Hong Kong’s Tai O Fishing Village

  Things To Do Hong Kong This guest post was written by Stephanie A Long. Just outside of the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong Island, the Outlying Islands make for a great day trip, and the perfect way to escape the chaos of the city. Tai O fishing village is one of the more unique places to visit on Hong Kong’s islands. The village is located on Lantau Island (also the home of Hong Kong Disneyland, and the famous Continue Reading →

Travel Philippines: Calitang Beach

  Romantic Vacation Palawan   This guest post was written by Stephanie Long. Warm, white sand feels as fine as dust as it runs through my fingers. Palm trees wave in the wind further along the deserted beach, and the clear blue ocean stretches off unbroken to the horizon.  The motorcycle is parked far behind us in Calitang village, and the sounds of laughing children and village life have been swallowed up by the waves crashing. Calitang beach feels like Continue Reading →

Travel Vietnam: Mai Chao Village

This guest post was written by Stephanie Long. From the top of the hill, Mai Chao looks like the Vietnam I’ve always imagined: rice paddies and small huts, nestled in a valley in the midst of sharp mountains. After a chaotic week in Hanoi, I was craving a trip to rural Vietnam. Too short on time to make the popular trip to Sapa, I had followed a friend’s recommendation and booked a tour to the nearby village of Mai Chao Continue Reading →

Travel Georgia: Vardzia Cave City

  The Mtkvari river carves its way through the lush and dramatic cliffs of Georgia.  Its course runs like a tour through Georgian history.  Ancient fortresses and castles loom over the river, and ancient trading sites attest to Georgia’s rich history as a crossroads between Europe and Asia.  Eventually, the river’s meandering course passes by the hidden tunnels leading to one of Georgia’s most remarkable sites: the cave city of Vardzia. It doesn’t look like a city or a monastery Continue Reading →

Hiking in Taiwan: Huang Di Dian – The Emperor’s Throne

This guest post was written by Stephanie Long. Huang Di Dian, the sign reads: The Emporer’s Throne. This hiking trail, just outside of Taipei, is probably my favorite—certainly the most fun—day-trip that I’ve done hiking in Taiwan. The hike starts in the picturesque town of Shiding. Bus number 666 runs from Muzha and Jing Mei MRT stations directly to Shiding, making this hike an easy one to get to. The beginning of the hike is the most physically daunting part—Huang Di Continue Reading →