Visit McSorley’s Old Ale House, New York City

Visit McSorley’s Old Ale House, New York City

It’s not exactly a location one easily stumbles across, but that’s how I discovered McSorley’s on a damp, chilly afternoon in April. The façade, barrels on the sidewalk, and the wooden sign “McSorley’s Old Ale House” beckoned me inside to a décor befitting...
Exploring Cambodia’s dark history

Exploring Cambodia’s dark history

Do you include dark tourism in your travels? If you’ve visited the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, Auschwitz in Poland or the 9/11 Memorial in New York City, you’ve engaged in dark tourism: travel to places historically associated with death and suffering. In Cambodia,...
Packing list for New York City

Packing list for New York City

I admit it. I’m a packing list junkie. I never tire of devouring other travellers’ lists for insights and ideas. The destination or length of the trip doesn’t matter, as I seem to learn something from each and every one. If you can relate, here’s one more. It’s an...
Packing list for South America

Packing list for South America

The seed was planted in Dar as Salaam, Tanzania. A Consular Officer at the time, Dominique Lombard came in contact with many travellers on the adventure of their lives, and realized that doing something similar was definitely within her reach. After short trips within...
My favourite travel gear hacks

My favourite travel gear hacks

What’s a travel gear hack? Often overused, the term hacking has been described, in part, as an appropriate application of ingenuity. To me, most hacks are about using everyday items in creative ways. Travel gear hacks use items in ways that are different from...
Bringing travel home to your kitchen

Bringing travel home to your kitchen

Have you ever drooled over a dish on your travels and just had to try to replicate it back home? Whether a resounding success or abject failure, bringing travel home to your kitchen can conjure up delicious memories of travel adventures. One of my most memorable...
Visiting Beitou Hot Springs

Visiting Beitou Hot Springs

A brief trip to Taipei’s mountainous suburb of Beitou revealed qualities I was growing to appreciate about Taiwan – scenic wonders, preservation of national gifts, inexpensive or non-existent admission prices, volunteerism, and a people-friendly transportation system....
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,...

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