Looking for somewhere new to travel or travelling with kids? My top posts on where and when to go! My views on some of Asia’s most interesting and diverse places.
I flew into Hong Kong with my bump four and a half years ago and my passport has never been busier! My passport and my Small Person’s have racked up a quite a few stamps, not to mention plenty of air miles from Chiang Mai to China, the UK to Australia and beyond. Here are a few tips (and tales) from us.
There’s no two ways about it, mostly, flying with a baby/toddler is a frazzled affair…. the law of averages suggests flying with any child under the age of three has to be a little on the hairy side, right?
So, if you’re about to embark on a journey of epic proportions across the sky; having flown with child, solo, more times than I can count….I’ve managed (somehow) to store a few tips up my wine-soaked sleeve when it comes to flying with children.
Living the expat life, there’s no denying the trip back home is always a big deal! Whether we like it or not, there’s the anticipation of seeing family and friends – that narrow window to immerse yourself in the lives of loved ones. Not to mention the flight home and ensuing jet-lag. And what about life out of your expat bubble – sometimes returning home can be a shock to the system! (What do you mean you can just wave your card in front of the money machine now??)
If you’ve lived Down Under, you’ll know that getting across that wide, brown land can take several hours and involve jet-lag, so living in Asia, in such close proximity to completely different cultures and countries is quite a treat. My quick trip down to the Philippines overnight was definitely one to remember!
Given Singapore lies within the heart of Asia and 75 per cent of its population is Chinese, admittedly I expected it would possess a touch of the orient (naturally infused with the West, given its colonial roots) so I was a little taken aback when my first encounter with the island had me immersed in a bubble of extreme ‘westernisation’ (at least at face value anyway). Read more on my observations and let me know your thoughts on Singapore. (I still had an amazing time by the way!)
Shenzhen! When you hear the name, you probably think, ‘shopping’ and ‘cheap!’ And you’re definitely not wrong there, but scratch beneath the surface of this city that’s labelled one of the fastest growing cities in the world and you’ll find lush green mountains that flank picturesque white sandy beaches. So stunning they’ve no doubt helped earn the city its place on The New York Times’ list of the world’s 31 must-visit destinations.
At first glance, each share a generic constitution, brandishing that dynamic energy and exotic makeup that is typically Asian. Get close enough though and you’ll see cities that showcase multiple personalities on all fronts – rich in their own culture, each full of hidden gems and distinctively amazing food. Maybe that’s what really makes them typically part of Asia – the world’s largest and most populous continent – home to 4.3 billion people and hosting 60 per cent of the world’s population….these are three cities in Asia forever evolving.
Check out this post – what you first see, is not always what you get.
If Xi’an is on your bucket list (first of all bring chocolate) secondly, I’m imagining it might be a quick whistle stop tour after you’ve been to Beijing and/or Shanghai. There is quite a bit to see in this historical treasure chest so I’ve narrowed it down to those five must-see things you can’t miss if you’re in town for a brief shot of the action. Of course those blokes we know as the Terracotta Warriors are on the list! Enjoy!
This is the place Marco Polo deemed the most desirable on earth! Surely worth a spot on your China bucket list? MMM has the low down with all the tips you need…Don’t miss the city’s pride and joy, the West Lake. A little slice of heaven in the mad land of China.
With 24 million people, it’s one of the world’s biggest cities. Sassy and futuristic with its fancy, modern sky scrapers; over time Shanghai has emerged as a vibrant blend of cultures encompassing the modern, the traditional, the western and the oriental. A weekend in the Paris of the East and Shanghai you had me at hello! Get the low down on what to see in China’s most cosmopolitan city.
Is Beijing on your bucket list? Really, how can it not be….. the great political hub, the capital of the so-called ‘Motherland’ – a cultural cradle and the heart of the world’s fastest growing economy; not to mention, the centre piece of world-wide speculation and interest. On our visit, I discovered it was not unlike a bigger version of her little sister, Xi’an – Beijing’s concrete jungle is punctuated with remnants of a bygone era. Temples, tombs, walls, gates and palaces all featuring the unmistakable mark of Imperial China. Heading to the Great Wall? I’ve got you covered.