Travellers, take note: Hong Kong is the world’s top city for international visits

Hong Kong is set to retain its status as the city most visited by international travellers this year in spite of strained relations with mainland China. In a report published on Tuesday, market research firm Euromonitor International said it estimates 25.7 million arrivals in Hong Kong this year, down 3.2% on 2016. The Thai capital Bangkok retains second place, but its popularity has grown faster than Hong Kong’s, with arrivals up 9.5% at 21.3 million. London is Europe’s top city, in third place with 19.8 million arrivals, but the report…

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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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Take off on amazing trips on a budget. Travel blogger Nomadic Matt shows you how

American blogger Matt Kepnes wasn’t big on travel until he was 23, when he took his first journey abroad. Back then, he had a desk job in health care with two weeks’ vacation a year. He chose to go on a solo trip to Costa Rica and “fell in love with travel.” The next year he went to Thailand and “met five backpackers who were living my dream.” “I grew up in an environment where travel wasn’t a thing for my family, it wasn’t a thing for my friends,” he said in…

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Take an offbeat trip. Visit a mammoth active volcano in Chile

From the peaks of Hawaii to the uplands of Iceland, whether they be active or dormant, volcanos inspire the imaginations of travellers. There are volcanic destinations for every type of vacationer. One such place to visit is the Patagonian Cordillera and Villarrica, which is the most active volcano in Chile. A country with many volcanoes, Chile is notably home to Villarrica, which overshadows the lake of the same name. Located in Patagonia, a region that attracts many visitors, and rising to 2,847 metres above sea level, the mammoth volcano is one…

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Travellers, take note: Here are the top five South Australian wildlife experiences to try

If you’re a wildlife lover, then here are five of the best experiences that you can explore around this time of the year in South Australia: * Whale watching:There is nothing like watching these beauties sway. South Australia has a mighty coastline and there are some spectacular sights one can witness along it from time to time. Yet, nothing compares to the annual southern right whale migration. The majestic whales can be spotted along the coastline of Kangaroo Island, the Fleurieu Peninsula’s Victor Harbor and on the far west coast…

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This ‘longest’ hanging bridge in Switzerland, overlooking the Alps, will take your breath away!

Switzerland is known for many things, from snow-capped mountains to Swiss chocolates, there is no dearth of reasons why one must visit the magical place. And to top that, it has now officially opened the world’s ‘longest’ suspension bridge. The 494m-long pedestrian hanging bridge is perfect for hikers and for wanderers who love to explore nature at its best. But, it is not for the faint-hearted. The adventurous walk down the ‘Europabruecke’ bridge, connecting Grächen and Zermatt, is at a “dizzying height”, according to the Zermatt tourism board website. 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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Don’t take results too seriously, says Delhi boy who came third in JEE Advanced

Delhi boy Ananye Agarwal secured All Indian Rank of three in 2017 IIT-JEE Advanced, and emerged as the state topper on Sunday. With over 1,70,000 students appearing for the exam last month, topping the prestigious exam can prove to be a herculean task. However, Agarwal is rather composed for someone who has managed the feat. “It is important not to take the results too seriously. It can get stressful otherwise,” said Agarwal, who had scored 97.8% in his CBSE Class 12 exam. Agarwal, a resident of Gulmohar Park, attended the Hope…

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Want to crack IIT-JEE? Take up chess like this Varanasi lad

Varanasi: His mastery over chess taught Adarsh Srivastava all the right moves to crack IIT-JEE Advanced 2017, with AIR 355. He scored 286 out of 366. “As right moves hold the key to victory in chess tournaments, similarly the use of the right formula holds a solution to each question of mathematics,” Srivastava told HT soon after the declaration of the IIT-JEE Advanced results. “I like playing chess. It improves my concentration levels and helps me crack mathematical problems. One wrong move in chess can change everything, leading to defeat ,…

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All that you need to know before deciding to take personal loan

The discretionary aspect of personal loans increases its attraction. You can use the loan in the way you want without having o commit about it. The loan injects quick cash to your kitty and it is up to you how it can be used.  The loan comes most handy at times when you are inconvenienced by sudden need for extra money to meet some expenses that you had never expected at that time.  Usually medical emergencies catch people on the wrong foot and there can be many other reasons, too. …

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