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7 Tips To Consider Before Your Next Flight

Long flights leave many of us feeling irritable and bad-tempered. But you don’t need to enrol in the nearest meditation or yoga class as soon as you land after your next trip! Here are seven of my favourite ways to beat jet-lag blues and make your next flight more comfortable. Travel Tip #1: Choose A Morning Flight As a general rule, air...

A Spiritual Experience In Varanasi and Sarnath

There’s no doubt that Varanasi is as compelling as any trip to Delhi, Agra or Jaipur. In a single visit, you can witness life and death side-by-side while Varanasi’s residents carry on with their daily lives. Sunrise Boat Tour To appreciate Varanasi before the heat and crowds become too overwhelming, I opt for an early morning cruise. Bleary-eyed, and with sun beginning...

Bangkok- An Insider’s Guide

I recently spent two days, as a stop-over, in Bangkok. I won’t say it’s one of my favourite cities I’ve ever visited. But it’s certainly not the worst either. In my opinion, it’s not over-flowing with tourist attractions. But, with a little planning, and by ignoring the tourist ghettos you’ll discover its hidden secrets. Introduction Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, is the beating heart...

Taieri Gorge Railway – Combining History and Charm

Updated November 2018 I braced myself against the safety rail at the end of the carriage and squinted as the wind and splashes of rain caught my face. Nevertheless, I was determined to take a photo. The train rumbled through a steep ravine. Tufts of lush green vegetation peeked out from the fissures in the rock and trailed down the precipitous...

Singapore at Its Best – 3 Reasons to Visit

Travelling in Asia will never be complete if you haven't experienced the beautiful city of Singapore. Don’t be fooled by its size because although this country may be small, it's the most advanced metropolis in Southeast Asia. In fact, the capital city (also named Singapore) comprises one-third of the mainland making it almost the whole country in itself. The city...

Rajasthan – The Enchanting Land of Kings

The Land of Kings Rajasthan, is surely the most colourful and unique state in Northern India, if not all of India. Its capital, Jaipur, the “Pink City”, derives its name from the reddish-pink stones that were used to construct its elegant buildings. Jaipurites closely link the city’s history to Maharaja Jai Singh II, who became King when he was only...

An Unforgettable Afternoon with Sampa at Elefantastic

I’ll confess that I am neither overly fond of domestic pets or an animal activist. But that doesn’t mean that I’ll support animal cruelty or suffering. Quite the opposite. I’ll further admit that I went to a bullfight in Madrid many years ago and have also ridden elephants, twice, up the windy steep cobbled streets to Jaipur’s Amber Fort. However, as...

Scream Like a Baby on Queenstown’s Rapids

Updated: November 2018 After Shock-Pinball, Jaws.  Sounds like a list of action movies, right?  Well, they’re the gateway to some action, but just part of the movie that’s Challenge Rafting on the Shotover River in Queenstown, New Zealand. When you join Challenge Rafting for a little white-water adventure, expect some thrills, chills, and maybe some spills…and expect it to be challenging. ...

The Crown of Palaces – The Taj Mahal

Famous globally for its breathtaking beauty and mirror-like symmetry, the Taj Mahal is India’s most famous landmark. Located in Agra, it reportedly attracts more than 6 million visitors each year. The Crown of Palaces The Taj Mahal (Persian for "Crown of Palaces") is an elaborate mausoleum or tomb. Built nearly 400 years ago by Emperor Shah Jahan of India it’s a...

Welcome to Auckland – The City of Sails

Auckland, home to approximately 1.5 million Kiwis, lies in the pacific Ocean’s far south-west. It’s New Zealand’s biggest city and provides an excellent base to explore the North Island’s hidden coves and scenic coast line. Auckland boasts more boats per capita than any other city on the planet. It has a proud sailing tradition and revels in its nickname “The...