Rio de Janeiro. The city that has more love than Paris, more nightlight than Tokyo, more culture than Barcelona and more music than a New York City street. Rio is the city that only those willing to risk all will travel to, unless with a corporate credit card, business briefcase and a high luxury suite. … Continued

They crept up the path holding one hundred pound sacks of rice on their heads, dark forearms glistening in the late afternoon sun. The elderly man approached first, maneuvering around the two motorbikes we had parked on the hill’s gravelly shoulder. The two women followed, eyeing us curiously. I removed my backpack and stretched my … Continued

Paris or London? How could I choose between two cities which attract millions of visitors annually ? London is four times as large as Paris and has 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. London has London Eye, Paris has Eiffel Tower, London has pub food, Paris has croissants – ok, I have to admit this one … Continued

Why do I travel? I’m searching for those moments when I lose myself. When I stop thinking. When my brain shuts off. When I just notice what is around me. I’m zooming around on my rented motorbike, observing the mountains outside of Bac Ha, a tiny town in northern Vietnam. The rice paddies stretch around … Continued

Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras: Understanding the Complexity One Step at a Time (Part 2) It has to be bore in mind that, as a continuing cultural landscape, the rice terraces should be seen and understood in relation to its environment (mountain landscape) and the traditions of its people (rituals, farming practices, beliefs, etc.). Key to … Continued

Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras: Understanding the Complexity One Step at a Time (Part 1) It was only last year (I hate to admit this!) that I finally came face to face with the Philippines’ world-renowned rice terraces. I can only think of few places I have been so far that are as picturesque … Continued

It’s a reality that travel is now an accessible commodity to much of the population. We’ve the freedom to travel to the locations that stir our sense of wanderlust, but do we have the foresight to ensure our trip doesn’t have a negative impact on the local area? I recently spoke to some of travel’s … Continued

Above the ground are some of the world’s most deadliest animals; below the ground and in the water are some of the world’s most deadliest animals – why would anyone want to go to Australia? Simply: it is awesome. Australia is a country and continent unlike any other. For the adventurous traveler, it can be … Continued

  Babu Ghat has a vantage location that hugs the eastern bank of the historic Hooghly River in eastern India.  Now while dusk is surely the nicest time to stroll along the riverfront, mornings are when most of the action takes place.   Built in 1830, the facade of the ghat has a Doric-Greek style … Continued