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If You Like Tokyo… Try Osaka and Seoul

A blog post for HomeAway, September 2017
"If you’ve travelled to the Japanese capital and fell hook, line and sinker for its intoxicating charms, but are now searching for the next great city to explore, we've some suggestions..."

The Best Bars with a View in London

A blog post for City Wonders, September 2017
"Sky-high bars rarely have rock-bottom prices, and considering Duck and Waffle's placement bang in the middle of the city, there are plenty of high-earners willing to flash the cash here..."

The Best Climbing Hotspots Around the World

A blog post for From the Grapevine, August 2017
"Acadia National Park in Maine is a patchwork of lake-studded, mountainous terrain; a place where high peaks and the sea collide, resulting in some of the world’s best climbing terrain..."

If You Like Bali… Try Sri Lanka and Thailand

A blog post for HomeAway, July 2017
"Magical as Bali may be, it is just one of many fantastic destinations in Southeast Asia. If you're looking for a brand new adventure, consider exploring one of these alternative destinations..."

The Latest Spa Wellness Trend? Salt Rooms

A blog post for From the Grapevine, April 2017
"It's been around since the time of the Romans, but in recent years the salt therapy trend has gone global. You'll find it used to treat everything from allergies to asthma, colds to eczema..."

Astrotourism: Five Magical Places to Stargaze

A blog post for From the Grapevine, February 2017
"Dark sky reserves and sanctuaries across the globe are experiencing visitor booms, as city-dwellers descend. They've come in search of fiery stars illuminating the unpolluted night sky..."

Shooting For the Moon with the Google XPRIZE

A blog post for From the Grapevine, January 2017
"A new space race is underway as the Google Lunar XPRIZE deadline draws closer. The prize was launched in 2007 as a source of inspiration for ambitious, space tech-loving innovators...."

Eight Fantastic Funiculars Around the World

A slideshow blog post for From the Grapevine, December 2016
"Hilly Pittsburgh boasts two funiculars: the Monongahela and Duquesne inclines. Both dating back to the late 19th century, they trundle up the dauntingly steep Mount Washington slope..."

Eran Chen: Changing New York City’s Streetscape

A blog post for From the Grapevine, October 2016
"Among the more humdrum apartment blocks and complexes of NYC, Eran Chen's residential structures stand out, challenging the idea that city living means compromising quality of life..."

The World’s Best Restaurants for Seafood Lovers

A blog post for From the Grapevine, October 2016
"From meaty monkfish to creamy chowder, silky raw tuna to crispy battered cod, the Earth’s waters yield untold gastronomic delights. Here are seven great spots for a seafood supper..."

The Best Busking Cities Around the Globe

A blog post for From the Grapevine, September 2016
"Good buskers have the power to stop busy passers-by in their tracks, making them take an impromptu time-out from their daily routine and even convince them to cough up their cash..."

Five Great Rio Escapes During the Olympics

A blog post for HomeAway, August 2016
"If you are lucky enough to be in Rio to watch one of the world's greatest sporting spectacles and need to escape the bustling city crowds in your downtime, here’s where you should go..."

Who Would Live In a Place Like This?

A blog post for From the Grapevine, August 2016
"When we bring iconic buildings to mind, we will often think of office-filled skyscrapers, lavish palaces and grand structures. But there are many great works of residential architecture too..."

Seven Yoga Retreats Around the World

A blog post for From the Grapevine, June 2016
"Yoga retreats give you the chance to check out from everyday life and kick back in gorgeous locations, but the wellness breaks also afford you the opportunity to work on your wellbeing..."

Seven Great Under the Radar Cities to Visit

A blog post for From the Grapevine, June 2016
"In any other country, Toulouse would top the tourist agenda. Its old quarter is built with warm pink-hued bricks, so on a sunny day it is as if you're seeing it all through rose-tinted glasses..."

10 Travel Instagram Accounts to Fuel Your Appetite

A blog post for From the Grapevine, April 2016
"Whether you’re after the latest dining hotspots in your hometown or are planning a foodie trip to some far-flung city, these culinary-minded Instagrammers provide great inspiration..."

