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Making the Most of Costa Rica’s Nature and National Independence Day

  • The Travel Word
  • 12 September 2012

On September 15, 1821, Costa Rica became a free nation. Today, September 15 is the Costa Rican national Independence Day holiday commemorating its nearly bloodless transition to self-rule. That Costa Rica has succeeded in nonviolently preserving its sovereignty is quite remarkable. So are the stable economy, world-class educational system and heavy public emphasis placed on biodiversity conservation.

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Photo of the Week: Kyoto Annual Archery Festival, Kyoto, Japan

  • Aaron Davis (Photo and Text)
  • 29 July 2012

Kyoto is a city that lends itself to festivals, and there are numerous possibilities for exploration during these many great festivals due to the honouring of traditions and ancient events. The surreal temple complex of Sanjusangen-do in Kyoto hosts a traditional annual archery festival with a 400-year tradition that includes young women turning 20 in the coming year.

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Experiencing the World with All Five Senses

  • WHL Group
  • 25 July 2012

To dig deeper into the concept of ‘experiential travel,’ we asked the WHL Group’s partners – local travel experts from around the globe – to tell us how life feels in their destinations. We asked them to get sensory about it. Find out which of the five senses is most heightened when you open your eyes, nose, mouth, ears and hands in a new place.

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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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Bisket Jatra: Ringing in the New Year in Bhaktapur, Nepal

  • Purushottam Dhungel and Navin M. Shrestha
  • 26 March 2012

Every year, the whole city of Bhaktapur, Nepal, empties itself into the streets for over a week to celebrate Bisket Jatra, which starts four days before the Nepalese New Year and continues for four days after it. Lasting from April 9 until April 16 this year (2012), the multifaceted festival is a ritual welcome extended to the New Year and carries immense cultural significance for the people of the city.

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Photo of the Week: Little Churches Everywhere, Corfu, Greece

  • Tony Decker (Photo) Sandra Broedner (Text)
  • 29 January 2012

Religion is of very great importance for the residents of Corfu, as it is for most Greeks, and churches and small chapels can be found everywhere all over the island. Corfu has nearly 800 churches and monasteries altogether! Even the tiniest village in Corfu has a church in its centre and these churches can sometimes…

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Happy New Year 2012!

  • WHL Group
  • 1 January 2012

Happy New Year… in as many languages as we could assemble.

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Season’s Greetings from The Travel Word

  • WHL Group
  • 24 December 2011

Season’s Greetings from The Travel Word. We’ll be back in the New Year after a few days of rest.

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Four Excellent Overlooked Christmas Markets in Europe

  • Samantha Libby
  • 23 December 2011

While the celebrated Christmas markets in Germany, Poland and Switzerland always crowd up for the holiday season, there are other well-established European markets slightly further off the beaten track that offer thinner crowds and beautiful locally made products. Eastern Europe in particular is a great place to check out the growing markets, while farther in the west of the continent, the funky holiday Christmas stirred up in Amsterdam is not to be missed.

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Video Spotlight: Floating Lanterns of Chiang Mai, Thailand

  • Paul Tavner
  • 4 December 2011

This footage captures the moment hundreds of sky lanterns are released into the skies above Chiang Mai, Thailand. The ultralight paper body fills with hot gas and sends each lantern soaring skyward, the suspended flame propelling its glowing form into the night.

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