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Mexico: A Tourist’s Guide to Staying Safe and Having Fun

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Many travellers shy away from Mexico due to high crime rates, though the country actually has fewer crimes per year than the United States. In a country with warm, hospitable residents; fantastic handmade goods; beautiful scenery and a rich and turbulent history, there’s no reason to not to visit Mexico, as long as you’re careful(…)


Lima, Peru for Families: 4 Great Places to Go With Kids in Tow

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If you’re planning a trip to Peru, a stop in Lima is almost guaranteed. As the country’s capital, Lima is home to world-class museums, restaurants, shopping, and lots more. It’s known as a cosmopolitan city, with significant investment in recent years making it more of an attraction in itself and less of a mandatory stop(…)


An Expat’s Guide to Surviving Emergencies in Germany

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Germany is a relatively safe country to visit, ranked 77th in world crime, making it statistically safer than the USA which is ranked 30th. It’s also ranked 79th in terms of violent crime in the world, which means if you keep general common sense and your wits about you while traveling in Germany, you should(…)


The Gringo’s Guide to Brazil’s Carnival

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If you’re looking for a party, nothing in the world can compare to Carnival in Brazil. While the rest of Latin America celebrates Carnival, too, no other country takes its duty to party in the days before Lent as seriously as Brazil does. The music, the dancing, the gatherings in the streets, the food, the(…)


10 Tips For Integrating Into Chinese Culture

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Are you thinking about choosing an expat life in China and want to embrace the local customs? China is country full of history and rich culture with plenty for you to learn, but it isn’t necessarily the easiest to assimilate into. Many expats talk of the difficulties of integrating into life in China – not only is the(…)


3 of the Best Budget Hostels in Moscow

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Moscow is becoming one of the last frontiers for the backpacking traveller, and it should be on the top of everyone’s list. The city itself is rich in culture, heritage, and has some of the most beautiful architecture (and the best vodka!) in Russia. Accommodation costs can easily get out of hand in the city(…)


3 Crazy Christmas Customs Around The World

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Christmas is a magical time for most around the world – whether it’s sitting by the fireplace with the family, hanging up the stockings, or placing presents under the tree and waiting (impatiently) to open them. But there are certain traditions that don’t quite fit into the stereotypes we have of good, clean fun. Take(…)


3 Amazing Tokyo Hostels & Hotels for the Budget Traveller

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Tokyo is a vibrant and stimulating place to visit, and there’s a tonne of stuff to do once you arrive. Before you start planning how to spend your days though, you should definitely figure out where you’re going to spend your nights. Accommodation in Japan is not cheap, and you may find your hostel or hotel(…)


Transport and the Tourist: Top Phrases to Get Around in Brazil

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In the age of cheap airfares and routes to almost everywhere in the world, getting to a foreign destination is a pretty simple business. But once you’re there, travelling from A to B within a country can be a daunting affair, with phrases to pick up and vocabulary to understand to make sure you don’t accidentally(…)


Wine-Tasting Around the World (on a Budget!)

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If one thing is adored across cultures, it is the undeniable delight of wine. Vineyards across the world devote themselves to producing the very best Sauvignon Blancs and Cabernets. But often times, the world of wine is also a world of prestige and privilege, and for those of us on a budget, steep prices are(…)