According to numerous news reports, the Island of the Gods is more like a ghost town these days. Footage shows the streets of Kuta, once teeming with scooters, colourful market stalls, and thousands of international tourists, now mournfully empty – like the pockets of the people who live there.
2019 ended on an emotional rollercoaster for me. I'd suffered a devastating personal loss. After that, the only way I could pull myself out of the abyss of self-pity was to give in to my soul's wanderlust. And so, I took myself on a life-altering trip to four cities in eleven days.
Konnichiwa my friends! By the time I was a preteen, I had one goal which was to travel to different places around the globe. Since I have a penchant for multiculturalism and geography, there are a whack of places that are on my "travel bucket list". Japan is one of the places that I have on my lengthy travel bucket list, because of its attractive natural sites, the delicious food, the variety of things to explore and do, as well as my overall passion for Japanese culture, language and cuisine.
She’s been calling my name for a while, whispering promises of adventure.
Thailand, old Siam – the land of the Bodhi tree and sticky mango rice.
Home to more than 800 km of the Himalayan mountain range, Nepal is one of the world’s premier trekking destinations. Packed full of adrenaline-fuelled adventure spots, stunning scenery, and treks for every experience level, it’s little wonder that Nepal’s fanbase grows year on year. What are you waiting for? Here are our top seven reasons to visit Nepal for your next trekking adventure.
Basically, Maldivian food is founded on an assortment of flavours, ingredients and techniques; some of which have been within these pleasing isles whilst others have been crafted from the influences of neighbouring nations such as Sri Lanka and India respectively. Although, it would not be too hard to stumble upon dishes comprising either coconut, fish or rice or even a combination of these as the locals are known to resort to these ingredients with a sense of regularity and affection. Read on below for a host of traditional fare and how to get your hands on some.
Makati has long been considered the financial district of the Philippines so you wouldn't expect to find too many fun things to do here. This is not the case. In reality, Makati is versatile, arty and has a very enthusiastic nightlife scene. If you are looking to capture the best of Makati and make it a series of charming photos for your Instagram feed, here are some of the best places to visit.
Ko Tao (also often Koh Tao; Thai: เกาะเต่า, pronounced [kɔ̀ʔ tàw], lit. ''Turtle Island'')
This year I made a dream of mine a reality, and I hope to one day return to that dream, on the magical island of Koh Tao, in the Gulf of Thailand. Surrounded by white sandy beaches, incredibly complex coral reefs, world class diving, absolutely bonkers local cuisine and a vibe that is slow to wake up in the morning and late to go to bed at night, Koh Tao truly offers it all.
In Hong Kong, where the air smells of fermenting tofu and the ever reaching skyscrapers brood over narrow streets, the tradition of the street market is still being upheld in this fast paced, fast modernizing city.
The man peered out through the window as we approached. The place looked like a storefront and it would not have been picture-worthy, except that we were on the Tibetan plateau, the highest region on Earth. Joseph, our Tibetan translator, struck up a conversation with the man, upon which he shyly invited us in. The inside of the store consisted of items like toilet paper, stale cookies, and Tibetan trinkets for sale to tourists. How does he make a living, I thought.
Travelers from all over the world congregate yearly in Kathmandu to make the challenging trek to Everest Base Camp. It’s a bucket list item for thousands of outdoor and photography enthusiasts, all of whom want to set eyes on those soaring peaks. Despite the call of the mountains, some feel like this trip is just out of reach.
The Garden City on the Sea has so much that you can do and see. If you are planning a short trip to Xiamen, you can be guaranteed to have a great time especially if you are a lover of history and culture. In Xiamen, you can do a lot of fun things such as have a homestay with locals in Yongding or explore the historical relics of South Putuo Temple. Here’s how to plan a perfect little trip to Xiamen.