Northern lights, crater lakes, lava fields: Head to Iceland for a surreal vacation

‘It’s the elemental childhood fantasy, isn’t it, to see space in some way,” says photographer Robert Ormerod. “I think I wanted to be an astronaut, and then that enthusiasm got replaced by other things. But there are those people who never lose it, and I’m interested in what they do with that passion. Such a small fraction of the population will ever go to space – how do those people live their dream?” It’s a question that in recent years has led Ormerod all over the world in pursuit of…

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Here’s What to Do When Vacationing in Delhi with Kids

What’s better than going on a little vacation with your family and kids, and taking that much-needed break from your routine? Well, choosing an apt vacation spot for the kids to find interest in might be tricky. You don’t want to take them to the same adventure or water parks that are quite commonly found everywhere these days. So, if you are planning on taking them on an informative yet fun and interesting trip to the capital city, then it’s an absolutely brilliant idea indeed! Taking them around ancient and…

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‘Men only’ Japanese island declared Unesco world heritage site

Okinoshima, a sacred island in south-west Japan that bans women and here male visitors must strip naked before going ashore, has been declared a Unesco world heritage site. The island, located midway between the south-western main island of Kyushu and the Korean peninsula, was once the site of rituals to pray for maritime safety and a centre for relations with China and Korea that stretch back as far as the fourth century, reports the Guardian. The 700-square-metre island, along with three nearby reefs and four other related sites were given world…

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Ride on a wave: Here’s why Ghana should top your vacation bucket list

Brett Davies paced up and down the sloping sands of Kokrobite beach in Ghana, organising surfers from 20 different countries at his annual international competition. Along the beach, some 30 kilometres (20 miles) west of Accra, dotted with dug-out fishing boats, Rastafarians were selling T-shirts and small children were playing in the sand. Davies, 42, is leading the push to bring surfers to the West African nation as a way to help boost the country’s under-developed tourism sector. The British national already runs a surf school at Kokrobite and has…

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Head to Cambodia now. Its temple complex is a UNESCO world heritage site

The UN cultural organization added an ancient temple site in Cambodia to its world heritage list, the government said on Sunday, bringing the number of heritage sites in the Southeast Asian country to three. Sambor Prei Kuk, or “temple in the richness of the forest” in the Khmer language, located 206 km (128 miles) north of the capital Phnom Penh, is home to numerous temples, ten of which are octagonal. “Some of these elements, including lintels, pediments and colonnades, are true masterpieces,” UNESCO said on its website. UNESCO said the…

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Don’t use your index finger! Or tap people’s heads. 7 things you must not do in Bali

The very thought of Bali conjures images of beaches and surfing, and the Balinese people are very warm and generous people. This is one of the reasons it is one of the top holiday destinations for people around the world. It is part of the Coral Triangle, which has the largest biodiversity of marine species. The average temperature in Bali is about 30 degrees Celsius and the humidity level is about 85%. Bali’s real estate industry has seen an upward spurt mainly in the tourist areas of Kuta, Legian and…

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It’s raining: Avoid these trekking destinations in Uttarakhand and Maharashtra

While making trips during the monsoon season, you need to be careful where you are heading and take the necessary precautions for certain areas. On the other hand there are certain places which need to be completely avoided, as it may end up being a bad idea heading out if ultimately due to some weather conditions you end up getting stuck, ruining your holiday. 1) Don’t plan a trip to any of these 5 destinations in Uttarakhand this monsoon   Exits from Nainital in Uttarakhand are often blocked in the…

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Not just flowers, even walls are in bloom all year in this Polish village. See pics

Danuta Dymon, 70, has been at it since the sun came up, dressed from head to toe in clothes also displaying her brushstroke. “As you can see I’m covered in flowers,” she said, adding neon green leaves to the fluorescent orange and pink garland spanning the fence’s brick base in front of her home in Zalipie, in southern Poland. Danuta Dymon painting traditional flower patterns on her fence in Zalipie. (AFP) Dymon is known around the farming village for having painted flowers on virtually everything under her roof: the ceiling,…

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Foreign doctors deem ill Chinese Nobel laureate OK to travel

In this image taken from a Jan 6, 2008, video footage by AP Video, Liu Xiaobo looks at documents in his home in Beijing, China. According to a statement Friday, July 7, 2017, on the website of the First Hospital of China Medical University, the Chinese medical team charged with treating imprisoned Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo has stopped using cancer-fighting drugs so as not to overwhelm his severely weakened liver, raising concerns that China’s most prominent political prisoner is critically ill. (Photo from an AP Video via AP) BEIJING…

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Puducherry travelogue: What to eat, where to stay, and when to visit the pristine paradise

It had rained the previous night. It was 9:30 am. The bus that would take us to Puducherry was about to leave in an hour. We were in 10 kilometres away, navigating through narrow lanes, in an alien city, driven by a man who couldn’t understand us, and who seemed to be harbouring a personal grudge against Google Maps. After ignoring the robot lady’s soothing tones for the tenth time, and swerving into yet another muddy lane, he dropped us at what seemed like the outskirts. This was Koyambedu Bus…

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