Bandung: An Escape from Jakarta, Indonesia’s Capital City

My first trip to Jakarta was a sensory assault. The contrasting sights of grand mosques, imposing shopping malls, and roadside food stalls swirled in the cacophony of buzzing motorbikes, taxis, and rickshaw carts. A simple trip across town easily became a three-hour tour, crawling through the maze of traffic. Watching the taxi meter tick away, […]

Chantal Blake

48 Hours in Kastamonu

After visiting Istanbul, Konya, and Cappadocia, you’re probably ready to unplug. A short retreat to Northern Turkey’s Black Sea region is your chance to reconnect to nature and visit historical sites without herds of crowds and persistent opportunists. You can stroll leisurely through town, go horseback riding, and hike through forest paths to discover canyons, […]

Chantal Blake

5 Vegan-Friendly Cuisines Around the World

When it comes to vegan travel, no two countries are alike. In some destinations, vegan and vegetarian dining is code for wealthy, first-world folks with money to spend. In other places, the idea is so foreign that you find yourself famished at the end of the day, puzzled by how hard it is to find […]

Chantal Blake

Cappadocia: A Stay To Remember

As the hubby and I sat down by the computer to book our 6-night getaway we were faced with travelers dilemma: where to go, how much to see and what to do. I knew from early on that I wanted to visit Turkey.  The hubby had already been to Istanbul without me and his stories had […]

Cynthia Andrew

24 Hours in Konya

“There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled. There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled. You feel it, don’t you?” ― Rumi If you’ve ever been touched by the words of Rumi, you owe it to yourself to visit his home. Though not his birthplace, Jalal ad-Din Muhammad […]

Chantal Blake

Phuket’s Hidden Oasis

There are two types of travelers: those that are drawn to the ocean and those that find inner peace near the mountains. Personally, I have always found my ‘happiness’ near the water. After gallivanting my way through northern and central Thailand, I ended my journey in Phuket. The city boasts an abundance of sandy beaches and clear waters, and I, was […]

Moraa Onyonka

A Zen Retreat in the Heart of Chiang Mai

Tucked away in the heart of Chiang Mai’s old city, Rachamankha Hotel is reminiscent of an eleventh century Chinese courtyard. Walking through the entrance, I was instantly transported to an older time period and enjoyed discovering secret paths and gardens. In fact, the architect intentionally modeled the property after historical Chinese dwellings to emulate the culture of Lanna Chiang […]

Moraa Onyonka

Sofitel So: Bangkok’s Best Kept Secret

There’s a reason over one thousand people have given Sofitel So five stars on Tripadvisor: the design is modern, the location is unparalleled to none, and the staff is incredibly friendly and attentive. After checking in, I was greeted by the staff, who welcomed me with their signature jasmine colored and lemongrass infused welcome drink. With my drink […]

Moraa Onyonka

Membership Has its Benefits

We were picked up at the airport and escorted to the Intercontinental Bali. We stepped out of the vehicle to a train of warm greetings from the staff. As we walked through the grandiose lobby welcomed with contagious smiles; we truly felt like we were coming home. The check-in process was near seamless.  We then walked through […]

Zim Ugochukwu

Culinary Masterpieces in Bali

Take one step into the jungle oasis of Viceroy Bali & you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into an extremely lush paradise. It was 9 am. After taking some time to soak in the views on our private balcony, we made our way to Cascades restaurant. After sitting down at the open air restaurant and admiring the blissful views, I […]

Zim Ugochukwu

Travelanthropy and the Power of the Black Missionary

As we entered the KMP Church School situated in the heart of Bangalore, capital of the Indian state of Karnakata, we were met with gleeful squeals and greeted with warm hugs by the young students. The children were all beautiful varying shades of brown, neatly dressed in bright blue and yellow uniforms, brimming with enthusiasm. […]

Patricia Tibere

The Perfect Romantic Getaway

Nestled in the crescent of a charming Vietnamese region, basking in the glory of secluded seas, Six Senses Ninh Van Bay stands firm, surrounded by the promising vegetation of it’s island inhabitation. We arrived just after sunrise, beaten and bruised from our 8 hour train journey from Ho Chi Minh city. We were greeted with warm smiles […]

Zim Ugochukwu

48 Hours in Muscat

Tucked in the corner pocket of the Arabian Peninsula lies a quiet sultanate of which most people are unaware. This oasis cannot claim the tallest skyscraper or the largest shopping mall in the world, but it possesses a natural beauty that no manmade luxury can contest. Visitors from all over the world are increasingly meeting […]

Chantal Blake

Savoring Singapore’s Melting Pot

Singapore is the type of place where it’s not uncommon to stumble upon a Mosque, a Buddhist temple and a Hindu house of worship, all within one block. This varied cultural and religious presence is rooted in the city’s origins, going back to when the British colonized the city-state and established it as a flourishing […]

Glynn Pogue

Singapore in 24 Hours

I knew little about Singapore, a sovereign city-state and island country in Southeast Asia, before taking off to spend a couple of days there with a friend who I worked under as a budding writer in Washington, DC. He moved there from the nation’s capital a year ago and pens articles about the highly urbanized […]

Glynn Pogue