Not only does the world’s cities have some incredible landmarks and high points, but the views you get from them are simply breath taking. Here is just a selection of the best out there.
Barry and Simone are avid adventurers, and are currently working and travelling around South East Asia.
By Simone & Barry (Barry has rejoined Simone in Cambodia!)
There is more to Siem Reap than temples and Pub Street. Early one morning, Barry and I cycled out to Angkor Archaeological Park, but not to visit Angkor Wat. Flight of the Gibbon, Angkor is Treetop Asia’s first zip line project outside of Thailand. It is in a hidden, forested area near Ta Keo Temple. It’s particularly popular with families (I can see why children and teenagers might need some thrills to go with the ancient carvings), and Barry and I got to experience it for ourselves.
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#Festivals around the world
Imagine a day where everyone drops their work and students get a school day off to throw water at each other. As crazy as it sounds, Songkran festivals set in Thailand do just that every April 13-15th (it used to be based on astrological timing but is now a fixed date).
On one of the hottest days of the year people grab buckets, water pistols and hoses to drench each other on the streets of Thailand.
View from the clocktower
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I found a fascinating contrast to the fast paced city of London and in some respects discovered similarities in the cobbled street city of Prague, the Czech Republic’s capital.
Tunisia is an exotic paradise with inspiring desert landscapes and diverse styles in architecture. When you look around you it is clear why movie makers have chosen this destination to bring their fantasy blockbusters to life. With hugely influential classics like Star Wars and Indiana Jones being filmed here, this may be the ultimate travel spot for film buffs.
Barry and Simone are avid adventurers, and are currently travelling around South East Asia. Simone is now in Cambodia and You can follow their journey at www.thetrackandoffit.com
By Simone (Barry is in Vietnam!)
By Tripbod Vesna
Western Slovenia, with the influence of Alpine and Mediterranean climate, offers a diverse range of different flavors in its cuisine.
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St. Patrick’s day celebrates the Irish Patron Saint of Ireland, with people adorning the green attire and celebrating festivities. With Irish expats across the globe and a rich influential heritage there is bound to be shamrocks and green in your city.
I arrived in Surabaya 25 years ago. I was told that it was a city of absolutely nothing to see or do. I think I saw that as a challenge. And I proved them wrong.
Most have never heard of Surabaya - surprising, considering it is Indonesia’s second largest city, and one of the largest in Southeast Asia. It’s ancient, too, with historical records showing that it existed at least as far back as the early 1200s. An important seaport and commercial center during the Dutch colonial era, it continues to be a bustling place of business. To Indonesians it is known as “the city of heroes” because it was here in 1945 that they first began to fight for their independence from their Dutch rulers.
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The world has some acquired tastes to be found, but you might have to be super adventurous to try these delicacies.
By Tripbod Daniel
East Berlin’s center stage role in the 20th century still resonates powerfully with the city ever since the communist regime fell in 1989. If you stay in the east portion of the capital, you will be stunned at the abundance of surrounding Stalinist grey architecture and how little has changed since the days of the GDR (German Democratic Republic). In fact it is hard to deny that there isn’t still a sense of huge divide between East and West Berlin, even if the physical wall that defined Communist and Capitalist spheres of influence have long since gone.
Cycling Tripbod Kristian looks back to 1993 when he cycle toured England. Maneuvering a fully loaded bicycle through London was something of a rarity at the time.
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With the ongoing Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia this year, try indulging in a little Russian cuisine. While Russian food has been unfairly stereotyped as rough cabbages and meats, don’t let this put you off what is one of the most refined and therefore healthiest diets in the world.
Travel isn’t cheap, but it doesn’t have to be a wallet drain either. If you’re strapped for cash this year but want to travel, consider these perfect value for money destinations around the world.