The magical Solomon Islands are an archipelago of almost 1,000 islands in the South Pacific between Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu, a three-hour journey from Australia. This virtually untouched archipelago is a beautiful and exotic destination, rich in cultural heritage, biodiversity and spectacular landscapes. Relatively untouched, the Solomon Islands offer travelers a magical vacation that looks and feels out-of-this-world.
The breathtaking and enrapturing Victoria Falls are a must for anyone visiting Northern Zimbabwe. These majestic falls were discovered by David Livingstone, a British explorer, in the mid 19th century and named in honor of his queen, Victoria of Britain. Victoria Falls is considered to be the largest in the world, at over 5600 feet (1708 meters) wide and 350 feet (108 meters) tall, creating the world’s tallest falling sheet of water. The water cascades into six different gorges, and many visitors opt to defy fate by swimming in the naturally created “Devil’s Pool” during the season, when rocks create a natural barrier that helps keep swimmers from falling over the edge of the falls. Read the rest of this entry »
The largest lake in South America, Lake Titicaca has seen its fair share of civilizations come and go over the centuries. On its islands and shores you will find the decaying remnants of ancient Incans reflected in the calm waters of the lake. In fact, according to the Incans, the sun and moon were both birthed within the waters of the Lake. Aside from its rich historical and cultural heritage, Lake Titicaca offers simplicity in abundance: blue skies, clear waters, and beautiful scenery as far as the eye can see. Read the rest of this entry »
Chennai was once the heart of British colonialism during its heyday. Today, however, it is a delightful mosh-posh of local architecture, artifacts, and culture, seasoned only slightly with the remnants of colonial rule. This city has so much to offer visitors, from those looking to explore the history of world trading routes to stunning mosques and temples, all the way to amazing golden beaches lapped by turquoise waters. Make your way to Chennai, before this little-known secret gets out! Read the rest of this entry »
Bangalore has recently emerged as an urban Indian powerhouse: an outdoorsman’s dream, a foodie paradise, and a center of technology and innovation, yet all contained within a city still holding true to its heritage. Thanks to Bangalore’s mild temperatures year-round, nature enthusiasts can pick their poison and race off into the sunset to get their adrenaline pumping. Those looking to take it easy will adore the city’s lush forests and breathtaking gardens, as well as the unique architecture on some of its most prominent buildings. Looking to fill your grumbling stomach? Bangalore has that covered as well. No matter what you’re looking to get away from (or to), Bangalore has you covered. Read the rest of this entry »
Chios is a Mediterranean hotspot just waiting to take off: beautiful turquoise waters, blazing sunsets, and fascinating history and culture. As the fifth-largest of the Greek islands, it often doesn’t get much love from visitors running to the bigger and shinier islands, but those looking for hidden getaways and the quieter oasis, know exactly where to go: Chios. Read the rest of this entry »
Accra has a fascinating and uplifting background, both past and present: fought over by European powers for centuries before achieving its independence in the mid 20th century, today the city is flourishing with stunning monuments as a testament to its victories and triumphs. From exploring the last dregs of European colonialism to walking the legacy of first president of Ghana, the city has a calm certainty about who and what it was and wants to be in the future that is rare in many destinations.
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Brussels is a quietly alluring city, drawing visitors in with her quirks and charms as much as for her aesthetics. Just over 1,500 years old, the city has weathered through battles for settlement, independence, and two World Wars, all while still managing to retain much of its original history, architecture, and pride. The people of Brussels delight in celebrating both the old and not-so-old in their city, as well as embracing the idea of a core European identity. It’s no wonder that after the formation of the European Union, they chose Brussels out of every European city to call home. Read the rest of this entry »
Northern Zimbabwe is a land filled with the most beautiful African scenery and the most fascinating local wildlife. From roaring falls framed by a rainbow to houseboats lazing along the lake surface, there is something for everyone who escaped their daily routine to find a slice of paradise relatively untouched by the modern and noisy. In any of the region’s national parks or natural landmarks, you’ll have the opportunity to meet some of Africa’s most iconic creatures, from antelope to zebras and everything in between. Read the rest of this entry »
India as a whole is an anomaly to many travelers, and besides the sprawling city of Mumbai, Western India is a mystery to even more. But this region is filled with stunning vibrant cities, peaceful temples, unconventional architecture, and sun-filled beaches, and all within easy reach. Whether you’re looking to zipline from an ancient fort or go kitesurfing along one of Western India’s many beaches, it’s all here waiting for you. Read the rest of this entry »
Fraser Island received its name from Captain James Fraser and his wife Eliza, who were shipwrecked off the western coast of the island in 1836. Shortly after their arrival, James died and Eliza was left to live with the native Butchella people until she was rescued by a convict, John Graham.
The island was previously named K’gari by the Butchella people, which translates to “paradise”, due to the sparkling, deep blue freshwater lakes, creeks and sandy white beaches. Fraser Island is a marvel, as it is one of the only places where a rainforest can grow in the sand.
