Archive December 2017

One blind backpacker’s journey around the globe

BBC’s Travel Show brings you the latest insider travel news, a wealth of destinations, amazing experiences and features and practical hints, tips and advice for your holidays. If you liked this story, sign up for the weekly bbc.com features newsletter called “If You Only Read 6 Things This Week”. A handpicked selection of stories from BBC Future, Earth, Culture, Capital and Travel, delivered to your inbox every Friday.

Hong Kong’s hot pot obsession

It was past midnight in a residential area in Cheung Sha Wan, and only Tai Po King Restaurant and a few other local eateries were still open on the quiet street. As I walked inside, loud chatter filled the small but bright dining area, and workers who’d just got off their night shifts were huddled around the tables clinking small glasses of beer and smoking cigarettes. Fresh chilli and spices were being fried in the kitchen, and the fumes started spreading out into the dining area. You could sense the anticipation as we all sat waiting for one thing: the restaurant’s signature...

Best Places for Surfing During the Winter Months

Surf, sun, and sand go hand in hand with summer, but don’t put away that wetsuit just yet. There are plenty of places you can still catch some worthwhile waves during the winter months. If you’re prepared and eager, surfing can easily be a year-round sport. The boys and masterminds behind Slippa.net—a round beach towel supplier based in San Diego—make sure to take a trip to a different surf spot each winter. Those of us that get that sense of well-being just by being in the water knows that it’s worth the time to put in to make it happen. Need some ideas on top places to travel?...

An Iranian village built on rooftops

I gazed out the window onto a series of yellow, mud-brick cottages built on a slope, surrounded by verdant hills engulfed in a blanket of swirling fog. In the village of Masouleh, nestled deep in northern Iran’s Alborz Mountains, every view is a rooftop view. Masouleh was built partway up a steep mountainside to keep the village safe from floods in the valley below and protect it from frigid winds that whip the summit above. But to conform to the steep incline caused by a 100m elevation change, residents had to find creative ways of optimising space. Indeed, the architecture of this...

Why South Korea is an ideal breeding ground for robots

At Incheon International Airport (ICN), outside South Korea’s capital Seoul, a team of congenial staff will help you find your boarding gate or escort you to the nearest lounge. They’re well trained, well behaved and quadrilingual to boot – but they’re not so good at small talk. That’s because they’re robots. The robotic airport guides, developed by Korean tech titan LG Electronics, have been working alongside human employees since the end of July 2017. Standing 1.4m tall, they move autonomously on a wheelbase, display an LCD information screen and...

The European city that loves strangers

Few cities in the world rival the antiquity of Athens, where people have lived continuously for thousands of years. Athenians created the first forms of democracy, the plays and philosophy that shaped Western civilisation, and the classical buildings that still dot the Acropolis. Amid the ancient ruins, another survivor of the centuries is the Greek concept of philoxenia – a term that directly translates as ‘love of strangers’, but which locals define more as a warmth that makes foreigners feel immediately welcomed when they come to the capital city. “The people can...

Tips for moving to Cambridge

Are you planning to move to Cambridge, Ontario? What are some of the things you need to know about when it comes to this city? What is the population like? Are the people there friendly? What kind of attractions are there? Well, these are pertinent issues and questions that one may ask before they can relocate to Cambridge. Cambridge is a city in southern Ontario, Canada. It has a population of over 130,000 people and as such, moving to this city means that you will most likely enjoy the environment and the people around. There are a number of things that you may need to know before you move...

The Norwegian town the world tried to erase

Much farther north than the famous fjord inlets, Norway’s northernmost seaboard of Finnmark is a frontier on the edge. Five hundred kilometres inside the Arctic Circle, it is a raw wilderness of abrupt peninsulas and brooding cliffs at the nerve ends of the world, a place where nature has long had the upper hand. In winter, as if by decree of Odin, roads vanish under deep snows that cut off communities for days. And when polar darkness descends, from mid-November to late January, it is near absolute. It is a raw wilderness at the nerve ends of the world But as you drive along the...

Is Dubai the city of the future?

BBC’s Travel Show brings you the latest insider travel news, a wealth of destinations, amazing experiences and features and practical hints, tips and advice for your holidays. If you liked this story, sign up for the weekly bbc.com features newsletter called “If You Only Read 6 Things This Week”. A handpicked selection of stories from BBC Future, Earth, Culture, Capital and Travel, delivered to your inbox every Friday.

How to Escape the Crowds in San Diego

So, you’ve decided that you’re going to visit southern California and have already started searching for San Diego luxury homes near the beach? Good choice. San Diego is one of California’s best travel destinations with fantastic weather at any time of the year, beautiful beaches and a rich history. But, you’re not the only one who chose this city for a vacation. Another 35 million tourists will be visiting this year, which makes it essential to find ways to dodge the crowds. When is the Best Time to Visit San Diego? Peak season in San Diego usually corresponds to the summertime,...

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