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velvet escape’s ‘Stayed There’ feature: Sofitel Motu Bora Bora

The new velvet escape’s ‘Stayed There’ feature is a series of reviews of hotels and resorts I’ve stayed at. They’re being featured on this blog because… well, they’re amazing (for a variety of reasons) and scored well on the jaw-dropping scale. 🙂 The very first ‘Stayed There’ feature is Sofitel Motu Bora Bora. This small-scale […]

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Travelling is good for you.. even if you’re unemployed

I read this article on MSNBC yesterday and I can definitely relate to Jisook’s experience. I was in banking myself for ten years when the ‘hammer’ came down on me last year. Like Jisook, I was already planning a world trip when it happened and it was like a dream come true when I boarded […]

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What’s the safest spot on a plane?

In the aftermath of the recent Turkish Airlines crash in Amsterdam, in which nine people died but others walked away with little more than a few bruises, many are asking which is the safest place to sit in a plane. The topic is currently a popular one among the Dutch media. I don’t believe that […]

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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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New on velvetescape.com

I’ve created two new Southeast Asian entries on velvetescape.com. If you’re looking for a sunny, virgin tropical island that’s free of the masses and far from the hustle and bustle of the big cities, then check out Lang Tengah island on the Malaysian east coast. For a more energetic holiday that will leave you feeling […]

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Spotlight: Kuala Lumpur

The capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur is a delightful city that’s certainly worth a visit. KL is the location of the famous Petronas twin towers (see image) but the city has so much more to offer: historic architectural jewels such as the Old Train Station and Jamek Mosque, atmospheric street bazaars, beautiful parks, and one […]

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“Mardi Gras on steroids”

Amsterdam’s two biggest annual events are the Queen’s Birthday on the 30th of April and the Gay Pride weekend during the first weekend of August. On both occasions, the city centre turns into one big party zone attracting several hundred thousand people. The Queen’s Birthday is the only day of the year when the Dutchies […]

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The velvet escape blog is here!

Hello world! Welcome to the brand new Velvet Escape blog! I will be posting bits of travel advice and tips and you’re most welcome to add your (travel-related) comments. This blog is dedicated to all out there who share the passion of travelling with me.  Get your ideas here. Go explore. Experience. And be inspired.

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