12 12 Travel

5 scenic holiday places to add to your bucket list this year

1. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Best for a road trip with snap-happy buddies, Salar de Uyuni in southwest Bolivia is the world’s largest salt flat, with the reflective sheen of its surface making it look like the world’s largest “mirror” to boot.

Tips on how to travel safely

Travel emergencies can happen anywhere, anytime. This sombre reality of modern travel has been accentuated, again, by the multiple terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia and elsewhere during the Ramadan holy month. The Islamic State (ISIS) took credit for the unrelenting violence.

5 cities perfect for a last-minute Easter getaway!

Image: Robert Essel NYC / Corbis

We love our long weekends. It’s the breather we all need from work, and for others, it’s the perfect opportunity to use their annual leave for a longer break.

If #wanderlust is hitting you hard, then we’re here to play devil’s advocate. Take some (deserving) time off and travel. #YOLO, right?

The ways of the incorrigible travel hoarder

Over the years, I’ve amassed piles of receipts and a mess of useless travel stuff that I refuse to throw away.And the pile that you see here, forms just a small fraction of last year’s vacation “collection”.

My weekend at the W

W hotels have always stood out from the usual luxe hotel chains. There is just something so edgy and irreverent about the brand that makes it so appealing. If we were to liken the entire hotel sector to a high school – the Ritzs, the St Regis and the Cappellas would be the rich kids of the school, the ones who enjoy luxury and opulence in abundance, the uber privileged, as you would call them.

Perth: Nothing ho-hum about it

To be honest, if you had mentioned the city of Perth, in Australia, to me a couple of weeks ago, and asked me to tell you something about it, I would have come up blank. Perth, to me, was nothing more than a sleepy city where tons of Singaporean kids were sent to further their studies and like any other Australian city where all activity ceased after 5pm when the stores closed. But my recent trip there to cover their pride and joy, Perth Fashion Festival 2012, has completely changed my opinion.

Why I’m in love with Kenya

Yes, we have our perks as magazine writers and editors. We travel almost every month to hip cities like Seoul and New York and the glam dames Paris and Shanghai. But it’s Kenya I still reminisce about (sorry, Saks and Eiffel Tower) – three months after I went to the East African country for The Body Shop’s Community Fair Trade Media Trip.

A Week on the French Riveria

They always say that the ultimate vacation is one on the Cote D'Azur (or the French Riviera aka South of France). While I didn't exactly live it up millionaire style in three cities that the Mediterranean bordered - Nice, Cannes and Marseille, I had quite the experience, taking in all the sights, dining on freshly-caught seafood and wandering through winding alleys and cobblestoned paths.

What sort of traveller are you?

If you are the type of person who expects their travel to consist of as little interaction with strangers as possible, to be seamlessly efficient, coldly polite and as generic and non-invasive as feasible – considering the cramped quarters you're enduring – then the inaugural flight of Asia's newest low-cost airline Scoot would have been a total surprise.
The special "Scoot" logo (above left) and checking in for the inaugural Scoot flight to Sydney. All images taken on an iPhone using Instagram