Travel Recap of 2016, Packed with Tips

2016 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 of globalization and automation. Xenophobia is sadly becoming…

The People of Beijing in Photos

Beijing is a dynamic city with a rich history that spans thousands of years. And with 22 million people, it’s also the world’s 3rd largest city. It’s easier than ever to visit China thanks to increased airline routes, cheaper airfares and a recent 72 hour free transit visa. On our recent visit to Beijing, we…

Advice on Visiting Beijing for 72 Hours

In 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 to Melbourne on Air Asia for $650. By…

How American Airlines Nearly Cost Us Our Trip to China

Did you know that you don’t need a tourist visa for China if you plan a short trip carefully? Since 2013, in an effort to open the country to tourism, the Chinese government has implemented a free 72-hour transit visa rule. Though the rules have some major restrictions, in that you cannot change planes in…