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Travel trends, insights, experiences, tips & inspiration, all written by our expert travel nerds

September 18, 2023
best card games for travel

The Best Card Games for Travel: Making Friends on Group Tours

September 13, 2023
best thrift stores in tokyo

The Best Thrift Stores in Tokyo

August 22, 2023

Packing list for a Japan backpacking tour

Our advice is to embrace a minimalist Japanese approach when packing for your Japan backpacking tour. Here’s our packing list for Japan.
August 21, 2023
how to use an esim

How to Use an eSim for Travel

August 17, 2023
vietnam e-visas

Travel News: Updates to Vietnam e-Visas

August 15, 2023
korea packing list

The Ultimate South Korea Packing List

August 7, 2023
best trek in nepal

The Best Trek in Nepal: The Ghorepani-Ghandruk Route

August 4, 2023
gap year trip

Why You Should Take a Gap Year Trip: The Advantages of Group Tours

August 2, 2023
best bars ho chi minh

The Best Bars in Ho Chi Minh City

July 31, 2023

Travelling in Southeast Asia with Wout

July 21, 2023
best backpacks under £100

The Best Backpacks Under £100

July 17, 2023
spend a month in china

How to Spend a Month in China: Beyond the Guidebook

July 6, 2023

To the Himalayas and Beyond: The Two-week Nepal Tour

June 21, 2023

Top Tips for Japan Travel

June 16, 2023
backpacking in japan

Backpacking in Japan: Exploring the Land of the Rising Sun

June 9, 2023

What to Pack for Central Asia

May 26, 2023
best cafés in Seoul

The Best Cafés & Brunch Spots in Seoul

May 11, 2023
ayngelina in india

Travelling in India with Ayngelina

May 6, 2023
Railay Beach, Thailand

Best Apps for Backpackers in 2023

April 26, 2023
gap year trips

Thailand and Laos Travel Guide: The Ultimate List of Must-Do Activities

March 29, 2023
when to visit south korea

When to Visit South Korea

March 22, 2023
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Travelling in India with Dean

March 21, 2023

Best Books for Backpackers in 2023

March 17, 2023
48 hours in Seoul

48 Hours in Seoul

March 13, 2023

Best Spots on Jeju Island for Nature Lovers

February 16, 2023
must-haves for travelling

Must-Haves for Travelling in 2023

February 15, 2023
Arashiyama Bamboo Forest - A Weekend in Kyoto

What to do on a Weekend in Kyoto

February 10, 2023
Travelling in Nepal with Tapp & Bear

Travelling in Nepal with Ellie & Will

February 7, 2023
Takoyaki - Best Food in Osaka

The Best Food in Osaka

January 25, 2023
Akihabara - Anime Trip to Japan

What to do on an Anime Trip to Japan

January 20, 2023
View of Kyoto, a top destination for Japan in 2023

Top 5 Destinations in Japan for 2023

December 19, 2022

Top 5 Cultural Experiences in Tokyo

December 15, 2022
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When & where to see cherry blossoms in Japan

September 8, 2022

Could Indonesia be Your Next Adventure?

September 5, 2022
South Korea tours

Why South Korea is a Traveller’s Paradise

July 18, 2022

Top 5 View Points in Vietnam

May 27, 2022

Chiang Mai: How to Spend a Day in the City

May 16, 2022
Group tour in Siem Reap

Travelling With a Group: What I Learnt

May 3, 2022

Hanoi: How to Spend a Day in the City

April 3, 2022

Our Favourite Hostels in South East Asia

March 30, 2022

Everything You Need to Know Before Travelling to India

March 16, 2022

Why Visiting South Korea is the Perfect Adventure

March 9, 2022

Must-try Food in South East Asia

March 7, 2022

Ultimate Packing List for Asia Adventures

February 28, 2022

Our Top 10 Films to Inspire Travel

February 25, 2022
spend a month in china

Bucket-List Experiences With The Dragon Trip

February 20, 2022
Sunrise at Taj Mahal

India is Open for Travel, Celebrate with 15% off!

February 2, 2022

Deciding whether to book? Read our Reviews!

January 13, 2022

Looking Back on Some of our Favourite Memories

January 9, 2022

Our Favourite Activities in South East Asia

December 20, 2021
Group tours of India

How to Plan a Gap Year

December 17, 2021
spend a month in china

Our Most Frequently Asked Questions Answered

December 1, 2021
spring in asia

Why You Should Visit Asia in Spring

November 28, 2021
wellbeing in travel

Our Top Wellbeing Activities in Asia

November 26, 2021
can I go to Sri Lanka

Can I go to Sri Lanka?

November 25, 2021
Nepal Mountain Scenery

Can I go to Nepal?

November 24, 2021

2022 is the year to travel, where should you go?

November 19, 2021
Japan Group Tours

Top 5 Benefits of Travelling With a Group

November 18, 2021
women travelling safely

Travelling as a woman, is it safe?

