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Holiday in Mallorca : Activities we enjoyed

Sa Calobra - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork

It was time to visit the brother and his wife. So we packed our bags and off we went to Mallorca, Spain for a month. We had a great time and the days passed too swiftly before we had to return home. But we finally got around to sorting out the photos from our holidays … Read more Holiday in Mallorca : Activities we enjoyed

Hiking Blue Mountains, Katoomba, Australia

View-of-the-three-sisters-in-Blue-Mountain's-National-Park---TheWingedFork

I don’t know why they call them the Blue Mountains? The most asked question during our short trip to this part of the Blue Mountains National Park. We were blessed enough to spend a few days in the Blue Mountains in January, home of the famous Three Sisters. The visibility was excellent during our stay … Read more Hiking Blue Mountains, Katoomba, Australia

Top Things to do in Rotorua, New Zealand

Top things to do in Rotorua, New Zealand - Alex from Discover Aotearoa

Welcome to Rotovegas! There is so extensively much to do in Rotorua, that it more than deserves this nickname. Unlike its name-giver, though, there are no casinos and hardly anything artificial to be found. On the opposite, Rotorua is most famous for its natural wonders. Rotorua sits on the so-called volcanic zone. The earth crust … Read more Top Things to do in Rotorua, New Zealand

Top 10 Reasons to Visit Sri Lanka

View of Sigiriya - Pic by Amar from Gap Year Escape

What are the reasons you must visit Sri Lanka? Sri Lanka is a tropical paradise island in the Indian Ocean that is littered with romantic hideaways, palm tree lined beaches and glistening blue-green waters. Here are just 10 of the top reasons why you should visit this beautiful island as soon as you can. Food … Read more Top 10 Reasons to Visit Sri Lanka

From Expats to Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

The Appalachian Trail - Greg from Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail – 100 Tips, Tricks, Traps, and Facts,

Talking about the Appalachian Trail I don’t know who mentioned it first—me or my wife—but on one of our many hikes in the mountains of Costa Rica’s Central Valley someone blurted, “we should hike the Appalachian Trail.” A year and a half later we found ourselves on the summit of Springer Mountain in Georgia – … Read more From Expats to Appalachian Trail Thru-Hikers

Tongariro Alpine Crossing, North Island, New Zealand

Emerald lakes - TheWingedFork

How did you start off the New Year? We were woken up by our alarms at 04:15. We needed to leave by 04:45 to reach a private car park by 05:15, catch a mini bus to the car park at the end of Mangatepopo Road and cross one of three volcanoes on a 19.4 km … Read more Tongariro Alpine Crossing, North Island, New Zealand

Ranthambore National Park Tiger Safari

Tiger-in-Ranthambore-Zone-6---TheWingedFork

So excited to be going on our first Tiger safari! We all were. We knew that chances were slim since many people after going on numerous Safaris fail to see tigers. This Indian National animal has proven to be quite elusive to see, and tourists spend hours on safaris just hoping for a glimpse of … Read more Ranthambore National Park Tiger Safari

Lebua Luxury near Amer Fort Wall, Jaipur, India

The pool and the luxurious diwans near the Amer fort wall - TheWingedFork

UPDATE: As of September 2018, the Lodge at Amer is no longer under the flagship of Lebua. “Lebua ae Lebua. Lebua ae Lebua.” I won’t tell you which family member was singing that song as we drove up the dusty path to the Lebua Lodge at Amer. I’ll just tell you that this family member … Read more Lebua Luxury near Amer Fort Wall, Jaipur, India

Manali trails : Snow, Igloos and Winter Fun

Dev,-Tej-and-Tashi-posing-at-one-of-the-igloos---TheWingedFork

Igloo? In India? Really? Normal questions that my friend Tejashree gets when talking about her trips to Manali in Himachal Pradesh. But yes, igloo stays are now economical and I’m so glad I got this off my bucket list. I want to one day stay in igloos in Abisko like my friend Michelle did, or the … Read more Manali trails : Snow, Igloos and Winter Fun

Backwoods Mountain Camp in Hamta, Manali, India

Love-the-amazing-colours-of-the-Manali-sunset---TheWingedFork

On our way to the Igloo Camp near Hamta Pass, Manali, which is a well known destination for skiing in Himachal Pradesh, India, we stopped for a bit somewhere near Curve 24 to look at the Backwoods Mountain Camp in Hamta Village that we plan on staying in once it opens again in April. The … Read more Backwoods Mountain Camp in Hamta, Manali, India

How to build an igloo: Lessons in the Manali snow

Tashi-working-on-constructing-the-igloo---TheWingedFork

I’ve dreamt of staying in a glass igloo in Kakslauttanen one day; and waking up to see the Northern Lights from the warm interiors of the igloo. I’ve also dreamt of being seated around a fire outside an igloo and traipsing through inches of snow in Iceland or Sweden to see the Aurora and capture its … Read more How to build an igloo: Lessons in the Manali snow

Offbeat Occitanie towns in Aveyron and Lozère

Montaigut - Sunset - Abby---TheWingedFork

Off the beaten path Christmas in Occitanie, France CHRISTMAS IN LOZÈRESaint Énimie     Quezac and Ispagnac SLOW TRAVEL AVEYRONEglisse Russe & Sylvanes Abbey    Château de MontaigutLe Village de Salmonac     Viaduct de Millau Yeah, like I’ve said in so many posts, France has so much to see, for the tourist that wants … Read more Offbeat Occitanie towns in Aveyron and Lozère

My top ten favorite parks in Kenya

Cheetah-Masai-Mara-Kenya---TheWingedFork

There is so much beauty in Kenya. One has to see for oneself. I’m lucky, I’ve had the chance to visit Kenya a few times, and I always come away amazed at the astonishing beauty that Kenya is. Kenya is a land of diverse and varied landscapes, the purest air and the most amazing wildlife. If you’re … Read more My top ten favorite parks in Kenya

Puy Pariou, Un Puy D’Auvergne

Puy Pariou in Auvergne, France - Pic by Abby from TheWingedFork

It’s New Years Eve. We’re en France at your neighbour’s place for dinner. The wine flows freely. How can it not? We’re in Cannes. I’m sitting there thinking, when a pleasant elderly gentleman offers to fill my wine glass, but I decline saying you’ll fill my drink for me. He then offers to keep me … Read more Puy Pariou, Un Puy D’Auvergne

Chiang Mai: Travelling to the Gem of the North

At The Top of Doi Ithanon - The Highest Spot in Thailand - TheWingedFork

“Not going to Bangkok or Pattaya? Not even Krabi or Koh Samui? Are you Serious? But that’s where all our Indian brethren always go!” Our friends had a bit of a puzzled expression on their face when we announced we were off to Chiang Mai. My response was a slight grimace, followed by a long … Read more Chiang Mai: Travelling to the Gem of the North

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