• Europe
  • How to see Bratislava in a day

    Like your ex, a supermarket roast chicken or a Sunday morning, Bratislava is cheap and easy. If you’re in the vicinity, you’d be crazy not to go spend a day wandering around Slovakia’s capital. Here’s your guide to doing it (Bratislava, I mean, geez). Get there: Train it From Vienna’s Central Station, it’s just a one-hour […]

  • Middle East
  • Kfarsghab: a land of milk and honey

    The first time I visited Lebanon, I made a vow to never return. Hindsight being the beautiful thing that it is, I can certainly see now why the circumstances surrounding that holiday (I was 18, single, travelling with Dad, and spoke as much Arabic as a Spanish goldfish) garnered “Oh, she’s here for a husband” attention. Alas, no suitor #putaringonit, and […]

  • Features
  • Salalah, Oman’s secret paradise

    Palm trees on sandy beaches, coastal roads lined with stalls selling coconuts and papaya, hectare after hectare of banana plantation, and a very Arabian village seemingly stuck a few decades back in time… On first appearances, Salalah does appear to be undergoing a major identity crisis. Centuries ago, this beachside town hugging the southern coast of Oman […]

  • Asia & Oceania
  • A Man Mo moment

    Tucked away in the boho Sheung Wan district of Hongkers, shadowed by neighbouring office blocks and residential towers adorned with drying clothes that hang over balconies like bunting, is Man Mo Temple. One of the oldest temples in the city, Man Mo is named for the god of literature (Man), and the god of war […]

  • Features
  • Weekend camel races in Biyata

    Friday, 1.30pm. Dubai’s malls are teeming with afternoon shoppers. The beaches are packed. Sheikh Zayed Road rumbles with afternoon traffic after a morning of peace. We’re about an hour away, heading towards the emirate of Umm al-Quwain for a camping weekend. Traffic jams and glittering buildings have long been left behind. We’re ambling along roads lined […]