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How to do Singapore on a Budget

Event-o-Rama: 10 Must-Dos in March

There are some amazing events on tap all over the world, all the time. <b>Here’s a taste of what you can see and do in March:</b><p>Stop and smell the flowers during <b>Tokyo</b>‘s <b>Ueno Sakura Matsuri</b> (March 20-April 8), timed to coincide with peak bloom times for the 1,000+ cherry trees in Ueno Park. The magic …

Tokyo Akihabara "Must See" Top Five

Let me amend that. Top five things to see in Akihabara that do not involve a Maid Cafe. Because, come on, these costumed girls are all over Akiba handing out coupons. You don't need my help to find one.<p>Akihabara is much more mainstream than the <i>you-will-never-touch-my-virginity</i> Otaku enclave you …

Japan

Do You Really Need to Get a Travel Vaccine?

<i>Photo Courtesy of KOMUnews/Flickr. Article by Robert Firpo-Cappiello of Budget Travel.</i><p>You've just told a friend about your upcoming trip to a once-in-a-lifetime locale like Machu Picchu or an African game park and he turns your wanderlust to whaa-waa with a simple question: "Have you gotten your …

Public Health

What You Need To Know About Vaccinations And Medication Before Traveling Abroad

Before traveling abroad, many people have questions about how to protect themselves from foreign bacterial or viral illnesses. The threat of infection can be scary for travelers, but supplied with all the right information, they can vastly improve their odds at staying safe.<p>The first step a …

How to Spend 5 Days in Kyoto

Arriving at my ryokan in the Higashiyama district of Kyoto, a commotion of tourists near the hotel entrance erupted as <i>maiko</i> (apprentice geisha) stopped in front of a silvery-leafed tree to pose for a photographer.<p>Given my location near Gion, famed for the <i>ochaya</i>, or teahouses, where geisha entertain …

Japan

Why Shoot in Raw Format?

<b>Reader Question:</b><p>Do most National Geographic photographers shoot in raw format? Why?<p><b>My Answer:</b> Yes, National Geographic photographers shoot exclusively in raw image format.<p>Shooting in raw format allows for more flexibility in making the pictures look their best in post-processing, particularly when …

31 Things You Should Eat In Seoul

South Korea is so much more than kimchi.<p>The Anthony Bourdain wannabes of the world consistently rank Singapore as the number one destination for true food adventures, but Seoul should be right up there as well. The eating's that good. It's so good that we couldn't narrow our favorite South Korean …

South Korea