The art of letting go, and what we can learn from the East

It is impossible to think of East Asia in springtime without the iconic imagery of cherry trees in bloom. I explored their deeper cultural meaning during a recent trip to South Korea.

What I learned from confronting my smartphone habits

In the age of digital distraction, we regularly pick up our smartphone to do one thing, only to end up doing something else. How did we get here and what can we do about it?

What if we embraced our inner child more often?

In children, we see hope without cynicism. Curiosity without constraints. Love without the fear of heartbreak. Could we regain what slipped away from us on our path to adulthood? 

How I became more at ease with travelling alone

Travelling alone is a joy, it’s a pain, and it’s often both at the same time. This is my story of how I learned to accept and appreciate the solitude that accompanies me on my travels.

The painting in the mountains

"First I saw the mountains in the painting. Then I saw the painting in the mountains." This Chinese proverb crossed my mind when I was standing at the top of Mt. Beacon in South Korea.

Hong Kong air pollution in photos

You’ve probably heard about Hong Kong air pollution before. You might have read about it in your Lonely Planet. But nothing can prepare you for the actual sight of a city that is covered under a thick blanket of smog.

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