Asia & The Middle East

If You Like Bali… Try Sri Lanka and Thailand

A blog post for HomeAway, July 2017
"Magical as Bali may be, it is just one of many fantastic destinations in Southeast Asia. If you're looking for a brand new adventure, consider exploring one of these alternative destinations..."

The Latest Spa Wellness Trend? Salt Rooms

A blog post for From the Grapevine, April 2017
"It's been around since the time of the Romans, but in recent years the salt therapy trend has gone global. You'll find it used to treat everything from allergies to asthma, colds to eczema..."

Busan City Rental Guide: Landing Page

Website copy for TravelMob, March 2017
"Busan's vibrant inner-city is populated with chic restaurants, bars and boutiques, yet it is the nearby mountains, beaches and hot springs that give this busy coastal city its hybrid appeal..."

Astrotourism: Five Magical Places to Stargaze

A blog post for From the Grapevine, February 2017
"Dark sky reserves and sanctuaries across the globe are experiencing visitor booms, as city-dwellers descend. They've come in search of fiery stars illuminating the unpolluted night sky..."

Shooting For the Moon with the Google XPRIZE

A blog post for From the Grapevine, January 2017
"A new space race is underway as the Google Lunar XPRIZE deadline draws closer. The prize was launched in 2007 as a source of inspiration for ambitious, space tech-loving innovators...."

Taichung City Rental Guide: Landing Page

Website copy for TravelMob, January 2017
"Taichung is like the smaller, hotter and more soulful younger brother to Taipei; it has the same blend of modern high rises and traditional Taiwanese architecture, but without the crowds..."

Eight Fantastic Funiculars Around the World

A slideshow blog post for From the Grapevine, December 2016
"Hilly Pittsburgh boasts two funiculars: the Monongahela and Duquesne inclines. Both dating back to the late 19th century, they trundle up the dauntingly steep Mount Washington slope..."

Osaka Rental Guide: Landing Page

Website copy for TravelMob, November 2016
"Ascend the Umeda Sky Building to see one of the oldest shrines in Japan and an ancient Shogunate palace standing right beside glowing neon lights and ultra-modern architecture..."

Kuala Lumpur Rental Guide: Landing Page

Website copy for TravelMob, October 2016
"Step back to Kuala Lumpur's ancient past in the labyrinth of streets that comprise Chinatown. This district pulses all night long with bright lights, thronging shoppers and great street food..."

The World’s Best Restaurants for Seafood Lovers

A blog post for From the Grapevine, October 2016
"From meaty monkfish to creamy chowder, silky raw tuna to crispy battered cod, the Earth’s waters yield untold gastronomic delights. Here are seven great spots for a seafood supper..."

Seoul Rental Guide: Landing Page

Website copy for TravelMob, September 2016
"Surrounded on all sides by towering ‘guardian mountains’, this vibrant, pulsing city fizzes with life and energy, its deeply traditional roots contrasting with its spectacular modern designs..."

The Best Busking Cities Around the Globe

A blog post for From the Grapevine, September 2016
"Good buskers have the power to stop busy passers-by in their tracks, making them take an impromptu time-out from their daily routine and even convince them to cough up their cash..."

Who Would Live In a Place Like This?

A blog post for From the Grapevine, August 2016
"When we bring iconic buildings to mind, we will often think of office-filled skyscrapers, lavish palaces and grand structures. But there are many great works of residential architecture too..."

Tokyo Rental Guide: Landing Page

Website copy for HomeAway, August 2016
"Dive into Tokyo by pounding the pavements of skyscraper-smothered Shinjuku and fashion-obsessed Harajuku, or by taking in all the sounds and smells of manic Tsukiji Fish Market..."

Phuket Rental Guide: Landing Page

Website copy for TravelMob, July 2016
"Before you head for the beach, take time to explore Phuket City, the province's capital. Most tourists rush to their resorts, but this colourful town offers real insight into authentic Thai life..."

Seven Yoga Retreats Around the World

A blog post for From the Grapevine, June 2016
"Yoga retreats give you the chance to check out from everyday life and kick back in gorgeous locations, but the wellness breaks also afford you the opportunity to work on your wellbeing..."

Seven Great Under the Radar Cities to Visit

A blog post for From the Grapevine, June 2016
"In any other country, Toulouse would top the tourist agenda. Its old quarter is built with warm pink-hued bricks, so on a sunny day it is as if you're seeing it all through rose-tinted glasses..."

A Tattoo is for Life at The Siam in Bangkok

A press release for Bacall Associates, May 2016
"A craftsman of the highest order, renowned for the amazing intricacy and beauty of his work, Arjan Boo was trained in the traditional art of Sak Yant tattoos at the Wat Bang Phra temple..."

