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Seven Hidden Harvest Festivals to Celebrate Locally

  • WHL Group
  • 2 September 2012

In the northern hemisphere, late summer and harvest time are upon us. We are reminded of the earth’s bounty as agriculturalists reap the fruits of the land. Across cultures far and wide, harvest is a time of feasting and merriment. The best thing about harvest festivals is that they are local and small-scale by nature. Every region has its own seasons and crops to celebrate, with its own customs and rituals surrounding the harvest.


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.


Celebrating Renewal: Out with Old Year, In with the New

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 16 December 2010

Over the past two weeks, in honour of the end-of-year holidays, we’ve shared some of the fourth-quarter stirrings from a few places around the world. Sikh pilgrimages, Orthodox Christmas, Eid in the Maldives and more. We’ve offered our top five picks of places where you can tap into a mystical vibe if you’re not already adept at just finding the spiritual experience in all travel. Even after all that, we still had a few items on our list that we wanted to share.


Best Travel Photos of 2010: A Year in Local Travel Pictures

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 14 November 2010

After a year and 52 pictures, we are proud to present our Photo of the Year, the image that most captured the imagine of The Travel Word and a group of external judges: the Dazzling Colours of Sunset, the Maldives. Exactly one year ago, we started featuring one picture each week on The Travel Word. We spotlighted favourite images pulled from our growing collections on Flickr. We also asked the photographer or owner to submit a short and revealing text about it. These text-image combinations have proven to be very popular.


Hanging with the Literati and Glitterati of the Literary and Film Festival Circuit

  • Natasha Robinson
  • 24 July 2010

These are golden times for cinephiles and bibliophiles. Bookworms and movie buffs can now check out the latest cinematic and literary offerings in the most unexpected corners of the globe. And if you imagine literary festivals as gatherings of fusty old intellectuals spouting arcane references to James Joyce, think again! They are fast outshining movie festivals as the places to be seen if you’re hip, happening and brainy to boot.


The Top 10 Developing Countries for Sustainable Adventure Tourism

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 10 June 2010

Where will you head when the wild calls? Where should we look for tour operators eager to join forces to make a positive impact on their surroundings through community development and environmental conservation projects? For inspiration, we turned to the Adventure Tourism Development Index.


Photo of the Week: Yummy Penny Bun Mushrooms in Latvia

  • Inese Lazdovska (photo), Anda Cīrule (text)
  • 9 May 2010

The photo was taken in my mother’s yard in Jelgava, Latvia, in early September (2006), which, is peak time for picking mushrooms. We had just returned from the woods. Nothing tastes better than homemade mushroom sauce. Our local Latvian versions use various kinds of mushrooms found in the forests, but the most popular, of course, are penny buns, or ‘bennies.’


Latvia’s ‘Grown-Ups’ Effect Change in Riga’s Beleaguered Children’s Hospital

  • Natasha Robinson
  • 1 April 2010

It is a sorry state of affairs when, due to a crippling lack of medical supplies and equipment, a mother is forced to buy a thermometer for the hospital in which her child is being treated. Spurred on by these stories of harsh privation, Anda Cirule, the whl.travel local connection in Riga joined a gang of mothers determined to turn around the fate of the hospital.


Riga, Capital of Latvia, Is a City of Architectural Splendour

  • Anda Cirule
  • 4 January 2010

Although small, the Baltic country of Latvia attracts oversize attention, luring in travellers with a richness of culture and traditions, green and pure nature and a history dating back to early 9000 BC. Latvia’s capital city, Riga, is the largest metropolis in the Baltic states, an urban spread particularly well known for its fantastic integration…


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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