Archive November 2017

The Pakistan village with a unique system of philanthropy

At 3,100m, Shimshal is the highest settlement in Pakistan’s northern Hunza region and the last village before the Chinese border. It is reachable via only one rocky, hairpin turn-laden road cut into the Distegill Sar and Karun Kuh mountains. The road, known as the Shimshal Valley Road, is considered one of the world’s most dangerous. Much of it runs along the gorge of the Shimshal River, bordered by nothing but a steep drop off without guardrails. Completed in 2003 after 18 years of construction, it is an unmarked turnoff from the Karakoram Highway, navigable only by four-wheel...

Harris Tweed: from island cloth to cutting-edge fashion

Luskentyre, on the Isle of Harris in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, is home to the kind of scenery more commonly associated with tropical locations: white sand and turquoise sea, framed by a row of hills in the distance. Beautiful in any weather, it’s one of my favourite views on Earth. But on the grey spring day I found myself back in Harris, I wasn’t there to admire the view; I’d come to witness Harris Tweed weaving in action, something I hadn’t seen since my childhood in the neighbouring Isle of Lewis. View image of Harris Tweed is unique to...

How to Eat Healthy When Travelling Australia

So, you have the amazing opportunity to travel the Land Down Under and see all its beautiful sights. But before you pack up and take off, a little planning will be necessary if you want to maintain healthy eating habits. This is a bit difficult wherever you travel, because of changing time zones and climate, poor cooking facilities at the place you’re staying, an overall change in your routine, etc. In the case of Australia, eating healthy is even more of a task for travelers, considering that local produce is not available in the usual supermarkets, which carry mostly processed...

Things You Should Know Before You Buy Travel Insurance

Amidst all the excitement of planning a dream trip away, buying travel insurance is hardly the most glamorous of things to think about. But as much as it smacks of the humdrum and sensible world you want to leave behind for a while, it should be considered a travel essential. The risk people take with travel insurance – apart from not taking out any cover at all – is rushing their purchase to get it out of the way. It is often assumed that all travel insurance policies are alike, when in truth this is far from the case. At best, jumping at the first policy you are offered...

The German town encrusted with diamonds

As I climbed the narrow staircase of the gothic church tower in Nördlingen, Germany, the worn stone steps appeared to glimmer in the sunlight, bringing unexpected flashes of light to what should have been a dark, grey climb to the top. “That’s because the entire tower is made out of suevite stone, and enclosed in it are small diamonds,” Horst Lenner, the tower watchman, told me enthusiastically. “Luckily they’re very, very small, otherwise the tower would’ve been taken down a long time ago,” he joked, a wide smile unfolding across his face. ...

Georgia’s addictive cousin to pizza?

Khachapuri, a gooey, addictive, cheese-stuffed flatbread, is ubiquitous in Georgia, the Caucasian country that shares borders with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia and Turkey. Except for when there’s a funeral. If you’re in a bad mood or sad… you should never even touch dough “If you’re in a bad mood or sad, when you’re grieving the death of a loved one or have a broken heart, you should never even touch dough; just stay away from it,” said my friend Mako Kavtaradze, a born-and-bred resident of the capital, Tbilisi, and executive director of Georgian...

4 Best Reasons To Visit Jaipur This Winter

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Books and Travel Complement each other in Many Ways

Books give company to a person while he/she is travelling to any part of the world. One can immerse him/her in the book and pass the travelling time without any botheration. Nowadays there are many online sites which help individuals to buy or sell books of all kinds – be it the textbooks, course books, reference books, cookery ones or children books and much more. This way one is able to have the best of the books and that too at the best price available in the market without any kinds of negotiations. Circulation of the books is never ending this way and thus one happens to read some of...

The Greek island with the key to longevity

With thin, white hair pinned to the side and thick glasses perched on the bridge of her nose, Ioanna Proiou slid her wrinkled, sun-spotted fingers over the strands of baby-blue wool stretched across her heavy wooden loom. She clanked a lever forward on the handmade machine again and again, a technique she has perfected over 90 years. Do something in your life that stirs your passion With that loom, Proiou creates the woven bags and clothing she sells from her little shop in Christos Raches, a village of 300 residents on the Greek island of Ikaria, a nine-hour ferry ride across the Aegean...

Mindful Traveling – 5 Travel Destinations That Will Enrich Your Life

The world is full of tourists, people who visit places, take pictures and brag or nag afterward. Travelers, on the other hand, are people who will visit the same places but will return home being grateful for the life-changing experience and with lasting memories of the extraordinary journey. Such people are open-minded and mindful of the places, people, and different cultures. A mindful traveler will treasure life anywhere, simply by being open to it and not harming the nature’s way. Here are some destinations and tips on how to elevate the travel experience as well as to enrich your...

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