Where to stay in Busan – a guide to the city’s neighborhoods and best accommodations

Busan is a city with many faces. It can be laidback and exciting, rustic and cosmopolitan. Depending on what you want to experience, there’s a Busan neighborhood perfect for your personality and preferences. Check out this neighborhood guide and find out where to stay when in Busan.

Busan is a city with many faces.

At first glance, Busan is a city where you go for a break. Especially if you’re coming from Seoul, Busan’s seaside city vibe is a welcome break from the unrelenting energy of the capital. You can smell the sea even kilometers away from the seashore, which of course, brings with it promises of a lazy, relaxing, and rejuvenating holiday. Continue reading “Where to stay in Busan – a guide to the city’s neighborhoods and best accommodations”

3 days in Manila – a taste of the capital’s culture, color, and chaos

Manila is one city that gets a load of mixed reviews. But you can learn to love it if you know where to go. Here’s how to spend 3 days (or more!) in Manila.

Turquoise seas shimmering under the morning sun, stretches of fine white sand, and sunsets bursting with deep reds and oranges. If you’re like most tourists, these images are probably what drew you to visit the Philippines.

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Where to stay in Penang – best hotels in George Town and Batu Ferringhi

City jaunt or island getaway? You get to choose your own adventure in Malaysia’s exciting Penang Island. Whether you’re in the mood for a cultural trip, a beach holiday, or a culinary feast, the island will keep you satiated for days. Plan your trip with this guide on where to stay in Penang.

For an island so compact, there’s certainly a lot to see and do in Penang. Not only is its capital, George Town, one of Malaysia’s great cultural and heritage sites, it’s also the country’s best culinary destination and a tropical holiday favorite.

A lot of history and tradition has certainly been cooking in this island since it was established in the 1700s. But this last decade has also given the island a facelift with George Town’s cultural and architectural renaissance happening alongside the fresh strokes of contemporary street art. The tourism industry is quick to jump in on this renewed vigor to draw in the holiday-goers, of course, ultimately giving us an amazing array of gorgeous hotels and luxurious resorts.

If you’re planning a visit to the holiday island soon, here’s where to stay in Penang.

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3 days in Penang, Malaysia – home of great food, art, and culture

I make my way to Chowrasta in search of Penang’s famed street food and I’m confronted by this scene – a thick and long row of stalls with a colorful and curious assortment of fruits, fabrics and figurines; the cacophony of hawkers and musical trishaws; and droves of people and motorbikes and cats whizzing past.

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Where to stay in Tokyo: budget hotels that won’t break the bank!

Cheap doesn’t have to be lousy. These 10 affordable but comfortable and convenient hotels in Tokyo will let you explore the city with style. Save this for your dream trip to Japan!

Tokyo is an expensive city –it’s reliably always in the top 10 most expensive cities of any survey, both for locals and travelers. And while a lot of travelers shy away from visiting Tokyo because of this intimidating fact, there are affordable alternatives in the city that you can check out.

Here are 10 hotels in Tokyo that don’t cost an arm and a leg. It’s not all hostels and capsule hotels here! You can still stay in Tokyo in style even with a small budget.

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Best things to do in Coron, Philippines – itinerary and travel guide

Every month, we choose one amazing destination and give you a quick burst of travel inspiration.

Waves crashing onto a sugar-white beach, palms swaying, a gentle breeze, and the most stunning blues you’ve ever seen… That’s the stuff our daydreams are made of – and exactly what’s in store for you when you visit Coron, one of the amazing destinations that have made Palawan the world’s best island* year after year.

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Where to stay in Siargao – catching epic waves, amazing food, and island views

Ease into the Philippines’ crazy/wonderful island culture with a trip to the chill island of Siargao. This is the place to surf epic waves, eat amazingly delicious food, and capture Instagrammable spots for days. Get ahead of the crowd and find your perfect little spot with this guide on where to stay in Siargao.

Siargao, a small island in Northern Mindanao, used to be almost exclusively a surfer’s paradise. I remember hearing about it for the first time over a decade ago from an old college classmate who happened to be a surfing enthusiast, and thought she was just saying “Surigao” with a twang.

In the last few years though, a surfer somewhere let out the secret that ultimately changed the island’s fate: there’s more to Siargao than surfing! And so the island’s tourism picked up. Despite what the island purists may claim – that its popularity has led to its ruin – I think Siargao is taking its sudden fame in stride. I’d even go so far as to propose that if you’re visiting the Philippines for the first time, Siargao is the perfect “gateway” island.

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Where to stay in Seoul – a guide to the city’s neighborhoods and best accommodations

Do you identify as: a) shopaholic? b) culture vulture? c) a creative? or d) a world citizen? No matter what your personality or tastes in travel are, there’s a neighborhood in Seoul that’s just perfect for you. This megacity caters to all kinds of travelers, and your problem won’t be the lack of choice, but the abundance of it. Don’t get overwhelmed! Take this quick and easy quiz and find out where YOU should stay in Seoul.

Planning a trip to Seoul? Chances are, you have about 5 tabs open on your browser right now and probably pulling your hair out with all of the choices and information out there. Believe me – I’ve been there. There is no shortage of guides and blogs on Seoul and you have the city itself to blame.

If you think online information on Seoul is overwhelming, you should go to, well… Seoul! From the moment you land on Incheon and venture into the heart of the city, you’ll be bombarded by all sorts of curiosities and novelties and choices, choices, choices!

If you’re on a diet, forget about it. You’ll be eating your way around the city in no time. Not really planning to shop? Friendly (albeit unfashionable) tip: wear blinders. Thinking of taking it slow and having a relaxing trip? Wear your most comfortable shoes anyway, as you’ll be drawn from one street to the next and before you know it, you’re in the middle of an art village on top of a hill and you just want to keep on going.

Seoul’s vibrancy and life is just so infectious and there’s just so much you can do that the trip-planning stage can be so overwhelming. So here’s my part in helping you plan your little holiday and making it less of an information overload: I made a fun and quick quiz (5 minutes tops!) that will help you decide where to stay in Seoul!

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Where to stay in Osaka – best places to stay in Kansai, Japan

Osaka city is right in the center of Kansai, Japan’s best destinations – you can easily reach Kyoto, Kobe, and Nara from Osaka. With city perks like an exciting night scene, sensational food culture, and stylish hotels, Osaka is certainly the best base for travelers to Kansai. Here’s where to stay in Osaka.

If you’ve only ever been to Tokyo before, you’ll find a different side of Japan in Osaka. Compared to Tokyo, Osaka’s rhythm seems to be at half-time and its mood way chipper. The streets are filled with friendly faces and booming voices… and the mouthwatering smell of hearty, savory food. Welcome to Osaka!

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