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Booking.com (Hotels & Apartments Worldwide)
I often use Booking.com to book accommodation options, both for trips in Asia and Europe. It offers an incredible range of hotels, serviced apartments, even hostels, and at great prices than direct booking from the hotel. Best of all, the rooms are often free cancellations should you change your mind. Check your preferred stays for your next trip!

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Agoda.com (Hotels in Asia)
Agoda is another website I use frequently to check hotel prices and book, especially for trips in Asia. It’s easy to use, costs are clear, and you can even earn credit points to help you offset future stays!

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AirBNB (Residential Apartments)
True it could be a hit-&-miss sometimes; I’ve used AirBNB in Kyoto, Tokyo, Bangkok, Stockholm & my experiences were mixed. Still, I’m nowhere near giving up on AirBNB at all. Get a great discount off your first AirBNB booking when you sign up with this link!

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Expedia (Flight &/Or Hotel Combos)
Expedia offers great prices and deals, especially when you’re looking to put together flight+hotel combo packages. I’ve used Expedia at different times to book packages, discounted flight fares, and hotels. In fact, my first solo trip to Tokyo was easily settled by booking the flight & hotel combo!

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Skyscanner (Flight Pricing)
If you’ve never tried Skyscanner before, you have to give it a chance! It searches across different airlines for the best flight prices at your time of checking. Afraid to book through third-party agents with dodgy names? I like to use Skyscanner’s pricing as a guide, then book directly from the airlines.

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Qatar Airways (Airline)
I flew Qatar Airways to Europe a few times – even solo – and this airline is probably my top choice all the time. Modern planes, comfortable long-haul flights, good service and short layovers at the new & high-tech Hamad Airport in Doha. The next time you fly to the Middle East or Europe, do give Qatar Airways a try!

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TripAdvisor (Reviews & Experiences)
Before reaching a city, I like to use TripAdvisor as a very quick overview guide of attractions and eateries. After I come back from my trips, I also contribute by leaving reviews on the portal!

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Get Your Guide (Tours, activities, attractions & online booking)
GetYourGuide offers a great amount of tours and activities in over 7000+ destinations all over the world, worth checking out especially for super popular places in Europe! As a friendly reminder, do read reviews to get a better picture of your desired tours.

Outfits / Gear / Skincare / Misc

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Amazon (for Travel accessories)
Is there anything that can’t be found on Amazon? With so many products at one website, it’s a perfect place to conveniently purchase the travel items & accessories ahead of your trip, no matter if you’re travelling solo or with others.

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Evolve Fitwear
Ever since yoga and wellness became a part of me even if I’m travelling, fitwear became an integral part of my outfit choices. Evolve Fitwear carries plenty of the most popular brands, from merchandise including yoga leggings to yoga mats to mala bracelets. Enter code “GIVEME10” to enjoy 10% off your shopping on Evolve today!

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Yoga outfits / Hiking pants
No matter I’m taking a flight, doing yoga poses in the hotel room, or even hiking in Bhutan, Onzie is my go-to brand for apparels. The material is smooth, soft, stretchy, wicks moisture away and really comfortable to wear. It’s cooling, so if you’re hiking in cold weather, put on a layer of thermal leggings underneath & you’re good to go! I secretly hope Onzie won’t be too popular so others won’t wear the same as me, but since you’re my reader, I’m sharing with you. Check out Onzie today!

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Skincare & Beauty Brands
Many of my skincare products are not available in my home country, or else their prices are hiked way up. Cosme-de.com offers great prices of its genuine international products, is backed by a 30-day guarantee, and comes with free shipping worldwide once you spend above USD$40!

Itinerary from past trips!

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ASIA

Day 1: Singapore to Bhutan – Paro to Thimphu

  • Arrive in Bhutan’s Paro Airport, via DrukAir
  • Meet DrukAsia‘s guide & driver
  • Drive to Thimphu, to check in at Osel Hotel. Rested an hour.
  • Visit Buddha Point
  • Lunch
  • National Memorial Chorten
  • Visit first dzong of the trip: Thimphu Dzong (Tashichhodzong)
  • Check out Centenary Farmers’ Market – a local market
  • Check out archery practices at Changlimithang Stadium
  • Return to hotel for rest & dinner

