Kate Whitehead

Hong Kong-based journalist

Happiness is a laptop and the open road

Transformative travel enables people to break away from the stresses of modern life by finding eco-villages, social projects and farms David Casey was in his early 20s, a fresh University of California, Berkeley, graduate, when he first encountered the gift economy through the phenomenally successful Couch Surfing website. He was blown away by the way…

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  • David Thompson

    The Sydney-born chef also reveals how he fell in love with ‘heady, delicious, exotic’ Bangkok, and recalls meeting his partner of 30 years, Tanongsak Yordwai, over tequila shots in a dive bar

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  • Holiday quickie

    The travel industry wants to cash in on the rise of short-haul travellers in Asia. One company has launched a new campaign around the ‘Holiday Quickie’

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  • Followed by pro-Beijing newspaper

    The Australia-based American academic Kevin Carrico, who has researched tensions between Hong Kong and mainland China, as well as the city’s independence movement, speculates why tabloid Wen Wei Po might be interested in his movements

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  • Manspreading on a plane

    A frequent ‘cattle class’ traveller says its time to introduce women-only seating sections on planes to end the battle for the armrest once and for all

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  • Back from the brink

    How anxiety led pair to cannabis, coke, Xanax and rehab as teens. Both students were taking ketamine at 13 and had drug rehabilitation when they were still teenagers. Both say too little help is available for young people with drug problems, and a children’s support group says schools should make more time for drug education. 

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