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No matter what people say or how ever much they romanticise it, Travel is a luxury. Not everyone gets the chance to drop everything, pack their bags and wander of on an adventure. For some it’s the expensive of a trip specially when you’re paying for a family of four, for others its not the expense but time that they can’t take away from work. Whatever the reason, the bitter truth is not everyone gets to hop on a plane and fly away. For those who can’t get away or only have a quick weekend to spare, I think the…

Amsterdam is one of the most visited cities in Europe. The city is incredibly tolerant and since most contraband is legal it tends to attract more than it’s fair share of folks. People come here to party and have a good time. It’s full of hotels and little b & b’s but if you want a certain level of comfort and elegance, you need to pick wisely. I spent a couple of days in the city and after staying a few nights in a tiny hotel next to the popular Dam Square, I decided I wanted to move to a…

Much like fashion and technology, food also tends to have trends. There are always up and coming cuisines, particular dishes or even a style of cooking that are a rage world over. Once upon a time French food was considered the ultimate fine dine experience. Suddenly we were invaded by Japanese sushi and Ramen bowls. Even the cronut made a sensational splash molecular gastronomy has diners ooing and aahing over it’s spheres and smoke infused meals. A cuisine that has lately been cosidered one of the hottest new cuisines and one that I personally longed to sample is Peruvian cuisine.…

I spent two weeks in the beautiful country of South Africa. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but it seemed to take my breath away and leave me with experiences and memories I will always cherish. While the country is gorgeous it is Johannesburg in particular that snuck up on me and created quite an impression. Maybe because I stayed there the longest I was able to understand joburg better. I’m not sure but I spent five wonderful nights in Johannesburg and all of them at the gorgeous Michelangelo Hotel in Sandton. Before I left for my trip, everyone…

The past few months have been more hectic than usual. I’ve had some wonderful opportunities to travel to different countries and experience different things. In all the excitement of travelling and my work load expanding, I forget that sometimes, a little getaway in order to unwind is essential. If you ask me, the rains are the best time to slip away for a quick relaxing weekend. I manage to enjoy a blissful few days with my family at the very comfortable and slightly under rated Courtyard Chakan Hotel a little outside Pune. If you know me or have been following…

I never thought I would be, but I think it’s safe to say I’ve turned into a complete safari girl. I will almost never say no to a holiday that includes staying in the jungle and waking up at odd hours or spending time in an open air jeep freezing despite layers of clothing, hoping to spot animals in the wild. This year has been great with a visit to two reserves in Madhya Pradesh and a sudden trip to South Africa. I had the time of my life in both Kanha and Pench hunting for tigers, one which was wonderfully successful…

When you think of Goa you usually think beautiful beaches, a sun kissed tan and lots of prawn curry. When I think of Goa, I think of all that along with a tall glass of Feni. This cashew inspired alcohol is an integral part of Goa’s identity which makes the fruit it comes from incredibly popular. Four years ago, the Park Hyatt Goa Resort & Spa decided to pay homage to this fruit that is essential to the Goan way of life. They launched an amazing event called the Cashew Trail which has since grown from strength to strength and morphed…

One of the best things in life is your family. When you get to experience something breathtaking and stunning with the people you love it becomes an even better experience. Thanks to my adorable aunt, four crazy women made their way to the jungles of Madhya Pradesh and enjoyed seven days of pure bliss. Starting with a mildly traumatic take off, beautiful tiger sightings, joy rides in the jungle, a wild jungle beast ( ok maybe not ) entering my room, and ending with a hilarious episode with airport security this all girls trip was fantastic. As they say, what…

If I’m being completely honest, I would have to say that the Courtyard By Marriott City Centre in Pune is probably my favourite hotel in the city. While its sibling the J W Marriott is sprawling and everyone else’s favourite, I find a sense of comfort, top notch service and ease at this hotel for a really affordable price. I visited the hotel last year in May and found everything pleasant except maybe the food. While I found it to be good food, I didn’t think it was extraordinary or let’s just say I wasn’t blown away and my thoughts…