A Short Guide to Tourist Scams in India

A Short Guide to Tourist Scams in India

Odds are you won’t be able to spend a day in India without someone trying to get the better of you. From the predictable to outrageous, mundane to ingenious, India has it all on display. The reasons for… Read More

The Beer is Best in Toy Town


Munich (German: München) is undoubtedly a guy’s paradise. It’s got everything a man could want – fast cars, great beer, fanatical football and cute girls (though I’ll admit to being a bit prejudiced towards Bavarian blondes). Even Hemmingway said… Read More

Motorcycle Diary: Adventures in Nepal

Motorcycle Diary: Adventures in Nepal

“You see things vacationing on a motorcycle in a way that is completely different from any other. In a car you’re always in a compartment, and because you’re used to it you don’t realize that everything you see… Read More

Temple Hopping in the Kathmandu Valley

Pathan Museum

Although famous for its mountains (especially the big one), Nepal often lives in the shadow of India when it comes to culture. However, driving through the narrow roads of Kathmandu, its clear that this place is as different… Read More

5 Reasons Why Cape Town is A Dream Destination

Aquarium Sharks - Cape Town

1. The Mountain Seen the movie Invictus? In one scene, a plane arrives is arriving in town with the full view of Table Mountain in the background. That’s when I knew I wanted to go to Cape Town… Read More

The Seven Wonders of Axum, Ethiopia

Market in Axum

Ethiopia is a land with many unique faces – Life – One of the oldest sites of human existence with the remains of Lucy, our oldest ancestor, being excavated here. Religion – Ethiopia was the first empire to… Read More

9 Items to Pack on a Road Trip

Road Trip

If you’ve ever been on a road trip, you know exactly what Uncle Waldo was talking about. Life is a journey, not a destination – Ralph Waldo Emerson The wind in your hair, the sun on your shoulder,… Read More

The World’s Wildest Safari

Lunch time?

Living in Jakarta can be overwhelming at times. Exotic bars, glamorous malls, fancy cars and world-class restaurants, all surrounded by horrendous traffic and abject poverty. A 2-hour drive away, Taman Safari offers a great chance to escape from… Read More

Top 5 Beaches in Goa

Top 5 Beaches in Goa

When faced with a beach, we realize how insignificant we, as individuals, are compared to nature. This evokes emotions of awe, which in turn leads to a trivialization of our anxieties followed by a deep reflection on how… Read More

Sunrise at the Roof of Africa: Mount Kilimanjaro

Sunrise at the Roof of Africa: Mount Kilimanjaro

At 5,895m Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa. Attempting to climb this gentle giant was ludicrous until a hundred years ago although even now, it’s still pure lunacy. A common misconception is that Kilimanjaro consists of… Read More

The Story of a Colonial Hot Potato: Malacca

Malacca River

Malacca is a tiny seaside town in Malaysia that was a simple fishing village before it was converted to a port due to its accessibility from the Straits of Malacca. This was in the 1400s. Along came the… Read More

5 Excuses to Travel in 2012


The Mayans predicted that the World would end on 21 Dec 2012 (scarily precise for a civilization that used hallucinogenic drugs on a daily basis). Given this extremely relevant piece of questionable trivia, you’ve got 2 options. The… Read More

The Best Beach in the World?

Maya Bay, Ko Phi Phi Leh

A 50km boat ride from Phuket, Thailand gets you to large brown rocks sticking out of a greenish blue ocean. Rumour has it that this formation hides what is arguably the best beach in the World. Ko Phi… Read More

The Northern Hemisphere Bias: What if Down was Up?

right side up

The Earth is a sphere rotating around the sun. There is no up and there is no down. However, history has forced us to define the north as up with the south below. This dates back to the… Read More

Street Music at Anjuna Beach, Goa

Anjuna comprises of tiny, peaceful stretches of brown beaches hidden between rocky cliffs. Sitting at one of the quirkier restaurants along the edge of the ocean, dinner was interrupted by a pair of French travelers singing (or busking) for their supper. What ensued was a remarkable trip back into the 1950s..

The Top 5 Churches of Goa

Panjim Church

Describing Goa as having quite a few Churches would be an understatement. For instance, asking for directions in Goa would result in horrible directions with references to either a Church or a bar or most likely – both…. Read More

The Art of Packing a Backpack

Packing a Backpack

Have you ever packed your bags in a hurry and then left home with an awful feeling of having left something behind? If not, are you the kind of person who packs an extra pair of nail clippers… Read More

Portuguese for Survival (and for Kicks)

Portuguese for Survival

A few months ago I packed my bags and hitched a ride across the Guyana border into Brazil. I walked into Boa Vista with a sense of accomplishment, having gotten this far without any hiccups. The sky may… Read More

Lamu – Africa’s Oldest Swahili Settlement


Located on the border of Kenya and Somaliland, Lamu greets visitors with a half tarred road and a few potholes for an airstrip. However, you’re not allowed to complain coz “This is Africa” (common saying when thing’s go… Read More

The Amazon on a Shoestring

Manaus Market

Manaus sits at the mouth of the Amazon, where the Rio Branco (white river) merges with the Rio Negro (black river). Since Manaus is the largest city in this gigantic rainforest, all Amazon exploration starts and ends here…. Read More