Stories

Get inspired by stories and reflections on travel as an experience, a lifestyle, and an identity.

Alluring islands that put the Azores on the map

November 18th, 2019

It may be nothing more than a blip in the middle of the Atlantic, but the Azores is one of the most alluring places in the world. This string of islands is blessed with mild weather, lush green forests, mineral-rich soils, and sparkling blue seas that beckon travellers from all over the globe.

The View from a Volcano + What It’s Like in the Azores

November 16th, 2019

Greetings from Sao Miguel island in the Azores!

I stopped here for a few days to do a little reconnaissance for our March 2020 'Weekends' trip to the Azores after finishing my trip to London for World Travel Market.

I made a short video showing you some of the views and highlights of this beautiful archipelago sitting out here in the Atlantic Ocean:

I mentioned our 2021 member survey in the video but I was a bit premature.

Why You Can’t Just Peel And Eat The World’s Most Popular Banana

November 14th, 2019

“Look. We’ve got bananas in our garden!”

I point, and M. looks up the garden. A tree from next door, a years-derelict property with an overgrown jungle of a back garden, has collapsed against the concrete wall lining our rental property. Like many homes in Costa Rica’s San Jose, our place is protected with bars on the windows and razor-wire on the tops of the walls - a callback to when things were a lot less safe than they are today.

Webinar Replay: Japan: Land of the Rising Sun

November 14th, 2019

Check out the replay from our recent Q&A webinar about our May 2020 trip to Japan and South Korea:

To get all the details and download the full trip itinerary, click here.

Or, for some more inspiration, check out one of our stories about Japan:

How Japan Mastered The Art Of Staying Alive

Shinto: How Japan’s Religious Soul Is Surviving An Age Of Change

A Polite Visitor’s Guide To Bowing In Japan

The Irresistible Appeal of Japanese Art and Aesthetics

Soak Yourself in a Japanese Tradition

Kyoto culture and cuisine: Where to go and what to eat

The House That Flowed Like Water

From the Jet Age to the Bullet Age

Cheers!

Trondheim in a day

November 11th, 2019

Trondheim is Norway’s third-largest city, and is home to colorful waterfront warehouses, scenic waterways, and lush, wooded hills. The city is the country’s historic capital, and it holds a wealth of wonders to be explored.

Check out this short itinerary of Trondheim’s sensory adventure:
At the break of dawn
Trondheim’s quiet beauty is best experienced at break of day, on the colorful wharves along the River Nidelva.

The Incredible Hidden Depths Of The Azores, Birthplace Of The West

November 7th, 2019

Imagine you’re flying over the Atlantic, heading for an island getaway on the way to Europe - and at the push of a button, you could make the sea disappear. 

The button’s in front of you, and there’s a window to your left. You’re flying at a cruising altitude of 35,000 feet - and 10.6 kilometres below, the blue sea stretches to the horizon in every direction, with not a cloud in the sky.

Welcome to the Winelands of South Africa

November 4th, 2019

Jan van Riebeeck is regarded as one of the founding fathers of South Africa. He also effectively started the wine industry in the country. Tasked with establishing a supply station for Dutch sailors travelling from the Netherlands to the East Indies, he planted the first vineyard in the Cape of Good Hope, producing the first bottle in 1659. From then on, many other enterprising winemakers established their own vineyards in and around the region now known as the Winelands.

A Well-Spun Yarn: Why Scottish Tartan Isn’t As Old As You Think

November 4th, 2019

I’m in a shop in Edinburgh, it’s the first time I’m seeing my Scottish family’s tartan (the Maclennans, on my mother’s side) - and it’s not going the way I expected.

“Um. It’s very...blue, isn’t it?”

I’d imagined something evoking heather, trees, the soft pastel colours of the highlands on a soft, drizzly afternoon.

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