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August 27, 2020

An unassuming nation overlooked by most tourists, Bahrain is however a destination that will pop a few surprises. Believed to be the site of the ancient kingdom of Dilmun and somewhat of a treasure chest when it comes to unearthing the world’s finest pearls, the history behind the Middle East’s smallest nation is one not to be ignored.

Taken from the Arabic term of ‘al-bahrayn’, meaning ‘two seas’, this collection of islands is found perfectly poised in the sheltered bay between Saudi Arabia and the Western coastline of Qatar.  Cradled within one of the world’...

As a nation inundated in impressive natural beauty, cultural complexities and a fascinating history, planning a trip to Vietnam can cause a few headaches if time is a factor. With 3,260km of coastline, this tall, skinny nation naturally puts some considerable distance between some of its highlights. With the likes of Phu Quoc Island, the Mekong Delta, Dalat and Mui Ne surrounding the metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City in the South and fan favourites such as Hoi-An, Da Nang and Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park along the central region, it is no surprise that many v...

May 20, 2020

Situated within the vast volcanic region of the Ijen Plateau and last in line along Java’s mountainous spine, Mount Ijen is one volcano that has a reputation surpassing most others, leaving no stone unturned when it comes to exciting most outdoor enthusiasts. Although some will argue that it may sit first, its geographical position on Java soon becomes a mere footnote when you begin to uncover the compelling nature of Kawah Ijen, its crater lake and the fabled blue flame. And if that has not yet quite caught your attention, there is also a very unique story t...

April 23, 2020

Locally known as Gunung Bromo, the volcanic massif of Mount Bromo is one of Indonesia’s most fascinating landmarks and possibly Java’s most popular attraction. Although it is neither the largest nor the most active within the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, it is probably the most picturesque and especially so when admired at sunrise. Rising from the sandy basin of an ancient caldera better known as the “Sea of Sand”, Mount Bromo is not only flanked by the likes of Mount Batok and Kursi but is also surrounded by the towering walls of such a depression. Wh...

March 29, 2020

With over 90 recognised hotels scattered across the island, one of the hardest choices, or atleast for us, is WHERE TO STAY? I guess if you have an idea as to what you really want to see or do, this will help dictate where on the island you head, otherwise things might get a little indecisive.

When looking into visiting the island, there is the question as to how long will you be staying as if you give yourself enough time on the island, you may be able to divide your time at along differing regions and therefore giving you the opportunity to enjoy more than o...

March 26, 2020

Role back eight million years and as you sail across the South Western region of the Indian Ocean, 855 kilometres east of Madagascar, there would have been nothing much apart from the sight of open water for as far as the eye can see. Today crossing this exact same location will provide you with the magnificent sight of the island of Mauritius. Sitting proud above the surrounding, contrasting but complimentary crystal clear turquoise waters, it is an island that has evolved and blossomed since its formation from what was a volcanic eruption.

So, when you think...

March 26, 2020

Affectionately known as “The Land of Open Spaces”, Namibia is distinguished by its incredible array of formidable landscapes and extreme contrasts whereby 90% of its land is occupied by natural habitat. From the soaring ancient desert dunes of Sossussvlei and iconic monolithic rockscapes of Spitzkoppe, to the endless horizons of its savannahs and eerie windswept skeleton coastline, it is home to one of the world’s most hostile environments. However, despite its harsh conditions, Namibia does in actual fact possess a rich and diverse animal kingdom making wild...

March 26, 2020

Myanmar, having only opened up to visitors in the last decade, it is without a doubt one of Asia’s purest travel destinations.  As the largest of the mainland Southeast Asian countries and yet the fact that they are still adapting to tourists, getting around the country is a little harder and may take that bit longer than what you are used to. However, we would never quite consider this to be an inconvenience, but rather an opportunity where you are able to fully submerge yourselves in the Burmese way of life, giving you a true insight into what life is reall...

March 26, 2020

As most borders are now being shut, businesses are entering a state of temporary hibernation and with social gatherings a big no no, we write to you from our apartment out in Dubai. Although we are still yet to experience any form of a lockdown, measures here in the UAE are however being implemented in order to help suppress the spread of such a pandemic.

Despite Dubai International Airport usually being one of the busiest on the planet, and a common connection between Europe and Asia, flight cancellations have unsurprisingly become a common call across all te...

November 23, 2019

Mangawhai, New Zealand … to most people across the globe, this small Northern seaside town carries absolutely no significance and as you read this yourselves it probably does not quite mean much either, or at least it didn’t to us when we first heard about it. It may not be on Lonely Planet’s Top 20 places to visit but for all Gibraltarians there is something a little interesting about a specific Te Arai Beach in terms of geographical location when compared to that of Gibraltar’s.

Unbeknown to even many of the locals of Mangawhai (pronounced Mangafi), their ve...

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