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Seven UNESCO World Heritage All-Stars and Alternatives

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 12 December 2011

UNESCO recognition through its World Heritage List and time in the subsequent travel spotlight can be a mixed blessing. On the one hand, a new site gets a big status boost and some protection. On the other hand, an influx of tourists adds pressures and more need for protection. One way to curb this effect is for travellers to visit alternative heritage destinations where high tourism congestion isn’t causing problems.

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Top Five Airport Flash Mobs

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 29 June 2011

Is there anything fun or pleasant about being at the airport? Well, sometimes, for some very fortunate travellers, a spontaneous display of entertainment erupts. If you see a spectacle of coordinated, performance-quality singing and dancing unfold around you in any public place, including airports and train stations, stop and appreciate the spectacle. Don’t blink, for this is something special. You are in the midst of a flash mob.

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Lebanon and Beyond: An Interview with a Local Partner

  • WHL Group
  • 15 January 2011

Every month, we delve into the travel experiences of people in the extended WHL Group network. This month we talk to Cindy Nehme of Lebanon.travel, the whl.travel local connection based in Beirut, Lebanon.

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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.

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Photo of the Week: Traditional Soap Making, Tripoli, Lebanon

  • Ronald Sayegh
  • 17 October 2010

This photo shows the process of soap making in Tripoli, capital city of Lebanon. Traditional soap is made from oil, which is itself produced from locally harvested olives. The olive oil must be boiled for six hours in large cauldron, while being constantly stirred to ensure a smooth consistency. Other ingredients are added and heated briefly to achieve a creamy paste. The artisan then adds the perfumes and puts in the colouring he has chosen.

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Top Five Picks for Mouthwatering Street Food

  • WHL Group
  • 6 October 2010

Forget ritzy restaurants and fine gourmet dining. If you want to taste the real essence of a place, you need to hit the streets and see what’s cooking. These eats are more than just for locals and budget travellers, they’re also a sure-fire way to get straight to the heart of a country and its people. Just look for the busiest pushcart, stall or street hawker you can find and say hello to the tastiest and cheapest, although not necessarily healthiest, grub of your trip.

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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.

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Eight whl.travel Destinations Are Finalists for the New Seven Wonders of Nature

  • whl.travel
  • 24 July 2009

In December 2007, a global call for votes on 440 destinations in 220 countries netted a pared-down list of 77 sites, all vying for one of seven coveted spots as the New Seven Wonders of Nature. Then, on 21 July 2009, a panel of experts announced the even more select list of only 28 finalists….

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