Indonesia’s ‘rainbow village’ becomes an internet sensation. See pics

An Indonesian hamlet dubbed ‘the rainbow village’ after being given a makeover in a kaleidoscope of colours is attracting hordes of visitors and has become an internet sensation. The collection of about 200 modest homes on a hillside above a river used to be a typical, low-income Indonesian neighbourhood that was filthy and gloomy. But residents of the Wonosari community in Semarang decided an extreme makeover was needed, and received money from the local government and several companies to carry out the project. Villagers relax along a path in Semarang….

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Monsoon travel: Goa in the rains

The long hot summer comes to an end as the month of June elapses, and the parched Earth cools down with the incessant downpour which rides in on the Monsoon winds. The monsoon phenomenon brings out an altogether different side to Goa. Imagine swaying palms dancing to the tune of the winds, quaint lanes washed by rain waters, ominous grey layers of thick clouds that rule the skies and swirling waters roaring out at the beaches; there’s something about experiencing monsoons in Goa which tops the list of things to…

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New sanctions will obstruct two-centre holidays combining Florida and the Caribbean’s largest island

British travellers hoping to combine the US and Cuba on the same trip face much tighter restrictions after Donald Trump announced he would reverse some measures introduced by Barack Obama. In a speech in Miami, the President denounced what he called his predecessor’s “terrible and misguided deal with the Castro regime”. Mr Obama had eased the economic embargo, which had been in force since the early 1960s, and encouraged “people-to-people” tourism to Cuba. American citizens and foreign travellers on US territory could access dozens of new scheduled flights to the island. Ordinary…

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Don’t dance on the road! 11 things you should not do in Dubai

Dubai is considered one of the most lenient and multi-ethnic places in UAE, but you do need to conduct yourself in a certain way. What is considered OK in your home country may be a punishable offence in Dubai. So it’s a good idea to be aware of the rules and regulations before travelling there. Here is a list of things to watch out for: 1. Drinking in public There are strict dos and don’ts that you must follow when in Dubai. (Shutterstock) Foreign nationals can drink alcohol in the house…

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Gili Islands: Are they truly a vision of paradise on earth?

The Gili Islands, comprising Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air, are situated just off the northwest coast of Lombok, Indonesia. Motor vehicles aren’t allowed here, so for transportation you either need to walk, take a bicycle or the cidomo (horse-drawn carriage). Amongst all the activities, the most popular ones are scuba diving, snorkeling, golf, horse riding and free diving. You might want to try snorkeling off the beach as then you shall notice the magnificent green and hawksbill sea turtles. The most renowned spots for diving are Shark Point,…

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Ever thought of taking a boat into a Hawaiian volcano spouting lava?

Is your experience with volcanoes limited only to what you learn in school and the movies Volcano (1997) and Dante’s Peak (also 1997)? You think they’re something only to be viewed on the Discovery Channel? Well, for your next holiday you should consider exploring the Kilauea Volcano, Kalapana in Hawaii. Tourists can approach the volcano by boat and walk on its surface. Kalapana was a town which was completely covered in lava in 1986. Due to the slow lava movement, there were no casualties. Kilauea Volcano is located at the…

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Travel Addiction Is Real

  Depending on whom you ask, there could be such a thing as too much travel. Ever since humans first created maps, we’ve had a compulsion to fill them in. Our desire to see what lies beyond that distant peak, that vast sea, or this planet is an essential part of who we are, and studies show that our inherent wanderlust can also make us smarter, happier, and more creative. But is it possible to overdose on too much of a good thing? Can this natural instinct to see and…

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What You Need to Know About Traveling to Cuba Now

When President Barack Obama eased restrictions on travel to Cuba in January 2015, American travelers, tour operators and airlines lost no time. Curious Americans flooded the island’s colonial cities and tobacco-growing plains; Airbnb added thousands of Cuban homes to its offerings; and a handful of American airlines began direct flights to the island. But new restrictions reportedly under discussion by the Trump administration could significantly dampen the euphoric boom in American travel to the island. The scope of any changes — which an official said Mr. Trump would like to…

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Kunal Kapoor: Like to travel within India more than abroad

New Delhi: A lot of people wish to visit international destination, including during vacations, but actor Kunal Kapoor likes to see different parts of India, which he considers a “special” country, and more attractive. Kunal, along with his friend of over two decades, Cyrus Sahukar, went on a trip from Dharamsala to Kaza as part of upcoming TV show “Great Escape with Kunal and Cyrus”, which will be aired on Fox Life starting from June 23. “I have learned from this trip that there is so much to see within…

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Here’s how traveling makes you happier

Scenario one: you are sitting in your office, thinking about taking all those pending leaves, but decide to forget about and just keep working. That project isn’t going to take care of itself, and there could be a promotion at the end of the year! Scenario two: you are lying on your back, watching a conversation on your phone in a newly-made WhatsApp group for a vacation with friends. Everyone is enthusiastic about it at first, but soon people start dropping out faster than you can say “Goa party”. Scenario three:…

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