Another year has passed, and my big brother has wound up in Asia for the second time in his life. Last year he saw straightforward Japan, but this time he’s in mean China, a country that never throws foreign travelers a crutch. Will China chew him up and spit him out, or will he be one of the rare Westerners that falls in love with the country? Read this interview to find out what my brother thought of the Middle Kingdom after spending one month in the country traveling to four very different cities.
China can really be a hit-or-miss kinda country. At one city you could have the time of your life, whereas another makes you lose all faith in the country. This last February I unfortunately encountered another one of those lows, in Changchun of all places. Read this trip report to find out why the former capital of Manchukuo was such a letdown.
“Traveling is expensive” is an outdated old wives’ tale. Sure, it can be expensive if you want it to be, but it can also be quite affordable. I’ve been traveling internationally my entire post-college life (just shy of a decade), and I’ve learned a lot about making my money go further on my trips. Read my ten tips if you’re neither rich nor poor, but want to maximize your money’s potential when globetrotting.
Six and a half years is a long time away from a country, and that’s exactly how long has passed since the last time I visited South Korea. In the summer of 2016, I finally made my way back to Seoul, Korea’s sprawling capital, but this time with years of travel and living overseas experience under my belt. So can my 2016 self possibly see the city in the same light as my old 2010 self? Read on to find out what kind of vibes I got from “the Soul of Asia” the second time around.