Have you ever rewatched a movie you loved as a kid? It’s usually a mistake. The sets are cardboard; the acting wooden. Your bubble of joyous memories is deflated by the poorly-written, laborious reality. So, by that logic, is it a mistake for a traveller to revisit one of their favourite places? I was afraid to find […]
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My Favourite Place"
The fog was so dense that – though I was assured I was standing right in front of the Taj Mahal – the invisible backdrop to my selfie could just has easily have been a bronze bust of Elton John. As my guide led me around, I tried to remember what it looked like from pictures I’d seen. […]
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Hide & Seek"
This is the photo that tourists are supposed to take of four hundred year-old Jama Masjid mosque in Delhi. Pretty, isn’t it? The more adventurous tourists will remove their shoes, rent a robe, and figure out how to climb one of the minarets. They’ll be rewarded with this photo. And they’ll see the city of Delhi […]
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Some people dream of running a marathon one day. I’m not one of them. I once famously said I was allergic to exercise in a post that my future boss mentioned in my job interview. For the world’s largest group exercise company. I still have no idea how I got the job. But I’m stubborn, and sometimes stubbornness makes […]
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You know that feeling when you open the dishwasher just after it finishes and the steam devours you and you can’t breathe or see? That’s what it feels like in the jungle. All the time. Our much anticipated 10 day jungle retreat was cancelled two days before we arrived in Iquitos, Peru – the largest city in […]
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The relaxing of the US embargo means Cuba is about to change forever. I decided years ago that I wanted to visit before there’s a McDonald’s and a Starbucks on every corner. Given that I wanted to see the islands as well, G Adventures’ 7 day Sailing Cuba tour had the ideal itinerary for everything […]
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Tourism just isn’t part of the Moloka’i vocabulary, and that’s the way the locals want to keep it. As a result, the island attracts a different kind of visitor; one who doesn’t mind that the population is barely double my high school, that there’s only one place of accommodation, or that the occasional gecko may […]
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