Cocktails, pigs’ feet and a modern man in Hanoi

Cocktails, pigs’ feet and a modern man in Hanoi

Late afternoon, the Lake of the Restored Sword, Hanoi, Vietnam. Three days of heat, humidity and sunshine have given way to grey skies and that invisible rain that doesn’t seem to be there until you’re soaking wet. Georgia and I are dashing between raindrops to meet our guide for our...

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Conquering Rethymnon, from seaside to countryside

Conquering Rethymnon, from seaside to countryside

One of my most fascinating days in Crete was when my family and I toured Rethymnon with a local guide. We walked through the city (and out of the city) on the Rethymnon Conquered and Bygone Crete Adventure tours, learning the region’s history and secrets, and hearing incredible stories about...

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This Roman wine tasting pairs local wines with a good cause

This Roman wine tasting pairs local wines with a good cause

It was a typically hot June evening in Rome as our taxi pulled up alongside the imposing ruins of the Trajan Forum, one of the last forums built in ancient Rome. Soaked in late afternoon sunlight, the ruins were absolutely beaming and I couldn’t think of a more spectacular location...

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How to have the perfect day in San Francisco (or how an East Coaster fell in love with the West Coast)

How to have the perfect day in San Francisco (or how an East Coaster fell in love with the West Coast)

I’d heard the rumours about California: sunny skies, friendly people, and fresh food. But as a lifelong New Yorker who’d never left the East Coast, I assumed it was exaggerated. On this trip, I discovered in wasn’t. I was headed to San Francisco for the weekend for the yearly Women’s Travel...

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This Delhi tour guide is helping to smash stereotypes about Indian women

This Delhi tour guide is helping to smash stereotypes about Indian women

We met Komal (Komi to her friends) on the Home Cooked Delhi tour for an afternoon feast. The pakora, masala chai, roti, lentils, and various other delightful things we’ve unfortunately forgotten the names of were delicious, but beyond the food, it was the afternoon with Komi that gave us just...

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Traveller stories: On an NYC cocktail crawl

Traveller stories: On an NYC cocktail crawl

Mondays. The first day of the week to have a fresh start, learn something new, be productive, and go on a craft cocktail tour. That last part was no mistake, as you cannot shock your body into completely stopping the weekend activities. It’s bad for you. It’s science. The Urban...

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Traveller stories: Sunset sail on the Yarra

Traveller stories: Sunset sail on the Yarra

“You must be Mackenzie!” The man who shouted my name was still too far down the docks for me to see him clearly. The first thing I saw was his big, easy smile, white against his brown skin. He was tall and athletic, a regular Adonis, and introduced himself as...

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How to have a perfect day in Le Marais

How to have a perfect day in Le Marais

Okay, so it’s really not too hard to have a perfect day in Paris. The food! The wine! The museums! The culture! But with so much to take in (and to eat and drink), it can be a bit overwhelming when you’re trying to cram it all into a visit....

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What a Burmese monk taught me about love and friendship

What a Burmese monk taught me about love and friendship

Little did I know that four days after stepping foot in Myanmar, I would be sitting in the presence of one of the country’s most well-known monks. In my journey to circumnavigate the world by couch-surfing through my social network, Myanmar has brought me the most serendipitous memories. While this...

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Life and death on the Ganges ghats

Life and death on the Ganges ghats

Sometimes, as you travel the winding roads of life — slowly, then speeding up, navigating the curves and bumps you meet along the way — you find yourself stopped, halted suddenly in just the place you need to be. I believe firmly that all we encounter in life — from...

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