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10 New Year’s travel resolutions for you to keep this year!

Every year we wrack our brains over ideas for how to make the coming year the best one yet. Often we invent complicated and elaborate plans to transform ourselves. Or we phone it in with something vague like “eat less chocolate.” But travel is inherently a wonderful and transformative experience worthy of any resolution which […]

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 […]

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10 New Year’s travel resolutions for you to keep this year!

Every year we wrack our brains over ideas for how to make the coming year the best one yet. Often we invent complicated and elaborate plans to transform ourselves. Or we phone it in with something vague like “eat less chocolate.” But travel is inherently a wonderful and transformative experience worthy of any resolution which just takes a bit of planning, know-how, and help. That’s what we’re here for!

So here are some inspiring ways to make this a year of travel and experience. All doable!

1. Get a passport

sean hobson @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

sean hobson @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

Just having one will open the door to the world. Remove that hesitation and put yourself on the next plane!

2. Experience another culture

Traditional dancing, yes please!

Traditional dancing, yes please!

The world is a colorful, diverse place and people are proud to share their heritage. Even if you don’t leave the country, you can still learn a thing or two by visiting neighborhoods you normally wouldn’t.

3. Get outside more

The Ho Chi Minh Trail

The Ho Chi Minh Trail

City breaks are lovely, but most cities are right on the footsteps of some downright incredible nature. National Parks are stunning and Europe is full of charming villages nestled into mountains. Asia astounds with its terraced wide, open rice paddies and Africa with its grassy savannahs.

4. Be more active

Why not go kayaking?

Why not go kayaking?

Is easier than it sounds. Go for a walk in a new city with a new friend. Stay in the center of town so you’re forced to walk. Go biking! All of these are great ways to travel and stay moving.

5. Learn some new recipes

Greek specialties.

Greek specialties.

Food is a base element of all cultures and is a wonderful way to come together and exchange company. So next trip, why not try something like a cooking course or gourmet tour? You’d be surprised at the origins of most food: they’re often just as revealing as history themselves (I’m looking at you hearty German, comfort food).

6. Be a bit spontaneous

Loren Kerns @ flickr (CC by 2.0)

Loren Kerns @ flickr (CC by 2.0)

The best experiences are sometimes the ones we least expect. Book a flight, a tour, or something random (scroll and click!) and see where you end up. This one is for those who want to get out of their comfort zone a bit.

7. Leave your fears behind

Eric Chan @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

Eric Chan @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

Afraid of heights? Hate big crowds? Dive in! Try something like bungee jumping or a hot air balloon flight. The best way to deal with a phobia is to confront it head on.

8. Go somewhere with an empty suitcase

Robert Sheie @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

Robert Sheie @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

And challenge yourself to bring back one item from wherever you’re headed that encapsulates the entire experience. Sketches of dramatic cityscapes or even just a bottle opener after a long night out will make the trip stand out that much more!

9. Travel with a theme

Moyan Brenn @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

Moyan Brenn @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

Sometimes we need to see the world through a more focused lens: doing so allows us to dive deeper into a topic and have more authentic experiences. For example, focusing on the architecture of a city can often reveal hidden sights and experiences – like abandoned subway stations or the everyday habits of its residents.

10. Do some good

Tree planting

Tree planting

Did you know you can participate in or help organize volunteer trips? Combine your own passion for a cause with seeing something new. Even if you can’t afford to leave the country, there’s always something at home you can do that will feel like stepping into a new experience.

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

Walter Lim @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

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

_paVan_ @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

_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

Aussie Assault @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

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

Robert Lowe @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

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

jh_tan84 @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

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

Mike Cartmell @ Flickr (CC by 2.0)

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

New York City

New York City

 

9. Sunset over Krakow’s limestone quarry

Krakow

Krakow

 

8. Rome’s golden skyline at dusk

Rome

Rome

 

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

Champs-Élysées

Champs-Élysées

 

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

Kyoto

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