My snoozing was brought to an abrupt end by an intense argument between our minivan driver and a man on the street of an undisclosed town. The shouting match was back and forth like a violent tennis match with no let-up and at full volume. 

Hokkaido offers some top-rated skiing gems in a treasure box that includes hot springs (onsen) and volcanoes amidst a cultural experience of culinary flavours and Eastern traditions in the land known for karaoke, karate, origami, sushi, samurai and sake. This trip was never going to just be about the skiing.

From tropical beaches and golden, glittering temples to wildlife, sunset boat cruises and cuisine bursting with fresh flavours – Thailand has it all. It’s a place where the warmth of the sun and Andaman sea is reflected in the locals’ welcoming smiles. It’s a place like no other.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: VISA: For many nationalities, visa can be bought on arrival and apply online.  http://www.vietnamvisapro.com CURRENCY: Besides the US Dollars that you will need for the visa, everything else is paid in the local currency, Vietnamese Dong. TRANSPORT: It’s best to use Grab car Hoi An instead of taxi’s. OrContinue Reading

About three hours into the flight, my wife was woken by a commotion at the back of the plane and noticed that our satchel-clinging companion was no longer at our side.