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Travel etiquette: please cover up

Please cover up There are many countries around the world where clothing that reveals too much is simply not appreciated. I’ve often seen tourists dressed in nothing more than skimpy swimwear in restaurants, even in planes. I was in Zanzibar once and there were many signs around requesting beach-goers to refrain from wearing swimwear that […]

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What’s your favourite plane?

Most travellers have a favourite airline or airport, even a favourite type of aircraft. As a frequent flyer, I’ve become a huge fan of Airbus planes. My favourite aircraft is still the Airbus A340 series (I have yet to fly with the A380). I love its sleek structure, the curvy wings and its spacious cabin […]

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Travel etiquette: local customs & laws

Acquaint yourself with the local customs and laws of your destination Before you leave, it’s worthwhile to research the local customs of the country you’re visiting. Each culture has its own customs and laws, some of which would seem downright quirky, and being oblivious to these might get you into trouble, and may even result […]

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Travel etiquette: learn ‘Thank you’ in the local language

I read an article on MSNBC recently about types of tourists who are “killing” tourism. Some of the examples were all too familiar: like the piling of plates at the buffet spread. No, I’m not guilty! Anyway, inspired by that article, I’ve decided to start a new series on travel etiquette. This series will feature […]

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velvet escape’s ‘Lone Traveller’ series (7)

Things to do when you’re travelling alone: take your own picture If you haven’t done this before, maybe because it looks silly (ok, I admit, it does look silly), get over it and give it a go. Turn the camera around, point it at yourself and snap! It’s great fun and you’d be surprised how […]

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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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