November 17, 2021
Travelers in Osaka Dotonbori Ebisu Bridge, Japan, Asia

Book a Risk-Free Trip During Covid

October 25, 2021
Cosplay during Halloween

What to do in Japan during Halloween

October 1, 2021
DMZ - Tunnel

Visiting Korea’s Demilitarized Zone | Expert Travel Tips

September 16, 2021

Watch Nanta on a Visit to Korea | Expert Travel Tips

August 20, 2021
Almaty, Kazakhstan

Top Asian Cities to Visit in 2022

August 6, 2021

A View from Inside Nepal

July 9, 2021

Top Waterfalls to Visit in Asia

June 25, 2021

Best Bars in Busan | Expert Travel Tips

June 18, 2021
Bali Beach

Best Beaches in Asia

June 4, 2021

Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Central Asia (the ‘Stans)

May 21, 2021
People Eating in Jakarta

Best Places to Eat in Jakarta | Expert Travel Tips

April 30, 2021

Visit the ‘Stans: The Lowdown on Central Asian Countries

April 23, 2021

Post Trip Guide- Jeju Island

April 15, 2021
Akihabara - Anime Trip to Japan

2022 Japan Family Tour

April 9, 2021
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How to Spend a Day in Mumbai | Post-trip Guide

April 1, 2021
Shanghai Streets

Should I Visit Beijing or Shanghai?

March 26, 2021
Eating Pad Thai

Top Places to Eat in Bangkok | Expert Travel Tips

March 19, 2021
Temple of Literature in Hanoi

Pre-trip guide: How to Spend a Day in Hanoi

March 12, 2021
Jakarta National Museum

Pre-trip Guide to Jakarta | Expert Travel Tips

March 5, 2021
Milmyeon food in Busan

Food in Busan | Expert Travel Tips

February 26, 2021

What To Do In Delhi: Pre-trip Guide

February 10, 2021
Shah-i-Zinda, Uzbekistan

Historical Sites of Samarkand | Uzbekistan City Guides

January 29, 2021

What To Do In Kathmandu: Pre-trip Guide

January 22, 2021
Minoo Park, Osaka

Osaka Travel Guide: Extra Time Activities

January 13, 2021
Plov being served in Uzbekistan

Expert Travel Tips: Central Asian Food

December 9, 2020
Almaty, Kazakhstan

48 Hours in Almaty- Central Asia Pre Trip Guide

November 27, 2020
Norimaki Sushi

Travel Guide to Sushi in Japan

November 2, 2020
Nepal cultural tour

5 Best Dishes to try in Nepal | Expert Travel Tips

October 21, 2020

South Korea – World Cup 2002

October 1, 2020

The Best of Bali

September 15, 2020
Group Tours Southeast Asia

Where to go in 2021: Southeast Asia

September 8, 2020

Top 5 Things for Budget Travellers To Do in Beijing

August 20, 2020

Where to go in 2021: Nepal

August 13, 2020

Where to go 2021: Central Asia

August 12, 2020
Japanese Buildings

Where to go in 2021: Japan

August 5, 2020

Where to go in South Korea

July 30, 2020

Where to go in 2021: Indonesia

July 1, 2020
Seoul, South Korea

How Does South Korea Punch Above Its Weight?

June 24, 2020

5 Unmissable Things to do on a Nepal Backpacker Tour

June 22, 2020

Nepal Budget Tour: Focus on the Gurkhas: Interview with Major Gurung

June 11, 2020

5 things not to miss in Central Asia

May 12, 2020
Popcorn in a bowl

Films to Feed Your Wanderlust on Netflix UK

April 9, 2020
Cocktail bar in Seoul

Best clubs and bars in Seoul | Expert Travel Tips | Trip to Seoul

April 2, 2020
Cherry, interviewee for the Hubei lockdowns

Cherry’s Story: Lockdown in Hubei

March 26, 2020
Travelers on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Asia

Where to Travel in 2020 and 2021: Must Visit Cities

March 11, 2020
Food being served at Jakarta Street Food Market

The 5 Best Indonesian Street Food Dishes

March 4, 2020
Walking through India in the summer heat

How to Handle the Heat: Travelling India in Summer

February 26, 2020
coral reef

Reef-safe sunscreen | What it is and why we should all start using it

February 13, 2020
Woman doing yoga on beach

Top tips on how to stay happy and healthy whilst travelling

February 3, 2020
highlights of Indonesia

Escaping Bali: The Top Highlights of Indonesia

January 28, 2020
Travelers eating food in Jaipur

The Best Places & Where to Visit in India

January 28, 2020
responsible travel

How to Travel Sustainably & Be a Responsible Traveller

January 28, 2020

Japanese Culture: The Ultimate Guide

Like the British, the Japanese have a bit of a reputation when it comes to minding one’s Ps and Qs.  As a traveller, it can be […]
December 30, 2019
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Beach Clean Ups: Why You Should Take Part In One

December 20, 2019
Seoul, South Korea

Why South Korea is a great destination

December 20, 2019
Taj Majal Guide

Our Guide | The Taj Mahal

If you’re travelling to India whether independently or on a group tour, chances are the iconic Taj Mahal will be at the top of your list […]
December 20, 2019
affordable cafes Tokyo

The Best Affordable Cafes In Tokyo

Japan and Tokyo in particular, is known for its eclectic array of themed and animal cafes. They’re a great way of spending some time in a […]
December 18, 2019
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Best Rooftop Bars in Shanghai, China

December 17, 2019
Backpacker riding in tuk tuk, India

Ultimate packing guide for your backpacking trip to India in 2020 | Expert Travel Tips

If you’re planning on embarking on an India trip in 2019, then you’ll want to know what you do and don’t need to take with you. Nothing is worse than overpacking and lugging around a heavy backpack for weeks on end, so here’s our guide to packing for your backpacking trip to India.
December 17, 2019
vietnamese street food

6 best Vietnamese foods you need to try!

