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Top Students From 36 Countries Take on Global Goals

This year, the Enactus World Cup project presentations by top college teams include an initiative that empowers refugees to earn an income by recounting cultural narratives in cooking classes within local communities, schools and businesses, a social enterprise driven by women who repurpose industrial waste into recycled paper, and a water purification project paired with a health and ...

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A Thrillseekers Guide to Australia

Are the mundane routines of everyday life going to turn you grey early, each white hair representing another change-free year with no surprises? We all have those moments, so we’ve rounded up the best thrill seeking activities to do in the Land Down Under; Australia. Whether you prefer to be free falling towards the ground, or linger in the depths of the Pacific Ocean, there ...

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Five Reasons to Learn Japanese

Globally Renowned Companies According to the World Bank, Japan has the third largest economy in the world.  Needless to say, this is largely due to the thrivi ...

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Scintillating Singapore

Singapore, a former British trading colony in the 19th century, is located in Southeast Asia. If tourists want to experience the tropical weather and the medley of cultures on display, Singapore is definitely the ...

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Working and Volunteering in India

With some very serious poverty, India is full of places to help; from orphanages and street slums to environmental support that its stunning wildlife needs.  Wherever takes your fancy in India, you’ll get a chance to do something substantial in terms of the development of the area, as well ...

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A Student Guide to Peru

Peru is starting to gain more attention in the world of tourism as a popular alternative to more expensive trips to South American countries such as Brazil and Argentina. Prized with a plethora of attractive places to visit and a cultural heritage that pre-dates the birth of Christ, Peru has excitement to off ...

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An Introduction to Moshi

Moshi is the gateway to Mount Kilimanjaro, and a gathering place for backpackers preparing to attempt the climb.  The tourism that Kilimanjaro draws in means that Moshi is one of the wealthiest and cleanest cities in Tanzania, and a relaxing place to chill out with other travellers.  Here ar ...

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A Thailand Adventure

There are so many reasons to travel in Thailand like to taste the undeniably fantastic cuisine, relax on beautiful beaches and see wildlife to name a few but the main reasons are most likely, to experience a different culture like no other and gain insight into other interesting lifestyles.  Most travellers say the best way to fulfil your Thailand experience is to ‘G ...

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Explore the finest golf courses in Australia

The opportunity to explore the finest golf courses in Australia is worth more than money for a lot of the people. One of the ways exploring those gold courses is a prize that people can earn at various online gaming sites. For some people, the best prizes are the ones that come wi ...

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Why Volunteer in Asia and Australasia?

Boasting the biggest populace of any area on the planet (with 60% accounting for Asia alone), Asia and Australasia offer countless opportunities for prospective volunteers.  A world of exotic destinations, vibrant cultures and unique peoples, the continents offer a variety of roles to suit all person ...

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A Taste of Japan

A land filled of contrast between the ancient and the modern, a trip to this fascinating country will enchant you with its neon lights twinkling in the foreground of rugged mountains and their values of deep tradition prevailing amongst cities of constant rapid flux.  Holding many titles under its ad ...

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An Introduction to Culinary & Cultural China

What is China without its food, dragon dancing and pandas?  Sure, you can experience all this in England but for traditional Chinese food and to see the pandas in their natural habitat, you need to be in this astounding, beautiful country.  ...

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Teaching English As A Foreign Language

TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) in China is a fantastic opportunity not to be missed.  Imagine walking into a classroom of well-behaved students all looking up to you ready to learn.  As a teacher, you’ll be passing your English language skills to a class of friendly and determined students; knowing that what you’re doing will boost y ...

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Planning Your Australian Adventure

Of course, the best option when it comes to travelling to Australia is by airplane, depending on the country you’re departing from.  Take for example; it takes at least a whole entire day just to get to Australia from Britain.  ...

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Life as a Foreign Student in China

As Mandarin Chinese is gaining more importance than ever in the world, more people are looking to learn the language to remain competitive in the job market. An increasing number of state and independent schools in the UK and worldwide have included Mandarin Chinese in their curriculum, yet the best place to learn is still in China. Not only will you be able to practice your Mandarin C ...

