EXPLORING IRISH COUNTRYSIDE ONBOARD BELMOND GRAND HIBERNIAN

Ireland is home to the kind of beauty that instantly makes you a believer. Take a 4-day train journey through the rustic country to forge a deeper connection with yourself and everything around you – people, nature, food, culture, and more

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Many love trains but never end up taking them as they’re always in a hurry to reach where they can start their vacation. But, why just get somewhere when you can make the journey as glorious as the destination?

TRAIN JOURNEY IN IRELAND

In this age of all things instant, trains give you that perfect opportunity to experience the simple pleasures of going slow which involves taking the time to breathe, unplug and pay attention to the little, simple joys of life that aren’t necessarily the most popular attractions.

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“FALL”ING FOR QUEENSTOWN!

In fall, Queenstown puts on its best show, as though dressed for the red carpet. I rediscovered the essence of life through an autumnal trip to the alpine city
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“Never let go of your window seat on a flight to Queenstown” is a quick advice given to me by a Kiwi as I am all set to board the flight from Auckland to Queenstown, a city in New Zealand’s South Island. And thank heavens, I heed the tip!

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LET’S KEEP IT PLAIN

Take a few steps back in time by visiting the Amish County in Lancaster and regain the peacefulness you have been longing for

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Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.”

Eddie Cantor, American performer

Our lives move at such a fast pace – being stuck in a traffic jam is a chance to make a quick phone call, travelling home on the local is an opportunity to compile the grocery list and the quick lunch break is the time to finish pending bank work. We often wish we could slow down a bit so that we could have a few more hours in the day to be able to focus on the satisfying simple pleasures our life has to offer.

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A SPOOKY SOJOURN IN SALEM

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Apart from an enviable location on the sea, Salem boasts of a rich history and culture encompassing everything from witches to ships to art and they continue to cast a spell of enchantment on its visitors. Remember the popular 1960s sitcom ‘Bewitched’ where Elizabeth Montgomery plays a whimsy witch? It was very much filmed in this Halloween capital. When here, don’t forget to strike a pose with the glamorous Samantha Stephens statue in Lappin Park and twitch your nose for a picture!

TAKE A TRIP TO 1692

Discover America New England Coast RoadtripThere are more witches than ever in modern-day Salem. Housed in the 1845 stone building – originally a former church – the Salem Witch Museum features a fascinating presentation of the 1692 witch trials through an animatronics show, complete with dramatic lighting and pre-recorded voices.

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TOURING PHILLY’S MURALS ON SEGWAY

Yes, you can’t get over the Philly cheese steaks but Philadelphia is known for many things apart from this cheap, delicious snack. You’re right! I am talking about it’s streets that are ablaze with paint!

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Philly is colourful in a special way. The City of Brotherly Love (as it’s called) boasts of a flourishing street art scene; murals painted by locals adorn the walls of buildings transforming the city’s neighborhoods into outdoor art museums.

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GLAMPING IN MOMOLAND

Think tent with a view, tasteful luxury and otherworldly, stunning natural beauty. That’s what ‘glamping’ at Chamba Camp Thiksey and Diskit is all about

LEADThere are those who yearn to ditch all the present-day luxuries and camp with the basics in God’s flawless setting – Leh-Ladakh. They are okay with roughing it, sleeping on the cold ground, using Mother Nature as lavatory and giving up on warm, comforting showers. Unadulterated air and picture-perfect views keep them happy. And then there are some who want it all – good wifi connectivity, Himalayan earl grey tea on call and a foam mattress for a good night’s sleep – without trading off nature and it’s rugged beauty. You can call them “glampers”. A fry cry from the string of typical white and maroon guest houses and hotels with distinct dragon motifs and wood carvings that dot Leh, glamping in the ‘Land of Lamas’ is all about unrivalled understated luxury.

BE THE LUXE NOMAD  LANDSCAPE OF LADAKH
Chamba Camp Thiksey and Diskit by TUTC are set up in mesmerising locations making the surroundings a photographer’s delight. Depart on a photo tour with a local guide or a like-minded outdoorsy-type wildlife enthusiast. They will help you unravel all the little hidden treasures you wouldn’t want to miss capturing in your camera!  Read more

TASTING TOUR IN HK, MACAU

The variety of food available in this ex British colony is mind boggling, making it a gastronomic haven for every hungry instagram-ing soul. A few pages from my diary…

Hong Kongers are truly passionate about their food and novelty is their forte. Whether it’s on the sticks or in a pot, fragrant or stinky, intriguing or just weird, the food here is a curious mix of the traditional and western culture. Asia’s culinary capital, the city pretty much lives to eat and boasts of everything edible from Cantonese, Shanghainese, Vietnamese, Japanese, European and many more cuisines around the world. Whether you’re an adventurous eater or a picky desi vegetarian, the city can never leave you disappointed. Not to mention the former obviously has an upper hand. The variety here is so wide that you can consider a customised food tasting trip to Hong Kong. Yes, a tour completely dedicated to the city’s culinary experiences. From delicious egg tarts, wine jellies and ice-creams in flavours of red bean and green tea to a whole range of hot and cold teas, roasted chestnuts, dim sums and curried animal organs, Hong Kong brims with tons of restaurants, well-lit cafes, noodle bars and street joints that rustle up yummy local as well as international fusion delicacies on a daily basis.
When it comes to impressing the taste buds, Hong Kong’s close cousin Macau doesn’t lag behind. Just a 45-minute ferry ride from the noodle town, Macau has its own signature must-eats. What you certainly can’t miss out on is Serradura – a layered Portuguese dessert of crushed sweet biscuits, cream, condensed milk and vanilla and served chilled – and oven-fresh egg tarts.
While Hong Kong and Macau have the ethnic Chinese population in bulk, there is a sizeable presence of food-obsessed people from other places in Europe, America and Asia. Probably, the drool-worthy food scene here says it all about their cosmopolitan nature!

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