Archive August 2018

India’s impressive concept about nothing

In Gwalior, a congested city in the centre of the India, an 8th-Century fort rises with medieval swagger on a plateau in the town’s heart. Gwalior Fort is one of India’s largest forts; but look among the soaring cupola-topped towers, intricate carvings and colourful frescoes and you’ll find a small, 9th-Century temple carved into its solid rock face. This is ground zero for zero Chaturbhuj Temple is much like many other ancient temples in India – except that this is ground zero for zero. It’s famous for being the oldest example of zero as a written digit:...

Top Reasons to Vacation in the Dominican Republic

In 2017, the Dominican Republic recorded a whopping 6.1 million visitors. This is a 3.9% increase from the previous year which is a clear sign that it is becoming even more popular among tourists. Here are a few reasons that might convince you to book your vacation right away. It’s a breathtaking tropical paradise. One of the biggest reasons why the Dominican Republic is such a popular tourist destination is the fact that it’s filled with gorgeous views and natural wonders. With nearly a thousand miles of coastline, it can certainly give you a good dose of vitamin ‘sea.’ Here,...

5 Ideas For Improving Your RV’s Interior

One of the biggest appeals to traveling in an RV is the fact that it’s essentially a home on wheels. The only issue is that an RV doesn’t always feel like home. Sure, it has a living room, a kitchen, a dining room, a bed, and what not. But still, just because a motorhome has all of the components of a real home doesn’t mean that it will necessarily feel like home, and it’s certainly not going to feel like home right after you’ve driven it off of the dealership’s lot. So what you need to do instead, if you truly want your RV to feel like a house on wheels, is to modify, upgrade,...

How To Have The Best Budget Trip To Mumbai

Mumbai is truly one of the best cities in the world to enjoy the inexpensive joys of life. Even though the finer and more luxurious dining, staying or shopping experiences in Mumbai may cost a fortune, there are many ways in which you can enjoy affordable yet comfortable budget stays, fun and spontaneous activities and the most delicious street food even on a shoestring budget. Things to do in Mumbai on a budget Catch a play at Prithvi Theatre One of the best known places in India for theatre, Prithvi Theatre hosts regular play performances. If you’re in the mood for a trip down arts and...

A French village committed to deception

On a wind-scoured plateau in France’s Haute-Loire department stands a village teeming with secrets. Through an extraordinary campaign of nonviolent resistance during World War II, the residents of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon saved thousands of Jews from deportation and almost certain death. Today, a museum-memorial stands monument to their wartime courage, though many of their stories may never be known. View image of Residents of the small French town of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon saved thousands of Jews during World War II (Credit: Credit: Hervé Lenain/Alamy) You may also be...

The complex art of apology in Japan

It was 01:00 in Tokyo and we were trying to get into an apartment with a pair of stolen keys. We’d got lost trying to find our Airbnb, and were now at an address that looked 90% right. Turns out in the middle of the night that’s close enough. There were keys in the letterbox, where our host said they’d be, so when the security code didn’t work I just worked my surprisingly flexible hands through the slot to grab them, like a modern-day Artful Dodger. At this point, you’d think we might have stopped to take stock, but we were fuelled by the kind of determination...

In search of my grandfather’s gold

Crouching above the frigid waters that race down Bonanza Creek, one of many streams that feed the mighty Klondike River in north-west Canada’s Yukon Territory, I stared into the bottom of a rusted metal pan, hoping to spot something shiny among the sediment. I had come to this isolated pocket of Canada to write about a local gold-panning world champion. But what I was really hoping for was some of my grandfather’s good luck. In his lifetime, he amassed a sizeable sum (and then lost it all) panning for gold. If I could channel just an ounce of his prosperous spirit, I’d be...

Planning Your Next Vacation to Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos are renowned for their beautiful beaches. This stunning archipelago regularly attracts tourists from all over the world, especially A-listers who love the luxury resorts and Turks and Caicos villas. The islands have much to offer. From world-class beaches to music festivals and interesting cultural relics from centuries ago, it’s a wonderful corner of the Caribbean. The Cost The Turks and Caicos are not the cheapest islands in the Caribbean. Most things are expensive here, so expect to spend a fair amount of cash on food, drinks, and activities. But it’s certainly worth...

7 Top Inspirational Places Every Student Should Visit

As a student, you work day in and day out. After a while, it can be difficult to remember why you’re doing what you’re doing. Luckily, there are plenty of places in the world that you can go to reconnect with the world around you and find inspiration. 1. Monticello, Virginia In the United States, Virginia specifically, there is a place that any student should visit if you’re interested in important figures in history. This is because Monticello was home to the third president of the United States – Thomas Jefferson. On a tour of his home you will be able to see the house as the...

The world’s oldest 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 on social media 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...

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