Indigo Pearl: 5-Star Luxurious Fun in Phuket, Thailand

After a ten minute drive from Phuket airport, heading towards Nai Yang Beach, down a dusty road lined with sleeping dogs and a few desultory shops and cafes, take a quick detour to enter the imaginative world of the Indigo Pearl, for a truly unique stay. If ever a hotel has earned bragging rights, this … Read more Indigo Pearl: 5-Star Luxurious Fun in Phuket, Thailand

Travel: Think Bellingham for the Best of the Pacific Northwest

Problem: When international visitors come to explore the incredible Pacific Northwest they usually run themselves ragged trying to fit in visits to Vancouver, Seattle, the beaches lining the Oregon coast and a few San Juan Islands. Solution: After spending an eye-opening week in Bellingham, WA. I was amazed to find that you could experience the … Read more Travel: Think Bellingham for the Best of the Pacific Northwest

A fab time in Macau – without stepping a foot in a casino

Bet you can have a FAB time in Macau without stepping foot in a casino. Don’t get me wrong. If you like to gamble then you’re absolutely in the right place. The gambling in Macau is simply off-the-hook. Macau’s 35th casino opened recently, the Sands Cotai Central, a mere $4.4 billion venture. Not really that … Read more A fab time in Macau – without stepping a foot in a casino

Three Unforgettable Ecuadorian Experiences

Ecuador is an amazing country (about the size of Nevada) that proves the best things really do come in small packages. Its compact size means that in just a few hours you can be hiking on a snow-capped volcanic peak, exploring a rainforest with over 25,000 plant species and 1600 bird species or shopping for … Read more Three Unforgettable Ecuadorian Experiences

Cruising the Galapagos Islands Aboard the M/Y Grace

Since there are at least 60 other first-class ships cruising the Galapagos, selecting the right ship can be a daunting task. You can spend endless hour researching them all only to end up just crossing your fingers and hoping that you made the right pick. But having recently returned from what was truly was “the … Read more Cruising the Galapagos Islands Aboard the M/Y Grace

Wroclaw Finally Gets Some Richly Deserved Respect

Warsaw is the capital of Poland and Krakow is constantly being touted as the “exciting new” Prague, Budapest and Berlin all rolled together… but for my zloty (Polish currency) the real darling of Poland is Wroclaw (loosely pronounced Vrote-Suave) the capital of Lower Silesia in southern Poland. Often referred to as the “Venice of Poland”, … Read more Wroclaw Finally Gets Some Richly Deserved Respect

24 Hours of Glorious Gluttony in Warsaw

Normally I would be crazed trying to fit in all the restaurants I wanted to try in just one travel day, but that’s all the time I had to explore Warsaw’s culinary climate before heading back to the states. Thankfully, Poland must have been created with foodies in mind, since meals here consist of a … Read more 24 Hours of Glorious Gluttony in Warsaw

My Favourite Place: The Ecuadorian Andes by Julian Smith

I lifted one plastic boot and planted steel crampons into the snow with a styrofoam crunch. Took a deep breath. Fourteen. Eleven more steps and I could rest again. It was dark, the air was thin, and Billie Holiday was crooning through the ice-coated wires of my headphones about what a little moonlight can do. … Read more My Favourite Place: The Ecuadorian Andes by Julian Smith

What to Pack for a Nepali Trek – Advice from Fashion Consultant Belinda Alexander

Fashion consultant Belinda Alexander advises trekkers and fashion enthusiasts how to dress on the trek of a lifetime. At the moment I am planning a walk of 120 km in Nepal. We fly to Kathmandu and then travel by bus to Phokara where we start the ascent to the Annapurna Mountains. My fitness campaign has … Read more What to Pack for a Nepali Trek – Advice from Fashion Consultant Belinda Alexander

Smoking Ban Announced at Plage Lumière, Provence, France

The Plage Lumière in La Ciotat, France, has become the first European beach to ban smoking in a series of planned smoking bans for the coastal area of Provence. The botanical park of Mugel and “Petit Mugel” – a small beach adjacent to the park – are next in the sights of the innovative open-air smoking … Read more Smoking Ban Announced at Plage Lumière, Provence, France

UK’s New Forest Boasts Colours to “Rival the Canadian Fall”

As the United Nations celebrates the International Year of Forests in 2011, the New Forest National Park, located to the West of Southampton in the United Kingdom, has boasted of having a seasonal display of burnished colour to “rival the Canadian fall”. Although the International Year of Forests was designed to highlight the importance of … Read more UK’s New Forest Boasts Colours to “Rival the Canadian Fall”

Culture, Food and Adventure in Missoula, Montana, USA

I often get emails asking for suggestions on where to go for a foodie girlfriend trip or a fun-in-the-sun island getaway or a good destination spa for mother and daughters. My latest request was a toughie… where could four youngish single women go for their annual girlfriend getaway if half of them like culture, shopping … Read more Culture, Food and Adventure in Missoula, Montana, USA

Ventotene: An Island

Imagine a tiny island in the middle of nowhere, a haven of peace and uncontaminated nature – Mediterranean vegetation in endless shades of green, yellow broom, agave, aloe and fields of lentils growing wild, surrounded by a deep turquoise blue sea. The only sound to be heard is the crying of the seagulls and the … Read more Ventotene: An Island

Swedish Government Releases Foreign Travel Advice App

The Swedish government has released an iPhone app collating the latest travel advice for Swedes abroad. The app includes the latest information from Swedish diplomatic missions abroad as well as vaccination advice from other agencies. The info is divded into pre-travel information and updates whilst in-country such as warnings and travel restrictions. The Swedish Minister … Read more Swedish Government Releases Foreign Travel Advice App

Portland Provides the Perfect Girlfriend Getaway

Portland, Oregon, aka the “City of Roses” was in full bloom when my Mom, sister and I met up there last weekend…along with about 250,000 enthusiastic fans of their annual Rose Festival & Parade. It didn’t work so much for us. I think you have to be a local to really appreciate the endless number … Read more Portland Provides the Perfect Girlfriend Getaway