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My week in Mauritius – Part 2

This is the second of the two-part ‘My Week in Mauritius’ series. If you missed the first part, head on to My Week in Mauritius – Part 1. The sun was shining bright as I opened my eyes. For a second, I wondered where I was. I pulled the soft duvet over my shoulders and […]

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My week in Mauritius – Part 1

“Mauritius was made first, and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius” – Mark Twain It’s a quote I’ve seen often and anyone visiting Mauritius will come across that line at some point or other. Except, it’s not exactly what Mark Twain said 200-odd years ago when he first visited the island. The […]

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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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Blown away at the Cliffs of Moher

The car trembled as I pulled into a parking spot. The wind was relentless. In the distance, I saw people braving its force, taking one step at a time as they made their way to the cliffs. I opened the car door and it blew wide open. My road map of Ireland flew out the […]

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Experiencing the Etihad Airways A380 roll-out

A kid in a mega candy store! Yep, that’s what I felt like when I recently visited the Airbus A380 assembly facility in Hamburg. I was invited by Airbus to attend the unveiling of Etihad Airways new livery on their first Airbus A380. Aside from the ceremony, I would also get an exclusive peek inside the […]

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A note left at the MH17 memorial at Schiphol Airport.

My thoughts on MH17

“Keith, wake up!” I opened my eyes and looked around in a daze. My partner broke the news to me: a Malaysia Airlines plane en-route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur had been downed in eastern Ukraine, presumably by a missile. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Was this a bad dream? I reached out […]

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A weekend in Berlin

It had been a hectic week at ITB Berlin, the world’s largest tourism trade fair, which I visit every year. I didn’t get to see much of Berlin on my previous visits so this year, I decided to add on a weekend to explore the city. My partner joined me for these few days. We’d […]

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A new dawn, a new day, a new year!

And, I’m feelin’ soooooo good! 🙂 As I welcome the first dawn of the new year, I can’t help but look back at 2013. It was an amazing year for me in many respects. 30-odd trips across six continents, visiting the most extraordinary places, meeting inspiring people, making new friends, speaking at events around the […]

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A jungle adventure in Brunei

Brunei Darussalam is a small Sultanate on the Southeast Asian island of Borneo, sandwiched between the Malaysian state of Sarawak and the South China Sea. With a population of less than half a million and a sizeable income from oil and gas production, Brunei is one of the wealthiest countries in Asia. Its capital, Bandar […]

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My first ever solo road trip! Part Two

This is the second of a two-part series about my solo road trip around Victoria, Australia. Read Part One (if you haven’t already). Mingling with the local wildlife I left Daylesford Springs for the 45-minute drive to Ballarat, a town famous as the ‘Gateway to Victoria’s Goldfields’. It was a lovely drive past verdant, undulating […]

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