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‘Experiential Travel’ – How Long Until We Can Start Just Calling It ‘Travel’?

  • Alex Narracott
  • 20 July 2012

Experiential travel, local travel, responsible travel, ethical travel, ecotourism. Can you spot the difference? When you boil down such expressions to their essence, they all really mean one thing: travel done properly. Perhaps one day we will reach a golden moment when we can quit naming it ‘experiential travel’ or anything else, and simply go back to calling it ‘travel.’

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Experiencing Brazil from a Local’s Perspective

  • whl.travel
  • 9 July 2012

The Travel Word asked its partners in Brazil the following question: “If you were hosting a visitor in your city for only one day, what single experience would be central for that visitor to come away with a deeper understanding of your city and your country?” The responses were fantastically varied, highlighting the great diversity that underpins Brazil and its people, cities and cultures.

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National Holidays: Experiential Travel at Its Best

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 4 July 2012

The (northern hemisphere) summer holiday season is now well and truly upon us, complete with major celebrations. Independent travellers with a particular penchant for direct, deep and engaging discovery – something sometimes called experiential travel – of new lands and cultures often wrap their travel plans around these happenings. Here are some of our favourites.

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Photo of the Week: Peaks and Paddies, Southern Laos

  • Cindy Fan (Photo and Text)
  • 1 July 2012

It’s June and rice-growing season is in full swing in southern Laos. For the last few days, I’ve been travelling on the Stray Asia bus through the vast, flat and open landscape that is characteristic of the region. We’ve cruised past rice field after rice field alive with impossibly vibrant colours, the reflections in the water-filled paddies intensifying the natural beauty.

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When Travel Mishaps Turn Experiential

  • WHL Group
  • 29 June 2012

By the looks of glossy travel magazines and flashy vacation websites, things can only go right on the road. But anyone who has practiced the art of travel knows it’s not always lollipops and rainbows. The staff at The Travel Word has had its fair share of travel mishaps. We found that some of our richest travel stories started with a mini-crisis and ended with a mega-experience.

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Xhosa: Embracing Love Through a South African Language

  • Ashley Michelle Williams
  • 27 June 2012

For some reason, I don’t think I was that aware of how much diversity existed within South Africa. I hate to be ignorant, but I just didn’t realize the array of languages and cultures that existed within the country. I was surprised to find out that there are actually more than 10 official languages in South Africa, my favorite of which is Xhosa.

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How and Why to Unplug While Travelling

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 25 June 2012

Do you have a small computer that fits in your pocket or purse? Does it spend most of its time in your hand? Have you outsourced most of your mind’s responsibilities to it, such as basic memory and navigation? If you answered ‘yes’ to the questions above, then you may be stuck in a technology loop. One way out of it: try experiential travel. Unplug, sign off, power down, get out of town and open yourself to the analog sensations around you.

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Livingstone, Zambia – Stunning to the Senses

  • Lindy Nauta
  • 20 June 2012

As soon as we get to the plane door, it hits us: dry heat mixed with the smell of the bush. It is instantly recognisable, our senses confirming what our minds already know. We are in the middle of Africa! Specifically, Livingstone, Zambia. A few kilometres away, the ‘Smoke That Thunders’ drifts up to heights of over 400 metres, a plume clearly visible from the air signalling the start of an incredible trip.

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Join a Paper Flower Tradition in Thanh Thien, Vietnam

  • Rachel Greene, Rose Charities
  • 18 June 2012

For 400 years, the villagers in Thanh Thien, Vietnam, have been making beautiful handmade paper flowers using unique designs passed down through the generations. Today, Thanh Thien is regaining fame for its paper flowers. To develop a program to attract tourists to the village, Thanh Thien has recently partnered with Rose Charities Vietnam.

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What Is Experiential Travel? Here’s What We Think

  • WHL Group
  • 11 June 2012

Today’s traveller seeks experiences. More than the amenities and creature comforts, more than the attractions and canned entertainment, more than the must-sees and photos, the real-life experiences are what compel people to travel. Here are reflections from the WHL Group about what the buzzword ‘experiential travel’ means, and our own favourite memories of it.

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