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Natural Splendour

Cascades D’Ouzoud If majestic waterfalls are your thing, then head to the Cascades D’Ouzoud just a few hours from the Imperial city of Marrakesh.  These picture perfect falls are found in the Middle Atlas Mountains and the water crashes down 100 metres against a lush green backdrop.  Bring your ca ...

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Moki Schwartz Tours

To learn more about Jerusalem’s storied history, explore a specific part of the city’s heritage, or discover the beauty of Israel, book a private tour with Moki Schwartz.  As an expert in history, archaeology and religion there is no one better to introduce you to the country, but it is Moki’s personality that makes his tours so interesting and me ...

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Reasons to Learn Thai

Studying in Thailand Thai is – predictably – spoken in classrooms across Thailand.  For learning purposes, it would be necessary to learn the language in order to attend the classes there.  But it is also essential to learn Thai in order to be able to apply for a citizenship, which will consist of ...

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Your Complete Kolkata City Guide

Kolkata is a shopping paradise.  The modern new malls that are springing up sit side by side with traditional markets, and the city caters for every shopper.  The Gariahat Market, created to imitate a traditional Indian bazaar, offers an eclectic mix of goods and foods while the Flower Market sells flowers from all over India and almost overloads the senses with colou ...

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Your Complete Jaipur City Guide

Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and is filled with enough history to earn it a place on India’s most popular tourist trail, known as the Golden Triangle.  While Delhi is known for its colonial history and Agra for its Mughal relics, Jaipur tells a different story.  The Rajput kings lost their independence to the Mughals, and won it back by allying with th ...

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Guilin’s Traditional Culture

Once you’ve gained the tenacity to put yourself out there, Guilin is home to almost five million people that are ready and willing to help you practise.  Very few people in the city speak anything other than Chinese, which means you can wholly immerse yourself into the culture and have no choice but to use your new language.  Guilin is celebrated as one of C ...

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Discover Tokyo

The world’s most populous metropolis, Tokyo, is on many travellers bucket lists and for good reason.  At the turn of every corner visitors will find something weird and wonderful, whether it is a sensational architectural marvel, quirky museum or a snatched glimpse of Mount Fuji.  Tokyo is truly a city that never sleeps and walking through its electrifying s ...

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Discover Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s flat and limited landscape has meant the city has had to instead extend upwards, earning it the title of the world’s most vertical city. Situated on the southern coast of China, Hong Kong is a city that simultaneously boasts Eastern and Western influences, whilst retaining its own identity.  Disneyla ...

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Grasping the Complexities of the Chinese Language

For many, when they arrive in China for the first time, the complexities of the language and its many regional dialects prove a steep learning curve.  But, given time, those who want to learn Mandarin (Guānhuà) will find adopting their local variations a lot easier than first imagined.  The idea that China has regional dialects, as say the UK does, is some ...

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Trekking Essentials

There is no greater satisfaction than trekking across Nepal’s vast ancient mountain chains.  A mountain trek is intensely rewarding, both spiritually and physically.  The views are spectacular, from colossal peaks with expansive vantage points, to hidden valleys and buried grottos.  After an intense trek, sitting around an old fashioned wood stove w ...

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Accommodation in Kathmandu

For years, budget travellers in Nepal had to be content with incredibly basic and rather soulless accommodation that simply didn’t fit with the vibrant and exciting atmosphere of the rest of Kathmandu.  Thankfully, the hostel revolution is slowly reaching every corner of the world, and over the last few years the city has seen a growth in cool and interesting accommo ...

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Tracking the Elusive Yeti

Over 6’ tall, heavily muscled and covered with thick, coarse, brown hair.  No, we aren’t talking about the editor; this is the description of the Yeti according to the local Sherpas.  Many will laugh and smile if you mention him; others will tell you scary ghost stories with a playful glint in their eyes; a select few will fall deathly silent & ...

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Kathmandu for History and Culture

Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, rests a massive 4,600 feet above sea level between four ancient mountains in the Kathmandu Valley.  Its elevated geography is often claimed to be a reflection of its enlightening Buddhist philosophy, and it is filled with ancient traditions for backpackers to immerse themselves in.  Here, 2,000 year old inscriptions ornament stone wall ...

