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Staying in An Overwater Bungalow in Maldives — What It’s Like

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ith clear skies overhead and the shimmering aqua mint water beneath my feet, I’m sitting on the deck of our overwater bungalow, looking out to the sea that seems to sparkle in different shades of blue. The sound of the lapping waves is hypnotizing and the gentle sea breeze is slowly lulling me to sleep. […]

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Capella Singapore: A Retreat Away from the Urban Jungle

A retreat at Capella

ingapore is a special place for me. It’s where I was born and raised, and where I spent almost 20 years of my life. Regardless of how much time I’ve been away, Singapore is and always will be my home. Every time I go back, there’s always something new to explore — be it a […]

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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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Our Home Away from Home: Villa Rental in Costa Brava

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Just two weeks ago, we took a break from work and had a relaxing vacation in Costa Brava (i.e. no laptop, no concrete plans and no work). We wanted to get some unplugged time and also take the opportunity to visit our dear friends Dan and Esme who had moved to Barcelona recently; Costa Brava is […]

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10 of the Coolest Hotels We’ve Stayed At

A collage of the differnent treehouses at Treehotel

Thanks to this website and our magazine, we’ve had the chance to travel far and beyond, from Antarctica to Zimbabwe, North Korea to South Africa. Along the way, we’ve also been fortunate enough to stay at many extraordinary and outstanding hotels. These aren’t your conventional five-star hotel chain or backpacker hostel — you’ll be surprised by how creative and unusual some hotel owners/designers can be. […]

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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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Slowing Down in Loreto, Baja California

VDP Loreto 2012: Simple

**Our teammate Elica Sue was recently in Baja California, Mexico. Here’s one of her stories from her trip to Loreto, stay tuned for more.** I recently just returned from Loreto in Baja California del Sur, Mexico, and am still just as enamored with it as I was when I first arrived. It was difficult getting my head back […]

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Sharks, Rays and Boobies: Heron Island in the Great Barrier Reef

Heron island from the harbor

A giant manta ray flaps across the sandbar under the spearmint blue water beneath my feet. A brown-footed booby soars overhead, while an egret swooshes to the water surface and nabs his catch for the day. We’re out on the beach taking a morning stroll, but scenes from the Animal Planet are unfurling upon us. This is Heron Island, a coral cay […]

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Video: Island Life on Bazaruto, Mozambique

After two weeks of intensive travel in Africa (from cruising the backwaters of Botswana to jumping off Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe), we were ready to have some downtime and relax in Crusoe-esque style. And on Bazaruto Island, we did just that. At just 30 km from mainland Mozambique, it’s just a short hop away from the town of […]

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Our Home for the Week: Apostle’s Edge, Cape Town

This week we are reporting live from Cape Town, South Africa. For the past few days, we’ve been exploring Cape Town and its suburbs during the day, watching sunset on our outdoor terrace in the evening and getting some work done by the fireplace by night. We will be writing about our Cape Town adventures shortly, […]

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Unspirited Koh Lanta, Thailand

A view of the beach when the sun came out - photo NOT taken from the resort

Two weeks before the launch of our last magazine issue, we needed a place to buckle down, focus and work on it at full force. We’d heard many people sing praises about this island that was highly accessible from the busy beach town of Krabi, yet quiet and peaceful, nothing like the other touristy islands […]

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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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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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Cast Away on the Private Island of Sumilon, Philippines

fter three weeks of traveling around the Philippines, we simply wanted to kick back for a few days in Crusoe-esque splendor – and on Sumilon Island we did just that. Located 10 km from Cebu island, it might be just a hop away from civilization but it sure felt like a world apart. Landing on […]

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