Danae Mercer

I’ve done Sri Lanka a fair few times before, but I’ve never headed inland toward Kandy. That’s where you’ll find Santani Wellness, a luxury health retreat. This minimalist venue sits on...

It’s summer in Dubai and people have fled the inevitable heat, heading out in drips and drops through May, floods through June. By 6am, temperatures push 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit). Those...

I’m not the best at researching a place before I go – an ironic trait for a travel journalist, but there we are. I think part of me likes the idea...

I am in a Middle East on the cusp of change. Two days ago, women in Saudi Arabia were allowed to drive for the first time. Here in Dubai, the country...

I get overwhelmed in crowds. I prefer silent spaces, spots where I can narrate my own little story while strolling along. Which means, basically, I’m a bit of an odd duck...

I’m in Scotland. My brain is exhausted and I’m nodding off even though it’s not yet 5pm. I’ve been counting the sheep outside the window. The journey was painless and painful...

How to explain the splendor of a ball? The lights, the fireworks, the delicate press of feet against grass and under silk gowns, the swirling chaos of many stages, multiple stages,...

Note: This is part one of a series that highlights my time in India. I travelled there solo in the summer of 2010. Things have changed a lot, as have I,...

Note: This is part one of a series that highlights my time in India. I travelled there solo in the summer of 2010. Things have changed a lot, as have I,...