Torn between Two Worlds: A Cultural Guide To South Korea

Ajumma at Fishmarket in Busan

Wandering the color-filled and lively streets of Seoul in late 2014, I find myself in a place that does not really seem to be Korean initially. In one of the fastest growing economies in the world, a lot of cultural changes are taking place, which makes traveling to Seoul a special experience. The Americans, who […]

Living Abroad: Having a Great Experience and Leaving a Great Impression

Mike Krause

If you play your cards right, living abroad can be an extraordinary life-changing experience. You will face so much more than just new language, food and culture, you’ll be surrounded by countless invisible differences which conspire together to create that unique foreign charm. At times you’ll struggle to explain or comprehend what you see around […]

Spiti Valley: How To Get To Key Monastery (Ki Gompa)

Key Monastery, Spiti Valley, India

The Key Monastery (Ki Gompa in Tibetan) is located in Spiti Valley, which is in the state of Himachal Pradesh in northern India.  It is the most iconic structure in the valley and should definitely be part of any trip into this corner of the Tibetan Plateau.  The monastery has a unique fort-like design due […]

The Philippines: How To Get To Liwliwa Beach

Liwliwa Beach - Circle Hostel

If you live in Manila or are just visiting for a short time, you’ll no doubt come to the conclusion that traveling around the Philippines, while not difficult, can be time consuming.  With destinations that often require a messy combination of bus, boat and tricycle you may find that you don’t have time to get […]

Tibet’s 2nd Invasion

Tibetan Woman on Cell Phone

The Potala Palace, known the world over as an icon of Tibetan Buddhism, towered over the city of Lhasa casting a literal shadow on the hustle and bustle below.  Although from our vantage point, the profound symbolism of the building was lost amidst the chaos of modernity that swarmed below it.  As we stood in […]

Tibet: Price List For Tibetan Monasteries Around Lhasa

The Potala, Lhasa, Tibet

If you’re traveling to Tibet then most likely you’ll be going on an organized tour.  But if your tour company doesn’t include all your monastery fees in the cost of the tour, then you’ll want to take a look at the price list below.  Unfortunately Tibet can be a very expensive country for foreigners, so […]

Where are the Best Casinos Asia has to Offer?

Gambling

Asia has become the continent to be reckoned with when it comes to tourism. With new developments, modernization and a huge effort to be a tourist draw, many Asian countries are coming up the ranks to become the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The biggest casino complex in the world is located in […]

Indonesia: The Kai Islands (Kei Islands)

Kai Islands

Nestled into the turquoise waters of the Banda Sea, the largely untraveled Kai islands are a microscopic jewel in the Indonesian Archipelago. With the vast majority of backpackers and travellers skipping these paradise isles for the easier prey of Sulawesi, Bali and Lombok, nine times out of ten you will be the only Robinson Crusoe […]