New Zealand – The great escape

As one of the most remote countries in the world, New Zealand constitutes a twenty hour flight from London, New York, and Nairobi. It's one of those places everyone is talking about, but few has experienced. But with distance comes benefits. Something every traveller knows. The greatest reward of all is found on the southern island; a [...]

Old Delhi – A walk behind the scene

Going to Delhi without visiting Chandni Chowk, the heart of the smoking, smelling, colourful, and chaotic Old Delhi, is like travel to Athens and missing out on the Acropolis. This is where the real street life of Delhi take form, so different from the New Delhi the Englishmen built around Connaught Place. But it's not until you [...]

Kirinda – The lost paradise of Sri Lanka

I sat on the veranda at Mount Lavinia, one of the oldest hotels in the country. The night was warm and a stillness rested over the white colonial villa. I followed a fishing boat on the horizon. The light fainted in the night, as if it was trying to stay on a straight line without [...]

Beirut – A lesson in the art of being

Beirut is the city with no sights. It's a lesson in the art of being. There are no must-do's. No Eiffel Towers or Times Squares. And definitely no German speaking menus. But there is a lot of else to discover for the curious visitor. Top class restaurants, street art, and a café society like neighbourhood. As the [...]

Kathmandu – The pulse of Nepal

We had circulated for over an hour and I was starting to get a little nervous. My fellow passengers too. The cabin was dead silent. I asked the flight attendant as she came running down the aisle. It was too bad weather to land, she said. A guy at the back overheard the conversation: "The [...]

Angkor – Why would anyone go there?

I arrived to Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor, after a seven hour bus journey from Phnom Penh. All beaten up and tired? Nope. I had a good time streaming my favourite podcast from the free Wifi on board. I then checked in at a small boutique hotel with a colonial touch and had a drink at [...]

Chapman’s Peak Drive – To the end of the world and back

I'm a road trip guy. I think it's the best way to explore the world. The ultimate feeling of freedom. But there are road trips and there are road trips. And then there is the Chapman's Peak Drive. So turn up the music, wind down your window and get ready for a journey to the [...]

Iceland – The world in your pocket

Travelling to Iceland is a journey through the world of nature. Mother earth captured in one small island. It's all there. The green valleys of New Zealand. Snowy peaks of the Alps. Mount Fuji and the Tian Shan. The volcanoes of Indonesia. Geysers reminiscent of Yellowstone and a peculiar light found in South Africa. It's a miniature [...]

Macau – Sin city of Asia

Welcome to Macau, the sin city of Asia. The biggest casino town in the world. The weekend getaway for the Chinese whales of Shanghai. This is where Patacas gets turned into baccarat cards and rolling dices on green tables. Go here if you want a piece of Asian extravagance you didn't think existed. The casinos [...]

Burma – On the road to Mandalay

It was early morning and still dark. The taxi driver took us to a very shady area in the outskirt of Mandalay. Dim street lights. Distant voices. He pointed us to a narrow path leading into complete darkness. "Really, that way?!" He nodded. We looked at each other and started to walk. We could hear [...]