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I’m sitting cross-legged on the floor in a circle of people, as a smiling Fijian chief hands me half a coconut shell full of what looks like dirty dishwater.
It’s impossible to resist the relaxed bliss of Cook Islands living.
The promise of ancient palaces, poignant tradition and an incredibly foreign culture has lured visitors to India for centuries.
From the fog-bound and gas-lit streets of Sherlock Holmes to the bustling commercial cityscape of Dickens – London has provided the inspiration and setting of some of England’s greatest novels.
The ancient harbour city of Toba is one of the last places where you can see the mystical sea women of Japan go about their millennia-old method of pearl diving.
Bali can deliver an inner journey for those wanting to discover the rich culture of a world that lies behind luxury hotels, extravagant restaurants and spa retreats.
Wrapped up in our world of tinsel and Secret Santa shopping, it is easy to forget that Christmas is an ancient festival that is celebrated around the world in delightfully unique ways.
Upon entering the high-ceilinged lobby of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, the sunlight is replaced by the warm glow of lamps and even the most glorious summer day becomes cool and hushed.
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