The wise words that changed my life

The wise words that changed my life A surprising friendship in Dublin ‘I told her how I had never felt at home anywhere, and how disconnected I had always felt from the country of my birth.’ It was one of those Dublin summer days that don’t make sense; the sun was hiding behind a dark […]

The cliff that revealed Earth’s history

The cliff that revealed Earth’s history A rocky, remote outcrop in Scotland inspired the realisation that the Earth was millions of years old – this cliff led Charles Darwin to his theory of evolution. “Just a bit further, round the next bend,” my guide Jim said, as our fishing boat pitched and rolled in the […]

Spain’s most expensive delicacy?

Spain’s most expensive delicacy Baby eels are one of the most expensive Spanish Food, but when you see them for the first time you might wonder why. They’re not, to put it mildly, something that cries out to be eaten. When alive, they’re transparent and slimy, slithering and squirming like tiny snakes. Cooked, they turn […]

Is Singapore suffering from FOMO?

Is Singapore suffering from FOMO? In practical terms, ‘kiasu’ means that Singaporeans love a bargain and hate missing out. But where did this deep-rooted belief come from? I’d only been in Singapore a few months when I had my first experience of kiasuism. It was a Saturday afternoon and after a couple of hours exploring […]

A ghost island in the middle of the Indian ocean

A ghost island in the middle of the Indian ocean India’s idyllic islands Situated in the Bay of Bengal, India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands are an isolated group of 572 tropical islands, of which only 38 are currently inhabited. Nautically located closer to South East Asia than India, they are known for stunning beaches, thriving […]

What it means to know when to leave

After 100 hours in Tibet, I knew it was time to leave After 100 hours in Tibet, I knew it was time to leave Writer Pico Iyer understands that by keeping an outer journey short, you can make the inner journey that follows echo across a lifetime. In time, like space, a curious mathematics often […]

The curious customs of Copacabana

The curious customs of Copacabana On Lake Titicaca’s southern edge, Copacabana, Bolivia, is famed for an ancient relic, miracles and a religious rite that includes showering new cars in cold beer. My first thoughts were that Copacabana, Bolivia, looks a lot like Italy’s Amalfi Coast. From a distance, across the dark and choppy waters of […]

The secrets hiding in Warsaw, the Paris of the east

The secrets hiding in Warsaw, the Paris of the east Despite its past hardships, Poland’s capital city continues to rise from the ashes – and its once-famous elegance can still be found by those who look beyond the surface. Once known as ‘The Paris of the East’ for its Baroque beauty, Warsaw saw more than […]

The boat trip that changed my life

the Caribbean boat trip that cured my fear of water “Each time I climbed the launch’s rickety ladder to board the ship’s equally precarious stairway, I chipped away at the fear that had consumed and contained me for decades.” but the Caribbean boat trip changed my life. At a distance, I spotted the towering 236ft […]

How an Italian town changed a life

How an Italian town changed a life

to Say about an Italian town: “In the first days of my honeymoon, I traveled to central Italy to retrace the same steps my great-grandmother Filomena walked after her own nuptials, almost 100 years earlier.” Everywhere I went, I walked in her footsteps. She stepped on these same stones, past the Roman-era thermal baths, beyond […]