Cities Aglow: Light Festivals Around the World

A blog post for From the Grapevine, March 2016
"Holographic creatures racing around urban streets, drab gray buildings rendered in glorious Technicolor and skyscrapers as canvases for international art - the world loves light festivals..."

London’s Best New Restaurants

A blog post for Samsung Live, March 2016
"London is the best city in the world for foodies, but the sheer choice of dining options can be overwhelming. To make things simpler we've picked some of our favourite recent openings..."

Immersive Accommodation for Adventure Travelers

A blog post for From the Grapevine, February 2016
"Leave your comfort zone and high-thread-count sheets behind to experience an Amazonian lodge, a real Bedouin hut or another of these culturally-immersive accommodation options..."

Five Lifesaving On-the-Road Technologies

A blog post for From the Grapevine, February 2016
"Money-saving and productivity apps may be life-changing, but the vital apps on this list go a step further, helping avert danger and proving their worth in real-life emergency situations..."

Run in the Dark: Exploring Edinburgh at Night

A blog post for Samsung Live, January 2016
"Since starting in 2012, the Run in the Dark event has expanded from its initial five locations to take place in over 50 cities globally. And Edinburgh is one of the UK's most popular venues..."

Winter Travel Spotlight: Eilat, Israel

A blog post for From the Grapevine, December 2015
"This November, low-fare airline Ryanair added a new destination: Israel’s spectacular coastal city Eilat. With the city's warm, almost rain-free climate, it's just in time for winter sun-seekers..."

MERGE: Festival Fun on London’s Artistic Bankside

A blog post for Samsung Live, December 2015
"Everyone in London knows that the Southbank is where all the city's artists hang out. So it's no surprise that it is also home one of the wackiest and most inventive festivals anywhere..."

David Radzynski, the 28-Year-Old Concertmaster

A blog post for From the Grapevine, December 2015
"For classical violinists, few jobs are as sought after as that of 'concertmaster'. To earn such a title at a world-renowned orchestra at 28 is a fairytale. Yet it is a reality for David Radzynski..."

On the Literary Trail in Devon

A blog post for Discovery Holiday Homes, November 2015
"Devon is an amazing destination for well-read travellers, thanks to local wordsmiths such as Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, Henry Williamson, Ted Hughes and Rudyard Kipling..."

Three Restaurants With Only One Item On the Menu

A blog post for From the Grapevine, November 2015
"From grilled cheese to peanut butter, restaurants with variations on a single dish are now big hits worldwide. Novel byproducts of an overcrowded restaurant scene, or something more?..."

Open House: Unlocking London

A blog post for Samsung Live, November 2015
"Curiosity is part of the human condition. So it's little surprise that Open House, during which hundreds of private buildings in London fling open their doors to the public, has been a hit..."

Five Fantastic Urban Cycling Events

A blog post for From the Grapevine, October 2015
"Love a bike-centric event where you can celebrate cycling with like-minded pedallers? Then oil your gears, pack up your tire repair kit and roll on down to one of these urban bike fests..."

Totally Thames: Riverside Revelry in London

A blog post for Samsung Live, October 2015
"Centered around the River Thames and running throughout September, this annual festival has an eclectic line-up, from art shows to cultural walks, sporting races to community days..."

Open House: Inside Architectural Treasures

A blog post for From the Grapevine, October 2015
"Open House, which allows the public into buildings that are usually closed, began in London in 1992 and has since spread to more than 30 cities globally - from Tel Aviv to Thessaloniki..."

A Taste of Jerusalem in London at The Palomar

A blog post for From the Grapevine, September 2015
"As a spin-off of Jerusalem’s ultra-popular Machneyuda restaurant, The Palomar was always destined to triumph. It's from those famous kitchens that the head chef Tomer Amedi hails..."

The Best Museum Exhibits for Movie Buffs

A blog post for From the Grapevine, September 2015
"In museums worldwide, display cabinets are filled with costumes and cameras, makeup and memorabilia, posters and puppets; movie-themed exhibitions sure to intrigue any cinephile..."

