Travel Stories

Learning something new when you travel

Learning something new when you travel

No doubt, the biggest benefit of traveling is new learning. Just to be in a new place, absorbing the sights, sounds and senses beats reading books or watching it on travel channels. We find that the more dissimilar the new place is from our own, the more difficult it is…

Stranded in Java: When a volcano forces you to stay longer

Stranded in Java: When a volcano forces you to stay longer

If you’ve seen my previous post, you would have known by now that I set out to Java to heal my broken heart, the first in a series of monthly travel-will-heal trips. I had a cinematic expectation of Borobudur appearing before me at the break of dawn, nicely silhouetted against…

How I ended up making Motanka dolls in Ukraine

How I ended up making Motanka dolls in Ukraine

Yes, you read it right, dolls. I never thought that I’ll be making dolls and especially in a country like Ukraine. After walking around Kiev, I, Claudia, a fellow traveller, and Natalya our Active Ukraine tour guide travelled 20 minutes to the outskirts of the city for lunch and our handicrafts session. The…

Can travel heal a broken heart?

Can travel heal a broken heart?

He flashed that smile; his green eyes twinkled under the fairy lights on Orchard Road that Christmas evening. I traced the dent on his cheek and muttered, “Dimples. That’s what it’s called in English.” “Grübchen,” he replied in German, and we walked hand-in-hand under glittering lanterns and trees covered in…

A walking tour of Kiev in photos

A walking tour of Kiev in photos

After my post last week on the Euromaidan issue, you may be wondering why I am passionate on talking about Kiev in the first place. Kiev is an underrated destination when it comes to travel but the places, people and experiences you get from the city is amazing. In an…

Kiev: A tale of two cities

Kiev: A tale of two cities

When I visited in Kiev last year, it was a different city than what is in the news today. I went there in November, a couple of weeks before the current political turmoil started. I’ve been invited by my two former couchsurfer guests, Artem and Oleksandr, who had convinced me…

Paragliding in Lima

Paragliding in Lima

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”  – Leonardo Da Vinci I’ve always dreamt of one day being able to soar above the skies. When I was young,…

What makes an adventure an adventure?

What makes an adventure an adventure?

What’s an adventure? Is it something that needs to involve an exotic place or a dangerous activity? It came to mind when Nigel Clifford, a traveler and the founder of Adventure Underwear, asked me to test their product on my next adventure. I went through my travel plans to see…

Rocking at Rock Werchter

Rocking at Rock Werchter

There’s something about festivals that make me want to come back for more. But as years went by my attitude towards it changed. As a teenager, festivals like Glastonbury and Benicassim were stories that I read only in music magazines and saw on television. When I moved to Europe, it…

New Year’s Eve in Skopje

New Year’s Eve in Skopje

Oh New Year’s Eve ! I was telling my friends that since I moved to Europe in 2008, one of the biggest cultural shifts for me was on how to celebrate the New Year’s. In the Philippines, it’s all about the family. As it’s a week difference from Christmas, I…