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Take It Slow: Get off the High-Speed Tour Bus!

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 12 March 2012

You’ve seen them flocking together at every major tourist site: groups of travellers in bright Hawaiian shirts escorted by their tour guides, who lead them around like herds of cattle. They snap photos with their brand-new cameras and are then wrangled back on the bus. One hopes that one day these folk will realise this is no way to see the world, watching the landscapes whirr by instead of savouring the journey.

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Top Five Airport Flash Mobs

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 29 June 2011

Is there anything fun or pleasant about being at the airport? Well, sometimes, for some very fortunate travellers, a spontaneous display of entertainment erupts. If you see a spectacle of coordinated, performance-quality singing and dancing unfold around you in any public place, including airports and train stations, stop and appreciate the spectacle. Don’t blink, for this is something special. You are in the midst of a flash mob.

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Top Five Carnival Celebrations Outside Brazil

  • WHL Group
  • 2 February 2011

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has a well-deserved reputation as host of the biggest Carnival celebration in the world. Nowhere else on earth is this gloriously wanton Christian holiday of feasting before fasting quite as grand in scale. In fact, all over Brazil, wild and massive celebrations compete for the Carnival spotlight. This makes it easy to forget that Carnival is celebrated with the same passion and gusto in many other parts of the world as well!

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Photo of the Week: St. Antonio’s Celebration, Lisbon, Portugal

  • Virginie Grimault (Photo and Text)
  • 21 November 2010

This picture was taken on a tour to the oldest part of Lisbon called Alfama. It was not on the main day – June 13 – when the annual feast of St. Antonio is celebrated, but some days later. June in Lisbon is the month of animation, celebration and parties, all of which are held in the street. The streets retain the festive appearance you see here for the whole month.

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Epicureans Rejoice! A Celebration of Food and Drink Festivals from Around the World

  • Natasha Robinson
  • 16 October 2010

Great sources of national pride, a country’s cuisine and local produce are as much a cause for celebration as its culture and history. Not a month goes by without an homage to food and drink somewhere in the world, so check out our selection of events encouraging you to kick up your heels, eat, drink and be merry.

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Photo of the Week: Traditional Palheiros Houses of Santana, Madeira, Portugal

  • Duarte Alves (Photo) Paula Ferreira (Text)
  • 26 September 2010

Santana is a beautiful village located on the north coast of Madeira, and is one of the island’s most important tourist destinations, mainly because of the traditional ‘palheiros’ that are found there. These small, triangular, thatched-roof houses – also known as Santana’s ‘little houses’ – date back to the early 15th century and are so popular that they are often used on Madeira’s tourist board’s promotional material.

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Into the Wilds of Portugal’s Peneda-Gerês National Park

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 3 September 2010

When it comes to great outdoor vacations, one could hardly do better than escaping to the European wilderness areas overseen by PAN Parks. The PAN Parks foundation provides support to 11 parks in Europe, encompassing some of the continent’s most spectacular natural habitats, from mist-shrouded bog lands, thunderous waterfalls and raging rivers to towering snow-capped peaks. One of the most strikingly beautiful and undisturbed of these parks is Peneda-Gerês National Park, which lies in Portugal’s extreme northwest.

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Ten More #whltravel Tweeps Tweeting

  • Ethan Gelber (@thetravelword)
  • 26 March 2010

Inspired by Make Travel Fair’s 10 #whltravel Tweeps Twittering, which was in turn inspired by the 10 #Travel Tweeps Twittering post published on Matador’s Travelers Notebook, here are another 10 pictures of twitter users from the WHL Group.

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Recovering from the Mudslides in Madeira, Portugal

  • Paula Ferreira
  • 25 February 2010

On the morning of Saturday, 20 February 2010, the south of Madeira Island was lashed by an incredible 52mm of rainfall in one hour (9:00 to 10:00). The consequence was a series of mudslides and floods that struck mainly in the capital city of Funchal, Ribeira Brava and several other smaller towns in the area….

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Urban Adventures Strikes a Promising Chord

  • WHL Group
  • 10 December 2009

After the successful launch of Urban Adventures on October 1, 2009, the business has been moving from strength to strength. The month of November, in particular, was very productive in network growth and technological improvements. Now just 71 days after officially opening our days, there are 28 destinations and 94 adventures live, with new product…

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