Disputing the Merits of Indie Travel: Unplugged and Unplanned in Vietnam

Disputing the Merits of Indie Travel: Unplugged and Unplanned in Vietnam

Who wants to be encumbered when travelling? We’ve all dreamed about it: leaving the phone and camera behind to see a destination in all its glory. To heck with interrupting your immediate perceptions with a screen. Wouldn’t it be great to just leave it all at the hotel and try to really connect with a…

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Asia’s Longest Cave: Explore Shuanghe Cave in Guizhou, China

Asia’s Longest Cave: Explore Shuanghe Cave in Guizhou, China

Shuanghe Cave was officially found to be Asia’s longest cave in 2018. Until then it was simply a contender, with Mulu park in Malaysia boasting tentatively that Clearwater Cave was Asia’s longest. French caver Jean Bottazzi secured the designation when he discovered a new chamber connecting two known entrances to ‘different’ caves. Thus was the…

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Visiting China’s Venice: Zhenyuan, Guizhou

Visiting China’s Venice: Zhenyuan, Guizhou

I’ve learned to be skeptical about destinations whose claim to fame is their imitation of other locations. Zhenyuan 镇远 in Guizhou, China, then, ought to have rung the alarm bell. Venice is one of a kind and its distinct Italian flavor makes it nearly impossible to imitate well. I’ve also learned to be forgiving, however.…

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Keeping fit on the road: How to travel and stay healthy

Keeping fit on the road: How to travel and stay healthy

It’s all too easy to give up on exercise while traveling. “But wait! I move all the time, walking around, hauling packs, adventuring..” Sure, you move. But that’s not enough to keep up the healthy (physical) lifestyle that long-term travel can obliterate with it’s wanton dietary and time-schedule demands. Because of this, I’ve compiled a…

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How to Get to Asia’s Largest Waterfall: Huangguoshu in Guizhou, China

How to Get to Asia’s Largest Waterfall: Huangguoshu in Guizhou, China

Huanguoshu: The Largest Waterfall in Asia Guizhou, China, is a rather far-flung destination. Most people (myself included, before I got here) couldn’t find it on a map. Yet Guizhou (pronounced gway-joe) is a powerhouse of unique destinations. Beyond it’s ethnic villages, world-class climbing, and record-breaking caves Guizhou boasts Asia’s largest waterfall. Huangguoshu, at 77.8m tall…

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