Kate Whitehead

Award-winning Hong Kong-based journalist

Couples that work

An expert, herself one half of a dual-career couple, spent six years interviewing couples around the world at different career and life stages It’s a Wednesday evening and the crowd squeezed into a small function room at Hong Kong’s exclusive China Club are alumni of the Insead business school. Mostly in their 30s and 40s,…

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  • China coronavirus

    It’s quite safe to be in Hong Kong, though if you want to wear face masks you had best bring them with you – supplies are limited, but some hotels provide them Is it safe to travel to Hong Kong? And what should travellers expect if they already have plans in place to visit the…

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  • Experience the nomadic lifestyle

    Their simple life in harmony with nature is vanishing, but a social enterprise using nomads as guides helps preserve it by taking visitors to camp with herders If you want an experience that gets you out of your comfort zone and into the wilderness, consider spending some time with nomadic herders on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in…

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  • Shaking off problems

    TRE, or tension and trauma releasing exercises, help trigger neurogenic tremors that allow the body to shake off built-up stress Have you ever found yourself shaking involuntarily like a leaf after a severe shock or fright, or in moments of extreme excitement and joy? Perhaps you’ve had “knocking knees” when you were too anxious, maybe…

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  • Home swapping app

    James Asquith holds the Guinness World Record as the youngest person to visit every country in the world Holiday Swap, an app that enables users to travel the world through home swapping for just US$1 per night, is experiencing accelerated growth and is eyeing the China market for 2020.Founded in 2017 by James Asquith, who…

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  • Woman in the Wilderness

    Miriam Lancewood honed her survival skills on the road in Asia and bush-bashing on New Zealand’s South Island Miriam in the middle I was born in 1983 in a small village in the east of Holland. My parents had three children in three years, I’m in the middle. My mother is a drama therapist and my…

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  • Anne Frank’s stepsister

    The peace activist and international speaker recounts how she was torn from her happy childhood in Vienna and ‘saved’ from the concentration camp’s angel of death, Josef Mengele, by a hat Nazi invasion: I was born in Vienna, into a young family. My father was 21 when he married my mother, who was 18. They had…

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  • Climate change and flying

    Carbon offsetting schemes allow people and companies to invest in projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions to compensate for their carbon footprints Carbon offsetting will be one of the biggest travel trends of 2020, and even of the decade, in large part thanks to pressure from climate change activists such as the Swedish teenager Greta…

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  • Humorist’s antidote to ageing disgracefully

    Sedaris, an author and long-time contributor to The New Yorker, says he is trying to avoid becoming a cranky old man who always complains David Sedaris sounds as though he’s got the post-holiday blues – or perhaps it’s just the dry, laconic tone in which he speaks. His house in the south of England has…

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  • Bairro Alto Hotel

    Portugal’s capital is one of Europe’s hottest hotspots and now it has a high-end hotel to match What is it? The grande dame of Lisbon’s boutique hotel scene – it was until 1980 The Grand Hotel L’Europe – the Bairro Alto has been treated to a major makeover and expansion by Pritzker prize-winning architect Eduardo Souto de…

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  • From Kosovo and Kashmir to Kenya

    The American filmmaker and explorer is featured in the new film Women of Impact The day the music died I was born in 1971. My three older siblings and I grew up in Florida. I was painfully shy, gawky and afraid of the world. When I was seven, my dad died. It was very sudden. There…

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