5 CHALLENGES OF SOLO TRAVEL
I’m going to let you in on what I think are~ my top 5 challenges of solo travel. The things that people think will be challenging about #solotravel aren’t as challenging as the things people never think of.
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SOLO THROUGH CHINA - BACKPACKING
Film from my journey through China in 26 days.
Some of the sights: Huangshan Mountain, Tianmen Mountain, Zhangjiajie Natural Park, The Great Wall of China, Guilin and Li River, Shanghai, Beijing.
Song: Julius Bölk - Breathe
5. Weekend Solo Trip to Guilin | Shanghai Study Abroad Diaries
Hello Internet! Last weekend I made my first ever solo trip in China to Guilin and saw the Li River, Yangshuo, and the Longji Rice Terraces. I also used a gopro for the very first time so sorry about the lack of sound. In any case, I reaaaaaallly recommend traveling alone at least once while studying abroad because it really helps you understand who you are and allows you to meet more people!
STORYTIME: MYSTERIOUS BOY in CHINA 🇨🇳 SAVES MY LIFE
I have so many interesting stories I want to share with you guys! So here’s the first one :)
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The Longest Way 1.0 - walk through China and grow a beard! - a photo every day timelapse
In 2008, I walked through China - 1 year, 4500km. I let my hair and my beard grow. This is the resulting video. UPDATE: ▶ I have decided to continue my walk home from China to Germany. I'm currently in Georgia, or about halfway through.I post daily videos on this channel, and I blog about it here:
ABOUT THIS VIDEO:
▶ I didn't finish my original goal of walking to Germany in 2008. Instead, I walked for a year and roughly 4500km, passed the Gobi desert, and then decided to stop walking.
▶ All of the distance from Beijing to Ürümqi was completed solely on foot, straight good old walking. There are instances where you can see me in the video sitting on a plane or riding a boat, but those are during breaks I had to take from walking, either to sort out bureaucracy issues or to take care of some personal things.
▶ I had been planning this trip for over a year before I even started, and getting as far as I got was an experience for which I am very grateful.
▶ Obtaining the necessary visa for a trip like this was not very easy, hence I had to go back to Beijing a few times to resolve some issues.
▶ This is not a strict 1 pic a day video, because I wanted to make it a bit more alive by adding some additional movement. Sometimes during the film you would follow me turn around, or something would happen in the background. I tried to capture these moments to make the video more interesting.
▶ If you liked the music I used in this video, get it here: The Kingpins - L'Aventurier Zhu Fengbo - Olive Tree
▶ The core of this project is in actually my blog where I have posted my extensive travel diary, starting from day 1 (Nov 9th 2007) and describing every single day until the end one year later.
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My China Travel Tips after 47 Days of Traveling China // This is China
After an entire summer of traveling China, I want to give you my travel tips, suggestions, and warnings about traveling the country. This is what you need to know about travelling in China. How much things cost. How to get around. How you can travel off the beaten path. I find China a difficult country to travel. The language barrier has a greater impact than most other destinations. In this video, I discuss hotels, food, and transportation - including what to expect and how you can make your trip go smoothly.
Have you traveled China? Did you like it? Did you find it more difficult than other countries?
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5 BEST Travel Destinations For 2019 | UNILAD Adventure
Here's our pick for the 5 best destinations to visit in 2019!
From epic mountain landscapes and tropical paradises, to amazing wildlife and vibrant cultures, we've picked our very favourite travel gems you just have to visit in 2019!
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Japan in 4K | Hiking, Camping, and Backpacking Mt. Kumotori in Tokyo, Japan
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Backpacking, hiking, and camping in Japan is a possibility just outside of Tokyo. We go to Mount Kumotori and, with views of Mt. Fuji and distant Japanese cities, experience the wilderness in the land of the rising sun.