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A Backpackers Guide to Nepal

Nepal is a land of spiritual intrigue, where secret stone temples are dashed across vast, misty mountains ranges – the tallest in the world.  The ancient mantra, om mani padme hum, carved with diligence on rock walls throughout Nepal, speaks of generosity, patience and wisdom – traits that travellers will encounter often as they wander this beautiful countr ...

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Malaysia’s Most Impressive National Park

Visitors to Malaysia are spoilt with choice when it comes to National Parks, but Gunung Mulu National Park is arguably the most impressive.  Home to a 40 million year old catacomb of caves and limestone karst formations which protrude from the ground like ancient stone fingers, the Gunung Mulu National Park is truly a natural marvel. Located near Miri in ...

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Most Beautiful Temples in Malaysia

Malaysia is home to some of the world’s grandest Hindu temples; colourful, ornate and forever embedded in the country’s history.  These temples are places of intense colour, where aromatic incenses and rhythmic prayer enrich the air.  Temples both rustic and urban are the thriving heart of Malaysian communities, where devout locals and adventuring ...

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Backpacking across Malaysia

Malaysia has much to offer travellers, from urban jungles to ancient rainforests, white sand beaches to rustic mountain villages.  It has a unique cultural diversity – a mixture of Malay, Chinese, Indian and British colonial influences – and some of the world’s best street food to match.  Most of all, what Malaysia offers is adventure; wh ...

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Asias Lesser Known Culinary Cities

Asia is blessed with some of the tastiest and most distinctive foods in the world, and heading there yourself is the perfect way to sample it first hand.  Although the best food can often be found in traditional villages where regional favourite have been cooked the same way for generations and prepared with fresh ingredients, for more exotic and more exciting fare, or simply ...

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Island Hopping in the Philippines

The Philippines is a vast and exotic chain of over 7,000 islands, and for this reason is best experienced on an island hopping adventure.  Not only do these islands boast pristine stretches of golden sand, colossal mountains, dense exotic jungles, vibrant street carnivals and intriguing museums, but each has its own personality, and with it, a unique culture and history. ...

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Two Sea Tour

A day on Two Sea Tour’s “big boat” is filled with fun and different activities, making it the perfect way to discover the resplendent beauty of Phang Nga Bay.  Canoeing, sightseeing, swimming, relaxing, on-board entertainment, they have it all at Two Sea Tour.  Surrounded by Phuket Island in the South, Phang Nga province in the North and ...

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Malaysian Cuisine

Malaysian cuisine, like its population, is multi ethnic, with roots in Malay, Chinese, Indian and Thai dishes.  It owes its variety to its intricate and often turbulent history, which has seen it become part of many European and South Asian empires during the last 2,000 years.   Malaysian dishes are typically a medley of r ...

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An Introduction to Malaysian Borneo

Malaysian Borneo sits on the opposite side of the South China Sea from the mainland of the country.   It is divided into Sarawak and Sabah, and like mainland Malaysia, these states boast incredible social diversity.  However, while mainland Malaysia is still somewhat untamed in comparison to its neighbour Thailand, Borneo is truly wild.  It boasts lu ...

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Island Essentials Bali

The island of the Gods, Bali is devoted to spirituality, with colourful Hindu ceremonies, purple sunsets, tranquil shores and foreboding stone dragons, covered with moss, but ever vigilant. Despite their extrovert festivals, Balinese people are actually very passive and friendly to international guests. Kutti is Bali’s most popular tourist hotspot, with ...

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Exploring Hong Kong’s Colonial History

Hong Kong’s colonial past began with the First Opium War (1839-1842), when an aggressively expanding British Empire came into conflict with Chinese officials over trading policies.  The city was ceded to the British at the end of the war when The Treaty of Nanking opened five Chinese ports allowing ‘favoured countries’ free trade.  Hong K ...

