Destinations

Best time to visit Japan: month by month

pink cherry blossom trees in front of mount fuji in snow

If there was ever a land that embraces its seasons, it’s Japan. Speak of spring and you’re instantly transported to the candy floss canopies of the blossom festivals. Winter offers evocative views of snow-dusted pagodas and monkeys in hot springs with icicle-crusted fur. In autumn, the brilliant red and orange hues of elegant Japanese gardens come alive, and Japan’s summers are filled with lush, emerald countryside. 

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Best time to travel to Nepal and India

When choosing where to travel to on your next big trip, it is always important to research when the best time to travel is. If India and Nepal are on your radar for an upcoming tour, check out our recommendations below for the best time to venture to these two fascinating countries.

Weather

As the seventh largest country in the world, defining India’s weather is a tricky task. There are several climatic regions from the tropical climate of Kerala to the arid northwest of the...

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Celebrating Holi Festival – the festival of colour!

It is said imitation is the highest form of flattery, and if that is the case Hindus should feel honoured indeed. Holi Festival – observed by throwing brightly pigmented powder paint – has been replicated all over the globe in various incarnations from coloured ‘fun runs’ to themed music festivals. It’s a phenomenon that has swept the globe, but the best place to celebrate it is still where it all began – in India.

What is Holi Festival?

Holi Festival...

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Gorilla Trekking – is it responsible?

I decided in this post I would discuss one of the increasingly popular activities for travellers in Africa and how it affects the region. Gorilla trekking in Uganda is a remarkable experience. You are surrounded by rainforest looking at an animal with expressions so human-like you’ll later swear you shared a ‘moment’ with the silverback… and there’s a chance you may have.

With fewer than 900 mountain gorillas left in the world and roughly half of those living in the Bwindi...

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Markets of Stone Town

Zanzibar Spice Island; an exotic and chaotic that challenged and delighted Rebecca’s preconceptions.

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Antelope Birthing Season – the wonders and variety of wildlife in Africa

In the Africa wildlife calendar, there are few among us that have not heard about the Great Migration – a mythical, magical time when the herds are on the move and those travellers lucky enough to bear witness are treated to dramatic displays of thousands of grazing mammals on the move.

Less well-published are the other golden highlights of the Africa wildlife calendar. In practically every season, nature gifts us with a different scene. Unlike visiting monuments, castles or ruins, when...

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Recipes

Learn to cook Nom Du Du

Koto Vietnam's recipe for smoked eggplant with garlic, chilli and basil, a traditional Vietnamese dish  is as easy to cook as it is delicious.  Koto is a restaurant devoted to training young people living on the streets of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to cook and develop the skills needed for a better and safer future.  For more information on Koto and to find out how to donate to this fantastic charity, click here.

Ingredients

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Travelling through Borneo

A selection of pics from one of the wildest spots in Asia. An area known for its wildlife and scenery and not yet overrun by tourists – absolutely stunning!

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