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A personal source of inspiration

This time three years ago, I was roaming around South America, having the time of my life on my first solo round-the-world trip. After ten years of focusing on my career, this trip certainly opened my eyes to the world outside my comfy ‘bubble’. I learned to value the relationships I have with my family […]

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Savvy Melbourne

Cosmopolitan Collins Street If you are visiting Melbourne, you are sure to spend time in the city’s central business district, or ‘CBD’, as it is colloquially known. However, the CBD is also home to Melbourne’s premier restaurants, theatres and shopping venues, making it a particularly attractive location for the city’s many visitors. In fact, a […]

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Marvellous Melbourne

“Marvelous Melbourne” (a page from my Travel Journal) Melbourne is a city with aspirations and you can tell. It’s a large city with loads of character, a laid-back pace and a lifestyle that oozes quality. Magnificent Tudor and Victorian buildings graciously reflect the city’s colourful history while impressive skyscrapers and other buildings by world-renowed architects […]

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Sydney: an Australian Cinderella story

Go about two hundred years back in time and imagine the First Fleet – the eleven British ships crammed with convicts, arriving on Australia’s southeastern coast of the Tasman Sea with the intention of settling a penal colony. Now picture the present-day sparkling metropolis, leader in arts and architecture, encircled by natural parks and shining […]

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Ten things to do in New Zealand

New Zealand is arguably one of the most beautiful countries in the world. From the tropical forests, sandy beaches and gentle rolling hills in the north to the daunting peaks, mysterious fjords and massive glaciers in the south, New Zealand offers visitors a wide array of natural highlights as well as excellent cuisine and local […]

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Velvet moments: travel photo of the week – Tahitian singer

This guy was incredible. He was our guide in Bora Bora, both above and under the water, boat captain and performer! 🙂 Read the accompanying post: ‘A Little Piece of Heaven‘. Search for hotels in Bora Bora.

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An aerial view of Queenstown, New Zealand.

Queenstown from above

Queenstown is a true gem in New Zealand’s crown of scenic destinations. The town is a favourite among nature-lovers, skiers and snowboarders, as well as those seeking more adventurous sports such as bungy-jumping (it was practically invented here), mountain biking and jet-boating. Queenstown‘s spectacular location, up in the Southern Alps amidst imposing snow-capped mountains, gushing […]

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Velvet moments: travel photo of the week – Shark, Bora Bora

In the late-afternoons, baby black-tip sharks would swim past right under the deck of my overwater hotel bungalow in Bora Bora. Read the accompanying post: ‘A Little Piece of Heaven‘. See other Velvet moments: Murals of Valparaiso, Chile Floating villages, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia Zanzibar, Tanzania Lago Grey, Torres del Paine, Chile Pompeii, Italy Bora Bora, […]

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Enchanting spots: Milford Sound

Milford Sound, located on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island, is one of the most spectacular fjords I’ve ever seen. Justifiably used as the decor for one of the scenes in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy, Milford Sound‘s calm, dark blue waters contrast sharply with the towering snow-capped mountains that hug its […]

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Plane views: Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane is the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Queensland. It’s a beautiful city that straddles the meandering Brisbane River and has a wonderful laid-back, tropical feel. With its mild sub-tropical climate, proximity to the seemingly endless beaches of the Pacific coast and its cosmopolitan population, Brisbane is a magnet for both […]

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