4 BEAUTIFUL DAYS OF FAMILY BONDING IN BALI

IMG_20181002_101311Some of my favorite childhood memories are the joyful times spent with my parents on a holiday, isolated from ordinary everyday activities. Between work commitments, household chores and day-to-day busyness of life, it’s easy for the family vacation to take a backseat. However, breaks with your loved ones are essential to keep the bond intact while stepping outside the comfort zone and having some fun. As I am thinking of my long-due adventure with my husband and parents, Bali comes to mind.

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EAT YOUR WAY THROUGH LONDON!

Whether you’re visiting London for the first time or a regular to England’s kaleidoscopic capital, one thing you must certainly do is dedicate more time to eating and drinking around the city. Hearty English breakfasts, elegant afternoon teas, gorgeous fine-dining venues, Michelin-starred kitchens, millions of farmer’s and food markets, some of the best coffee joints in the world… London can leave you salivating for months.

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Before you’re utterly bewildered with endless choices and recommendations, we get Michael De Cozar, head hall porter, Ritz London, to reveal his top food experiences in the city! Having served the prestigious hotel for 45 long years, he has Londonโ€™s biggest secrets and surprises at his fingertips! Read more

CLOSER TO NATURE IN KODAIKANAL

A retreat tucked away in Palani Hills, Kodaikanal is ideal for nemophilists who find happiness in adopting the pace of nature

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Layered hills of Kodaikanal

When I last visited Kodaikanal – a little hill town in Tamil Nadu, I was merely ten. With faint memories of enjoying a boat ride with my family, I am ready to head here again.

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This time around, I wish to explore its lesser-known, hidden gems in the company of my partner. The idea is to stay away from the tourist trap and take in the serenity of Kodai’s dense forests, lakes and high mountains.ย 

 

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A BUCKET-LIST CHRISTMAS BREAK IN ROVANIEMI

Snow-clad pine trees, Arctic Circle, Santa Claus, reindeer sleds, festive cheer; Rovianemi – the capital of Finnish Lapland – has all the ingredients for a quintessential Christmas holiday

Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi

Utter the word “Christmas” and you can instantly sketch a convivial winter scene with a pine tree bedecked in baubles! Add to it a man with twinkling eyes, snow-white beard, round jelly-like belly and a bundle of toys flung on his back! If there’s a place where this picture truly comes alive, it’s none other than Rovaniemi, the “Official Hometown of Santa Claus” in Lapland. This holiday season, connect with your inner child by planning an authentic Christmas experience in the Arctic circle! Read more

“BUDGET TRIP TO SWITZERLAND” ISN’T A DREAM

Yes, you can enjoy million-dollar Swiss views without burning a hole in your pocket!

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Switzerland conjures up many images. The best cheese in the world, magnificent snow-covered peaks, melt-in-mouth, smooth and creamy chocolates and rolling green hills dotted with grazing cows and wooden chalets. If there is one thing Switzerland isn’t synonymous with, it’s the word โ€œbudgetโ€. The Alpine country is frequently featured in the list of “world’s most expensive countries” and a poorly-planned Swiss trip can certainly cost a fortune. However, a bit of research, smart timing, and a knack for cost cutting can make your trip a lot less pricey than you think.

Quick tips for saving big bucks in Switzerland

1. Swiss travel pass. To buy or not to buy?

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PASTORAL CHARMS OF PHALTAN, MAHARASHTRA

Tucked away in the Satara district of Maharashtra, Phaltan is a hidden gem where you can get into the rural rhythm and gorge on authentic local cuisine

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The glamour of twinkling cities and skyscrapers never fails to entice us, however, the heart of India lies in her villages. As city dwellers, we often yearn to run away from the chaos that’s somehow become a part of our day-to-day lives. We are always on the lookout for places that offer serenity and opportunities to connect with our roots. And why not?

The rural setting exposes us to so many marvellous things – pristine nature, fresh air, the simple ways of small-town life, the chance to pick fruits and vegetables straight from the farms and the invigorating vast open spaces. Indeed, there’s nothing quite like the Indian countryside!

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If you’re looking at an unconventional break this monsoon season, look no furthur than Phaltan, a little town in the the land of Marathas. Located in Satara district of southwest Maharashtra, Phaltan and the surrounding region is packed with ample natural beauty, historical sights, temples and more. Famous for its tall sugarcane fields and pomegranate orchards, this little-explored town is a fresh slice of bucolic bliss. Read more

ROAD TO HEAVEN – ROADTRIPPING NORTHERN IRELAND

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Loaded with myths, legends and folklore, Nothern Ireland is hauntingly beautiful. We go roadtripping on the Causeway Coastal Route and leave enamoured of the region’s unrivalled history and natural beauty

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They say, it’s supposed to be about the journey, not the destination, and when I take a roadtrip with my friend on the spectacular Causeway Coastal Route, I can exactly see why.

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