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The Secret Isles of the Atlantic — The Faroe Islands in Photos

Faroe islands photos

In the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, tiny islands with jagged peaks and vertiginous cliff faces jut out from the sea, piercing into the sky like giant daggers. Sea stacks, craggy bird cliffs and black sandy beaches dot the coast, while steep snowcapped mountains stretch across the length of the islands. This archipelago of 18 […]

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Retracing Slavery in Ghana

Retracing slavery in Ghana

Crumbling colonial buildings and half-built concrete blocks jostle for space alongside congested and pockmarked sidewalks. Corrugated-roofed slums and hundreds of fishing boats dot the rubbish-strewn beach. The choppy waters of the Atlantic Ocean slam against the rocky coastline where centuries-old slave forts still stand today. Jamestown, the oldest and poorest area of Accra, is a […]

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Spirits and Spells: Voodoo Culture in Benin

Voodoo culture in Benin

Mention the word ‘voodoo’ and most people conjure images of dolls riddled with nails, and spooky witches casting spells on the innocent. So did I — until my recent trip to West Africa, the birthplace of voodoo. As I learned on this journey, voodoo isn’t some black magic or evil witchcraft as portrayed in Hollywood […]

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From Slavery to Voodoo: My Journey into the Heart of West Africa

West Africa

For a long time, travel to West Africa was restricted — due to civil wars, tribal conflicts, terrorism and the ebola outbreak. Today, this is the world’s poorest region, with many countries here occupying the lowest positions in the UN Human Development Index. A large percentage of people here survive on barely $20 a month. For travelers, […]

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Easter in Poland: From Medieval Towns to Snow Mountains

Easter in Poland

Spring had just arrived to Poland. With the sun coyly poking through thick clouds, Poland was slowly awakening from a long winter slumber. The Easter markets were in full swing, oozing an infectious atmosphere with its lively beer gardens, bratwurst stands, and colourful arts and craft stores. While it wasn’t as warm as we’d imagined, […]

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Antarctica vs Arctic: How to Choose and Plan Your Polar Cruise

“And I tell you, if you have the desire for knowledge and the power to give it physical expression, go out and explore.” So said Apsley Cherry-Garrard, who accompanied Captain Scott on his doomed expedition to Antarctica and famously documented their experiences in his memoir The Worst Journey in the World. Thankfully, discovering the polar […]

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Visiting My 100th Country: Taiwan

Taiwan

100 countries. I never thought I would make it this far. Considering the fact that there are 197 countries in the world, 100 seems like a small number – just over half of the total number of countries in the world – but it’s taken me 13 years of pretty intensive travels to reach 100 countries. […]

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Staying at the Hotel of Ice in Romania

Ice mountain and hut

There is complete silence except for the occasional mountain wind blowing or ravens circling overhead. It’s like Narnia out here: frozen icicles hang from granite rock cliffs, the light bouncing off the snow is blinding me, and the sounds of ravens flying above are echoing through the ensemble of towering peaks that surround us. I’m standing […]

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Fairy-tale Castles and Magic Mountains: A Dream Trip to Transylvania with Lonely Planet

Transylvania

It all began when I was a little girl. As a child, my favourite book was Bram Stoker’s Dracula; I must have been read it at least a dozen times. In my imagination, Dracula’s home, Transylvania, was a land full of witches, vampires and haunted castles — the stuff of nightmares. And as a (weird) kid, […]

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40 Photos of Cape Verde that Will Make You Want to Go There Now

Photos of Cape Verde

Not many people have heard of Cape Verde.  Since reading about it in a magazine a few years ago, I’ve been absolutely intrigued by it. How did a small archipelago nation with so little natural resources become one of the most economically stable countries in Africa? And being so remote and isolated from other countries, […]

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Palm Springs: A Quirky Oasis in the Desert

Palm Springs

On our recent trip to California, we made Palm Springs our first stop, eager to explore the desert and bask in the Californian sunshine. Traveling from the cold sub-zero temperatures of Norway, we were warmly welcomed by the balmy, desert air of Palm Springs. Needless to say, even Baby Kaleya loved the transition. Right upon arrival, we threw off our […]

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The Perfect Winter Break in Oslo

winter break in Oslo

My first visit to Oslo was almost eight years ago. I fell in love with the edgy yet down-to-earth capital of Norway and have made it a point to return every other year. These days, it’s still as edgy and down-to-earth, but even more vibrant than before. It’s relatively small for a capital city but […]

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Street Art in Cyprus

Unlock Cyprus

As you probably know by now, I’m a fan of street art. I love tracking down street art around the world.  There’s just something about these urban art that makes you think. In recent years, street art has evolved into something more than just graffiti. It’s now a revered form of urban art that’s now appearing on the […]

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Winter in Cyprus: How It’s Like

winter in Cyprus

When planning our recent trip to Cyprus, we were a bit hesitant about traveling in winter. We knew winter in Cyprus would be warmer than elsewhere in Europe, but we weren’t quite sure if it would be the best time to visit. Would it be cold and gloomy? Or would restaurants and hotels be closed […]

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33 Photos of Cyprus that Show It’s More Than Just a Beach Destination

Photos of Cyprus

Cyprus is known to many as a sun-kissed beach destination — but few of us know its history or culture. Armed with a curiosity to learn about this island, we headed to Cyprus last week to find out what this country is all about. As it turned out, Cyprus is far more than just a summer destination. It […]

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