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Learning to Kitesurf in Tarifa, Spain

Kitesurfing in the water

he wind is blowing strong and hard, tugging at my kite. Overhead, the sun’s rays are glaring and blinding my eyes. The wide, sandy beach stretches for miles and the cool waters of the Mediterranean are calling. I’m in Tarifa, trying my hands at kitesurfing, a sport I’ve long wanted to dabble in. For the [...]

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Glamping in an Airstream: Embracing a Bohemian Lifestyle

Alozaina, Malaga

t’s true what they say: It’s the people that make travel so enriching. Over the past decade or so, I’ve met many inspiring people on my travels who have interesting stories to tell. Trevor is one such person who made an impact on me. I recently met him when we rented his airstream, one of the [...]

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Traveling with a Baby — The Beach Holiday Edition

Family-friendly resort

You know how much I love adventures. I’m not someone who can lounge by the pool and do nothing for hours. But since having a baby, I’ve been craving to do just that — relax and kick back, enjoy the sun and do nothing. Perhaps it’s the stress and exhaustion that come with motherhood. Since the [...]

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Staying in a Mongolian Yurt — What It’s Like

Gers in Karakorum

ention Mongolia and the traditional yurt often comes to mind. The two are so intertwined that you can’t talk about Mongolia and not mention the yurt. In fact, everywhere you go in Mongolia, you see yurts or “gers” as they are known in Mongolia. The word ger literally translates from the Mongolian language to mean “house” or “home.” About half of Mongolia’s [...]

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Canyons, Cliffs and Wildlife — Mongolia’s Gurvan Saikhan

Yolyn Am

Before my trip to Mongolia, I’d imagined vast swathes of deserts and empty steppes. It therefore came as quite a surprise when I found myself traipsing through varied landscapes that ranged from beautiful canyons to networks of caves and majestic mountain ranges. Here in the Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park, a surprise awaits at every [...]

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Living with Nomads in Mongolia

Our guide Amaraa scooping up airag

olooo!” Cheers! We clink glasses, and gulp down yet another round of airag, local Mongolian firewater prepared by our host. It’s barely 10am and we’re downing alcohol strong enough to knock us out for the rest of the day. It’s rude to reject their kind offer though, so I glug down the feisty-tasting liquor and pray [...]

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Photo Essay: Sand Dunes of the Gobi Desert

View from Khongoriin Els

s the wind blows, I hear faint music in the air. The whistling tune is a hypnotic and eerie one, and it seems to echo out of nowhere. I’m standing on the top of the highest sand dune in the Gobi Sand. So where is the music coming from? “From the sand,” my local guide Amaraa says. “They call this [...]

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Sun and Snow – Skiing in Sierra Nevada

Ski slopes of Sierra Nevada

Mention southern Spain, and most people think of the beaches, but few know that it’s actually home to some of the best ski stations in Europe. As Europe’s second most mountainous country (next to Switzerland), Spain rises to an average altitude of 650m above sea level with over one quarter of the country actually over 1000m above sea level. [...]

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Olive Country Life in Andalusia

Patio de los Naranjos y vistas

t’s a glorious Saturday morning and the sun is beaming through the window. Birds are chirping outside and the air is thick with the scent of pine trees and sunflowers. I look out to see rolling green hills dotted with yellow meadows and red poppies, framed by vast olive groves and imposing grey mountains in [...]

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A Tribute to Kathmandu’s Historical Landmarks

Swayambhunath Temple

This past week, my thoughts have been with Nepal and its people, who are now in crisis after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the country on Saturday. The catastrophic disaster has so far killed more than 5,200 and injured 9,200. It has been the most severe earthquake to hit the country in over 80 years. Thousands of people [...]

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Summer Travels with Baby: Glamping Retreats and Road Trips in Spain

Cortijo del Marqués

Since finding out that I was pregnant, I’d been looking forward to traveling with the baby, to see the world through her eyes. For now, we can’t quite travel long distances just yet (not before she turns four months old) so we’ll be sticking to places closer to home. Thankfully there’s so much to explore [...]

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Exploring Lanzarote’s Nature — Volcanoes, Blowholes and Hidden Coves

Timanfaya National Park

We are walking in the mar de lava – sea of lava – where massive blankets of solidified lava lie at the foots of Montaña Blanca, Lanzarote. Since seeing hot molten lava flowing off Guatemala’s most active volcano, Volcan Pacaya, I’ve become somewhat of a volcano buff. Sadly, there’s no sign of red burning lava flowing [...]

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How to Travel to North Korea: FAQ

Pyongyang from Juche Tower

Whenever we talk about our trip to North Korea, it comes as a surprise to many that tourism is actually allowed in North Korea. Yes, you can travel to North Korea as a tourist, you can see its museums, talk to its locals and even visit the DMZ (demilitarized zone) between North and South Korea. As curious [...]

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Debunking Myths on North Korea: 10 Things that Surprised Me

Streets of Pyongyang

North Korea has earned itself quite a few names: Axis of Evil, Hermit Kingdom, and the Iron Walls. Better known as the Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK), it is one of the most isolated nations in the world, having closed its doors to the outside world since its split from South Korea during the Korean [...]

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Introducing the Many Faces of Andalusia, Spain

The Alhambra Palace in Granada

Spain means something different to everyone and for many people this country simply conjures up images of sunny beaches, flamenco dancing and paella. But there’s a lot more to this land than those stereotypes and nowhere is this more apparent than in Andalusia, one of Spain’s most diverse regions. A trip to Andalusia will provide [...]

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