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The Radar: Travel Lately

30 Apr

The mineral-rich Champagne Pool in Wai-O-Tapu thermal park near Rotorua. (Photograph by Francesa Onesti, My Shot)

The Radar – the best of the travel blogosphere – is a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every Wednesday.

Here’s this week’s:  

  • New Zealand is known for its incredible natural beauty, and the geothermal wonder just outside Rotorua is no exception. Old Faithful, meet your match in Wai-O-Tapu. (If you’re wondering, that’s Māori for “sacred waters.”) @wanderlustersuk
  • São Paulo may be Brazil’s largest city (and the world’s eighth largest by population), but it’s often overshadowed by Rio de Janeiro, its sister city to the north. Find out why this South American metropolis is a treasure in its own right. @thismyhappiness
  • This time of year, visitors swarm Washington, D.C. to see the cherry blossoms. But with crowds as unrelenting as a filibuster and lots of ground to cover, you’re sure to work up an appetite. Check out this guide to the best eats in “the District.” @packDsuitcase
  • Lyon is located halfway between grande-dame Paris and the seaside swank of the Cote D’Azur. Though other French destinations have more star quality, this cultural center has its own brand of charm. @InspirngTrvlrs 
  • Only have a day to spare in Montreal? There’s no way to see everything anyway, so why not embrace it by trying the immersive approach? Check out this 24-hour guide to the heart of French Canada to get off on the right foot. @atlasobscura

The Radar: Travel Lately

The Radar: Travel Lately

8 Apr

A young boy takes a nap on a circular train in Yangon, Myanmar. (Photograph by Branimirm Milovanovic, My Shot)

The Radar – the best of the travel blogosphere – is a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every Wednesday.

 

Here’s this week’s: 

  • Myanmar is getting lots of ink this week, with private newspapers returning after a 50-year absence. But for travelers eager to see a real slice of life in Yangon as the once-isolated country continues to open up to the outside world, a ride on the circular railway is a good way to go. @MatadorNetwork
  • Welcome to San Antonio, where a can-do spirit pervades all the city has to offer. From world-class Tex-Mex eats to a bohemian arts district, this Texas town (okay, it’s the fifth largest city in the U.S.) has a come a long way since Davy Crockett made his last stand. @BohemianTrails
  • Sydney. Melbourne. Brisbane. Cairns? In a vast country dotted with must-see cities, this northern metropolis may not be top-of-list. But for nature lovers seeking nirvana, the “Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef” is more than worthy of an extended stay. @FourJandals 
  • If it’s as fun to say as it is to discover, Jo’burg — what one blogger describes as “Cape Town’s cooler younger brother in terms of creativity” — could be just the ticket for travelers looking to push the artistic envelope. Find out what’s so special about  Johannesburg. @we_heart
  • In the not-so-distant past, the Balkans were almost synonymous with socio-political strife, with Albania cast as the “North Korea of Europe.” See how the once-tense border region separating Albania, Kosovo, and Montenegro is fast becoming an “it” destination. @nytimestravel

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The Radar: Travel Lately

28 Mar

Sensō-ji is the oldest Buddhist temple in Tokyo. (Photograph by Aapo Haapanen, Flickr)

The Radar – the best of the travel blogosphere – is a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every Wednesday.

Here’s this week’s:

  • Easter Island may be hard to access (after all, it’s the most remote inhabited island in the world). It can also be expensive. But budget options abound for those that seek them in this tiny Chilean outpost. @budgettravelsac
  • Cannes, St. Tropez, and Nice are, well, nice, but you don’t have to keep to the French side of the Riviera while you’re on holiday. Trade your bonjour for buongiorno across the border in San Remo. @easyhiker101
  • Despite making headlines recently as a hotbed of instability, Beirut possesses a charm worthy of praise. And in the Lebanese city’s low-key Mar Mikhael district, old and new converge in the most surprising ways. @Gadling 
  • A bus designed to look like a panda bear whisks visitors around a city, free of charge. As kitschy as it may sound, this “only in Japan” phenomenon proves to be a terrific way to get to know Tokyo. @HuffPostTravel
  • Just 90 miles away from U.S. shores, Cuba exudes the aura of a bygone era. For those bogged down by the grind of modernity, consider this unique Caribbean island your great escape.  @NevEndingVoyage

The Radar: Travel Lately Beirut , budget travel adventures , Cuba , Easter Island , Easy Hiker 101 , gadling , Havana , Huffington Post Travel , Italy , japan , Lebanon , Never Ending Voyage , ngtradar , San Remo , The Radar , tokyo

The Radar: Travel Lately

22 Mar

Selime Cathedral, a rock-cut church in Cappadocia, Turkey. (Photograph by Zhiqun Fei, My Shot)

The Radar – the best of the travel blogosphere – is a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every Wednesday.

