Terrifying Taxi Rides

There’s a lot of talk about safety and the solo traveller out there—but few people consider the fact that just getting on the road is one of the most dangerous things you’ll ever do when you travel, whether you’re a man or a woman, on your own or in a group. And sometimes the safest thing to do on any road is to go with the flow—even if the flow makes your head spin!

China’s Adorable Treasures

We arrived in the city of Chengdu before dawn, after a 17-hour train ride from Xi’an. It was so early that we couldn’t check into our hotel or even get our morning fix of pork dumplings. Of course, there was no point in rushing, as the morning’s destination wouldn’t open for another few hours. And so we sat in the lobby, stunned, taking advantage of the wifi, the chance to use a toilet that wasn’t moving, and air that wasn’t filled with second-hand smoke.

6 Tips for Surviving China

Travelling in China isn’t easy. The English-language infrastructure is growing, but the majority of Western tourists still travel on organized tours. However, even with a tour leader to guide the way, there are some little things you can do to make your trip a bit easier.

On Blue Jeans and Hiking Boots

The eternal debate on how to pack for a RTW trip

A quick search of RTW or backpacker packing tips will generate tons of hits about how (and what) to pack for long-term travel of the backpacking variety.

The most common piece of advice (and surely the most universally applicable and accurate) is TAKE LESS STUFF AND MORE MONEY.

Welcome to Beijing!

I’ve arrived safely but exhausted in Beijing—I’m simply not cut out for overnight flights. I managed to get a taxi to my hotel and was only very slightly confused out of my change. Of course with the early arrival, I had to wait several hours before I could check in—so I hit the streets of Beijing in a bit of a daze, but thoroughly enjoying the crisp autumn air after steamy Thailand.