Travel

Trekking the Bale Mountains, Ethiopia

“Those Warthogs” said our guide Ayuba pointing at a pig-like creature grazing nearby, “want to destroy my home”. If I had felt sleepy from our long eight-hour drive from the capital, Addis Ababa, the jolt from this astonishing statement put paid to that. I was imagining that they could do a lot of damage and fretted about our safety. Ayuba ...

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Over the Alps via Gotthard Bernina Circular Tour on the Bernina Express

Linking Northern and Southern Europe, the Gotthard Bernina Circular Tour is the most spectacular way to cross the Alps by rail. It’s a marvel of engineering, using a combination of 55 tunnels and 196 bridges, blending into the landscape so successfully that it’s been recognised by UNESCO and is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its World Heritage award. I fly into Zurich ...

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A Little Book of Amazing Destinations

A sublime sunset view, a wild off-road adventure: these are the moments that turn our escapes into love affairs for a new locale. And while there may be myriad cities on your bucket list befitting a fleeting holiday romance, what about the destinations we choose to make a long-term commitment to? We often have a love-hate relationship with the cities ...

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5 Days in New Orleans, Louisiana

After the Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, or NOLA as it likes to be known, is definitely back on its feet. There’s a surge of new building and on my visit, they’re even resurfacing the historic Bourbon Street. What I like about the city is that it’s easy to get around, either by walking, tram or even bus. Indeed you wouldn’t ...

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An Excited Day in Genoa, Italy

Often overlooked by sun-seeking tourists in a rush to get to picturesque Portofino and pastel-painted Cinque Terre, Genoa is one of Italy’s most underrated and historically significant cities. This former maritime power has much to boast about: birthplace of world navigator Christopher Columbus, home to the prison from which Marco Polo dictated accounts of his travels, Italy’s first football team, ...

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You will Get an Awesome Experience if You Visit China this Season

You’ll never get bored in China‘s impressive capital as there’s so much to see and experience. Here is our year-round guide to when is the best time to visit Beijing. In general, the warmest month is July. In general, the coldest month is January. Why Visit Beijing in the Spring Spring through April and May are also good months to visit Beijing, ...

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5 Warm-Weather Escapes from Chicago

Remember last summer? You were eating pasta al fresco at Piccolo Sogno. And you uttered the words: “I will never leave this city.” Well, it’s amazing what a few months–and a 70-degree temperature dip–will do. If you can’t wait to get out of town, fear not: These direct flights will have you breathing in warm breezes in no time. (Just promise you’ll ...

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7 Enchanting Places that Look Straight Out of a Magical Fairy Tale

It’s easy to see why this small town in the Alsace region of France is known as “Little Venice.” Lining its canal—which is just begging for a lazy boat ride—are colourful buildings and cobblestone streets. Break out into “Little town, it’s a quiet village,” as you stroll! Bibury, England Artist William Morris deemed Bibury “the most beautiful village in England” when he visited in ...

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You should Know these 7 Things to See and Do in Samoa

Samoa is the place to go to fly and flop on powdery, blindingly white beaches with towering palm trees dripping into mirror calm turquoise tropical seas (your quintessential childhood image of the South Pacific) but also to discover a traditional way of life called Fa’a Samoa (The Samoan Way). 1. Understanding Fa’a Samoa (The Samoan Way) Fa’a Samoa (The Samoan Way) is a 3,000 year old custom ...

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7 Luxury Resorts You can Actually Afford

Luxury doesn’t always have to come at a price so ridiculous, only the rich and famous can enjoy it. Here are a few resort hotels around the world where you’ll get five-star service without the hefty five-star price tag. Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa Hawaii is a dream destination for many but it’s also home to some of the ...

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