Webby award winning travel show The Vagabond Project w/ yours truly!

Have you seen The Vagabond Project? Check out the trailer and be sure to visit TheVagabondproject.tv to see more! If traveling to Hong Kong, Beijing or Macau this season is a must see!! Enjoy!!!

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The Vagabond Project is out!!

I’m so excited to finally watch the webisodes that I shot in Beijing/Hong Kong. I had so much fun shooting everyday! The team did such a great job and each guide really teaches us viewers what we need to know when traveling to Beijing and Hong Kong! It was so much fun, but a great learning experience that I hope to share with all you travel lovers as well!
This video is one of my faves! I was soooo determined to get up on the board… Pretty emabassing what happens in this one!

 

First Night in Hong Kong VIDEO! :)


My first night was a whirlwind! I was SUPER tired but how could I just go to sleep?! Even though I hadn’t met with any friends I decided to head out on my own and hit the town!! I did meet a group early on, but quickly found out that most people in China do not like being on camera what so ever! SOOOOO in this video Im only going to show me to protect their privacy!

 

 

Travel tips as I find them…

Here are some things that I am finding out on my trip that may be helpful to know for when you go to China (Hong Kong and Beijing)…

  • Tip: if coming from the city (manhattan) and flying during the day from Newark… DO NOT take a yellow cab. With cab fares $75+ and heavy traffic taking the train to Newark is your best bet for cost and time. However if you don’t like taking the train I recommend that you hire a private car and schedule to leave 3 hours before your flight if flying internationally.
  • Plugs- not all planes have them. When going on a long flight make sure you go online and look under amenities and then “connectivity” to see what seats include power. For example on the 777 that I am on currently, there are only plugs in the first and last 20 seats… With a 16 hr flight I recommend you try to move your seat accordingly.
  • Outside of the states ALOT of the websites that you might visit regularly are not avaiable. For example although Google and Facebook ARE AVAILABLE; Pandora.com and Chase.com are not! So make sure you iTunes are full and download the Chase mobile app if you bank with them in the states.
  • No matter how big the city… if I were you DONT drink tap water! It might be “ok” to drink but it will ALWAYS be very different from the water that you are used to which will take time to get used to no matter where in the world you go!

China… Preparing for A Great Trip

I love to travel, and I am very meticulous about how I go about it! Im not a hotel kinda girl… Don’t get me wrong I LOVE to stay in great hotels. But for me traveling is best when immersed in the local culture… and if you have never been, it can take a lot of research to get there! I find the best way is by speaking to people who live there or to fellow travelers who have passed through. In the past I have have found AMAZING places to stay from sites like http://www.airbandb.com and http://www.couchsurfing.org/ and yes back in the day I stayed at hostels too! I def know what its like to rough it and make it work on a budget which helped me to see that traveling doesn’t have to cost as much as you think! In the posts to follow I will be sure to share tips and share my experiences in getting ready for my trip to China!!

But for now here are some of the preliminary research that I am doing for myself that I feel is important for any trip to a new land!

Reading the basic guide books is a good start although they usually feel like a textbook but good for briefing…

What Im reading as we speak:

Fodor’s See It China

Fodor’s Beijing  3rd edition

Fodor’s Hong Kong 22nd edition

Fodor’s Beijing’s 25 Best 5th edition

Lonely Planet Hong Kong and Macau City Guide

Some things I learned that are useful for my trip:

Beijng is pretty temperate in September…. But Hong Kong and Macau are HOT with average daily temps in the 90’s. I also learned that in Beijing it ususally pretty dry in September but Hong Kong has about 10 inches of rain on average.

Tipping isn’t customary in China

Water is not drinkable anywhere in China, although Hong Kong has higher quality it is not recommended

In the guide books above I browse through and read as needed… you can get great insider tips,  learn history,  and find out basic info on places to see. I recommend only buying one of these guides and get the rest from the library! Thats just the first round of studying more tips to come.

Next thing on the list that I have to research …

Social Customs

Where can I train for the half marathon that Im training for?!!?

What is the current exchange rate

Updates soon!

Know the weather:

I’m going to CHINA!!??

I would say this is a dream come true… but I never even dreamt that I would be able to one day work in China! With that being said, Im happy to announce that I will be traveling to Hong Kong, Beijing and Macau to host a new webisode travel series pilot for the soon to be launched site http://TheVagabondProject.tv/ …(Subscribe now to get a head start on the launch)

As mentioned on  http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Vagabond-Project/181587635223937 (make sure you “Like” the page for updates) The Vagabond Project is;

A free membership-based website that hosts a collection of webisode series about eclectic, international travel experiences focused around Gen-Y subcultures such as adventure, art, music, sustainability, architecture, theater, technology, nightlife, food, fashion, bicycles, people and lifestyles. The Vagabond Project is non-critical, apolitical and curates a showcase of positive attributes of a given culture or country. It is The Vagabond Project’s mission to inspire and share the world through new, unconventional perspectives via webisodes. The Vagabond Project is committed to being a cultural entity built upon authenticity, originality, creativity and honesty that creates opportunities for the Gen-Y community to engage in international culture.

I’m soooooo excited about the project and the trip its self so be assured that I will keep everyone updated step by step here and my tumblr www.millanasnow.tumblr.com… so please stay tuned!