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Top Tropical Rainforest Adventures

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 7 May 2012

Visiting a rainforest is a unique nature experience. During the day, these unique biomes burst with a busy buzz and bright flashes of colour, while at night, the air comes alive with the shrieks and calls of the forest’s many nocturnal creatures. Amidst all this natural beauty, it’s important to tread lightly. Rainforests are home to an estimated 40 to 75 percent of all the world’s plants and animals, including many still just being discovered.

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Taking the High Road: Mountain Treks for All

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 17 April 2012

For centuries, high-minded travellers, wise men and ladies alike, have sought out the world’s mountains, revelling in the challenge of the climb and capturing in photographs and ink the terrific views and exaltation that come at the end of long and strenuous hikes. Ridge-rambling adventurers are, if anything, more numerous today than ever before. Fortunately, mountain treks abound, gauged to hikers of all abilities.

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Top Five Volunteering Holidays

  • Tom Marvin
  • 28 March 2012

These days, people are looking for more from their holidays. Jaded by the mass-produced, identikit travel experiences pushed out by large corporations, they’ve tapped into a growing trend to give something back whilst away from home. And who can blame them? Travel is all about gaining new experiences, seeing new places and developing as a person. Volunteering during a holiday gives you all these opportunities.

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How to Be a Slow Traveller: Choose the Right Accommodation

  • whl.travel
  • 14 March 2012

In the best-selling book and motion picture ‘Eat Pray Love,’ Elizabeth Gilbert spends an entire year on the road. She visits three different countries for four months each. How did she do it? Apart from having a book deal already in place to fund her journey, she also travelled smart and travelled slow, especially in her choice of lodging. From Italy to India and Indonesia, she chose longer-term apartment and lodge rental.

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Take It Slow: Get off the High-Speed Tour Bus!

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 12 March 2012

You’ve seen them flocking together at every major tourist site: groups of travellers in bright Hawaiian shirts escorted by their tour guides, who lead them around like herds of cattle. They snap photos with their brand-new cameras and are then wrangled back on the bus. One hopes that one day these folk will realise this is no way to see the world, watching the landscapes whirr by instead of savouring the journey.

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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 Rickshaws YOU Can Drive

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 26 September 2011

Imagine if you could tell about actually getting to drive a rickshaw. Yes, today it is possible to get your hands on the steering bar of this ever-popular mode of transport. In which case it’s game over: Your tale would triumph, hands down. Get ready to tell the best stories about your time as a rickshaw pilot, because we’ve found the top five rickshaws that you are actually allowed to drive.

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Top Five Indigenous Cultures Tours

  • whl.travel
  • 2 August 2011

The theme “linking cultures” has been chosen for the 2011 World Tourism Day (to be celebrated on September 27). Often, in an area with indigenous populations, or people who are original to the land, one of the greatest assets is traditional culture. Through mindfully operated cultural tours, indigenous groups have something a great deal to offer – and to gain! – from exchanges with tourists. Here we share a roundup of some of our favourite indigenous culture tours.

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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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Top Five Things to Do in Darjeeling, India

  • Pravin Tamang
  • 27 June 2011

Darjeeling, India, an internationally renowned tourist destination and hilly refuge, boasts an incredible variety of outdoor attractions and must-see sights. Getting to the bottom (or top) of Darjeeling’s top five, though, takes a local with intimate knowledge of the place. Fortunately, the founding staff at Tathagata Journeys were born and bred in Darjeeling and possess decades of experience arranging meaningful tours and activities for travellers.

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