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Top 10 activities in the Galapagos you can do by yourself after your cruise

The Galapagos Islands are one of the most beautiful and most sought-after places in the world, and one of the best ways to visit the Galapagos and get the most of your visit is a Galapagos cruise with a great itinerary.

As cruises have certain limitations like set departures and a limited number of passengers that can go on board, sometimes finding one is not an easy task.

So if you are either having trouble to find a cruise for you or looking forward to spending some extra days at leisure here are some recommendations:

Las Ninfas Lagoon, Santa Cruz Island

If you are looking for somewhere quiet and new during your stay in the Galapagos, then you can’t miss Las Ninfas Lagoon. This mangrove complex is a beautiful place where you can spot birds, fish and sea lions...


5 reasons to join the Carnival revelry in Brazil

One of the most anticipated parties on Brazil’s calendar, Carnival has, over the centuries, become an integral part of national culture. However, it is neither a Brazilian invention nor is it celebrated in Brazil only. In fact, Carnival dates back to Ancient Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome. In Brazil, the revelry began in the colonial period with Entrudo, a festival introduced by the Portuguese and celebrated by slaves in the colony. Then came the cordões (street blocks), dancehall parties, corsos (parades), and samba schools, which, especially in Rio de Janeiro, have taken on the look of a major production and have enchanted the whole world for decades. But there’s more to Carnival than just samba: it includes other traditional cultural and regional manifestations such as afoxés, frev...


A visual guide for things to do in Quito, Ecuador

UNESCO declared Quito the first World Heritage city because of its city center. Quito preserves a large number of historical sites and artifacts that people can visit and view today.

Quito not only has its own unique artistic expression through a unique Baroque style, which means that indigenous people have adapted and reinterpreted the Baroque style brought by Spaniards during the colonial period. As a result, during the Royal Audience of Quito, the Quito School was developed as a significant and influential artistic movement.

Is a trip to Quito in your future plans and are you looking for things to do there?

If you’re a visual learner, you might like to check out this hand-painted infographic from Illa Experience Hotel, the experiential place to stay in Ecuador’s capital...


The long-delayed Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) will finally open its doors in 2020

Whether you are planning on traveling to Egypt this year or you’re a big fan of Egyptology, you may have heard of the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM). It’s one of the most anticipated openings in the world when it comes to museums and tourist attractions. After a couple of delays, GEM is slated to open its doors to the public this year.

According to the Egyptian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Khaled Al-Anani, the Grand Egyptian Museum is set to open at the end of 2020 and its initial ticket pricing for foreigners has been set at EGP 400 ($US 25) and EGP 200 for students ($US 12.5) according to Daily News Egypt.

Grand Egyptian Museum

Grand Egyptian Museum

The Grand Egyptian Museum… Egypt’s gift to the world

The Egyptian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities officially presents the Grand Mu...


Compelling Hawaiian-inspired dining in Oahu

Oahu, the gathering spot of the Hawaiian Islands, has become the center point of exceptional dining experiences. While most people who visit Hawaii might want the cultural experience of a Luau, the fusion of cooking styles and cuisines make this a one of a kind destination. Expect dishes where Hawaiian culture meets international influence. And with the number of visitors, restaurants are incredibly competitive with you being the dinning winner.

Life’s A Beach Wine Festival

Hawaii has roving wine and food festivals that span almost six months on the various islands. With a sunset view, the Life’s A Beach combines a variety of wines and dishes (dense on the meat and fish ingredients), into an evening, which is a total event with on the water entertainment and fireworks...


Gourmet experiences in New Zealand’s boutique wine town

Gone are the days when holidays were for just kicking back. Yes, we all love to wind down on a beach for a day or two with a good novel, but recent trends such as volunteer-tourism and educational-tourism have grown in popularity, showing that hands-on experiences are now a vacation must. And It’s not only millennials who are wanting to get their hands and mind busy learning new skills. All ages are keen to get in on the action and learn something new on holiday.

On a recent holiday to New Zealand, I made a swing by Martinbough, the country’s beloved boutique wine town, for a handful of rather immersive experiences. Not only did I leave afterwards in love with the quaint town, but already planning what I wanted to do on my next visit...


Photograph of the week: Yasaka Pagoda, Kyoto, Japan

A trip to Kyoto, Japan, with its 17 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and over 1600 temples and shrines, can feel overwhelming. A whirlwind of activity amongst a riot of glowing gold and vibrant vermillion. So much to see, so much to do, so little time. Given that this could be considered the home of Zen, however, with hundreds of Zen gardens dotted all around the city, it makes sense that it is a city best explored at a gentler place. Or you stand to lose out on all that makes Kyoto so extraordinary – like the quaint streets leading to the picturesque Yasaka Pagoda, for example.

Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto, Japan

Aimless wandering can yield magical sights of years gone by; a fuller picture of a place steeped in cultural riches and historical significance...


Beautiful Brazil – adventures not to miss!

Brazil is one of the most diverse and fascinating countries in the world offering everything from the world famous Carnival, to tropical beaches to Amazonian adventures.  There are too many things to mention in one post so we’ve highlighted a few favourites below which are not to be missed!


Escape the hustle and bustle of Rio and head out to Buzios, Brazil’s answer to St.Tropez.  A former fishing village turned stylish weekend hotspot.  It is where the Cariocas (a native or resident of Rio de Janeiro) head for the weekend.  A three hour drive east of Rio lies this beautiful, fashionable seaside resort made famous by Brigitte Bardot and her Brazilian boyfriend in the 1960’s followed by a visit by Mick Jagger in the 1970’s...


Top 10 private villas in Australia

Australia is home to some of the most spectacular destinations in the world. Think lush rainforests, pristine oceans, verdant hinterlands, spectacular wine and spa regions — there’s definitely plenty of reasons to choose Australia as your next holiday destination. Explore these fantastic locations while enjoying the many comforts of these stunning private villas across the country – guaranteed to offer even more inspiration for your adventure down under.

1200 GOR – Victoria

Along the spectacular Great Ocean Road and only 10 minutes from the quiet bustle of Lorne, 1200 GOR feels like a world away. Sleek, contemporary, and appointed with all the luxuries you can imagine, this secluded 4-bedroom villa invites you to bask in ultimate comfort and leisure...


Top 5 luxury experiences in Africa

Often Africa is left aside when looking for a luxury escape from everyday life. But the dark continent has a lot to offer, and not only for budget travelers but also for the ones that aren’t shy to spend some cash in return for the most exclusive travel experiences out there. Here are a few of my favorite experiences.

Rovos Rail, Southern Africa

Being the African equivalent of the Orient Express, this luxurious train offers several itineraries, going from a 3 day trip within South Africa, all the way to a 15 day journey connecting Dar es Salaam and Cape Town...