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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 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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Ten things to do in Mauritius

On a world map, Mauritius is a tiny speck in the vast Indian Ocean off the coast of Madagascar (map). Famous for its stunning beaches and luxurious resorts, Mauritius is a popular honeymoon destination. However, there are many more things to do in Mauritius besides lazing on a beach. With its spectacular lagoons, blinding white […]

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Where to go in 2019

The new year has just begun and already, some of my readers have asked me for ideas on where to go in 2019. I thought about this and decided to create this list, partly based on places I’ve visited and absolutely loved in the past few years. Here are my recommended destinations in 2019: Kathmandu, […]

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Travel highlights of 2018

Another year has come and gone (well, almost). 2018 was a terrific travel year for me, with trips in four continents, including visits to two new countries: Nepal and Lithuania, and several places I’d not been to in many years. Without further ado, here are my travel highlights of 2018 by destination: Brussels, Belgium I […]

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Why I prefer to travel with hand luggage only

Anyone who has ever travelled with me knows that I always travel light, in most cases, with only a carry-on bag. If I can swing it, I’ll travel with hand luggage only for a faster, stress-free experience. Checking in a bag means you can carry more with you and you don’t have to lug your […]

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My stay at Hotel Pacai in Vilnius

Hotel Pacai is a five-star hotel in Vilnius (map), the capital of Lithuania. Opened in 2018 after five years of restoration work, this hotel is located in a 17th century Baroque palace in the Old Town of Vilnius. Built as the home of the influential Pacai nobles in 1677, the palace played an important role […]

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An evening stroll in medieval Erfurt

Erfurt (map) is a historic city in the central German state of Thuringia. Located about 300km southwest of Berlin, Erfurt is famed for having one of the best preserved medieval city centres in Germany. If you’ve been following me for some time, you’ll know how much I love medieval towns (such as these in Costa […]

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The salt room resembles a space-age salt cave! Image courtesy of Vytautas Mineral Spa.

The art of wellness in Birštonas

A strange tickling sensation on my back woke me up. The second I jolted back to life, I sensed an ethereal feeling of lightness, like I was floating in the air. I opened my eyes and chuckled. I was in the Vytautas Mineral Spa in Birštonas, Lithuania, in a pool filled with mineral water so […]

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Discovering the origins of Bauhaus in Germany

When I was a kid, I was always in awe of an uncle of mine. An architect by profession, his minimalist, functional designs never ceased to intrigue me. His work, be it a house or office building, always stood out. Clean lines, grey and white surfaces with varying textures, shady spaces and large windows with […]

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Exploring the food scene in Vancouver

Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada) is one of my favourite cities in the world to visit. My best friend lives there so that’s always a great reason to visit. However, the city’s stunning natural surroundings, glitzy skyline, leafy neighbourhoods and vibrant food and craft beer scene are equally good reasons for me to keep going back. […]

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Sitges: more than just a beach town

Sitges is a small coastal town situated 34 kilometers southwest of Barcelona. The beaches are the main attraction but I highly recommend spending at least a few days there as there are a lot more things to do in Sitges. Aside from the beaches, there are Art Nouveau buildings, picturesque lanes, centuries-old festivals, museums and […]

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