Diah Garsanti Kartasasmita

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Designing a good night’s sleep

BBC Travel peeks into the typically closed labs used by Westin and Marriott – among others – to discover a few of the innovations possibly coming to a hotel room near you.<p>At many global hotel chains, every part of your stay – from checking in at the front desk to closing your room curtains – has …


How I quit my job to travel: The wedding photographer

Travel blogger Kirsten Alana explains how, and why, she left her life behind – without savings, much travel experience or even a backpack.<p>When I decided to quit my job to travel, I did the opposite of what I would recommend: I took the "just go!" quotes literally, read inspirational gobbledygook …

Wedding Photography

Beyond Halong Bay: lesser-known highlights of northeast Vietnam

Stunning<p>Halong Bay continues to dominate the itineraries of most travellers in Vietnam, but it’s not the be-all and end-all of the country's northeast.<p>If you’ve got some time up your sleeve and want to delve a little deeper, you’ll find there is more to this region than cruising around Halong’s …

How to uncover closed-door restaurants when travelling

It’s like a dinner party with strangers. Closed-door restaurants, also known as underground restaurants or supper clubs, are private eateries tucked away in a chef’s home. And though they’re not widely advertised, they are often some of the most sought-after tables in town.<p>For travellers, these …

A perfect day in Trastevere, Rome's favourite neighbourhood

You’ve thrown coins into the Trevi Fountain and marvelled at the Colosseum – what next? Take a trip across the Tiber river to Trastevere, a charming medieval neighbourhood with a fiery temperament. A stroll around Trastevere, a formerly working-class district with a heady nightlife, will take you …

Laguna Lake-Ternate

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