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Nestled in the Korea Strait, Jeju Island boasts of the Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes, and one of these is considered as one of the world’s longest lava tubes. Aside from this World Heritage Site, other natural attractions that you can enjoy on this South Korean island are the Sanguburi Crater of an extinct volcano as well as the ancient yet famous Hallim Park.

Get a glimpse of Jeju Island in Mosaicist.net’s video as he tries to capture this beautiful part of South Korea.
 

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If you’re up to hiking or exploring the thousands of miles offered by the renowned Iditarod Trail, then a trip to Alaska would help you attain such goal.

This trail is open all year round, and it doesn’t exactly require you to discover it through hiking alone as you can opt for an easier and faster exploration via auto or rail. If you’re pursuing it by rail, you could follow the track from Seward to Knik.

Get a glimpse of the Iditarod Trail in LaceMine29.com’s video during his seven-day travel in this historical trail.
 

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K-Pop World Tour in New York

 

Big Bang, Super Junior, SHINee, 2NE1, 2AM and U-Kiss –these are just some of the names that have conquered the global scene.  

One thing in common with these groups though, and that is that they are Koreans.  Yes, Koreans, and this worldwide trend is fast catching the attention of the youth of today.  

K-Pop is short for Korean pop, and most of its titles are English; hence, increasing their reach worldwide.  In contrast to American music, K-Pop songs concentrate on topics such as love, friendship and others that are age-appropriate.  

In fact, three leading K-Pop groups, 2AM, ZE:A and U-Kiss, have been recognized by the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) late in 2011 for their contribution to the promotion of tourism in Korea.

Frances Cha of CNNgo.com noted that as K-Pop lures, more and more foreigners travel to Korea, so the government and local entertainment companies are jumping on the bandwagon (“Harnessing K-Pop for Tourism”).

Here’s an excerpt of her article:
 

SM Entertainment, one of the country’s largest entertainment companies with acts such as Girls Generation and Super Junior under its label, announced last week that it had acquired BT&I, one of the largest travel agencies in Korea, as a move to increase its global content offerings.  “We’re looking to expand K-Pop’s business model to include dining, fashion, accommodation and exhibitions by building on BT&I’s original tourism, leisure and travel business,” said SM Entertainment CEO Kim Young-min in a press statement.
 

Catch the rest of this travel news, and see how the world is indeed growing smaller with K-Pop acting as one success story.  
 

Book your travel to Korea now, and catch the K-Pop performances live!

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Andes Mountains in South America

 

What difference does it make when Amadeus joins the European Commission in a tourism project?

Continue reading to learn more.

According to Breaking Travel News, Amadeus has now supported the European Commission in its intensive campaign that will look at actions to enhance the competitiveness of the tourism sector through the stimulation of the travel flow between European and South American countries ("Amadeus Joins with EU for 'Low Season Tourism' Initiative"). The pilot initiative follows up on the 2010 Communication on Tourism, which calls on the European Commission to combat seasonality, stimulate the creation of employment, strengthen the image of Europe, and cooperate with third countries.

Below is a short excerpt from the article:
 

This will be achieved by promoting travel in particular in the respective low seasons of Europe and South America, utilising the available spare airline and accommodation capacity thus benefiting the local economy of the host destinations.
 

On the whole, this is welcome news to the travel industry.  A lot of possible changes will be seen in the near future for Europe, which will make significant developments to world travel, correspondingly.
 

So support the ‘Low Season Tourism Initiative’ for Europe!

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Kona Sunset, Hawaii

 

When you say Hawaii, the things that come to your mind your mind are romance, passion, flowers, waters, and of course, love.  

Hawaii is the most popular destination for honeymoons, wedding ceremonies and proposals, and just about any romantic vacation.  Let us together explore the top reasons why.

The Beaches

Hawaii is equated to extremely beautiful beaches. With lots of white sand stretches, the choices abound.  The sound of waves by the shore, the blue skies, the serene and beautiful surrounding – who could possibly resist this paradise?  

Breath-taking Sunsets

The best place to enjoy sunsets that literally take your breath away is Hawaii.  The rich hues of yellow, orange and red will surely bring out the fiery you.

Hidden Paradise

You could arrange for beach tours and nature treks to sites that you’ll have to yourselves.   These make up for unforgettable experiences which create lasting memories.

The Stars and You

What could be more memorable that gazing at a sky full of stars, hands entwined with the love of your life? This paired with dinner by the beach, just the two of you, and wine to complement the meal.  Just lovely!

