Top 10 Philippine Festivals to Anticipate in 2015
It’s more fun in the Philippines. This saying is not only the government’s official tourism slogan, but also the truth; the many festivals all around the country are proof of this. These celebrations – colorful and lively displays, parades and performers, and a great amount of food – are mostly based on Philippine history, cultural traditions, and feasts of the Catholic faith. Therefore, they are deeply rooted in the nation’s identity and aren’t just empty merrymaking.
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.
The last time I was on the back of a motorbike my age was still being counted in months, and, needless to say, the bike wasn’t started. My friends had never been on one. But two wheels are a way of life in Vietnam, and the opportunity to travel the 200km from the lantern speckled city of Hoi An to the bustling city of Hue with Hue Riders was more than enticing. So we bundled our bags on the tour bus with the rest of the group and set off for sightseeing along the Ho Chi Minh Trail on two wheels.
The State of Karnataka is the home of Coorg, one of the most happening tourist spots in south western India. This beautiful, picturesque location is nestled amidst gentle hill slopes. Planning a holiday here is one of the best thing you can do for yourself and your family. Coorg brings you close to nature with its mesmerizing scenery with cascading waterfalls, dense emerald forests and so much more that you just can’t help falling in love with the place. It’s time you planned a visit to this lovely area that sits encircled by tea & coffee plantations and orange orchards in a completely pollution.
Southeast Asia is an extremely picturesque region and Vietnam in particular is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. The south of the country is home to the Mekong Delta, with its amazing floating markets and unique ways of life. The central regions have amazing beaches and the cultural heritage of Hué and Hoi An. The north has the stunning mountain scenery of Sapa and the jewel in the crown, that is, Halong Bay.
Halong Bay is quite simply astonishing. It is huge, for a start, covering about 600 square miles. The sea is clear and blue and the whole bay is dotted with almost two thousand islands.
The vast majority of travel guides that crowd dusty shelves in books stores and personal libraries tell you where to find the best hotels, countless museums and endless architecturally significant churches, but they’re missing one of the most important reasons we travel – to discover where locals go to party!
Where To Party Around The World. The Matador Network, a community of young travel bloggers who tell it like it is, has just published the “ultimate guide to partying around the world”, with 101 Places To Get F*cked Up Before You Die.
India is a vast country with some of the world’s most diverse geographical features located within its borders. It’s no surprise then that adventurers have been making treks to India by any means necessary for centuries. The Himalayas, located at India’s Northern boundary, sit as a crown atop the country. The Himalayas, which means ‘home of snow’, are the world’s youngest and highest mountain ranges which continue to grow at approximately 2 1/2 inches per year.
Thousands of outdoor enthusiasts flock every year to this breathtaking region of mountains. The foothills of these majestic ranges are replete with adventure tourism destinations such as the Rishikesh, Uttarkashi, Ladakh. Visiting these places offers ample opportunity to explore the area’s fabulous natural beauty and indulge in the enthralling adventure activities.
Goa has always been known as the premier place in India for soaking in sun, sand and the surf. While there are quite a few other beach destinations in India, the beaches in Goa remain the top choice for most domestic as well as overseas tourists.
An interplay of factors such as centuries of colonial Portuguese rule, the Hippie influence of the 1960s and 70s, and scores of Western families who call this place home have all made Goa one of the most and perhaps THE most permissive and liberal of places in India. Whether, you are looking for roaring adventure sports, delightful seclusion at some quiet beach, or simply want to indulge in people watching after boozing to your heart’s content and gorging on scrumptious fare at the beach shacks – Goa’s beaches offer all this plus some more.
Agra is a fascinating city. Capital of the Mughal Empire for a hundred and thirty years, Agra is endowed with beautiful archaeological sites of immense historic significance. The first of these that comes to mind is, of course the Taj Mahal. The beauty and fame of the Taj is so widespread that visitors often make day trips from Delhi exclusively to visit this glorified tomb and return immediately. But there’s so much more to Agra than the Taj Mahal; so I got myself an Agra tour guide and set off to explore this intriguing city.
My first stop was Agra Fort. This fortress was originally a brick structure from the 10th century. When the Mughals took it over, it got its new and present avatar of red sandstone under Emperor Akbar.
Discover Keoladeo, Ranthambore and Corbett National Parks – India’s Golden Triangle for Wildlife Lovers.
Just as India’s golden triangle is marked by the three well connected beautiful cities – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, the golden triangle for wildlife enthusiasts if formed by three prominent national parks – Keoladeo, Ranthambore and Corbett. Each of these wildlife destinations has a tale of success, exotic fauna species and pleasing floral assortment. Nature enthusiasts will not want to miss the opportunity to explore these exotic settings.