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Family Travel and Dude Ranches

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 13 December 2016

Why family travel and dude ranches? Because they reconnect adults to innocent parts of their childhood and introduce their kids to these same experiences.

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Photo of the Week: Rice Paddy Field in the Backwaters of Kerala, India

  • Pravin Tamang
  • 25 February 2013

This shot was taken in the backwaters of Kerala, India, a highly complex network of inland waterways that connect the area’s remote villages. I hopped out of my canoe to watch and photograph this otherwise normal morning sight for the locals. I have always loved the simple life of the countryside in Kerala, so whenever I am in Kochi, I make it a point to visit.

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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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In Motion: Local Transport from Around the World

  • WHL Group
  • 5 October 2011

We believe that the different forms of local transport are unique qualities of a place that, when experienced, are a vital part of a local travel experience. To know a place is to get around it the way local people do: cramming yourself into a chicken bus in South America, throwing caution to the wind in a tuk-tuk in Southeast Asia or boarding a ferry in Africa. We’re sure you will find these rides to be a brilliant bonding experience with locals.

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Top Five Indigenous Cultures Tours

  • whl.travel
  • 2 August 2011

The theme “linking cultures” has been chosen for the 2011 World Tourism Day (to be celebrated on September 27). Often, in an area with indigenous populations, or people who are original to the land, one of the greatest assets is traditional culture. Through mindfully operated cultural tours, indigenous groups have something a great deal to offer – and to gain! – from exchanges with tourists. Here we share a roundup of some of our favourite indigenous culture tours.

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First Impressions of Travel in the Okavango Delta, Botswana

  • Leslie Koch
  • 21 July 2011

A herd of elephants stomped across the wide-open plain while a family of giraffes craned their necks for a mid-day snack. As I stared out the window onto the lush green plain, it hit me: This is Africa! My first wildlife sighting in Botswana came before I had even touched down in the Okavango Delta. I took the elephants and giraffes grazing below our Cessna as a sign of things to come.

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Top Five Ways to Experience Biodiversity Hotspots

  • WHL Group
  • 8 April 2011

Biodiversity – the variety of life in a particular ecosystem – is a precious thing, inherently. In species-rich environments, the awe-inspiring intricacies of our planet’s long bio-evolutionary history can be found in full flower, growl, flutter, slither and bubble. It is truly an amazing thing to behold. We encourage travellers to explore these biological treasure troves, but to do so responsibly.

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Chasing Adventure in Champasak, Laos

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 16 February 2011

In Southeast Asia’s so-called Emerald Triangle, a region of extensive natural forests growing along the tripartite border of Thailand, Cambodia and Laos, some of the most beautiful and least touristy landscapes are in southern Laos. Travellers who make it there, specifically to the lesser-known Lao province of Champasak, are always wowed by the region’s attractions and wonders, the first often being the phenomenal World Heritage site of Wat Phou.

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The Zambezi International Regatta Returns to Livingstone, Zambia

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 18 September 2010

Flowing past the thunderous cataracts of Victoria Falls, the Zambezi River has long been recognized as one of the top 10 waterways in the world for boating and white-water rafting activities. As the fourth-largest river in Africa, these fast-moving waters are the ideal place for boaters to experience the adrenalin rush of competition, especially in something like the historic Zambezi International Regatta.

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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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