Italy's tourist jewel feels strain of fame
Hiking the coastal path that links the medieval fishing villages of Italy's Cinque Terre on its northwest coast is a stop-start affair these days.
Easter Island's Carnival magic seduces locals, tourists
Far from home on Chile's Easter Island for Carnival festivities, one middle-aged American woman throws caution to the wind. Stripped down to a thong, she lets a local reveler paint her chest.
Love in the time of tourists: courtship changes in remote Vietnam
Dating is never easy but finding the perfect partner when you live in a tiny, remote village in the Vietnamese mountains is almost impossible. The solution? A love market.
TOURISM IN SPAIN: MADRID AND BARCELONA
Overview of Spain
Spain is made up of 17 autonomous regions and covers an area of some 505,000 km2, with a population of over 47 million
“Chania is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful cities on the island of Crete, because of its natural, privileged, well-protected beauty.
'Stunning' tsunami record discovered in Indonesia cave
Scientists said Friday they have discovered a cave on the Indonesian island of Sumatra that provides a "stunning" record of Indian Ocean tsunamis over thousands of years.
Japan agency offers travel for your teddy bear
Unable to get to that must-see tourist site but can't bear for your teddy to miss out? Then Japan has just the thing for you -- a travel agency that takes stuffed toys on package tours and even provides the holiday snaps to prove it.
Baltimore's 'arabbers' keep horse-cart vending alive
On a crisp cool autumn day in inner-city Baltimore, Yusuf "BJ" Abdullah guides his colorful horse-drawn produce cart into Orchard Street and Jerry "Lawlaw" Powell raises his voice to rustle up some customers.
THAILAND’S ISLANDS: ESCAPE AND HAVE A
REAL ADVENTURE AWAY FROM THE CROWDS
BY CAROLINE BAYFORD
Whether it is riding in the back of an open tuk-tuk or racing across the waves in a long tail boat, a journey through Thailand’s islands always feels like a real adventure.
Tourists invited to live like Gandhi in his ashram
Tourists searching for peace and simplicity can for the first time check in to Mahatma Gandhi's most famous ashram in India. But don't expect modern comforts. And chastity is required.
Fast and malodorous: Bangkok's 'khlong' boat network
Every morning, tens of thousands of Bangkok's most rushed, reckless or cash-strapped commuters hop onto its "khlong" boats -- plying the main canal in a speedy, if not fragrant, bid to avoid the city's notorious road congestion.
Forgotten Madrid suffers tourism slump
Madrid is known for its nightlife and world-class museums but the Spanish capital is suffering a slump in visitors which officials blame on a loss of flights to the city and weak promotion.
Planning your great escape? Lonely Planet has a few ideas
From a luxury spa treatment in Bali, to rhino-watching wilderness expeditions and meditative retreats in a monastery in Mallorca, the latest travel guide from Lonely Planet offers globetrotting ideas that promise to help readers reassess, recharge and inspire tired souls.
No nose-picking: China chides its 'unruly' tourists
Chinese tourists should not pick their noses in public, pee in pools or steal airplane life jackets, China's image-conscious authorities have warned in a handbook in their latest effort to counter unruly behaviour.
Iraqi Kurd nature reserve bids to shed violent legacy
Near Iraq's northernmost point, close to Turkey and Iran, a national park of snow-capped peaks and forested valleys is drawing tourists and researchers keen to explore a hardly touched land.
Yorkshire named Europe's leading destination 2013
A county in northern England perhaps best known for being romanticized and mythologized by the Bronte sisters for its wild, windswept moors has been named the leading destination in Europe at an awards ceremony referred to as the ‘Oscars’ of the travel industry.
Ceausescu execution spot to become tourist attraction
The grim barracks where Romania's brutal communist despot Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife Elena were executed are to be opened to the public in the latest bid to boost "dictator tourism".
Renaissance 'ideal city' inspires anew in Tuscany
An "ideal city" inspired by Renaissance humanism off the beaten track in the Tuscan hills is finding new fans with 15th century urban planning that still appeals to today's city dwellers.
Traditional Vienna goes brand crazy in luxury facelift
Half a dozen new five-star hotels, flagship stores for Louis Vuitton, Prada and Emporio Armani: Vienna is undergoing a luxury facelift that is delighting Arab, Asian and Russian tourists, as well as locals.
Dead Sea, Red Sea plan raises environmental hackles
A plan to link the Red Sea with the shrinking Dead Sea could save it from total evaporation and bring desalinated water to thirsty neighbours Israel, Jordan and the Palestinians.
New Zealand quake city opens cardboard cathedral
Christchurch's cardboard cathedral officially opens on Thursday, replacing the neo-Gothic structure destroyed in a 2011 earthquake that killed 185 people in New Zealand's second largest city.
Hunting for butterflies in Pakistan - with cheese
In the mountains of Pakistan, a Frenchman is on a mission. Armed with a net and a smelly cheese, Jerome Pages braves the perils of Taliban militants to chase his obsession: butterflies.
In Istanbul, tourists seek their dream moustache
Already known the world over for its baths, coffee and sweet Turkish delights, Turkey is on the way to adding another item to its roster of specialities: the moustache.
