Seychelles by Didier Baertschiger

That Time We Visited An Island Paradise: Seychelles

Seychelles – it’s as good as it looks.

Before I book a beach holiday, the first thing I do is search google images for photos. I usually find hammocks with palm trees, smiling couples drinking Pina Coladas (these drinks of course won’t have any effect on their 6-packs), and beaches with sand so white, it could be mistaken for snow.

But when you get to the actual resort, it doesn’t always look like the pictures on the internet. Seychelles, is an exception to this conundrum. My photographs from this island off the coast of Africa don’t even touch the surface of the how crystal blue the water appears. Continue Reading →

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

Monkey Madness in Bali, Indonesia

I hate monkeys.

They are cheeky, unpredictable criminals, who are too fast for you to catch when they steal your camera or purse. I would have never visited the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Bali, if it wasn’t for my mother visiting. But, I must admit, I was surprised by how much I loved this place.

As you walk through the sanctuary, you will see monkeys — lots of monkeys. The monkeys that cover every square inch of this forest are called long-tailed macaques. These monkeys are more docile (when compared to other types of monkeys) because they are used to the mass amounts of tourists visiting them on a daily basis. Continue Reading →


Hualien, Taiwan: A Coastal Paradise

I’m going to be honest: I only went to Taiwan because my husband was going on a business trip. I didn’t expect much from the busy streets of Taipei, so I booked us a forty-five minute flight to Hualien Country, an area known for its mountains and coastal views.  I had no idea this part … Continue Reading →

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Are the Gili Islands the new Bali?

Don’t get me wrong, I love Bali, it’s beautiful.  But after visiting Gili Trawangan, one of the three Gili islands, I felt as though I was being unfaithful to Bali. Why? Because I enjoyed the Gili Islands so much that a part of me wished I booked more of my holiday there. The three Gili … Continue Reading →

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Surviving Hostel Hell in Egypt

A couple of years ago my husband and I decided it was a good idea to stay in a hostel in Egypt. We have hosteled all over the world — so this was no big deal, right? Looking back on this story now, I am embarrassed to tell it. I feel like the clueless victim … Continue Reading →