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National Holidays: Experiential Travel at Its Best

  • Ethan Gelber
  • 4 July 2012

The (northern hemisphere) summer holiday season is now well and truly upon us, complete with major celebrations. Independent travellers with a particular penchant for direct, deep and engaging discovery – something sometimes called experiential travel – of new lands and cultures often wrap their travel plans around these happenings. Here are some of our favourites.

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Photo of the Week: The View From Mount Sinai, Dahab, Egypt

  • Eric Monkaba (Photo) Gunyah (Text)
  • 6 May 2012

Standing on top of Mt. Sinai, a trekking guide looks over the St. Katherine’s Protectorate, situated about a two hours’ drive from Dahab, Egypt. He is a member of the Jabaelya tribe, one of the seven tribes of the South Sinai region. This unique tribe is a mixture of Arab and Eastern European blood, descending from the soldiers of Emperor Justinian, who he brought to guard the Monastery of St. Katherine.

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Photo of the Week: Easter in Lithuania – Revisited

  • Eugenija Sniokaite (photo) Kestas Lukoskinas (text)
  • 24 April 2011

Easter in Lithuania is the second biggest festival after Christmas. To this day, it is a family event that combines both Christian celebration and age-old Lithuanian tradition. According to the old ways, Easter marks the rejuvenation of nature. In years gone by, the festival had a fixed date – on the spring equinox. Around that time the temperature rises above freezing and green starts coming back into the world.

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Holidays, Celebrations and Festivals in Tanzania

  • Shafina Bandali
  • 14 December 2010

The multicultural country of Tanzania is home to an incredible range of tribes and religions. Due to this mixing and mingling of cultures – the majority of the population is Muslim, followed by Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and other local tribes – there is no shortage of exciting holidays, a diversity of festivities in which everyone takes real pride. Tanzanians respect each other’s religious differences and enjoy a few notable celebrations, including Eid ul-Fitr, Christmas, Navratri and Diwali.

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Photo of the Week: The Armenian Wish Tree

  • Photo by Winfried Werzmirzowsky Text by Hripsime Badalyan, whl.travel local connection in Yerevan, Armenia
  • 28 February 2010

This photo was taken by one of our clients from Germany. It is of a ‘wish tree’ in the southern part of Armenia, in the Syunik region. You can find such trees in many places across Armenia, but usually they are found close to churches, monasteries and chapels. Legend has it that a wish will…

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