Tourists seek the simple life in France
At a remote spot deep in the French countryside, Britons Bob and Diane Kirkwood have created an eco-friendly refuge that is like taking a step back in time.
Japan's fake food is real deal for tourists
Alberto Pellegrini doesn't speak or read Japanese, a deficit that threatened to leave the Italian tourist starving in a nation famous for its gastronomic delights.
Australia opens 'world's smartest' aquarium
A major research aquarium able to simulate ocean warming and carry out key studies on the deadly crown-of-thorns starfish devastating the Great Barrier Reef opened in Australia on Thursday.
Tourism picks up in Greece, but without the Greeks
Foreign tourists are finding their way back to Greece's islands and ancient ruins, offering a rare boost to an economy contracting for the sixth year running.
Tourists flock to Pakistan Kashmir valley in rare boom
Success stories can be rare in Pakistan, but business is booming in one Kashmir tourist spot as the region rebuilds after a devastating earthquake and shrugs off associations with violence.
German baroque water park makes splash on UNESCO list
With its Hercules statue towering above a massive water cascade, romantic gardens and castle, Germany's Bergpark Wilhelmshoehe has long been a marvel of baroque landscape design. As of last month, it's also a UNESCO world heritage site.
TOURISM IN THE PHILIPPINES
The Republic of the Philippines is an archipelago consisting of some 7,100 islands and islets lying about 800 km off the southeast coast of Asia and stretching 1850 km from north to south.
Red Cross cartoon to demystify Pacific climate change
The Red Cross has launched a light-hearted education campaign aimed at those it describes as most vulnerable to climate change: Pacific islanders living on low-lying atolls threatened by rising seas.
The Flipside of Paris:- Row, row, row your boat
There are no ifs, ands or buts about it – spring, and now summer in Paris have been dreadful.
One restaurant, two countries: a border tale
A neon-green line runs across the floor of the "Kalin" restaurant in the tiny Slovenian hamlet of Obrezje: step over it and you're suddenly in Croatia.
Europe roaming fees cut in time for summer hols
Tourists within Europe can use their smartphones without fear of an outrageous bill waiting at home starting from this year's summer holidays, as the European Union is cutting maximum mobile data roaming rates by 36 percent next week.
Historic N. Korea city wins World Heritage status
Royal tombs, fortress walls and a 700-year-old school in North Korea's medieval city of Kaesong were among a dozen monuments granted World Heritage status by UNESCO at its annual meet.
'The Hobbit' credited for bringing more tourists to New Zealand
The picturesque scenery of New Zealand featured in "The Hobbit" last year is credited for a spike in the number of international visitors to the country early this year.
Effort to revive Galapagos tortoises once thought extinct
Scientists will try to revive two species of giant Galapagos tortoises thought to have been extinct by breeding genetic relatives in captivity, experts leading the effort said.
Lost medieval city found in Cambodia
A lost medieval city that thrived on a mist-shrouded Cambodian mountain 1,200 years ago has been discovered by archaeologists using revolutionary airborne laser technology, a report said.
Paris tightens security to stem crimes against tourists
Paris police on Tuesday said they had tightened security and taken other measures to fight crimes targeting tourists in the world's most visited city.
Plans to turn Johannesburg into Africa's 'New York'
City authorities in Johannesburg, South Africa's economic hub, have unveiled an ambitious plan to undo urban inequalities of the apartheid era and turn the continent's wealthiest city into the "New York of Africa".
For mystic life and a spiritual tune-up, go to Brasilia
Brazil's capital is well known for the modern architecture of its designer, the late Oscar Niemeyer. But mystic types come for a different kind of thrill, like communicating with the spirits.
Turkey tourism takes a hit but visitors shrug off unrest
Hotel reservations may be down after a week of violent mass protests in Turkey, but plucky tourists on the ground have taken the unrest in their stride.
Florence hopes for tourism boost as Dan Brown visits
US bestselling author Dan Brown reveals the secret behind his success in Florence on Thursday as the city sees a wave of tourists following in the footsteps of his mystery-cracking hero.
Paris unveils new eyeful from Eiffel tower
Visitors to the Eiffel Tower get a little extra for the price of their entry ticket from Thursday with the unveiling of a new landmark on Paris's artistic landscape -- or skyscape.
N. Korean leader wants ski resort by year-end: KCNA
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has issued a national appeal to speed up work on a "world class" ski resort, which is being built as rival South Korea prepares to host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
Scientists tell Australia to save Great Barrier Reef
Leading marine scientists warned the Australian government on Wednesday of the growing threat to the Great Barrier Reef from unchecked industrial development.
To save corals, save the forests: study
Conservationists fighting to save coastal coral reefs should think first about combatting local deforestation rather than attacking the wider peril of global warming, suggests an unusual study published on Tuesday.
Luxury Middle Eastern hotel opens women-only floor
Luxury property the Four Seasons Hotel Riyadh is the latest to open a ladies-only floor designed to put traveling women at ease and make them feel “comfortable and secure.”
