few pence/cent per day! You can avoid fraud and identity theft by having a VPN. You can also access all of your...

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The 7 best ETHICAL elephant sanctuaries in Thailand

Ethical elephant sanctuaries in Thailand, or any other country in the world, are the only kind of elephant attraction that you should visit on your travels. And even then some of the 'sanctuaries' are questionable in their practices. With the growth in ethical tourism and an increased awareness of animal cruelty, many people nowadays are looking to sanctuaries for their elephant experiences. But...

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Moving to China: 50 CRAZY things you NEED to know

Moving to China is a pretty big deal. There are so many uncertainties and potential risks, but fear not.... If you are reading this article then it probably means that you are either considering moving to China or you have already decided to move to China. As you may already have realised, there isn't always a lot of information out there about what it is like to live here. And if you're...

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9 essential tips for getting your visa for China

Chances are, you probably need a visa to enter China. Whether you are planning to visit on a holiday, as part of a gap year, to work or to accompany family members who will be working, you will most likely need a visa for China.  I’ve travelled a lot. And I can safely say that obtaining a visa for China was one of the most challenging of all countries. Complicated paperwork, repetitive...

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Chengdu with kids | Things to do in Chengdu

Travelling to Chengdu with kids is a great addition to your China travel itinerary. What kid doesn't love a cute cuddly panda, a boat ride to see a giant buddha and sugar coated strawberries on a stick?! These are just some of the awesome things to do in Chengdu, whether you are travelling with kids or not! As an expat living in the country, I like to think that I have a little bit more...

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A fascinating overview of Chinese religion

Chinese religion is an important part of life in many parts of China. You see signs of it everywhere, from the monks walking past you in the street to the beautiful temples that you may visit on your travels. Sadly, most visitors to China just look at the architecture, take some pretty pictures and then move on. But in actual fact, if you look a little deeper, you can learn a lot of fascinating...

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China with kids: 10 things you NEED to know

Travelling in China with kids is an amazing experience, trust me- I know! And we haven't just travelled in China, we live here too! Whilst most travel bloggers will tell you their experiences based on a two week holiday, a short city break from a nearby country or perhaps a month backpacking, I actually live in China. I like to think that I have a little bit more 'expertise' when it comes to...

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The ethics of going to a ping pong show

Have you ever considered going to a ping pong show? It might seem like a good idea after a few Changs, but trust me when I say that going to one of these shows may just scar you for life! If you've ever been to Khao San Road, Bangkok in the evening you will probably be familiar with the ping pong touts, putting their fingers in the side of their mouths in attempt to replicate the sound of a ping...

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A guide to visiting the Great Wall of Linhai

Visiting the Southern Great Wall of Linhai is one of the coolest things to do in Zhejiang Province. A strong contender for the real deal in Beijing, this wall was built with the same architectural style and the same technique as the Great Wall of China. Here you can get a 'Great Wall experience' without the crowds of Beijing. AND it is just a couple hours drive from Shanghai, Hangzhou and...

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I’ve been travelling, studying and teaching travel and tourism since I was 16. Through Tourism Teacher I share my knowledge on the principles and practice of travel and tourism management from both an academic and practical perspective.

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Spring vacation: What is it + why do we have it?

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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...