AFAR Travel Magazine: Trip Destinations, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – April 04, 2018 at 06:11AM

Last month, the spring festival of Holi, also known as the “Festival of Colors,” was celebrated across India and in parts of Nepal. The ancient Hindu festival celebrates love, forgiveness, friendship, new beginnings, and above all, color. For more incredible festivals that actually involve throwing things at people, head to the link in our bio. Photo by @sabbyy.sg #traveldeeper
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AFAR Travel Magazine: Trip Destinations, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 30, 2018 at 12:59AM

Sometimes the best way to explore a new city is on two wheels. @bigwheelbikes, a major bike rental store in metropolitan Washington, D.C., offers a range of bicycles to fit every sightseer’s needs. Once you’ve traversed this bike-friendly area and have fallen in love with this breezy way of getting around, head to the link in our bio to learn about another spectacular (though slightly unlikely) U.S. biking destination—and why you need to visit now. Photo by @awalkinthewild #traveldeeper
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AFAR Travel Magazine: Trip Destinations, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 29, 2018 at 02:02PM

With an average yearly temperature of 84 degrees Fahrenheit, Belize is an ideal getaway when you’re yearning for a dose of sun-soaked relaxation. Want the chance to #VisitBelize for free? Head over to @belize_insta.adventure, click through more photos, and interact, and you may win a trip to this delightful Central American spot! #traveldeeper #ACuriousPlace
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AFAR Travel Magazine: Trip Destinations, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 29, 2018 at 08:03AM

Belize is beloved for its beaches, but the country is an exceptional spot for adventurers too. When you #VisitBelize, you can explore ancient Mayan ruins, zipline through lush forests, discover underwater worlds, and get acquainted with local culture all in one trip! We’ve teamed up with Belize to give you a peek at more of our favorite spots across this multidimensional country. Head to @belize_insta.adventure and interact for a chance to win a free trip! #traveldeeper #ACuriousPlace
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AFAR Travel Magazine: Trip Destinations, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 29, 2018 at 03:09AM

The Belize Barrier Reef spans almost 200 miles and is home to hundreds of aquatic species. The marine reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it’s the also the second largest barrier reef system on the planet! The country’s expansive underwater world is just one reason to #VisitBelize. Want the chance to win a free trip? We’ve teamed up with Belize to bring you on an Instagram Adventure—head over to @belize_insta.adventure and click through more photos to enter! #traveldeeper #ACuriousPlace
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AFAR Travel Magazine: Trip Destinations, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 28, 2018 at 02:14PM

In November of last year, @parkhyattstkitts became the first-ever international luxury resort in St. Kitts. Each of the property’s 126 rooms boast exhilarating views of the Caribbean Sea, and the restaurant and spa are both ideal places to kick back, relax, and revel in island life. For a look at even more hot hotels in dreamy destinations, head to the link in our bio. Photo by @heydavina #traveldeeper
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AFAR Travel Magazine: Trip Destinations, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 27, 2018 at 11:49PM

Located at La Encarnación Square in Seville’s old quarter, Metropol Parasol is one of the largest timber constructions in the world. The fascinating structure comprises an archeological site, farmers market, elevated plaza, and multiple bars and restaurants. It is one of many architectural icons in Andalucia’s capital city. Photo by @sweet.mun #traveldeeper
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AFAR Travel Magazine: Trip Destinations, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 27, 2018 at 01:43PM

When photographer @whatalexloves visited India, she was nervous, initially, to photograph the local people she encountered. “When we walked the streets of the small town of Shahpura, I realized I would have to overcome my timidity,” she says. “These gentlemen were the first people I asked. They gave me a friendly smile and posed proudly. From then on I was confident enough to engage with people and take pictures of them. I received so many beautiful smiles in return.” Want to capture your own great moments on the road? Click the link in our bio for our quick 5-step guide to pro-level travel photography. #traveldeeper
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AFAR Travel Magazine: Trip Destinations, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 27, 2018 at 12:27AM

