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Sikkim: Places to visit that will make you love India’s smallest state

Sikkim is a jewel of an Indian state and one that’s increasingly getting on most people’s itineraries. We certainly love it: we have been in 2012 and in 2018, both times catching a sleeper class train until New Jalpaiguri; and from there, a shared jeep to Darjeeling — check our […]

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Essential Guide to touring the Karakoram Highway by Motorbike

If you are reading this travel guide to the fabled Hunza Valley, you may already know what the Karakoram Highway is. One of the highest paved roads in the world, the Karakoram Highway was completed in 1979, and opened to the public in 1985 as the China-Pakistan Friendship Highway. We […]

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The Fun Guide to Survive a Sleeper Train in India

So you want to go to India and experience its people, right? Are you looking for an authentic experience? Or maybe you are just looking for cheap transport in India… you may have landed here because you are a penny-pinching backpacker. Someone willing to beg for rotten vegetables from street […]

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How to get a Pakistan visa in Kuala Lumpur

How to get a Pakistan visa in Kuala Lumpur? Even if we managed to hitchhike all over Iran and touring with folding bikes in Indonesia, we have tried, without success, to go to Pakistan for years. I still remember that morning in Kathmandu, in 2012, when someone from the buzzer […]

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The Top Festivals in Asia you Must See at Least Once in Life

Asian festivals and celebrations are some of the most interesting, colourful, odd or plain crazy in the whole world. With so many nations, cultures and ethnic groups, the top festivals in Asian countries can be hard to track down, though. So we asked a specialist and a friend, French photographer […]

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The Beginner’s Guide to Pulau Tenggol, Malaysia’s Secret Island Paradise

When not hitchhiking in Iran, taking Pelni boats across the Indonesian archipelago, cycling in Indonesia with folding bikes, or visiting some of the Trans-Siberian Railway’s best stops, I and Kit Yeng live in Malaysia, and always try to see and discover more of this beautiful country, which is perfect for […]

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How to Pitch your Travel Stories to Magazine Editors? This tool will help you a lot

If you are on this site, you may know that I have been earning my living with travel writing for the past 5 years. To get to this point, I have read A LOT of advice. And based on my own experience, I believe the most important thing a freelancer […]

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PELNI Ferry Survival Guide: Wicked tips to enjoy a ride on the World’s last long-distance Ships

With so many cheap airfares available in Asia these days, who would ever think of traveling by sea, trading a handful of hours for long days on a ship? We did (well, we also spent two weeks train hopping from Siberia to Europe, or cycled for 5 days between Kuala […]