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I’ve always been a nervous flyer, since experiencing a particularly bumpy ride into Ghana a few years ago. Lots of people have tried to help me get over my fear of flying, but the usual tactics – deep breathing, meditation tapes, anti-anxiety pills, even having a drink or two while in the air – never seemed to work.
Now I feel more comfortable on planes, but I’ve had to develop my …

[ Written by Katka | 21 May 2015 | 9 Comments | ]

For some people, the urge to travel becomes more than just a ‘want’ in their life. It becomes a ‘need’. Whether this need is fuelled by an urge to discover new places, to meet more people, to push yourself outside your comfort zone or simply to have just as much fun as possible in this big, old world – it inspires you to give travel a high priority. Of course, …

[ Written by Alex | 8 May 2015 | 18 Comments | ]

Yes, this is a hotel review. But first, a story.
Two years ago, when I was living in Phuket, I spent a day on Surin Beach and because we fancied a little adrenaline rush that afternoon, we decided to go wakeboarding. My partner got in the speedboat and I got dragged out to sea behind them… willingly I should add. And mercifully, I managed to stand and wakeboard my way out …

[ Written by Frankie | 7 May 2015 | One Comment | ]

I recently came across a reader’s question about why people choose to solo travel. Beyond the usual reasons of discovering new cultures and destinations, this reader was curious about why one would opt to board a plane sans partner or friends. As I reflect back on my solo traveling in Argentina and look towards my future solo trips to Morocco and Vietnam, I am remembering what inspired this desire to …

[ Written by Nikki | 25 Apr 2015 | 12 Comments | ]

I have fond memories of my time spent in Charleston, South Carolina – it was only befitting that I return there to plan my friend Lindsey’s Bachelorette party. My college friends and I have a very special bond, and even though we live in different parts of the world, Charleston is a place that can always bring us together. But this happened to be the first time since graduation when all of us were in the same …

[ Written by Katka | 24 Apr 2015 | One Comment | ]

I’m sitting at the Emirates lounge in Bangkok with a plane home to catch in an hour. The only good thing about this scenario is that I can drown my sorrow in the bottom of a bottomless champagne glass. And the fact that there is fast wi-fi so I can plan my next adventures. Other than that I am absolutely miserable due to the fact that yesterday I was swimming …

[ Written by Annika | 15 Apr 2015 | 8 Comments | ]

I believe that deep down all girls at some point want to be a princess. And while every common girl’s dream that they actually could become one got justified by Kate, I realized early that this princess business looked like too much work for my liking. I decided that once I was a grownup to look for ways to feel like a princess without having to have my hair blown …

[ Written by Annika | 1 Apr 2015 | 7 Comments | ]

Admittedly, Iran, the beautiful country by the Persian Gulf, hasn’t had the best press coverage lately. All prejudice aside though: Iran’s magic will haunt you in a wonderful orientalist kind of way. Think Scheherazade – and the great Sufi poet Rumi!
In Iran, the lemons are sweet and the oranges are sour. There are snow-covered peaks and sunny beaches, lush forests and vast deserts. People are warm and welcoming. Iran is a backpackers’ …

[ Written by guest | 17 Jan 2015 | 29 Comments | ]

Of all the places I visited in the past two years, Costa Rica must be the ultimate favourite – possibly because I had more than 5 rushed days to soak up every little bit of information I could gather and had time to actually relax, lean back and let the experiences drizzle down on me like warm summer rain. Or heavy tropical rain showers – that depended on the day.
I …

[ Written by Kathi | 5 Jan 2015 | 11 Comments | ]

When I told people that I got invited to go to Dubai for a weekend nobody seemed overly interested on my behalf. While I had no real knowledge or preconceived notion of Dubai or why I should go, but 30 degrees in November seemed good enough reason as any for me. The most “enthusiastic” comment came from my Dad when he asked me ‘Dubai, mh, isn’t that a bit too …

[ Written by Annika | 4 Jan 2015 | 8 Comments | ]
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