10 cities for every type of culture aficionado

1. Toronto – for diversity from around the world in one place In Toronto you can find a bit of everything. In fact 49% of the population is foreign-born, making it the most international major city in the world. Diversity and colorful local neighborhoods have their own flair. This vibrant culture has given growth to independent shops, galleries and […]

8 can’t-miss sights in Singapore

Planning a trip to the vibrant metropolis? City life is unmatched in Southeast Asia when comparing it with Singapore.  Its fascinating fusion of eastern and western culture offers visitors the world in a 700-square kilometer microcosm. Here you’ll find Malay mosques, shopping malls packed with luxury items, gleaming skyscrapers, and Hindu temples all compactly neighboring […]

Karlstejn Castle near Prague
10 pictures that prove autumn is the most photographic season for traveling

While it might be getting a bit chilly outside, there’s something romantic about the changing of seasons with its fiery foliage, vivid sunsets and long shadows. Changing temperatures make for cozy evenings spent together outside or around campfires. But for the seasoned explorer, the season means dramatic framing of iconic landmarks. Here are 10 of […]

Vietnam’s 5 most stunning tours

Vietnam is as exciting as it is diverse: over long complex systems of roads in the mountains and into hillside villages along the rivers, Vietnam’s landscape is tough to cover alone. But worth it. These 5 tours cover the most iconic scenery of Vietnam and are experiences in and of themselves. Because, as we all […]

10 cities for every type of culture aficionado

1. Toronto – for diversity from around the world in one place

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In Toronto you can find a bit of everything. In fact 49% of the population is foreign-born, making it the most international major city in the world. Diversity and colorful local neighborhoods have their own flair. This vibrant culture has given growth to independent shops, galleries and “art” hotels. It’s a wonderful mishmash!

2. London – for the world’s most popular museum and gallery scene

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Over 30 million visits to museums and galleries a year: London’s art and creative scenes are the most active in the world in terms of people. There’s always something on and London doesn’t shy away from investing in grand projects. Let’s not forget the Olympics!

3. Buenos Aires – for keen theater goers

287 is the number of theaters in Buenos Aires, beating out a close second-place, London, for most theaters in the world. The breadth of performances is breathtaking, from the Teatro Colon for the country’s best opera and classical, to Corrientes Avenue – often called the Broadway of Buenos Aires – the scene is the best in Latin America.

4. Paris – cinephiles rejoice

With 55,500,000 visits to cinemas, Paris is the moviegoer capital of the world. It’s easy to see why: Paris has always been at the heart of creativity and art, inspiring its inhabitants and visitors alike. France’s national love of cinema is still alive and its independently run cinemas seriously helped the careers of filmmakers like Jean Cocteau and Francois Truffaut.

5. Tokyo – gamers, eat your heart out

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At about 1,000 video game arcades, Japan’s are the brightest, flashiest and busiest. Techies can find all kinds of interactive delight in the colorful capital of Japan.

6. São Paulo – for the late-night dancers

Nightclubs, discos and dance halls are at a premium in São Paulo, with over 2,000 in the city. You’ll never run out of places to go in this enormous city, befitting its urban character.

7. Moscow – for a museum a day

You could spend an entire year visiting museums in Moscow – at 365; it has the most in the world. Russia’s long and exciting history is constantly on display and many of their museums are at the forefront of artistic experimentation.

8. Shenzhen – a home for bookworms

Shenzen has 639 public libraries, meaning incredible access to life long learning if you’re a resident.

9. New York – for art lovers

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With 613 art galleries, New York’s constant inflow of visitors and creatives offer an impressive array of classic art and avantgarde experimentation that has something for everyone.

10. Los Angeles – music to your ears

Los Angeles’ over 500 live music venues makes it, arguably, the best music scene in America (and maybe the world). From hard-kicking rock to lulling classical, Los Angeles has the best of just about everything.

8 can’t-miss sights in Singapore

Planning a trip to the vibrant metropolis? City life is unmatched in Southeast Asia when comparing it with Singapore.  Its fascinating fusion of eastern and western culture offers visitors the world in a 700-square kilometer microcosm. Here you’ll find Malay mosques, shopping malls packed with luxury items, gleaming skyscrapers, and Hindu temples all compactly neighboring each other.

Here are 8 of its best sights if you’re not sure where to start.

8. Universal Studios Singapore

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Walter Lim @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

Worlds in worlds? That’s Singapore’s Universal Studios, complete with 7 movie-themed zones; you’ll be transported from Ancient Egypt to Jurassic Park and back to Madagascar.

7. Jurong Bird Park

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_paVan_ @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

8,000 birds of over 600 species ruling the skies over 50 acres. It’s more than just for the birds!

