There is an old Japanese proverb: only staying active can make you want to live a hundred years. Can you imagine a Japanese village island tucked away in the southern hinterlands of the country where 24.55 people per 1000,000 inhabitants have lived a hundred years and beyond? It is actually...
A common thread that binds together a spiritually awakened former prince, a religion, an empire, inscriptions on pillars, and millions of devotees is but an ancient language, Pali. Buddha’s sermons carried its sounds, Buddhism carries its spirit, the great King Ashoka’s Mauryan Empire gave momentum to its usage, and...
Just a short train journey away from Shanghai, Suzhou is a city that is popular with tourists and it has many gardens to visit. Known as the Venice of the East because of its winding waterways and tranquil walking streets, Suzhou is a breath of fresh air after the...
Do you want to see a glacier up close? Close enough to hear its creaks and cracks, to see huge chunks of it fall into the water below, then look no further than Argentina. This wonderful country has such a variety of landscapes to offer. From the colourful landscapes...
Going to Belgium made me experience a lot of new things as it was not just a new destination but my first international trip as well. The day came and I took an eight-hour-long flight from Delhi to Brussels. The flight was comfortable and I ended up sitting next to...
The capital of Wales is easy to get to from many places in England, with a direct train from London in just over two hours and an airport with direct flights to several destinations in Europe and beyond. If you want to go somewhere new on a long weekend,...

Magical Mathraki

There is a tiny island in the Ionian Sea where time stands still. Home to just 30 people, four taverns and one hotel, this little slice of heaven is Mathraki, one of three islands just off the coast of Corfu called the Diapontia Islands. I discovered this tiny gem...
Stretching from the arid landscapes of the Sahara Desert to the steamy jungles at the heart of the continent and the Southern wine country, Africa’s vastness and diversity are staggering. After four trips exploring all corners of the continent, I have still only just scratched the surface and never...
Vacations and long weekends give us an opportunity to explore locations that we normally would not have time for on a regular weekend or for a quick night out with friends. They also give us the chance to explore attractions and landmarks that not only provide amazing photo ops...
Going on a trip to Antarctica has never been easier. An increasing number of tourist ships are serving the frozen continent each year, providing travellers with opportunities to see the glassy world of the last wilderness. You can go on a cruise to the continent to get a close...
Whether you are planning a staycation in England or visiting on the trip of a lifetime, the National Trust is an amazing resource for tourists and travellers. It owns and manages forests, beaches, islands, archaeological sites, historic houses, gardens, farms, moorland, pubs and one of the largest art collections...
Ships and boats ready for tourists on the Nile The Ha-Shihor (in Biblical Hebrew), Nilus (in Latin), en-Nil (in Arabic), or the Nile (in plain English), as it is commonly known, breathes life into the ancient land of Egypt. The Nile river cruise is a popular journey taken upstream from...
Christmas holidays are some of the best, what with lights illuminating the night sky and festive cheer all around. If you are headed to the Big Apple this winter, you have made the right choice. There is fun for the whole family from going on walking tours to witnessing...
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bath is a fantastic place to visit at any time of year, but none so popular as the Christmas time. The famous Georgian sandstone that the city is built in twinkles like pillars of gold when the decorative lights are up, and while the bustling...
A bracing climate, untouched wilderness, and cities with a thriving art and culture scene – Canada offers the intrepid explorer a wealth of attractions. Whether you are visiting to experience the dramatic beauty of the famed Rocky Mountains or want to immerse yourself in history through well-maintained ports and...

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