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The Famous Mink Whale Meal on a Stick

 

Fjords, glaciers, snowcapped mountains and hot springs – these are just the few travel highlights that you should never miss when traveling to the somewhat controversial country of Iceland.

Nonetheless, more and more travelers are getting intrigued by the Icelandic cuisine, which has thankfully improved over the years as this does not now only revolve around simple dishes of fish and lamb. In fact, food lovers who could stomach quite weird yet surprisingly delectable dishes may appreciate the hint of uniqueness that a basic Icelandic fare has to offer.

Daily Mail UK Travel contributor and supermodel Elettra Wiedemann shares with us that Iceland’s breathtakingly awesome landscapes are just as unique as its culinary offerings (“Cool as Ice: Supermodel Elettra Wiedemann Explains the Joys of Ever-Dramatic Iceland”). Although particular dishes like harofiskur, which comprise of dried fish complemented with a coleslaw or butter, are quite popular in the country, she found that Icelandic chefs “cook puffin burgers and minke whale steaks”, both of which are known as contended dishes.

Of course, those who are adventurous at heart may want to taste such distinctive meals. Here’s a quick peek at the rest of her culinary adventure in Iceland:
 

--try a glass of the digestifs made from birch bark, which is said to be good for the skin, hair and libido. There's birkir, which is quite bitter, and björk, which is sweet… Icelanders' daily diet includes at least one bowl of skyr, a sheep's-milk yogurt, which is served with berries or jam. Other favorites include cured horse meat, smoked fish and bread served with gently smoked mackerel.
 

Go through the remainder of her travel here, and learn more about the Icelandic cuisine and travel attractions that she thoroughly enjoyed while in the country.
 

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It is definitely more than possible for you to get to the top of Victoria Peak and see the entire Hong Kong Island without even breaking a single sweat. You can do this by simply taking a ride on the Peak Tramway.

Getting to the upper parts of this Chinese island is made easier and more convenient as travelers and locals start on the Central district, where their ride to Victoria Peak begins.

So don’t miss the excellent vistas offered on the Victoria Peak! Watch this video shot by Hong Kong Travel Videos, and see how a ride on the Hong Kong Peak Tram provides wonderful views of the country’s skylines and harbor!

The video’s user further shares,
 

At its most authentic, Hong Kong projects a vibrant duality, an ambition of opposites that work together in concert, which are the special ingredients of harmony. Here, views of steel and glass pointing to the future rest against low stone temples coiling with the incense of deeply rooted traditions. The peak tram, which trundles to the top of the highest point on Hong Kong Island, is an emblem of the city's blending of beauty and practicality, vision and deed.
 

Get started with your next trip to Hong Kong today!

Kilimanjaro's Kibo Peak

 

Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro offers three volcanic cones, namely Shira, Mawenzi and Kibo, and since it is the tallest peak not only in the country but in the entire Africa, it remains to be a popular trekking destination of many mountain climbers worldwide.

Located in the Kilimanjaro National Park, this inactive strato-volcano now promises a new reason for more travelers to check out the area through its paragliding activities.

Watch the video prepared by the Wings of Kilimanjaro, and have a new take on this newly-introduced adventure in Tanzania. The user shares,
 

Adventure sports and travel enthusiast, Adrian McRae is inviting 200 PILOTS to join him on a world-record-breaking first ever multi-pilot event to climb and fly from the "Roof of Africa" - Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain on the planet, and in doing so will raise over one million dollars for charities in Africa.
 

So start planning your next adventure trip today!

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A Serene Scene of Zuring in the Evening

 

With the snow-capped Swiss Alps as a stunning background and a lake and a river flowing through the city, Zurich remains to be an enchanting place as it elegantly turned into an impressive urbanized area.

Unfortunately, along with modernization and thriving tourism industry come the consequences of steep prices and impossibly pricey costs for any traveler’s basic necessities.

No need to fret though as there are effective money-saving tips on how you could spend less in Zurich. Read on to learn how.

1. Cycling around Town

Of course you don’t need to bring your own bike just to enjoy free transportation around Zurich. The good news is you can borrow bikes, skateboards and the like for free between May and October from 7AM to 9:20 PM everyday in various places in the city and all year round if you borrow one from the central train station! This is indeed a great alternative to taxis, which are extremely costly – with its meter typically starting at about $6.

