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velvet escape’s ‘Lone Traveller’ series (1)

Things to do when you’re travelling alone: Homestays The proliferation of Airbnb and similar homestay booking platforms has created terrific opportunities to enjoy a truly local experience, whether it’s in a big city or out in the country. Choosing this accommodation type allows you to get to know the locals and experience the local lifestyle […]

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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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velvet escape’s spring/summer picks

Spring is slowly but surely approaching which means that summer is not too far behind! To get my readers into the mood, I’ve selected some of my favourite holiday destinations and showcased them below. Enjoy… and if you’re serious about visiting any of these places, start booking now! Sabah Sabah is Malaysia’s second largest state […]

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A new addition to Round-the-World tickets

Virgin’s first round-the-world ticket was launched today by Sir Richard Branson. The ticket allows customers to fly around the world using the airlines in the Virgin Group: Virgin Atlantic and V Australia. An example of a Virgin RTW itinerary is Los Angeles-London-Hong Kong-Sydney-Los Angeles. The Virgin Global West/East tickets, starting at GBP 1239 (including taxes), […]

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Air Asia X’s new gamble

Air Asia X commences its five-times a week service from its hub in Kuala Lumpur to London Stansted on 11th March. This will be the first attempt at a viable long-haul low cost service between Asia and Europe since the demise of Hong Kong’s Oasis Airlines last year. Will it work this time around? Only […]

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  Easter Island is a tiny dot in the Pacific Ocean but its fame far exceeds its shores. The island is home to probably one of the greatest mysteries of our time and is certainly worth a visit. The world famous statues and its history are the main attraction but the island also boasts stunning […]

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Keep your seat-belts fastened

Thirty people were injured on a Northwest flight from Manila to Tokyo today as the plane encountered some heavy turbulence. This is not the first such incident nor will it be the last, unfortunately. The number of people who unbuckle their seat-belts as soon as the Fasten Seat-belt sign is turned off still amazes me. […]

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Visit the velvet escape bookstore

Hi all, If you’re planning a trip somewhere, drop by the velvet escape bookstore for the latest travel guides, maps and language reference books. Besides being a great, client-friendly store 🙂 the (very) modest referral fees I’ll earn from for each purchase will make my and blog efforts seem more than just a […]

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