Travel Inspiration

Outside the box
Akko, Israel

Uri Jeremiah, the celebrity restauranteur and hotelier credited with bringing a new level of sophistication to the living museum that is the city of Akko, says ...
District VIII, Budapest, Hungary

The new tolerated?
Budapest, Hungary

Half palatial splendour, half crumbling ghetto, Budapest’s District VIII is home to a network of grassroots venues that provide social spaces, entertainmen...

Unity Temple
Oak Park, Illinois

As a designer I’m a sucker for good design. I also love Modernist architecture. So here in Chicago, I’m - in a very real sense - spoilt for choice. This is my f...

Homecoming Queen
Madrid, Spain

Madrid is my hometown, but I don’t spend as much time here as I should. It’s been five minutes since I landed in Barajas and already the smell gets to me – I’m ...
The gay gaucho, Corrientes, Argentina

The gay gaucho
Corrientes, Argentina

Hugh MacDermott’s escape to Argentina from England was epic. Inspired by the book Tschiffely’s Ride, the story of one long-rider’s 10,000 mile journey from ...

Heart of Illinois
Galena, Illinois, USA

We were both born in the Midwest and though we’ve had the opportunity to travel throughout the country, we can’t think of any better place to live in than Galen...

State of a fair
Springfield, Illinois, USA

The Illinois State Fair is very much a part of the State’s identity – an authentic, annual celebration of rural Midwestern culture. As a child growing up in Ill...

The Overview Effect

It is New Year’s Eve and I am deep in the middle of a scopolamine disco nap. I had put the anti-nausea patch behind my ear when we sailed past Cape Horn, headed...

Turning Fortunes
Galena, Illinois, USA

Everyone has heard of Chicago. The mere mention of the city conjures pictures of monolithic skyscrapers, gargantuan civic buildings, iconic overhead railway lin...

Art & minds
Madrid, Spain

As an old travelling soul, I thumbed through many a paperback guidebook on Madrid before coming to the Spanish capital. Every single one lists Madrid’s ‘Golden ...

Colonial chic
Chantaburi, Thailand

Just inland from Thailand’s East coast, Chantaburi is best known for its sapphires. In days gone by, this prosperous town was the haven for Chinese merchants, I...
Koh Kradan

Offshore luxury
Koh Kradan, Thailand

Is a beautiful white sand beach, shared with quite literally no one else just the ticket? Well, let us tell you about Koh Kradan. It’s quite possibly one of the...
Supanniga Cruise

GastRo cruising
Bangkok, Thailand

To experience Bangkok is to ride the mighty Chao Phraya River. There are a number of cruise operators offering dining experiences of all kinds on the river, but...

Horse play
Buenos Aires, Argentina

There is no doubt that Argentina and polo go hand in hand. It’s a peculiar thing really, considering the country’s Spanish history, a world away from the green ...
Dead Sea, Israel

Floating history
Dead Sea, Israel

On the eastern edge of the Judaean desert, the gigantic temple of Masada sits baking in the oppressive heat. It’s the kind of heat that sends you scurrying for ...

Children of the revolution, Madrid, Spain

The change that Madrid has undergone over the last few decades is evident in its trendy facades of Malasaña. Some call it gentrification and while I can’t deny ...
Manila Intramuros

Walk this way
Manila, The Phillipines

I grew up with Imelda Marcos. Well, not literally – but in my young, gay, Asian eyes she was legendary. It wasn’t until I was older that I understood it was the...
Penang, Malaysia

The new guests
Penang, Malaysia

All the best stories involve intrigue – and my own certainly does – worthy of the Chinese TV period dramas that my grandmother is glued to. I have very fond mem...
Shop Hop BA

Secret shopper
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Shopping in Buenos Aires has always come high on my to-do list. That probably goes for every worldly, stylish traveller, I’m sure. From its hipster Palermo Soho...

Grape day out
Hua Hin, Thailand

I’m one of the most open-minded people I know – yet I find the concept of wine production in Thailand somewhat strange. Everything points at the impossible – fr...

