Category Archives: Travel stories

2015’s hottest cities – Wellington

2015’s hottest cities - Wellington

Wellington, New Zealand

BBC Travel: New Zealand attracts more than its fair share of visitors – both outdoors enthusiasts and movie buffs flocking to spots featured in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.

Among the nation’s hottest cities is Wellington, which made Rough Guides’ list this year. Not only does Wellington have a bustling café and craft beer scene, but in 2015 the city of 200,000 people is celebrating its 150th year as New Zealand’s capital.

Best Seat on the Plane – 7 Secrets

The pilot

Who doesn’t want to sit next to an off-duty pilot on a flight?

As I settled into the extra-legroom seat I sprang for on the way back home from a recent trip to Central America, I looked to my left; I looked to my right — there were airline pilots on both sides of me (they always get the good seats). Fresh off their route and still in uniform, the men were headed back to their hub in the U.S.

Shanghai MIDI Festival fashion

Shanghai MIDI Festival fashion

Shanghai, China – MIDI Festival Fashion Photo-Story, 2011

The MIDI Festival, China’s largest and longest running rock music event, finally came to Shanghai this past weekend.

Although Friday’s headliner Mr. Big cancelled their show, crowds of music fans gathered in Century Park to rock out at the Tang Stage, dance at the Antidote stage, browse the goods on sale at the market and simply picnic with friends in the park.

Dawn on the Ganges (Photo-Story)


Sunrise and sunset are when the Ganges is most magical and most alive, with activity and with ceremony. Varanasi’s intense heat hasn’t yet descended on the city, neither have the people who rely on the river’s draw to make a living. Sunrise and sunset are characterised by Hindus flocking to the river’s edge to undergo ritual washing, to make offerings, and to worship in an endless variety of ways.

Hong Kong’s teenage nightclub guru

Rachel Geicke: If Van Wilder were ambitious and female Read more: Hong Kong club Likuid: Hong Kong's teenage nightclub guru

It’s a cold weekday afternoon and Rachel Geicke is standing in the middle of a construction site at the top of Lan Kwai Fong, explaining the layout of her brand new club. Wearing a light grey blazer, jeans and practical shoes, her whip-straight brown hair tucked behind her ears, Geicke is the image of confidence and professionalism. Not what you’d expect from a Hong Kong teenager.

At just 18 years old, Geicke is both the creator and managing director of Likuid, a 2,000 square foot nightclub located in the old Tuscany by H restaurant space in Lan Kwai Fong.

The world’s coolest nationalities

Yep, you read that right: Belgians.

Is it possible to call an entire nation cool? Is it fair to say one nation is more cool than another?

Given that most countries have their own share of murderers, tyrants and reality TV stars, the answer is unequivocally — yes.

To help sort the cool from the less fortunate, we’ve compiled this list of the hippest peoples on the planet. No easy task when faced with almost 250 possible candidates.