Are Guided Tours Always Completely Lame?

There was a time when I refused to think about joining an organized tour. The last thing I wanted was to be stuck on a big bus with a huge group of possibly annoying strangers, forced to stick to someone else’s idea of the best itinerary. But I’ve learned that there are as many tour […]

Perfect Port Days on a Baltic Cruise

When I booked a cruise with a friend around the Baltic Sea in order to see a few cities in Scandinavia, I felt a bit sheepish. After all, I had done my share of poo-poing the idea of cruising in the past. I felt the need to explain to my friends that cruising isn’t always […]

Culture & Colour in Rural Rajasthan

We arrived in Jojawar in rural Rajasthan on the day of a local festival in honour of Lord Shiva’s birthday. The main street of the village had been painted red, symbolizing joy.  Women were dressed in their brightest saris, their colours vibrant against the backdrop of dusty streets. Trucks and buses crammed with people who […]

Planning a Trip to Jordan

At the time I visited, Jordan had long been a oasis of stability and tolerance in the Middle East. Striking desert landscapes. Historical and biblical settings. The world famous carved city of Petra. These made Jordan the perfect place to experience the Middle East without the dangers and restrictions normally associated with the region. Unfortunately, […]

Hiking in Tanzania: the Usambara Mountains

We didn’t have enough time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro after our safari, but we still wanted to experience some hiking in Tanzania. The Usambara Mountains are the perfect place to do this, and Lushoto made a good base for exploring the area. So we hopped on a public bus in Arusha for the 5-hour ride to Lushoto. We sat […]

Planning a Safari in Tanzania

Going on safari is a lifelong dream for many, and Tanzania is a wonderful place to make it a reality. Being the home of the famous Serengeti National Park, there are countless safari operators in Tanzania catering to all budgets, styles and schedules. Many operators can help with bookings for any onward travel in the […]

Cruising: Not (Totally) Uncool

To cruise or not to cruise? If you’re anything like me, you’ve turned your nose up at the thought of cruising. I once dismissed cruises as package holidays on water designed for seniors and the track suit & fanny pack set. The idea of restricted dining times, cheesy entertainment, formal dress for dinner and limited […]