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Why A Holiday On Horseback Is Definitely Not Just For Kids

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The dry river bed curves away into the distance, walls of the steep ravine closing in on either side, towering up to meet the cloudless intensity of blue arching above. My vision blurs. I can taste the warm air as it rushes into my nose and mouth, the smell of speed and animal sweat is […]

An Insider’s Guide To Belgium’s Biggest Party: The Ghent Festival

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Belgium probably does not spring to the front of one’s mind when considering examples of hip happenings and exciting cultural phenomenon. It is more a place one would associate with a platter of well-prepared mussels, the setting for In Bruges perhaps, or somewhere your grandmother may elect for a weekend away with Aunty Joyce. But, […]

Whatever You Do, Don’t Skip Out On Breakfast In Istanbul

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Kebabs have long been a staple of the traditional undergraduate diet. So when the question of what a student on a limited budget could expect for decent and filling fare in Istanbul was posed to the Guardian, the answer seemed to be obvious. For if there is one thing you can get the former Ottoman capital, […]

Goodbye Visa Run: Turkey Begins Cracking Down On Tourist Visas

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Until January 31, 2012, rules regarding tourist visas for Turkey were, to say the least, blurry. How things used to be It was common practice for people entering the country on a 90-day holiday visa to simply pop over the border when their designated time had expired, renewing their 90-day allowance with a cheeky one-night cheap-vodka booze-up […]

Turkish Baths: What You Need To Know For Navigatıng Your First Hammam Experience

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Entering the chamber your eyes  gradually acclimate to steamy haze to you see you are not alone.  By the shafts of light floating down from a domed ceiling high above, the naked bodies occupying every marbled surface slowly become visible; the air thick and sweet with the smell of perfumed bubbles and the sound of exposed skin being lathered slaps […]

Top 5 Requirements For A Nude Beach

Thursday, December 29, 2011

If there’s one thing in this world that’s true, it’s this: Germans love getting naked. So much so, apparently, Florida believes marketing its beaches directly to this supposed demographic of buttock-bearing Europeans will boost the state’s tourism during slower months. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, an advertising campaign to attract nudist Germans is currently in […]

Where Is Nicaragua Again?

Friday, December 16, 2011

Where is Nicaragua again? It may be a crashing generalization, but for many people, Nicaragua could just as well be the name of a new prescription to help you stop smoking (just in case you didn’t know, it’s a beautifully diverse Central American country just north of Costa Rica and south of Honduras, with both […]

5 Tips On How To Save Money Flying With Low-Cost Airlines

Thursday, December 8, 2011

I mean, you gotta hand it to him. There are only a few men who could stand in front of the world’s press and say he is seriously considering the possibility of removing seating as an option from his airline, or charging people for going for a pee while on one of his flights. Meet Micheal […]

Welcome To Turkey-Land: First Impressions Of A New Ex-Pat

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The general consensus is that Istanbul is amazing. “What? Wait. You’re going to Istanbul? OH. MY. GOD. I am so freaking JEAL-OUS!”. You almost just have to whisper the word ”Constantinople” in a room for people to start spontaneously orgasming all over the shop. Presumably it is fairly un-PC to say, therefore, that for the moment at […]

The Visa Run Diaries

Monday, November 21, 2011

What would Che say? Perspiring at a rate that suggests total disintegration is imminent, the police officer wiped another sweat globule from his a forehead. “Where are your papers?” he asks. With nostrils floating in a sea of rubbery flesh, shirt buttons straining against a bloated paunch, the overall impression is one that makes me […]

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