Saint Helena, one of the most inaccessible islands where Napoleon was exiled, opens to tourism

Made famous by French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, who was exiled there from 1815 until his death in 1821, the island of Saint Helena has long been too remote to be affected by tourism. But this may be about to change. From October 14, the South African company Airlink will begin weekly flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg. Flight time will be about six hours with a stopover in Namibia. Until now, the tiny British territory was only accessible by boat. Located in the South Atlantic to the West of the…

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The adventures of Suki: This Bengal cat probably travels more than you

Suki’s vivid coat, which resembles that of a leopard’s, reflects the illustrious adventures that the Bengal cat has been on. From a canoe ride to a hike through a mushroom-filled forest, Suki is busy exploring the world with her human, Canada-based travel photographer Marti Gutfreund.   Gutfreund explained in an email to DesignTAXI that Suki entered her life after her last feline passed away. “My partner and I do a lot of hiking and camping together. [After] our last kitty passed away…we really wanted to have a pet that we didn’t always have…

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This country tops the best expat destinations for 2017. Last year it barely made it to the top 20

It may not be top of mind, but this small country in the Persian Gulf managed to leapfrog its way from 19th place in 2016 to the top spot this year, due mostly to the ease of settling in and high career satisfaction, as reported by its expat citizens. For the survey, conducted by networking site InterNations, 13,000 expats representing 166 nationalities, living in 188 countries or territories, were asked to rate 43 different aspects of life in their host country, which were then pooled into six categories: quality of…

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Enjoy the scenic beauty of New England in autumn and shed those kilos

Here’s a novel way to enjoy autumn in New England: While the trees are dropping their leaves, you can be shedding some pounds. Activate the health app on your iPhone, don a light jacket, unleash your inner multitasker; and you’re good to go. Powered by the same GPS technology your phone’s map uses to give you directions, the app will tell you not only how many miles or kilometers you’ve covered but exactly how many steps you took. If you’re a fitness geek, Fitbit, Garmin and other trackers can give you more…

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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 your next holiday? Here are top 5 travel stories of the week to inspire you

Many of us are perpetually day dreaming about our next vacation. The research and planning that goes into it before actually taking off also lends itself a certain thrill. Whether you’re a nature lover, a culture vulture or looking for a digital detox, we’ve got you covered. Check out our best travel features from this week: 1) Find solitude in Kasar Devi and Binsar Valley in Uttarakhand If you’re looking to experience peace and silence, head to the lap of Uttrakhand. In Kasar Devi and Binsar Valley, explore old temples,…

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Are you a responsible traveller? Read the United Nations manual on tourist etiquette to find out

Learn to speak a few words in the local language and make sure your purchase isn’t made with endangered plants or animals. These are some of the tips from the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s new “Travel. Enjoy. Respect” handbook. It is part of a global public awareness program that comes with a manual on how to be a responsible tourist. The launch comes amid a tourism crisis in Europe this summer, where locals across Spain and Italy have been staging anti-tourism protests in response to unsustainable visitor numbers, and incidents…

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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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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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Heading to London? Visit the tropical hothouse at this royal garden

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 Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in southwest London, UK. The royal connection: Rather than being created by one individual, the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew were built over time. First of all, King Henry VII built a royal palace in Richmond in the 16th century…

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