Taiwan is considered by many to be a cyclist’s paradise with its picturesque bike trails through the island-nation’s awe-inspiring scenery. Thanks to extensive funding in the past decade, Taiwan now boasts thousands of miles of bike roads that wrap around the 14,000 square-mile island.
Traveling to another country can be intimidating, especially if you don’t speak the language. Below are five Rookie Notes that I’ve learned while living in China and traveling throughout Europe and Northern Africa for how to survive abroad when you don’t speak the language. Cheers to traveling in country like a champ, even if you don’t speak the language.
As one of the largest countries in the world, America stands out in terms of land mass, varied terrain and its number of national parks. There are 59 national parks in the United States, spread across twenty-seven states and two American territories. The Wrangel-St. Elias national park alone is larger than the nine smallest states in the country individually. Read More
According to GapYear.com, 230,000 young travelers in the UK take a Gap Year each year and have been doing so since the 1960’s; meanwhile, the concept started to gain ground amongst US students in the last few years in tandem with rising College tuition costs. The announcement that Malia Obama plans to take a Gap Year before she attends Harvard in 2017 is proof that it is not only the concept, but the term, that is gaining a foothold in the US market.
UNESCO has recently reported about the rise of internationally-mobile students across the globe. One driving force behind the trend is the aggressive recruitment strategies of college and universities to attract the best and brightest students. In 2013, more than 4.1 million students pursued their college degrees abroad, up from 2 million in 2000.
The former capital of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh (HCMC) is the largest city in the country. Filled with untamed culture and evolving urban lifestyle, the city of Ho Chi Minh, formerly known as Saigon is a pulsating land of hope and happiness. The glow which it carries gets better and exuberates as the day moves from dawn to dusk.
Island hopping in Thailand has always been a dream of mine. It wasn’t long after arriving in Bangkok, Thailand (see my other recent post on how to see Bangkok on a budget) that I booked my flights to Phuket and planned my week accordingly to hit them all: Phuket, Krabi, Ko Phi Phi and Koh Lanta. Read More
Some major cities are impossible to tackle when on a tight budget. Between the cost of transportation, accommodation and, most importantly, food, you might find yourself having to cut certain ventures short due to a lack of funding. I am here to tell you that Bangkok, Thailand is not like most major cities. You can experience Bangkok on a budget – and this is how to do it. Read More