Planning to visit Japan? Don’t miss the hot spring resorts in Beppu

The city of Beppu in western Japan is famed for its hot springs, with hotels and resorts competing to attract tourists to an area renowned for sights like the “Hells of Beppu,” a series of colored and super-hot natural pools. As the numbers of Japanese visiting the resorts plateaus, local and international hotel chains are expanding to target the boom in foreign tourists. Tourist numbers dipped in 2016 after an earthquake in nearby Kumamoto, but recovered to a record in 2017. South Koreans have driven the 130 percent increase in…

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Beyond cherry blossoms: Japan has some of the most underrated beaches

Known for its rich culture, Japan is also popular for its amazing beaches. Japan is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean with dense cities, imperial palaces, mountainous national parks and thousands of shrines and temples. Here are four most underrated and must visit beaches in the country: Goshiki-hama Beach A famous spot for a sunset view Goshikihama is a beach of colourful pebbles. The name Goshiki (meaning five colours) comes from the fact that the pebbles filling the beach shine in five different colours like gems when washed in…

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4 Quick Tips: How to Win the Travel Photo Contest

2017 GRAND PRIZE WINNERA powerful eruption illuminates the slopes of Mexico’s Colima Volcano on December 13, 2015. I was in the town of Comala when I suddenly saw incandescence above the volcano’s crater and started shooting. Seconds later, a powerful volcanic explosion expelled a cloud of ash particles and a massive lightning bolt illuminated most of the dark scene. It was one of the most exciting moments of my life. You are the next National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year. Sound big? It is. Every year, thousands of talented photographers…

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Why now is the time for travel brands to go mobile-first

It’s popular to talk about the impact that smartphones have had and with good reason. In recent years, since smartphone introduction, there has been a dramatic shift in the way people engage with brands online. Today, the majority of people interact with brands on a mobile device, not on a computer. But many travel companies haven’t caught up yet with this trend. In the US, Sojern data shows that 26% of travel searches in the fourth quarter of last year occurred on a mobile device. In other parts of the world,…

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Facelifted 2018 Mahindra XUV500 interiors SPIED for the first time ever

Mahindra and Mahindra will soon launch a rather comprehensively updated version of the XUV500 SUV. While there’s no official word on the specs, speculations are rife that the updated XUV500 would offer more power. We already know about the styling changes that the car carries, which is due to the multiple spy images that have surfaced online. Recently, a spy pic of the interior emerged, thereby giving us complete details on the changes that the car’s dashboard incorporates. The new 2018 Mahindra XUV500 launch could take place later this month. The…

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US shouldn’t shut the door on Chinese students

US President Donald Trump’s national security strategy calls for the government to consider restrictions on “foreign STEM students from designated countries to ensure that intellectual property is not transferred to our competitors”. Photo: Reuters As part of its continuing campaign to prevent China from stealing American intellectual property, President Donald Trump’s administration is considering restrictions on the number of Chinese citizens enrolled at US colleges and universities. Targeting foreign students will undermine US competitiveness, not enhance it. Of the 1 million foreign nationals enrolled at US schools, nearly one-third are…

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The Cube in Australia is a trippy food and wine destination. Here are 5 reasons to visit

In a world exploding with culinary trails and extraordinary food experiences, it is hard to imagine what can captivate discerning travellers and foodies. And yet, as the calendar flipped over to 2018, d’Arenberg vineyard in Mclaren Vale, South Australia unveiled the Cube. An idea, which was born in the mind of the eccentric chief winemaker Chester Osborn 14 years ago, finally found form in the shape and is touted to be the ultimate food and wine destination. The Cube is for travellers who have a thing for exquisite food and…

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Maruti Ciaz modified! Here are some of the latest head-turners

Maruti Ciaz has become one of the best-selling cars in the market and gives tough time to the well-established players like Honda City and Hyundai Verna in India. While the Ciaz is available in many different countries, the Thailand market has a few extreme body kits of the Ciaz. Indians are also not far behind when it comes to modifying the Ciaz. Here are top five new modified Ciaz from India. Type X This is one of the most radical-looking Maruti Ciaz cars in the Indian market. The modification job gives the…

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The One Travel Sin In Israel That You Can Easily Avoid

Not so very long ago terminally bland chain hotels were the mainstay of lodging in Israel—indeed, a certain generation of travelers can remember when they were practically the only choice in cities like Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. But the past decade has seen a total transformation of the Israeli boutique hotel landscape. Big chains are still amply represented, but with demand for innovation in the lifestyle space high even well-known brands are finding it necessary to get their style game on. 65 Hotel The Hotel 65, once an office building, rises above Rothschild Boulevard…

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Watch: Gavin Green reviews the Geneva motor show 2018

The #MeToo movement has claimed another scalp. The motor show girls that have added glamour to the Geneva Salon for at least 50 years are no more, gone the same way as the F1 grid girls. Only Fiat-Chrysler (FCA) stood defiant at Geneva. Little surprise it was the red-blooded Italians who cocked a snook. The car industry knows all about Me Too, of course (without the hashtag). Over the past few years, every motor show has been full of identikit new SUVs, as car makers follow each other, sheep heading…

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