Is ballooning in Cappadocia worth it?

Is ballooning in Cappadocia worth it?

Is ballooning in Cappadocia worth it? If being entertained at dawn appeals to you, then set the alarm and prepare to be wowed. Admission is free, so the price is more than right. As the kaleidoscope of hot air balloons glides majestically across the Anatolian sky,...
Splurge on high tea at Burj Al Arab

Splurge on high tea at Burj Al Arab

Built on a specially created island 280 metres offshore, the distinctive sail-shaped silhouette of Burj Al Arab is one of the most recognizable symbols of modern Dubai. Enjoying it from a distance is relatively easy from places like Jumeirah Beach, but getting inside?...
Cambodia’s Ta Prohm: Angkor’s jewel

Cambodia’s Ta Prohm: Angkor’s jewel

It might look like a movie set, but it’s real. I’m referring to a scene in the movie Tomb Raider, the one where Angelina Jolie’s character Lara Croft ventures into eerie ruins among the roots of strangler figs and other huge trees. It’s Cambodia’s Ta Prohm: Angkor’s...
Pinchos in Barcelona

Pinchos in Barcelona

Where travel meets food in Spain, going out for pinchos is one of those not-to-be-missed social and cultural experiences. And there’s no better way to be introduced to pinchos in Barcelona than by someone who describes them as “gastronomic treasures.” Typically found...
What’s in your travel wallet?

What’s in your travel wallet?

As the credit-card advertisement says, “What’s in your wallet?” What’s in your travel wallet is as much about what you take with you on your trip as what you leave at home. It’s also the result of determining what should go in your wallet and what needs to be carried...
MacGyver kit for travellers

MacGyver kit for travellers

If you could foil pickpockets, fashion makeshift packing aids or repair travel gear with a few items weighing next-to-nothing, would you be tempted to add them to your packing list? If so, maybe you need a MacGyver Kit for travellers. Why “MacGyver?” In 2015, the...
Nazaré, Portugal

Nazaré, Portugal

Tradition and tourism coexist in Nazaré, a quaint coastal town 124 kilometres north of Lisbon. The relationship between the two is subtle. Neither overwhelms the other. At least, that was my experience in May, before the tidal wave of tourists descends on the town in...
Animal welfare and tourism

Animal welfare and tourism

Occasionally in my travels, I’m forced to confront my attitudes towards animal welfare and tourism. Until a recent trip to Morocco, it had been relatively easy. I simply avoided riding or handling any animal I perceived to be exploited for the benefit of tourists....

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