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ASIA

PHILIPPINES

BASICS

  • Language: English and Filipino
  • Currency: Philippine Pesos
  • Climate: Tropical
  • Best time to go: November-May

TOP RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Go to the beach!
  • Do some budget shopping
  • Try the local cuisine

WHAT TO EAT

  • Adobo
  • Kare-kare
  • Leche flan

BASIC FILIPINO

  • Hello: “Kumusta?”
  • Thank you: “Salamat!”
  • Yes: “Oo”
  • No: “Hindi”
  • Delicious!: “Sarap!”
Summer in Visayas, Philippines

Summer in Visayas, Philippines

Last March, we spent several weeks beach bumming from one island to another in the Visayas region of the Philippines. We started out in the northern tip of Cebu, staying for over a week in Malapascua and Bantayan Island, then moved south to Dumaguete and Siquijor....

Why I Always Love Coming Home

Why I Always Love Coming Home

My first international trip was to Japan and during the six weeks that I spent there studying as a medical student and touring the country, I can say that Japan really spoiled me. It was so different from the Philippines! People were so polite and soft-spoken. Every...

3 Days in Manila: A Travel Guide

3 Days in Manila: A Travel Guide

Note on this guide: I'm slowly moving all itineraries and travel guides to my new website, Little Holidays. You can find this guide and all future versions and updates on Little Holidays - 3 days in Manila. See you there! PS - All personal stories and awkward travel...

SOUTH KOREA

BASICS

  • Language: Korean
  • Currency: South Korean Won
  • Climate: Temperate
  • Best time to go: Spring – April to June; Fall – September to November

TOP RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Go on a road trip and visit the countryside
  • Spring and fall are gorgeous
  • Go hiking

WHAT TO EAT

  • Bulgogi
  • Samgyeopsal
  • Bibimbap

BASIC KOREAN

  • Hello: “Annyonghaseyo!”
  • Thank you: “Kamsahamnida”
  • I understand: “Araso”
  • I love you: “Sarang hae”
Busan, South Korea: Travel Guide and Itinerary

Busan, South Korea: Travel Guide and Itinerary

It’s been months since my quick trip to Busan, South Korea and I still can’t stop talking about it. While I generally have the same sentiment towards places and dogs --- I love all of them --- Busan has earned a spot in my short list of places I would love to live in....

WanderLoot: Straight from the Street Markets of Seoul

WanderLoot: Straight from the Street Markets of Seoul

I have to honestly say that South Korea surprised me. Before the opportunity came up to mix business with pleasure and travel to Seoul to attend a dermatologic surgery convention, South Korea was never on my list. I was not a fan of anything Korean --- not the...

EUROPE

AUSTRIA

BASICS

  • Language: German
  • Currency: Euro
  • Climate: Temperate
  • Best time to go: Spring – April to May; Fall – September to November

TOP RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Go to the alps or a lake town
  • Go to a Mozart concert
  • Have some coffee

WHAT TO EAT

  • Weiner schnitzel
  • Apfelstrudel
  • Wiener mélange
  • Spätzle

BASIC GERMAN

  • Hello: “Guten tag”
  • Thank you: “Danke schön”
  • Yes: “Ja”
  • No: “Nein”
  • Cheers: “Prost!”
  • Goodbye: “Auf wiedersehen”

USEFUL APPS

  • AnachB: Shows the best routes
  • The Vienna Project: Map with history and a calendar of events
Snapshots: Hallstatt, Austria

Snapshots: Hallstatt, Austria

My love affair with Hallstatt began with a snapshot on Instagram. During one of my daily Instagram trawls back in early 2014, I stumbled on a photo posted by one of those huge collaborative travel accounts. I couldn’t find the actual photo anymore but it was similar...

CZECH REPUBLIC

BASICS

  • Language: Czech
  • Currency: Czech Koruna
  • Climate: Temperate
  • Best time to go: Spring – April to May; Fall – September to November

TOP RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Go to a national park
  • Have a beer – or two
  • Spend more than a day in Prague

WHAT TO EAT

  • Pivo
  • Koleno
  • Vepřo-knedlo-zelo
  • Tatarák

BASIC CZECH

  • Hello: “Ahoj”
  • Thank you: “Děkuji!”
  • Yes: “Ano”
  • No: “Ne”
  • Cheers: “Na zdravi!”
  • Goodbye: “Na shledanou”

USEFUL APPS

  • Metro: Complete public transport data with step by step directions as you go
  • Prague Minos Guide: Offline digital guide to Prague
Love at First Sight: Cesky Krumlov

Love at First Sight: Cesky Krumlov

It started with the smell of roasted pork. As we walked down the meandering pathway from our pension to the old town using the castle tower as our compass, I stopped in my tracks as we passed by a house. The sweet smell of garlic and herbs were wafting from its...

South Moravia Travel Guide and Itinerary

South Moravia Travel Guide and Itinerary

When you say “Czech Republic,” most people think of Prague in a heartbeat. While Prague is – no doubt – an amazing destination, I think those who come to Czech Republic and spend a few days in Prague before moving on to Vienna or Budapest are missing out on what Czech...

A Little Love Story

A Little Love Story

It all began in Prague on a chilly October evening. I had just met a Czech boy a few hours before, on my first day in Europe. There we were, smiling at each other awkwardly in a dimly lit street in the Vinohrady district of Prague, waiting for Robert, the owner of the...

A Biking Trip in South Moravia, Czech Republic

A Biking Trip in South Moravia, Czech Republic

My boyfriend, Frantisek, lives in the beautiful South Moravian region of Czech Republic. The splendor of the countryside is not lost on him as he regularly goes running, biking, or hiking – whatever can burn all the yummy dumplings and pečená kachna (roast duck with...

FRANCE

BASICS

  • Language: French
  • Currency: Euro
  • Climate: Temperate
  • Best time to go: Spring – April to May; Fall – September to November

TOP RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Paris is always a good idea
  • Visit a museum
  • If possible, pre-purchase tickets to skip the lines

WHAT TO EAT

  • Pastries
  • Macarons
  • Steak tartare
  • Boeuf bourguignon

BASIC FRENCH

  • Hello: “Salut”
  • Thank you: “Merci”
  • Yes: “Oui”
  • No: “Non”
  • Please: “S’il vous plaît!”
  • Goodbye: “Au revoir”
Day Trip from Paris: Fondation Claude Monet in Giverny

Day Trip from Paris: Fondation Claude Monet in Giverny

My mother was a great admirer of Claude Monet’s works and I grew up in a house filled with prints of his gorgeous paintings. It was certainly a surreal experience when, during a holiday in Paris, we took a short day trip to Monet’s home in the lovely town of Giverny,...

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