Dubai Rental Guide: Landing Page

Website copy for HomeAway, May 2016
"While the city's sizeable network of deluxe hotels, golf courses and resorts are a playground for the rich and famous, Dubai's equally popular with families and shoestring holidaymakers..."

Finolhu, Maldives: A Revival Of Classic Beach Chic

A press release for Bacall Associates, May 2016
"Taking its cue from the halcyon days of the glamorous getaway, Finolhu recalls the evocative allure of classic beach breaks with its vintage design, retro touches and laid-back ambiance..."

10 Travel Instagram Accounts to Fuel Your Appetite

A blog post for From the Grapevine, April 2016
"Whether you’re after the latest dining hotspots in your hometown or are planning a foodie trip to some far-flung city, these culinary-minded Instagrammers provide great inspiration..."

Hong Kong Rental Guide: Landing Page

Website copy for HomeAway, April 2016
"Hong Kong is a land of wonderful paradoxes: a place in which cutting-edge modernity meets centuries of tradition; where high skyscrapers give way to rolling mountains and green isles..."

Cities Aglow: Light Festivals Around the World

A blog post for From the Grapevine, March 2016
"Holographic creatures racing around urban streets, drab gray buildings rendered in glorious Technicolor and skyscrapers as canvases for international art - the world loves light festivals..."

Celebrate Easter in Style at Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai

A press release for Bacall Associates, March 2016
"Located on the outskirts of the ancient culture-crammed city of Chiang Mai, and set amongst 60 acres of jaw-dropping tropical grounds, The Dhara Dhevi is a pocket of pure Thai luxury..."

Singapore Rental Guide: Landing Page

Website copy for HomeAway, March 2016
"From polluted colonial port to pristine consumerist hub, Singapore has changed at a dizzying rate over the past century. Scratch the surface to reveal a modern and multidimensional city..."

Immersive Accommodation for Adventure Travelers

A blog post for From the Grapevine, February 2016
"Leave your comfort zone and high-thread-count sheets behind to experience an Amazonian lodge, a real Bedouin hut or another of these culturally-immersive accommodation options..."

Winter Travel Spotlight: Eilat, Israel

A blog post for From the Grapevine, December 2015
"This November, low-fare airline Ryanair added a new destination: Israel’s spectacular coastal city Eilat. With the city's warm, almost rain-free climate, it's just in time for winter sun-seekers..."

David Radzynski, the 28-Year-Old Concertmaster

A blog post for From the Grapevine, December 2015
"For classical violinists, few jobs are as sought after as that of 'concertmaster'. To earn such a title at a world-renowned orchestra at 28 is a fairytale. Yet it is a reality for David Radzynski..."

Three Restaurants With Only One Item On the Menu

A blog post for From the Grapevine, November 2015
"From grilled cheese to peanut butter, restaurants with variations on a single dish are now big hits worldwide. Novel byproducts of an overcrowded restaurant scene, or something more?..."

Five Fantastic Urban Cycling Events

A blog post for From the Grapevine, October 2015
"Love a bike-centric event where you can celebrate cycling with like-minded pedallers? Then oil your gears, pack up your tire repair kit and roll on down to one of these urban bike fests..."

Open House: Inside Architectural Treasures

A blog post for From the Grapevine, October 2015
"Open House, which allows the public into buildings that are usually closed, began in London in 1992 and has since spread to more than 30 cities globally - from Tel Aviv to Thessaloniki..."

A Taste of Jerusalem in London at The Palomar

A blog post for From the Grapevine, September 2015
"As a spin-off of Jerusalem’s ultra-popular Machneyuda restaurant, The Palomar was always destined to triumph. It's from those famous kitchens that the head chef Tomer Amedi hails..."

The Best Museum Exhibits for Movie Buffs

A blog post for From the Grapevine, September 2015
"In museums worldwide, display cabinets are filled with costumes and cameras, makeup and memorabilia, posters and puppets; movie-themed exhibitions sure to intrigue any cinephile..."

Tel Aviv’s Top Vegan Restaurants

A blog post for From the Grapevine, August 2015
"Recently revealed as the most vegan-friendly destination in the world by New York website The Daily Meal, Tel Aviv's meat and dairy-free restaurants continue to sprout up like crops..."

Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park Guide

A nature guide for Expedia, August 2015
"Wooded mountain peaks rise over sandy beaches and mangrove swamps, which are home to many rare bird species. It's all part of the spectacular coastal reserve that is Sam Roi Yot..."

The World’s Best Long-Distance Trails

A blog post for From the Grapevine, August 2015
"If you're looking for a true-blue away-from-it-all wilderness escape, try Southwest Australia’s Bibbulmun; a track that puts hikers out in the Australian bush where solitude is guaranteed..."

