Travel obsessed? You need to own this.

Whether you caught the travel bug years ago or you have an impossible-to-shop-for wanderlust buddy, this Scratch-Off Map is the answer. Did you own one of those collectible quarter maps when the U.S. released all the new state quarters back in the day? This is like that, but actually nothing like it, because it’s way cooler. First, there’s the world map in white or black measuring 17” by 24”. Or, you can choose the platinum world map, measuring 24” by 36” and featuring state outlines for the US, Australia, and Canada. As…

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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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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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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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Planning a solo trip this monsoon? Check out these 8 tips before you head out

No doubt, travelling with the squad is great fun. But sometimes the best travel companion you can have is yourself. In fact, more and more Indian women have started undertaking solo trips. If you are a person who does not like following fixed itineraries, hate clicking selfies, love to sample local cuisines and enjoy backpacking, then travelling solo can be a rewarding experience for you. However, the monsoon can play spoilsport if the right precautions are not taken. So, before you pack your bags and get set for a vacation with yourself,…

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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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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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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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Travelling on a budget? These Indian destinations can give you an international experience

International tours make for great memories, but they also come with a heavy expense. Here are some places to visit within India that will give you an international vacation experience without burning a hole in your pocket: * Shillong—The Scotland of the East: With its surging meadows, rivers and lush widespread grasslands, Shillong and its surroundings can be compared to Scotland. Waterways are the means of transportation in Alleppey. (Shutterstock) * Pondicherry—The French Town: Pondicherry retains its Dutch and French architecture from colonial times. It is interesting to note the smooth transition of…

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