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Sabah: a nature lover’s paradise

This spectacular corner of Malaysia occupies the northern fringe of the island of Borneo and is blessed with superb white sandy beaches and coral islands and large tracts of virgin tropical rainforests. Sabah is also the home of Mount Kinabalu, at 4,095 meters, the highest peak in Southeast Asia; the orang utans; and some of […]

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Bargaining in Southeast Asia

In Southeast Asia, bargaining (or asking for a discount) is part of everyday life. It’s commonplace to bargain at markets, souvenir shops and for transportation. The advent of modern shopping malls in Southeast Asian cities has dampened the practice of bargaining somewhat (though you can always ask for a discount or freebies if you’ve made […]

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The Velvet Parade – celebrating 150 velvet escapes

It all started with a simple “Hello world“. I was just back from an exhilarating and in certain ways life-changing five month round-the-world trip. I had experienced so much, seen so many places and met so many fascinating people that when I returned home, I felt I had to share it all. The creative and […]

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What do you look for when booking a hotel?

Choosing the right hotel is one of my main priorities when I book a holiday. Factors like location, service, hygiene, comforts and facilities can make or break a holiday. To find out which factors influence the decision to book a certain hotel, I asked my followers on Twitter what they look for. The response (in […]

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Ten tips for planning a RTW trip

Planning a trip is always part of the adventure of travelling, and even more so if it’s a round-the-world (RTW) trip across many countries on various continents. Planning a trip around the world is a fun experience but keep in mind that there are various distinct aspects involved that are usually a non-issue for a […]

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My great laundry adventure

My great laundry adventure (a page from my Travel Journal) This really happened to me during my first trip through Argentina. It was my second last day in Bariloche and I decided to send some of my clothes to the hotel’s laundry service. I looked up the procedure and the prices and got a bit […]

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Ten things to do when you travel alone

Some people love travelling alone and there are some that simply wouldn’t dream of it. I used to belong to the latter group. That all changed when I went on a (predominantly) solo, five-month round-the-world trip. I had the time of my life and rarely experienced a lonely moment! Most of all, I found it […]

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Travel etiquette: group travel

Group travel Travelling in a group, despite its limitations, can be a fun experience. However, sometimes the behaviour or attitude of just one person can spoil the experience for the entire group. On my first trip to Cuba about fifteen years ago, I travelled in a group for ten days. The group was composed of […]

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Ten tips to travel eco-consciously

It’s Earth Day today, a day to celebrate the magnificence of our planet but also a day to reflect on our impact as humans on the well-being of our planet. We haven’t been doing a very good job, but it’s never too late to improve our ways, be more aware of the delicate balance of […]

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Ten reasons to travel alone

I love travelling. Period. However, I’ve always been rather hesitant about travelling alone. It’s probably got to do with the fact that I’ve never liked eating alone. So, when I embarked on a solo five-month round-the-world trip in 2008, I was terribly excited but I was also a bit doubtful if I would enjoy it. […]

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