The “Aloha Spirit”

Aloha also means love and affection, not just hello and goodbye.  In Hawaii, you get to imbibe the local culture of giving, of caring and of sharing.

So don’t hesitate to visit Hawaii!
 

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Dubbed as Heartness, the Tartan Heart Festival is a well-liked music festival  held every August on the Belladrum Estate in Scotland.

From free tickets for children below 12 years old and a great variety of music offered to providing a family-friendly campsite and overall atmosphere, this yearly festivity also presents the smallest nightclub in the world in the place of the Miniscule of Sound as well as numerous fringe acts and stalls.

So if you’re in for a two-day celebration with tickets ranging from £65 to £95 pounds, then you should never miss the party of the season through the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival! See GetDeluxe’s video for a glimpse of this exciting event!
 

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Monterey Bay, California

 

Sandwiched by California’s geographically-diverse Bay Area and jagged Central Coast, Monterey Bay is full of kid-friendly tourist spots and travel attractions that also serve as a magnet for history enthusiasts.

So read on to learn more on how to spend your day on Monterey Bay.

* Nature-Tripping

Beginning a road trip from the Pacific Grove, you could witness the picturesque route of Monterey Peninsula’s 17-Mile Drive as you drive along the Pacific Ocean coast and end in the wonderful seaside community of Pebble Beach. In here, you could either play golf or take a photo in front of the Lone Cypress, an iconic area of a single tree dangerously roosting at the edge of the road.

You could also sail to the rocky islands off Monterey Bay, and visit the Bird Rock, where you could watch a wide array of wildlife like sea lions and pelicans. Meanwhile, you could stop by the Asilomar State Beach, which is found on the coasts of the Pacific Grove, and walk along the walking trail of the beach. During your stroll, you could witness many coves, coastal bluffs, sand dunes, tide pools, a native plant greenhouse and the Del Monte Forest.

* Educational Tours

Moreover, you could let your kids learn more and at the same time have fun at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which is found on Cannery Row. See your kids enjoy their time as they lay their eyes on three stories of tanks that contain a wide variety of marine wildlife, such as leopard sharks, jellyfish and turtles.

Lastly, you and your family could come around Salinas, where you’ll find the National Steinbeck Center. In here, you’ll spot the works of famous authors, Salinas and John Steinbeck, including pertinent historical and cultural pieces of information.

Overall, you could definitely enjoy a trip to Monterey Bay with these top two activities!
 

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The Largest Tree in the World is Found at the Sequoia National Park

 

 

The Sequoia National Park takes pride in a wealth of sceneries, from woods to mountain ranges, and while travelers are always expected to camp at the park if they plan to stay for the night, there are actually other types of accommodations in and around this US national park.
 
Read on to learn more on where to sleep at the Sequoia National Park.
 
1. Lodges
 
While there are several lodges on the road from Grants Grove to Cedar Grove, the most popular is the Wuksachi Lodge near the Lodgepole Visitor Center. It is just several minutes away from great park attractions like the Crescent Meadow and Giant Forest Grove of Big Trees. More than a hundred guest rooms are offered by Wuksachi, and all of them have private bathrooms. Aside from this, you could dine in their restaurant, hang out at their cocktail lounge, shop at their ski and retail store as well as hold events at a special facility. 
 
2. Motels and Resorts
 
Motels are generally found on Route 198, particularly in Three Rivers, while a resort can be found right in the Sequoia National Forest. Coming from Grant Grove and Kings Canyon National Park, you’ll find the Montecito Sequoia Lodge, which present 36 comfortable rooms that boast of private bathrooms, two bunk beds as well as a queen-sized bed. In addition to this, you could opt for cabins (with shared bathrooms) that could house a maximum of eight people.
 
Overall, you could definitely enjoy a comfy stay at a cozy accommodation when visiting Sequoia National Park.
 

So start planning your next tour now!

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Taiwan is an island country in Asia, and while some people are of the view that it is a filthy, overcrowded industrial nation, others see it as a thriving, modernist island that offers equally extraordinary natural sceneries, such as mountain views, craggy coastlines and impressive canyons.
 
See the better side of Taiwan in this clip arranged by D1 Production during their company trip in the island.
 

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The populous nation of China presents a great selection of tourist destinations, and it is guaranteed that your travel around the country won’t come to an end in just a week or two.
 
Discover the many great places that this East Asian country offers to all types of travelers there is—from beach bums, history enthusiasts, nature aficionados to food lovers.
 
Check out this nice video put together by Kyoto Studio.
 

So start planning your trip to China as early as now!

