Singapore: Asia’s Little Red Dot That Has it All

The Singapore Flyer

Singapore has become Southeast Asia’s most cosmopolitan city. Aside from being a hub for fine dining and fusion cuisine, it has become a prime spot for tourists, corporate jet-setters, and families. Singapore’s renowned Changi airport, the world’s best airport for many years, continues to surprise, entertain, and welcome travellers from all over the world. For many tourists, they often think Singapore has little to offer due to its size. But surprisingly, there are many things you can do in the Garden City, aside from spending your time in Clarke Quay, taking the Singapore Flyer, or visiting Marina Bay Sands. Here …

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Going on Your First Hike: Things You Need to Bring

Hiking at the Alps

Going on an adventure to the great outdoors is quite an exhilarating experience. However, knowing all the things that you need to bring can be confusing to rookies. After all, you can only carry the essentials with you during your outdoor adventure in the Haute Route in the Alps, for instance. So, how do you know which ones to bring on your hike? To start, you need to create a checklist of everything that you will bring with you on your hiking trip. You also need to determine how far you plan to hike, and how remote the location will be. …

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Must-visit Film Locations in the UK

London UK

The UK is one of the oldest nations in the world. With its rich culture and history, countless movies and TV shows were filmed in it. Here is a list of places where you can reenact cool films: Groombridge Place: Pride and Prejudice The best way to start your UK tour is by visiting Groombridge Place in Tunbridge Wells. Used as a film location last 2005 for the highly acclaimed Pride and Prejudice movie adaptation, it is the perfect spot to unwind and relax. A manor located in the village was used by Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, and Rosamund Pike. …

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Meeting Borneo’s Enigmatic Orangutans

borneo orangutan

On a solo trip to Kota Kinabalu, I met Sarah, a middle-aged woman who dedicated her entire life to the conservation of orangutans. She’s no primatologist, nor does she see herself as an eco-warrior of some sort. Deeply fascinated, I asked, “What made you decide this is what you want to do?” I expected to hear something political or a heated discussion about poaching and the destructive palm oil industry. Instead, she answered, “One day, I took a tour to a wildlife conservancy in Kubah National Park, and happened upon a motherless baby orangutan nibbling on a leaf. I felt …

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On Board the Dream-like Trans-Mongolian Train

trans-mongolian railway

I’d like to call myself an enthusiast of long rail journeys. There’s something melodic about the slow but constant change of scenery as the train trundles past tarnished railway tracks. My trip from Moscow, Russia to Beijing, China via the Trans-Mongolian Railway was one such voyage. The route crosses two continents, three vast countries, and several prominent landmarks, including a vast portion of Siberia, the Ural Mountains, Lake Baikal, the Gobi Desert, and the Great Wall of China. I admit that before embarking on this journey, I entertained myths about endless snow, frozen soil, and blizzards that caused trains to …

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Eco-touring West Malaysia: 5 Forest Reserves to Visit

Penang National Park

The vast majority of West Malaysia is a tranquil tropical rainforest, far removed from the frenzy and anxieties that beset city life. Picture a cozy cabin suspended by wooden stilts, intertwined into an understory of saplings, palms, and mangrove. Native groundcovers fringe the damp trail, inching to reclaim lost ground. A hanging bridge weaves through brackish water and a canopy of hardwood. Birdsong, the dawn chorus of siamangs (giant gibbons), an invisible waterfall nearby, inviting you to a dreamlike state of sensory bliss. This is Peninsular Malaysia – home to the Rafflesia, ancient kempas hardwood, and the elusive Malayan tiger. …

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Discovering India on the Railways

India-evening-bazaar

There’s no other train system in the world that speaks so much about a country than that of India’s. It covers a staggering 71,000 miles of tracks and 41, 000 miles of network weaving across vast lands. While the Indian Railway is a legacy of the British Raj, its glory lies on the diverse topography it traverses and the 8.4 billion people it carries every year. These figures probably don’t mean anything at first glance. But these tracks form a fundamental part of discovering India, entrancing the likes of Paul Theroux and Wes Anderson. It was the Nizamuddin Duronto Express …

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Must-Read: 6 Travel Books that Will Arouse that Nomad in You

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A compelling book has the power to change your life. Moving from one chapter to another is an adventure in itself, inspiring you to take action and follow suit. Many of the travelers I’ve met are avid readers and students of the written word. On idle nights in hostels or campsites, I’d find them in a quiet corner, holed up with a book. In my case, it was Jack Kerouac’s ”On the Road,” which led me to decide that I would spend my life discovering the rich possibilities of this “too-big world.” Today, the travel genre has expanded, with titles …

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Belonging Everywhere, To Everyone

Winter was driving on and snow was on the horizon as I fumbled my way out of Portland International Airport. This was a trip I wasn’t particularly keen on for a couple of reasons. One, I haven’t been chasing the sun only to freeze up, and two, I haven’t been home in a while. I met my sister Joanne in the waiting area and I kissed her like no time had passed since we last saw each other. We spent the night at her apartment downtown. We had dinner in her tiny balcony and watched night-shining clouds hang over Mt. …

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