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Total Distance: 24km/15mi
00:23 Theme Song
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02:26 Map Sequence
03:48 DAY ONE - The Trailhead
04:05 The Journey Begins
11:40 Big Ol' Leaves
13:07 Water Station
16:21 Sunny Grove
18:00 Ryoubu Tree
19:14 Toughest Trail
21:50 Light of Hope
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25:08 Ramen Noodles
30:03 Lying in the Tents
30:33 The Stars and Fuji
32:42 DAY TWO - Breakfast
34:45 Snowy Hike Out
38:48 Another Junction
39:30 Ridge Trail
43:24 The Steep Climb
44:18 Resting and Talking
46:08 The Final Climb
48:42 Setting Sun Hike
50:06 Night Hiking
51:04 Searching in the Night
53:40 Hearts Refilled
55:46 The Best Camping Meal Ever
57:33 Deer Meat
58:56 The Warm Hearth
1:00:37 Mysterious Creature
1:03:37 DAY THREE
1:04:19 Coffee and Miso
1:05:15 Hospitality and the Final Hike
1:07:45 PATREON SHOUT OUTS
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Meeting Incredible Chinese People
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Things to do in Nanjing in 48 hours - The Travel Intern
So what hidden gems did Clara and Kenneth uncover in Nanjing? There's more food, some ridiculous moments, and The Travel Interns being ridiculous. Here are the things you can do in Nanjing in 48hours.
(1) Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall
During the first six weeks that Japanese soldiers occupied China’s then-capital Nanjing, they committed extensive acts of violence, including rape, looting and mass executions. The eventual death toll stood at 300,000. Today the victims are memorialised at the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall, which is located in Western Nanjing.
(2) Librairie Avant Garde
CNN travel called it the most beautiful bookshop in China, and Lonely Planet said ‘the ambience and decor alone certainly deserve a visit’.
(3) Sun Yat Sen’s Mausoleum
The are 392 steps to Sun Yat Sen’s Mausoleum.Located at Zhongshan Mountain National Park, this area is a forested playground of cultural, historical and scenic spots that span 31 square kilometres.
(4) Confucius Temple Square
The pedestrian streets outside Confucius Temple (Fuzimiao) are lined with tourist kitsch – souvenir shops stocked floor-to-ceiling with shiny keychains and embroidered coin purses, small stalls selling handphone cases and accessories, and the aroma of smelly tofu punching through the evening.
The overnight train from Hangzhou pulls up at Nanjing Train Station shortly after daybreak, and we tumble out into a chilly morning. On the way to our hotel we peer out at streets already bustling – women hawking 豆浆油条 and sesame pastries from pushcarts, breakfast stalls serving up steaming bowls of noodles as the city’s workers start their day.
We are on the second leg of our China trip, with 48 hours in this storied city. Nanjing was once a prosperous administrative centre during the Qin dynasty, and China’s capital at the start of the 20th century. But I know it for The Rape of Nanking, the massacre at the hands of Japanese soldiers during World War 2, the title of journalist Iris Chang’s book that has lain in my house for as long as I can remember.
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TRAVELING THROUGH TIBET FROM LHASA TO MOUNT EVEREST
When you visit Tibet, getting out of the city of Lhasa is a must. Take a look at this video of my experience traveling through the beautiful countryside of Tibet. Full of sacred lakes, breathtaking vistas, local Yaks, abandoned villages, local Tibetan culture, gorgeous glaciers, high mountain passes, and many unique monasteries.
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Tagong, Kham region, Sichuan Province, China | Horse Riding Travel Video 2016 | TravelGretl Full HD
This week we travel to Tagong (塔公). It's also known as Lhagang (ལྷ་སྒང་), a small town in Garzê, southwestern China. The historical Kham region of Tibet. We're going for horseback riding on the grasslands! But oh my, before we even get there.... ;)
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Horseback riding! After walking the village, this is the best thing to do by far. You can go for trekkings for as long as you wish. Though I'd suggest you start with a day, if you're not an experienced horserider, just like me ;) Your butt will hurt at the end of the day!
