India- The Spice Lands

by Travelbag on 01 June 2015, 16:06PM India- The Spice Lands India, the seventh biggest country in the world has something for everyone. The spice lands of Kerala are a great introduction to the region. After you land in Cochin, the most cosmopolitan city in the region, you will visit the Matancherry Dutch Palace, confusingly built by the Portuguese, a Jewish synagogue and St Francis Church, before relaxing in the evening by watching a traditional Kathakali dance show and retiring to one of three hotels of your choosing; the Avenue Regent, Trident or Vivanta by Taj. Thekkady is next on the agenda, located in the ‘Heart of God’s Own Country’ and close to the coffee and spice plantations nearby, as well as Periyar forest, home to some of India’s main wildlife reserves. The evening’s entertainment will come in the form...
Discovering Abu Dhabi

Discovering Abu Dhabi

On my recent trip to the United Arab Emirates, I discovered the Middle East was all I thought it would be and much more. A plethora of skyscrapers make up the city skyline and the architecture that fills most of the Emirates leaves most guests in awe. A new, up and coming metropolitan city; Abu Dhabi is the capital of the UAE and is one of its most desirable destinations. Abu Dhabi is famous fo...
by Ellen Morgan on 25 November 2014, 11:11AM



Fiction Map of the World – Dubai

Fiction Map of the World – Dubai

Dubai is the most populous city within the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and is located on the Persian Gulf coastline within the northern regions of the UAE. Once considered a mere port for foreign tradesman, Dubai is now flourishing both as a holiday and business destination.  Essential Holiday ReadingIdeal reading would be novels such as the Two Tigers by Emilio Salgari which is set during ...
by Travelbag on 24 November 2014, 10:11AM



Fiction Map of the World – Thailand

Fiction Map of the World – Thailand

Situated at the centre of the Indochina peninsula, Thailand is a country that is steeped in lush jungle, mystique and also marvellous golden, sandy beaches that are just made to enjoy. Essential Holiday ReadingIdeally you would like a good adventure novel to set the heart racing and fill the mind with wonder. An ideal choice for this would be something such as The Reef, written by Nora Roberts an...
by Travelbag on 12 November 2014, 11:11AM



Food for thought

Food for thought

Carla ter Maat finds that Luang Prabang in Laos is a place to feed the soul. I had a very clear image in my mind about what Luang Prabang would be like – it was more a premonition than through research, and in fact and I wasn’t far wrong. The sense of calm, serenity and peace, as though I had arrived at a very holy place, pervaded the air, even as I departed the plane. Luang Praban...
by Carla ter Maat on 11 November 2014, 11:11AM



Fiction Map of the World - The Maldives

Fiction Map of the World - The Maldives

A sunny getaway to the Maldives is for anybody who has ever dreamed about a picture postcard holiday, for anybody who cannot help but think that soft white sands and azure blue waters really are a slice of heaven. They say that you never forget your first Maldives trip, and it is easy to see why.  Essential Holiday Reading In light of its colonial past, you could be forgiven for thinking t...
by Travelbag on 06 November 2014, 09:11AM



Planning a Backpacking Trip to Thailand

Planning a Backpacking Trip to Thailand

There is a commonly held belief that backpacking is an easy thing to do. You pack a rucksack, you take your savings out of the bank and you book a last minute flight to Asia or Australia. In reality, things are a little different. The average backpacking holiday is an experience to remember – it involves nature, sunbathing, meeting new people, eating new foods, hanging with new species, doin...
by Travelbag on 23 September 2014, 15:09PM



Get your culture fix in Norfolk, Virginia

Get your culture fix in Norfolk, Virginia

Norfolk, Virginia oozes fun, vibrant entertainment and culture, delicious cuisines. Enjoy stunning views across Chesapeake Bay as you savour the freshest seafood or sip on some of the best wines from Mermaid Winery – Virginia’s first urban winery. Norfolk hosts numerous events year-round, however the clear stand out is The Virginia Arts Festival.  The Virginia Arts Festival packs...
by Lia Holloway on 29 August 2014, 10:08AM



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