Here’s this week’s:

  • Turkey links the East and the West — and its landscapes are just as unique. Read on as one blogger finds subterranean surprises in the smack-dab center of this cultural olio. @YoungAdventures
  • Modern travelers may take to the air to see the globe, but some of the world’s wonders are still best seen by way of water. From Idaho rapids to a remote corner of Fiji, here are 21 places to get your feet wet. @MatadorNetwork
  • Vilnius may be Lithuania’s capital and largest city, but Kaunas has its own contributions to make. Find out what makes this Baltic city tick (and don’t forget your umbrella!). @EuropeUpClose
  • What do you get when you pair an iconic car with the Mexican backcountry? The Traveling Beetle – a series of all-inclusive road trips that one traveler calls “a vintage dream.” @Butterflydiary
  • The elephant may be Thailand’s national animal, but that doesn’t mean they’re treated with universal respect. Pay homage to the mammoth mammals at the Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai@WanderlandAlex

 

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The Radar: Travel Lately

13 Mar

Big Bend National Park in southwestern Texas. (Photograph by Melanie Huff, My Shot)

The Radar – the best of the travel blogosphere – is a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every Wednesday.

Here’s this week’s:

  • National Geographic’s Digital Nomad, Andrew Evans, is busy exploring his home state of Texas — a journey that includes a stop at Big Bend National Park in the Chihuahuan Desert. @WheresAndrew
  • London is a beloved travel hotspot for a reason: because of all it has to offer. It’s romantic, historic, cosmopolitan, fashion-forward, and — wait for it — kid friendly! @TheVacationGals
  • Landloper Matt Long shares a surprising, thoughtful list of 20 things he thinks every smart traveler should know – including knowing three good jokes and how to swim. @LandLopers 
  • Are you a chocoholic? Learn more about the fascinating history of chocolate – from its earliest roots in Mexico to its present-day status as a worldwide cultural obsession. @1step2theleft
  • Can volunteering abroad change your life? It did for this blogger, who “never thought [she] could live without the comforts of home” until she helped build a dam in rural Thailand. @BootsnAll

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The Radar: Travel Lately

10 Mar

Tallinn's famous Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  (Photograph by MissTerje, Flickr)

The Radar – the best of the travel blogosphere – is a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every Wednesday.

Here’s this week’s:

  • Despite a tumultuous past, Northern Europe’s oldest capital city is experiencing a rebirth. Behold, Tallinn, Estonia and its many, many charms. @Gadling
  • New Zealand doesn’t always live up to its idyllic Tolkien-worthy reputation, but these ten beaches are pretty darn close to paradise. @FlashpackerFam
  • Sometimes the best adventures are in our own backyards. After wandering the world over, an American blogger dreams up a bucket list in the United States@LandLoper 
  • For some, Burma is a dream destination; for others, it’s a political travesty. Regardless of where you fall, here’s one person’s picks for the best books on this controversial country. @Wanderluster
  • In the midst of an epic adventure in the Galapagos, Digital Nomad Andrew Evans takes pause to share tips on how to photograph the islands’ extraordinary fauna. @WheresAndrew

The Radar: Travel Lately Burma , Digital Nomad , Estonia , Evans , Flashpacker Fam , gadling , galapagos , Land Loper , Myanmar , national parks , New Zealand , ngtradar , Obama , Tallinn , The Radar , USA , Wanderluster , Where’s Andrew?

The Radar: Travel Lately

10 Mar

Taa Toh Lagoon in Koh Tao. (Photograph by Tph567, Flickr)

The Radar – the best of the travel blogosphere – is a regular feature on Intelligent Travel every Wednesday.

 

Here’s this week’s:

  • Think of Koh Tao, and well, you may not know what to think. While the Thai island’s awesome scuba scene sets it apart, it’s proving to be a paradise for travelers led by their taste buds, too. @WanderlandAlex
  • A Latin American nation with English as its official language, a former British colony with a Caribbean feel. For a study in contrasts, step aground in beautiful Belize@dangerousbiz 
  • Though there’s undoubtedly a nip to the air, the Finnish Lapland beguiles visitors with its warm, welcoming culture. Take a jaunt above the Arctic Circle with “a girl that can’t sit still.” @20stravel
  • It may be the seat of Scottish power, but Edinburgh isn’t the place to just sit around. From an urban hike to the world’s most adorable cow, here are the city’s top outdoor activities. @FourJandals
  • Is Jerusalem the most historical place in the world? This ancient city’s interwoven cultures, holy sites, and unique Middle Eastern hospitality are waiting, so, as they say in Israel, “Yalla!” @goseewrite

 

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