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Posts Tagged ‘Urban Adventures’

Photo of the Week: Carnival of Cultures, Pentecost in Berlin, Germany

  • Björn Awe
  • 7 March 2013

Every year around Pentecost (the end of the Easter season), Berlin celebrates its multiculturalism with a Carnival of Cultures! During a four-day street party (from May 17 to 20 in 2013), there’s a lively procession full of costumes, music and dance, and about 4,000 participants perform for more than 750,000 visitors.

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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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Photo of the Week: A Sunset in Hoi An, Vietnam

  • Huong Tran (Photo and Text)
  • 31 January 2013

Visitors to Hoi An, Vietnam, almost always already know about its narrow streets flanked by traditional buildings full of colourful lanterns, fusion restaurants, and shoe or tailor shops. But not many people know about the other Hoi An – a fascinating typical Vietnamese countryside of rice paddies, thatched cottages, water coconut and huge fishing nets right where the peaceful Thu Bon River runs into the ocean.

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The Best Local Travel Pictures of 2012

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 4 January 2013

With another year of pictures under our belt, it’s time again to spotlight our Photo of the Year – an image that most captured the imagination of The Travel Word team and a group of external judges. Like our Photo of the Year 2010 and Photo of the Year 2011, we believe this year’s winning image truly captures the imagination, a glimpse of something uncommon in a very familiar place.

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Where Would You Like to Be for the End of the World?

  • WHL Group
  • 20 December 2012

This Friday, December 21, 2012, marks the end of the 5,125-year-long Mayan calendar. It’s a date that has had some new-age astrologers speculating about the possibility of cataclysmic world events, possible even a doomsday scenario. Just what are some of the best places to hide out for the end of the world? We sat down with WHL Group staff to hear their thoughts about where to they’d like to be during the earth’s final hours.

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Photo of the Week: Angel Place Birdcages, Sydney, Australia

  • Ryan Zaknich (photo and text)
  • 7 December 2012

This photo was taken in Angel Place in the downtown area of Sydney, Australia. It is part of an art exhibit installed by the local council to remind us of the abundant birdlife that was in the area prior to English settlement. The birdcages are empty to remind us of the birds that have long since flow away.

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Photo of the Week: A Chincheros Farmer in the Sacred Valley of Peru

  • Mary Moses
  • 23 November 2012

When in Peru, no visit to Cusco is complete without time in the nearby area of the Sacred Valley (Valle Sagrado). With Inca fortresses and ruins, bustling local markets, stunning countryside and small pueblos of indigenous communities, the Sacred Valley is just outside of Cusco, but feels worlds apart. This picture was taken during a visit to a local Chincheros community.

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Our Favourite Local Suppliers in the World of Travel

  • WHL Group
  • 11 November 2012

In travel, experiences are made possible through the input of many businesses and people. The WHL Group works to keep the travel “product” as locally based as possible. We partner with in-country experts like tour operators who, in turn, work with local service providers like lodges, restaurants, drivers and guides.

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How Do You Meet Locals While Travelling?

  • WHL Group
  • 4 November 2012

A major highlight of travel is always the people we meet along the way, especially local inhabitants. Local people burst the tourist bubble and offer valuable insight and access to incredible experiences. They are a traveller’s best inroad to a place. Just what are some of the best ways to meet locals while travelling? We sat down with the staff of the WHL Group to tease out their thoughts about how to infiltrate local life.

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Photo of the Week: Locals in Old Beijing, China

  • Anton Jurgens (photo and text)
  • 26 October 2012

While the allure of old Beijing is increasingly overshadowed by progress, there are pockets of life that turn the clock back to the days of rickety bicycles, quiet hutongs with centuries of history to tell, and old men huddled intently and laughing over a game of mahjong, all the while turning endless strands of prayer beads.

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