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Posts Tagged ‘Mongolia’

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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The Lure of the Open Road: Tom Allen’s ‘Janapar’

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 30 November 2012

‘Janapar’, which is the Armenian word for journey, is the story of Tom Allen’s bicycle travels across three and a half years, 12,000 mapless miles and 32 countries. It is “an honest and life-affirming tale of finding what you’re looking for when you least expect it.” Including love. It is about the lure of the open road: something to live by and to be inspired by.

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My House Is Your House: Unique Homestays Around the World

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 2 July 2012

No matter where you travel – the saying goes – there’s still no place like home. Luckily, for many travellers, it’s now possible to forgo run-of-the mill hotel stays in favour of a night (or more) spent with a local family. Commonly known as ‘homestays,’ such local travel opportunities offers win-win outcomes for both travellers and their hosts. Considering a sustainable alternative to staying in a hotel? Here are five of our favourite cultural homestays that offer enriching travel experiences while also improving local livelihoods.

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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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Photo of the Week: A Ranger in Khustai National Park, Mongolia

  • Ragchaa Batbold (Photo and Text)
  • 12 February 2012

When we got on top of the hill and were enjoying the surrounding natural scenery, we spotted a local horseman approaching us from a distance. I don’t know why, but initially we felt slightly ill at ease, maybe because we were otherwise alone in a complete wilderness.

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In Motion: Local Transport from Around the World

  • WHL Group
  • 5 October 2011

We believe that the different forms of local transport are unique qualities of a place that, when experienced, are a vital part of a local travel experience. To know a place is to get around it the way local people do: cramming yourself into a chicken bus in South America, throwing caution to the wind in a tuk-tuk in Southeast Asia or boarding a ferry in Africa. We’re sure you will find these rides to be a brilliant bonding experience with locals.

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Gunyah Launches Locally Inspired Short Breaks Around the Globe

  • WHL Group
  • 4 October 2011

Last week, Gunyah officially launched its inspirational travel website with 65 authentic short breaks in 20 extraordinary countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Its goal is to turn the tables on the traditional holiday by combining the mind-blowing spontaneity of independent travel with the convenience of a package holiday.

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Top Five Horse Sports in Asia

  • whl.travel
  • 6 June 2011

All around the world, horses are often the star athletes of best-loved sports that go way back in history, most tracing their roots to the ancient equine traditions and horsemanship originally practiced in Asia and the East. We’ve taken a look at some of the most fascinating horse sports in Asia – tournaments, games and traditions that helped define the local cultures of which they are still an integral part today.

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Dance to the Beat of Mongolian Bling

  • Off the Radar
  • 23 August 2010

Ask any youth from the Western hemisphere to name their favorite hip-hop artists and they will probably rattle off a few names that come to mind. Ask their parents and grandparents and you would likely be met with a blank stare. Younger generations have come to assume that this culture gulf is wide and incapable of being bridged. Nasanbat, a 52 year old Mongolian woman, however, can name the first hip-hop song that became popular in Mongolia, a few of the bands and artists around town, and is probably more tuned into the industry than any Western youth. She is not the exception. In fact, in Mongolia, older generations know all about hip-hop.

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Horsing Around in Mongolia

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 10 July 2010

Mongolia’s long history owes much to a certain gentle beast of burden – the horse. Contemporary tourism has not been blind to the appeal of horses in Mongolia, which outnumber humans almost seven to one. Cultural activities such as overnight stays with nomadic herdsman are popular among travellers, while horse races capture the imagination of locals and foreigners alike. Of course, the pristine landscape of vast steppes, dunes and mountains is heaven on horseback for anyone looking to get away from it all.

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