Asia

The Ultimate Philippines Bucket List

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Made up of over 7,000 islands, you would be right in thinking that there is plenty to do in the Philippines. With some of the most stunning beaches and landscapes Asia has to offer, the Philippines is simply one big bucket list for outdoor adventure enthusiasts. With a plethora of adrenaline-filled experiences to be had on land, sea and sky, you certainly wo[...]

Who, What, and Where are the Mentawai Islands?

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I have a confession to make. You know those beautifully shot tourism commercials for certain countries or states? Like “West Virginia, Wild and Wonderful” or “Incredible India” or “Australia: There’s NOTHING like it.” I love them. Maybe it’s because I’ve primarily watched international TV for the past two years, but there’s something about these comme[...]

What Lies 36 Hours Away in Indonesia? The Perfect Getaway.

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Your weekend getaway. The perfect island getaway. Blah blah blah getaway. In the vacation world, the word getaway is synonymous with a successful retreat from everyday life. But this word is everywhere. Are that many people really “getting away” from it all? And what does it even mean to “get away”? Get away from what? Your obligations? That’s any holiday. [...]

An Adventurer's Paradise in Bali: Surf Camp (Part Two)

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Hey! I’m still alive... still trying not to look behind me, and still staying at a surf camp, nestled on a cliffside in Bali. I will say, regardless of whether or not you enjoy surfing, I 10/10 recommend staying at a surf camp. Did you know you can stay at a surf camp, and never even touch a surfboard? Instead, you can take advantage of the cool vibes, heal[...]

The 10 Most Surprising Things About My First Trip to China

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China is a bucket list destination, with so much to learn about the country with the largest population and one of the world’s earliest civilisations. During a week spent in two beautiful cities which are close to Shanghai - Suzhou and Nanjing, I learned so much about China! At least, Eastern China. Overall, leave your preconceptions about China at home -[...]

The Bali Surf Camp Experience: Part One (told by a very bad surfer)

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"Want to go to a surf camp?" This question has been posed to me before. And the polite, American in me always says “yeah, it’s a possibility”, when on the inside I’m more like, “you know, I think I’d rather hike a nice mountain, work with rescued elephants, or throw myself into moving traffic before I sign up for what is, to me, a pretty scary sport, FOR SE[...]

Thai 7/11: a tale of bittersweet love

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"Bing-bong" the ubiquitous announcement of arrival that rings aloud with an unapologetic shrill tone. Shortly followed by a crisp, calm blast of faux-alpine air, peppered with the lingering scent of 1000 cheese and ham toasties. Sweet salvation. And a welcome respite from the midday heat. An oasis of tranquillity can be found amongst these dinky packe[...]

Dubai's best hotel (probably)

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Every summer I take my son on a 3-4 week break somewhere we haven't been before and this year our choice fell on Mauritius. The flight there would have us stop over in Dubai and in a an effort to avoid being stuck at Dubai airport over night, I decided to treat him and I to a 3 day stint in Dubai. The decision wasn't easily made, after all it would be full o[...]

Leave only footprints...eco-friendly luxury in Thailand.

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Thailand has no shortcomings of beautiful resorts and islands and after traveling here for countless times I have been lucky enough to have quite a few. But on my most recent trip, it was time to try something new and when Soneva Kiri on Koh Kood invited me to stay I couldn't say yes fast enough. Staying at Soneva Kiri in Koh Kood I make no secret of m[...]

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