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Cathay Pacific Business Class Review – Life Well Travelled

Between the two of us, we’ve had our fair share of business class and premium economy travel on long hauls over the years. Most of my upgraded travel was when I was younger, so a lot has changed when it comes to J class travel, and I couldn’t wait to check out the much discussed new flatbeds on Cathay Pacific’s Business Class A 330. And what better way to do

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Kaziranga National Park, India – Taking the safari by the horn

My breathing is loud, heavy and slow. My heartbeat thuds just as loudly, threatening to explode out of my chest. My hands have gripped the railing in front of my seat and my knuckles are white. They’re sweaty, and my fingers keep slipping off the rusted metal. I’m at the edge of my seat, ready to flee. But there’s nowhere I can flee. Right now, I’m in the safest spot

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Diphlu River Lodge, Kaziranga – India’s secret luxury lodge

Dhiplu River Lodge, came highly recommended. By the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. As with each time we’ve gone on safari, it takes a bit of an effort to adjust our luxury expectations of a wilderness lodge in India, keeping in mind the remote location and that it’s open to the elements. But so far, we’d been lucky to have been pleasantly surprised every single time, and I didn’t want

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River Rafting Rishikesh, India – Way beyond my comfort zone

Rafting Rishikesh? I’d rather just do some driving Rishikesh! Umm, I’m more interested in taking pictures of it from dry land, I mumbled, unsure of how I was going to squirm out of this one. I’m the kind of girl that constantly sat out of PE class in school because sports and I just don’t mix. Now I do love swimming, but the idea of being thrown into freezing cold water or

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Pench Tree Lodge – Living Mowgli’s life

Pench Tree Lodge has been on my mind ever since I found out about it’s opening in February this year. I’ve been wanting to discover the park and couldn’t wait to do it through Pugdundee Safaris since they’ve already wowed me with their experiences in Satpura (Denwa Backwater Escape), Kanha (Kanha Earth Lodge) and Bandhavgarh (King’s Lodge). The prospect of staying in a tree house had me super excited. While

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Mount Nebo, Jordan – The holy land

While Mount Nebo may not have been at the very top of my list of things to see and experience in Jordan, I couldn’t deny the palpable excitement I felt as our bus turned off the highway and into the parking lot. Neither of us are very religious, however our interest in religious history is deep seated in the impact it has had on civilizations and cultures. Jordan had already

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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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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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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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