The Personality Of A Traveler

Monday, September 20, 2010

By Nancy Lewis We all have different personalities in different situations. Or rather, we show different parts of our personalities to different people. I find that I am organized and punctual at work, but easy-going and relaxed with my friends. I’m friendly and outgoing at parties, but introspective when I’m alone. I’ve even noticed that […]

The People You See When You Drive

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The only problem with mass public transit is the immediacy of arrival. Although I find trains romantic, planes quick and comfortable, buses affordable, you do see a lot more when you travel by car. Such was Jon Faine’s experience on his road trip. He and his son, Jack, made a six-month-long journey from Melbourne to […]

Escaping Hong Kong Within The City

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

I remember years ago, sitting in class with one of my best buds, making lists of places we wanted to go. For me, my list consisted of places that I thought would push my comfort level. For him, his list was about seeing the world’s best skylines. At the top of that list (no surprise) […]

Forget Mountains, How About Hiking The Great Wall?

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

What do you do in Beijing in the dead of the winter when the temperature dips to minus 2°C and the smog, coupled with the cold, makes any sane person want to flee the city? Head to the warm beaches to the south? Hole up in your apartment until April comes? How about strapping on […]

China’s Mountain Of Inspiration

Thursday, April 1, 2010

For so long, I couldn’t put my finger on the reason I was attracted to Asia, China in particular, until I read The Financial Times‘ article about Lushan. Things in that part of the world are given names that simply no longer exist anymore, like the Cave of Immortals. Perhaps, places don’t exist anymore that […]

London To Beijing By Train . . . In Two Days!?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sorry, we’re not breaking a travel secret no one has heard of yet. A high-speed rail system from Beijing to London doesn’t exist yet, but according to the Telegraph, China is currently in negotiations to build a rail network to India and Europe, using trains capable of going 200 mph, hopefully in ten years time. The […]

In The Mood For Scorpion? The Best Street Food In Shanghai

Thursday, February 18, 2010

In true Bourdain-philosophy, to eat the street food of a people is to truly learn the culture. And perhaps nowhere is this more true than East Asia, as explores in this culinary trek through Shanghai’s back streets. From the Nanxiang steamed bun (a large dumpling filled with soup) to Sichuan hot pots (a salad […]

Video: China’s Wudang Mountain — Becuase You Always Wanted To See The Birthplace Of Kung Fu

Thursday, February 4, 2010

This amazing trip to the palaces and temples of Wudang Mountain — the birthplaces of the Wudang school of Kung Fu — takes you into the heart of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Be forewarned, the video goes a little martial-arts-training-video on us toward the end. Highlight: The views at 2:12 are enough to get […]

The Expeditioner’s January Travel Photography Contest Winner

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Our first month of venturing into the world of travel photography is off to a great start, and choosing a winner amongst all the excellent submissions, as Matt put it, “is harder than I thought.” This month’s winner comes from Jonny Gilbert, titled “Sunset at the Drum Tower.” What do we think? We dug the soft tones, subtle storylines, […]

Threatened Wonders: 8 Spots Needing Some TLC

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Stonehenge: A “national disgrace.” Did I miss something? I’ve never thought of the remarkable prehistoric wonder as such, but a committee involved with the globally-known monument recently described it that way (as well as the Guardian and the Telegraph). The reason is that the million or so people who travel there each year are now forced to pay […]

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