The multicultural magic of Melbourne’s markets

The multicultural magic of Melbourne’s markets

Mix together a Brasilian tour guide working at a nut shop, Greek ladies selling Australian Cranberries, Melburnians who can talk about eggs as if they are the best-kept secret ever, and dim sim that people travel for from across the state, and you’ve got your perfect playground for a Multicultural...

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Cultural curiosities in Tokyo’s Ningyocho district

Cultural curiosities in Tokyo’s Ningyocho district

It was a late autumn afternoon and a light drizzle had started to fall, just enough to warrant opening my umbrella. I was early and found a spot off to the side of the pavement, right next to the mechanical clock tower, the meeting point for my Made In Japan...

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Every mural in San Francisco’s Mission tells a story

Every mural in San Francisco’s Mission tells a story

Stepping into the Mission District instantly feels like stepping into the heart of San Francisco. I get an immediate sense that this is the engine room that keeps this city progressive, unique and vibrant. Mexican grocery stores pump out empanadas, brightly coloured murals decorate laneways and buildings, and a distinct...

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Aftershock: How a natural disaster made me find beauty in loss of control

Aftershock: How a natural disaster made me find beauty in loss of control

In the name of food and travel research, this was to be my fifth visit to Mexico City. I had an invitation to stay with my good friend Milton Estrada of Mexico City Urban Adventures. Nine years before, on my first trip to Mexico City, Milton had been my informative...

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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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