After a 10-year gap, lotuses bloom in national park near Bangkok

After a 10-year gap, lotuses bloom in national park near Bangkok

For the first time in a decade a Thai lake has given up its dazzling secret – the pink blooms of tens of thousands of lotuses. The sea of colour in Khao Sam Roi Yot national park, three hours south of Bangkok, is a show-stopping feat of nature that has locals hoping for a tourist bonanza. But it has also sparked warnings over the fragility of the environment with park rangers pleading with people not to visit until the lake is healthy enough to deal with an influx of tourists….

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Airbnb pioneers ‘bleisure’ travel

Airbnb pioneers ‘bleisure’ travel

File image  Johannesburg – The home-sharing pioneer Airbnb has announced the launch of a new feature that would cater specifically to business travellers.The company has long focused on leisure travellers but has now adjusted its offering to cater to millennial bleisure – the new trendy term for combining business and leisure – travellers who want to explore offerings of a place beyond conference rooms. Airbnb’s global head of business travel David Holyoke told Business Report last week that business travel did not have to be all about a road warrior…

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Take The Pledge To Travel Better

Take The Pledge To Travel Better

For every $100 spent in tourism dollars, just $5 stays within the local economy where the tourism occurs. [Photo: Izzy Gerosa/Unsplash] What if I told you the best way to give back to local communities and create a positive impact is by having the time of your life when you travel? Simply by making different choices–better choices–your next journey can help propel local economic growth, preserve natural resources and protect local communities. These “choices” don’t involve turning your trip into a volunteer expedition or even donating to charities (though definitely…

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How to successfully travel with paddleboards

How to successfully travel with paddleboards

Traveling with boards can be a daunting task. But it doesn’t have to be. With a little research, planning, and patience your quiver can easily accompany you on your next trip. To ease the transition, we sat down with globetrotting SUP pro Bernd Roediger for some pro tips on traveling with boards. How many boards do you typically travel with? My caravan of odd surfing weapons grows and multiplies with each new adventure. Do I have a problem? Does it affect my life? Do I pack extra boards where I…

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Travel industry needs to understand pressure for border controls

Travel industry needs to understand pressure for border controls

Former UK prime minister David Cameron delivered an uncompromising message to the World Travel & Tourism Council Summit in Bangkok on Wednesday. Cameron told global travel leaders: “Your industry needs to understand the vast pressure on governments to deal with immigration.” He said: “We need to ensure people continue to travel, but also have proper border controls & better technology. “Do not underestimate the concerns voters have, and politicians have on their behalf, about the ability of terrorists to travel. “You have to accept you’re going to see greater use…

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Where you should travel for each month of the year, data shows

Where you should travel for each month of the year, data shows

When traveling to another country, the city’s weather, entertainment options and costs are important details to know. Thankfully, the data analysts at When to Visit did the number crunching for us all and came up with the top five places to visit each month of the year. SOUTHERN COOL-OFF: Texas’ top swimming holes to cool off in this warmer season When to Visit considers American favorites like Aspen and Portland, as well as international wonders. Click through the gallery above to see what locations around the world are optimal for travel…

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Ryanair fast-tracks five new Stansted routes

Ryanair fast-tracks five new Stansted routes

Ryanair has announced it will commence five of its new London Stansted Winter 2017 routes in September, two months earlier than planned, due to strong demand from UK consumers and visitors.   Ryanair will operate new services between London Stansted and Aalborg (3 weekly), Kiev (5 weekly), Lviv (2 weekly), Oradea (3 weekly) and Pardubice (3 weekly) as part of its expanded London Stansted winter 2017 schedule, with 127 routes in total, which will help deliver 20.7m customers through London Stansted Airport this year. Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said: “We’re pleased…

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Travel photo of roadside gas station wins at world’s largest photo competition

Travel photo of roadside gas station wins at world’s largest photo competition

Ralph Gräf won the first prize in the category of Open Travel for his photo “Gasing Up At Roy’s,” which freeze-frames the iconic roadside gas station and motel in the California desert off Route 66.(Ralph Gräf) You can almost feel the heat and strength of the California sun on your skin if you gaze long enough at the award-winning travel image from the world’s largest photography competition. In the Sony World Photography Awards, German photographer Ralph Graf took first prize in the category of Open Travel for his photo “Gasing…

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Which is the best country in the world? You may know the answer already

Which is the best country in the world? You may know the answer already

Yep. You guessed it right. Nope. How much ever you want it to be, it’s not India. In fact, India is no where on the list (we have a feeling that it did not qualify for the ranking). It’s Switzerland! The land of the majestic Alps has been named the world’s best country, based on a survey that polled more than 21,000 people from 36 countries. The results of the US News & World Report’s report offer a glimpse into the global reputation of countries around the world — and…

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Have a family vacation in mind? Try Japan’s Osaka and these other destinations

Have a family vacation in mind? Try Japan’s Osaka and these other destinations

Japan’s Osaka is emerging as a major hotspot for family vacations this year. Looking to shake up your family holiday in 2017? Get inspiration from Airbnb’s new list of top trending family vacation destinations 2017, which has identified Osaka, Japan as an emerging hotspot this year. After looking at the destinations that experienced the biggest increases in guest arrivals at family-friendly listings by groups of more than three travellers, analysts at Airbnb compiled a top-10 list of hotspots for family vacations in 2017. And according to the results, it looks…

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