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Best Black Friday Travel Deals 2015

black friday travel deals

I can’t believe that it’s Thanksgiving tomorrow! Besides being a day of reflection, gratitude, and feasting, Thanksgiving also heralds the biggest sale of the year – Black Friday and Cyber Monday. If you’re planning a trip or eyeing a particular resort/hotel for the coming year – there’s no better time to grab these travel deals. We’ve already shared some travel gear worth […]

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An Urban Adventure: Exploring Riga By Bike

Biking in Riga

elcome to Riga, our young and small country!” says Artus, our guide for the day. Like many young generation Latvians, Artus is a well-spoken and bright guy, full of ideas and drive. He is one of the partners of E.A.T Riga, an explorers club that aims to show the alternative side of Riga in a […]

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From Polar Expeditions to Overland Trips: Which Adventure Tour to Choose?


As I discussed yesterday, tours aren’t all that bad — they can be great value for money, they get you to places that are otherwise difficult to reach, and most importantly, they connect you with like-minded travelers. Group tours these days are not just limited to whistle-stop sightseeing tours — they can range from active […]

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Why Taking a Tour is Not Such a Bad Idea

Why taking a tour (2)

Before starting this blog, I had never been on an all-encompassed group tour. I was a travel snob who loved independent travel and hated the idea of whistle-stop tours. Back then, I thought of tours as hoards of tourists cramped into a big coach, hopping on and off at typical sightseeing spots, and eating at […]

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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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5 Great Locations for a Photography Tour

Shwedagon Pagoda, Yangon

Photography is a crucial part of any travel blogger’s armory and is a fantastic way of capturing moments and telling stories as Nellie recently proved. However, it can be difficult to get the perfect shot under pressure if you don’t know what to look for and what to take into account. Taking a photo tour […]

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Traveling the Silk Road — A Quick Guide

PicMonkey Collage

The Silk Road is the greatest travel route of all time, spanning 8,000km across continents, weaving through deserts, mountains and grasslands and bringing traders from East to West and vice versa. The original overland odyssey has long lured travelers, from the likes of the world’s first professional traveler, Marco Polo, to modern-day Silk Road author, […]

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Annapurna Foothills Trek — Part I: A Walk in the Clouds

On the gravel path

It’s almost late evening by the time we arrive in Nayapul, the starting point of the Annapurna Foothills Trek. After a hectic eight-hour drive from Kathmandu, we have dodged the random fires and riots of election day in Nepal and made it safely to the Himalayas. But now that we’re here, the sky is painted […]

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Finding Peace at Bhutan’s Most Sacred Site: The Tiger’s Nest


According to Sangay, I must have committed quite a lot of sins. I’m huffing and puffing, mid-way up the hundreds of steps that will take me to Bhutan’s most famous sacred site, Paro Taktsang or Tiger’s Nest. The air is thin and crisp at this altitude, and the steps are so steep my calves and ankles are aching with each […]

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Ditching the Digital World in East Africa

Masai in East Africa

Jambo from Kenya! I’m writing to you from Nairobi, where I’ll be starting my overland trip with Africa Travel Co around East Africa. After a few hectic months of working on my new book and the magazine, it’s time to give myself a well-deserved break so I’m taking the opportunity to give myself a digital […]

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Waterfalls and Lush Jungles: Fiji’s Garden Island, Taveuni

Driving on the roads of Taveuni

By Day Four of our heritage cruise voyage, our luck with the weather gods had run out. That morning, we awoke to pouring tropical rains and a sky covered with thick dark grey clouds. The island of Taveuni appeared outside our window, its silhouette shrouded in a blur of trickling rain. Rugged and green, Taveuni is known […]

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Cruising off the Southern Tip of Australia: Tasman Island

Under the cliffs

The boat rocked from left to right, over choppy waters that looked ready to engulf us. I held on tight to my seat as the wind howled and the waves swung us high and low. Even in thick waterproof jumpers, we were shivering like baby chicks with no feathers. Our guide had warned us of the swells – they can go up to 5 meters on […]

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Active Caribbean: 4×4 Off-Road Adventures on Nevis

Alberto at the wheel

 With acres of unexplored rainforests, pasture land and a monster of a mountain rising from its center, Nevis is indeed an island made for adventure. Having hiked through its jungle and biked down its slopes, we found yet another alternative way of exploring the rugged terrain of the island: on board a 4×4 Polaris Ranger […]

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Photoblog: Secrets of St Kitts

Nellie posing with St. Kitts at her feet

Swaying coconut trees, sparkling blue water, powdery sand and the sounds of reggae music in the distance: St Kitts is everything we’d imagined – and more. Having spent almost a week exploring, we’re thrilled to find that St Kitts isn’t just any Caribbean island. It’s the Caribbean without sun-burnt tourists, all-inclusive resorts, and Señor Frogs. […]

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Photoblog: Scenes from the Holy City of Jerusalem

Western Wall and Dome of Rock

In Jerusalem, the smell of Christian incense mingle with the aroma of Muslim spices, while the sound of Koran prayers weave its way magically into the whispers of Jewish myths. It is several worlds merged into one: where Christians, Jews, and Muslims live side by side. In a city where three different religions co-exist, a […]

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