Posts in asia
Kathmandu in a Nutshell

Nepal is a popular destination for international travellers, with a well-trodden path for those looking for adventure, outstanding natural beauty and vibrant cultural immersion. For over 30 years avid trekkers and mountaineers have arrived in Kathmandu before heading off to Everest’s legendary Base Camp, or further, on epic treks lasting days through the Himalayas.

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Trans-Siberian Express in a Nutshell (Part 1 - Russia)

There’s something about train travel which makes it such a soothing way to get from a to b. For me, everything looks better through a train window and there is no better way to see a country or region (I actually think cycling is the best way to do this, but you definitely need plenty of time to embark upon a long distance cycle tour). Long distance train travel isn’t for everyone though, especially in an age of budget airlines.

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Tipping in Thailand - By Toast To Thailand

When in Thailand … to tip or not to tip? This was the question that came to our minds during our first taxi ride in Bangkok. Back then, we didn’t carry smart phones and had no way of checking what was appropriate – so we let our driver keep the change. He first looked confused, then amused, then he said, “Khop Khun Khap” (thank you), and smiled. It worked. Or did it – had we tipped too much?

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‘For the love of Tea’- Nuwara Eliya - Samantha Owen-Stoddart

I departed Kandy for Nuwara Eliya, otherwise known as ‘Little England’ and Tea Country. The journey was long but well and truly worth it. Nuwara Eliya is a city in the hill country of the Central Province, Sri Lanka. Its name means “city on the plain’ or “city of light” and its stands at an altitude of 6,128 feet high or 1,868 metres, with a temperate climate and picturesque landscape. Making it the most important location for tea production in Sri Lanka. Nuwara Eliya is known for its cool climate, the coolest area in Sri Lanka, making me feel right at home.

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India - ‘Our handle on the Golden Triangle’ - by Samantha Owen-Stoddart

This is my first collaborative post with my husband @chancetotravel on our recent travels to India and our 7 day tour of the Golden Triangle. We have wanted to go to India for some time but never really knew where we should explore, to what was in each area. This trip actually came about due to a previously planned trip to Bali having to be cancelled due to work. After searching many different destinations we found this tour by chance, in a sale with Kuoni, so we booked it. It was a group tour which was a first for us, having previously toured Sri Lanka on our own. To be completely honest with you we were very apprehensive about being with a group of 14 people, as you worry about personality mix or gelling as a group.

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Gratitude Tipping (& Travel) Update is Here!

After weeks of collating feedback from our users and testing the app on multiple devices we’ve managed to complete our first upgrade! And we’re pretty happy with it if we do say so ourselves… 

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Facts about countries across the globe and app update info

In preparation for the launch of our updated app, we’ve collated a load of cool facts about countries which will feature in our new travel guide. Each country will have its own personalised travel guide including information such as the capital city, population, language tips, tourist hotspots, hidden gems, unique facts and must try foods and drinks. 

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How to ask for the bill in nearly ever country in the world

Asking for the bill in the language of the country you’re in is a nice touch to show your respect for the culture. Whilst it’s not essential (and you can normally act out the signing of a bill on you hand which works just as well), it gives you a chance to show your language skills. Below is a list of ways to ask for the bill in all dialects. 

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Eating out in the MENA region 

Do you find varying countries tipping etiquette hard to keep up with? Do you often find yourself wondering how much should to tip when abroad? These are common feelings when it comes to gratuity. In general, the amount you tip should be what you think the service is deserved of. Set tipping rules and percentages have often taken over to make it seem like these are the only way to leave a gratuity and must be adhered to, but really they are just helpful guidelines. 

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How much should you tip in Thailand?

Holidays in Thailand have become even more popular in recent years with so much on offer for travellers, business persons, couples and families. However, tipping in Thailand is not always so simple. For instance, there are circumstances where tipping is more appropriate than other occasions.

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