World’s fastest-growing tourist destinations for 2017

Don't be surprised if your favorite city feels a bit more crowded the next time you visit.The United Nations World Tourism Organization has released its latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer and the flood of global travelers looking to journey beyond their borders is stronger than ever. Numbers indicate that destinations worldwide received 369 million international tourists (overnight visitors) in the first four months of 2017 -- a whopping 21 million more than in the same few months of 2016. Perhaps...

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The Palestinian dessert few can enjoy

Abu al Saoud’s sweets shop smells like the Gaza that could have been. Inside the large glass doors, shiny displays and clean tables are enveloped by the warm waft of sugar and dough. It’s quiet except for the chatter of customers and the ‘clink clink’ sound of the server slicing up the shop’s famed sweets and storied attraction: Knafa Arabiya.This Gaza Strip version of knafa, a beloved Middle Eastern sugar-soaked pastry, is rarely found outside of the tiny coastal enclave. The more...

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Swimming in the train? Taipei turns metro car into pool for Universiade 2017

Don't be alarmed if fellow passengers start stripping off aboard a metro train in Taipei.Chances are they think they've found a swimming pool inside the carriage.  To celebrate being the host city of the upcoming Universiade 2017 -- the Olympics for international university athletes -- the Taiwanese capital has transformed a six-car train into six different sports venues -- a running track, a soccer pitch, a baseball field, a basketball pitch, a field for throwing sports and a swimming pool. And...

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20 Places In India That Are So Gorgeous, They’ll Make You Look Like A Professional Photographer

Our country is one of the most beautiful places on Earth boasting various types of landscapes. From high mountains to plateaus to rivers and oceans, India seems to have it all. Some of these places are so breathtaking that they leave a lasting impression on your soul. It's said that a good photographer can make any scenery beautiful but India is filled with such fascinating places that the pictures themselves will make you feel like a professional photographer. However, no matter how hard you try you will...

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10 Places To Visit If You Just Want To Run Away From Life & Get Your Sanity Back

We live in a world that requires us to use modern amenities to make life easier. However, our modern lives keep us so busy that we never have the chance to just shut our phones and discover the world around us. We don't get the chance to disconnect and be alone with our thoughts.At the same time, the incessant mails from office and the stress that comes with keeping a social life alive, tires us. We're so stressed out and brain fried that we long for a vacation that will somehow give us an escape...

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Kerala Ranks 3rd On Lonely Planet’s Must-See Places In Asia In 2017. Pack Your Bags Already!

Wanderlust might not mean what it used to anymore, thanks to Instagram. But the bug to travel, see new places and meet new people is one that never stops biting. And soon enough people become bored of their morbid everyday routine, and look to escape in an alien land with (hopefully) some money to buy worldly pleasures.Lonely Planet has now come out with a list of must-see places in Asia in 2017. Here goes: 1 Gansu, ChinaThe rainbow mountains in the Gansu province of China, are now well-connected...

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Want To Live Like The Royals? This Rajasthan Resort Offers A Private Pool With Every Cottage & More

Nestled in the rocky terrains of Pali district in Rajasthan lies a resort so earthy and ethereal that you would just want to take a vacation only to enjoy it. Such is the make of the resort that it seems like it is blossoming right out of the picturesque land.Built by Lakshman Singh in the 19th century, Lakshman Sagar was a hunting lodge that has now been beautified and re-conceptualized into a resort. Built then to host other noble families and British emissaries, Lakshman Sagar today will make...

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Peek inside the luxury hotel on wheels

 Sleeping on a bus doesn't sound glamorous -- but California-based Cabin is here to change your preconceptions. This San Francisco start-up has created a luxury hotel on wheels. Inspired by the old time romance of mid-twentieth-century trains and ocean liners, Cabin's guests to go to sleep in one city and wake somewhere else entirely. Forget awkward sleep postures on planes, or slumping in the back of the car, Cabin is kitted out with memory foam beds, leather seats and high-quality service. 'An...

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Japan’s new luxury train with tickets costing $20,000

Japan’s latest super-deluxe train left the station on Saturday with a select group of passengers who paid thousands of dollars for a leisurely trip harking back to an era of Art Deco opulence and a slower pace of life.The Twilight Express Mizukaze departed Osaka on its maiden trip with around 30 well-heeled passengers on a journey to the far reaches of Japan’s main island.A couple staying in the 10-car train’s top room, The Suite, paid out a combined 2.4 million yen ($22,000) for a two-night,...

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Flight cancelled, delayed or denied boarding? Here’s the compensation you can claim

According to reports by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), between January and April 2017, close to 5.12 lakh domestic passengers in India faced issues due to airline companies denying boarding, as well as flight cancellations and delays. Airline companies have paid their passengers compensations of over Rs 22 crore for various inconveniences during the first four months of this year. Akanksha Anshu, Co-Founder and Managing Director of passenger’s right protection and compensation...

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