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Transformative Travel: at the juncture of where adventure, luxury, consciousness and wellness meet. Follow us on social everywhere @weblogtheworld.
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Because I know New York so well, everyone asks me where I should drink coffee, eat and drink, but besides the culinary questions, I always get asked where’s the best shopping? In other words, beyond Macy’s, “where should I shop for something I can only find in NYC?” While I can’t exactly tell you that the below list of stores will stock stuff you won’t be able to get elsewhere (disclaimer: it won’t), I can promise you this: the below list are stores that are unique to NYC, and do not have chains outside of the city.

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I’ve been to Thailand many times now and love it. I’ll never forget my first trip to Bangkok. It was February 18, 2010, and I’d made an unplanned stop there when my camera went kaput in the islands. Having been advised to skip Bangkok by most people I knew, I didn’t expect much from the Thai capital. The bus ride up—I was sitting next to a ladyboy with the same haircut as Kate Gosselin, who was still culturally relevant at that time—seemed prophetic, however.

To be sure, I fell in love with Bangkok as fast as America fell out of love with “John & Kate Plus 8”: The simultaneous freedom and fearfulness I felt upon riding a motorbike for the first time; supernaturally beautiful people in the massive cosmetics ads strobing on screens everywhere I looked; fluorescent taxi cabs strobing through busy streets; the way the synchronicity of the iPad Thai sellers’ clanking woks and the click of high heels on the sidewalk and the honking of horns seemed to recur in rhythm like a pulse.

And how, when walking down a street filled with gun shops—of all the types of shops on can find in the City of Angels, the English-language translation of Bangkok’s Thai name Krungthep Mahanakhon—I started having past-life regressions.

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When planning a big trip to Europe, particularly if it’s your first one, it’s tempting to leave some places out given the vastness of the continent. For many travelers, Scandinavia is first among these, not only due to its relative geographical isolation, but also the additional time and expense of traveling there.

Truth be told, Scandinavia is the most expensive place to travel in Europe, but it’s also one of the most rewarding, whether you sail through the fjords of Norway, watch the Northern Lights in Iceland, dance, jive and have the time of your life in Sweden or hang out in Finland’s Santa Claus country.

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An Awe-Inspiring Itinerary for Bergen Norway
I remember arriving in Bergen late one evening in June and walking along its harbor toward my hotel to find the sun still quite a ways from setting. The light belied the hour of the day; the warm mood of people contradicted the profound chill my Texan skin felt in the air.

While it’s true, in hindsight, that my instant love for Bergen was as much to do with its beauty as the fact that it wasn’t stifling and gray like Oslo, Europe’s supposedly wettest city is a constant source of sunshine as I look back on my travels—and not just because my three days in Bergen transpired without a single drop of rain.

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It’s not an exaggeration to say that my maiden voyage to Hong Kong six years ago inspired me to follow my own advice when I set off to English in Shanghai—and hit the road—less than a month afterwards.

But it’s also not a coincidence that I’ve used seafaring terminology to describe this period in my life. I was drifting then, not unlike the red-sailed junk boats of Victoria Harbour. And my first Hong Kong trip had been just as entropic, the way I bounced around the city drawing energy and inspiration from seemingly random nooks and crannies, like the Super Mario Brothers ramming their heads into bricks in search of magical coins.

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Hong Kong is something of a contradiction. One of the world’s most densely populated cities—certainly, with one of its most awe-inspiring skylines—Hong Kong is a surprisingly manageable place to visit, even if you’ve only got a short amount of time to discover it. In fact, three days in Hong Kong is all you need, thanks to the city’s compact footprint, great public transport and 24-hour bustle.

Indeed, surprise is a feeling that will come up time and again on your trip to Hong Kong. The city is home to a number of sacred and downright tranquil spots, which provide a great contrast to the raucous markets and neon lights you usually associate with it. Likewise, the highest point in Hong Kong is not one of its many skyscrapers, but an impossibly lush mountain called Victoria Peak.

No matter what takes you to Hong Kong, or how many times you’ve been, use my sample itinerary for three days in Hong Kong to plan the ultimate trip to Hong Kong.

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When you think about premier global gaming destinations, which cities spring to mind? Maybe it’s Monte Carlo in Monaco, small but perfectly-formed, with a classy air and vintage feel that appeals to those less keen on neon.

For most people, whichever continent they hail from, Las Vegas is the last word in iconic gambling destinations. Rising triumphantly from the hot, dry sands of the desert and built specifically to appeal to far-flung visitors and boasting a veritable jungle of destination casinos, all vying for your dollar, Las Vegas is an incredible city. Hot-colored lights flash and glare, architects run wild with outlandish designs and the atmosphere pulses with expectation in Sin City.

But what if there were a pretender to Las Vegas’ throne? Could a very different city in a very different country hope to steal Sin City’s glory? Welcome to Macau.

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Southern Africa has its fair share of stunning birds. Below, a southern carmine bee-eater perches momentarily before taking off after a small insect. These stunning birds are intra-African migrants and will move further north up the continent as we head towards Autumn and Winter.

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I have visited Myanmar a couple of times and Myanmar became at least half-a-century more modern during the six years between my first and second visits (the latest visit was 2016), particularly when it comes to transport.

This was mostly a good thing, since I didn’t have a long time to spare on my second trip, but I craved slower travel for certain experiences. Namely, a slow boat down the Irrawaddy River between the city of Mandalay and Bagan, which is famous for its 2,000 temples.
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