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Global travel blog that features travel stories on living, traveling and growing up in cities, villages and towns around the world!

Wuhan, China: How to Eat Out in the Furnace City

I live and work most of the year in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei province in central China. It is known as one of the “Furnace Cities” of China due to the oppressive heat during the summer. I once stayed in the city for part of one summer teaching and […]

Paete, Philippines: The Carving Capital of the Philippines

Is there something you are proud of about your homeland? If there’s something Filipinos are known for, it is being too proud of being a Filipino. I think Filipinos are one of the most patriotic people in the world. So, don’t be surprised when you see one who is trying to defend his culture or […]

Maracaibo, Venezuela: The Land of the Beloved Sun

Maracaibo is the most important city in Western Venezuela, not only because of its abundant livestock, but also due to its oil reserves. The city is also known for its local music, called Gaitas, which is heard at Christmastime all over Venezuela. I was born in Caracas, but my family lived in Maracaibo, and I […]

Las Vegas, Nevada: Lights, Camera, and Casino Action!

Being a microcosm of the United States, Las Vegas is one of the most interesting cities that I have visited. Not only are there people here from all 50 states, but people come from all over the world as well – and you will meet the most unique characters in this city! I arrived in […]

Kota Bharu, Malaysia: Exploring the City

Kota Bharu is the capital of Kelantan, Malaysia. There are a lot of things to do in this little city if you have the inclination to try something new and rather quiet. My nearly three-year stint in this place helped me discover a lot of things that can be done in this sleepy town. It […]

Accra, Ghana: Home Away from Home

They say moving isn’t easy, and that’s what I found out with Accra. I spent just a year there, but we formed a strong bond. She pushed me to my limits, but still allowed me to have fun. I fell in love with her day by day. She was peaceful and slow, it took every […]

The Cotswolds, England: Hillmotts Bootcamp

It was March 2013 and I was sitting in a Starbucks in Richmond, London. You’d usually find me there between appointments with my personal training clients, so my friends jokingly referred to it as ‘my office’. Feeling my phone vibrate in my pocket, I pulled it out to read a message from my friend Louise: […]

Nakuru, Kenya: A Bird Watcher’s Paradise

In Lake Nakuru you can kill two birds with one stone. Not in the literal sense of course – game wardens on duty won’t let you. Rather, Lake Nakuru is a bird watcher’s paradise that offers tourists twofold benefits – you save money and time all in one trip! Bird Watching Fascination I have a […]

Mactan Island, Philippines: A Tale of Two Bridges, Traffic and Tourists

I’ve been living in Lapu-lapu City, Mactan Island for the past four years. I love that it’s just a few minutes from Cebu City and the mainland (which is still really an island – just a bigger one), and all the modern conveniences they have to offer, but hate that those few minutes can easily […]

Fuzhou, China: Standing Out

If you’ve been to China as a tourist, you’ve probably had a fairly straightforward travel experience. Travellers to China tend to visit set areas such as Shanghai and Beijing. If they do go out of these cities, it’s usually to see the Great Wall or the Terracotta Warriors. These cities and attractions are amazing, and […]