If you’ve read Backpack ME before, you know that Ashray is Indian and that I am Portuguese. But there is at least one thing in which I am [stereotypically] more Indian than him: I love a good bargain! Not only I like negotiating a transaction until I reach a price … more »
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I am not the greatest fan of guided tours. Not only do I think that there is very little room for spontaneity when you are exploring a new place with a group, I also feel like you invariably have to forsake your own rhythm to keep up with others. When … more »
Looking back at my days working in an office, I realize how much random stuff I used to browse on the internet. One of the things that I remember used to keep me particularly entertained were websites listing unusual hotels around the world. In was in one of those articles … more »
Our short trip to Bologna was inspired by the desire to eat and learn a little more about the gastronomy of the Emilia Romagna region of Italy. Even though Bologna is not in the same overly touristic route as other Italian cities such as Rome, Venice or Florence, it may … more »
I am not the biggest fan of travel accessories. In fact, for me, the less things you carry with you on the go, the better. Sometimes, I wonder why people spend money on fancy travel versions of things they already own anyway. Well, don’t even get me started on my … more »
If there is something from Portugal I tend to miss while we’re traveling are baked goods. Both bread and pastries – Portugal is outstanding at making those with good quality ingredients, dedication and skilled hands. Considering we are highly unlikely to come across Pastéis de Nata (commonly referred to in … more »
No matter where in the world you go to, never underestimate the wisdom of local people. No travel guide or book will ever be able to point you towards an authentic experience the same way a local resident of the place you are visiting can. Locals know how to get … more »
Many travel to Cancun looking forward to spend relaxing days of sun, white sands and blue ocean. Even though all the elements for this ideal type of holiday are indeed present in Cancun, the Caribbean vibes one can feel in this Mexican resort destination might not always be as pacific … more »
Charming and magical, Sintra is a Portuguese town not too far from Lisbon, and recently I partnered with Expedia to write about it. Sintra is a popular day-trip from the capital, which I got to revisit when some friends from India were over to explore Portugal and the beauty of Sintra. … more »
I watch a lot of TED talks online. As a traveler, one of the presentations that caught my attention the most a while ago, was one explaining “how to make filthy water drinkable“. Michael Pritchard, the engineer behind the Lifesaver filter, explained how his creation could be used to purify … more »