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Niseko — A Japanese Idyll

A ski holiday in Japan is exotic, exclusive and intriguing. If one was to take the best elements of skiing from around the world, add an oriental flavour and a measure of perfection, then…

Bhutan: Himalayan Harmony

Emerging from the pint-sized terminal at Paro, Bhutan’s sole international airport, new arrivals are greeted by dazzling sun, crisp mountain air, and, most invitingly, a wave of genuine…

With Modernity in Mind: The Mira Hong Kong

Before arriving at The Mira, I already knew this was an unusual hotel. Anywhere that accepts bookings via Whatsapp, the instant messaging app, is clearly striving to break the mould.

LA’s Hidden Creative Hideaways

It may be an infamous mecca of entertainment, yet Los Angeles can be a strangely uninspiring location when it comes to travelling alone. For all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, the stark…

Playing the Game in Kowloon, Hong Kong

The taxi eats through the Kowloon traffic like Pac-Man. It weaves in and out of the busy streets, surrounded on all sides by endless rows of stained, ramshackle residential buildings,…

Art and Cuisine in Mexico City

Mexico City is a study in diversity and contrast. From the enduring enclaves of Chapultepec, Coyoacan and the Centro Historico to the hip neighbourhoods of Condesa, Roma and Polanco, nods to…

A Weekend Escape to Australia’s Central Coast

I’m ensconced in my favourite spot on a chaise longue, one of two, overlooking the beach. The early morning sky takes on a ripe apricot glow as the sun begins to climb. Sunbeams strike the…

A Bygone Era Revived: The Venice-Simplon Orient Express

I am one of those people who is unable to relax until I get to where I am going. I don’t do airports well and I thoroughly dislike the security check process. In fact, the whole ‘getting…

Acropolis Now: Athens

More than one person said to me when I confessed a desire to visit the Greek capital, “Oh, don't bother with Athens; skip it and head straight for the Greek islands.” And miss the…

Touring the Great Wonders of Northern Egypt

Cairo was a tumultuous introduction to the Middle East’s largest country, with four constantly weaving lanes of vehicles occupying every two-lane road, a constant tumult of noise and…

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