The breathtaking creation of restaurateur Mourad Mazouz and chef Pierre Gagnair, @sketchlondon is a harmonious space where the art and culinary worlds collide. The refurbished complex is housed in an 18th century building and contains a tea gallery (pictured here), two breakfast parlors, a cocktail bar, and a sophisticated two-Michelin-star restaurant—all of which are immaculately designed. For more of the best places to eat in London, head to the link in our bio. Photo by @crazycatladyldn #traveldeeper
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AFAR Travel Magazine: Trip Destinations, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 26, 2018 at 02:02PM

Thanks for following along with us through @rrrudya’s travel memories. We’ll finish up with one of her favorite spots to unplug: “Joshua Tree National Park in California is the place where I’ve seen most stars in my life. Sleeping in a tent in the wilderness, surrounded by ancient rocks and weird-shaped trees, while listening to howling coyotes, was a truly liberating experience.” Click the link in our bio for more of @rrrudya’s work. #traveldeeper #travelunplugged
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AFAR Travel Magazine: Trip Destinations, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 26, 2018 at 08:13AM

As a freelancer, you never really stop working, so it can be really challenging to find time to unplug. That’s why photographer @rrrudya always takes a moment to herself—weather she’s waking up on the Amalfi Coast, driving to the end of the world in Argentina, or enjoying the springtime bloom in her home city of Berlin. Click the link in our bio for @rrrudya’s story, and keep following along with us to see more of her work. #traveldeeper #TravelUnplugged
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AFAR Travel Magazine: Trip Destinations, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 26, 2018 at 04:36AM

Today we’re following one of our favorite photographers, @rrrudya, around the world. First stop: Argentina. “This wonderful windy road next to the Salinas Grandes in the province of Jujuy provided a dizzy ride and a picturesque photo location,” @rrrudya says. Click the link in our bio to learn about what inspires her work and how she disconnects from technology, and keep following along today for more of her striking photography. #traveldeeper #TravelUnplugged
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AFAR Travel Magazine: Trip Destinations, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 25, 2018 at 11:38PM

Cappadocia is one of those rare places that’s even more magical with a multitude of tourists, thanks to the colorful hot air balloons that fill its skies. Looking for your own incredible hot air balloon experience? Click the link in our bio for 28 great places to float above it all. Photo by @frht.idog #traveldeeper
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AFAR Travel Magazine: Trip Destinations, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 25, 2018 at 03:47PM

Abu Dhabi’s spectacular Sheikh Zayed Mosque is a must-visit attraction in the United Arab Emirates. It’s the third-largest mosque in the world and the final resting place of Sheikh Zayed, the nation’s founder. This meticulously crafted structure isn’t the only notable destination art lovers should visit when they explore the UAE. Head to the link in our bio for a look at the exciting Abu Dhabi museum that’s bringing high-watt art to the Arab world. Photo by @wmtravels #traveldeeper
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AFAR Travel Magazine: Trip Destinations, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 24, 2018 at 12:36PM

Thailand’s @anantara_goldentriangle Elephant Camp & Resort is recognized globally for its commitment to ethical elephant tourism. Established in 2003, the property’s renowned Camp Dara works alongside the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation to perform street rescues, provide employment for local mahouts (elephant trainers), and ensure a comfortable lifestyle for the region’s gentle giants. Tag a friend who’d love to visit this lovely luxury camp in Thailand. Photo by @inbedwith.me #traveldeeper
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AFAR Travel Magazine: Trip Destinations, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 24, 2018 at 03:38AM

Last year, Learning AFAR—an award-winning program from AFAR and non-profit organization No Barriers USA—sent students from Oakland, California, on a life-changing trip to Cambodia. In partnership with @cathaypacific, the program made it possible for these students to immerse themselves in Cambodia’s culture, history, and natural beauty while also connecting with local communities. To learn more about this trip, head to the link in our bio. #traveldeeper #LearningAFAR
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AFAR Travel Magazine: Trip Destinations, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 23, 2018 at 01:55PM

It’s officially the weekend: There’s no better time to hit the road and head into the wilderness to disconnect from technology and recharge in nature. If you’re looking to #TravelUnplugged in awe-inspiring surroundings, Banff National Park is a great place to begin. For more outdoor adventures worth ditching your phone for, head to the link in our bio. Photo by @bayleyjunes #traveldeeper
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AFAR Travel Magazine: Trip Destinations, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 23, 2018 at 02:18AM

