Planning Your Trip

My life in a backpack – what to pack for a short backpacking trip

After my first backpacking trip in Thailand, I was convinced that I had packed too much. With a minimalist approach, I worked on swapping out my existing backpacking gear with more compact and portable options, testing new things and removing non-essential ones along the way in each backpacking trip. A short trip for me is any trip ranging from 1 week to 4 weeks and I would pack the same. Tomorrow I will be on a 5-day (really short!) backpacking trip in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam and here is what I brought. Backpacks I can’t stress enough how important it is to have a comfortable backpack. Not only does it need to be able to accommodate everything that you are bringing, it needs to fit you and your body such that you can comfortably carry your backpack and walk for a long period of time. My backpack choice for a short.
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How to stay fit when travelling the world

If you are into fitness like me, you probably thought about how to stay fit when travelling abroad. Being on the road with a constant changing environment makes it hard to maintain a workout routine, especially if you are used to visiting the gym regularly. While it is not impossible to stay in shape when travelling, it does takes a lot of determination to accomplish this. Realistically, you will definitely lose some of your fitness level when travelling because of the infrequent (and likely unhealthy) meals and increase in alcohol intake. Coupled with the occasional late-night parties late and sleeping-in during the day, we have the perfect combination of an unhealthy lifestyle. Research about your travel destination Understand what is available to you at your next travel destination. Is there a local park, beach or public swimming pool near your hostel? Can you ditch the cab and walk to the tourist.
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How to travel the world and stay in constant contact with everyone

One of the biggest challenge when travelling is being able to stay in contact with friends and family. Especially if you are travelling across multiple countries, it is impossible to let everyone know what’s your newest mobile number. Sure, you can maintain a roaming mobile number from your home country but how much would that cost you if you will be travelling for say, 6 months? I definitely wouldn’t want to end my trip with a large phone bill waiting for me back home. Having travelled extensively over the last 2 years for both pleasure and work, I use a combination of services to remain in constant contact with everyone cost-effectively. VOIP services Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is a technology that in simple terms, allow a person to make phone calls over the Internet. Skype is one of the dominant leaders in this market. I use Skype to make.
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Travelling with your own portable media system

Having just returned from a 2-week backpacking trip in China, I was dying to catch up with all the backlogged episodes of my favourite TV series. The weekend getaway to Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort meant I was going to not going to be able to catch up on the episodes until the following week. But what if I can bring my own portable media system along with me? The tech geek in me started thinking… To put together a portable media system, I will need: A media player that connects to the TV’s HDMI port; A storage device to hold all the episodes of TV series that I intend to watch; Something to control the media player wireless (because I don’t want to get out of bed to the media player to navigate every time an episode ends) After looking through all the gadgets in my possession, I shortlisted the.
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China, my great adventure for 2013

After some drinks and chats with some friends who are working in China and recently flew back in Singapore for a few days, I decided that the destination for my big trip for this year will have to be China. I want to visit the Great Wall of China (one of the items in my life list) in Beijing and the Terra Cotta warriors in Xian. I’ll do some research on what I want to see along the way. Following my usual backpacking habit, which is to fly in to one city and fly home from another city, I booked my one-way tickets from Singapore to Beijing and Chengdu to Singapore. With only 16 days to spend, I figured I will focus on places around Beijing and Chengdu, and then visit other parts of China in future..
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