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Gibraltar DIY guide

Gibraltar DIY guide

Gibraltar is a history buff’s paradise. Located right in between Morocco and Spain, this is the gateway to Europe from Africa. And Gibraltar is tiny. So much so that you literally see Tangier (Morocco) on one side and walk into Spain from the other without binoculars or squinting your eyes! Gibraltar is a British territory. You will see a lot of “God save the Queen” tattoos and memorabilia. They are a bunch of proud, super helpful, lovely people and you…

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Le Jardin du Roi, Seychelles

Le Jardin du Roi, Seychelles

In my 5 years of traveling, Le Jardin du Roi tops the list of world’s most interesting places. This place is a spice garden in Seychelles modeled after 18th century France. The garden itself makes for a wonderful self-guided walk amongst greens like vanilla vines, citronella, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper and other spices. Not only is this place one fabulous sight, it smells delicious too. HISTORY The original jardin was curated in 1772 at Anse Royale, Mahe. By the way, Anse…

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SUOMENLINNA – A FINNISH PARADISE

SUOMENLINNA – A FINNISH PARADISE

Suomenlinna is a Finnish sea fortress built on six islands and is what dreams are made of 🌴. This very scenic island is part of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites as a monument of military architecture. Unfortunately for most visitors, the beauty of this island supersedes it’s significance in World history. Today it’s one awesome picnic spot for the Finnish. A short ferry ride away from #Helsinki, Suomenlinna should be part of your #Finland travel. 💰💰The restaurant on this island is…

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TO PLAN OR NOT TO PLAN YOUR TRAVEL?

TO PLAN OR NOT TO PLAN YOUR TRAVEL?

“Live in the moment” “Where’s the fun in knowing what you’ll be doing exactly?” “Travel should be unplanned” I often hear these statements from travelers, armchair travelers, people I meet at the gym, backpacking neighbor, aunty at the pool and everybody else who attempts a conversation with me about a place they want to visit. Who can blame them? Especially since the conversation with me lasts over an hour where I have talked about the country, places to visit, things…

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PERSPECTIVE IS EVERYTHING

PERSPECTIVE IS EVERYTHING

Three years ago, I went to Norway.  The best way to see this beautiful country is as the locals do – pick up a car and drive. So we did just that. From Oslo we mapped our way to the North, pit stopping at camping grounds by the many Fjords to rest for the night with unbeatable views. With a bucket list in hand, we drove following the National Tourist Route gawking at the scenery. As we crossed off experiences,…

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THE TALE OF CAMBODIA

THE TALE OF CAMBODIA

Few months ago I met an old friend who wanted to take his 13-year-old on a journey to explore the world. And he was looking for travel ideas. The choices laid down were Milan or Paris to shop and take in a fashion show or two. I asked him to reject both and take her to Cambodia instead. Most people leave Cambodia with beautiful memories of the glorious Angkor. But there is another side to this country. A side with…

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MARRAKECH

MARRAKECH

To me, the very tone of Marrakech sounded like a mystical, elusive world from another time, and the city lived up to this imagination. Marrakech is the most known and diverse destination in Morocco, Northern Africa. This city is usually a stop before roughing it up at the Atlas mountains. As soon as you walk out of the airport / train station, you see shades of red. Every building is earthy and red. The local mudbrick architecture employed throughout, utilizes…

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WHEN I WAS “CHOSEN” FOR A RANDOM SECURITY CHECK

WHEN I WAS “CHOSEN” FOR A RANDOM SECURITY CHECK

Three years ago, I very eagerly planned a visit to Norway, Svalbard, and Finland. After waiting 28 days (the longest ever) for my visa and going through a series of mixed emotions from hope to denial to planning a just-in-case-it-all-goes-south trip to Eastern Europe, I finally got the call. My visa was here! Thinking the worst was over, I took off on my trails excited to explore Scandinavia. Svalbard is a no-visa archipelago between Norway and the North Pole accessible…

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