Six Must-Attend Museum Celebrations

A blog post for From the Grapevine, July 2015
"For many museums across the globe, 2015 is a year to remember. And big birthdays require big celebrations, with special exhibitions, one-off talks, commemorative events and parties..."

Ten of the Best Luxury Spas

An article for Luxe Magazine, June 2015
"Looking for bliss? Then prepare to be pampered. From island escapes to jungle hideaways, seaside idylls to desert oases, here are ten of the most luxurious destination spas on earth..."

Artsy and Affordable: The Boutique Hostel Boom

A blog post for From the Grapevine, June 2015
"What springs to mind when you think of a hostel? Creaky beds, a loose interpretation of the health code and random roomies with no volume control? Those old rules no longer apply..."

Cuban Contemporary Art: A Collector’s Perspective

An article for Private Air Magazine, June 2015
"When word got out that the U.S. was restoring relations with Cuba, Howard Farber’s phone started ringing. The art world was abuzz. What would this mean for the Cuban art market?..."

Hotels Among the Vines: Five Top Vineyard Resorts

A blog post for From the Grapevine, May 2015
Where vineyards flourish, wine tourism follows. New and stylish vineyard resorts are moving beyond Napa and Bordeaux to lesser-known wine-producing regions all across the world..."

Infinity and Beyond: Pools With Views

An article for Luxe Magazine, May 2015
"Nothing beats a pool with a view. Whether you're looking out at a spectacular jungle scene, a deserted beach or a pretty cityscape, here are five pool panoramas that make a real splash...."

Urban Artists Salute Their Cities’ Architecture

A blog post for From the Grapevine, April 2015
"In big cities, the little details often get lost in the bustle. But for the searching eye of an artist, compelling architectural flourishes prove difficult to ignore. In fact, they're being celebrated..."

Five Global Cookbooks to Look For in 2015

A blog post for From the Grapevine, March 2015
"Informative and creative cookbooks are opening up the world of possibilities, shedding light upon the aromas, flavours and cultural significance of far-flung foods. Here are our top five..."

Legendary Japan: A Photographic Journey

A tour itinerary for Photo Xpeditions, March 2015
"Japan is a country where the traditional and the modern collide; where age-old customs and rituals cling on while the thrust of modernity hurtles ahead through neon-lit, concrete cities..."

Kelly Ying: A New Force in the Art World

An article for Private Air Magazine, March 2015
"In the past, Western art was typically the preserve of wealthy Europeans and Americans. But today, young Chinese collectors are emerging to make their influences felt in the art realm..."

Seven of the Best International Marathons

A blog post for From the Grapevine, March 2015
"After months of training, running an uninspired course can be anticlimactic. Marathons further afield may offer the stunning scenery, lively spirit and engaging history to spur you forward..."

American Blues Dancing Swings Into Tel Aviv

A blog post for From the Grapevine, January 2015
"Tel Aviv's flourishing dance scene, with its active contemporary, ballet and hip-hop troupes, is well-known. Now, there is a new dance that is fast becoming the talk of the town. Blues..."

The Cityscapes of Graphic Artist Yoni Alter

A blog post for From the Grapevine, January 2015
"Yoni Alter's streetscape artwork is making a splash around the world, from his home in Israel to the US and the UK. Bold, bright and colorful, his urban-inspired designs are hard to miss..."

2015: Five Luxury Events in the Year Ahead

An article for Private Air Magazine, January 2015
"Even for polo lovers, the Cartier Queen’s Cup Final is a special event - a rare chance to see the most elite polo players on form against the backdrop of the impressive Windsor Castle..."

Private Parties: Great Island Escapes for 2015

An article for Private Air New York (Winter Issue), December 2014
"The name Song Saa means two hearts, and this island duo is home to 27 villas, some lying over water, others tucked away within the small jungle - making it ideal for a private party..."

Who Needs Belgium? Discover Israeli Fruit Beer

A blog post for From the Grapevine, December 2014
"The mission of Tel Aviv's Dancing Camel brewery was to create beers identifiable as Israeli, incorporating many of the fine fruits, herbs and spices indigenous to this area of the world..."

Israeli Food Heats Up the Streets of London

A blog post for From the Grapevine, November 2014
"A new crop of Israeli-style restaurants in London, including The Palomar, Gail’s Kitchen and Honey and Co, is sending tongues wagging, critics raving and diners clamoring for tables..."

Dead Sea Electro Rave Hosts Paul Oakenfold

A blog post for From the Grapevine, October 2014
"The -424 Dead Sea Rave, a 12-hour electro festival on the east coast of Israel, sees 20,000 glowstick-waving ravers descend on the Judean Desert for a party from sunset to sunrise..."

Hidden Myanmar Photo Workshop

A tour itinerary for Photo Xpeditions, October 2014
"Yangon straddles the historical divide: A smattering of concrete and glass skyscrapers has sprung up among the crumbling colonial facades and magnificent centuries-old pagodas..."