 

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Located in the Sinaloa State, Mazatlan is well-known for its beautiful strips of beach that are strategically lined with hotels and resorts.
 
Moreover, from the world’s highest natural lighthouse, called Faro, to the bold cliff divers who imitate the daredevils of Acapulco, there is surely more to Mazatlan that will make you stay for a longer period of time.
 
Check out this creative clip shot by Chase Reese, and see Mazatlan through his lens.
 

Start planning your trip to the marvelous city of Mazatlan, Mexico today!

 

Cales Coves in Minorca Island

 

 

Situated in the Mediterranean Sea is Minorca, a Spanish territory that belongs to the Balearic Islands. 
 
If you wish to encounter a different Spanish experience with lesser crowds and quieter vacations spots, then Minorca is the perfect getaway island for you. Enjoy its countless virgin beaches, delectable alfresco cuisine and tranquil holiday spots, and you’ll realize that a visit to this island is just like no other.
 
New York Times Travel writer Sarah Wildman visits Minorca and shares that this does not only takes pride in its pristine beaches but also in so much more (“Off the Coast of Spain, a Tranquil Biosphere Reserve”). She observes that there is little change to the “facades of rose and dusty yellow stone, and the narrow streets” around the island’s capital, Ciutadella.
 
Here’s a short excerpt from her enlightening article:
 
 
The rest of the island is imbued with the same timeless quality. Though only 21 miles from the crowds and hustle of its high-profile neighbor, Majorca, the difference couldn’t be more profound. Unlike Majorca, with its sprawling hotel complexes, glitzy nightclubs and yacht-filled ports, this island 250 miles east of Barcelona offers something unusual for a Mediterranean resort: tranquility.
 
Read the rest of her article, and, without a doubt, you, too, will be tempted to sail off to Minorca!
 

Start planning your Minorca trip today!

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A Buddhist Temple in Battambang

 

 

Battambang province’s capital, Battambang is located along the scenic river of Sangkae. One of the primary travel attractions in the area is the French Colonial architecture that serves as remnants of the colorful history of the nation. Aside from this, there are also the bamboo railway, ancient temples and Buddhist shrines scattering all over the city.
 
Learn more about the things to do in Battambang.
 
New York Times Travel contributor Naomi Lindt travels to this part of Cambodia, where statues of divinities as well as real and mythical animals abound (“A Pocket of the Past in Battambang, Cambodia”). She observes how only few travelers visit the city and “Those who do are rewarded with one of the country’s greatest collections of historic structures, from decaying Angkorean temples surrounded by lotus ponds to modernist cinemas built during the country’s 1960s construction boom.”
 
Below is an excerpt from her article:
 
 
They (travelers) also gain access to one of the country’s richest artistic communities: Battambang has produced generations of artists, a legacy that residents are busy building on… Peaceful as the town might be today, Battambang’s architectural vestiges bear testament to a tumultuous past.
 
Check out the rest of her article, and you won’t surely have second thoughts on including Battambang in your Cambodian itinerary!
 

 

The two million travelers who stay in Chile every year generally go for the leading travel destinations in the country, most of which are primarily considered natural attractions.

Such travel spots are located in the most exciting parts of the nation, examples of which are the Valley of the Moon, Chgara Lake, Parinacota volcano and lots of ski resorts.

Watch this simple yet creative clip prepared by Larissa Antusoa, and perhaps you, too, will be enamored by the charming nation of Chile.

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Typical Backpack Used by Backpacking Globetrotters

A passion for travel NEVER goes away.  

Take it from Mr. Wright. Planning a trip to Europe at the age of 95 years old, Australian backpacker Keith Wright did not see his age as a huge hindrance to his annual travels. He started to travel solo ten years ago, and his story was covered by Daily Mail UK writer Sarah Gordon. When interviewing Wright, he stated that he “sold his house and used some of the left-over money to spend four days travelling through Turkey by bus” during his first ever solo backpacking experience (“World’s Oldest Backpacker Plans Two-Month Trip to Europe at 95 Years Old”).

“I have had itchy feet all my life and had always wanted to go to Gallipoli on Anzac Day, so I decided to sell our house and put the extra money towards a holiday”, Wright shares.

“My belief is that if you are fit and able to travel independently, it is the best way to see as much as of the world as you want… I have seen things that most tourists haven’t seen, because I walk the back streets and take trains or buses to nearby towns for the day.”

“Most people I meet are surprised when I tell them my age and amazed that I have come all the way from Australia.”

Check out the rest of Wright’s story here, and be inspired with this brave, senior backpacker!

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