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Gunung Mulu National Park ‏

Home to a 40 million year old catacomb of caves and limestone karst formations which protrude from the ground like ancient stone fingers, the Gunung Mulu National Park is truly a natural marvel. Located near Miri on the Malaysian island of Borneo, the park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must for those seeking adventure and affinity with nature.  T ...

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Beyond Everest

Climbing Everest, or even just plodding around at the base of it, earns backpackers certain bragging rights.  Despite this, it isn’t the best trek in the Himalayas.  In fact, it doesn’t even come close.  The scenery is certainly stunning, and you get the experience of travelling in the historic footsteps of Edmund Hillary and other famous ...

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Showcasing Over 2000 Years Of Sri Lanka

The sacred city of Anuradhapura was formed around a cutting from the Buddhist “tree of enlightenment”, brought to the land in the 3rd Century B.C. But after being swallowed by an encroaching jungle the city was lost to the wilderness where it continued to flourish for over 1,000 years. The tree cutting that this wonderful city originated from ...

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Living The Natural Way

Inspiration Be inspired by the magical beaches, spirit of village life, and the surfers and artists who call this place home.  Transformation Let the inspiration of nature, adventure, art and yoga transform you, into a spirit living life to its highest potential.  Oneness ...

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Explore Paradise With Bjoka Tours

Bhutan, also known as Druk Yul or ‘The Land of the Thunder Dragon’, is among the world’s most exotic tourist destinations thanks to its pristine environment and its unique traditions and culture. Bjoka Tour is passionate about helping travellers from around the world to explore this beautiful and mysterious slice of paradise. They orga ...

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Exploring Thimphu

The Kingdom of Bhutan’s capital and largest city, Thimphu is an up and coming destination that sits somewhere between the past and modern day. While the bustling city is one of the busiest places in the region – with an abundance of restaurants, nightclubs and attractions – it also retains its cultural identity as it continues to play catch up with the res ...

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A Nautical Adventure

Experience the fun of adventure on a Cape Byron Kayaks guided tour. Feel the exhilaration as you paddle your kayak with the dolphins, turtles and whales that frequent the enticing waters of Byron Bay. Whether you are a novice or an experienced kayaker your adventure will include paddling the magnificent protected bay, surfing the waves, getting up close to the abundant marine life and ...

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Essential Trekking Advice

The trekking routes in Nepal contain some of the most challenging and enchanting trails in the world. The sometimes strenuous routes are completely justifiable once you venture into the unexplored world of glistening snowy peaks in the winter at Everest Base Camp, or savour the sight of a dense sea of greenery and beautiful wildlife in the spring of the Annapurna range. Whatever the ca ...

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Hutong School

Hutong School offers unique and exciting programs abroad in China. Whether it is the Intensive Chinese Program, Internship Program or Volunteer Program, you choose, you will gain an invaluable learning experience that you will remember for years to come. Intensive Chinese Program ...

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Top Five Reasons To Visit Asia And Australasia

With so many amazing places to visit deciding where to go on a gap year can be a real struggle.  Most of us have a bucket list as long as our arm, and trying to narrow down the options often just brings more amazing sites to your attention.  However Asia and Australasia have so much to offer and such a huge variety of places to visit and things to do that it is no won ...

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Maldives Secret Paradise

Welcome to Paradise Your Maldivian adventure starts here.  Secret Paradise is an inbound travel and tour operator committed to providing unrivalled Maldives holiday options; based in Hulhuamle (just 15 minutes by speedboat from Male) and providing enthralling an ...

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Sydney: Brash, Bold & Instantly Recognisable

Brash, bold and instantly recognisable, it’s impossible not to fall in love with Sydney.  Subtlety may not be its strong point but it has a thrilling, multicultural, city atmosphere, and the palpable excitement of a city that always has something new and interesting going on is highly contagious.  Home to the famous Sydney Tower, Royal Botanical Gardens and ...

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Discover the Natural Beauty of Himachal Pradesh

If you are travelling to India for the very first time then prepare for a major culture shock.  Ranked the seventh largest country in the world with a population over a billion, it’s a big and busy place that can be overwhelming.  It takes a brave man or woman to attempt to keep up to the bustling lifestyle of the big cities in India.  One glimpse a ...

