Saturday, 23 June 2018

A tour of the Vatican before sunrise

FOR the first time, travellers can experience the Vatican – the most-booked attraction on TripAdvisor – in quiet solitude, before sunrise, and before it opens to the public. The #Vatican is famously popular, with travellers waiting up to 4 hours during peak season. 


TripAdvisor, the world’s largest provider of bookable experiences, is giving travellers a look at its new ‘Waking up the Vatican’ tour. The tour is available now and allows a small number of travellers to join the ‘Clavigero’, the Vatican key holder, as he unlocks the doors to the Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s rooms, the Galleries, and more, hours before these iconic sites open to the public.


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Top trending summer travel spots





















ONE of the fastest growing online travel agents Agoda, has revealed the top trending summer travel spots, globally, for independent travelers in 2018.
The allure of Japan with its combination of unique culture, temples, mountains and beaches, proves too much to resist as Tokyo, Osaka, Okinawa and Kyoto all feature in the top ten Asia Pacific destinations this summer.

  • Bali is the top Asia Pacific destination for UK travelers.
  • Australians are the biggest international travelers to Bali, followed by South Koreans, Chinese, Singaporean and Malaysian travelers.
  • Top summer destinations for Taiwanese independent travelers are Tokyo, Okinawa, Osaka, Kyoto and Seoul.
  • American travelers' top three Asia Pacific destinations are Tokyo, Kyoto and Bangkok.
  • Most popular African destinations are the Seychelles, Johannesburg (South Africa), Durban (South Africa), Mauritius and Cape Town (South Africa).
  • Dubai tops Middle East travel followed by Medina and Mecca, which receive huge numbers of pilgrims for Hajj (19-24 August 2018).
  • Despite being the Southern Hemisphere winter, Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast are in the top five Pacific Ocean destinations and still receive their fair share of tourists during the June to August period. Guam and Saipan also feature.

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Friday, 22 June 2018

Love to do it? Hate to plan it?

Travelling with friends and family? A new survey conducted by the world's leading travel search engine reveals that nearly 50 percent of Americans are stressed out when travel planning for friends and family, with the U.S. ranking second among the most stressed out of all the countries polled.

Enter KAYAK Trip Huddle, a new tool to help take the pain out of planning group travel. KAYAK looked at some of the top pain points for planning trips – choosing accommodations, selecting a destination and coordinating travel schedules, which collectively stress out 57% of Americans – and created a tool to address each and every one of them. 


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Taking it easy

E-BIKES have become popular with commuters in Europe and North America, but they are an attractive option for #cycling #holidays. Riders with less experience, lower fitness, recovering from injury, or with less confidence in their abilities can enjoy trips and destinations without worrying about being able to keep up. Even more experienced riders can benefit from riding an e-bike on a tour that is particularly challenging.

Sri Lanka e-bikes are SCOTT Cross-E Sub 20 bikes, while select Vietnam tours feature Giant Explore E+ bikes. The new e-bikes can be hired per tour, as an alternative to standard mountain, road, or carbon bike hire. Both models of e-bike use “pedal assist” technology, which engages the bike’s motor once the rider begins to pedal. The more the rider pedals, the more the motor is activated, making e-bikes great for tackling climbs or comfortably cruising at speed.

SpiceRoads Cycling are cycle touring specialists based in Bangkok, Thailand. Founded in 1995, SpiceRoads leads over 10,000 passengers per year on active cycling adventures in 32 destinations worldwide.SpiceRoads offer cycling tours to suit every type of cyclist, from road enthusiasts, to leisure cyclists, to day trippers, to mountain bikers.




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Winning Island

FOR the second year in a row, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts took home the award for “Best Hotel Chain in Hawaii” at the 2018 TravelAge West WAVE Awards, held at The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Ray on June 14. Outrigger also picked up the accolade of “Best Hotel Brand for Families in Hawaii.”

The State of #Hawaii was also a winner – garnering the top spot for “Destination with the Highest Client Satisfaction, USA” against New Orleans, Alaska, Las Vegas and New York City. Plus, Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) was honored as the “U.S. Tourism Board Providing the Best Travel Agent Support” – beating out Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, NYC & Company, Inc., and New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau.


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Thursday, 21 June 2018

Taking the perfect selfie


IF you're not a millennial, the art of the selfie might seem a little intimidating. This pressure is only intensified for travel selfies, when you want to look great and also show off all the activities you're doing on your getaway. OneTravel, a leading online travel agency, has analyzed the many travel selfies to offer travelers the best tips for getting that perfect shot.

  • Find the Right Angle
  • Consider Your Lighting
  • Seek Out Unusual Locations
  • Sunglasses or No Sunglasses
  • Mind the Sun
  • Figure Out Your Selfie Smile
  • Beware of the Solo Selfie
  • Get Creative

You're on vacation, visiting incredible locations, eating sensational food, and exploring the world. Instead of the standard selfies, try to get creative on your vacation. Take pictures where you try new activities, eat strange new things, or meet cool new people. Your vacation selfies are a chance to show a whole new world — and a completely different side of yourself. Have fun with them, and see where your imagination takes you.


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Festival of Frights

THIS Halloween season, Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood (WBSTH) will send chills down guests' spines with the return of Horror Made Here: A Festival of Frights. This year's event will host even more dark mazes, scare zones, horror-themed activities.

The Neibolt House maze from New Line Cinema's record-breaking 2017 film IT will return to Horror Made Here, where guests will experience the full wrath of Pennywise. This year's reimagined maze will feature new scares and surprises with every twist and turn. Those daring enough to step into the Neibolt House must remember that "It knows what scares you" and beware of Pennywise, who may be lurking in the dark just around the corner.

From DC, fans will experience the iconic and unhinged characters from Batman: Arkham Asylum as the infamous Gotham City institution for the criminally insane is constructed, for the first time ever, on the Warner Bros. backlot. In this brand-new maze, guests must first face their judge, The Joker, who will decide their fate, leading to encounters with his fellow DC Super-Villains – including Harley Quinn, Scarecrow, and Two-Face, among others – as visitors are driven to the brink of madness while navigating the gruesome asylum.


Horror Made Here: A Festival of Frights is a special ticketed event, held on October 5-6, October 11-13, October 18-21 and October 25-28, open from 
7PM to 1AM.



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