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Learning the Himalayan Way of Life in the Kathmandu Valley

The Himalayan ranges above Kathmandu Valley

The pointy snow-slathered peaks of the Himalayan Ranges stretch across my horizon like an endless sea of mountains. A blue haze covers the lower portion of the mountains, giving the illusion that they are floating in the air. Where I’m standing is almost 5,250 feet (1,600m) above sea level — the world seems so immense and I feel so small [...]

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An Outdoor Lover’s Playground: Tufi, Papua New Guinea

The deck at Tufi Resort

As a first-time visitor to Papua New Guinea, I wanted to see and explore as much of the country’s famous tribal culture, hiking trails and dive sites as possible — and at Tufi Dive Resort I did just that. Located off the Solomon Sea in northeastern Papua New Guinea, Tufi Dive Resort is set right [...]

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A City in Transition: Nazareth, Israel

Visiting an abandoned house

“There is tension almost everywhere in Israel, but not here in Nazareth,” says Linda, our guide from Fauzi Azar Inn. Indeed, Nazareth doesn’t seem quite as intense as Jerusalem, the religious hub of Israel. Here, there are no military soldiers, nor machine guns. In their place are friendly, hospitable Arab vendors and welcoming locals who are more [...]

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Inside Sweden’s ICEHOTEL

Main entrance of ICEHHOTEL

Amidst the gorgeous Narnia landscape of the Swedish Lapland stands ICEHOTEL, the world’s first hotel built entirely of ice and snow. It’s hard to believe that everything here is made of ice, until you see it for yourself. We recently visited the ICEHOTEL on a daytrip from Abisko and were blown away by this work of [...]

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Ice-Fishing in the Finnish Lapland

As part of the Ice Run journey, we’re exploring the Finnish Lapland, one of the coolest parts of Europe. We went crazy with winter activities like snowmobiling and dog-sledding. Here’s our story on ice-fishing in Rovaniemi. *** I jump up and down, like a child pouncing on her bed, eager to see if the ice beneath my feet will crack and fizzle. It’s ridiculously [...]

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Photoblog: Nordic Charm in Trondheim

Of all the places we visited on the Ice Run, Trondheim has got to be the biggest surprise for us. Surrounded by fjords,  the city is a charming Nordic enclave rich in history and traditional flair. The town itself is tastefully built around a hill, studded with narrow cobble stoned alleys, classic Norwegian houses and [...]

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Colonial Splendor in Yangon

Mohinga for breakfast

“Did you like the mohinga?” Asked Chris, The Strand’s head chef when he learned about us trying out the hotel’s specialty dish. “It’s the most popular breakfast dish in Burma, we always recommend it to our guests when they visit.” Despite being a native Australian, Chris dishes up a mean bowl of noodle soup — [...]

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Photoblog: The Golden Shwedagon Paya in Yangon, Myanmar

Shwedagon Paya as seen from our hotel

Looming over the skyline of Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city, is the Shwedagon Paya, also known as the Golden Pagoda. Considered the most sacred of all Buddhist sites for the Burmese, the pagoda is one that all Myanmar Buddhists hope to visit at least once in their lifetime. According to local legends, the Shwedagon Pagoda has existed for more than 2,500 years, making it the [...]

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A Secret Corner of Chiang Mai, Thailand

Buddha statues at Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

This is the fourth edition of an ongoing series of reviews on properties (budget hotels and hostels) we’re staying at during our travels in Asia, as part of our partnership with HostelBookers.com. Our first stop in Thailand, during our journey through Southeast Asia, was Chiang Mai, in the northern reaches of the country. We’ve heard so [...]

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At Home in Bangkok

Roundabout in downtown Hanoi

This is the third edition of an ongoing series of reviews on properties (budget hotels and hostels) we’re staying at during our travels in Asia, as part of our partnership with HostelBookers.com. As we journey around Southeast Asia, Bangkok has been a frequent stop for us – since it’s a major hub in the region. Our Songkran [...]

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Falling for the Chaotic Charms of Hanoi, Vietnam

Roundabout in downtown Hanoi

This is the second edition of an ongoing series of reviews on properties (budget hotels and hostels) we’re staying at during our travels in Asia, as part of our partnership with HostelBookers.com. On the streets of Hanoi, traffic ebbs and flows as slick chrome scooters weave between old-school rickshaws and pushcarts. Miniature stools and tables line the alleys, [...]

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Slowing Down in Cebu City, Philippines

Heritage of Cebu Monument

This is the first edition of an ongoing series of reviews on properties (budget hotels and hostels) we’re staying at during our travels in Asia, as part of our partnership with HostelBookers.com. Cebu City, the second largest metropolis in the Philippines, is a blur of chrome jeepneys, traffic fumes and eclectic street food stalls.  The chaos and [...]

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Finding Peace Amidst the Chaos of Johannesburg

Exterior of Thatchfoord Lodge

Loud, explosive and complicated, the metropolis of Johannesburg is undoubtedly the beating heart of South Africa. Straddling between extremes, Jo’burg (as locals like to call it) is packed with modern skyscrapers and massive malls, as well as dodgy neighborhoods and gritty townships. The South African capital has a reputation as a crime-ridden city pockmarked with remnants of the country’s troubled past. But [...]

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Top Hostels Around the World – According to Hostelbookers

As a backpacking couple, hostels and cheap hotels are our playground – whether we’re traipsing around South America or island-hopping in Southeast Asia. We’ve stayed in a variety of accommodation – from upscale resorts to vacation rentals to funky dorms; but casual hostels have always been more of our style. Naturally, we were excited when Hostelbookers announced the results of its Awards for Excellence [...]

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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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