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The Art of Chinese Seal Carving

What is a carved seal and why were they used? Seal carving (篆刻 zhuànkè) is a traditional Chinese art that combines calligraphy with carving.  Traditionally, carved seals were used personally by Chinese emperors, nobles and officials to authenticate important documents.  After time, ...

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From South Bank to Australia Zoo: Introducing Brisbane

Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and the third largest city in Australia, but despite its size Brisbane manages to maintain a relaxed, friendly atmosphere that is easily lost in other large cities.  Maybe it’s the nearby beaches, the wide meandering river and lush parks, or the stunning wilderness just a stone’s throw from the city; whatever it is Bris ...

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Exploring Shanghai

Situated on the Yangtze River, China’s largest city blends the modern and the traditional right before your eyes in a way that makes for a memorable Asian experience.   For centuries a major administrative, shipping, and trading town, Shanghai grew in importance in the 19th Century due to European recognition of its port location and economic potent ...

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Introducing Suva

To see what happens when the western world meets Fiji, Suva is the place to go.  Suva, the capital of Fiji since 1882, is a convoluted mixture of modern structures and traditional Fijian values; you can enjoy all of your day to day amenities alongside a rich and unique culture with a long history and ancient traditions.  As the capital city of Fiji, not all of Suva&am ...

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Kuala Lumpur: Five Of The Best

The capital of Malaysia has grown from a small Chinese fishing town into an electrifying metropolis consisting of 6.5 million people in a period spanning only 150 years.  The excitingly diverse city of Kuala Lumpur gives travellers the chance to live big on a budget.  The city is home to some of the cheapest shopping, cheapest five-star hotels and some of the best nat ...

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Full Moon Parties at Koh Phangan

Backpackers travelling through Thailand have plenty to include on their itinerary: historical and cultural sites to see, eclectic cuisine to discover, natural beauty and jungle regions to trek, but number one on the list has to be the infamous Full Moon Party.  Based along the crescent-shaped beach of Haad Rin Nok in Koh Phangen, the world-renown dance festival attracts anywhe ...

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Introducing Perth

Perth is the capital city of Western Australia, but it often gets passed over by travellers in favour of Australia’s east coast.  Perth’s problem is its isolation – it is a five hour flight from the more popular cities of Sydney and Brisbane – but this is also one of its greatest attractions; Perth has its own distinct and completely uni ...

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Top Tokyo Neighbourhoods

Rather than think of Tokyo as one colossal urban jungle, it’s much easier to break it down into neighbourhoods.  Much like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, everything connects and fits in place.  The sheer size of the capital is such that public transport links are vital to get from one end to another.     Uptown tends ...

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The Lowdown on Visa & Immigration in China

Student Visas Student Visa is divided into X1 and X2.  X1 is issued to aliens who come to China for study, advanced studies, or fieldwork for more than 6 months.  X2 is issued to aliens who come to China with same purpose but for a period of less than 6 months. The organisation must be ac ...

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A Brief History of Hong Kong

Situated on the southeast coast of China, Hong Kong’s strategic location on the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea makes it one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities.  From humble beginnings as a fishing village and trading ground, it evolved over the centuries to become a military port of strategic importance and eventually an international financial ...

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Volunteering in Nepal

Experience Nepal while helping to improve lives For a heartfelt, profound and life-changing experience Nepal offers a variety of different volunteer placements all with a focus on truly making a difference. Volunteers in Nepal can experience roles in teaching, care, medicine, conservation and physiotherapy all of which include a strong emphas ...

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The Talent Behind The Taj Mahal

The Taj Mahal does not disappoint.  It is beautiful. The curves of the dome, the snow white of the marble, the glitter of the inlaid stones, the rippled reflection in the lake, the birds that soar in the bluest of sky, the sunrise silhouette in the dawn light – all of it, every inch, whispers of the love story for which it stands.  I am not sure what to thin ...

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Your Guide to South Asia

As one of the most densely populated regions of the world, South Asia packs a lot of culture into a relatively small subcontinent.  Home to some 1.7 billion people, three of the world’s major religions – Hinduism, Sikhism and Buddhism – originated in this part of the world, and the region has been hugely influenced due to past colonisation by Euro ...

