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Bang Khla Floating Market and Giant Fruit Bats, Thailand

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Today we headed to the Bang Khla Floating Market - which is located on the outskirts of Chachaongsao (about an hour and 10 minutes from Bangkok). Last year we made the mistake of driving all the way out here on the weekday - for a market that is only open on the weekends and holidays. This market comes alive around the lunch time hour - with hundreds of families sitting around enjoying the variety of foods that makes the Thai cuisine so … [Read more...]

The Audacious Promises of Sustainable Tourism

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The audacious promises of sustainable tourism The promise that was never lived up to Don’t we all wish we could do more good while having the time of our lives travelling? Years ago, when I was still a student, a big part of my travel memories were filled with little children tugging at my jeans for a donation, the homeless out on the streets or seeing the local people do amazing crafts but only finding out after that they are extremely … [Read more...]

The 24th Annual Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival

Colorful Fishing Boats on Beach Behind old Houses

The 24th Annual Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival Draws Internationally Renowned Talent, April 30 – May 10, 2015 Robin Thicke, Jon Secada, Beres Hammond, Jimmy Cliff and Arturo Tappin among stellar line-up! SAINT LUCIA (March 2, 2015) – The annual Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival, now in its 24th year, raises the curtain on April 30 with a line-up of performers who blends island culture, famed musical talent and diverse music … [Read more...]

2 Years 4 Months 2 Hours by Chiara B. Townley

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2 Years 4 Months 2 Hours is story of love based on passion and persistence. It all started when a young Italian woman (author Chiara B. Townley) working in a hotel in London spots a young American guy (Tyler Townley) staying at the hotel. They share a glance at one point but never speak. She then writes him a note which her co-worker personally delivers on her day off. Their relationship starts there - and is built over time based on this … [Read more...]

Benxi Shuidong National Park, China – March 2015

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The highlight of a visit to this National Park is the Benxi Water Cave system (located about 45 minutes from the major city of Shenyang). This 500 million year old cave is the world's longest underwater river cave accessible by boat. It is one of this region's most visited attractions - the temperature is 12C year round - so if you are visiting in the summer its a welcome relief from the heat and during the dead of winter - a huge temperature … [Read more...]

Pampered Luxury at Hastings House, Salt Spring Island

Afternoon tea at Hastings House

I was recently pampered with a two-night stay at luxurious Hastings House Country House Hotel on Salt Spring Island. While I've been to Salt Spring several times, I had yet to enjoy this corner of the island, close enough to downtown Ganges yet far enough away to appreciate the solitude and nature that helps define this Relais & Chateaux property. The welcoming hotel grounds are filled with fragrant flowers and colourful birds, all with a … [Read more...]

Find Your Travel Tribe & Plan an Unforgettable Adventure with TripTogether

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Whether you’re seeking an escape from the winter blues, in need of a stress-free retreat or want to check off a dream experience from your bucket list – a trip abroad is the best way to fulfill these goals. However, planning your vacation and finding the right travel partner is often the tricky part. I can’t tell you how many times my friends have bailed on travel plans we made due to scheduling conflicts and finances, leaving me to plan my … [Read more...]

Back to Rural Eastern Thailand

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After a few days in Bangkok we took a van to our village and our niece immediately ran up to us and gave us big hugs around the legs (she is only 6 years old). She proudly showed us her Thai/English language book she has been studying in school. One chapter quickly caught my eye, chapter 8 - "Language for Nightclubs". I spotted phrases such as "you have a nice dall face" - presumably supposed to say "doll face" and "can I have a cigarette", … [Read more...]

Living in Bogota: My 5 Colombian Identities

Medellin art - my many identities!

I’ve been living in Bogota, Colombia for over a year now, having moved here from London for my Colombian partner, and something I’ve noticed is the way in which identity is defined; since moving here I have taken on a number of identities which just didn’t matter or exist when I was in London. Not that we don’t categorise people there too – for example, a person’s age, ethnicity and the part of London they’re from can tell you a lot about them: … [Read more...]

Riviera Cancun: Secrets Silversands Resort

Secrets Silversands Resort

Looking at numerous websites, Trip Advisor reviews, and tips from friends, we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to picking a travel destination and resort. My husband and I wanted to visit the Riviera Maya this month, in a location away from the thumping of Cancun or Playa del Carmen. What we found was Puerto Morelos, a smaller town smack in between the two, yet close enough to get to the Mayan ruins while enjoying the warm, tropical breezes of … [Read more...]