My travel photo addiction is out of control – here’s how I’m trying to beat it

Travellers have grown increasingly obsessed with documenting their trips It’s my worst addiction. More pernicious than my attachment to caffeine, TV as background noise or squalid post-gym binges with a monster pack of Kettle Chips. My impulse to document every aspect of a holiday with my camera phone has become all-consuming. And my ability to enjoy travel in the moment is under threat. On a recent trip to Colombia, I realised how bad things had got. I was out in the country’s hot, isolated plains with a small group of…

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There’s more to Canada than Toronto. Here’s why you need to explore Ontario soon

Canada’s most populous province, Ontario is home to nearly 40% of all Canadians. It is diverse and vibrant from the multicultural metropolis of Toronto, Canada’s biggest city, to the First Nations villages on the Hudson Bay shores to the north. There are charming towns, historic settlements, a beautiful chance for cruising amid Saint Lawrence River’s Thousand Islands, as well as vast wilderness in national and provincial parks like the much-loved Algonquin. Ontario celebrates its diversity year-round, from the Stratford Shakespeare Festival to the Toronto International Film Festival and RBC Ottawa…

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Vegans, take note: Here’s the perfect cruise for you

In what’s being called a world first, a vegan ocean cruise is set to sail the high seas later this month, where guests will learn how to make vegan toothpaste, vegan cheese, and practice yoga against the backdrop of the Norwegian fjords. Between the stunning setting of cascading waterfalls, lush, green coastlines, dramatic fjords and plant-based fruits, vegetables and legumes that will make up the menu, the trip promises to be a highly photogenic one, tailor-made for the snap-happy Instagrammer. Cruise and Maritime Voyages has created a plant-based, meat-free cruise itinerary in…

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Planning a vacation? Here’s what you should keep in mind while booking a hotel

A holiday with your loved ones gives you the chance to great incredible memories. However, while planning a family vacation, multiple factors need to be considered – from managing the needs of all of your family members, to ensuring that the hotel fits in your budget. Saddam Zaroo, Managing Director of Hotel RK Sarovar Portico, Srinagar, and Puneet Jaggi, Managing Director of travel agency TravelDecorum.com, list down things one needs to keep in mind while booking a hotel for a family vacation: * Location of the hotel: One should select the hotel…

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Here’s why California is the perfect destination for a digital detox

With miles of pristine coastline and endless Instagram-worthy views, California is the perfect place for shareable memories. However, the Golden State is also an ideal destination for those looking to unplug and disconnect from the digital world. From remote areas with no cell service, to spas requiring you to leave your phone at the door, here are a few ideas to help you “disconnect” in California: * Shasta Cascade: It is no doubt that when you are exploring the Shasta Cascade region of California, you are guaranteed beautiful mountain scenery. One…

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Despacito effect: Puerto Rico’s La Perla is the new tourist hot spot. Here’s why

“The gringos are coming!” Outsiders were afraid to venture in before, but since Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s megahit, tourists from all over the world are descending on the narrow streets that wind among La Perla’s brightly coloured houses. “Despacito?” they inquire. And the barrio’s residents obligingly point out the locations where the video was filmed: the rocks facing the sea where Fonsi sings the refrain, the sea wall where ex-Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera strolls, the little plaza where men play dominoes — the tables and chairs just as they…

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The Royal Palace of Caserta: Here’s why you must see its waterfalls and fountains

Many of Europe’s parks and gardens were created at the request of the kings, queens, princes and princesses who once ruled over the Old Continent. Some have exceptional qualities or stunning styles that put them on the map for visitors vacationing in Europe, such as the park of the 18th-century Royal Palace of Caserta in Italy. The Fountain of Ceres in the gardens of the Royal Palace . (Parco della reggia di Caserta) *The royal connection: The Bourbon King Charles III is known for making 18th century Naples one of the…

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Travellers, take note: Here’s what to do in Peru beyond visiting Machu Picchu

Whether it’s an experienced traveller or an enthusiastic backpacker, thousands of tourists visit Peru for a peek of its awe-inspiring archaeological star attraction — Machu Picchu. But the fact is that Peru is a country replete with hidden treasures waiting to be explored and experienced. Look past the mesmerising sight of stunning vistas atop the majestic mountain peaks of one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, and you will find much more to be discovered. With a rich abundance of sights and sounds spread across this diverse country, we are certain that…

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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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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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