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velvet escape’s spring/summer picks

Spring is slowly but surely approaching which means that summer is not too far behind! To get my readers into the mood, I’ve selected some of my favourite holiday destinations and showcased them below. Enjoy… and if you’re serious about visiting any of these places, start booking now! Sabah Sabah is Malaysia’s second largest state […]

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A new addition to Round-the-World tickets

Virgin’s first round-the-world ticket was launched today by Sir Richard Branson. The ticket allows customers to fly around the world using the airlines in the Virgin Group: Virgin Atlantic and V Australia. An example of a Virgin RTW itinerary is Los Angeles-London-Hong Kong-Sydney-Los Angeles. The Virgin Global West/East tickets, starting at GBP 1239 (including taxes), […]

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Air Asia X’s new gamble

Air Asia X commences its five-times a week service from its hub in Kuala Lumpur to London Stansted on 11th March. This will be the first attempt at a viable long-haul low cost service between Asia and Europe since the demise of Hong Kong’s Oasis Airlines last year. Will it work this time around? Only […]

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  Easter Island is a tiny dot in the Pacific Ocean but its fame far exceeds its shores. The island is home to probably one of the greatest mysteries of our time and is certainly worth a visit. The world famous statues and its history are the main attraction but the island also boasts stunning […]

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Keep your seat-belts fastened

Thirty people were injured on a Northwest flight from Manila to Tokyo today as the plane encountered some heavy turbulence. This is not the first such incident nor will it be the last, unfortunately. The number of people who unbuckle their seat-belts as soon as the Fasten Seat-belt sign is turned off still amazes me. […]

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Visit the velvet escape bookstore

Hi all, If you’re planning a trip somewhere, drop by the velvet escape bookstore for the latest travel guides, maps and language reference books. Besides being a great, client-friendly store 🙂 the (very) modest referral fees I’ll earn from Amazon.com for each purchase will make my velvetescape.com and blog efforts seem more than just a […]

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“A little piece of heaven”. That’s how I would characterise Bora Bora, that world famous atoll in the South Pacific. Bora Bora was one of the highlights on my recent round-the-world trip. It truly is a magical place with a stunning lagoon overlooked by the impressive rock face of Mount Otemanu. Check out the new […]

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In-flight food

To me, the food served on board a plane is one of the highlights of any flight, especially the long-haul ones. I don’t mind a simple sandwich or a cookie for the very short flights just as long as the quality is good. It’s during the long flights that the quality of food matters even […]

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The best seat on the plane

I was once assigned a seat in the middle of a row of five on a Boeing 777 on what turned out to be my longest flight ever: strong head winds extended the flight time of the flight from Kuala Lumpur to Amsterdam to 14 hours 15 minutes!! I can’t remember ever feeling so elated […]

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Heathrow most tedious, JFK rudest

This poll confirms what I’ve always suspected. London’s Heathrow is in my book one of the most tedious airports in the world, if not THE most tedious. And I had a nasty experience with an unbelievably rude immigrations officer at New York’s JFK airport many years ago. Since then, I’ve avoided JFK at all costs […]

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