We stayed at Khampa Cafe and Himalayak. Both good places, though honestly Khampa Cafe has a bit better atmosphere. It used to be from Angela and her husband, but they sold the place to a new owner (friendly man) and started something new out of town.
That's the place we stayed in during our horseride tour. They were building it summer of 2016 - but I really am sure it will be so beautiful! The bed was great, and loved all the wood.
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The Journey ep6: Wuhan, Gateway to Hubei
More than the Yellow Crane Tower and the famed Wudang Mountains, this city of rivers and bridges has a little-known secret: the 1930s comes to life at night on board a cruise ship! Watch what you can see and do in Wuhan in this episode of #TheJourneyChina.
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Canadian Rockies Road Trip: Backpacking Documentary
Ever wanted to backpack through the Canadian Rockies?
I spent 2 weeks in May road tripping through Canada with various friends I made from backpacking around the world.
My journey started in Vancouver where I completed the Grouse Grind to see the grizzly bears in the wildlife refuge. Then I head to Vancouver Island for a night in Victoria before driving up to Tofino and camping on the beach.
Back on the mainland I spent 3 nights in Whistler to try out downhill mountain biking, zip lining as well as discover an old train wreck in the woods.
After a stop off in Kelowna I traveled to Jasper to try and make my way through the snow and avoid the bears on Whistler Mountain, before checking out Maligne Lake.
Finally I journied down to Banff stopping at the Columbia Ice Fields, Peyto Lake and the world famous Lake Louise.
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Backpacking solo across China and Tibet
In Jan of 2016 I embarked on a 6 week trip across China. I visited 9 cities, took 6 flights, boarded 5 trains. (one bullet train, two short trains 0-1hr and two long trains 31hr and 45hr. I ended my trip late Feb and this is everything in between. This video is shot in chronological order. China is a beautiful country and home to plenty of amazing people.
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How to Travel Around China Be Economical | THE ULTIMATE GUIDE
How to #Travel Around #China and To most of us, China is a land of mystery.
Time and again, we see unique Chinese culture (e.g. Chinese martial art) and scenery on movies and dream of experiencing them ourselves, but language difficulties and negative rumors make the journey beyond of our reach.
Compare prices before you buy. It is possible to be ripped off, if you have a Chinese guide with you, don't worry, he or she will bargain for you. If you are alone, ask about the price of an item (everybody knows 'how much' means), but don't buy it and go to another vendor who sell the same item. Compare the items at three vendors before you buy it.
Use credit card whenever you can. There are many occasions when you need to use cash, like buying souvenirs or tasting snacks in the stalls. You will soon find that you are out of cash. So whenever you can pay by credit card, don't use cash. For example, paying for hotels, buy stuff in supermarkets, etc.
Pay attention to your belongings. Your personal security is guaranteed, but your wallet is not. Don't always pull out your thick wallet full of cashes and cards, instead, put some notes and your credit card in a separated pocket.
Don't be alarmed if some people you meet in China don't look you in the eye. In many Asian cultures, looking people in the eye is seen as offensive.
Take your shoes off indoors.
The Great Wall of China: the Epic Hike you Need to Experience
We did it! After going against everyone's advice, we decided to visit the wild wall, via public transport, without a tour, in the middle of Golden Week; here's what we learnt!
With crazy drops and bricks falling into the abyss, we hiked, climbed, fell and stumbled up and down the unrestored section of the Great Wall of China. Wearing basic trainers, no hiking gear, and a mountain of cameras, we managed to capture some terrifying and incredible footage of our experience.
If you have any questions about doing this yourself, please fell free to message us using the comment section below!
Cycling the Silk Road | Beijing to Tehran
William Hsu and Charles Stevens cycling the Silk Road from Beijing to Tehran along the old Silk Road.
We cycled supported through China, Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Iran over 4 months, covering 10,000km by bike.
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