Elephant in Kruger National Park, taken from inside an open safari jeep, with a woman and man taking photos from the jeep in foreground.

My Safari Conversion Story: Part 1

When you say “I’m going to Southern Africa,” most people think “You’re going on safari.” But, when researching my trip to Southern Africa, I looked for a tour that offered a good mix of experiences—not just the safari experience. The itinerary for the tour I ultimately chose included natural wonders, cultural experiences, and some history too. Don’t get me wrong, I was excited to see some animals. But at the time, the term “Big Five” was not in my vocabulary. I figured that after I saw a few zebras and giraffes, I’d be done. It was my intention to skip optional game drives. Why spend more money, when I could hang by the pool and read my book?

Writer at Taj Mahal

Tips for Visiting the Taj Mahal

Few things compare to the Taj Mahal—the most photographed site in India and perhaps one of the most recognized buildings in the world. When one finally visits the stunning white marble mausoleum of Mumtaz Mahal and Shan Jahan, it seems almost unreal. Here are a few tips to help make your once-in-a-lifetime visit a little smoother.

The Wonders of Angkor: The Grand Tour

Angkor Wat is a must-see for most world travellers, but many of them don’t realize that Angkor Wat is just one part of the Angkor archaeological park. The UNESCO World Heritage Site includes scores of temples and ruins from the Khmer Kingdom. There is enough to see at Angkor to keep you busy for days. Visitors with only one day will want to see the famous Angkor Wat and ruins of the Khmer capital Angkor Thom; but the Grand Tour, which travels all around the 400 square kilometres has many more sights to see.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

An Indian Odyssey

It’s hard to package two months in India into one blog post—but I’m going to try.

At our final dinner together, our Intrepid tour leader asked us to sum up our experiences in a word. My summary of India was mystical, and my favourite part of the experience was transport.

That was three weeks in. Five weeks later, those words still held true. India is the most mystical place I’ve been, and every time I try to conjure up my “favourite” part, I usually come back to transport. I crisscrossed the subcontinent on domestic flights (mostly uneventful) and trains (best forgotten), but it was the other forms of transport that left the greatest impressions. And so, I’ve decided to package my Indian experience with a round up of my most interesting modes of transport.

Tips for Visiting Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat in Cambodia is one of those places that people dream of visiting. Here’s how to get the most out of the experience, from finding a guide to dressing appropriately, to taking it all in.