Created by sand drifting from the coast of Australia over thousands of years, Fraser Island is heritage-listed and is considered to be the largest sand island in the world.
Kyoto is a fantastic juxtaposition to its sister city of Tokyo: where Tokyo is filled with everything bright, colorful, modern, and electronic, Kyoto has quietly continued to keep its traditions and cultural icons the center of attention in the city. It has its quirks, like every city does, but its love of the simpler joys of life, tea, nature, and beautiful temples, are what truly bring out the best of Kyoto and its people.
On December 10, 1997, the capital of Kazakhstan was officially transferred to the city of Akmola. In line with the Presidential Decree signed on May 6, 1998, Akmola was renamed “Astana”. The new capital was unveiled internationally on June 10, 1998. In 1999, Astana was awarded the title of “The City of Peace” by UNESCO. Since 2000, the capital city of Kazakhstan has been a member of the International Assembly of Capitals and Major Cities. Astana is the northernmost capital city in Asia. At present, the territory of Astana makes up more than 722 square kilometers (279 square miles). Read the rest of this entry »
Johannesburg is a city filled with stunning sights and a deep, rich history that its residents invite visitors to explore and understand. Well past the days of fighting for democracy, Johannesburg has blossomed into a beautiful art-filled center of light in South Africa, drawing people near and far like moths to a flame. Whether it’s to touch a piece of history, watch the local wildlife grazing lazily on the savannah, or stroll through one of the city’s most famous public spaces, Johannesburg is a city that will always strive to never disappoint.
Hong Kong is a place still finding its own identity; still barely 19 years out of British colonial rule, the city is currently straddling the line between its past as a former colony and its handover back to China. This melding of cultures has helped Hong Kong blossom into a voice all its own, and its residents as well, from friendly fisherman in the floating village of Aberdeen to the chattering merchants of the night market at Temple Street. While Hong Kong may still be discovering itself, you will surely find yourself on a visit to Hong Kong. Read the rest of this entry »
Scotland is a gruff but gentle neighbor to England, and a hidden beauty at that. From heather-covered moors to ancient castles, Edinburgh has just as much history and lovely scenery to offer as London with its own special spice. The people here are more down-to-earth than you would expect living in such a fairy tale city, and as such very little encroachment on the country’s animal and nature population have occurred over the years. Edinburgh is also saturated with culture thanks to many famous residents, including Emeli Sandé, Ian Rankin, or Robert Burns.
The Loyalty Islands (Ouvéa, Lifou, and Maré) received their name from the early British trading companies who landed on the island, finding the locals to be honest and hard-working. These islands are secluded and quiet, significantly less populated than the larger New Caledonian archipelago, making an ideal getaway for those looking for true peace and serenity. Remnants of the islands’ colonial past are still fairly evident as you walk through the towns and villages; from villagers playing a sprightly game of cricket to the odd English and French words thrown throughout the native Melanese. Even though the islands are a French territory and French is understood, there are over 1,200 different dialects of Melanese the native Kanak and Tavu’avua’ people speak, some every varying from one island to the next. Read the rest of this entry »
On the north side of Fuji-san, the honorific title given to the majestic form of Mount Fuji, are five small lakes that comprise the Fujigoko region in Japan. Also known as “Fuji Five Lakes” in English, this area is popular not just for those looking to conquer the beautiful mountain, but also for the natural beauty that has sprung up along the foot of Fuji-san. From the five lakes themselves reflecting the perfect peak of the stone giant, visitors enjoy taking strolls along the forest trails, eating the region’s famous udon noodles, and playing out on the lakes in boats both motorized and man-powered. Read the rest of this entry »
Whenever you mention Australia, almost everyone’s mind falls on the metropolis of Sydney. This city is rich in both the natural and modern wonders, from gorgeous beaches to architectural marvels. Even in this urban landscape, adrenaline junkies can find their thrills either in the trees or scaling man-made steel above the rippling waters of the Harbor. Discover all that Sydney has in store for you with Down Under Answers! Read the rest of this entry »
Xiàmén City is one of China’s best kept secrets: less crowded than Hong Kong or Beijing, but still oozing with charisma and sophistication. Xiàmén is an intriguing blend of traditional Chinese culture with the remnants of European colonialism mingling within to create a one-of-a-kind Southeast Asian escape. Whether you’re looking for a taste of the ancient ways or a breath of the contemporary, Xiàmén has everything you’re looking for, and so much more. Read the rest of this entry »
Lalibela received its name from King Lalibela, said to have been destined for the monarchy by a vision from his mother of the baby swarming with bees. During his childhood and adolescence, Lalibela spent time in Jerusalem and Jordan and subsequently name several areas in the city after what he saw in these foreign lands. The construction of the city of Lalibela was the King’s response to Jerusalem’s conquest by the Muslims; the King’s attempt to build another Holy Land. The city is filled with churches carved from single stones, said to represent the Christian values of humility and spirituality. UNESCO has recognized many of these churches as World Heritage sites.