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  • The most spectacular volcanoes in Asia

    Mount Bromo, photo by Michael Day on Flickr

    Volcanoes might seem like lava spitting, smoke belching hell machines (and they really are that, if you happen to live at the base of an active volcano), but travelers with a sense of adventure will always want to see them in person, simply because volcanoes tend to be some of the most impressive natural sites on the planet. Whether you want to see a destructive force of nature from a safe distance, or to see the extinct remains of a volcano that has most certainly terrorized a lot of people in the past, you should head to the Asian continent, home to some of the most impressive volcanoes on the planet. If you like visiting exciting natural sites, travel to see some of the most spectacular volcanoes in Asia.

  • The best hiking trails in Asia

    Tiger Leaping Gorge, photo by Hector Garcia on Flickr

    From the tallest mountains in the world to the most idyllic tropical islands, Asia has it all. The sheer geographical diversity of the continent is incredible, and naturally the scenery can be more beautiful than you thought you could imagine. So it figures that Asia would be chock full of opportunities for hiking, climbing and trekking, and it’s a wonder that any of the routes are ever free of eager travelers. Hiking is not all about physical effort and pushing your boundaries, but also about discovering natural wonders small or large, animals, plants and minerals, and getting a bit closer to nature than you were at the start. These trails can do just that and so much more – here are some of the best hiking trails in Asia.

  • The best independent travel destinations in the world

    Albania, photo by outdooralbania on Flickr

    Tours have their advantages, like less headaches when the time comes to look for accommodation, book travel tickets and make sure that you get safely to your destination and back. But independent travel also has its advantages, and it is getting more and more popular with travelers of all ages. You can stay at unusual and unusually nice hotels, or you can rough it, stay at a hostel, and mingle with locals – the beauty of independent travel is that you do exactly what you want, when you want. Of course, the cheapest the destination the better it is for the indie traveler, but the attractions and things you can do are also a huge factor. If you’re wondering which places are suited for your next indie expedition, here are some of the best independent travel destinations in the world.

  • The world’s most underrated islands that make great travel destinations

    Maluku, photo by Eustaquio Santimano

    Bora Bora, the Cayman Islands, the many islands of Thailand and other island destinations that usually catch the traveler’s eye in brochures and guides are often the only kind of island destinations that are mentioned at all. Not only because they are naturally beautiful, but also because they are have well developed tourist facilities. But there are so many other islands and island nations on the planet that would do just as well, despite the fact that they get fewer visitors and are less well endowed with luxury resorts and touristy restaurants. Whether you like your islands tropical, exotic, rugged, windswept, tree-covered or cold, there are hundreds of islands is the world that deserve a little more attention from visitors. Here are some of the world’s most underrated islands that make great travel destinations.

  • The best wildlife watching destinations in the world

    Komodo Dragon, photo by Adhi Rachdian

    Nothing compares to the feeling you get when seeing a wild animals in its natural habitat, especially if it comes as a surprise. Now that travel is becoming more and more eco-conscious, an increasing number of people opt for wildlife vacations that allow them to get in touch with nature and get away from the hubbub of the city. If you’re curious what it’s like to see elephants, gorillas or whales off the TV screen, now it’s easier than ever to embark on a breaht-taking, life-changing adventure that will surely give you a different outlook on wild animals. Here are some of the best wildlife watching destinations in the world, where you get the chance to meet a few of the most fascinating species on the planet.

  • Top 5 foodie experiences in 2012

    Rendang, photo by avlxyz

    Traveling is all about new places and experiences, and for many travelers that includes food as well. If you’ve been known to appreciate a good dish and even to seek out foods that may sound a bit out of the ordinary for many palates, then you probably wouldn’t scoff at the idea of traveling somewhere with the sole purpose of eating your way through your destination. There are a lot of places on the planet where it’s worth traveling for the food alone, despite the fact that ethnic restaurants can now be found in most major cities in the world. For some authentic culinary experiences, here are our picks for the top 5 foodie experiences in 2012 – food for thought for your next trip!

  • The weirdest desserts in the world and where to eat them

    Deep-fried Mars bar, photo by audrey_sel

    The world is full of bizarre and often unexpectedly tasty foods that you can find when you travel, but savory dishes are not the only ones that your palate might find appealing. If you’re not quite ready for fried tarantulas or other assorted oddities, maybe starting with the dessert is not a bad idea.

    Having a sweet tooth will usually be enough to get you though a portion of dessert, but your taste buds should expect to be surprised in any case. Here are some of the weirdest desserts in the world and where you can eat them.

  • The most expensive drinks in the world and where to get them

    photo by Sarah_Ackerman on Flickr

    When you’re a backpacker strapped for cash, or an eco-conscious independent traveler, buying the most expensive drink on the menu is probably not going to be among your most cherished travel experiences. But if your bank account is doing good, or if you happen to win the lottery, there are a few extravagant and costly drinks in the world that can quench tour thirst in the glitziest way possible. If you’re in the mood to spend ridiculous amounts of money on things that are gone in a few slurps (or if you’re just plain curious about what the posh people drink) you might be interested in finding out which are some of the most expensive drinks in the world and where to get them.

  • The best spots in the world to learn how to surf

    photo by Timo Balk

    There’s evidence that suggests that surfing might be one of the oldest sports on the planet, and the idea of riding the waves has likely come up when humans first started swimming in the ocean. Historians of surfing are not in agreement yet whether surfing was invented in Peru or Hawaii, but the bottom line is that surfing is old.

    People have been learning how to surf for millennia, but that doesn’t mean that surfing is a piece of cake. Surf breaks can differ radically, and trying to get down the basics at the wrong break will be difficult, and will probably make you a nuisance for experienced surfers. If you want to know which are the best places to start, here are the best spots in the world to learn how to surf.

  • Green travel in Indonesia

    Borobudur, Indonesia, photo by Jean-Marie Hullot

    Ecotravel is becoming increasingly popular, and world-class eco-resorts are popping up in the most surprising places. Wherever there is a bit of nature that is especially beautiful or in need of conservation, eco-friendly lodges, tours and resorts are trying to make a difference and allow people to experience the beauty of nature without harming the environment.

    Indonesia has a lot of potential for ecotravel, and many local governments are encouraging sustainable travel in all sorts of way. So whether you are a seasoned ecotraveler or if you’re just beginning to dip your toes into it, green travel in Indonesia is something that you should consider.

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