2. Take Advantage of the Zurich Card

If bicycles don’t suit you at all, then purchase a 10-franc Zurich card, which is valid for a day, or pay 40 francs for a 3-day free admission to almost all world-renowned museums, free rides on boats, trams, funiculars, trains and buses as well as reasonable discounts at various shops!

Overall, you can save huge amounts of cash in a city deemed expensive by many organizations – you just have to follow the simple tips mentioned above!
 

So start planning a cheap vacation in Zurich now!

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Functioning as one of the most eclectic biological regions in the whole world, the Amazon and the rivers that flow into four other countries to meet the Atlantic Ocean are amazing in their own right.

This moist broadleaf forest shows that there are only few rainforests in the world as it already signifies more than 50% of the rainforests that are left behind on Earth.

See the importance of the Amazonia in this informative vid created by the Science Museum of Minnesota, in which the user shares,
 

Discover the wonders of the Amazon. Travel through a rainforest teeming with exotic animals like jaguars, pink dolphins, electric eels, and piranhas. Meet the Zoë, an indigenous tribe that makes their home in the rainforest, and learn about the medicinal qualities of native plants.
 

Get started with your next travel as soon as possible!

 

Some people are of the view that the best beaches are those that haven’t been touched by any type of modernization, such as those that were not yet discovered by hotels or resorts.

So if you want to see the best beaches in the world, especially those that present a preserved scenery and pristine splendor, then you might check out those offered by Indonesia, Puerto Rico, Philippines, Thailand and the Dominican Republic.

Watch this nice vid uploaded by LoungeV Films, in which the user shares,
 

These beaches will remain unknown but you may recognize them if you are an experienced traveler. The film is good for creating a lounge atmosphere, play it on your home theater and it will add a natural spirit to your interior design. Best for romantic dining as a pleasant visual and audio background.
 

So start planning your next beach holiday today!
 

 

 

 

With 50 states comprising the United States of America, touring the majority of the country via a vehicle is feasible.
 
Many citizens travel from one state to another by car, and you don’t have to worry much about driving on your own as there are numerous gas stations that sell national and regional maps to passing travelers in addition to the online maps featured in useful websites like Google Maps and MapQuest.
 
Watch Young House Love as they travel to and from Dallas in this video they shot for us. They share, 
 
It took 41 hours of driving to make it through ten (count 'em ten) states on our way to and from our cousin's wedding in Dallas. But we've boiled it all down to 15 minutes so you can see a fifth of the country with us.
 

So start planning your next roadtrip today!

 

 

 

Pacha Ibiza is among the franchised nightclubs under the Pacha Group, specializing in house music and incorporating other styles of music in the five other rooms in the club.
 
Regarded as the best Pacha franchise nowadays, Pacha Ibiza presents wholesome, authentic and compelling music in its five rooms, which is uniquely connected by surreptitious access strips, doors and stairs. 
 
Watch how Terry Church and friends had a good time in a visit to Pacha Ibiza. In his video, he shares,
 
A mob of homeless travelers, gypsies and music troubadours whisk us off the streets of Ibiza town, into a dark, sweaty and magnificently decadent party in Pacha nightclub, leaving their leader Luciano to have his wicked house and techno way with us.
 

So start planning your next party today!

 

Five Flower Lake in Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve

 

 

Known as the Nine Village Valley in English, the Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve or Jiuzhai Valley is a premier national park situated in South Western China’s Mt. Min Shan. 
 
Because of the super clear lakes, one-of-a-kind wildlife, magnificent falls and land forms of narrow conic karst, the Jiuzhai Valley is now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
 
Read on to know more about useful travel tips when visiting Jiuzhai Valley.
 
1. Clothes
 
Don’t be fooled by the warmth you enjoy during your day tour as the temperature will predictably drop at night. So you better pack up clothes to keep you warm as well as other necessary medications.
 
2. Protection
 
For some reason, you could expose yourself to too much UV rays when at the top, so make sure that you apply sunscreen and wear a hat or cap during your day tour. 
 
3. What to Include in the Tour
 
Make enough time to visit the entire valley to appreciate its real beauty. Although one- to two-day tours are available, three days allow you to check out the Shuzheng Quanhai Ditch and Zharu Temple in the first day. During your second day, you could check out Rizhe Ditch as well as the primitive forest, while spare the Zhezhawa Ditch, Long Sea and Huanglong Temple for your third day tour.
 
