• Venice: A Modern Day Fairytale

    Venice, with its old idyllic charm and winding waterways, is well known as one of the most romantic cities in Europe. Add thousands of tourists converging in narrow streets and clusters of flying pigeons escaping your face by inches, and some of the lustre is lost. Despite the crowd, we were still fully enchanted by Venice’s sights and sounds, though there are a few things to avoid should you be making a trip to Venice for the first time. With careful planning, you can be sure to get the best experience out of this City on Water. Wait, how much did you say it was again? Did you know that…

  • Cinque Terre in One Day

    Many of us would have seen pictures of Cinque Terre, commonly listed in articles such as “Most beautiful places in the world” or “Places to visit before you die”. After all, Cinque Terre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, consisting of five little fishing villages along the rugged coast of the Italian Riviera. Much of its charm and allure comes from its distinct colourful houses, each village with its own unique character. Now that you have set your heart and eyes on this gorgeous seaside town, you might find yourself in the same situation as we did, having only 10 days in Italy, but not wanting to miss Cinque Terre.…

  • 20 Tips to Travelling with Chronic Back Pain

    I am an avid traveller. Or rather, I was. In 2011 when I was in university, I spent 6 months in Paris for a “student exchange programme”. That was what they call it. We, on the other hand, took it as an opportunity to travel. What classes?  Two years down the road I found myself entering the workplace. And it was also the point where I suffered a slipped disc in my low back. The pain persisted and became chronic. Till today, four years after, I experience daily constant back pain (at times debilitating). I thought my days of travelling were over. If I can barely sit through a 2-hour…

  • The Soundtrack of our Summer

    The idea behind this video came about because we wanted to find a way to document our adventures. It was quite the ambitious undertaking because Edwin and I have never attempted such a video before. But we decided to try! Though our attempts did wane at the end, you can tell from the lack of footage. So, here is the final product captured with my humble iPhone. P.S. If you’re wondering about the song choice (and surprised because I don’t like electronic dance music), Edwin introduced it to me on the train ride from Florence to Rome and as we were listening to it together, watching the world pass us…

  • Athens: Greek Gods and Temple Rocks

    Athens was the start of our 18 day honeymoon, so you can say that it was here that we were first welcomed by Europe’s summer heat (almost at its peak), and were we not ready for it! Still, countless reapplications of sunblock later, I must say it was pretty surreal, standing on the Acropolis and seeing the Parthenon in front of our eyes, learning about the layers of history that exist between these marbled rocks. We’d booked our Airbnb apartment with Sean quite early in advance at a good rate. It’s actually possible to get an apartment for 40 euros in Athens during peak season! The location was perfect, just 5…

  • Chasing Sunsets in Santorini

    White-washed houses atop rocky cliffs. Breathtaking sunsets. Endless blue seas that stretch forever. Santorini is indeed the perfect honeymoon destination. This was hands-down the highlight of our trip and it remains the most amazing travel experience to date we’ve had. If you ever decide to go to Santorini, please do yourself a favour and spend at least four nights there. And splurge on your hotel. Edwin and I are not the kind of travellers to spend on accommodation. When we travel Europe, we prefer to stay at Airbnbs as they are not only cheaper than hotels but we also get a local experience. In Santorini however, we paid more than…