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We’re Drew and Julie, American expats living in Shenzhen, China. After 3 years of living the expat life in London, we decided to continue our adventures on the other side of the world. Follow along as we adjust to life in Asia and explore the world from our new home base. Join us if you are an avid explorer, armchair traveller or if you need a little inspiration for your next journey. LEARN MORE
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The Pavilions Phuket: An Oasis in Thailand

Our trip to Phuket was not well conceived or expertly planned. No surprise there. After a month of baking in the humid summer in China, we wanted to get outta town. On a lazy weekend at home in front of our air-conditioners, we did some research about where we could spend the following weekend, at a relatively good value. After many hours of searching and filtering out destinations with flight connections or exorbitant prices, we landed on Phuket. Direct flight? Check. <3...

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Phuket Elephant Sanctuary

Phuket Elephant Sanctuary: Animal Tourism You Can Feel Good About

A couple years ago, TripAdvisor removed hundreds of ticketed activities from their website that violated a newly conceived animal welfare policy. This policy requires that attractions with tickets sold via TripAdvisor...

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July 2018 Month in Review

Where We’ve Been China: Yangshuo 2 days, Hong Kong 2 days, Shenzhen 27 days Highlights Yangshuo Weekend: We kicked off the month with a long weekend in Yangshuo, a *small* town about three hours from Shenzhen by...

travel budget planner

Our Top Money-Saving Travel Hacks

I am a travel budget planner by nature. I can’t stay in the same place for an entire month, but I don’t want to recklessly spend money satisfying my endless urge to stay on the move. The discussion of...

Li River Cruise

Exploring Yangshuo, China: From Cruises to Cooking Classes

Yangshuo, China is all about being outdoors. The landscape, with the winding Li River cutting through the jagged, karst mountains as far as the eye can see, is why people come here. You can cycle, hike, head out on a...