Syros: the Cyclades without the crowds

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When Greek islands are mentioned, Santorini sunsets and Mykonos alleyways instantly come to mind – an exalted portrait of summer perfection. But for a slice of Greek bliss without the crowds, your best bet lies in Syros, the administrative capital of the Cyclades group and one of its smallest islands. From the moment the ferry […]

Travel Guide: 24 hours in Freetown, Sierra Leone

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The streets are still quiet in Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, and the market stalls still bare. The many churches along the street have their doors open wide with suited men and women popping in and out before work. As I raise my lens towards the yellow-orange paintwork of the neoclassical Courts of Justice, a passing […]

Gastein and Grossarl – two ski valleys in Austria

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Gastein and Grossarl are a pair of gorgeous and very different winter destinations barely an hour’s drive from the divine easy-to-access Austrian city of Salzburg and its airport with regular flights. And they are home to three ski areas, all very close together. Bad Gastein/Bad Hofgastein Gastein is the big one, linking the classic spa town […]

7 things to see and do in Samoa

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Samoa is the place to go to fly and flop on powdery, blindingly white beaches with towering palm trees dripping into mirror calm turquoise tropical seas (your quintessential childhood image of the South Pacific) but also to discover a traditional way of life called Fa’a Samoa (The Samoan Way). 1Understanding Fa’a Samoa (The Samoan Way) Fa’a Samoa (The Samoan Way) is […]

11 things surveys taught us about our travel habits

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Throughout the year I find my inbox filled with surveys answering questions I had never thought to ask. And though there may be interesting information contained in these snapshots of life, I have to admit to suffering from Survey Zone-out. Yet I find that there is a lingering FOMA (fear of missing out) feeling – […]