Day 2: Thimphu to Punakha

  • Breakfast at Osel Hotel. Check out.
  • Drive to Dochula Pass
  • Lunch
  • Small hike to Chimi L’hakhang Temple
  • Explore Punakha Dzong
  • Arrive & check in at Punatsangchhu Cottages hotel
  • Rest & dinner

Day 3: Punakha

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Hike up to Khamsum Yuley Temple
  • Hike down, lunch at a locals’ picnic spot
  • Rafting! For 2 hours.
  • Walk on & cross Bhutan’s longest suspension bridge
  • Return to hotel for rest & dinner

Day 4: Punakha to Paro

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Wore Bhutanese costume
  • Head to Druk Wangyal Chortens (Dochula Pass) for Dochula Tshechu festival
  • Drive to Thimphu for lunch
  • Drive further to Paro
  • Hang out at Paro’s airport viewpoint for plane-spotting
  • Window-shopping in Paro town
  • Check in at The Resort at Raven Nest
  • Dinner at hotel

Day 5: Paro

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Wait out at the airport viewpoint for plane-spotting
  • Drive to Chele La Pass
  • Head back to Paro for lunch at restaurant
  • Visit National Museum
  • Shopping in Paro town
  • Return to hotel. R&R & dinner

Day 6: Paro (Hiking Tiger's Nest)

Day 7: Bhutan to Singapore

  • Check out of hotel
  • Head to Paro Airport
  • Breakfast at airport (Business lounge)

Day 1 (Singapore to Tokyo)

  • SQ flight from Singapore to Tokyo (Haneda Airport)
  • Limousine bus to Ikebukuro
  • Check in at accommodation
  • Head out for dinner

Day 2: Ikebukuro

  • Breakfast
  • Head to Sunshine City (Ikebukuro) – shopping + lunch
  • Sunshine Aquarium at Sunshine City
  • Dinner

Day 3: Mount Takao

Day 4: Rikugi-en, Aoyama, Shinjuku

  • Breakfast
  • Head to Rikugi-en Gardens
  • Proceed to Aoyama for more autumn trees
  • Visit Shinjuku for lunch & shopping
  • Explore Ueno for dinner and night-shopping

Day 5: Kamakura

  • Breakfast
  • Head to Kamakura as a day trip
  • Visit Hokoku-ji for bamboo garden
  • Lunch at Watami at train/bus station
  • Visit Daibutsu (Big Buddha)
  • Hasedera temple
  • Take electric train back to Kamakura station
  • Shopping at Komachi street (main shopping alley at bus station)
  • Return to Ikebukuro for dinner

Day 6: Tokyo to Fujikawaguchiko

  • Take Fuji Highway bus from Shinjuku to Kawaguchiko
  • Arrive & have lunch at Kawaguchiko Station
  • Check in at Fuji View Hotel
  • Explore hotel’s gardens. Take a walk along Lake Kawaguchi
  • R&R back at hotel
  • Head out for dinner at nearby home-style restaurant
  • Onsen at hotel

Day 7: Lake Kawaguchi cruise & ropeway

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Head to Kawaguchiko Station. Take bus to Lake Kawaguchi
  • Take pleasure boat cruise
  • After cruise, walk over to take Kachi Kachi Ropeway to Mt Tenjo
  • R&R at observation deck at Mt Tenjo
  • Take ropeway down to bottom of mountain
  • Walk to a nearby Japanese home-style restaurant for lunch
  • Return to hotel for R&R
  • Grab dinner
  • Onsen at hotel
  • Chill & relax at hotel ryokan room

Day 8: Kawaguchiko to Haneda Airport to Singapore

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Head to Kawaguchiko Station
  • Take coach to Haneda Airport
  • Return SQ flight to Singapore

Day 1: Singapore to Ipoh

  • Arrive at Ipoh Airport via FlyScoot airline
  • Explore street art of Ipoh
  • Dinner & R&R

Day 2: Ipoh to Cameron Highlands

  • Breakfast in Ipoh
  • 9am: Drive up to Cameron Highlands
  • 10.30am: Reach Lavender Garden at Cameron Highlands
  • 12pm: Locals’ market to buy snacks & fresh veggies
  • 12.30pm: Lunch at Ye Olde Smokehouse
  • 2.30pm: Check in at AirBNB apartment
  • 4pm: Arrive at Cameron Valley tea plantation & teahouse
  • 6pm: Steamboat dinner at Brinchang
  • 7.30pm: Pasar malam night market shopping and buying snacks
  • 8.30pm: Back to apartment