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The Lowdown on Visa & Immigration in Singapore

Student Visas Everyone who wants to study in Singapore is required to apply for a Student's Pass if he/she has been accepted by an educational institution to pursue full-time studies, unless he/she is a: Dependent’s Pass holder studyi ...

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Become a Scuba Diver in Thailand

If you are in search of an idyllic island lifestyle, with crystal clear waters and stretches of unspoiled white sand, then there are few better places to head in Southeast Asia than the Thai islands.  The beer is cheap and even in the rainy season you can expect the sun to make an appearance but, unfortunately, no matter how little you spend, the money won’t last for ...

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A Gap Travel Experience: Australia

From a desk in drizzly England, Rachel Jones flicked through her friends photo’s showcasing her 9 months away travelling the globe.  Becoming overwhelmed with insane jealousy, Rachel immediately swanned off to Australia to make her own envy evoking pictures and memories.  One year later she has returned to the UK to share her experience with iStudy. ...

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Asia - Inspirational Trips for Religion and Spirituality

The western world is notorious for fast-paced, hectic lifestyles, in amidst bustling, eclectic cities that operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  It is easy to see the appeal of having every amenity constantly available but when the city doesn’t sleep, neither do the inhabitants.  This means that entire communities are completing high-pressure work days ...

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A Land Of Spirituality

India is the birthplace of four of the world’s major religions and an unwavering sense of faith dominates Indian day to day life.  Whether you’re travelling on a religious pilgrimage, want to explore your heritage or simply wish to bask in the glory of beautiful architecture or breathtaking landscapes, there is no better place on Earth to undertake a journe ...

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STUDYING IN JAPAN

It would seem that nowadays Japan is more famous for anime cartoons and their science fiction dinosaur Godzilla but when it comes to education, the country has educated some of the finest Nobel Prize winners.  Better yet, their growing economic and cultural expansion makes it the perfect time to study here. Studying part time (one year or less) at a Japa ...

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Set Sail for Sri Lanka

A tear drop pearl in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is a tropical paradise filled with beauty, unspoilt nature and an ancient history dating back over 2,500 years.  Combining a sense of serenity and peace with thrill and adventure, this island will allure you with its mystical charm and release you with a lifetime of memories.     ...

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Journey with Himalayan Quests

With its ancient culture and the Himalayas as a backdrop, Nepal has long been the destination of choice for travellers in search of adventure. Land locked between the high plateaus of Tibet to the north and the hot, fertile plains of India to the south, Nepal is a land of ancient history, colourful cultures and people, amazing architecture and stunning scenery. N ...

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Exploring Himalayan Frontiers

Combining mountain scenery with exquisite valley backdrops makes the Himalayas one of the most fascinating trekking adventures in the world.  On top of providing some of the most picturesque landscapes known to man, it also plays host to some incredible displays of traditional culture and of course we cannot forget that it is home to some of the planet’s highest peak ...

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Biggest Events in Australia and Oceania

Australia and Oceania continue to foster a burdening reputation as a place where culture flourishes with a whole host of eclectic events and festivals. It is a testament to the vibrancy of the countries which make up this part of the world such is the diversity and excitement to be had with some of the most exciting events in the world. ...

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Inspirational Trips for Arts Students

Get Inspired In Asia   Although many countries in the Asian regions have suffered years of tight reign on creative expression, they are now gradually becoming contenders in the ever-changing global art scene.  With beauty dusted over every landscape and stories of noble pasts written into the g ...

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The Backpacker Route

The Backpacker Route   Whether you’re jetting off to Australia on a solo voyage or intending to elope with a travel buddy, having a trustworthy route already mapped out can be a huge godsend.  Most backpackers follow a similar path around Australia hitting the same destinations, tours ...

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Malaysia Volunteering Projects

Malaysia boasts some of the finest climate in the world; with a huge amount of wildlife, both in and out of the waters, you’ll find plenty of volunteering opportunities with its many furry inhabitants, as well as the possibility to help out with environmental conservation and assist in the running of centres for the under-privileged.  Malaysia has incredible options ...