December 10, 2019
Onsen in Japan

Jjimjilbang vs. Onsen: What’s the difference?

December 5, 2019
koh rong island

Top backpacking activities on Koh Rong Island

November 12, 2019
Kids on a bike in Delhi

North vs. South: Your guide to backpacking in India

India is a huge country with an abundance of exciting cultures and the possibility of endless adventures. You could easily spend weeks or months exploring, but for those of us who only have a limited amount of time away, it can be hard to pack it all in! If you have around two weeks of holiday, we’d recommend focusing your time in either the north or the south. Keep reading to find out which would best suit on your backpacking trip in India!
November 10, 2019

Where should I travel to in 2022? | Quiz

We know you guys are interested in traveling. But where should you be going? We think we have a solution with our travel personality quiz which matches your character, tastes, and life goals to the country you should be visiting next.
October 7, 2019
Japan Adventure Tour

Seven Unusual Vending Machines To Look Out For On An Adventure In Tokyo, Japan

Want to have your own Japan adventure tour? Check out our Japan Adventure Tours or Japan Family Tours! Drop us a message in the chat box […]
September 23, 2019

How to survive a long-haul flight

September 17, 2019

The Dragon Trip partners with One Tree Planted

September 17, 2019
responsible travel

Responsible Travel: why does it matter and what are we doing about it?

September 11, 2019

Top 10 reasons why Indonesia should be your next destination

September 4, 2019
South Korea tours

Why South Korea should be at the top of your bucket list

August 29, 2019
Travelers in Osaka Dotonbori Ebisu Bridge, Japan, Asia

Cheap travel tips for Japan

August 23, 2019
South East Asia Tour

7 Lao foods you must try

Inspired to go backpacking around Laos and try all of these delicious dishes yourself? Check out our group tours to Laos, from our full 31-day Southeast […]
August 22, 2019
Adventure Tours Indonesia

Vegetarian and Vegan Guide to Indonesia

August 21, 2019
South Korea travel

How to spend 24 hours in Seoul, South Korea

August 20, 2019
backpacking Asia

How to prepare for a month backpacking in Asia

August 19, 2019
Japan Adventure Tours

The Ultimate Guide to Japanese Festivals

August 9, 2019
Backpacking Tours India

How to prepare for a trip to India | Expert Travel Tips

August 6, 2019
korean food

10 Essential Korean Foods You Must Try

August 2, 2019
18-35 tours China travel tours

How to find the best tour to suit your China travel dreams | Expert Travel Tips

August 1, 2019

Ultimate guide to backpacking in South Korea

August 1, 2019
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Travel Quiz: Where should you travel in South Korea?

July 25, 2019
Group Tours Thailand

Most Instagrammable places in Thailand

July 19, 2019
Backpack to China

Solo Backpacking China: Is it as hard as you think?

July 10, 2019
Adventure Tours Japan

Why Japan should be your next adventure holiday destination

July 4, 2019
vietnam e-visas

Top tips for a backpacking trip to Vietnam | Expert Travel Tips

June 25, 2019
Budget Backpacking Tours in Laos

Top 6 reasons why Laos should be at the top of your bucket list | Budget Travel

June 10, 2019
packing backpacking in Indonesia

How to pack for a backpacking trip to Indonesia | Expert Travel Tips

June 7, 2019
Food in India

5 top tips to eat food safely in India | Expert Travel Tips

May 30, 2019
Budget Backpacking Tours in China

Budget guide to backpacking in China | Expert Travel Tips

April 18, 2019
backpacking Indonesia budget

Most Instagrammable places in Indonesia

April 16, 2019
18-35 tours China

Why China should be at the top of your post-uni travel plans

April 8, 2019
gap year trip

Our China Adventure Leader training weekend

April 5, 2019
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An insight into Mumbai’s homegrown neighbourhoods

April 3, 2019
An American in Osaka

Culture shock traveling from America to Japan

March 25, 2019
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Top 10 things to do in Indonesia | Expert Travel Tips

March 25, 2019
backpacking in Indonesia

Ultimate guide for first-time backpackers in Indonesia | Expert Travel Tips

January 31, 2019

Beginner’s Guide to Cosplaying in Japan | Expert Travel Tips

So, you want to book your budget anime adventure tour through Tokyo and follow your guide to your first Japanese anime convention: AnimeJapan. Your cosplay is on point - wig stiff and armor detailed. You’ve been to all the conventions in your local area countless times, so how different could cosplaying in Japan be?
January 28, 2019