The Mediterranean island nation of Malta is home to the European Capital of Culture for 2018: Valletta. The coastal capital, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is known for its high concentration of palaces, historic museums, grand churches, and Baroque buildings. This year, the Maltese cultural calendar is full, with 140 projects and 400 events planned in and around Valletta. Scroll through here for a peek at Valletta through AFAR digital executive editor @arabellabowen’s lens. #traveldeeper #teamafar
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AFAR Travel Magazine: Trip Destinations, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 22, 2018 at 02:22PM

Named after the family that commissioned the building in 1907, The Allis is a restaurant and cocktail bar located in the ultra-sophisticated @sohohousechicago. The lounge boasts an expansive art collection, floor-to-ceiling windows, and an all-day dining menu. Tag someone you’d love to meet at this spot. Photo by @ayman_madk #traveldeeper
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AFAR Travel Magazine: Trip Destinations, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 22, 2018 at 01:35AM

Japan’s Kumano Kodo pilgrimage traverses the Kii Peninsula on the island of Honshu. Along this route, rivers flow past ancient shrines and sacred trails. There are no crowds. No cosplay. Just temples, trees, and a warm bath at the end of the day. To read more about what it’s like to escape from the modern world and take a walk on Japan’s wild side, head to the link in our bio. Footage by Austin Uchino #traveldeeper
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AFAR Travel Magazine: Trip Destinations, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 21, 2018 at 01:56PM

When it comes to prime spots to stand-up paddle board, Oahu’s turquoise waters are hard to beat. Hawaii is an ideal destination for plenty of outdoor activities like hiking, diving, and enjoying Mai Tais on the beach (yes, that qualifies as an outdoor activity!). Looking for more to do on the beautiful island of Oahu? Click the link in our bio for our comprehensive guide. Photo by @colbyshootspeople #traveldeeper
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AFAR Travel Magazine: Trip Destinations, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 21, 2018 at 02:04AM

Fun fact: Ochsenfurt is named after a small ford where oxen used to cross the Main river (a tributary of the Rhine river, which borders this charming German town on one side). For a look at some more of our favorite spots across Bavaria, check out the link in our bio. Photo by @noepierre #traveldeeper
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AFAR Travel Magazine: Trip Destinations, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 20, 2018 at 01:53PM

Double tap this photo if you’ve been to @saysomethingcoffee in Jakarta. This specialty coffee spot serves a mean cup of joe—what a prime place to start a full day of exploring in Indonesia’s busy capital! Photo by @sonnyhosea #traveldeeper
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AFAR Travel Magazine: Trip Destinations, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 20, 2018 at 01:33AM

Happy #SpringEquinox! Today marks the first official day of the new season. For our top recommendations on where to go (and what to do) this spring, check out the link in our bio. #traveldeeper
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AFAR Travel Magazine: Trip Destinations, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 19, 2018 at 01:59PM

You’ll find this jaw-dropping scenery at Fyriplaka beach on Milos, a volcanic island in the Aegean Sea. The Greek isle boasts more than 70 beaches and bays, making it a perfect spot for those seeking a sun-filled escape. For 6 more spectacular destinations that’ll fulfill your island getaway dreams, head to the link in our bio. Photo by @whatalexloves #traveldeeper
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AFAR Travel Magazine: Trip Destinations, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 19, 2018 at 01:41AM

Not long ago, the phrase “farm-to-table” hadn’t even entered the lexicon, and the idea of paying and traveling to eat outside with strangers was a totally foreign concept. Now, organizations like @clothandflame (pictured here), @fieldandvine, and @out_inthefield are bringing tables back to the farm, hosting whimsical outdoor dinner parties that aim to reconnect people to the world around them. We recently spoke with the mastermind behind @out_inthefield; click the link in our bio to read about what it’s like to attend a dreamy farm dinner—and why now, more than ever, it’s something you need to do. Photo by @constancehigley #traveldeeper
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AFAR Travel Magazine: Trip Destinations, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 18, 2018 at 11:36AM