Day 3: Cameron Highlands to Ipoh

  • Local breakfast at Brinchang
  • Eco Cameron tours pick us up for half-day tour
  • BOH tea plantation (Sungei Palas Estate)
  • BOH cafe
  • Mossy Forest
  • (end tour) Lunch & last walk at pasar malam for snacks
  • Drive from Cameron Highlands back to Ipoh
  • Dinner in Ipoh

Day 4: Ipoh

  • Local breakfast at Ipoh, near Concubine Lane
  • Explore street art, art market & snacks in the area
  • Visit Kek Lok Tong (cave temple)
  • Foot reflexology & body massage at a reflexology shop
  • Tea-time snacks at “大树下”
  • Local dinner at a food centre

Day 1: Singapore to Yangon to Bagan

  • Arrive at Yangon Airport
  • Visit friend’s shop: ArtVenture
  • Lunch at local restaurant
  • Visit Kandawgyi Lake
  • Head to Shwedagon Pagoda
  • Burmese dinner at restaurant
  • Head to bus station for 9.30pm bus bound for Bagan

Day 2: Bagan

  • Reached Bagan at 6.30am
  • Checked into Oasia Hotel (Booking.com | Agoda)
  • Take quick shower + short rest
  • Breakfast at local eatery
  • Visit locals’ market
  • Pagoda-hopping
  • Lunch at local eatery (“Golden Myanmar”, not recommended)
  • Return to hotel to rest & put on Burmese face powder & longyi
  • Pagoda-hopping
  • Tea break local-style
  • Visit Dhammayangyi Temple
  • Headed to a small hill to wait for sunset
  • Head to Bagan Golden Palace (replicate of palace – nothing much to see)
  • Indian dinner at local restaurant
  • Return to hotel

Day 3: Bagan to Inle

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Visit lacquerware factory
  • Pagoda-hopping
  • Lunch at local eatery  (“Moe Pyae San” – authentic & good food! )
  • Head to a pagoda
  • Short tour at local village
  • Visit a small pagoda
  • Head to Bagan Viewing Tower for nice views (requires entrance fees)
  • Check out another pagoda
  • Shwesandaw Pagoda for sunset
  • Dinner at local eatery
  • Proceed to bus station for overnight coach ride bound for Inle Lake

Day 4: Inle Lake + Taunggyi

  • Get off the coach at Aung Ban, to meet friend’s cousin who drove rented car to us
  • Drive to & check in at La Maison Birmane Hotel at Nyaung Shwe (check prices on Booking.com | Agoda)
  • Refresh and leave hotel
  • Visit friend’s cousin’s place
  • Take a boat trip down Inle Lake
  • Afternoon lunch at friend’s cousin’s place
  • Drive to Kakku Pagodas (at Taunggyi)
  • Bbq & mala local dinner at Taunggyi
  • Visit a night pagoda
  • Drive back to Nyaung Shwe and return to hotel

Day 5: Inle Lake to Yangon

  • Hotel breakfast and check out
  • Quick stop at Shwe Yan Pyay Monastery
  • Drive to & visit Pindaya Cave at Shan State
  • Visit a local house/shop to buy pickled tea
  • Drive to Aung Ban for dinner
  • Head to pickup spot for overnight coach back to Yangon

Day 6: Yangon to Singapore

  • Reached Yangon at dawn
  • Head to friend’s house to rest
  • Head out for breakfast at local restaurant
  • Visit Bogyoke Art Market
  • Lunch at Thiripyitsaya Sky Bistro, Sakura Tower
  • Head to airport for return flight to Singapore

EUROPE

Day 1: Stockholm

  • Fly Swiss Airlines from Singapore to Zurich then Stockholm Arlanda Airport
  • Take Flygbussarna airport bus to city. Buy public transport pass at train station.
  • Head to hostel to deposit luggage
  • Explore Södermalm
  • Have lunch
  • Take train to Stockholm Public Library (Stadsbibliotek) for photos
  • Take bus to Kungsträdgården for cherry blossom flowers
  • Return to hostel to check in
  • Head out for a Stockholm walking tour! From central to Gamla Stan, & ends at Slussen
  • Dinner & rest

