Travel Insurance: Is it Really Necessary?

Travel Insurance: Is it Really Necessary?

Unplanned incidents are a natural part of the travel experience. Sometimes they’re benign. But not always. This begs the questions (and hints at the answer): is travel insurance necessary? Necessary or No? The World of Travel Insurance If your definition of necessary is anything more than ‘I’ll deal with things as they come and face…

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One Day in Manila

One Day in Manila

Ah, Manila. You’re a sprawling mess with a swanky reputation. If I may be so bold, I’ll even call that reputation well-deserved. From the armada of armed security guards (some for, say, diners or hotels) to the overwhelming poverty oozing from every street corner, Manila may not make the best impression. But I’ll concede that…

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Is it Safe to Travel to China Now?

Is it Safe to Travel to China Now?

The Novel Corona virus is sweeping international news; so would it be safe to travel to China now? Should you cancel that coveted plane ticket and reconsider going elsewhere for vacation? What is the Novel Corona Virus? You’re certainly aware of what this virus is. It originated at a Wuhan ‘wet’ market where wild animals…

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Asia’s Best Budget Destinations of 2020

Asia’s Best Budget Destinations of 2020

Travel Goals for a New Decade You’ve schmoozed your boss, scored some time off, and started packing. Before pre-trip excitement can really set in, however, you’ve got to choose where to go. Where to Save Money in 2020? We can’t all start the new decade flush with forget-you money. Some of us are consigned to…

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A Tale of Two Cities: Hong Kong or Macau?

A Tale of Two Cities: Hong Kong or Macau?

What do a global gambling powerhouse and a population marching against their government by the million have in common? That would be their current inclusion in the People’s Republic of China and status as former European colonies. Macau and Hong Kong are very different in style and flavor, and yet so alike in their recent…

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An Exploration Of China’s Urban Environment: Guiyang

An Exploration Of China’s Urban Environment: Guiyang

A quick warning to readers: The following anecdote is graphic as well as true. The squeamish may feel free to skip this initial section. Date: 2013 Qianlingshan park, Guiyang, China A mother takes her infant child into Guiyang’s famed QianLingShan park, known colloquially as ‘The Monkey Park’. As advertised, there are monkeys aplenty. People get…

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Ho Chi Minh City: Worth the Visit?

Ho Chi Minh City: Worth the Visit?

Those who read my last post will understand that I didn’t exactly have the best time in Vietnam. But my answer to the above question? Absolutely. As stated succinctly by my friend Phil, this grimy city ****** us again and and again, but left us sort of missing it and wishing we’d had more time…

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