ABOUT ME

Welcome to Once in a Lifetime Journey, a luxury and out of the ordinary travel blog focused on the most exclusive hotels and resorts, the unforgettable experiences, the best destinations and the least visited countries in the world.
 
In the last 13 years, I have been fortunate enough to visit over 100 countries and spend around half of the year traveling thanks to an international job as a strategy consultant and at Google.
 
In 2018 I left my 15-year corporate career to do what I am most passionate about: traveling, growing this and my other blog, Singapore n Beyond, and developing my Digital and Influencer Marketing consultancy where I help brands work with influencers like me.

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BEST LUXURY HOTELS & PREMIUM AIRLINE TRAVEL REVIEWS

Review of the Peninsula Shanghai

Review of The Peninsula Shanghai, the 5* star right on the Bund. See how it fares with the competition and other Peninsula hotels.

Review of Singapore Airlines Boeing 787-10 Business Class

I have flown Singapore Airlines more times than I can remember, except the new Boeing 787-10. Until today that is. I am very excited to be sharing this review of Singapore Airlines 787-10 Business Class.

Review of Ethiopian Airlines Business Class 787 Dreamliner

I traveled on the older and newer Ethiopian Dreamliner on a connecting flight from Singapore to Buenos Aires. See how they differ in this Review of Ethiopian Airlines Business Class 787 Dreamliner

Review of Lufthansa A380 Business Class

My full and unbiased review of Lufthansa A380 Business Class from Barcelona to Singapore via Frankfurt. See how it compares to the smaller A350.

SWISS Business Class B777 review

Was Swiss International Airlines and the experience as premium as expected? Read to see my Swiss Business Class B777 review for the long haul from Singapore to Zurich and back.

Review of Alila Wuzhen, bringing modernity to an ancient water town

Review of Alila Wuzhen, along the nearby water town on the Yangtse River it draws inspiration from. It’s a world of meditational zen-like minimalism.

Review of Alila Anji, a stay amind bamboo forests and white tea plantations

Review of Alila Anji, a bamboo and tea heaven in one of China’s greenest counties. Feel refreshed and invigorated after a relaxing stay surrounded by nature.

Review of Bawah Reserve – Asia’s luxury private island

There are luxury islands and then there is Bawah! Join me on my journey to one of the best getaways I have had in a while. Click to read my full review of Bawah Reserve, Asia’s luxury private island.

Review of Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea Sicily

In this review of Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea, you can take a look inside the most exclusive beach resort in Sicily. Find out more about this historical location here.

Aman Sveti Stefan – Montenegro’s most luxurious hotel

Google Montenegro and I guarantee that the first image that will come up will be that of the famous and fabulously beautiful Aman Sveti Stefan, Montenegro’s most luxurious resort. I…

Review of Joali Maldives, the country’s ultra luxury resort

Joali Maldives is the first resort of a new brand of hotels promising ultra-luxury experiences. They stand apart in their use of immersive art in gorgeous settings. Click to read my review of Joali Maldives.

Review of Soneva Fushi, the Maldives luxury jungle chic resort

Soneva Fushi is a resort in the Maldives that truly embodies the Robinson Crusoe castaway feeling. Explore it barefoot in this review of Soneva Fushi.

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TOP ARTICLES FOR FREQUENT TRAVELERS

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HOW MANY COUNTRIES ARE THERE IN THE WORLD

How many countries there are in the world is a disputed number. See why I count 198 countries as the total, along with other insightful information.

TIPS FOR NEW AND VETERAN AIRBNB HOSTS

Learnings and tips for Airbnb hosts when starting out. How to screen guests, what to give and not give, how to read reviews and how to handle cancellations.

WORLD’S LEAST VISITED COUNTRIES

Find out where you can go to avoid touristy destinations and run of the mill holidays. Here are the world’s 20 least visited countries.

HOW TRAVEL BLOGGERS MAKE MONEY

Find out how I and other travel bloggers make money travel blogging, without what is usually termed as a “regular job”.

TRAVEL GUIDES

Epic and fabulous, the best things to do in Barcelona

Here are the most epic, fabulous and best things to do in Barcelona, from a true local. Discover the best sites and some truly hidden gems.

Shanghai travel – All the best things to do in Shanghai

A detailed guide to all the best things to do in Shanghai, separated by area for convenience. Find out all you need to know for your Shanghai Travel.

Complete list of things to do in Brunei, best attractions and places to visit

The most complete list of things to do in Brunei. Fireflies, proboscis monkeys, mosques, museums, diving, jungle excursions, food – the list continues…

All the hipster, fun and cool things to do in New York

Forget the typical tourist destinations and head to the new, innovative, creative, crazy, fabulous, fun, hipster and alternative things to do in the big apple. Nobody does living life to the fullest like New York City

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NEW BOOK ON AMAZON: 30 PROVEN WAYS TO MAKE MONEY ONLINE WITH OR WITHOUT A BLOG

The internet is an incredible tool for information and communication. Over the past couple of decades, many enterprising souls have also discovered the Internet’s money-making potential–and that potential is growing exponentially.
Written by ex-Googler, blogger and successful online entrepreneur Mar Pages, 30 Proven Ways to Make Money Online with or without a Blog is a comprehensive look at how anyone can make money from the internet. The possibilities presented in this book aren’t merely theoretical.