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Video Spotlight: Vincent Urban in South America

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 14 March 2013

Over time, travel memories become the kind of seconds-long fragments mastered by Vincent Urban, the videographer behind this South America clip. Each one is a slightly extended snapshot, detached from chronology and name. Urban and his crew use the same technique in their short films on Asia and New York, rendering their travels as cinematic versions of fading recollection.

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May I Take a Picture of You?

  • Marcela Torres
  • 10 October 2012

Meeting people from other countries and cultures is part of the magic of traveling. We often encounter charming people that share their traditions with us and we can’t resist the temptation of capturing that moment with our photographic cameras. This enthusiastic impulse, however, may sometimes cause an unexpected negative reaction.

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Video Spotlight: Across the Andes

  • Jakub Riziky
  • 21 September 2012

Take a quick trip through the Andes and over the Altiplano with this week’s video spotlight. Well-paced time-lapse footage follows winding mountain paths across Argentina, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador, offering breathtaking views of ragged mountain tops, ancient monuments and local city life along the way.

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Video Spotlight: A Story for Tomorrow

  • Paul Tavner
  • 4 March 2012

The voiceover for this video lends a fairytale quality to the piece. It makes us think of journeys that we’ve undertaken in the past with fondness, but it also inspires the familiar feeling of wanderlust. The thrill of adventure and imagining having our own narrator to catalogue our travels are both appealing prospects.

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Slow Travel in Mendoza, Argentina: Stop and Stay Awhile

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 11 February 2012

The unaccelerated process of tasting wine is typical of slow travel. Both involve a deliberate, sensory-rich lesson in how to appreciate something to the fullest. Mendoza, Argentina, lends itself nicely to a slow travel experience in other ways too. If you can, stop in Mendoza. Stay for a while, at least a month. Take small sips. Discuss.

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Seven Surprising World Beers: A Tribute to Oktoberfest

  • Kamran Marwah
  • 24 October 2011

Beer is the ultimate social drink and there’s no better time to enjoy it than in October, a month during which, all over the world, the old, the young, the fat, the slim, the good, the bad and the ugly all come together for ‘Oktoberfest’-inspired beer-appreciation marathons. In a tribute to Oktoberfest, The Travel Word brings you a selection of seven surprising brews from different parts of the world.

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Green Hotels: What Really Makes Them Green?

  • Samantha Libby
  • 20 July 2011

To the well-intentioned traveler, ‘green’ labels can be a bit vague, a tinted title that has been taken to mean a host of things, not all of them positive. Faced with growing concerns about tongue-twisting turns of phrase like ‘sustainable eco nature adventures,’ the average person is left wondering what a green leaf means on hotel pamphlets. So what makes green hotels truly ‘green’?

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Football and Argentina – the Superclásico

  • Marlo Perry
  • 23 May 2011

If there’s one sport that sums up Argentina, it’s football (soccer). In a country so devoted to its one national sport, one of the largest, most passionate and most spectacular matches is the Superclásico, a local derby between the River Plate and Boca Juniors teams of Buenos Aires. Several years ago the UK’s ‘Observer’ rated it at the top of their ’50 Sporting Things You Must Do Before You Die’ for the experience and the atmosphere created by the fans.

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Never Miss the Iguassu Falls in Brazil and Argentina

  • André Franchini
  • 13 May 2011

As a Brazilian involved in the travel market, I’ve heard a lot about the beauty of the Iguassu Falls, one of the widest waterfalls in the world – more than three times the width of Niagara Falls – located right where the borders of Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay all touch. Then, when my close friend Wallace, who also works in tourism, said he was planning to visit the Iguassu Falls, I thought it was a good chance to take in this natural wonder from both sides of the border.

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The Inside Word on… Buenos Aires, Argentina

  • Marlo Perry
  • 20 April 2011

Buenos Aires, Argentina, was once known as the ‘Paris of South America’. It is a cosmopolitan city that mixes European heritage with Latin American culture. Now you can get the inside word on what to do, what to eat, where to party and where to shop from our Porteño local partner, a certified travel expert.

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