Shopping for souvenirs can be a lot of fun. I love making lists of things to take back for friends and family, or to keep until the next gift-giving holiday rolls around. And heck, yes, I like buying things for myself too. But first-timers to Southeast Asia can find the markets and street stalls intimidating, not because of choice or crowding, but because of haggling. In my article for ThaHoliday.com today I give seven tips for bargaining gracefully. Check it out at this link.
Shopping malls are a curious thing. Before I moved to Asia, I had thought them to be a very American icon. While cities in Europe had malls, they weren't town focal points. Asia, however, now does shopping malls better--and bigger--than any I've ever experienced in the US. This week on Novel Adventurers, we're writing about shopping around the world, and I take a look at the vast popularity of Asian shopping malls. Please stop by and take a look! Here's the link.
Beth is an American freelance writer who has lived in Europe and Asia since 2003. She grew up on a sailboat and, though now a landlubber, still enjoys a peripatetic life. She writes articles and suspense about travel, expatriate living, and many other topics.