One of the best things I love about travelling is getting the chance to learn more about a new culture. That’s how I felt when my partner and I visited Thailand for the second time. As a Eurasian (I’m half British and half Chinese), I was intrigued by the architecture and culture and knew we had to visit again. Having the opportunity to go back and really get under the skin of the country was a no-brainer and it was surprising the number of things we discovered beyond the main visitor attractions.
Five Exhilarating Snowboarding Destinations You’ll Want To Visit At Least Once In Your Life
Every snowboarder has a bucket list as long as their arm of places to ride before they stop shredding forever. However, with many of these “dream” destinations the idea of the place is better than the actual riding to be had. So before you grab your snowboards and head out the door, here are five snowboarding destinations that should be at the top of your list and will NOT disappoint:
This compelling question tickles our imagination and is the basis of a terrific new book published by Lonely Planet: The BEST Place To Be Today, 365 Things To Do & The Perfect Day To Do Them. The premise of this entertaining guide is to provide interesting and unique places you should consider traveling to – on the very best day to visit that particular spot. With something intriguing to do on every day of the year in 2015, this book makes it on our list of great Christmas presents for your favorite travel enthusiast.
So what’s the first day you would look up? Your birthday, anniversary, or perhaps that cold mid-winter week that you always hit the wall and want to escape to someplace exciting and warm.
The Philippines are truly the ‘Pearl of the Orient’ with hundreds of bodies of water within the archipelago. Hot springs and waterfalls are just two of the frequently visited spots in the country. Here you’ll find a centuries-old concept of hydrotherapy and the healing powers of hot springs. The majority of the locals strongly believe that hot springs have therapeutic abilities, and we have to agree. The soothing sound of waterfalls, too, can calm the senses.
Below are some of the most famous and truly beautiful hot springs and waterfalls well worth a visit.
3 Fantastic Spots to Go Freediving
Fuelled by determination and a sheer love of the deep, freediving is an adrenaline-pumping experience that certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted. Hungry for the challenge, divers ditch their breathing equipment for the power of their own lungs to descend to great depths and explore all the underwater world has to offer. The thought might seem intimidating but anybody can learn the art of freediving, and those that do never look back.
So you’ve decided to visit the Lion City – the cosmopolitan metropolis that has so much to offer for visiting travellers. Get off the typical tourist trail and experience Singapore on a more personal level. Just so you don’t waste your time standing in line with the other toursits, here’s what NOT to do, and what TO DO instead in Singapore.
Contrary to popular belief, river cruising is not exclusive to Europe. Most of the world’s great cities have emerged along the shores of mighty rivers and today river cruising has expanded to travel the world’s great rivers. There are opportunities to explore rivers all across the globe, from the Yangtze River in China to the Irrawaddy river in Burma. There are also river cruises in the USA and South America, with routes along the Mississippi and the Amazon rivers. River cruises offer the opportunity to explore territory which is often thought of as the remit of backpackers, in a luxurious relaxed, leisurely and safe way.
Vietnam is known for its natural beauty, unique culture and traditions, rich history, friendly people, and a vibrant atmosphere. For the last couple of years, tourists everywhere have increasingly taken a shine to this enigmatic Southeast Asian country as it is one of the few tourist destinations that offer a wide range of experiences.
Apart from the sights and the sounds, the tastes and flavors of the country also gains eminence among travelers. A country’s cuisine is one of the major attractions for visitors. Here’s a guide to the most popular (and delicious) food dishes in Vietnam that every traveler should try.
The clash of ages at the heart of this urban sanctuary are well worth discovering. Had it not been for a business conference I had to attend with my coworker in 2009, I would probably never have discovered Hong Kong on my own. With time, as I returned again and again, I dug deeper and deeper and I guess I have seen enough to claim that I have a more in-depth understanding of the city than a statistical tourist to Hong Kong.
Below I list the spots that have remained in my memory for longest and that I will come back to when the next opportunity to go there arises again.
A Traveler’s Guide For Staying Safe and Healthy in India
It’s no secret that India is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. In 2011 alone, 6.29 million foreign tourists visited the subcontinent according to the World Travel and Tourism Council. India is an especially popular travel destination among U.S. Americans who in fact comprise 16% of all foreign travelers.
Whether you intend to backpack through the country or stay at a luxurious resort at the beach, you should plan your trip in advance and take several precautions to remain safe and sound during your journey.