Asia

Follow in my Footsteps: Exploring Kyrenia, Bellapais Monastery and St. Hilarion Castle

Selfie with The Way Away at Bellapais Abbey in Kyrenia

When I landed in Cyprus, I had no idea I would get to explore an abandoned castle in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Heck, I didn’t even know that there was a separate territory to Cyprus on the island. In the evening of my second day on Cyprus, I got a message from Ashley Brown of The Way Away …

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Follow in my Footsteps: One Day Trip to Paphos, Cyprus – Europe’s 2017 Capital of Culture

Paphos Tomb of the Kings #2

While on Cyprus, I decided to take a one-day trip to the town of Paphos. I had read in Lonely Planet that it was rated as one of the top ten European destinations for 2017. Yet many of the locals also said it wasn’t worth visiting. Well, here’s my own judgment on the town, and whether I think you should …

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Budget Travel: Cyprus Isn’t Backpacker Friendly, But You Can Still Visit on a Budget

Budget travel in Cyprus is nearly impossible. It’s not that the country is particularly expensive; it’s more than the Balkans but cheaper than the Nordic countries. No, Cyprus just makes it really difficult to enjoy the country if you’re not rich and looking for a luxury vacation. Transportation Getting to Cyprus, since it’s an island in the Mediterranean, is mainly …

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Follow in my Footsteps: Slow Boat Cruise on the Mekong

Selfie at Slow Boat in Laos

The idea of being stuck on a slow boat for three days didn’t appeal to me when I first heard about it. After months of people recommending the tour in Laos, I finally decided to give it a try while I was still in SE Asia. It turns out that the “three-day” tour was one day of travel just get …

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Journal Entry: Putting Up With the Scams in Asia

Friends on Tuk Tuk

There are times when I wonder if all of Asia are in on the scams they perpetuate, or perhaps they simply don’t know the best ways to do things. While there is a significant percentage of the latter – citizens who genuinely don’t know about better buses, routes or activities – the number of scams throughout the region still puts a big …

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