Here’s where you should be travelling to for the cherry blossom season

January 23, 2019

6 Tips for Traveling with Children in Japan | Expert Travel Tips

January 21, 2019

Bangkok Travel Guide | 3 Day Pre-Trip Itinerary

January 3, 2019
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Top 5 things to do in Hangzhou, China | Expert Travel Tips

You’ve probably heard of Beijing and Shanghai, but if you haven’t heard of Hangzhou then you’re seriously missing out! Hangzhou was one of China’s seven ancient capital cities and is now the richest small city in the country. Here are our top 5 China travel tips for Hangzhou that make it a must-see city while you’re travelling around China.
December 26, 2018
Backpacking in Thailand Southeast Asia

Vegan & Vegetarian guide to Thailand | Expert Travel Tips

Travelling as a vegan or vegetarian can sometimes seem like the biggest challenge in the world. Now try it when you’re backpacking in Southeast Asia! You’re probably thinking this would be super difficult, right? Seafood, fish oil, meat in every dish… But you’re wrong! Southeast Asia, and particularly Thailand, has an abundance of vegetarian dishes on offer, many of which can be easily adapted to be vegan. Here’s our guide to backpacking in Thailand with dietary restrictions!
December 21, 2018
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Japan’s Best Family Friendly Activities | Expert Travel Tips

If you’re thinking about taking your nearest and dearest on a holiday to Japan but are worried about keeping everyone entertained, we’ve compiled this handy guide to some of Japan’s best family-friendly activities. All of the outings included can be experienced on our Japan Family Adventure – our itinerary created specifically with family groups in mind.
December 14, 2018
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Why you should travel to China next Autumn | Expert Travel Tips

As 2018 comes to a close, we know you're already thinking about where you should travel next year. Well, we know the perfect adventure destination for you - China! And, what's more, we know the best time for you to visit, so keep reading to find out why you should travel to China next autumn!
December 10, 2018

Top 5 reasons why Cambodia should be at the top of your bucket list | Budget Travel

Southeast Asia is one of the most popular backpacking destinations in the world, but it’s difficult to find the time and money to explore it in its entirety. Here are our top 5 reasons why Cambodia should be at the top of your bucket list. Make sure you read to the end to find out what budget adventure tours to Cambodia you could get your hands on in 2019!
December 7, 2018
India trip in 2019

Most Instagrammable places in India | Expert Travel Tips

It’s hard to deny that India is one of the most vibrant, culturally rich and beautiful countries in the world, which is why you should be planning an India trip in 2019. The Indian Government even launched a tourism campaign named ‘Incredible India’, so it’s safe to say we can all agree on that. But if you need a little more persuasion, here are the most Instagrammable places in India guaranteed to make your profile the talk of the town.
December 3, 2018
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Best apps to download for your budget adventure tour in China | Expert Travel Tips

When you’re travelling to another country, you want to be as prepared as you can be. China is a particularly unique country to travel in, from language barriers, culture shock and internet censorship. Popular western websites like Google, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are censored by the Chinese government. These are the best alternative apps to download on your phone for your upcoming budget adventure tour in China.
November 30, 2018
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How to learn Mandarin while backpacking in China

We recently spoke to the co-founder and managing director of The Chairman’s Bao, Sean McGibney, who gave us some insight about how the Chinese language learning platform works and how to utilise it while backpacking in China.
November 28, 2018
travelling in Japan

Top Japanese restaurants in London

As much as we all love travelling around Asia, we know that it's not always possible to do it all year round (although we wish it was!). If you're like us and absolutely fell in love with Japanese cuisine, you'll probably want to treat your taste buds while you're back at home too. Here are our favourite Japanese restaurants in London for when you can't be travelling in Japan!
November 21, 2018
travelling in China

Top street food dishes to try when travelling in China | Expert Travel Tips

There’s nothing better than treating your taste buds to new and exciting foods when you’re travelling. When you’re travelling to a country where you don’t speak the language, and you can’t even hazard a guess – like Mandarin – then it can be difficult to know what to try. Here are our favourite street food dishes that are an absolute must-try for anyone travelling in China!
November 14, 2018
travelling in China

An interview with Charles Henry | The Dragon Trip

In honour of our good friend and colleague, Justin Shapiro, who tragically passed away in 2017, we launched The Justin Shapiro Internship and Travel Scholarship, in partnership with CRCC Asia. The programme allows a number of young people, who may not otherwise have a chance to do so, to experience working and travelling in China. We spoke to Charles Henry who went to China this summer about his experiences during his 1-month long internship at CRCC Asia, and on The Dragon Trip's 21-day backpacking adventure.
November 2, 2018
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9 tips for taking stunning travel photographs by Gabriele from Bonusprint

Discover these awesome travel photography tips from Gabriele from bonusprint and take your best photos ever when you're exploring a new place.
November 1, 2018
Group Tours Asia

