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Is Perth Really Only a Quiet Place for Retirement? Check Out the Best 4 To-Gos to Have Your Answer!

Just coming back from Bangkok, I was telling my best friend I was going to fly to Australia the next week. ‘OMG! Are you going to Sydney or Melbourne?’ ‘Nahh, I am heading to Perth where it is the opposite in the west side instead.’ ‘Oh really?! Just Perth? But you must be having a long trip this time!’ ‘Umm…unfortunately not. Just for 4 days.’ ‘Are you kidding me? You're gonna have an almost-8-hour flight to spend just 4 days there?’ Recalling this exact conversation during the wild summer in 2019, you can tell how much I am into travelling as well as how desperate I am right now without flying here and there. Being my first time going to the Southern Hemisphere, I looked over and over for travel guides and blogs related to Perth for a better itinerary. Scrolling through a few pages, the majority of the comments were about Perth being a hushed city for you to enjoy the slow living pace and you won’t need a long time to explore around as tourists. Is that true? Perhaps you can make a better conclusion after reading about my journey.
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Exploring Home Series: One Day Mini-Getaway from All the Hustles and Bustles in Hong Kong

Exploring somewhere new around your home city has been the only fun time during the year with masks and rounds of anti-Covid measures for all of us around the globe, or at least for me in Hong Kong. Before this pandemic, rarely did I really take time to appreciate and discover the hidden beauty of this small busy city when I put my focus on all the hustles and bustles, tremendous pressure and fierce competition in both studies and career. Known for its fast pace of living, I decided to do the opposite which is to slow things down and plan some relaxing day trips with my friend. Getting pleasure from enjoying the slow steps and moments is absolutely my definition of a getaway. If you are ready for a little tour to take a look at another side of Hong Kong, just follow along!
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Taichung: New Inspiration for a Local Taste of Taiwan and the Healing Nature

Taiwan, standing for the wide variety of mouth-watering food from local restaurants and night markets, its convenient location and affordable price level, has always been one of the most visited countries for Hongkongers. With effective measures in controlling Covid-19 in place at the very beginning of the outbreak, Taiwan has become the world’s role model and I believe that it will surely be the first planned travel destination of many of us in Hong Kong after we get rid of the evil virus.
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All You Need to Know Before Going to Brussels, Belgium

Let me begin with some fun facts! Brussels is the capital of Belgium which is also the capital of Europe! Brussels is where the European Parliament and the European Headquarters are located. Both of these institutions chose Brussels because it is a central and neutral place in Europe and Belgium was a relatively new country when they found Europe. Brussels has a multicultural population. You will see all European nationalities in Brussels with a lot of French and Dutch speaking Belgian people. The best thing about it is that the city uses a lot of English and is tourist friendly to rest me assured when I was there for my first ever solo trip.
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Your Guide to Jeju Island When You Make Your First Visit

Islands are always interesting and worth discovering and exploring more with their special geographical characteristics. Not only do islands usually have more unique landform features, but they also embrace their own cultures and lifestyles which is even more important to make them special in their own way. Jeju island is one of them that impresses me a lot with its diversity and natural beauty. Here are some of my recommendations from my previous trip that you shouldn’t miss!
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Why These Cafes in South Korea Should Be on Your Pocket List

Calling for cafeholic! Whenever we talk about South Korea, what comes to our mind would be mostly about K-pop, K-drama, shopping paradise and mouth-watering food everywhere. But why not take some time to feel the layback vibes and appreciate the local cafes in Korea which are all one of a kind and always bring surprises to you. Probably being the only trip I have been on in 2020, I am thankful for a taste of living in this vibrant country for a month, for all the amazing people I have met, for all the crazy moments I could never forget and of course, for my wanderlust making this best decision of the year. Other than this list of cafe goals, I am gonna post more about the itineraries and experiences for the one-month stay in South Korea soon so remember to stay tuned! With the Covid situation going on and off, what we can do is just to be patient, hope for the best and save the to-go list below in your pocket for the upcoming journey! So are you ready for a virtual visit to these lovely cafes first? Let’s go!
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Phu Quoc Island: The Best Option for a Tropical Weekend Getaway

