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“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”                -Miriam Beard

Explore Asia, the Earth’s largest continent. Covering more than 30 % of the planet’s land surface, Asia is the most populous region and a unique blend of many first civilizations.Asia’s history is vast and the continent is abundant with diverse ethnic groups, cultural heritage, traditions and religious beliefs; all worth learning more about. The countries within Asia include: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Georgia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Korea, North, Korea, South, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar (formerly Burma), Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor Leste (West), Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam

Community, collectivity, and COVID-19

By Jennifer Richardson

The day before I left for Nepal on a one-way ticket, I was having dinner by the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok with a good friend. I took us to my favorite little restaurant in the city that serves Thai staple foods like tom yung soup and pad thai that … Read more   Read more

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How to Spot Ethical Animal Tourism in Southeast Asia

By Lola Méndez

Help stop animal cruelty in Southeast Asia by avoiding inhumane experiences with captive animals—we’ve got the details on ethical animal tourism in Southeast Asia. Southeast Asia is home to some of the world’s most incredible wildlife, including endangered species such as Asian elephants, sea turtles, and tigers. Travelers can witness … Read more   Read more

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COVID-19: Insights from Japan

Japan has been in the news a lot regarding it’s fight with the coronavirus that resulted in the subsequent postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games. But what is really happening in Japan? How do the Japanese feel about all of the recent events? World Footprints contacted a family member, Chuck … Read more   Read more

Asia Health & Wellness Insights
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The positive influence of eco-tourism in Sumatra

By Bianca Caruana

Green Hill tracking rangers in the village of Tualang Gepang, North Sumatra, received a call last month concerning a solitary orangutan who had wandered up a durian tree nearby the local village. The great ape was spotted by villagers who notified the rangers, and the case was quickly escalated to … Read more   Read more

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Coronavirus Concerns Have Negative Impact On Lunar New Year Travel

As concerns about the coronavirus spread, people looking to enjoy the Lunar New Year season canceled trips, which hit China’s air, road and rail travel industry hard. Transport Ministry Vice Minister Liu Xiaoming said passenger travel would drop 45 percent during the 40-day travel season, ending Feb. 18. Airlines transported … Read more   Read more

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Australian PM Issues Extended Ban On China Travel

China is not happy with Australia after its prime minister extended its travel ban of foreign nationals leaving the country for seven additional days in the wake of a deepening Coronavirus crisis. There will be a weekly review of the ban, and its decision is the result of businesses warning … Read more   Read more

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Travelers Canceling Trips Amid Coronavirus Fears

Prospective travelers, concerned about the coronavirus, are reconsidering their plans of travel and canceling trips. And, with that, some are seriously thinking about travel insurance. The virus, which has brought China to nearly a standstill in both outbound and inbound travel, is having a significant effect on the entire travel … Read more   Read more

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How Travel Industry Could Be Affected By Coronavirus

With the rise in coronavirus numbers, the travel industry is bracing itself for the negative impact.    According to Chinese officials, there are thousands of cases and over 30 deaths with confirmed cases in other countries: Japan, South Korea, Thailand and the U.S. China expanded its quarantine to 12 cities … Read more   Read more

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How Tourists Play a Role in Protecting Thailand’s Elephants

By Bianca Caruana

In the last century, Thailand has lost roughly 92 percent of its elephant population. Factors such as illegal wildlife trade, deforestation, and human-animal conflict have led the Asian elephant to the pages of Thailand’s endangered species list. The future of the surviving eight percent remains uncertain — but we know … Read more   Read more

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Royal Family Rents Palace Suite on Airbnb

If you like the idea of spending the night at a castle, you can live like royalty when you rent out a palace suite in Jaipur. Visit India in November, and you can book a suite on Airbnb in its 300-year-old City Palace of Jaipur, which is the home of … Read more   Read more

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The Risk of Rabies is Real: Here’s What Travellers Need to Know

By Melissa Hobson

Little did I know when I relocated to the Philippines and agreed to look after a friend’s cat for a week that I was signing up for a too-close-for-comfort insight into the Filipino rabies problem. While rabies occurs in more than 150 countries and territories and causes around 59,000 deaths worldwide … Read more   Read more

Asia Insights
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Chinese Cities to give visitors 144-hour G visa

As of Dec. 1, people who want to see the cities of Chongqing, Chengdu, Ningbo and Xi’an can now do so with the 144-hour (six-day) transit visa. The visa, also called the G visa, is available in 20 cities across China.    Xi’an is well-known for the UNESCO World Heritage … Read more   Read more

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Discovering my Roots in Malaysia

By Carmen Ang

Every world traveller has a story about their first trip. The one that sparked something adventurous inside them. The one that started it all.   My first trip was a six-week journey through Malaysia, the country where my dad was born. Not only did this trip ignite the wanderlust that fuels … Read more   Read more

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Discovering Traditional Arts in Thailand’s Golden Triangle

By Katie Dundas

The Golden Triangle region of Northern Thailand sits at the intersection of three Southeast Asian countries along the Mekong and Ruak Rivers: Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar. A visit to this area is an incredible way to learn about the culture, history, and traditional arts of the region, which have been … Read more   Read more

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Bringing Mobility and Hope to the Philippines

By Jessica Barrett

Creating 19 prosthetic limbs for 13 children in under a week might seem like a daunting task, but Robert Schulman has never shied away from a challenge. The certified prosthetist and founder of US-based nonprofit Limb Kind Foundation arrived in Davao City, Philippines in September with a team of 11 … Read more   Read more

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