Only in Scotland: Six Uniquely Scottish Experiences

A blog post for VisitScotland, September 2015
"From scuba diving among German warships to hiking between curious Highland Cows, from gigantic viaducts to deep vaults, here are six of my favourite uniquely Scottish experiences..."

Tel Aviv’s Top Vegan Restaurants

A blog post for From the Grapevine, August 2015
"Recently revealed as the most vegan-friendly destination in the world by New York website The Daily Meal, Tel Aviv's meat and dairy-free restaurants continue to sprout up like crops..."

The World’s Best Long-Distance Trails

A blog post for From the Grapevine, August 2015
"If you're looking for a true-blue away-from-it-all wilderness escape, try Southwest Australia’s Bibbulmun; a track that puts hikers out in the Australian bush where solitude is guaranteed..."

Female Artists Using the Streets As Their Studios

A blog post for From the Grapevine, July 2015
"The anonymous aliases adopted by street artists reveal no hints of gender - and yet popular opinion has the scene pegged as a man’s world. In reality, female artists control the streets..."

Six Must-Attend Museum Celebrations

A blog post for From the Grapevine, July 2015
"For many museums across the globe, 2015 is a year to remember. And big birthdays require big celebrations, with special exhibitions, one-off talks, commemorative events and parties..."

Baskets at the Ready: Devon’s Top Picnic Spots

A blog post for Discovery Holiday Homes, July 2015
"In life, there are what we call ‘simple pleasures’ – things that cost next to nothing, but make your day. And few simple pleasures can ever compare to eating outdoors on a sunny day..."

Artsy and Affordable: The Boutique Hostel Boom

A blog post for From the Grapevine, June 2015
"What springs to mind when you think of a hostel? Creaky beds, a loose interpretation of the health code and random roomies with no volume control? Those old rules no longer apply..."

Hotels Among the Vines: Five Top Vineyard Resorts

A blog post for From the Grapevine, May 2015
Where vineyards flourish, wine tourism follows. New and stylish vineyard resorts are moving beyond Napa and Bordeaux to lesser-known wine-producing regions all across the world..."

Urban Artists Salute Their Cities’ Architecture

A blog post for From the Grapevine, April 2015
"In big cities, the little details often get lost in the bustle. But for the searching eye of an artist, compelling architectural flourishes prove difficult to ignore. In fact, they're being celebrated..."

Discover Devon, Come Rain or Shine

A blog post for Discovery Holiday Homes, April 2015
"Prepare for any eventuality with our list of Devon highlights: five for sunny days when good weather draws you outdoors; five more inside options for shelter when the heavens open..."

Five Global Cookbooks to Look For in 2015

A blog post for From the Grapevine, March 2015
"Informative and creative cookbooks are opening up the world of possibilities, shedding light upon the aromas, flavours and cultural significance of far-flung foods. Here are our top five..."

On the Brewery Trail in Devon and Cornwall

A blog post for Discovery Holiday Homes, March 2015
"Devon and Cornwall - traditional heartlands of cider production - are experiencing a brewery boom, so beer-loving holidaymakers here should expect to sample pint after flavourful pint..."

Seven of the Best International Marathons

A blog post for From the Grapevine, March 2015
"After months of training, running an uninspired course can be anticlimactic. Marathons further afield may offer the stunning scenery, lively spirit and engaging history to spur you forward..."

A Travel Start-Up That Helps You Give Back

A blog post for From the Grapevine, February 2015
"As travellers grow weary of run-of-the-mill Disney jaunts and cookie-cutter resort getaways, they now strive to travel in a way that is more responsible and, ultimately, more rewarding..."

American Blues Dancing Swings Into Tel Aviv

A blog post for From the Grapevine, January 2015
"Tel Aviv's flourishing dance scene, with its active contemporary, ballet and hip-hop troupes, is well-known. Now, there is a new dance that is fast becoming the talk of the town. Blues..."

Why You Should Visit Torbay This Valentine’s

A blog post for Discovery Holiday Homes, January 2015
"You’ve nearly survived the darkest, dankest, bleakest month on the calendar and, with any luck, so has your other half, so why not reward yourselves with a romantic Valentine’s trip..."