Iraq to restore ancient arch to woo back tourists
Iraqi authorities have contracted a Czech firm to carry out a 10-month restoration of the ancient Arch of Ctesiphon as part of a plan to boost tourism to the once-popular site.
Europeans give up holiday travel as austerity bites
Fewer Europeans are planning to go away for a summer holiday as economic austerity bites, a new study shows, with levels of foreign vacation travel at their lowest for eight years.
A romantic Italian oasis that inspired literary giants
Rare plants, enchanting ruins and the tinkle of waterfalls: the English-style botanical oasis of Ninfa near Rome is a secret idyll billed as "the world's most romantic garden".
Thai capital to receive most visitors in 2013: report
A new report has declared Bangkok the city of 2013 based on the projected number of international visitors it’s set to receive this year.
Digital reincarnation for Dunhuang's Buddhist art
Inching their cameras along a rail inside the chamber, specialists use powerful flashes to light up paintings of female Buddhist spirits drawn more than 1,400 years ago.
EU swimming beaches get clean bill of health
The vast majority of some 22,000 swimming beaches in the EU are clean and safe, the European Environment Agency said Tuesday.
In Philadelphia, murals breathe life into city
On a scaffold five meters off the ground, artist Meg Saligman uses her paintbrush to carefully touch up an enormous mural covering an entire wall of a Philadelphia parking lot.
British landfill transformed into nature reserve
A sprawling landfill site containing 50 years of rubbish from six London boroughs has been transformed into a 120-acre nature reserve for rare birds, bees and reptiles.
Japan's Mt Fuji to get World Heritage stamp: officials
Japan's Mount Fuji will likely be added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites next month after an influential advisory panel to the UN cultural body made a recommendation, officials said Wednesday.
Iceland grapples with tourist influx
In Iceland's Thingvellir national park, a wooden bridge covers a crack in the paved road leading to the site where the world's oldest parliament was founded in 930.
Stairway to heaven: Siena cathedral opens roof tour
Secret passages high up in the rafters of Siena Cathedral have opened for the first time after decades of restoration, offering a rare view of midnight-blue ceilings and the Tuscan panorama.
The English village where phones think they're French
It's a typical English village overlooking the Channel, complete with traditional pub and parish church.
Amsterdam fetes a string of milestones with special events
It’s a banner year for the city of Amsterdam, which is celebrating a host of milestones and anniversaries in 2013.
Coral atoll where giant tortoises outnumber man 10,000:1
It is perhaps not surprising that there are only a handful of humans on one of the most remote islands on Earth, coral atolls far out in the turquoise seas of the Indian Ocean.
Hotel de Crillon in Paris to close for two-year overhaul
The famed Hotel de Crillon, which overlooks the Place de La Concorde at the base of the Champs Elysées in Paris, will close this weekend for a two-year renovation. King Louis XV commissioned the building, which was built in 1758.
History of Sir Ganga Ram who built Lahore as we see it today.
An old banyan tree stood somewhere around the city. Its shade hooked up the travelers who sat down and retired for a while before resuming their journey.
Baghdad 'war correspondent hotel' gets makeover
Famous the world over for housing masses of foreign journalists during the US-led invasion of Iraq, the Palestine Hotel has since undergone a makeover and looks brand new. Now all it needs is customers.
Small prehistoric ‘lost continent’ found in Indian Ocean
A lost continent that once kept India and Madagascar glued to each other has been discovered under the Indian Ocean.
Skiing in Troodos, Cyprus
Cyprus is most known for its endless beaches and its sunny, clear and unclouded weather which can be enjoyed for more than 8 months a year.
Italy's selling paradise Island of Budelli for over £2million
Its pink coral sands have made it the pearl of the Italian coastline. And now the paradise island of Budelli off the coast of Sardinia could soon be yours - for just £2million.
Chakala Woods, Pakistan
While the train whistles away from the jungle of Chaklala…Before the place gained fame as an elite residential area, Chaklala was a dense forest and the woodcutters made their living by cutting and selling the logs.
The River that played God by Muhammad Hassan Miraj
The charm of Tilla Jogian and Rohtas is preamble to Jhelum. The city casts its spell, slowly and unknowingly, like love in the later life, tempting yet destructive.
HOTEL READS – BISTRO – VESPASIAN – MALLORCA
Looking for somewhere to chill over Christmas or New Year then look no further Read's Hotel & Spa, Mallorca, is the perfect place in which to unwind and relax with no noise except that provided by nature.
'Mystery' Pacific Paradise Island for sale for just £2.9millon in the Phillipines
With a remote tropical location, pristine sandy beaches and beguiling name, it's the ideal property for any aspiring Scaramangas or wannabe Blofelds.
RAWAL RAWAIL by Muhammad Hassan Miraj
Rawalpindi railway station is as cold and indifferent as the city itself. In 1849 British took over Rawalpindi and converted it into a garrison town.
TOURISM IN FINLAND by Tiina Paivarinta
Overview of Finland
Finland is the seventh largest country in Europe, in terms of area, bordering with Russia, Sweden and Norway. The population of Finland is about 5.5 million of which approximately 1 million people live in the capital, Helsinki.