Journal

All You Need to Know about Singapore

Singapore gained its independence from Malaysia on August 9, 1965, and what better way to celebrate its National Day than with a low-down on all things Singaporean? There's often confusion as to whether Singapore refers to a city or country, and the answer is both....

A Foodie’s Guide to Bangkok: Best Restaurants & Bars

Sivalee Anantachart, better known as SoMa SoM around the web, is a multi-skilled business woman based in Bangkok, who loves social entrepreneurship, technology, startups, and among her skills you can include jewelry design, media consultancy, creative direction and community building. She's the Director of SPS Gems-Jewelry,...

How to Deal with Culture Shock

Culture shock is a normal part of travel---it comes with the territory when you're immersing yourself in an environment and culture different from your own. It can be extreme (ie. moving from New York to a tribal village in Borneo) or not so extreme (moving...

Staycation in LA: How to Enjoy Venice Beach in One Day

I live in Los Angeles. As metropolitan cities go, it’s a humongous network of neighborhoods, each with its own vibe. This summer, I staycayed for one month at my friend’s Venice Beach pad a block from the Boardwalk. It helps to have friends in cool...

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Sushi

Sushi has achieved international cult status, taking countries by storm with its delicious vinegared rice and seaweed. What began as a way to preserve seafood in ancient Chinese culture has now become one of the most beloved Japanese meals in the 21st century. The cuisine...

Top 10 Apps When Travelling in Asia

When you’re planning a trip travel-hopping across Asia from Tokyo to Shanghai and every major city in between, there’s no room in there for five different translation book, several map pamphlets, and a slew of Lonely Planet guides. Thankfully, the phrase “There’s an app for...

Travel Kyoto Through these Photographers’ Eyes

Kyoto garnered international attention when it became synonymous with the environment and eco-awareness through the Kyoto Accord in 1997. However, it has long been a well-known symbol in Japan, housing the country’s emperor from 794-1868. This city of 1.5 million has a historical backsplash to...

Tales of NOLA: A Jazz and Po-Boys Experience

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="250"] Photo by Saloni Behl[/caption] “Don't you just love those long rainy afternoons in New Orleans when an hour isn't just an hour - but a little piece of eternity dropped into your hands - and who knows what to do with it?”...

20 Incredible Beaches in Asia

To kick off a month of all things Asia, we've chosen 20 of its most beautiful beaches for our first Asian 5 Minute Vacation. Finding stunning beaches in Asia is incredibly easy; narrowing this list down to 20 proved incredibly hard. As with our post...

Editor’s Letter: This August, let’s travel to Asia

Welcome, August! I can't believe we are passing the first half of the year already. Where did it go? Ah! At least I know where are we going next. The first time I visited Asia it was a wonderful discovery. I learned about new cultures that...