Water park
Iguazu, Argentina

An auspicious occasion brought me here and helped me check something off my life bucket list. My visit marked the 82nd birthday of when Iguazú Falls and its sur...
Ralf Obergfell

Beating of the wave
Ralf Obergfell

I was out in the Andaman Sea, in the waters just close to the Malaysian maritime border, when the Tsunami struck. I was visiting Koh Lipe as a tourist and had b...
Madrid, Spain

Earthly delight
Madrid, Spain

Uwern Jong uncovers the recent social history of the Spanish capital to understand what makes it so proud. The central panel of Bosch’s triptych, en...
Balloon over Bagan

A new dawn
Mandalay, Myanmar

It’s 4:30am. It’s dark but the warmth of the air hugs me like an overbearing aunt who hasn’t seen you for years and still treats you like the little boy she rem...
WildCatter Ranch

Howdy cowboy
Graham, Texas, USA

A jagged scar runs through a town called Cool, the trail of destruction left by a twister that touched down here a couple of months back. The town itself is lit...
Seoul, South Korea

Seoul food
Seoul, South Korea

It was a meeting of minds, to join Joe McPherson, the award-winning Korean food writer and blogger of Seoul foodie-musings, ZenKimchi, on his local food tour. W...
Athens, Greece

Greek love
Athens, Greece

The 2006 movie 300 – an explosion of CGI bloodshed and homoeroticism set in ancient Greece – contains a line of dialogue that caused a minor furore at the time....
Venice, Italy

Time to travel
Venice, Italy

It’s a dark, moonless night, but that doesn’t seem to bother our pilot, as he drives at break-neck speed, across the open stretch of black water towards the twi...
Manila Jeepney, The Philippines

Kings of the road
Manila, The Philippines

In a sprawling metropolis like Manila, where rapid modernisation gives little precedence to heritage, a somewhat humble mode of transportation prevails as the c...
Paris Koutsikos Athens

Art and optimism
Athens, Greece

Athens, more than any city I’ve visited, is a patchwork of the old and the new. Walk up any perfectly modern side street and you’ll happen upon a chunk of the O...
Wine Athens

Dionysian legacy
Athens, Greece

Like almost all Athenian stories, this one inevitably starts with some mythology. The God Dionysis was the son of Zeus and clearly, nepotism was rife on Mount O...

On the road
Jujuy & Cafayate, Argentina

Too often these days, the journey itself is seen as the tedious bit; the no man’s land between where you are and where you want to be. But not in Argentina. Nev...

Amazing race
Salta, Argentina

I’m doing thirty on a moped, weaving through people, cars and market stalls on a narrow road. A Peruvian-American blogger is clutching onto my waist tightly as ...

Kyoto rules
Kyoto, Japan

As we descended from the charming speakeasy in Gion, a quintessentially filmic, Kyoto scene unfurled. Through the mist and drizzle on the lantern-lit, cobbled s...
Hong Kong, China

Ink credible
Hong Kong, China

Sometimes in life you travel to places for a larger reason, unbeknownst to you. It was on one such trip that I finally satisfied a long-held desire to get a tat...
Filipino Lechon

Manila, Philippines

Anu’Man Kitchen & Pub is a cute and relatively new bar and restaurant in Manila’s Kapitolyo, a neighbourhood distinguished in recent years by a hipster dini...
Dalmatian Coast, Croatia, Uwern Jong

Dalmatia 101
Dalmatian Coast, Croatia

It was an invasion-by-sea, when I first set my eyes on Dubrovnik. Having sailed stealthily overnight, we anchored our ship as the sun rose slowly over the azure...
Railay, Thailand

It’s the climb
Railay, Thailand

Stepping off the plane into the midday heat of Krabi was like a kick in the chest. By the time my feet hit tarmac, my previously crisp shirt look...
Lake Bled, Slovenia

How green is my valley?

I’m chagrined to admit that at first I found it a challenge to locate Slovenia on a map. In my somewhat limited experience of Central Europe, Slovenia was one o...