Luxury in Cartagena

Colombia’s most famous writer, the inimitable Gabriel García Márquez, once said in a press interview that he could never have written his books if he had not been a journalist – because all of his material was extracted from reality. Wandering between the pastel-coloured colonial structures of Cartagena’s labyrinthine cobbled streets, one could be forgiven for thinking that they had…

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You’re certifiable

When it comes to your time and money, signing up for an in-depth skills course shouldn’t preclude going on a dream trip. By traveling to one of the countries below, you can get world-class certification in anything from scuba diving to mountaineering. Plus, these classes offer the opportunity to connect with a destination on a much deeper level by interacting…

Wine fine line

Around the world in 8 wine destinations. Let’s explore some of the world’s most famous and scenic wine destinations, from South America to Europe and beyond. Read more courtesy of KeyTours.com  

Brasilia!

Few places in the world offer such an expansive, extraordinary composition of Modernist architecture as the Brazilian capital. Part of a handful of Modernist clusters around the world – such as, for example, Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh in India – Brasilia combines the gravitas, drama and scale of the International Style with the glamour and power of a country’s beating heart,…

Sail the seven seas, over and over

Brian and Karin Trautman have been living on a sailboat for 10 years, and their boat is set up so they can be off the grid in remote places for months at a time with solar and wind power providing electricity, a water maker that turns salt water into fresh water, multiple freezers and loads of storage space for food,…

I would walk 500 miles

As it turns out, meetings and hangouts aren’t the only activities you can do online; you can travel around the world, too.  The coronavirus pandemic has led to widespread lockdowns in major cities across the globe, forcing many to cancel their travel plans, as well as temporarily shuttering museums, theme parks, and popular tourist attractions….. Read more courtesy of ApartmentTherapy.com 

Las Grutas de Tolantongo

While the Spanish word grutas literally translates to “grottos,” in Mexico it’s often used to describe various cave systems, from Cacahuamilpa, to García and Tolantongo. The latter, located in the northern Hidalgo state, is known as a tourist destination for its combination of caves and thermal rivers. Read more courtesy of AtlasObscura.com  

Classic Cuba

While the travel community these days is known for switching from one destination that becomes their sweetheart to another very fast, all thanks to social media, there are some undying loves here as well. Like a heady love affair that will never be over, anyone who is tagged as a traveller has a romance with Cuba and the cars in…

Márquez’s magical realist universe

Colombia’s most famous writer, the inimitable Gabriel García Márquez, once said in a press interview that he could never have written his books if he had not been a journalist – because all of his material was extracted from reality. Wandering between the pastel-coloured colonial structures of Cartagena’s labyrinthine cobbled streets, one could be forgiven for thinking that they had…

Redistribution is the way

In his presidential address to the Royal Economic Society in 1996, the late Professor Anthony Atkinson famously called for discussion of inequality and income distribution to be brought “in from the cold”. Since then there have been many examples of inequality worldwide: the pan-banging cacerolazos demonstrators of Argentina’s financial crisis in 2001-2002, the Arab Spring, the Occupy Wall Street movement, Spain’s “los indignados”, the “gilets jaunes” protests…

Mexigo-go-go!

Mexico is as vast as it is diverse. Its 761,600 square miles of land range from arid coastal regions in the west to verdant Rousseau-esque jungles in the south. Long known for its cultural roots in plant medicines and healing temazcal (or sweat lodge) ceremonies, Mexico has always been a wellness haven—a place of ritualized healing on sacred lands. Whatever…

Your-uguay

Uruguay is a hidden gem. Overshadowed by its larger neighbors, Argentina and Brazil, our private tours to this small and chic country should not be overlooked. Uruguay has supremely stylish beaches, accessible wine and gourmet experiences, a vibrant cultural arts and music scene, hospitable locals and great infrastructure – allowing for both independent discovery and excellent guided tours. Read more…

Snowing up north

Bringing new meaning to the phrase “light-headed”… A man whose hairstyle aroused suspicion when he landed at Barcelona airport turned out to be carrying half a kilo of cocaine underneath his toupée. The Colombian national, who had arrived on a flight from Bogotá, was thought to be acting nervously when he passed through immigration – but it was the unfeasible…

El modo de boda

In the spirit of this being the most popular season to tie the knot (in the northern hemisphere, at least), I wanted to share with you some of the most unique features of weddings in Spain… from a Brit’s point of view, at least. Having lived in Spain for approaching 10 years and having attended my fair share of summer…

Sub-Lima-aahh

Renowned chef Gastón Acurio opened his first restaurant in his hometown of Lima in 1994. Since then, the Peruvian capital has blossomed into one of the world’s most fascinating gastro-powerhouses. Native, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese techniques and traditions mix in the melting pot city. Andean staples such as quinoa, amaranth and a myriad of potato and tuber varieties combine with…

Ecotourism and the Amazon rainforest

By creating employment opportunities, boosting sales of local produce and discouraging deforestation, ecotourism could be a vital barrier against the destruction of natural sites like the Amazon. Read more courtesy of BusinessDestinations.com  

“Dear, ocean. I think about you all the time.”

The website Wavecation has existed in one form or another since the early 2000s. Originally a passion project of Matt Thomson, it long functioned as a lo-fi repository of beachfront rental properties near good surf breaks. In 2018, longtime users Juan Dulanto and Ren Fuller-Wasserman reached out to Thompson to inquire about his future plans for the site. With a…

Hike to the Pastoruri Glacier, Peru

Located in the south part of the Cordillera Blanca, it is one of the few glaciers left in the tropical areas of South America; the glacier is around 8 square km in size, and around 4 km long. The glacier is quickly melting, so far it has lost 22% of its size and 15.5% of its ice mass in the…

Never give papaya

Medellin is a city with a small town feeling to it. The outlying neighbourhoods climb the slopes on each side of the valley basin and when I get lost at night their lights help me find my way, glittering beacons in the dark. That’s about as beautiful as these areas get though as they are also the poorest neighbourhoods where…

Police cars are cheaper than taxis

How to Seduce a Panamanian Cop | Bocas del Toro, Panama Her name was Zarra, which should’ve been my first clue. If she’d been a Millicent, our evening would have proceeded differently. Millicents don’t seduce Panamanian policía for a ride to a nightclub, and then perform cunnilingus six paces from the dance floor—at least, none of the Millicents I’ve ever…

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