Why you should do a group tour rather than travel solo | Expert Travel Tips

So you want to go backpacking in Asia but you’re wary about going it alone? We totally get, the world is a big place, especially when you’re in a country where you don’t speak the language. But didn’t you know? Everybody is talking about the benefits of group travelling. Here are the top reasons why it’s better to do a group tour than travel solo.
October 26, 2018
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Most Instagram-worthy places in China | Expert Travel Tips

China is one of the largest countries in the world, so its home to an abundance of breath-taking locations bound to make anyone’s Instagram followers jealous. With so many photogenic places to visit and things to do, narrowing it down was quite the task! But our team of travel experts have picked out their top 8 most Instagrammable places in China.
October 19, 2018
Group Tours Southeast Asia

Why group tours are the answer to your Southeast Asia gap year

So, you've finished school – congratulations! Some of your friends might have headed off to university at the end of the summer but you would much rather explore the wonders of Southeast Asia. Here are our top reasons why group tours are the best option for your Southeast Asia gap year adventure.
October 18, 2018
cheap travel china

Top 5 places to travel in China on a budget | Expert Travel Tips

China is a vast country with so much to offer. From bustling metropolises to mountain ranges, luscious countryside to extensive deserts, China offers the opportunity for endless adventures. But for many of us, we only have a few weeks to explore and our pockets don't run deep, so keep reading to find out our top 5 unmissable places to travel in China on a budget.
September 26, 2018
family films

Family films to watch before your Japan Adventure | Expert Travel Tips

If you’ve booked onto our Japan Family Adventure, you might be looking for something to get you and your family in the mood for all things Japanese. With that in mind, we’ve put together this list of five incredible family films.
September 25, 2018

Top 10 things to see in India | Expert Travel Tips

Want to go travelling in India but don't know where to go or what to see? You're in luck! Keep reading to find out what made our list of top 10 unmissable attractions in India.
September 20, 2018

Vegan and Vegetarian guide to India | Expert Travel Tips

One the best parts about travelling is exploring a country’s cuisine, and India’s is one of the best in the world. But how difficult is it as a vegan or vegetarian to find authentic food in the land of rich curries and creamy lassis. Keep reading for our in-depth guide of all the vegan and veggie options on offer around India.
September 7, 2018
travelling in India

The ultimate guide for first-time backpackers in India | Expert Travel Tips

India is one of the most culturally rich countries in the world, so we can totally understand why you want to travel there. Many people feel overwhelmed by India, so here are our top tips for first-time backpackers heading there.
September 7, 2018
travelling in India

Top tips for women backpacking in India | Expert Travel Tips

Just like in every other country, safe and smart travel is important, especially for female travellers. Here are our top tips for female backpackers heading to India.
August 22, 2018

6 tips for keeping your adventures low-cost | Budget Travel

Going on an adventure is one of the most exciting and fulfilling ways to travel, but it can also become quite expensive. Here are our best tips for mastering the art of budget adventure trips.
August 17, 2018
japan in autumn

5 reasons to travel to Japan in autumn | Expert Travel Tips

Thinking about booking a trip to Japan? Here we bring you five reasons why autumn is the perfect time to visit.
August 17, 2018
Yangshuo Bamboo Raft on China tours

Why is Mandarin Chinese the best language to learn now?

In conversations amongst teachers, parents and students it’s common to hear Mandarin being tipped as the language ‘you should be learning’. So common, in fact, that it’s easy to not stop and question why that is. Here’s Haena Kim, Head of Education at The Dragon Trip with some hard and fast facts on why learning Mandarin Chinese is so useful at this point in time.
August 14, 2018
trip preparation Japan

The best time to visit Tokyo | Expert Travel Tips

Want to travel to Tokyo but don’t know when? Japan has four distinct seasons, but they vary a lot from Europe due to the country’s position in the Pacific Ocean. We put together this simple guide to help you get your head around Japan's climate and get prepared for your trip.
August 10, 2018

9 tips for first time backpackers in China | Expert Travel Tips

So you want to go backpacking in China, but you've heard some stories that worry you a little? Here are our 8 top tips to handle some of the most common fears about traveling in the country.
August 7, 2018
asian hostels

The Dragon Trip’s top hostel picks | Budget Travel

There are many different types of hostels and Asia is home to some of the best. We have spoken to a group of our Adventure Planners about their favourite hostels that we stay at during our tours.
August 3, 2018
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Top 5 reasons why you need to visit Laos now | Expert Travel Tips

When you think of Southeast Asia, long sandy beaches and clear blue waters tend to jump to mind. But unlike many of its neighbouring countries, Laos is one of the only landlocked countries in Southeast Asia. Here are our top 5 reasons why you need to visit Laos now.
August 3, 2018
cheap travel china

Where is your Chinese spiritual home? | Quiz

If you're yet to travel in China (or just can't figure it out yourself) we've designed this quiz to calculate where in the country you'd be best placed.
July 27, 2018

Experience tropical Japan on Ishigaki Island, Okinawa | Expert Travel Tips

Okinawa is known for its unspoilt beaches, turquoise waters and diverse wildlife. To give you the chance to explore this lesser-trodden corner of Japan, we’re launching an optional 4-night extension trip to Ishigaki in the Yaeyama islands, southern Okinawa.
July 9, 2018

