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Khardung La Pass, Ledakh, India

Disaster in Kashmir, Part 1: Love in Ladakh

Bad Mike

Four beautiful women, an Israeli hunk, and Bad Mike share a hotel on the wild fringes of Kashmir. They thought their problems ended at lust and love. Then the rivers rose and mountains crumbled. Part one of this series sets the stage for the disaster that was to come.

The Other Side of Singapore

Wade Shepard

I’m told about the ways of Singapore’s nightlife.

The Reality of Fines and “Strange Laws” in Singapore

Wade Shepard

It seems as if you can be fined for almost anything in Singapore, but is this really how things are there?

Nightmare Travel in China

Lawrence Hamilton

Lawrence Hamilton pushes himself beyond the brink to find the meaning of travel in a misadventure that spans across central China.

In Focus: Pulau Ubin, Traveling to Singapore’s Final Frontier

Wade Shepard

I journeyed to Singapore’s final frontier: a completely undeveloped island of forests and small villages just a ten minute boat ride from the raging city.

The Yerba Mate Experience: Understanding Argentina’s National Habit

David Fegan

David Fegan shares yerba mate with Buenos Aires locals and asks what their ‘national infusion’ means to them.

Dear China, It’s Not Me, it’s You

Lawrence Hamilton

Lawrence Hamiliton lives the true China expat experience, which is some strange stalemate between the contending forces of being repelled and held captivated.
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Are All English Teachers Degenerates and Perverts?

The start of a new series on Vagabond Journey about the unsavory side of teaching English abroad.

Hawker Centers in Singapore

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This is how the people of Singapore eat.

7 Iconic Aussie Foods You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

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Have you ever wondered what typical Australian foods are?

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I'm told that I can't pay for my ticket change on China Southern Airlines because I'm a barbarian.

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Kinmen is a very traditional place where the people still follow ancient traditions.

Look: Photos of Pangong Lake, Ladakh

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Photos of the beautiful Pangong Lake in Ladakh.


Today, a bridge is being built between Greater and Lesser Kinmen Islands. Tomorrow, Taiwan may find itself linked to the Chinese mainland.

How to Fly Budget Airlines and Stay Sane

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Flying budget airlines requires a special perspective to enjoy. Don't get mad -- prepare, understand, and laugh at the ridiculousness of it all.

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An entire industry fell from the sky on Kinmen Island.

Travel Tip: How to Hitchhike – Part 1


How to get people to pick you up when hithhiking is all about position. This is how to do it.

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Laowai Comics: Smoking in Front of No Smoking Sign

Laowai Comics is a webcomic devoted to showing all aspects of the expat life in China. This week's installment spotlights the unintended consequences of no smoking signs in China.

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It seems as if you can be fined for almost anything in Singapore, but is this really how things are there?


Abandoned Military bunkers cover the Kinmen Islands of Taiwan. This is a video of me exploring one.

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I am given a little bigger picture of the ethnic layout of Singapore.

Dave from TLWH Gets Surgery in Thailand

Our old friend Dave from TheLongestWayHome.com just went under the scalpel in Thailand.


I traveled out into the woods of Kinmen and found an intentional community of homesteaders who built something remarkable.

Travel Tip: You Can Talk to Anybody

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Why travel the world if you're not going to talk to anyone? Open up to the world and learn. Here's how.

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There is more that separates China and Taiwan than a narrow strait. Where ancient buildings and traditional neighborhoods are seen as a barrier to profit on one side they're the other's ticket to develop a budding tourism industry. There is perhaps a reason for the shift in the winds of tourism.

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David Fegan discovers the importance of experiencing a place through the people who live there.

Nightmare Travel in China

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Lawrence Hamilton pushes himself beyond the brink to find the meaning of travel in a misadventure that spans across central China.