In general, visiting Sichuan province just to see the Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve is a must-do activity when in China.
 

So start planning your trip to Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve today!

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A View of Jimena de la Frontera from a Hill

 

 

Andalusia is an autonomous community in Spain that boasts of favorable climate during the cold seasons in the country, so it is not a surprise how a good number of travelers flee to this part of the nation and flock at its beaches. 
 
Although the coastal towns of Andalusia is starting to show a booming tourism industry, its inland towns, on the other hand, still remain idyllic and rather free from the usual throngs of travelers. So Daily Mail UK travel correspondent Liz Todd visited the historic Andalusian town, Jimena de la Frontera, steering clear of the famous ‘sun and sand’ tourism found in the community’s coastal areas (“Andalucian Idyll: Exchanging the Costas for Caves, Valleys and Pretty White Villages”). 
 
Here’s a brief passage from her recent article:
 
 
Many of the pueblos blancos retain their Roman and Moorish fortifications, ruined castles from a time when defence was everything. It’s a steep climb to the top of Jimena and up through craggy rocks to the summit, but the views from the 13th century remains are wonderful. The massive rock of Gibraltar lies to the south… The town is surrounded by Los Alcornocales Natural Park, vast groves of cork oak trees that still produce much of the world’s cork supplies. They have smooth rusty red trunks to the bottom where the cork has been stripped off until at around head height there’s an abrupt cut off point. Up from there the remaining cork bark is thick and gnarly and it seems incredible they can survive such a brutal ‘haircut’. 
 
Catch the rest of her article here, and you’d be absolutely mesmerized by the picturesque towns only found in Andalusia.
 

So start planning your holiday trip to Andalusia, Spain today!

 

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Dubbed as ‘The Festival City’ due to the perennial festival schedules it has, the city of Edmonton also boasts a fair number of travel attractions that serve as magnets for travelers worldwide.
 
From West Edmonton Mall, the biggest mall in North America to the Fort Edmonton Park, the country’s biggest living history museum, Edmonton’s charm is definitely impressive. 
 
Catch the compilation of photos arranged by Zuzanna Musial, who shares,
 
 
Welcome to Edmonton the Province of Alberta Canada. In the video I have shown not only the city of Edmonton but also the Canadian Rocky Mountains that are located about 580 KM from our city...Hope you will enjoy viewing.
 

So start planning your trip to Edmonton today!

 

 

 

Festivals of sand sculptures are celebrated in countries like the US, Australia, UK, Canada and many more.
 
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What  really sets Copenhagen apart from other cities is that it has constantly been acknowledged as one of the cities in the planet that could provide an excellent quality of life because of the fact that it is an environmentally-friendly place.

Almost half of the Danes living in Copenhagen ride bicycles to work, and even its inner harbor water are considered safe for swimming activities.

Check out this short clip prepared by Blog the Glob, and see the stable cultural and city development that are happening in Copenhagen.

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Dominican Republic is home of the Americas’ most ancient European city, and this is known as Santo Domingo.

This capital city is included on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and it is the perfect place to learn and immerse oneself in the Spanish language.

Have a look at what more Santo Domingo boasts of in this video prepared by Tommy Rodriguez.

With the ancient Egyptian monuments of the Great Sphinx and Giza Pyramid complex as well as the archeological ruins in the Valley of Kings, Memphis and Karnak, it cannot be denied that Egypt’s tourism industry is booming.


Aside from these famous travel attractions though, the multi-cultural diversity of the people in Egypt is another thing that ought to be noted. This video prepared by Javier Morgade presents the local in this North African country as well as the locations he featured when he was “shooting a tourism program for a flight company in December 2009”.


Travelers who are more in the know of the best travel destinations in the country find themselves in freshwater lakes, unspoiled waterfalls and cliffs that are bordered by fossils.

In addition, the offbeat urban lifestyle and amazing building structures in the country is simply exceptional. This is particularly shared in this video uploaded by Lewis de Mesa, in which she shares:

“My goal was simply to explore and look for interesting unique sceneries around the UAE, and capture its beauty with time-lapse photography. Winter season plays a big part of my journey, as it's the best time to chase visible fluffy clouds with a true blue sky that only exist to the human eye at this time of the year.

I've seen so many beautiful places here in the UAE, plus I enjoyed all the long drives as well as being close to nature and far away from city for awhile. I'm hoping to find more time and discover new places and capture it again on video.”
 

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