Pack a pashmina

Pack a pashmina

Where fashion meets function, you’ll find a pashmina. Or something akin to a pashmina. When it’s not adding a splash of colour to a limited wardrobe, it’s performing one of its many other uses. It’s a lightweight champion, ounce for ounce one of the best travel...
Biking the Golden Gate Bridge

Biking the Golden Gate Bridge

Biking the Golden Gate Bridge is part of the whole San Francisco experience. In a city known for its hills, the 13-km Fisherman’s Wharf to Sausalito ride across the Golden Gate Bridge is surprisingly flat, and one of the easiest you’ll encounter. Travelling solo? No...
Include Taiwan in your travel plans

Include Taiwan in your travel plans

I was sitting on a rock wall sipping a latte in Taipei’s 228 Peace Memorial Park when George Huang stopped and asked me where I was from. This was a common occurrence during my visit to Taiwan. Firstly, I don’t look like 99.9 percent of the people on the streets of...
Organizing a 3-1-1- bag

Organizing a 3-1-1- bag

Restrictions on liquids, aerosols and gels are an ally of the packing light traveller. Toiletries can be space and weight guzzlers, so look upon the restrictions as additional motivation to pack light. To manage all those products competing for the limited real estate...
Istanbul’s rainbow stairs

Istanbul’s rainbow stairs

In a centuries-old neighbourhood in the centre of Istanbul, retired forestry engineer Hüseyin Çetinel spent four days painting almost 200 steps of a public thoroughfare linking the Findikli and Cihangir districts. This was in August 2013. As a result, Hüseyin Çetinel...
Bike Barcelona with a local

Bike Barcelona with a local

Are you planning a trip to Barcelona and looking for an interesting and informative way to explore the city? Consider signing up for a bike tour. If the plethora of choices on the Internet feels daunting, head over to the community marketplace trip4real and check out...
Reasons to shrink-wrap luggage

Reasons to shrink-wrap luggage

On our return from Istanbul, one of my travel mates decided to shrink-wrap her newly purchased bag. It was her standard carry on, a few kilograms heavier than Turkish Airlines’ carry-on limit of 8 kilograms. Given that her bag was destined for the hold, she figured...

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