For some people, dark clouds and rain on a trip to Paris would be a vacation-spoiler. But believe it or not, “rain tourism” is actually on the rise. A growing number of intrepid travelers are seeking out stormy weather on holiday. What do they know that we don’t? Head to the link in our bio to find out. Photo by @_aya.lulu_ #traveldeeper
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AFAR Travel Magazine: Trip Destinations, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 18, 2018 at 03:09AM

We firmly believe that sometimes the best way to learn about an unfamiliar destination is to hit the books—hard. These undulating bookshelves at Singapore’s public library look like they have fascinating stories to tell. For more literary spaces that will thrill design lovers as much as they do bookworms, head to the link in our bio. Photo by @dzroeseno #traveldeeper
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AFAR Travel Magazine: Trip Destinations, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 17, 2018 at 01:18PM

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Today we’re admiring the Emerald Isle for its myriad dramatic landscapes, like the Cliffs of Moher, pictured here. These striking cliffs are Ireland’s most-visited natural tourist attraction—it’s not hard to see why! For even more reasons we love Ireland, head to the link in our bio. Photo by @spencercotton #traveldeeper
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AFAR Travel Magazine: Trip Destinations, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 17, 2018 at 03:51AM

@spencerist, a consulting creative director and photographer, embarked on an Alaskan adventure during the peak of winter. “Alaska is an incredible place: remote, vast in scale, and wildly beautiful”, he says. “The thing that struck me most was the sheer size and scale of the topography. The snow, cold, and darkness add to an overall mood that I’ve never experienced anywhere else.” But for him, Alaska’s allure is about more than just its beauty: Meeting likeminded people who seek out the remoteness Alaska offers is what made his experience truly remarkable. #traveldeeper
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AFAR Travel Magazine: Trip Destinations, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 16, 2018 at 02:09PM

Fresh carnitas tacos and grapefruit salad with hibiscus dressing, anyone? @sliceofpai loved the delicious menu at Oaxaca’s Cabuche restaurant so much, she came back the next day for more. We’re definitely adding this cantina to our list of spots to check out on our next trip to this food capital in Mexico. For more of the best places to chow down in Oaxaca, click the link in our bio. #traveldeeper
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AFAR Travel Magazine: Trip Destinations, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 16, 2018 at 02:14AM

Our third World in Focus trip with @nikonusa took place in Italy, and it was a truly outstanding experience. The lucky group on this photographic adventure explored some of southern Italy’s highlights in rare form: covered in snow after an unusual snowstorm hit the region! “We arrived in Alberobello in the afternoon and climbed to a terrace where we could look out over the town,” AFAR integrated marketing manager @irenew0201 said. “The streets were exceptionally quiet that day. It was enchanting to see hundreds of traditional 14th century trulli huts covered in white.” #traveldeeper #afarnikonwif
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AFAR Travel Magazine: Trip Destinations, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 15, 2018 at 02:14PM

This gorgeous shot of Lofoten, Norway, makes us want to book a flight to the serene Arctic archipelago right now. (Double tap this photo if you agree.) For more highlights of this Scandinavian country, head to the link in our bio. Photo by @northernelg #traveldeeper
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AFAR Travel Magazine: Trip Destinations, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 15, 2018 at 01:26AM

You’ll find this ogle-worthy setup at the restaurant and bar at @laserenavillas, a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Palm Springs. The farm-to-table restaurant, Azúcar, serves a menu packed with Spanish and Mediterranean influences. For more amazing places to enjoy in and around this design-oriented desert city, head to the link in our bio. Photo by @goeksplore #traveldeeper
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AFAR Travel Magazine: Trip Destinations, Holiday Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – March 14, 2018 at 04:06PM

Located just 18 miles from Lisbon, the town of Sintra, Portugal, is a royal sanctuary and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The colorful Pena Palace—which was built on a hilltop in the 19th century by King Ferdinand II—is one of Sintra’s most beloved tourist stops. For five more reasons to fall in love with Portugal, head to the link in our bio. Photo by @noepierre #traveldeeper
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