There are few things harder on your skin than air travel. When you combine the stress of flying with the harsh conditions in the cabin and the new protocols required by COVID-19, you end up with the worst possible scenario for keeping your skin clean and healthy. Still, it is possible to arrive at your destination with glowing skin if you counterbalance the negative effects of air travel with a few proactive measures.
It’s now the New Year! Officially! In China, it’s celebrated shortly over a month later and through Spring Festival. It is THE occasion of the year! While living abroad in China, I experienced Lunar New Year firsthand in Shanghai, China.
Do you have the travel bug, right now? Maybe you just want to explore the world more? Perhaps you want a fresh, new start? Or maybe you want to meet new people and try new things. Whatever your reason, you’ve come across this post right now because you are thinking about living abroad. And my response to that internal question is- do it!
When you come to Shanghai, of course, you want to try authentic Chinese food. It is absolutely delicious and just on par with it are the many desserts that you can find here in the city. On nearly every corner, almost every metro stop, and in every mall basement market, you can find someplace that sells desserts
As I sit back waiting for fall to get into full swing, I am reminded about this time a few years ago I was preparing for my first move abroad. My first move ever. It was a crazy time! The whole time rushed past me in a blur. There were documents, luggage, and my mind was trying to process more than it could handle. You never know what quite to expect when moving abroad, just that you should probably expect everything.
The climb is exciting and at the same time terrifying. It’s amazing being so high up, watching the landscape change before your eyes. Still, can’t help the sudden drop of the heart; especially when the car disappears into the clouds. It’s like you’re just floating, but its eerie moving and not seeing anything. One of the members in the group likened the experience to Stephen King’s The Mist—way to increase the terror and suspense.
The next major item on our tour was the well-known Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge. Another wonder, this glass bridge is not only the longest, but tallest suspended glass bridge in the world. This incredible architectural feat started a trend of glass bridge construction throughout China resulting in many “glass bridge” locations.
On your tour of China, Zhangjiajie is not a place to be missed. Fondly referred to as a small city but of big wonders, Zhangjiajie does not disappoint visitors and locals alike. A UNESCO world heritage location and home to many natural wonders, Zhangjiajie is well-known for much of its captivating landscape. With towering rock pillars, architectural feats, and lush canyons, this small city tucked away in China’s Hunan province has many sights that will leave you in awe.
There were many things I needed to get accustomed to after my initial culture shock and lifestyle 180. During my time abroad, there were many things I recognized as home comforts that turned out to luxuries in Shanghai.
Anyone else have travel on the brain? I’ve been waiting for the day I can relish a flight again in the big blue skies. It brought to mind one of my first semi-solo trips. This had been taken during the last days of summer on a last-minute excursion with a colleague of mine at the time when I was living in Shanghai.
My time was winding down in Shanghai, China for the moment. However, I still had so much to do and so much to see! One of the things at the top of my to-do list was Beijing. I could not say that I have lived in China for almost two years and had not been to Beijing—had not gone to the Great Wall!