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  • Top 5 Asian city breaks

    Singapore, photo by William Cho

    Asia is home to some of the greatest sites wonders and man-made wonders in the world, the tallest mountains and some of the lowest plains, the smallest villages and the world’s most hectic and developed cities. Picking just one urban travel destination from this vast continent is like finding the perfect straw in the haystack – there are just too many of them that fit the bill. It’s  not much use to choose the most touristy city you can find if you are only planning on a short break, but as a long as a city really excellent at one specific, two or three days will be enough to get the most out of your holiday. Here are our picks for the top 5 Asian city breaks, for travelers who want a short holiday that packs a punch.

     
  • The world’s best travel experiences for thrill seekers

    Sydney Harbor Bridge, photo by Kevin Gibbons

    For some people, traveling is an opportunity to meet new people, see interesting places and discover cultures other than their own. For others, it’s not so much what they see, but how they see it. Adrenaline junkies can appreciate scenery just as well as any other person, but the if you’re hurtling towards the scenery at a dazzling speed, or rushing past it down a dangerous river, then the scenery is a hundred times better. If you prefer to churn out even the last drop of excitement out of every opportunity, then you will probably want to try some of the world’s best travel experiences for thrill seekers.

     
  • The tourist gems of Bangladesh

    Cox's Bazar, photo by The Wandering Angel

    Bangladesh has a bit of a knack for attracting disaster, or at least this is how most people come to hear about this small South Asian country. But even after civil unrest, wars and natural disasters, Bangladesh got back on its feet, and surprisingly quickly. Bangladesh might be small and rather flat, yet it has several national parks that protect rare plant and animal species, picturesque villages where traditional culture is thriving, and more environmental protection initiatives than many western countries. And despite being usually overlooked by mass tourism, Bangladesh has an incredible number of attractions of all types. In any case, the tourist gems of Bangladesh are interesting enough to turn the country into a tourist magnet.

     
  • 5 reasons why you should stay in a hostel when traveling

    photo by mararie on Flickr

    Most travelers have probably dreamed about staying at a five star hotel with a hot tub and plasma TV in the room, but the price you have to pay for luxury is often better invested in sightseeing, or traveling farther and longer. If you’re the type of traveler who prefers function over form, and you’re more interested in the experience of travel rather than relishing the quality of your hotel room, then you will be much better off staying at a hostel. Although hostels are the kind of accommodation that most people would associate with students backpacking over their summer break, there are more than enough reasons why any indie traveler should choose hostels over hotels. Here are 5 reasons why you should stay in a hostel when traveling.

     
  • Travel to Cuzco, Peru’s colonial gem

    Cuzco, photo by fabulousfabs on Flickr

    Peru’s history might not always be a happy story, but it always a fascinating one. The most famous relic of Peruvian history is Macchu Picchu, the ‘lost city of the Inca’, which was not city at all, but merely a princely estate. If you’re looking for an Inca city, look no further than Cuzco, the old capital of the Inca Empire, a monument of Spanish colonialism later on, and currently one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in South America. If you want to binge on pre-Columbian archaeology, Cuzco is your answer, but one of the most fascinating features of the city is its colonial architecture. Millions of tourists come to this amazing city every year, so join the ranks and visit Cuzco, Peru’s colonial gem.

     
  • Travel destinations with remarkable cuisine

    Bibimbap in South Korea, photo by avlxyz on Flickr

    You’d have to have a pretty conservative and obstinate stomach in order to be able to travel without indulging in the offer of local dishes and delicacies. Food and food preparation is a huge part of most cultures, and sticking only to dishes that are ‘international’ or familiar to the palate would mean that you are missing out on an essential part of the travel experiences. And while most travelers are happy to enjoy the local fare as a bonus to seeing amazing new places, there are more than enough travel destinations that are worth visiting based on their cuisine alone. And if you’re worried that you won’t have much to do except to stuff yourself in these destinations, don’t worry, they all have more than their fare share of sights as well. Here are a few travel destinations with remarkable cuisine that is reason enough to visit them.

     
  • Top 3 Cambodian villages for rural holidays

    Cambodia, photo by missmei

    The first thing that comes to mind at a mention of Cambodia are temples in general, and Angkor Wat in particular, or if you are the type to look on the gloomy side of things, Cambodia pretty much equals Khmer Rouge and a depressing history of being dominated by other nations. But Cambodia is so much more than ancient temples and memorials dedicated to the victims of the reign of terror. Cambodia might be poor and still rebuilding itself, but it is imbued with a kind of magic that is difficult to resist. One way to enjoy this magic is to spend some time in the countryside, and get to know the culture, the people, and experience the small pleasures of day to day life, like sunshine, good food and friendly people. Here are top 5 Cambodian villages for rural holidays.

     
  • Scenic natural spots in the Balkans to see before you die

    Plitvice waterfalls, photo by 29cm on Flickr

    When the new seven wonders of the world were chosen in 2007, a dozen of the nominated sites were located in the Balkans. This small patch of Europe has an inordinately large amount of natural beauty on its side, and this alone would make the Balkans an excellent choice of a travel destination. Add to this the fact that Balkan countries have amazing cuisine and unique cultures, and there’s not much else you could wish for in a vacation spot. The Balkans are becoming more and more popular with foreign tourists, many of whom flock to the pristine beaches at the Mediterranean, there are many other scenic natural spots in the Balkans to see before you die, and here are some of them.

     
  • Remote Baltic islands you’ve (probably) never heard of

    Saaremaa, photo by Ekke on Flickr

    Islands like Bali, the Maldives, Fiji and other tropical wonders get all the attention on the travel scene, and even a few islands with temperate climate are quite popular with mainstream travelers as long as they are famous. But what about the scores of islands that are located in parts of the world that are slightly off the beaten path? The Baltic Sea is bordered by countries with huge touristic potential, like Denmark, Finland, Sweden or Germany, and sticking to dry land will reward you with amazing sights, but there is a bunch of islands scattered over the pond that are just as worthy of interest. If you want an island holiday that goes beyond the conventional, here are some remote Baltic islands you’ve (probably) never heard of.

     
  • The stunning nature reserves of Suriname

    photo by borderlys on Flickr

    South Africa has such amazingly well known tourist attractions, and natural wonders that the whole world has heard about, and yet there’s always some spot to be found on the map where few tourist tread. Suriname is located in one such forgotten corner of the continent, sandwiched between Brazil, Guyana and French Guyana. Suriname calls itself the beating heart of the Amazon, and this is no mere overstatement. The country can best be described as a lush and green patch of forests crisscrossed by rivers, hiding an extraordinary cultural diversity. Suriname’s people is a mix and match of people descended from British and Dutch colonists, African slaves, Indian and Indonesian indentured workers and indigenous people, and while the cultural makeup has changed over the centuries, one thing stayed the same: the country’s natural beauty. Here is a short guide to the stunning nature reserves of Suriname.

     
 
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