6. Telok Ayer Market

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Aussie Assault @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

One of the few remaining heritage sites in downtown Singapore, this market is a flashback to the country’s old, rich street food tradition where you can find anything from fish ball to pig’s organ soup.

5. Singapore Botanic Gardens

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Robert Lowe @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

Free entry and a welcoming oasis of perfectly kept trees and flowers make this garden a great place to unwind after a hectic day in the city.

4. Night Safari

Night Safari

Night Safari

A nocturnal zoo? Yes! The one and only in the world, the zoo replicates natural habitats of animals from the Himalayan Foothills and the Southeast Asian Rainforest. Seeing the animals under moonglow is its best draw.

3. Singapore Flyer

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jh_tan84 @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

Once the world’s largest observation wheel now an iconic piece of the Singapore skyline, the Flyer gives unmatched views over the downtown skyscrapers at night.

2. Singapore’s Chinatown

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Mike Cartmell @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

Singapore’s Chinese hub is a colorful mix of garish and grand traditional temples and dainty shophouses. It gets packed, as visitors explore the narrow paths between stalls and alleyways. But if you’re on the lookout you can spot some real bargains!

1. Singapore Zoo

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chem7 @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

Singapore’s Zoo was one of the first zoos to offer spacious, natural enclosures to help animals feel like they are in their natural habitat. Visitors are often only separated from the animals by moat, making it an incredible experience to get face-to-face with animals from all over the world.

 

Karlstejn Castle near Prague

10 pictures that prove autumn is the most photographic season for traveling

While it might be getting a bit chilly outside, there’s something romantic about the changing of seasons with its fiery foliage, vivid sunsets and long shadows. Changing temperatures make for cozy evenings spent together outside or around campfires. But for the seasoned explorer, the season means dramatic framing of iconic landmarks. Here are 10 of our favorite.

10. Central Park in New York City

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New York City

 

9. Sunset over Krakow’s limestone quarry

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Krakow

 

8. Rome’s golden skyline at dusk

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Rome

 

7. View over Paris’s Champs-Élysées draped in Autumn colors

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Champs-Élysées

 

6. The Zen Garden at Kennin-ji Temple in Kyoto, Japan

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Kyoto

 

5. Granada, Spain

5. Granada, Spain

Granada, Spain

 

4. The Albert Memorial in London

The Albert Memorial in London

The Albert Memorial in London

 

3. View from the Siegessäule over Berlin

View from the Siegessäule over Berlin

View from the Siegessäule over Berlin

 

2. Vajdahunyad Castle in Budapest

Vajdahunyad Castle in Budapest

Vajdahunyad Castle in Budapest

 

1. Karlstejn Castle near Prague

Karlstejn Castle near Prague

Karlstejn Castle near Prague

Vietnam’s 5 most stunning tours

Vietnam is as exciting as it is diverse: over long complex systems of roads in the mountains and into hillside villages along the rivers, Vietnam’s landscape is tough to cover alone. But worth it.

These 5 tours cover the most iconic scenery of Vietnam and are experiences in and of themselves. Because, as we all know, the journey is just as important as the destination.

5. Cycling the entire Ho Chi Minh Trail.

The Ho Chi Minh Trail

The Ho Chi Minh Trail

The complicated road system winds along the Truong Son mountain range through bumpy village roads and through stunning nature reserves, rice paddies, and sugarcane farms far away from overcrowded cities. It was once used to facilitate the movement of troops and supplies from North to South Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

4. From Hanoi across the Luang Prabang Mountain Range

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

Vietnam’s mountainous northwestern provinces are a bumpy ride through dramatic karst rock formations and remote hill-tribe villages. Isolated and far from any developed highway system, the payoff are the stunning temples and night market of Luang Prabang in Laos.

3. Trekking through Vietnam’s Sapa Valley

The Sapa Valley

The Sapa Valley

Surrounded by sloping rice terraces, Vietnam’s Sapa Valley combines dramatic mountain scenery and rich cultural diversity spread out among its many hill-tribe villages. At 1,500 meters above sea level, you’re up among the clouds staring across misty expanses.

2. Cycling or floating through the Mekong Delta

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Fruit orchards, floating markets spread out over an extensive maze of rivers and islands, life in the Mekong Delta floats at the pace of its watery vital force.

1. Through Ha Long Bay from Hanoi

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No limit of choice here: junk boats – that are really closer to floating palaces – drifting languidly through the stunning limestone karst formations of Ha Long Bay dot the turquoise waters as far as the eyes can see. Sporty travelers can kayak into hidden caves and camp on uninhabited islands.