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Chinese Festivals

Take a look at our guide to some China's best festivals and events:   Chinese New Year Chinese New Year is the most celebrated festival in the whole of the Chinese calendar.  The event commemorates the start of all new life and is also known as the Spring Festival ...

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An MMA Thailand Adventure

If you have ever flicked through the sports channels and seen two athletic beasts fighting it out in a cage and been wanting to find out more than take a look at this guide and see why Mixed Martial Arts is on the up and look why Thailand is THE best place to go to experience authentic martial arts.   MMA in Thailand& ...

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China - History & Culture

As the most populous country in the world, and the second largest by land area, the People’s Republic of China has developed a fascinating and diverse cultural history that stretches back centuries.  Modern China is a Communist nation which has a booming economy and growing international influence.  In the past, ...

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The Long Way Home after Australia

Whether you’ve been on a yearlong working holiday visa, or the short but sweet tourist visa, it’s never fun to board the plane back home. So we’ve rounded up the best places to keep the traveller’s dream going after Australia and to make the journey home an adventure in itself. ...

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Thailand Film Tour

If you love movies and have always wanted to go to Beverly Hills to see where all your favourite films were made then think again. Hollywood’s many studios just cannot recreate Thailand’s natural, diverse and endlessly cinematic scenery; as a result the country has hosted reels of legendary films and is THE place to go ...

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Catching the Best Waves in Australia

Surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans, Australia offers the best and biggest surf on Earth; making it the perfect place to get your board shorts and bikinis’s out and try your hand at catching a prolific wave! Whether you’re a serious pro who lives, breathes and eats ocean life, or a timid beginner who normally associates the beach with sunbathing, Australia h ...

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The Secret Islands of Polynesia & Oceania

When life gets too stressful and we crave the ability to stop time, dreams of escaping to a deserted island become our only route to peace and solace. However, what seems like illusory images of remote jungle set against a coastline of pure white sand are only too real in the uninhabited atolls scatted like pearls in the Polynesia and Oceanic realms.   & ...

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Asia & Australasia Overview

There are just so many countries to visit in Asia it would be difficult to pick out just a few.  But the few named will be worth the visit as they will cater to everybody’s needs.   Culture and Heritage   Asia is brimming with his ...

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Fantastic Philippines

As an archipelago in Southeast Asia, the Philippines is a unique country.  It is made up of no less than seven thousand islands that lie between Philippine Sea and the South East China Sea.  Weather is very tropical in general but between March and May the heat can be scorching. Strong typhoons can occur in October, so packing Hawaiian shirts and flip-flops isn&rs ...

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The Land of Genghis Khan

Mongolia is a distinct nation because of its rich history and still fairly common nomadic lifestyle.  The travel season really begins during May and hits its peak season around July, with August being ideal for weather conditions. For those tourists with an interest in history you may want to see the capital Ulaanbaatar.  It is adorned with artefacts and muse ...

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Vivacious Vietnam

Vietnam is situated in Southeast Asia and neighbours countries such as China, Laos and Cambodia.  From October to April the northern region of Vietnam is hit with a monsoon period.  Outside of this timeframe the north has lukewarm weather, often cloudy with bouts of drizzle.  The south too experiences the monsoon between September and January, but for the res ...

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Perth - The Gem of Western Australia

Perth is the capital of Western Australia and a very cosmopolitan city.  Founded by Captain James Stirling in 1829, it did not gain city status until 1856.  Perth generally receives moderate rainfall but winters are relatively cool.  Summers last from December until March and can be scorching but not devoid of rainfall.  &n ...

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Australia - Small Towns & Villages

Big cities always prove to be a hit with tourists and are the most commonly visited places however there’s so many hidden gems in the form of small Australian towns and villages with their own character and attractions that are also worth discovering.    Port Douglas (pictured) is a one-street fishing village, st ...

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Australia - Nearby Islands

There are a whopping 8,222 islands in and around the borders of Australia.  The largest of these are Tasmania, Kangaroo Island, Melville Island, Groote Eyalndt, Bathurst Island, Fraser Island, Flinders Island, King Island and Mornington Island.  Now of course, you won’t be able to visit all those islands so we’ve narrowed it down to a handful that ...

