• 10 Interesting Facts About the Olympics (5 minute read)

    29 July 2021. The Tokyo Olympics are in full swing, albeit a year late and without crowds in the stadia. With everything that has happened in the world since March 2020, it has been incredibly uplifting to watch the world’s greatest sporting spectacle finally get underway in Japan. Whether...

  • 10 of the Most Popular Festivals in India

    Alongside its spectacular monuments, iconic wildlife and mouthwatering cuisine, India is a land famous for its festivals. Held throughout the year, these vibrant events offer visitors a chance to see India’s culture at its very best. But with hundreds to choose from, we’ve narrowed it down to the 10...

  • What to Expect of the Esala Perahera

    Sri Lanka is a very spiritual country, and this can be seen across the nation. Whether it be the Catholic saint effigies you find scattered throughout Colombo or the many Hindu temples of Jafna and Trincomalee. However, the religion that’s most widely followed is Buddhism, with numerous pagodas, temples...

  • Thimphu Festival: The Best Reason to Visit Bhutan

    Festivals, or Tshechus, are vibrant and happy affairs in the Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan. Held annually in various temples, dzongs and monasteries throughout the country, Tshechus honour the birthday of Guru Rimpoche – the saint who first introduced the country to Buddhism in the 8th century. Although the exact...

  • The Best Summer Events in Croatia That Aren’t Music Festivals

    Over the last few years Croatia’s festival scene has exploded. Thanks to its blue waters, scenic coastline and unbeatable weather, the country now hosts some of Europe’s biggest summer festivals. But with over 20 to choose from, music festivals tend to dominate Croatia’s summer calendar. Whilst crowds flock to the...

  • Phlox Moss and Japan’s Unknown Flower Festival (4 minute read)

    Springtime is possibly one of the best times to visit Japan. And it’s impossible to think of this season without an iconic image of cherry blossom trees in full bloom. Flowers are deeply symbolic to the Japanese, with flower viewing or hanami the nation’s favourite pastime. The blooms symbolise...

  • The Abu Simbel Sun Festival with Life Part II

    In March we invited world traveller Jonathan Look, Jr. to try our Abu Simbel Sun Festival Tour from the perspective of a “mature traveller”. Jonathan took early retirement in 2011 to explore the world, take pictures and write about it on his blog LifePart2.com. Given his vast experience, we were...

  • Easter Traditions From Around The World

    Easter is a holiday filled with chocolate eggs, hot cross buns and Bank Holidays. But did you know it is also a time for crime thrillers, kite flying and fancy dress? We take a look at some of the world’s more alternative Easter traditions. Norway Easter is a time...

  • Where to See Cherry Blossoms in South Korea

    Think cherry blossom and you’ll likely first think of Japan as the best place in the world to experience it. Who hasn’t seen pictures of Japan’s most iconic landscapes decorated with the delicate pink hues of its world-famous cherry blossom trees? Often overlooked by Western travellers, across the sea...

  • Sunken Cities – reviving interest in ancient Egypt

    The 2016 Sunken Cities exhibition at the British Museum in London helped to reinvigorate the world’s interest in all things Ancient Egypt with an evocative display of groundbreaking underwater discoveries. New technology, ancient marvels The show brought together an impressive collection of artefacts discovered on the seabed around the...

  • A guide to visiting the Naadam Festival

    This time last year I kicked off an epic Trans-Mongolian train adventure with the 3-day Naadam Festival in Ulaan Bataar. Here’s my guide on what to expect during the festival and tips on how to make the most of it. The Naadam Festival is Mongolia’s biggest event with a history...

  • Thailand’s Songkran Festival

    If you are in Thailand in April, travel north to the forested foothills and Chiang Mai to take part in the world’s greatest water fight – the Songkran Festival. A destination with plenty to offer, from temples to restaurants and markets, the city comes alive as everyone takes part...

  • Esala Perahera, Sri Lanka’s Favourite Festival (3 minute read)

    Every year, the streets of Kandy came alive with the celebrations of Esala Perahera. It is Sri Lanka’s most famous festival. During the festivities, with music, dancing and lavish elephant parades take place, but what is the history of this exuberant annual event? Whatever name you know it by,...

  • Celebrate the seasons in Japan

    Fancy joining the festivities of the cherry blossom season in spring, the changing of the leaves and the Takayama Festival in autumn, or the snow-covered wilderness of Japan’s northern island come winter at the Sapporo Snow Festival? Well now you can with our brand new selection of festival tours...

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