Japan Guide for Anime And Manga Fans | Expert Travel Tips

Over the past few decades anime (Japanese animation) and its older cousin manga (Japanese comic books) have become major cultural exports. Here we bring you the top destinations for anime and manga enthusiasts to visit while in Japan.
May 30, 2018
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Why Joe travelled to Asia with The Dragon Trip | Video Interview

Joe's the first person who has taken every single one of our tours. Naturally, we wanted to hear what he had to say about The Dragon Trip experience.
May 23, 2018

Haggling in China | Expert Travel Tips

Haggling is part of Chinese culture and it can be a fun – sometimes necessary – activity to do when purchasing items during your backpacking adventure. Here's our quick guide on how to haggle like a native.
May 23, 2018
activities teenagers japan

The best activities for teenagers in Japan | Expert Travel Tips

Our Japan Family Tour has been specifically created to uncover the best of what this fascinating country has to offer and is sure to impress even the most discerning of teenagers. Here we bring you a run-down of some of our favourite teen-friendly activities, all of which can be experienced on our family tour.
May 16, 2018
Japan cheap travel

Budget Japan | Travel the land of the rising sun on a shoestring

We offer the best-value tour to Japan on the market, if you’re looking to travel through this fascinating country on a budget.  Here are our money-saving tips to bear in mind when you’re planning your trip.
May 2, 2018
cheap travel china

We’re now taking high-speed rail to Chengdu!

Thanks to the wonders of high-speed rail, we now make the journey from Guilin to Chengdu (about 1430km) in a mere 7 hours. Waving goodbye to using the 27 hour sleeper train adds a whole extra night onto the time we spend Chengdu, so here's a little bit more about the city you'll be staying in.
April 20, 2018

Essential guide to Southeast Asian food | Expert Travel Tips

Backpacking in Southeast Asia? Read our recommendations on what’s tasty, authentic, won't break the bank and won't give you bellyache. This guide briefs you on essential food to eat and where to get it in Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia.
April 19, 2018
Shinto travel to Japan

An idiot’s guide to Shinto | Expert Travel Tips

If you’re travelling to Japan, the chances are you will visit at least a couple of sites significant to the country’s native religion Shinto. Here we bring you a quick guide to the religion.
April 17, 2018
Nikko travel to Japan

Return to Nature at Nikko National Park | Expert Travel Tips

Nikko National Park, which incorporates the city of Nikko and the sprawling mountainous landscape that surrounds it, offers beautifully rugged scenery and is less than 2 hours away from Tokyo via the Tobu Railway line
April 11, 2018

Packing for a School Trip to Japan | Teachers’ Corner

Packing for a school trip can be tricky, especially if your itinerary includes multiple locations. We’ve compiled a list of essential items plus some extras that will help you make the most out of your trip to Japan with us.
April 5, 2018
family travel to Japan

Travelling as a family in Japan | Expert Travel Tips

Our 12-day Japan Family Adventure is jam packed with activities suitable for all ages, so while we’ve got the entertainment and accommodation covered, here are a few handy tips to ensure that your family trip to Japan goes as smoothly as possible.
March 27, 2018
Osaka food travel in Japan

Top 10 foods to try in Osaka | Expert Travel Tips

Osaka is famous in Japan - and beyond - for being a foodies’ paradise. Here are ten typically Osakan dishes to try while you explore Japan’s second city.
March 26, 2018

LGBT+ in Japan | Expert Travel Tips

If you’re part of the LGBT community and about to travel to Japan, you may be wondering whether you can expect a warm welcome. We’ve put together a short introduction to being LGBT in Japan, so that you will be armed with the facts before you take your trip.
March 26, 2018

Japan Learning Adventures Highlights

Our Japan Learning Adventures cover a vast range of culturally enriching activities, from discovering the country’s pre-modern history in Kyoto to learning about cutting edge technology on the man-made island of Odaiba. Learn more in our rundown of some of the highlights of our Japan trips!
March 26, 2018
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Our favourite videos taken on The Dragon Trip (2015-2018)

As time goes by, more and more Dragons are setting out to explore Asia and they're coming back with more and more cinematic masterpieces. So, before the old videos get lost and forgotten, we thought we’d compile them in a blog!
March 16, 2018

Explore Tokyo’s Nightlife | Expert Travel Tips

An essential part of The Dragon Trip is accessing Tokyo’s culturally rich and ever evolving nightlife. Here’s our Tokyo travel guide, giving you travel tips to find the city’s best bars and the story behind them.
March 16, 2018

China Family Travel Guide | Tour Launch

We've just launched our China family tour and we're super excited about it! Here's our guide for families taking a holiday in China, covering everything from using the internet to handling dietary requirements.
February 14, 2018
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Vegetarian & Vegan Guide to China | Expert Travel Tips

China’s cuisine is one of the tastiest on the planet. Here’s our China travel experts’ guide to make sure you’re able to find vegetarian and vegan food with ease and don’t compromise on authenticity one bit.
February 9, 2018

