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9 foods to try in China that you (probably) won’t find at your local takeaway

By now we all know the mantra that, when you’re travelling, you should do all you can to eat “local”. It’s not only cheaper and easier to source (after all Thai food in Thailand is just…food), it’s almost always of a far superior quality that knock-offs of already substandard fast food chains.

But while this may be easy in some countries (basically the whole of South East Asia is a foodie’s dream), China and its multitude of cuisines is a challenging prospect. We asked some long-term china residents to give us the low-down on dishes they will miss when they head back to the UK. Hold on to your chopsticks…

Chinese street BBQ

Image courtesy of Thomas sauzedde on Flickr

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4 Alternative Indian Destinations

If you’re interested in India you’ve probably been there. Looking through the list of flights to Delhi and Mumbai, maybe the odd Goa or Cochin in there for you lovers of lazy backwater days, and up pop some unfamiliar names.

These flights are often cheaper than those to the bigger hubs and we all love a good deal – we’re travelling to India after all. So are they worth a visit? We decided to investigate and found more diversity, history and natural wonders than we’d bargained for….

 The beach at Chennai

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Cave Cruising, River Crossings and Cheeky Monkeys – On the Road in Southern Laos

Today’s blog comes from Rick who recently returned from a trip to Laos with Stray Asia – a hop-on hop-off bus which is one of the only ways to travel through the remote region.

When most people think of Laos, they think of Luang Prabang, the old French colonial capital, Vientiane, the current capital, and Vang Vieng, the party capital. When my partner and I set out to travel Southeast Asia we wanted to venture into the south of Laos, to really experience a relatively untouched part of the world. We certainly got our wish…

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17 Adventure Tours Under £800

It’s a well worn myth that you need to empty your purse into a black hole in order to really see the world. Yes, if you want to spend 10 months flying to 12 countries it is going to cost a bit (though not quite as much as you might think), but you’d be genuinely surprised how much you can see of the world in less than 2 weeks on a budget.

It’s important to remember that the prices below don’t include international flights so you will need to budget for those as well as some meals and optional activities. But with transport, accommodation & loads of other inclusions, these adventures represent a big chunk of your trip budget. They’re also all small group experiences (most with an average of 14 people) so you can really get off the beaten track and into areas it’s very hard to reach solo.

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Travel Resolutions for 2015

It’s that time of year again. You dust off your old habits, take a good look at your life and decide…you know what? I’m pretty damn awesome. But I could probably change the odd thing. Just the odd one mind you, otherwise it might affect the awesome.

With that in mind we’ve got some travel resolutions that will help make your journeys in 2015 a little more interesting and, more importantly, they’re easier to stick to than the “New Nordic” diet. Trust us.

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