Day 2: Stockholm

  • Head to Slussen harbor. Take ferry to Skeppsholmen
  • Moderna Museet (museum) for Marina Abramovic’s exhibition
  • Lunch at museum restaurant
  • Board ferry to Djurgården. Explore the surroundings
  • Board Tram 7 to Kungsträdgården again for cherry blossoms
  • Explore underground art at train station(s)
  • Take train to Slussen, then walk to walking trail at Monteliusvägen for postcard views
  • Dinner & rest

Day 3: Stockholm to Bergen (Norway)

  • Check out, take train to T Centralen station, for airport bus to Arlanda airport
  • Brunch at Arlanda Airport
  • SAS flight to Bergen Airport (Norway)

Day 1: Bergen (Norway)

  • SAS flight from Stockholm Arlanda Airport to Bergen Airport (Norway)
  • Arrive at Bergen. Take airport bus to city
  • Check in at Zander K Hotel
  • Walk to Bryggen & explore
  • Take funicular to Mt Fløyen to wait for sunset
  • Leave by taking funicular down the mountain
  • Grab dinner & rest

Day 2: Bergen

  • Hotel breakfast
  • Head to Bergen train station to begin Norway in A Nutshell tour! Train from Bergen to Voss
  • Board coach at Voss to Gudvangen
  • Lunch at restaurant at Gudvangen
  • Fjord cruise! From Gudvangen, along Nærøyfjord and disembark at Flåm
  • Tea-break & snacks at restaurant in Flåm
  • Board Flåm train to Myrdal
  • Take train at Myrdal, stop over at Voss, continue to Bergen station. End of Norway In A Nutshell
  • Grab dinner & rest

Day 3: Bergen

  • Hotel breakfast
  • R&R at hotel room
  • Walk to Bryggen, take bus to cable-car station, to Mount Ulriken
  • Explore top of Mt Ulriken
  • Hike down Mount Ulriken
  • Rest at hotel

Day 4: Bergen to Stavanger

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Check out, take Kystbussen bus from Bergen to Stavanger
  • Late lunch / Early dinner (cook pasta) at AirBNB apartment

Day 5: Stavanger

  • Breakfast (instant noodles, pasta, fried Norwegian eggs) at AirBNB apartment
  • Meet up with friend at ferry terminal, take car ferry to Tau, drive up to Preikestolen
  • Hike up to Pulpit Rock (Preikestolen)
  • Rest & have snacks at Pulpit Rock
  • Hike down
  • Drive back to Tau, take car ferry back to Stavanger
  • Early dinner at Noodle Noodle at Stavanger

Day 6: Stavanger

  • Breakfast at AirBNB apartment
  • Petroleum Museum
  • Coffee break at museum
  • Early dinner

Day 7: Stavanger to Stockholm to Singapore

  • Breakfast, check out
  • Take airport bus to Stavanger airport, for SAS flight to Stockholm
  • Lunch at Stockholm Arlanda Airport
  • Take Swiss Airlines flight from Arlanda Airport, transfer at Zurich Airport to Singapore

Useful Travel Apps I Love

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XE Currency
Especially useful app to convert prices to your home currency easily!

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Libby
Libby lets you digitally borrow e-books from your local library. Instead of bringing physical books, I read on my mobile!

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PackPoint
PackPoint lets you key in a destination, the activities, then generates a list of possible items for your trip. You can add or remove. Makes packing less stressful!

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Here We Go
Designed for offline navigation, Here We Go lets you download a country’s map before your trip.

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Day One
Love documenting your trips and memories but find it too much of a hassle to journal on a notebook? Day One is a journalling app that I loved so much I paid a premium subscription for. Even the free version is great for quickly noting down words in different text formats, lets you insert photos, records where you’re journalling from and more.

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Headspace
Travelling or not, Headspace is a wonderfully designed app that makes meditation easier. With 10 free meditation guided sessions that you can repeat as many times as you like, as a traveller, Headspace helps to make falling asleep in foreign countries easier.

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Trello
Commonly used for project-management, I actually love using Trello to note my trip full itinerary & plonk in useful information like addresses, directions and more. Trello might not work fully without mobile data though, do note this. Trello syncs on the cloud across different devices.

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Trabee Pocket
A well-designed app that makes recording trip budget, expenses, by day & categories like Food, Shopping, Transport etc. I used it in Bangkok and couldn’t be more happy with it!

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Social Warfare
The best social-sharing plugin I found for my travel blog. Social Warfare looks great and works great! Choose between the free or Pro version for your needs. I love the Pro option because it allows me to upload a specific pin image, syncs with Twitter shares, and more!

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