What to expect at a Japanese bathhouse | Expert Travel Tips

It may come as a surprise to learn that communal bathing is as much a part of Japanese culture as raw fish or landscaped gardens. Of course, this being Japan there are strict codes of conduct that should be adhered to when you visit a sentō or onsen.  Here is our expert guide to public bathing like a pro.
December 21, 2017

#Dragonshoots17 Instagram Competition | Interview with Helen

We interviewed the winner of our #dragonshoots17 competition, Helen Sharpe, on the story behind her picture and to learn more about her adventure in China.
November 30, 2017

Travel Buddies & Friends | Interview with Nick

Nick Ward took our China flagship adventure tour in 2016. We sat down to chat with him to find out more about the experiences his group shared, how they bonded, and how they all became friends for life.
November 22, 2017
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How to stay fit while traveling | Trip Preparation

If you’re wondering how to stay fit while traveling, you will be pleased to know that it’s easy. Sit back, relax and enjoy your ultimate guide to staying in shape on the move.
September 26, 2017

Exploring Classic Japan | Tour Launch

Want to see even more of Japan? Learn about our new seven day extension to our Japan Budget Tour takes you even further off the beaten path.
September 18, 2017

Backpacker’s Guide to Etiquette in China | Trip Preparation

As a foreigner, you won’t be expected to know everything, but in order to be as prepared as you can before your trip (and impress some locals along the way!) read over these four rules of etiquette in China.
August 23, 2017

CRCC Shandong Learning Adventure | A Student’s Perspective

Qingdao, a city in Shandong province, China, is famous for its imperial architecture, beautiful coastline and beer exported to 62 countries. CRCC intern, John, wrote a blog about his experiences when he visited the city with The Dragon Trip.
June 20, 2017

Designing our Southeast Asia Adventure Tour | Tour Launch

We sat down to chat with Will, one of the architects of our Southeast Asia Adventure, to learn about how he planned it and why it’s the best way to see the region.
May 23, 2017
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Travel Apps for China | Trip Preparation

Mobile apps are an important asset to have when travelling; they can help you with everything from communicating to booking transport. Before you jet-off to travel in China (or if you’re currently there) we recommend downloading these 5 essential apps.
April 20, 2017

5 Hacks to Avoid Getting Lost in Chinese Cities

China’s cities are colossal. Most people know that by now and the thought of navigating megacities like Shanghai and Beijing as a humble tourist can be a little intimidating. Fear not – with a handful of travel hacks The Dragon Trip will have you sorted.
April 12, 2017

Drinking with Dragons: A traveler’s guide to alcohol in China

Tourists not being able to handle their drink on holiday is a stereotype some may be all too scared of living up to. Wising up on alcohol in China certainly isn’t a bad idea if you’re planning to make a visit!
March 24, 2017

Laos Literacy Boosted By South East Asia Backpacking Tours

Big Brother Mouse aims to give young people the chance to practice their speaking skills, test their listening and discover other cultures. On our budget tour of Southeast Asia; we aim to give our travellers the chance to be a part of this.
February 24, 2017

The Beijing Travel Guide | 3 Day Pre-trip Itinerary

To make your independent travel experience as pain free as possible, we've put together an example 3 day Beijing pre/post trip itinerary! It combines some of the must see sights with local hidden gems! Click here to read more.
February 16, 2017

Hong Kong Travel Guide | 3 Day Pre-trip Itinerary

It can be a daunting task to plan your trip itinerary – especially when your time is limited. That’s why The Dragon Trip has put together a 3 day pre-trip Hong Kong itinerary that includes all the must-see sights and our favourite haunts to help you get started!
February 8, 2017

The Vegan and Vegetarian Guide to Japan | Expert Travel Tips

Is vegan and veggie food easy to come by in Japan? What restaurants should I visit and what dishes should I order? Find out more here!
January 31, 2017

This is a hostel takeover! | Japan Accommodation Guide

The Dragon Trip have a few awesome travel hacks that keep costs down so you can have an epic trip without worrying about your budget. Want to know our big secret? It's hostels! Learn about Japanese hostels here!
January 25, 2017

The Foodie’s guide to China

Fancy yourself as a bit of a foodie? Love your local takeaway, but not sure how the real deal will match up? Or simply not sure what to expect? Our definitive guide on what to eat and where, will take you on a step by step culinary journey through your 25 day HK - HK backpacking tour! Enjoy!
January 18, 2017

The Ultimate Great Wall of China Adventure

There’s nothing more disheartening than turning up at Badaling, full of excitement about seeing the Great Wall of China for the first time, and realising that 10,000 other people will be joining you every step of the way. Get your Great Wall of China adventure right, and it will be one of the highlights of your life.
January 11, 2017
A top destination for Japan in 2023 is Tokyo

Tokyo 2020 Olympics Heads Back to the Future

If Tokyo 2020 has anything close to the impact of the 1964 Tokyo Games, locals and tourists will see a city and country transformed.
January 4, 2017

