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A row of Terra Cotta Warriors in Xi'an, China.

The World’s Most Disappointing Tourist Attraction: Xian’s Terracotta Warriors

The Colosseum in Rome. Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Chichen Itza in Mexico. Some sites around the world were absolutely amazing to see in person no matter how many times I’d seen pictures of them or how much I’d built th...
by Jim Cheney
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The JR Beetle Ferry that runs from Fukuoka, Japan to Busan, South Korea.

Taking the Ferry Between South Korea and Japan: An Instruction Manual

South Korea and Japan are two fantastic countries to visit, and if you are visiting one, it makes a lot of sense to take the short hop across the East Sea/Sea of Japan to visit the other. Unfortunately, the cost of flights betw...
by Jim Cheney
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The slow ferry that runs between Trabzon, Turkey, and Sochi, Russia.

Taking the Ferry Between Russia and Turkey: An Instruction Manual

Russia and Turkey are two of the most popular countries on traveler’s wish list. And let me tell you, from visiting both countries, they are amazing. I highly recommend visiting both countries on your next trip. Unfortuna...
by Jim Cheney
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The Rainbow Bridge in Tokyo, Japan.

5 Free Things to Do in Tokyo, Japan

Any list of the world’s most expensive cities includes Tokyo, Japan. Visiting a city that is so atrociously expensive can be daunting for any traveler on a budget; however, despite the expensive cost of hotels and transpo...
by Jim Cheney
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A fishing boat waits for high tide on Seonudo Island in South Korea.

Seonyudo: My Favorite Place in South Korea

When I think back to my time in South Korea, and the extensive traveling that I did while living there, there is one place that keeps coming to mind as my absolute favorite place: Seonyudo Island. Located any hour by ferry from...
by Jim Cheney
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The area around Yangshuo, China, is perfect for a bike ride.

Getting Utterly Lost in Yangshuo, China’s Yulong River Valley

There is an odd mix of desperation and uneasiness that sets in when you’re lost in a foreign country. Doubly so when you’re lost in a country like China. It took me about 2 seconds to realize my Chinese, which cons...
by Jim Cheney
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