Life is meant to be a crazy and wilful journey. Follow where your heart leads you to and you will be living a life with no regrets. Heading to Phu Quoc Island in the middle of a hectic semester for a little getaway was one of the best decisions made last year, especially when 2020 has taught us a lesson: travelling is not something we could ever take it for granted. Being in the westmost part of Vietnam, the island is the only city in Vietnam that we as Hongkonger can go freely with no visa required. A random search of the cheapest flight and a 10-minute chat, my all-time travel buddy and I were ready for a quick weekend getaway from all the hustle and bustle without a second thought.
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My First Ever 2D1N Adventure to Sahara Desert

Many of my friends asked why I was there in Northern Africa which seemed like another crazy decision I made as my exchange destination was indeed in Northern Europe. 2105 miles away, but of course I did not go directly all the way from Oslo to Marrakech, Sahara Desert was the reason for me to make my first step to the Africa continent and mark the end of my happiest 165-day exchange journey.
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Conquering the World by Standing on a 5-Cubic-Metre Rock 3556 Feets Above Sea Level or Sitting on the Troll’s Tongue

Close your eyes and spend 30 seconds now to think about your boldest moment in life so far. What comes to your mind? To join a competition and sing in front of the crowd? To travel solo? Or to move to a new city and live in a completely new environment? My answer would always be the two signature extreme hikes in Norway, Kjeragbolten and Trolltunga. Sometimes when I do a little throwback in my album, I recall how bumpy the routes were, how sore and shaky my legs were when we were walking on the steep descent and how not to panic while still posing with a smile on the rocks. These hikes are on the bucket list of many, and I am so glad to have the two boxes ticked when I was on my exchange in which too many adventures were once-in-a-lifetime. Now follow along the virtual National Geographic and I bet you all would have two more items on your own bucket list!
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Embrace the Hygge Vibes of the 4 Scandinavian Countries with a Quick Glimpse and Hidden Gem Discovery

The Danish word ‘Hygge’ is probably my favourite foreign word being the signature style of Scandinavia and the reason why I have spent half a year to go on exchange in Norway immersing myself in utterly different cultures. As vague as it may seem with no specific definition but more like a concept to advocate enjoying your life’s simplest pleasure, it is the beauty of vagueness that makes it unique and necessary to appreciate in life. Let’s explore more into the tempting coziness and simplicity in the 4 Scandinavian countries below and you must be obsessed with it very soon like me!
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Little Escape from the Earth - Iceland Road Trip Day 1

‘There’s no planet B!’ We often hear people saying that to ask for changes in our lifestyles and save our beautiful planet Earth. But wait...there is! I guess I have found a planet B when I was finally in Iceland which is surely a goal for everyone. No matter how many places and trips you have been, never could you find a place like Iceland which gives you a surreal feeling of staying outside the Earth. The Golden Circle is the most popular and well-known route so maybe this is where I should kick off my Iceland road trip series. For those who may not be able to make a road trip, don't worry! This route which is relatively closer to Reykjavik is always available in a variety of local day tour options. Here we go!
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Put this Tropical Adventure in Bali on Your 2021 Planner

Seeing endless waves of pandemic and lockdown everywhere in the world, it is probably the first time for most of us to see our freedom of travelling being taken away. With less than two month’s time to get into 2021, we better hope for the best with a travel marking in our new planner. When I was asked some day ago where my first destination would be after Coronavirus is gone (hopefully very soon!), memorable travel moments from last year’s Bali trip flashed back in my mind and yes, a healing revisit is a must! Deep dive into the ocean to find nemos in real life; enjoy appetizing local cuisines like nasi goreng (Indonsian fried rice) and tapas; explore the authentic markets to pick your favourite handmade items...how fascinating! Who doesn’t want to have an island getaway, waking up to feel the waves and be amazed by our mother nature all over again? Here I have picked the best 5 must-go spots to visit in this tropical paradise from my last trip for you guys, and of course for your instagram as well!