What’s it like to be gay in China? | Expert Travel Tips

Haena Kim, our Head of Asia Sales, moved to Shanghai with her girlfriend in 2013. Here she shares her insights on what it’s like to be gay in China.
December 22, 2016
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Christmas in China – Straight from the dragon’s mouth

There are only four sleeps until Christmas and in our London office the festivities are well underway. The party is planned; the secret Santa committee are working hard, the playlist selected and the halls “decked”.
December 14, 2016
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Chinese tourists swap buses for backpacks

There are signs that younger generations of Chinese tourists are abandoning big tour groups and buses for a taste of independent adventure.
December 7, 2016

Fujian: The province that brought China to the world

There is a long history of Fujianese leaving their home province in droves for foreign shores, spreading Chines culture and food around the world.
November 30, 2016

TDT’s 2016 Christmas Message

What a year! Despite the ups and downs around the world, our trips have literally *never* been better. Here's a round up of our great year.
November 30, 2016
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The idiot’s guide to anime, manga and cosplay

The world is full of anime and manga lovers. In an effort to get clued up, here’s our idiot’s guide to a quirky part of Japanese culture.
November 23, 2016

China’s high-speed train revolution

China’s high-speed train revolution has transformed the movement of people and enabled tourists to pack more into China tours than ever before.
November 22, 2016

British Youth Travel Award Nomination!

The Dragon Trip are proud to have been nominated for an award by one of the industry's most prestigious bodies.
November 16, 2016

6 films to watch before travelling in China

Watch these six great films about China and we guarantee you'll start your trip better informed about the country’s culture and history.
November 10, 2016

Travelling with a tattoo in Japan

Japanese people tend to show little tolerance for body art. If you’re inked up, be prepared at times to get creative about concealing tattoos.
November 2, 2016
Xi'an Guide

Xi’an: The end of the Silk Road

The Terracotta Warriors attract most attention but Xi'an's Muslim Quarter is a real gem and a human link to the city's illustrious past.
October 26, 2016
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First Japan backpacking tour – done!

We just took our first group of Dragon Trippers on our new Japan backpacking tour – and they loved it! Read on to find out about some of the highlights.
October 6, 2016
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New brand, new website, same epic tours

After such phenomenal growth, we saw this as an unmissable opportunity to take stock and really define our purpose and future direction. So here it is: the Dragon Trip refreshed and with bigger goals than ever before!
July 19, 2016

A student’s tips on preparing for a China trip

What better way to prepare for your upcoming trip to China, than a personal account from a previous school Dragon Tripper? Check out tips from Harriet Hards!
July 6, 2016
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Useful tips for your Japan adventure tour

Before setting off on your Japan adventure tour, there are a few things that are good to know. Here at The Dragon Trip, we have put together a list of useful tips to help with your trip preparation and to make sure you have the best time possible!
July 6, 2016
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To backpack or not to backpack, that is the question

Forget Batman vs Superman, we’re here to get to the bottom of the dispute on everyone’s mind - backpack vs suitcase - the greatest debate of our generation.
April 19, 2016
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7 great tips for travelling in China

China is the most populated country on the planet, culturally diverse and scarily big - it can put off even the hardiest of travellers. Thankfully, one of our adventure leaders, Yangshuo local Sally Zeng, has put together some tips to make sure your trip is a success.
April 19, 2016

Packing for a school trip to China

It is hard packing for a China trip, especially if you haven't been before. Here's what we recommend.
March 1, 2016

The backpacker’s guide to etiquette in Japan

Japanese etiquette is often described as a minefield for backpackers. So, here are a few tips to put you at ease on your Japan tour and help you avoid those cultural banana-skins.
February 22, 2016

Top 10 quirky things to do in Tokyo

Seeing weird subcultures up close is one of the most fun parts of any Japan backpacking tour. As Japan’s capital and largest city, there’s no better place to experience this side of the country than Tokyo. So here’s our quirky top ten things to do in Tokyo.
February 2, 2016

The highest highs in Japan’s mountains and outdoors

Japan’s beautiful countryside is the perfect way for travellers to decompress after a neon overdose in Tokyo or another city.
January 25, 2016

Christmas cheer for Shaolin Children’s Home

The Shaolin Children’s home holds a special place in our hearts so we sent gifts to say thank you for the joy they bring to our travellers :)
January 11, 2016

Japan – the next budget travel destination?

There is no doubt that it has never been cheaper for travellers and backpackers to visit Japan. You don’t have to break the bank to enjoy the best of this fascinating country. Here are a few reasons why.
December 7, 2015

The joys of train travel in China

Don’t be daunted by trains, stations and logistical stress. A train journey can be the highlight of a China backpacking adventure – if travellers go into it with the right mindset.
October 21, 2015

Another great TDT China video – 4 mins in HD!

Thanks to Juan Andres Caicedo for uploading this absolutely cracking video, showing his time in China on The Dragon Trip during summer 2015. Some incredible footage of Yangshuo, Xian and the Great Wall at sunrise.
September 2, 2015

How to have an incredible night out in Shanghai

By far the most exciting, cosmopolitan and Western Chinese city, Shanghai offers an incredible night out for travellers and backpackers. Here are some top tips for getting the most out of it all.