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A Canary Islands Itinerary - Boosted by budget flights from Spain

A trip to the <i>Canary Islands</i> had long been on our agenda. This year, the availability of cheap budget-airline flights with stopovers in Spain finally …

Is a full-day Bocas Del Toro snorkeling tour worth the $30 ticket?

The easiest way of finding some decent Bocas Del Toro snorkeling locations is to take a full-day boat trip from <i>Bocas town</i>. This isn’t a bad option …

Traditional & cost-effective budget lodgings and food

Your eating out options in Lembongan are plentiful enough. Every guesthouse offers a menu, and there's a good variety of standalone restaurants and …

Kuala Lumpur

Mumbai & The Thousand-Yard Stare - 3 weeks in India should do it...

After spending more than 3 weeks in India, absorbing the dubious charm of overcrowded <i>Sleeper</i> coaches and chaotic inner city streetlife, we were …

Karimunjawa Scooter Rental - Getting Around the Island

There are 22 kms of ‘<i>road’</i> between the main port of <i>Karimunjawa</i> and the furthest point north on the island. This is a little too far for walking, and …

Mumbai City Fort Area - Embrace the chaos of an Indian metropolis

We’d put off visiting Mumbai City until the end of our trip to India. Arriving by plane from Goa, we planned to spend 2 nights in the central Mumbai …

Bocas Town, Bocas Del Toro - Panama's very different Caribbean feel.

A water taxi is most people’s introduction to Bocas Town, Bocas Del Toro, though you can also fly directly to their small air strip not far behind …

Footsteps of Jason Bourne: Goa & Palolem Film Locations

It’s no doubt due to the seclusion and natural beauty of <i>Palolem beach</i> that this location was chosen for the shooting of <i>The Bourne Supremacy</i> – the 2nd …

Film Industry

Waterfall rappelling in Panama: Don your harness & kick off

Absailing down a waterfall might not be everyones cup of tea, but for an adrenaline rush its hard to beat. Waterfall rappelling in <i>Boquete</i>, also known …

Palolem beach guesthouses: Where's best to stay in South Goa, India?

It was through circumstances rather than planning that we ended up spending around 10 days in a variety of Palolem beach guesthouses.<p>Cancelled trains …

Hotel Central Boquete Panama - The House That Jack Built

<i>“Hotel Central”</i> is quite a misnomer for a hotel name, since the <i>Hotel Central Boquete Panama</i> is anything but central. You’ll have to walk a good 15 …

Panama City

Goa Beach Hopping - 3 of the Best Beaches in South Goa

One of our favourite activities on visits to Asia is <i>beach hopping</i>. Just pack a lightweight bag with a picnic, grab a hat and plenty of water, and …

Ziplining in Boquete Panama - A treetop adrenaline rush to savour

Ziplining had already been on our hitlist for a couple of years. When planning our trip to Panama, we discovered that the <i>Boquete TreeTrek Mountain</i> …

Palolem Beach Goa - Reason enough to visit India

A few kms south of <i>Agonda</i> beach is Palolem beach.<p>Palolem Beach stretches across a 1.6 km curved bay. The beach is pretty much built up from end to end …

Boquete Mountain Trails, Panama - The Hills Have Eyes

The hills and mountains around Boquete are a huge draw for tourists who want to enjoy some serious trekking off the beaten path. However, you may …

Panama City

South Goa Beaches - Agonda or Palolem? Or why not both...

When we arrived in Goa, fresh off the night train from <i>Kochi</i>, we hadn’t yet decided between the South Goa Beaches – <i>Agonda</i> beach or <i>Palolem</i> beach. We …

Beaches

Lembongan island snorkeling from Mangrove Point to Secret Manta

Snorkeling and diving are among the great attractions of a trip to Lembongan, providing an enjoyable and more active alternative to soaking up the …

Scuba Diving

Off the grid in Karimunjawa town: A local wedding

Although it’s quite a small place, it is possible to get temporarily lost in the similar-looking streets of Karimunjawa Town. Most of the facilities …

ATMs

To Goa via AC2 train class - Book ahead: Don't expect much

As relieved as we were to be leaving <i>Kochi</i>, we were a little apprehensive about our forthcoming train journeys to South Goa via AC2 train class.<p>We had …

Goa

Coffee Tours in Panama - The best place to buy your coffee

Having done the Tea Plantation tour in <i>Sri Lanka</i>, it seemed only fair to do one of the Coffee Tours in Boquete Panama – And very informative it was.<p>We …

Coffee

Fort Kochi & Kochi City Tourist Map - Getting in and out of the city

We arrived at Ernaculum Town station in Kochi later than expected – it was already getting close to dusk. We didn’t know it, but we still had another</i> …

Boquete Panama - Getting Around and Trying Some Unique Activities

Boquete Panama is one of the highlights of a trip to this diverse country. Not really a town as such, <i>Boquete</i> is a huge district spanning 488 square …

Indian Railways Sleeper Class - It's really not for wimps

Our next destination after <i>Varkala</i> was Kochi. 5 days earlier, while we were still in <i>Kovalam</i>, we had purchased train tickets from a Travel Agent. He …

Jungla Experience Panama: One we could have done without

The <i>Jungla Experience Boquete</i> is a well-equipped hostel, combining a dormitory with a couple of private rooms.<p>The place is hard to find. There are no …

The Windswept Cliffs of Varkala, Kerala - Good food, Great Beaches

The next place of interest travelling north up the coast from Kovalam is <i>Varkala</i>. The cliffs of Varkala are famed for their dramatic, windswept …

Hotel Cervantes David: Chiriqui's Indigenous People

We interrupted our journey from <i>Santa Catalina</i> to <i>Boquete</i> by stopping for a night at the <i>Hotel Residencial Cervantes</i> <i>David</i>.<p>When planning our trip, we …

Kovalam Lighthouse Beach Experience, with direct flights to Trivandrum

One week before arriving at Kovalam Lighthouse Beach, I sent an email to our hotel requesting an airport pickup. The fact that I got no reply should …

Getting around Panama by bus, including trips to Costa Rica

If you have a few more dollars to spend, and you want to make your travel a little easier, the <i>Hello Travel</i> bus shuttle company makes a good …

Costa Rica

How do Jet Airways compare to other Indian airlines?

Several weeks before starting our trip to India, we went online and booked 2 domestic flights directly with <i>Jet Airways</i>. We had never heard of the …

Jet Airways

Santa Catalina, Panama - You prefer diving or surfing?

Santa Catalina, Panama, is a relaxing place to unwind, especially after spending a few days in <i>Panama City</i>.<p>Santa Catalina is a small resort town on …