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 Bensley Collection Shinta Mani, Siem Reap’s hotel with a heart

Complete review of Bensley Collection Shinta Mani in Siem Reap, a luxury hotel near Angkor Wat with a drive for sustainability & community development.

Review of Shinta Mani Wild, tented retreat in Cambodia’s forest

Review of Shinta Mani Wild, a gorgeous tented camping retreat in Cambodia’s Cardamom National Park. Find out why this is a bucket list worthy stay.

Review of Gili Lankanfushi, the best resort in the Maldives

Join me as I explore TripAdvisor’s top rated luxury hotel in the Maldives. Here is my full review of Gili Lankanfushi that includes everything you need to know.

Is Singapore Airlines Premium Economy worth it?

Singapore Airlines’ much anticipated Premium Economy cabin launched in 2016 and is offered on the longer routes of the airline including the ultra-long service to New York which only has…

Hotel Majestic Barcelona reviewed

A detailed review of Hotel Majestic Barcelona, the 100 year luxury old institution right in the heart of the city. Witness a legend in the industry.

A night at the Bubble hotel in Iceland – All about the 5 Mn Star Hotel

Spend a night under a blanket of stars and the Northern Lights in a bubble hotel in Iceland.

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.

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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

100+ things to do in Singapore – Best attractions and coolest places

Updated 2020: The most complete list of things to do in Singapore. The coolest activities, the best tourist attractions, the must-do activities, the can’t miss points of interest and the most unusual places in Singapore.

Things to do in Girona + 1 day itinerary

All the best things to do in Girona with a 1 day itinerary. All the Game of Throne sites, ancient architecture and most amazing sites.

Where to stay in Barcelona – Best areas and luxury boutique hotels

This post on where to stay in Barcelona will show you the best areas and luxury boutique hotels to spend your vacation – all from a local.

Definitive Guide to the Garden Route, South Africa

An in-depth Guide to the Garden Route in South Africa. Includes where to stay, what to eat and what to do in each location when driving along the Garden Route. Maps included! With different route options to take.

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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.