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The Neighbours Tour

Australia is synonymously known for Neighbours – the iconic television show that first introduced Kylie Minogue to our TV screens and helped launched her singing career.  Neighbours is Australia’s longest running television soap opera which has been aired in more than fifty countries worldwide since 1985 – it proved very popular in the UK and was ...

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The Great Outback

The Australian Outback is a large area of remote and wild land which covers three quarters of the continent with dry deserts, dramatic rock formations, sand dunes, gorges, plants and varied native Australian animals.  The true essence of Aboriginal culture and heritage can be experienced at its best here in the Outback and it proves to be an escape f ...

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Introducing Australia

Australia always seems to be the most popular country gap-year travellers flock to, and we can see why.  There are so many different places to explore, from urban cities to rocky deserts and sandy beaches to picturesque parks.  Each area has its own unique charm and appeal and one thing is for sure, there is something for everyone in Australia.  It’ ...

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Tantalising Tokyo

You shouldn’t deny the country that gave us Pokémon and Godzilla, a visit.  Unique and innovative, the capital of Japan, Tokyo is inviting and entertaining, to say the least.    Shopping in Tokyo is great, you can find all the replica Ray-bans and designer bags you wish and get inspired by all ...

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Australia Visa Changes

So you want to work in Australia?  Well frankly, why wouldn’t you?  Sun, sea and surf – the main attractions that make this country an appealing place to live and work.  But before you book your flight and pack your suitcase you need to ensure you have the right visa to work there.    < ...

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Marvellous Malaysia

A colourful and vitalising country, Malaysia entertains and electrifies every tourist that flocks here.  For a fun-filled and packed holiday, Malaysia doesn’t disappoint.    Join the ‘Red Ape’ trail (pictured) in the city of Kuching for an adventurous trek through the enchanting rainf ...

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The Trans-Siberian Express

The Trans-Siberian Railway is the most epic train journey you will ever make.  It is a great way to capture the beauty of Russia and take in all the wonderful sights and attractions from the comfort of your seat.    The railway runs from St Petersburg, through the Russian capital of Moscow onto Vladivostok, near t ...

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Tour the set of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings in New Zealand

With the release of ‘The Hobbit’ this Christmas, tours to visit the real ‘Middle Earth’ are becoming hot property.  Visiting the picturesque New Zealand village where the ‘The Lord of the Rings’ shire movie set sits, is easier than you think, with plenty of tours to choose from.  &n ...

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James Bond Tour of Thailand

Sometimes it’s simply not enough to just watch 007 dipping his feet in crystal clear waters and sipping on Martinis, you want to be there too.  Now you can.  After ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’ and ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ featured scenes filmed in and around Thailand, tourists de ...

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Celebrate the Mooncake Festival

  The Mid-Autumn festival, also known as the Moon or Mooncake festival, is a significant celebration in the Chinese calendar but also celebrated by the Vietnamese and Taiwanese and deemed as the equivalent of celebrating Christmas in Western culture.    The festival, held on the 15 ...

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Surfing Holiday in Australia

  In Australia surfing is not just a sport, it’s a way of life.  This passion combined with a sporty and fun atmosphere is second to none so it’s no wonder Australia is home to the greatest waves on the earth and surfers from all over the world take to them.  Challenge yourself whilst having the opportunity to meet n ...

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Cycling in India

  India is a magical journey of adventure, beauty and mystery; it’s a land that knows no limits on lifestyle. Cycling tours through India are a fantastic way to experience the real India because it’s a unique opportunity to see everything, get involved with the vast and diverse culture they have and maybe even learn a thing or two.< ...

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Cheap & Cheerful: A Thailand Adventure

  There are so many reasons to travel in Thailand like to taste the undeniably fantastic cuisine, relax on beautiful beaches and see wildlife to name a few but the main reasons are most likely, to experience a different culture like no other and gain insight into other interesting lifestyles.  Most travellers say the best way to fulfil your Thai ...

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