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November 2015

What to do on Staycation – Make the most of being away from home with Hyatt Regency

When the Hyatt Regency asked me to make the most of being away from home, it had me wondering what to do on Staycation. Our travel style always involves making the most of our time in a particular destination and honestly that often means staying in wonderful hotels but not really getting the kind of time we’d like to truly enjoy the luxuries they offer. We’d already staycationed at the

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Aria Hotel Prague: A unique symphony

It was our first visit to Czech Republic and we were ready to be blown away by everything we’d read, especially the music that was going to be waiting for us there. So when a chance to stay at the Aria Hotel Prague popped in, we jumped at it! Imagine a 5-star boutique hotel dedicated to music that would be home for a bit of our stay in Prague…we couldn’t

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Snorkelling in the Red Sea, Aqaba, Jordan

Snorkelling in the Red Sea, Aqaba, Jordan. That’s not something one thinks of when they’re planning a trip to Jordan, neither is Jordan a destination one thinks of while looking for a snorkelling holiday. But there it was on my itinerary. An entire afternoon floating in the waters between the coastlines of four different countries. Honestly, it was the prospect of just being there, within viewing distance of four different

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The Temple of the Reclining Buddha: Wat Pho

We were in Thailand recently for TBEX Asia 2015 and there were small tours that the organisers pieced together for us before the actual event. When I saw Wat Pho listed there, I jumped at the opportunity to visit one of my favourite Wats in Bangkok – the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. We’ve visited Wat Pho many times during our numerous trips to Bangkok but each time we went

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The Beatles in Rishikesh, India – My Magical Mystery Tour to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram

That India had once received The Beatles in Rishikesh was a revelation to me during the peak of my teenage “why wasn’t I around in the 60s?” phase. I grew up listening to the Beatles since my parents were big fans. Years later, when I was a teenager completely infatuated with everything that the likes of The Beatles, Hendrix and the ilk stood for, I made a startling discovery. I

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Old Church of Amsterdam: The real gem in the city

I was on a short work trip to Amsterdam and found a few hours free on a weekend morning. Deciding not to plan anything in particular for the day, I decided to walk around the canals of Amsterdam with a rough map in my head. Little did I know that the Old Church of Amsterdam would wonderfully take up so much of my time that morning. There are great ways

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Floating in the Dead Sea Jordan – Feelings and Facts

When it comes to the Dead Sea Jordan is certainly the place to experience it from. After all it is fed by the Jordan river. As a child I’d stare in absolute fascination at photos of the Dead Sea, wondering how it was possible to float in water. I’m a decent enough swimmer, but the concept of a water body so saline, that it doesn’t let you sink (or swim)

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The Glittering Tomb of Itmad Ud Daulah, Agra – The Other Taj Mahal

The tomb of Itmad Ud Daulah seemed to me possibly the most unsung hero of Mughal Agra. A glittering jewel encrusted mausoleum, the first one to be made entirely of marble, when compared to the Taj Mahal (after all it is called the Baby Taj) what it lacks in size, it makes up for in style. The story of Itimad Ud Daulah Itmad Ud Daulah almost didn’t get his shot at

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