Archive September 2017

In China, the people who barely exist

I watched the old man for about an hour before I approached him. He sat on a dirty blanket on the street corner, bent like a sextant with age, rats scuttling in the gutter below his feet. That was his spot; I had seen so many like him throughout China, those without status who survive by their wits. His clothes were tattered and his four-cornered hat identified him as a Uyghur, one of the displaced Eastern European Muslims trapped on the wrong side of a line on a map. China has declared Xinxiang province to be a ‘Uyghur Autonomous Area’, but that is only lip service to a minority...

5 Amazing Countries to Visit on a Student Budget

You’ve been studying hard this term, so a proper vacation is due. Preferably, the one including traveling outside of the US, with solid cultural immersion, rich sightseeing and… affordable costs of stay. I do my essays well and now I’d like to rest well, too. But my budget is limited, where could I go for that kind of money? Chances are high you were in a situation like that many times. Funds are scarce, friends have already planned out their vacation but you couldn’t join because of being low on dough. Say no more! With these 5 amazing holiday destination points fit for even the...

The town that sold mountains to the world

There’s a story that makes it abundantly clear how a small band of English holidaymakers changed Switzerland forever. It involves a bet between hotelier Johannes Badrutt and an aristocratic group of merchants and landowners that took place on a damp September evening in St Moritz in 1864. As the vacationers sat around the fire at the Engadiner Kulm Hotel, dreading the prospect of returning to the foggy London winter, the Swiss manager saw a golden opportunity. Winter is so pleasant that on fine days you can even walk without a jacket “You holiday here in summer,” he...

The colourful tradition saving Bangkok’s street vendors

When Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej passed away in October 2016, his subjects were plunged into mourning, wearing black for months out of respect. Now, many Thais have re-integrated colour into their wardrobes – but for the vendors of the trendy Ari neighbourhood in Bangkok’s north, the fashion choice is far more symbolic than a love of variety. Since 2014, Thailand’s military government has made cleaning up Bangkok a major part of its political platform, targeting street vendors in an effort to reduce litter and create room for pedestrians. This initiative has...

How to turn your Passion for Travel into a Lifelong Career

Most people see ‘work’ and ‘passion’ as two mutually exclusive fields. They scoff at the very idea of merging the two together. Well, these are the same people who do not yield desirable results for their company and are unproductive and ineffective, because they hate their jobs. A job that is devoid of passion is not worth doing. You can never create a lucrative career out of it. Fortunately enough, in today’s digital world there are ample opportunities for people to follow their passion and create a long-term career out of it. The highest in the list of opportunities that merge...

The abandoned Greek island shrouded in mystery

I caught my first glimpse of Spinalonga four years ago from a steep hilltop overlooking the sleepy village of Plaka in north-eastern Crete. The diminutive 8.5-hectare islet in the Gulf of Mirabello stood completely in shadow, dark and foreboding as if blackened by coal, while the butterscotch-hued Spinalonga Peninsula that curls around the island like a sleeping cat’s tail basked in the golden light of the setting sun. A stone’s throw from Plaka, the arid, rocky islet once served as a military stronghold during Venetian (and later Ottoman) rule; a medieval citadel stands...

The Student Traveler’s Guide to Australia

Three affordable places to travel and live in Australia while studying online Online training has opened so many possibilities to voyagers, pilgrims and troubadours. It doesn’t matter if you’re taking your Master of Philosophy or a Certificate IV in Marketing and Communications, all you need is great WIFI and a willingness to study (check out online courses at https://www.courses.com.au. If you have been wondering how you can afford your travel itinerary while studying in Australia, we thought we’d help you out by suggesting three great Australian destinations. All three are awesome to...

The Legends Behind Natural Wonders

Some of the most amazing places in the world have required fantastic tales or myths to explain how they came to be. Today, we have scientific explanations for most of what we see around us – but there is still insight to be found in the ways that people used to relate to the wonders of the world. Here’s a look at some of those legends. The Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia (Cappadocia, Turkey) Anatolia’s ‘fairy chimneys’ look like abandoned homes in a remote area of Discworld. But in fact, they are the eroded geological foundations of hardened volcanic ash hills. Since humans inhabited...

Three European Places That Take Your Breath Away

Europe is a continent full of surprises. A perfect mixture of history, art and culture. It is the continent that has a little something for any kind of visitors. In every corner of it there is something beautiful and spectacular to see, something new to learn and a lot of things to experience. There are places to see like no others in the world. We would like to introduce you three European spots that stand out with their nature and beauty, worth visiting at any time of the year. Madeira, Portugal Madeira is a Portuguese island, archipelago that is located in the Atlantic Ocean. Its capital...

6 Things That Make Perth A Perfect Family Holiday Destination

If you’re planning your next family holiday and want it to be absolutely fabulous, you might consider giving Perth a try. Perth is the capital city of Western Australia and is located on the Swan River and has access to a number of beautiful sandy beaches. But that’s not even the beginning, as Perth offers family activities that are hard to match, especially if you go there with kids. So in this guide, we’ll cover some of the top reasons why you should make Perth your next holiday destination. Take Some Time to Walk the City Perth is an ideal city for pedestrians since...

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