travel blog

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 88 countries (as at January 2019) across six continents. That equals quite a few terabytes of memory I guess! The breadth and depth of the travel […]

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Cruising the Danube with Avalon Waterways.

A Danube River cruise with Avalon Waterways

A river cruise is something I previously didn’t consider as a means to travel and explore a place – the idea of being stuck on a ship with hundreds of other people and visiting places fleetingly didn’t sound appealing to me. That changed when I decided to give it a try several years ago. I […]

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A view of the Junior Suites from the pool. My suite was on the upper floor in the far right.

A piece of paradise at Constance Prince Maurice

“Welcome to Constance Prince Maurice!”, exclaimed the driver as we turned off the main road. I had just arrived in Mauritius and was met by Kamal. He led me to the resort’s limousine and as I stepped in, I found a set of cold towels, bottled water, juices, reading materials and macarons. Nice! I was […]

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A beautiful piece in Cilaos.

Street art in Reunion Island

Reunion is an island of contrasts: from the fiery temperament of Piton de la Fournaise (one of the world’s most active volcanoes) to tranquil lagoons, and from barren Mars-like landscapes to lush tropical vegetation. Most visitors to this French island in the Indian Ocean come to enjoy its jaw-dropping scenery but one other attraction for […]

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The view from Freiblick Tagescafé.

My weekend in Graz

Graz is the second-largest city in Austria yet, for many travellers, relatively unknown as a place to visit. Located about a 2.5 hour drive or train ride southwest of Vienna, Graz (map) is a gorgeous city that holds two distinct titles: a UNESCO World Heritage site as well as a UNESCO City of Design. On […]

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Reigniting the magic of travel

I sometimes consider myself fortunate that I was born during a time when smartphones were a thing of science fiction, when postcards were the only means of saying ‘I was here’ and slideshows in your living room – remember those bulky projectors? – and photo albums were the only ways to share your travel experiences […]

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Three days in Phu Quoc

I have to admit: I’d never heard of Phu Quoc until I read about the launch of Air Asia flights from Kuala Lumpur to Phu Quoc. Out of curiosity, I looked it up on a map and started reading more about the island. Phu Quoc is the largest island in Vietnam and is located in […]

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A weekend of indulgence at Lanzerac Wine Estate

The Stellenbosch winelands near Cape Town are one of my favourite places in the world. I’ll never tire of the magnificent mountain scenery, gorgeous vineyards, beautiful Cape Dutch architecture, the friendly locals and their big smiles. Hence, it’s always a treat to return to this stunning part of the world – and I count myself […]

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A weekend in Ghent

Ghent (map) is a medieval city in the Flemish region of Belgium, located about an hour’s drive southwest of Antwerp and west of Brussels. In the 13th century, Ghent was one of the largest and richest cities in northern Europe, primarily due to its textile industries and trade. The city flourished and many historic buildings […]

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Plane views: Kathmandu

Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, is located in the Kathmandu Valley. Flying into or out of Kathmandu (map) is an amazing experience on clear days – those seated by the window will be rewarded with panoramic views of the valley and Kathmandu. On the approach into Kathmandu Airport, the plane basically follows the line of […]

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What makes me happy when I travel

I’m a firm believer that travel makes us more well-rounded individuals. It helps to build confidence, broaden our perspectives, teach us new things and thereby, contribute to our general happiness. The International Day of Happiness got me thinking about what makes me happy, particularly when I travel. Well, that led to this post! Haha! Here […]

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