Fellowship of the Wanderlusters

The living room was dimly lit, the furniture was from a forgotten era, and the room smelled of age. Sitting on the bygone era sofas were six travelers, from different countries. Their presence, youthful excitements, and lively chatters injected life to a room that had seen its glory days.

Unconventional Beds

In these 12 years of wandering life I have encountered all kinds of accommodations and slept in all sorts of beds; rocking trains, luxurious buses, swinging hammocks, third-class boats, bedbugs infested beds, etc. But I have also slept in some really unusual beds.

Wanderlust in Motion

For many people, watching movie is a form of escape from reality. Movies take us to a different reality, and some even take us to places. I love watching movies, even more so movies set in exotic destinations and movies about travel. Some movies are so well made that they created a traveling boom for…read more

Observing Equanimity

As the bus, carrying only a dozen passengers, left BTS Bus Terminal in Kuala Lumpur, my thought had already covered the 250km to my destination; an oasis of calm in the middle of an oil palm plantation near the town of Kuantan on Malaysia’s east coast.

Looking for My Khaosan Road

I came to Bangkok for the first time with my family when I was 15 years old. Like any typical Asian family travel, we joined a tour. We were bused from sites to sights, and the only thing I remember was getting sick from the boat ride to Pattaya. I had never heard of Khaosan…read more

Outer Travel Inner Journey

The autumn of 2005 I did something that changed my life – I walked the Camino de Santiago. For 37 days I traversed over 800km from Roncesvalles, in the Pyrenees, to Finisterre, at the Atlantic coast of northwestern Spain.

Finding Lucky

There is nothing compare to the warm and relaxing sensation of sitting by the beach and watching the sun slowly sets on the horizon. And there’s no sunset quite like the one in Borneo. 2014 was the year I explored my own backyard, Sarawak, and I was surprised to find treasure trove of cultural gems…read more

Chat with a coffee farmer

Salento is fast becoming a must-stop for travelers in Colombia. Drawn here by the spectacular Valle de Cocora and its quaint streets dotted with bohemian cafes, it’s one of the best places to unwind and rest. One of the activities offered in Salento is visiting a coffee farm. There are a few that charge a…read more

Where is home?

I have been on the road for over a decade now and one of the questions I’m often asked is: where is home? Somehow this question always catches me off guard.

Chat with a travel writer

When you are traveling alone, you met interesting people on the road. Nithin Coca is one such person. We first met in a hostel in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2006. We found out that we were taking the same night train to Thessaloniki, Greece. During the train ride we chatted more about our travels; and he’s…read more

Travel to Colombia FAQs

Colombia is fast becoming one of South America’s best travel destinations. Picturesque landscapes, Caribbean beaches, snow-capped mountains, ancient ruins, and the friendliest people you’ll ever meet, this country is a true gem for travelers looking for something more than a typical South America travel experience.

Postcards 4U: Colourfully local

Dear U, People who have never been to Colombia say that it’s a very dangerous city, and people who have never been to Bogotá say that it’s an ugly and uninspiring city. Well, after living in Colombia for one and a half year, I can tell you that the danger in Colombia is overrated. And…read more

Chat with a buffalo racer

Limbang, a small administrative town stuck in between the two parts of Brunei in the Borneo island, is a sleepy town that attracts few visitors. But every year in June, the town comes alive with the Babulang festival of the Bisaya people. One thing that had fascinated me since I learnt of this festival was…read more

Traveling in my own backyard: Babulang festival and Buffalo racing

Sarawak (Malaysian Borneo) is starting to creep up on the radar of tourists and travelers in the region. Some of the biggest attractions are the festivals here; from the ultra successful Rainforest World Music Festival, to the less known Borneo Jazz festival. But what Sarawak has, that many places don’t, is the treasure trove of…read more

Postcards 4U: Bird of peace

Dear U, In the heart of Medellin city, the 2nd largest city of Colombia, lies the Plaza San Antonio. Inaugurated in 1994 as a public recreation area, it’s dotted with sculptures by Fernando Botero, one of Medellin’s most famous sons. But what sets this plaza apart from any other plazas is a set of bird…read more

Rainforest World Music Festival 2014

Awarded as one of the Top 25 music festivals in the world for 5 consecutive years (2010-2014) by Songlines, UK, the Rainforest World Music Festival (RWMF) is one of the biggest musical events in Malaysia; and the biggest tourism draw to Sarawak.

Traveling in my own backyard: Semban – the ring ladies

From the lofty height of watching sunrise at a mountain top, we descended back to Semban village for breakfast.  After breakfast, Mr. Sagen arranged for us to meet two of the “ring ladies”. Who are the ‘ring ladies’?