Century Spires: Thriller in Manilla

An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2014
"The eighth tower in the shimmering glass high-rise development that is 'Century City', this is the first building in the Philippines to be designed by renowned architect Daniel Libeskind..."

Like a Phoenix: Baku’s Flame Towers

An article for Private Air Magazine, September 2014
"The spirit of newness in Baku, Azerbaijan, is best seen in the capital’s landmark architectural achievement, the Flame Towers; three giant flame-shaped columns that loom over the city..."

Kitakyushu City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, May 2014
"Kitakyushu readily celebrates its own past, while also focusing on the future. Modern cultural centers, shopping malls and theme parks stand beside historic castles and idyllic gardens..."

Hong Kong City Vacation Guide

A city guide for Expedia, June 2013
"Located on the edge of the South China Sea, Hong Kong is home to vibrant neighborhoods, evergreen city parks, excellent museums and some of the finest shopping on the continent..."

Blending In: Thailand’s Luxury Hotel Designs

An article for Private Air Magazine, May 2013
"The sun skirts the ocean's edge. The lingering light dances upon the water's surface, from infinite sea to infinity pool, until it eventually sinks, exhausted, beyond the crystal horizon..."

China: World Leaders in Business Travel

An article for Vertu Select, April 2013
"The United States has been sitting atop the business travel market leader board for some time - but a new contender may be about to take its throne. No prizes for guessing who..."

The World’s Best Airport Architecture

An article for Private Air Magazine, March 2013
"For the majority of the 20th century, airport terminals were built for function - safe, efficient and uninspiring buildings made to deliver people from road to runway. But that's changed..."

East China to Kyrgyzstan

An article for Overland Magazine, March 2013
"The driver swerved violently to avoid it, but as we skidded on the snow-covered road, this lump bounced off the bonnet. My blood ran cold as I realised what it was. A human being..."

The Fabulous Fashions of Myanmar Women

A blog post for MyanmarBurma.com, March 2013
"Myanmar is home to some of the world’s most beautiful women, and every ethnic group in the country has its own idiosyncratic styles and its individual methods of presenting itself..."

Must Be Kachin: Truly Original Burmese People

A blog post for MyanmarBurma,com, February 2013
"Being yourself and standing up for your rights isn’t always easy. The Kachins are determined to hold onto an individuality that has captivated and inspired many in Myanmar and beyond..."

Eating China: A Culinary Tour

An article for Overland Magazine, February 2013
"There are few culinary cultures as familiar, and yet as unknown, as China’s. In any world city you'll find 'Chinese' restaurants - yet the concept of a single Chinese cuisine is misguided..."

Are You Sure You Want to Wear That Longyi?

A blog post for MyanmarBurma.com, February 2013
"It’s the tourists who try to blend in who end up being the most conspicuous. Case in point: a Western man wearing a Burmese longyi (a sheet of cotton wrapped around the lower half)..."

Chin Women Are Proud of their Tattooed Faces

A blog post for MyanmarBurma.com, February 2013
"Burmese women do some implausible things to their bodies, and those from Chin province up in the northwest have a unusual method of beautification. They tattoo their entire faces..."

Karen: Meet These Marvelous Myanmars

A blog post for MyanmarBurma.com, February 2013
"Ties between the Karen people and Westerners, especially the British, have been strong, if complicated. But now the West is sitting up, noticing and admiring this amazing community..."

How to Blend in with the Palaung

A blog post for MyanmarBurma.com, February 2013
"Women will have a ball dressing up. Traditional female attire for the Palaung people means bright, brash and beautiful, all accessorized with bamboo hoops and thick aluminum belts..."

Giraffe Women: Kooky Custom or Human Zoo?

A blog post for MyanmarBurma.com, February 2013
"Let's dispel a long-established myth immediately - the woman in this picture does not have an elongated neck. In fact, the brass coils on her neck are pushing down her collarbones..."

Is Thanaka the Coolest Cosmetic?

A blog post for MyanmarBurma.com, February 2013
"Thanaka is a multi-purpose cosmetic, serving as a sun protector, an anti-acne agent and a moisturizer. No wonder women apply the paste so thickly to their cheeks and foreheads..."

Jordan’s Luxury Oases in the Desert

An article for Vertu Select, January 2013
"It was 200 years ago that explorer Johann Burckhardt discovered Petra. While trekking the desert between Syria and Egypt, he heard tales of an ancient city carved from sandstone..."

Shenzhen: A Better Investment Than Hong Kong?

An article for Private Air Magazine, November 2012
"For more than half a century, Hong Kong has been a great economic powerhouse. Yet today there is a significant threat to its established global position - and it's coming from next door..."