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.
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.
For some of us, the lunar new year signals a time for get-togethers with family and friends which inevitably means gathering around the dinner table for hot pot, exchanging pleasantries with relatives (who you only meet once a year) and for those who’re married — handing out red packets.
Discover the world afresh, whether it’s a train trip in the Arctic Circle, a homestay in Mongolia, or playing in the timeless toytown of Legoland in Denmark.
Travel writer Lee Siew Hua highlights 15 of the top travelogues from the Straits Times archives.
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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?
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”.
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.
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.
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.