China’s Other Capital

As I described in the first post about my recent trip, I hit the ground running in China’s Wild West. Unable to purchase a SIM card due to currency issues and having forgotten the Chinese name of Xi’an famous Bell Tower, I came extremely close to getting stuck at Xi’an airport. The good news is I managed to mime and circumlocute my destination to the taxi driver, and my…

The Ultimate Guide to Gansu

China is somewhat poorly known outside of Beijing and Shanghai, but attractions like the Gansu China rainbow mountains and the “first pier” of the Great Wall have put more remote regions of the country on our collective travel map. (Attractions and one particular endorsement—more on that in a few paragraphs.) Whether you come to China&#…

Ultimate Desert Glamping: The Ritz Carlton Al Wadi Review

Dawn in the Desert at the Al Wadi Across the sand, something is moving. Slowly. Stuttering. But real. An oryx, I think, white flanks caked in dust, horns piercing the air. It’s almost as though she’s following the sun, appearing with its quiet, dawn-like shift across the dunes. It’s early, but as a new mum, I’m used to early. I’m not that used to quiet. A bird dips its wings in the water and I hold my breath, waiting watching. And I haven’t needed to venture …

The Ritz Carlton Al Hamra Beach Review, Ras Al Khaimah

The coast at Ras Al Khaimah My work with the airline Royal Brunei highlighted an unusual travel destination to explore: the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah in the U.A.E. This Ritz Carlton Al Hamra review forms part of a project produced in partnership with Royal Brunei, RAKTDA and Ritz Carlton. As ever, as always, I kept the right to write what I like. Now let’s begin with telling you about this gorgeous luxury hideaway, the Ritz-…

What Dune Bashing Tells Us About Life in the Desert

What is it like to go dune bashing? Through one window, the horizon tilts back and forth in shades of golden rose. Through the other, red dust blocks all that can be seen. And through the windscreen there is almost nothing at all. My work with the airline Royal Brunei highlighted an unusual travel destination to explore: the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah in the U.A.E. This article forms part of a project produced in partnership with Royal Brunei, RAKTDA and Ritz Carlton. As ever, as always, I kept the right to write…

Saving Endangered Asian Animals: The 10 Best Wildlife Conservation Programs

Saving Endangered Asian Animals: The 10 Best Wildlife Conservation Programs originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Before I begin, I have a confession to make: My name is Anna, and I have a serious soft spot for animals. Endangered Asian animals have become a particular favorite. In the last three years, I have traveled across four continents. In every place we visit, I always check out what type of local animal conservation programs I can visit. Sadly, animal rights in Asia are almost nonexistent. Which is why supporting animal …

So Where is Ras Al Khaimah and Why Should You Go There?

Getting off the beaten track in Ras Al Khaimah My work with the airline Royal Brunei highlighted an unusual travel destination to explore: the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah in the U.A.E. This article forms part of a project produced in partnership with Royal Brunei, RAKTDA and Ritz Carlton. As ever, as always, I kept the right to write what I like. Now let’s begin! So Where is Ras Al Khaimah? It’s a curious place, Ras Al Khaimah, with a curiously interesting name. Swirling desert sands. A coastline …

I Still F*ing Hate Koh Phi Phi

Yeah, I used the F word. That’s how much I hate Ko Phi Phi. I was supposed to visit Ko Phi Phi in 2005, but the deadly 2004 tsunami destroyed the island. Thousands were killed and injured on the island. The entire coast was devastated, with Phi Phi one of the hardest it. It was one of the biggest natural disasters to ever hit the country. Determined to get there and wanting to contribute to the rebuilding, I made it my first stop in Thailand when I quit …

Traveling Foodie: My 12 Favorite Experiences From the Last 12 Months

Food has become an increasingly important aspect of the travel experience for me, as I think it has for most people. Not only is the modern traveler more educated when it comes to all things delicious, but even the smallest of cities around the world are undergoing what I call a foodie renaissance spurred on by young and energetic chefs. The result is a travel landscape where food and drink play a starring …

A Siem Reap Weekend Trip And Photography Tour

THIS POST WAS CREATED IN PARTNERSHIP WITHYOUR HOLIDAY EXPERTS FOR UNIQUE TRAVEL EXPERIENCES kkday.com My girlfriend and I were looking for a place to visit on a long weekend in early December. Being in Bangkok, we had lots of cool nearby options. When she told me she hadn’t been to Angkor Wat, I was like, &#…

37 Places to Eat in Tokyo

On a whim, I went to Tokyo for a week. My friends and I had been talking about a food-themed trip to the city for years, and after convincing them that now was the time to cash in all our miles, we found ourselves at the airport on a cold November day with one goal: to eat as much as humanly possible. Like me, they’d been to Tokyo before and each had a list of places to eat at. Along with our …

18 stunning places to go for the ‘gram in 2018

Take it from the grammars who know. The post 18 stunning places to go for the ‘gram in 2018 appeared first on Orbitz.

Tibet Cycling: The Complete Guide to Lhasa to Ganden Monastery Cycling Tour

Tibet appeals to travellers in many ways. The first and most important thing is the beautiful natural scenery. However, Tibet is a bit different from the other scenic spots. There is a charm to this place, which is not found anywhere. Travellers have a mind which wanders and loves to explore new things. They can get this experience for their Tibet travel as the various associated activities can completely thrill them. From…

A Traveller’s Guide to Penang, Malaysia – Where to Eat, Drink, Sleep and Explore

The first and only time I had heard of ‘Penang’ was when ordering Thai food, where the menu often includes ‘Penang Curry’. Spoiler alert: Penang Curry doesn’t come from Penang, Malaysia. Fortunately however, the Island of Penang in northwest Malaysia is home to some of the best food in Southeast Asia, and in my opinion the world. Now that I’ve visited, I’m surprised I don’t hear more about Penang (or Malaysia for that matter.) The food is delicious, the people are friendly…