The Nepal most travellers miss: Exploring Patan and Bhaktapur

The Nepal most travellers miss: Exploring Patan and Bhaktapur

When travelling to a new country it’s easy to visit only the main cities and sites. But what about the areas that aren’t so well known? Are they worth your time and effort? I’m here to say for certain that yes, they are. In Nepal, many travellers only base themselves...

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Explore the thriving food scene of Osaka, Japan’s most underrated city

Explore the thriving food scene of Osaka, Japan’s most underrated city

Osaka is a cosmopolitan metropolis of nearly 2.7 million people and Japan’s third largest city. Primarily a commercial port city, it is also one of the country’s most underrated destinations. Located just an hour by train from Kyoto, Osaka has a bustling nightlife, gritty vibe and friendly, down-to-earth people. Known...

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Tasting the bites and seeing the sights with Gergo in Budapest

Tasting the bites and seeing the sights with Gergo in Budapest

It’s a blazing hot day in the middle of summer in Budapest, and a group of 11 travellers from various parts of the world are gathered outside the city’s iconic Central Market Hall. We’re hungry to explore one of Europe’s great destinations, and Gergo Csada, our guide, has just the plan...

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Learning the craft of traditional rice paper-making in Vietnam

Learning the craft of traditional rice paper-making in Vietnam

Nestled on a quaint country road between Hoi An and My Son is a family home that moonlights as a rice paper-making facility. A lovely lady named Hoa crafts the famous Vietnamese snack, known locally as banh cha. She gently holds my hand as she taps her arm with her...

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Wine, food and history in Zagreb

Wine, food and history in Zagreb

As instructed, we meet Max ‘”under the tail,” a popular meeting place (and expression) among Zagreb locals. The tail in question belongs to the statue of a horse in Jelacic Square, the square being the heart of the city centre and where we start our tour. Once we’ve identified Max,...

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How to eat like a local in Marrakech

How to eat like a local in Marrakech

There are so many reasons why Morocco is a popular destination for every type of traveller. It could be the beautiful architecture, the beaches, the rich culture or the super affordable flights from Europe — or all of the above. However, another reason travellers are coming to Morocco in doves...

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Why dusk is the perfect time to explore Kyoto

Why dusk is the perfect time to explore Kyoto

We arrived in Kyoto on one of the hottest days in the city’s history. The temperature crept up to 39 degrees Celsius every day for a week. So instead of venturing out in the blistering hot sun, we decided to take a night tour through Japan’s cultural capital. Our tour...

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Discovering the best of Los Angeles with a local

Discovering the best of Los Angeles with a local

Eight hours. That’s how long the Urban Adventures Total LA Tour I’m taking today will last. I’ll be checking out the city’s iconic landmarks as well as venturing to its hidden gems. Best of all though, the tour’s description had promised I’d be escaping the LA cliché. Having visited Los...

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There’s a tear in my mojito: On second chances in Havana

There’s a tear in my mojito: On second chances in Havana

I’ve been to Cuba several times. Four, to be precise. And like most Canadians, I initially didn’t go in search of culture; I went seeking cheap rum and good times when the February blahs had taken hold of my sanity. I landed in resort zones like Varadero and Cayo Guillermo...

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Uncovering the real Rio… in just one day

Uncovering the real Rio… in just one day

I went to Rio while on my first ‘360’ around the world. I had spent a few weeks in Ecuador and Peru, and wanted to visit my family in Germany on my way back home to Australia. It would have been silly not to stop anywhere else along the way,...

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