Category: Travel Miscellany

4 gourmet vegan experiences in Thailand

4 gourmet vegan experiences in Thailand

Thailand is known as ‘The Land of Smiles’, and for good reason if you are a vegan who loves luxury and fine dining. You’ll certainly be smiling if you visit any one of the 4 locations listed below who all deliver superb gourmet vegan experiences. These are places where choosing a vegan diet does not prevent […]

5 of the best wine lists in Spain

5 of the best wine lists in Spain

An impeccable wine list is an essential component of any well-respected and reputable restaurant. Some of the best restaurants in Spain hit the nail right on the head. The wisdom and good taste of the sommelier is evident and appreciated by those that know about wine. And for those who truly take their wine seriously, […]

4 of America's strangest restaurants

4 of America’s strangest restaurants

America is notorious for doing everything bigger and better than anywhere else in the world, but sometimes they also do things stranger. From restaurants which are buried underground to others that require a password to dine in, there are a variety of wonderful and whacky culinary offerings for you to feast on. Whether you are […]

7 things to do in Calgary, Alberta

7 things to do in Calgary, Alberta

Founded in 1875 as a Mountie outpost, Calgary is the largest city in Alberta, Canada. Following construction of a railway and the discovery of oil, Calgary soon became a business and agricultural nerve center in the southern region of the Canadian province. Located in the middle of a prairie, Calgary boasts one of the sunniest […]

The easy way to check on your duty free purchase allowance

The easy way to check on your duty free purchase allowance

It’s well known that when entering a country you must declare goods that you have purchased overseas, but keeping a detailed record of each and every item can be hassle when all you want to be doing is enjoying the trip. Actually, though, it needn’t be… thanks to today’s technology, the task of recording all […]

Special feature: The Athenaeum Hotel & Apartments, London, UK

Special feature: The Athenaeum Hotel & Apartments, London, UK

Anyone who has ever played the famous Monopoly boardgame will already be familiar with the whereabouts of one of our latest stays. The Athenaeum is located in Mayfair, among some of London’s prime real estate, so to have the pleasure of an entire apartment there – rather than just a hotel room – was a […]

Singapore in style… and an introduction to eating fish sperm!

Singapore in style… and an introduction to eating fish sperm!

“This is coconut soup with fish sperm, matsutake mushroom and abalone,” said the waitress. She’d uttered it without so much as batting an eyelid. It took me a while to process what had just been said. Did I really hear that correctly? I checked – and, sure enough, I had. It was my first night […]

Short stay: Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo, Japan

Short stay: Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo, Japan

Located in the heart of the city’s Nihonbashi business district and consistently rated one of the finest hotels in Asia, the Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo can be found a short walk from the ‘Bridge of Japan’ from which Nihonbashi takes its name. Situated on the upper floors of the Cesar Pelli-designed Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower, where there […]

Short stay: Aman Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Short stay: Aman Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

I’d been tipped off on how to get to the new Aman Tokyo on landing at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport: I was to take the monorail from the airport to Hamamatucho and to then take a taxi from there. The first part proved seamless, but the latter not so, with the first three taxi drivers all […]

Top 10 reasons to winter in the Yukon...  for real!

Top 10 reasons to winter in the Yukon… for real!

I’m the first to admit that as a luxury travel writer I may be just a tad spoiled when it comes to amenities. It’s remarkably easy to get used to lavish designer suites, private infinity pools, Michelin-caliber meals and having a personal butler at your beck and call.  This was one of the main reasons […]

4 fun ways to pass the time when stuck at O'Hare Airport

4 fun ways to pass the time when stuck at O’Hare Airport

Long layovers, flight delays, and cancellations are dreaded words in any traveler’s vocabulary. But being stuck at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport no longer means you are stuck to a plastic seat, stuck in an overcrowded bar, or stuck for hours with nothing to do but wander around the concourses lamenting your luck. Thanks to a well-developed […]

Eat like a local in South Africa

Eat like a local in South Africa

South Africa is a world class holiday destination with a rainbow nation as vibrant as the beautiful scenery it’s renowned for. Cooking is an integral part of any culture, and with the mixing pot of influences and heritages to draw on in South Africa, you’ll have a variety of rainbow cooking and cuisines to try […]

Interview with Larry Klimczyk, Executive Director of International Vacation Home Exchange

Interview with Larry Klimczyk, Executive Director of International Vacation Home Exchange

A travel junkie, Larry Klimczyk got the bug early in life when joining an international courier company; this is back in the day when people actually traveled overseas to deliver important business documents! Born in Seattle, he has worked in about 35 countries around the globe and visited nearly 70. Today his passion is in […]

3 unexpected honeymoon destinations

3 unexpected honeymoon destinations

When it comes to luxurious honeymoons, there are the tried and true standards: destinations like Maui, St. Barts and Santorini that will never go out of style. But what if you’re looking for something a little off the beaten track? Here are three surprisingly romantic destinations you may not have considered. Wine and dine in […]

5 things to do on a luxury break in Tunis

5 things to do on a luxury break in Tunis

For the avid traveller, Tunis is the perfect prelude to the beautiful and diverse country of Tunisia. Not only is it the window to the heart and soul of the country but as its capital, it is the largest and home to a population of over 2,300,000 people. But this bustling city filled with charming […]

A guide to the wine side of Paris

A guide to the wine side of Paris

French wine is unquestionably some of the best and most refined in the world. With so much variety and classics on offer, it can be somewhat overwhelming when confronted with a mouth-watering selection of France’s finest. With so many opportunities and outlets on offer, Paris is the perfect spot for wine experts and novices alike […]

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