Travel Recap of 2016, Packed with Tips

Last updated on December 22nd, 2022 at 04:55 pm2016 was a crazy year. Americans selected a self serving celebrity businessman with no political experience to be in charge of the most powerful army in the world. And British people voted to leave the European Union, as many workers struggle with job losses and the effects…

Alex and Bell are standing on a pathed section of the Great Wall of China with mountains and the wall trailing along them in the background

The People of Beijing in Photos

Last updated on March 18th, 2023 at 04:42 pmBeijing is a dynamic city with a rich history that spans thousands of years. With 22 million people, it’s also the world’s third largest city. When we visited, we utilized the free China transit visa to spend 72 hours in Beijing. We spent 5 days in Beijing…

Advice on Visiting Beijing for 72 Hours

Last updated on April 16th, 2021 at 06:22 amIn February, 2016, we made our first trip to China via the little known free 72 hour Chinese transit visa on our way to Australia. We bought two roundtrip tickets, one from Boston to Beijing on American Airlines for just $600, and two additional roundtrip tickets from Beijing…

Tips on Visiting the Great Wall of China

Last updated on March 18th, 2023 at 05:09 pm The Great Wall of China is epic, partly because it’s the largest man made structure in the world. The centuries old fortification twists and turns over the mountains, offering an array of picturesque vantage points. It’s an attraction that pictures simply can’t do justice. Here are…

Alex and Bell are standing on a pathed section of the Great Wall of China with mountains and the wall trailing along them in the background

How American Airlines Nearly Cost Us Our Trip to China

Last updated on June 17th, 2024 at 04:14 pmYou do not necessarily need a tourist visa to travel to China if you plan a short transit trip carefully. Since 2013, in an effort to open the country to tourism, the Chinese government has implemented a free transit visa. The rules have some major restrictions. Travelers…