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Hotels we love - Shangri-La Villingili in the Maldives

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From the moment I first set foot on Villingili island I was in heaven. Someone handing me a coconut decorated with a frangipani flower was proof of that, in my book. I was taken directly to my villa, no annoying waiting around the reception, just holiday bliss from the first minute. It had secretly been my dream for a long time to experience the famed bliss [...]

10 documentaries to change how you see the world

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What I love about documentaries is that they open a window onto new people, places and cultures. Film makers can take you to locations that it might otherwise be difficult, if not impossible, to access. And not only do documentaries give you the opportunity to learn about life in other places, but they also have the amazing capacity to change the way we see [...]

10 reasons to go to Brabant

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Had you asked me a week ago why anyone would want to travel to Brabant in the Netherlands, I would have probably replied that I knew next to nothing about it. So far, my awareness of the Netherlands did not stretch far beyond tulips, cheese and Amsterdam; it was only back in October of last year that I heard of Brabant Nacht from Vanessa, who wrote of her ex[...]

Amilla Fushi - Maldivian Wellness Magic

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The moment I leave the baggage claim area at Male airport the wellness feeling starts. A lovely man with white teeth and linen pants awaits and promptly escorts me to a climatized lounge where snacks, coffee and glorious free wifi await. Only when my sea plane flight with Transmaldivian Airways is ready to board am I accompanied to my seat; and in the follow[...]

13 fascinatingly unusual museums around the world

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“You’re not a museum person, are you?” My friend looked at me accusingly. We had spent a few days in Lisbon, walking around Portugal’s capital, drinking sweet port wine and the little beers they call “Minis”, taking day trips to the sea and castles around, but never once setting foot inside a museum. In fact, I hadn’t considered it until she asked. I felt[...]

15 amazing experiences to have in the Maldives

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Not too long ago I published some of my top tips regarding traveling to the Maldives - and one of them was to do something special every day. There is so much to do in the Maldives, and all of it is fun, wonderful and magical. Perhaps you're currently preparing a trip to the Maldives; but if not, these incredible experiences will almost certainly fire up you[...]

How to successfully settle in a new city

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"Let’s quit our jobs and set up a commune in South America!” exclaims one of my friends at a Sunday lunch in Bethnal Green in London. Over roast beef and red wine, someone raised the idea of a whole group of us leaving our settled lives and jobs in London to live together in a paradise elsewhere. An enthusiastic discussion ensued, with proclamations about[...]

10 Cool Hostels in Europe you should check out this summer

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I have a confession to make: I have never stayed in the dorm room of a hostel. There, I said it. I don't even think that it has anything to do with my wise old age of thirty-something; sharing a room with strangers was just never my approach of getting a good night's sleep. In addition, I like an accommodation with a story, a sense of place and preferably so[...]

An Oasis in the City: Finding Bliss at the Shangri-La, Singapore

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Jet lag can be a bitch. And despite a lovely experience flying Singapore Airlines Premium Economy Class, I still feel it strongly. I arrive in Changi Airport dazed at the fact that it's bright and early morning in Singapore, and that the sun is shining and humidity has already hit 100%. It's quite a different scene to the drizzly 15 degree British summer I l[...]