The Cityscapes of Graphic Artist Yoni Alter

A blog post for From the Grapevine, January 2015
"Yoni Alter's streetscape artwork is making a splash around the world, from his home in Israel to the US and the UK. Bold, bright and colorful, his urban-inspired designs are hard to miss..."

Winter Sports in Lake Como

A blog post for Discovery Holiday Homes, December 2014
"For most visitors to the Italian Lakes, it’s all about sun and swimming, but when Lake Como casts off its summer skin - and its big summer crowds - it makes room for wintery delights..."

Who Needs Belgium? Discover Israeli Fruit Beer

A blog post for From the Grapevine, December 2014
"The mission of Tel Aviv's Dancing Camel brewery was to create beers identifiable as Israeli, incorporating many of the fine fruits, herbs and spices indigenous to this area of the world..."

Top Xmas Activities in Shaldon & Teignmouth

A blog post for Discovery Holiday Homes, November 2014
"See stalls piled high with local crafts and Christmas goodies, heat up frosty hands with cups of warming mulled wine and enjoy the singalong soundtrack of carols and seasonal ditties..."

Israeli Food Heats Up the Streets of London

A blog post for From the Grapevine, November 2014
"A new crop of Israeli-style restaurants in London, including The Palomar, Gail’s Kitchen and Honey and Co, is sending tongues wagging, critics raving and diners clamoring for tables..."

Dead Sea Electro Rave Hosts Paul Oakenfold

A blog post for From the Grapevine, October 2014
"The -424 Dead Sea Rave, a 12-hour electro festival on the east coast of Israel, sees 20,000 glowstick-waving ravers descend on the Judean Desert for a party from sunset to sunrise..."

Morocco’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites

A blog post for Unique Backroad Journeys, January 2014
"Morocco’s landscape's awash with ancient architectural gems. From fort to fountain, mosque to medina, almost every corner of the country is steeped in bewitching architectural history..."

The Fabulous Fashions of Myanmar Women

A blog post for MyanmarBurma.com, March 2013
"Myanmar is home to some of the world’s most beautiful women, and every ethnic group in the country has its own idiosyncratic styles and its individual methods of presenting itself..."

Must Be Kachin: Truly Original Burmese People

A blog post for MyanmarBurma,com, February 2013
"Being yourself and standing up for your rights isn’t always easy. The Kachins are determined to hold onto an individuality that has captivated and inspired many in Myanmar and beyond..."

Are You Sure You Want to Wear That Longyi?

A blog post for MyanmarBurma.com, February 2013
"It’s the tourists who try to blend in who end up being the most conspicuous. Case in point: a Western man wearing a Burmese longyi (a sheet of cotton wrapped around the lower half)..."

Chin Women Are Proud of their Tattooed Faces

A blog post for MyanmarBurma.com, February 2013
"Burmese women do some implausible things to their bodies, and those from Chin province up in the northwest have a unusual method of beautification. They tattoo their entire faces..."

Karen: Meet These Marvelous Myanmars

A blog post for MyanmarBurma.com, February 2013
"Ties between the Karen people and Westerners, especially the British, have been strong, if complicated. But now the West is sitting up, noticing and admiring this amazing community..."

How to Blend in with the Palaung

A blog post for MyanmarBurma.com, February 2013
"Women will have a ball dressing up. Traditional female attire for the Palaung people means bright, brash and beautiful, all accessorized with bamboo hoops and thick aluminum belts..."

Giraffe Women: Kooky Custom or Human Zoo?

A blog post for MyanmarBurma.com, February 2013
"Let's dispel a long-established myth immediately - the woman in this picture does not have an elongated neck. In fact, the brass coils on her neck are pushing down her collarbones..."

Is Thanaka the Coolest Cosmetic?

A blog post for MyanmarBurma.com, February 2013
"Thanaka is a multi-purpose cosmetic, serving as a sun protector, an anti-acne agent and a moisturizer. No wonder women apply the paste so thickly to their cheeks and foreheads..."