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Photoblog: Hot Air Ballooning Over the Spanish Pyrenees

// Dawn in the Pyrenees is quite a magical sight to behold: the sky striated in streaks of red and blue, with the sun slowly peeking through the wispy clouds against a backdrop of imposing mountains. By sunrise, the mountains beneath us are blanketed in gold with the occasional patches of white snow and clusters [...]

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10 of the Best Beaches in the United States

This is a sponsored guest post written by Leslie To. It’s a brisk 78 degree day without a dark cloud in the sky.  The sounds of crashing waves on the warm ocean shore and the cawing of seagulls from above add to Mother Nature’s soothing soundtrack. With a pair of sunglasses and a tall glass [...]

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Chasing the Northern Lights at Hotel Rangá

Mention Iceland and you often conjure images of glaciers, waterfalls, volcanoes and most of all, the Northern Lights. Electrifying lights dancing in the night skies, lighting up the darkness with all kinds of color – this phenomenon occurs in few places in the world, and Iceland happens to be one …

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Finding Surprises in Granada, Spain

I love surprises. Seriously, who doesn’t? This summer I was treated to a beautiful surprise, one that definitely left an imprint in my memories. On the night before our wedding, I was dashing around Granada, doing some last-minute preparations, when a surprise came knocking on our door. A luxury heritage hotel …

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Top 7 Places for a Hot Air Balloon Ride

Seeing the world from above often gives a refreshing perspective: peaked mountains transform into jagged land masses under your feet and rivers meander around like snakes. From above, land stretches beyond the horizon, revealing all the secret corners that one would have missed while on land. Atop a hot air balloon, …

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Greetings from the Paradisical Island of Mauritius!

Belle Mare beach, Mauritius

Here’s a quick update to let you guys know that I’ve found paradise! An emerald isle found in the middle of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is all that I’d imagine it to be, and more. Surrounded by turquoise sea and cluttered with luscious green rainforests, this tropical island is packed with plenty of surprises. Since [...]

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Seeing Wadi Rum From Above

// As my pilot starts the engine, I put on his Vin Diesel jacket and batman shades and buckle up. Within seconds, we are airborne, flying just inches away from the jebels or rock towers of Wadi Rum in Southern Jordan. I don’t care if the morning wind is whipping across my face – the [...]

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Wine Tourism in Costa Brava

// One of the highlights of my recent jaunt through Costa Brava, Spain, was the exquisite food and wine: our meals were made up of fresh Mediterranean food, punctuated with some of the best wines in the world – from Priorat wine to Freixenet cava (Spanish version of champagne). At Celler Martin Faixo, we sampled [...]

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Zipping through Asturias on the Transcantabrico Train

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On the last leg of our journey through Asturias, we hopped onto the newly launched Transcantabrico Gran Lujo train to get a taste of something different. We had spent the past week traversing its mountains by car, exploring its fishing villages on foot and now, whizzing through Asturia’s prairies …

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Rural Tourism: Unique Ways of Exploring the Countryside

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// Since getting bitten by the travel bug, I’ve been introduced to rural tourism on several occasions: olive-picking in Southern Spain, staying at an eco-lodge in the mountains of Guatemala and experiencing farm life in Western Australia. Rural tourism is a way of exploring and immersing in nature – and it often leads to surprising [...]

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5 Classic Christmas Destinations

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// Where will you be spending Christmas this year? As a modern-day nomad, I’ve spent the past few Christmases in various corners of the world– from New York to London, Madrid, East Germany and this year back home in Singapore.  Each destination has its own unique Christmas flair and offer a different experience. Today’s guest [...]

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Paradise Renewed: Thailand’s Ko Samui

Lamai beach, Ko Samui Thailand

// The sea was a shade of aqua blue, the sand pale pearly white and the surrounding foliage a blanket of emerald green. There was silence except for the sound of the lapping waves. I was on the island of Ko Samui and the last thing I had expected to find: tranquility. It was all [...]

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Photoblog: Celebrating the Lights Festival in Bangkok

Bangkok Chao Praya River restaurant

Shrouded in a golden glow, Bangkok seemingly puts on a glamorous coat and a mystical air by night. Starkly contrasting with its usual daytime chaos, the city represents a whole different world come sunset: its golden temples shimmer in gold and its river banks calm and tranquil. Floating along …

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Uncover Mesmerizing World Heritage Sites in Mexico

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// While I’m out and about in sun-kissed Thailand, this week’s sponsored post brings us all the way to Mexico. Home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations, Mexico is a land packed with impressive monuments, stunning Caribbean beaches and culturally-rich cities. Many travelers head straight to the beaches and miss out on Mexico’s outstanding [...]

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Photoblog: The Moroccan Seaside in White and Blue

Panorama of Asilah

// Approaching Asilah from far, we see a jumble of square buildings topped with blue domes, enclosed within the sand-colored Medina walls. Reflecting the colors of the balmy sea, the town of Asilah is bathed in a blanket of white and blue, dotted by the occasional brown brick houses and honey-colored mosques.Men with burly beards, [...]

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