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Plane views: Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is an historic, walled town near the southernmost tip of Croatia. The town can trace its roots back to the 7th century AD and at its pinnacle in the 15th and 16th centuries, Dubrovnik rivalled Venice in terms of trade and wealth. These days, Dubrovnik (map) is a popular destination for travellers from around […]

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A helicopter tour of Cape Town

Cape Town (South Africa) never fails to amaze me. It truly is one of the most spectacularly situated cities in the world and each time I return, I’m always blown away by its beauty. Located at the southern tip of the African continent, Cape Town is backed by the iconic Table Mountain and fronts the […]

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Book a window seat if you fly to these airports

I published a post a while ago about ten airports to book a window seat for. I chose those ten airports because of the amazing window seat views one can enjoy either before landing or after take-off. Many of my readers suggested other airports so here’s Part Two: another ten airports to book a window […]

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Plane views: Paris

I’ve flown over Paris dozens of times but on my recent flight to Barcelona, the weather was clear and Paris shimmered in the morning sun. The plane was at a cruising altitude of 30,000+ feet but the aerial view of Paris was spectacular. I could easily spot the most iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel […]

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My first ever solo trip, at age 14, from Sydney to Melbourne. This photo was taken in Canberra.

My favourite travel memories

I was bitten by the travel bug at a very young age. My first overseas trip was at age 7 (to Hong Kong) and the tally now stands at 85 countries across six continents. That equals quite a few terabytes of memory I guess! The breadth and depth of the travel memories I’ve amassed through […]

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Five ways to get active in Costa Brava

Costa Brava (map), the land of Salvador Dalí, picturesque medieval towns, gorgeous beaches and some of the best cuisine in the world, is a paradise for those seeking sun, sea, culture, history and gastronomy. Any visitor will soon discover the amazing cuisine and wines – there are many people who come here simply to have […]

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Incredible views from a plane window

It’s one of my favourite things to do when I fly: watching the scenery that unfolds outside the plane window. As soon as the plane takes off, I’ll turn on the flight tracking on the entertainment system, put my Sony headphones on and just gaze out the window. During my travels around the world, I’ve […]

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Plane views: Kuala Lumpur

I’ve always wanted to capture an aerial view of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for my Plane Views series. Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia and with a population of approximately 1.6 million, the country’s largest city. Each time I flew into or out of Kuala Lumpur, I would have my camera ready but the city […]

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Plane views: Cape Town

When I published a post a while back on airports you must book a window seat for, I received various comments from readers saying that I should include Cape Town in that list. I’d flown to Cape Town quite a few times previously but I’d always arrive at night (direct flights from Amsterdam arrive in […]

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An awe-inspiring flight tour along the Western Cape

“I have a surprise for you”. We stood on a dirt road surrounded by mile upon mile of fynbos, a shrubby vegetation found in the Western Cape of South Africa. In the distance, I could see the Atlantic Ocean and its pounding surf. The air was heavy with a heady mix of salt and floral […]

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