Travelling around South America in three weeks

I have always wanted to visit the Rio De Janeiro Carnival in Brazil, also known as the biggest show on Earth. I managed to live that dream last year, when I travelled to Brazil – and six other countries in South America – for three weeks. I visited Rio De …

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Seeing half of the world inside Esfahan, Iran

“You are now going to see half of the world,” says guide Arsalan as we drive inside Esfahan, one of Iran’s most visited destinations. Obviously an overstatement now, but was absolutely befitting to French poet Renier when he stepped in there five centuries ago. Renier was so awestruck by the …

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Rendezvous in China’s refreshing Fujian

If you were in an airplane passing by Fujian province in China, you would probably wonder what the many round-shaped structures were, standing in vast green fields. UFOs? Not quite. They are actually magical tulou or “tall earthern structures”, which Fujian is known for. The magical Tulou are also known …

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6 magnificent national parks in Malaysia

As a country blessed with a rich and diverse ecosystem, Malaysia has a thriving ecotourism scene boasting renowned national and state parks. The country is a haven for unique wildlife and lush tropical rainforests, all of which can be found at these gazetted venues. Whether it’s the tall tualang tree …

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Beat the flu bug when you travel

Falling ill is no fun, especially during the holiday season when you’re looking forward to your vacation. After all, who wouldn’t look forward to trading their formal work shoes for some summer flip-flops or winter boots, and spending some much needed time with family in a relaxing environment? So after …

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6 great holiday destinations for singles ready to mingle

A holiday is more than just about fun experiences, breathtaking views and great room service. For some single folks out there, it is also an opportunity to meet new people, and who knows, maybe even find love. The bestselling memoir Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert detailed how the American …

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The first time my passport went missing in action

If I had to ask my mum to describe me in one word, I think she would use “lalai” (careless or forgetful in Bahasa Malaysia). I should be offended but she does have a point. When I was studying in college, I travelled around whenever I could. During my travels, …

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