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Finding Your Own Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia

Finding Your Own Southeast Asia

You don’t have to be an intrepid backpacker or a wealthy beach bum to experience a different, more magical side of Southeast Asia these days. Beyond the temples and beaches,… Read More…

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Southeast Asia / The Travel Detective® Blog

Travel Detective Blog: Singapore 50 Years After Independence

The Republic of Singapore is a sovereign city-state with a unique history. Located on the Malaysian Peninsula, Singapore was once a British colony and a part of Malaysia. In 1965,… Read More…

How to Travel to Japan With a Small Child
Family/Kids Travel / Japan

How to Travel to Japan With a Small Child

Traveling to a new country is always tricky, but there are lots of logistics to figure out if you’re bringing small children along. Contributing writer and family travel expert Margot… Read More…

Kowloon: Hong Kong’s Secret Side
China

Kowloon: Hong Kong’s Secret Side

Hong Kong is a popular destination for travelers, but deciding what to see can be a bit tricky. Contributing writer Lilit Marcus explains why Kowloon, which is north of Hong… Read More…

Voluntourism Spotlight: Help Sea Turtles on Hainan Island
China / Voluntourism

Voluntourism Spotlight: Help Sea Turtles on Hainan Island

Hainan Island is the southernmost province of the People’s Republic of China, and is located in the South China Sea. It is positioned close to Vietnam, and is home to… Read More…

Why You Should Consider Taiwan for Your First Trip to Asia
Asia

Why You Should Consider Taiwan for Your First Trip to Asia

A first trip to Asia usually focuses on well-known countries—China, Japan, Thailand—but that’s not always the best way to go. Lilit Marcus shares why Taiwan is a smart landing place… Read More…

There’s WHAT in my Facial? Strangest Spa Treatments
Australia & New Zealand / Japan / Pop Culture Travel / Spa Travel / USA / Women's Travel

There’s WHAT in my Facial? Strangest Spa Treatments

Yes, it’s easy to get an ordinary facial. But you can also opt for one that’s a bit more interesting, and sometimes with ingredients and materials you would never expect…. Read More…

Traveler’s Booklist: What to Read Before Visiting Asia
Asia / Culture / Travel Books

Traveler’s Booklist: What to Read Before Visiting Asia

Don’t just pick up a guidebook before you visit Asia. Instead enter the world of travel memoirs to get a glimpse inside the culture. Author Alison Gee takes us there… Read More…

Fight Global Poverty: Ways to Give Back in India
India & Central Asia / Voluntourism

Fight Global Poverty: Ways to Give Back in India

Of the 1.2 billion people in India, an estimated 32.7 percent live below the International Poverty Line, according to 2010 data from the United Nations Development Programme. Michaela Guzy, founder of… Read More…

Luxe Lavs: Relax and Ryokan
Asia / Hotels & Accommodations / Japan / Luxe Lavs

Luxe Lavs: Relax and Ryokan

Sometimes to find the world’s most surprising hotel bathrooms you need to go overseas and even travel back in time, in a sense. In Japan, a ryokan (旅館) is a type… Read More…

The Spa Experience on Pangkor Laut, Malaysia
Airlines & Airports / Asia / Romantic Travel / Women's Travel

The Spa Experience on Pangkor Laut, Malaysia

If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind spa experience that goes beyond the expected, then skip the standard treatments. In Malaysia, it’s not just about the massage, it’s about what happens… Read More…