8 Phrases You Really Should Know If You’re Visiting Japan

Let’s start with the one you’ll probably be using the most…   Wakarimasen – “I don’t understand”   And now let’s tackle the rest…   Konichiwa – “Hello”   Ja Mata – “Goodbye”   Ikura Desu Ka – “How much is it?”   ____ Wa doko desu ka – “Where…

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Human Zoos: Tribal Tourism or Voyeurism?

Picture this.   Every single day, new faces pass through your village. They gawk at your clothes and then try them on for a practised pose before the camera . They snap pictures of everything from the latrine to the sleep quarters to you going about your daily tasks in…

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El Diablo – The Volcanic Restaurant

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A Side-Splitting Read: Swear like a Spaniard!

I’m starting to think the Spanish are one of the most imaginative people ever – at least when it comes to these colourful insults. Swear like a sailor? I think you mean, swear like a Spaniard! Also, it might be pertinent to note that this is strictly a NSFW read…

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3 Myths You Have to Know Before You Tour Egypt

Egyptian myths are a thing of wonder. Epic stories of love, betrayal and sacrifice, they were basis of the ancient people’s rituals and customs. Most importantly, the sphere of mythology was their way of understanding the world around them.   The entire realm is so diverse and complex that an…

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A Guide to India’s Colourful Holi Festival

  It’s mayhem. Vivid, colourful mayhem. The Festival of Colours is in full swing, the air is infused with coloured powder and clouds of vibrant hues erupt over the boisterous crowd.   Joyful people arm themselves with colored powder to smear on each other’s faces and water guns spraying neon…

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Macau’s Portuguese Egg Tarts

Even if you have never been to Macau, you have probably heard of the region’s famous egg tarts. Creamy and soft on the inside, and crispy and flaky on the outside, the pasteis de nata (Portugeuese egg tarts) serves up a savoury treat.   Now renowned and world-famous, the satisfying…

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Within the Boundless Mystique of The Bund

Glitzy and glamourous, the “Paris of the East” is now China’s most populous city and a major international financial hub. Symbolic of that, is The Bund, a regal walkway on the west bank of the Huangpu River.   Lined along the Bund is a whole row of colonial-era, international architecture,…

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Quick Trip Tips: Gold Coast, Australia – Written By a Local!

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Living in the Future: China’s Cashless Culture

  “Alipay or WeChat Pay?” The street vendor holds my jianbing (a traditional Chinese crepe-like breakfast) in one hand and gestures at the mobile phone I hold in my hand. I’m caught by surprise for a second, still fumbling through my wad of yuan.   Alipay or WeChat Pay? I’m…

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