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  • 5 reasons to backpack in Southeast Asia



    If that old and worn out travel cliche, the country/city/place of contradictions is to apply to anything in the world, that place must surely be Southeast Asia. Even among the many wonders of the vast and varied Asian continent, Southeast Asia stands out as one of the most colorful, rich and poor, modern and traditional and simply vibrant parts of the Earth.

    If you are an outsider, Southeast Asia is never quite what you’ve expected, and it will likely keep surprising you each time you return. For a backpacker, Southeast Asia is the stuff travel dreams are made of, but deciding to invest a lot of time, energy and travel funds into a tour of this region is not a decision that should be taken lightly. If you need a nudge, here are 5 reasons to backpack in Southeast Asia.

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  • Travel destinations with remarkable cuisine



    You’d have to have a pretty conservative and obstinate stomach in order to be able to travel without indulging in the offer of local dishes and delicacies. Food and food preparation is a huge part of most cultures, and sticking only to dishes that are ‘international’ or familiar to the palate would mean that you are missing out on an essential part of the travel experiences.

    And while most travelers are happy to enjoy the local fare as a bonus to seeing amazing new places, there are more than enough travel destinations that are worth visiting based on their cuisine alone. And if you’re worried that you won’t have much to do except to stuff yourself in these destinations, don’t worry, they all have more than their fare share of sights as well. Here are a few travel destinations with remarkable cuisine that is reason enough to visit them.

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  • Montenegro, a backpacker’s paradise

    Montenegro, photo by BBM Explorer

    Montenegro is another one of those Balkan countries that few people get to hear about nowadays. Maybe it’s not surprising that Montenegro dropped off the tourist map following the Yugoslavian War, but luckily it has started to edge its way back into tourist guides and recommendations.

    Montenegro is the kind of place that binds you with it spell, and compels you to visit it again and again, and it’s not difficult to see where its charm lies. Montenegro has a good chunk of that lovely Adriatic coastline that made Croatia such a hit with tourists, and it also has mountains, old monasteries, deep woods and countless historical attractions. And the best part is that you will not have to squander your life savings to be allowed to see the beauties of this Balkan country: welcome to Montenegro, a backpacker’s paradise.

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  • The most expensive dishes in the world and where to eat them

    photo by the evil monkey on Flickr

    Maybe you’ve won the lottery and you consider investing much of your prize into gourmet food, or maybe you’re just considering wandering around the planet and spending your life savings on outrageously expensive dishes out of curiosity. Or perhaps you are just interested in what the rich and famous spend their lunch money on while you are sampling affordable street food in some foodie paradise.

    In any case, when it comes to food no expenses are spared in some restaurants in the world, and while few people can testify about the quality of these pricey dishes, they are definitely made to be enjoyed. Here are some of the most expensive dishes in the world, and where to eat them.

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  • A backpacker’s guide to Vietnam

    Street in Hanoi, photo by Jrwooley6 on Flickr

    Vietnam definitely hasn’t had it easy over the centuries, but it weathered colonialism and terrible wars and came out with its optimism and joy of life intact. Vietnam is vividly colorful, endowed with great natural beauty and a fascinating and rich culture that attract millions of visitors every year.

    There’s a fair number of world-class resorts in Vietnam, but as luxurious as these are, they are no different than any other resorts in Asia. In order to experience the heart of Vietnamese life and culture, you have to get out into the street and live like ordinary people, and you won’t regret a single second of it!

    Travelers on a tight budget make the most of Vietnamese cuisine, attractions and nightlife, so here’s a backpacker’s guide to Vietnam for those who capture the essence of this amazing country.

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  • The backpacker’s guide to Denmark



    Like all other countries with a high standard of living, Denmark is not the most affordable travel destination you could find, especially if you are a backpacker constantly strapped for money. But what can you do when the pull of Denmark’s many attraction becomes too strong?

    You visit it on a budget. Backpacking in Denmark is not impossible, and with some careful planning you won’t have to miss out on any of the best parts of the country.

    Backpacking through Denmark will bring you closer to the country’s rich cultural heritage, its effortlessly cools towns and cities and its natural assets. Here’s a backpacker’s guide to Denmark that will help you plan your trip this modern former homeland of vikings.

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  • A guide to Philippine cuisine

    photo by George Parrilla on Flickr

    The Philippines is a bewildering place which for many travelers is still a mystery, a large blank chunk on the map. The second largest archipelago in the world contains no less than 7000 islands, and to visit all of them could be a lifetime’s endeavor.

    There’s a whole lot of Philippines to see, which is all the more reason to see it, or taste it – after all, one of the ways to get to know a country is through its cuisine. Philippine cuisine is one of the least spicy cuisines in Asia, but it is far from bland!

    The most common meals in the Philippines have their roots in various Asian, European and indigenous recipes and styles of cooking, which makes them truly unique. For the hungry traveler in the Philippines, here’s a guide to Philippine cuisine.

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  • 5 delights of Turkish cuisine

    ??kembe, photo by Tannazie on Flickr

    Turkey is located at the crossroads of the East and the West, and it has one of the riches and most interesting histories in the world, one dotted with victories, defeats, battles and legendary figures.

    For the history buff, Turkey is a treasure trove of fascinating places and age-old  monuments, but the weary traveler who wants nothing more than unwind will also find a haven of sun, beaches and lovely scenery in this country.

    However, those who will probably have the most fun in Turkey are foodies – the maddening mix of Eastern spices, Ottoman delicacies and Balkan dishes make Turkish cuisine one of the best in the world. Here are 5 delights of Turkish cuisine that not even the pickiest traveler can ignore.

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  • The adventurer’s guide to Patagonia

    Tierra del Fuego, photo by Gilad Rom on Flickr

    The Southern tip of the South American continent is one of the few places left on the planet where you can say that nature can truly follow its course. Patagonia, shared between Chile and Argentina, is a land of vast open spaces, wilderness, silence and towns and cities that seem to defy the often inhospitable environment.

    The beautiful expanses of Patagonia managed to conjure up feelings of affection even in hardened criminals (and edventurers) like Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid. The steppe-like plains, the rainy Andes and the unmistakable flavor of the local culture make Patagonia one of the most fascinating destinations in the world. So pack your bags with warm clothes and study shoes and follow the adventurer’s guide to Patagonia.

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  • The world’s best food festivals this autumn

    Foodies everywhere should rejoice that autumn is here, because as well all know autumn is the harvest season in many parts of the world and harvest equals lots of fresh ingredients for some mind-blowing dishes. There are quite a few autumn food festivals around the world, and if you love food just as much as you love traveling, then you belong among the participants.

    The beauty of food festivals is that they often help popularize cuisines that are not currently in vogue in the culinary arts, and finding new foods that you end up loving is always a win. So pack your favorite cutlery and some comfy clothes, and let your stomach lead the way to the world’s best food festivals this autumn.

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