Archive August 2018

The travel guides that charted our world

Checking a navigation mobile app to quickly establish how to get from point A to point B has become second nature to us. Measured in megabytes, the world now fits in our pockets. It is quite astonishing, then, to see first-hand that only a few centuries ago geographical knowledge was yet to be fully charted, and how religious beliefs and fear of the unknown co-existed with burgeoning scientific know-how. “Look here,” said Mattea Gazzola as her gloved hand pointed to the 570-year-old planisfero (a planisphere, or spherical world map) in front of us. “To the east is the...

The unexpected animals roaming Cuba

Cuba was one of the last places on Earth I ever expected to eat an antelope steak, which is precisely why we ordered one. To keep things playful, we also asked for a beef steak and requested that the waitress not tell us which was which. Although both plates arrived with an identical side of mash, their differences were immediately clear. The antelope was darker, leaner and more thoroughly cooked. As far as taste and texture, it was like a cross between skirt steak and beef jerky. As the waitress cleared our plates, pleased that we’d enjoyed our antelope, she promised that we’d...

Top 7 Amazing Trekking Routes in Nepal

Nepal is one of the most beautiful and adventurous experiences in the world. From isolated Himalayan terrains to bustling mountain towns and settlements, trekking in Nepal is among the most beautiful endeavors to go through. The country is packed with amazing destinations that each harbor their own unique natural and cultural traits. With a wide myriad of options, you can pick your trekking adventure from a variance of choices depending upon your preference. Whether it is an experienced mountaineer or even novice first-time trekkers- one can easily find that there is something for everybody...

Palestine’s secret stretchy ice cream

Frozen Flavours is a series from BBC Travel uncovering ancient traditions behind ice cream and the different ways the frozen treat is enjoyed around the world. Frozen Flavours All through August, BBC Travel will explore different ice cream traditions around the globe. Check back each week for a new Frozen Flavour. Share your favourite ice cream photos with us using #IceCreamBBC for your chance to be featured. Join more than three million BBC Travel fans by liking us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram. If you liked this story, sign up for the weekly...

How Crete changed the course of World War Two

Our car pulled up a dusty track next to a grove of olive trees. My guide, Stelios Tripalitakis, got out and started briskly walking in between their gnarled trunks, stopping every couple of metres to investigate objects he spotted on the ground. I followed, desperately trying to keep up in the heavy Cretan heat. “Ahhh, that’s just a bit of fence,” he said, disappointedly examining a piece of rusting metal. Tripalitakis, 35, is one of Crete’s many wartime treasure hunters, devoting hours of his life to combing the island for military relics left behind when Nazis...

Best Cities in Europe for Foodies Looking for an Adventure

Going on a culinary adventure when visiting a new destination or country is a great habit to get into, especially if you love travelling. Aside from the local attractions and the culture, there is a lot to learn from a city’s best dishes and most favourite restaurants. For foodies, planning an entire trip around having a culinary adventure is as good as it gets. If you’re looking for the best destinations for your next big trip, here are the top cities in Europe to consider. Berlin Berlin, Germany, is at the top of our list. The city is not only fascinating to visit due to its strong...

The Ancient Village of Malana

A tiny village located around 9500 feet above the sea level, Malana is situated in the lap of the snow-capped peaks of the Parvati Valley. Known for the production of the best hashish in the world, Malana attracts a lot of tourists every year- some come for a retreat from the bustling city life, while some are here for the scenic views. Either way, let us take a look at some of the best-kept secrets of this ancient village. The Architecture The houses in this village are similar and usually multi-storeyed, with each floor designed with a distinct purpose. The ground floor is called the...

Guna Yala: The islands where women make the rules

As our old, rickety sailboat glides effortlessly over the calm waters of the Caribbean, I am overwhelmed by the feeling we’ve just arrived in paradise. Scattered across the turquoise blue waters, the tiny islands of glistening white sand, covered in palm trees and green coconuts, look too perfect to be real. Our Unique World Our Unique World explores distinctive subcultures around the globe in celebration of what makes us different. Check back each week in August and September to discover a new, unique world. This is Guna Yala, also known as San Blas: an archipelago off Panama’s...

Totally Canadian: 6 Excellent Reasons To Live In Canada

The world’s second largest land mass, Canada, is a nation with natural beauty and prosperity. But, there are more to know about Canada. This country is more than good roads, the scenic view of Niagara Falls, and the people around it. Don’t underestimate Canada as it’s one of the most beautiful places to live in. Canada has everything to brag about all the things that set them apart from the other countries in the world. If you haven’t booked a trip to Canada yet or you haven’t gone to this beautiful country, then you better start finding ways to visit this...

How to Enjoy A Great Family Holiday on a Budget in Tenerife

Holidays can be expensive from the moment you book to the moment your plane lands back at home. It is often difficult to budget for your time away, because you don’t know what the prices are going to be like in your destination or how you are going to keep yourself and the kids entertained. That being said, there are some general tips that you can follow to help make your holiday in Tenerife with the kids cheaper. In this article, we show you how you can enjoy a holiday on a budget and still have a fantastic time, and the kids often enjoy this type of holiday more than an extravagant...

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