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cheong fatt tze mansion penang
Asia Malaysia

Discover the Penang Peranakans in George Town

Opulent mansions, elaborate clothing, succulent dishes, and a culture wholly unique to Penang. If you don’t experience the Peranakan culture in George Town, you haven’t totally experienced Penang. Who are the Penang Peranakans? The Peranakans are Straits-born, Chinese descendants who…

traveller kate mackay
Travel Therapy

How to Travel by Kate Mackay

Ever wondered why Aussies travel large chunks of the world for long periods of time? Have you never looked at a map? We’re seriously far from everything. Sure we’ve got New Zealand (hey friends!). But for those in Sydney and…

byron bay
Australia

6 Reasons Why Byron Bay Deserves its Popularity

Byron Bay. Bay of Byron. Australia’s easternmost town. Clothing optional. Shoes unfashionable, if people here really gave a damn about fashion (which they don’t). The mode du jour: hippy, free-loving, rainbow tie-dye hemp drapings. A tropical town of balconied…

ugly-travel-photo
Travel Therapy

The ugly truth: 10 ways to look like a REAL traveller

If Instagram and other travel blogs are anything to go by, female travellers are always sporting the latest fashions, perfect tans and effortlessly elegant hair dos. If they’re to be believed, you can look model-esque even as you’re sweating in…

white night melbourne
Australia

How to Survive White Night Melbourne

At seven in the evening, the bells begin to jingle. St Paul’s leads the charge, but dozens of extra installations chime in. They herald the start of White Night Melbourne, a dusk-till-dawn feat of neon artistry. The epicentre of…

sign to pha thok cave
Asia Laos

In Knee Deep: A solo hike to Tham Pha Thok caves

The river had looked harmless. But the water was already up to my knees and with every step I risked plunging into the stream. My toes poked around for a stable foothold. The current was so fast it seemed…

portrait of james treacher from turiocity
Travel Therapy

Portrait of a Traveller: James Treacher

Welcome to the first of my ‘Portrait of a Traveller’ series, guys. One of the joys of travel is getting to know the unusual array of personalities you encounter. Well, this travel portraits series provide a postcard snapshot of the…

have we lost the art of travel
Travel Therapy

GPS and offline maps: Have we lost the art of travel?

  It was a triumphant feeling, navigating Fez’s old medina without using a map. But the signs were posted everywhere, in different scripts and different colours, all prompting us to continue walking towards Bab Boujloud, the city’s Blue Gate.…

jam hostel
Spain Travel Therapy

Barcelona and the hostel family

A group of young dark-haired men sat on the steps of the Plaça del Sol, strumming guitars and tapping the ground with their feet. Around them, a crowd gathered to clap to the Spanish beat and sing along to…

amsterdam
Europe Netherlands

The diversity of Amsterdam

Women clad in black lingerie stand behind velvet-curtained windows. They pick at their nails, text on their phones or leer at the shifty passersby. Everyone wants to peek at the near-naked ladies, but all are too polite to stop…

cordoba mosque
Spain Travel Therapy

Why I Travel: Discovering Magic in Cordoba

As I walked up from the Guadalquivir River, light, summery music floated through the streets. Ahead of me was the grand Mezquita-Catedral, Cordoba’s greatest claim to fame. The sun had just set and the sky was entering its magnetic…