The once expansive and ancient forests of Borneo have been brought to the brink.
Last year, entrepreneur Jacob Laukaitis visitedNorth Korea on a 7-day stritctly guided tour. This year, he traveled to South
When you're travelling solo and have lost your voice (I'm on day four of silence) you have a lot of time to think. And what I can't stop thinking about is the kindness of the strangers I've met along the way in the places I've been to so far.
I had read some horror stories regarding the overnight trains; a quick internet search and you'll find them too, but both of the journeys we made were nothing but pleasant. Yeah, the train was a little bumpy and for a 'sleeper' train the sleeping was minimal, but the most important thing I found was that we felt safe.
The only thing that can stand in the way of your dream is fear, but no worries, it's natural. I'm sure Christopher Columbus did a nervous poo before he set off to explore the world.
Long out of bounds for travellers, because of the war, the city of Jaffna, and its peninsula, is now safe for travel and there's even a new railway line.
Sri Lanka is a popular holiday destination, with most people visiting the West Coast, but my trip takes me to the East and Central Highlands, home of the country's "Cultural Triangle".
The East coast of Sri Lanka is still relatively unspoilt and Chaaya Blu, on Uppuveli beach, just outside Trincomalee is an idyllic seaside resort.
Habarana is close to many of Sri Lanka's ancient sites, including Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Dambulla, so the Cinnamon Lodge makes the perfect base to explore the country's historic past.
Compared to its South Asian neighbours, Filipino cuisine is relatively unknown but the regional food of the Philippines is well worth exploring with its distinctive sour, salty and sweet flavours.