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Travel safe – a lesson learned

One of travel ‘s greatest virtues is its power to teach and open our eyes, sometimes, to the most obvious things. It also has the power to serve us reminders of long-forgotten lessons and make us appreciate those who are dear to us. This is one such incident. An eye-opening incident I was out on […]

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The Jasper Tramway

There’s always something wondrous about cable-cars. Maybe it’s the way they silently whisk you up to a mountain top, or the panoramic views that gradually unfold as the car glides up to higher elevations, or the excited look on people’s faces when the journey begins… and the petrified look on those same faces when the […]

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My velvet escape travel tip: Antigua, Guatemala

  My velvet escape travel tip” is a guest series about what the name ‘Velvet Escape’ evokes and what that would be in the hometown or favourite place of the guest writer. With this series, I hope to uncover travel tips from places around the world to help visitors have a truly local experience. Today’s […]

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Enchanting spots: Jameos del Agua, Lanzarote

Lanzarote is a volcanic island that is part of the Canary Islands off the coast of Morocco. The island is famed for its bewildering volcanic landscapes – think multi-coloured craters and black lava fields against the stunning backdrop of the deep blue Atlantic. Of the many attractions on the island, the Jameos del Agua is […]

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Falling in love with Valencia

A guest post by Monique Rubin. Valencia has a laid back, understated charm that catches you unawares. Located on the Mediterranean coast and possessed of beautiful old neighborhoods and modern architecture, it is emerging from the shadow of Madrid and Barcelona and fast becoming the go-to city in Spain. I developed a major crush on […]

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Thailand without the tourists

 Thailand without the tourists Holidays to Thailand tend to be all about lazing on the beach for most people. But there’s stacks more to this fascinating country than sun, sea and sand. Joe Bond heads to the Isaan region, home of spicy Som Tam salad, mountains, ancient ruins and traditional culture. Exploring Isaan The region […]

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Nadaam – the Nomad Olympics in Mongolia

This is a guest series called “Unforgettable Travel Moments“. We all have our special travel moments: a memorable meal, meeting someone, an embarrassing faux pas or simply being awestruck by scenery. With this new series, I hope to uncover the moments, the anecdotes and the tales which make travel special. This week’s guest post and […]

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Discovering creative Miami

A guest post by Diana Rivera. On a recent trip to Miami, I came to answer a question: What is creative Miami today? Inside of me I was curious about the people and places that make up a synergistic artist community in the southern most cosmopolitan city of the United States, crowned and arranged in la […]

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The hike to Baird Glacier

The hike to Baird Glacier in southeast Alaska A page from my Travel Journal. I hopped off the boat and landed on a bed of finely-polished stones. In the distance, I could just about make out the distinct appearance of a glacier, with its white-blue craggy surface. A cold wind blew down from the mountains, […]

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Prague Castle and Charles bridge

Prague: hear all three sides of the story

Like all great cities, Prague too has many stories to tell. Once the cultural heart of Central Europe, boasting impressive architecture and Bohemian artistry, then a Communist city under Soviet regime ended by the Velvet Revolution, now a sparkling metropolis refreshed by modern culture. You can find more information on but be sure that […]

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