Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 20, 2017 at 10:35AM

Winter in Banff National Park

Banff National Park comes close to paradise if you’re a skier or snowboarder. The terrain here is some of the best and most varied in North America, and three world-class resorts lie in the park: two close to Banff – Mount Norquay and Sunshine Village – and one in Lake Louise. On top of great snow and pristine runs, you get crisp air, monumental mountains, sky-high forests, and low prices and space that make a mockery of Europe’s exorbitant and crowded winter playgrounds. What the brochures don’t tell you is that it can be bitterly cold for much of the skiing season, so come prepared. 🌬
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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 19, 2017 at 06:32AM

“No, you’re not looking at a puzzle. This place really exists. Hallstatt is a tiny lakeside village and UNESCO World Heritage Site in Austria, all the more glorious when nearby Salzburg Mountain is blanketed in snow. It is often voted as one of the prettiest villages in the world, and we wouldn’t disagree.” @travelographs has picked some of the best places to travel in winter – read the full article on roughguides.com.
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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 18, 2017 at 06:32AM

Some places look even better in winter… ❄️️️ Here’s Tallinn, Estonia sparkling in the snow.

Check out roughguides.com for @travelograph’s roundup of where to visit for a wintery escape.
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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 17, 2017 at 10:34AM

Jigokudani Monkey Park in the snow 😍 “Jigokudani may not be the most dramatic winter landscape in Japan, but it is unmissable in winter when the resident Japanese macaques, or snow monkeys, bathe in the steaming hot springs. It’ll take a fair amount of willpower to resist stripping off and joining the monkeys, although the attendants might have something to say about that…” Can’t decide where to visit this winter? We’ve rounded up our favourite destinations that look even better in winter on roughguides.com.
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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 16, 2017 at 10:35AM

“Forty years ago, the publication of In Patagonia made Bruce Chatwin famous overnight – in the English-speaking world at least. In 1975 there were few tourists in southern Chile and Argentina. Chatwin finds Patagonia a place of “vicious” sunsets in “red and purple”. It has towns of “shabby concrete buildings, tin bungalows, tin warehouses and wind-flattened gardens”, a place littered with the insane, criminals and British eccentrics, leftovers from the sheep-farming boom of the early 1900s.

In Patagonia was a magical book – “a wonder voyage” – about a remote and mystical land. I knew the place must have changed – I just had no idea how much.” Rough Guides author @stephenkeeling recently went to Patagonia on the trail of Bruce Chatwin.
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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 15, 2017 at 10:35AM

Sake is quickly replacing craft beer as the cool kid on the drinks scene globally – and a number of breweries have recently opened in the UK, USA and Australia. But the land of the rising sun will always be the true home of this potent, rice-based spirit. Check out Tamara Hinson’s report from one of Japan‘s oldest sake breweries on roughguides.com now.
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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 14, 2017 at 11:19AM

A Brief History of the American Road Trip Part 1 – check out Part 2 on our page!
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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 14, 2017 at 11:06AM

History of the American Road Trip Part 2 – check out Part 1 on our page!
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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 13, 2017 at 04:18AM

It’s the last day to vote in the Rough Guides Reader Awards 2017!

We want to hear from YOU about the people, places and experiences that have shaped your travels this year.

And as a thank you for taking part, we’ve teamed up with @northcoast500, @homestaycom and @ospreypacks to offer some great travel prizes.

Head to the link in our bio to cast your vote.
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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 12, 2017 at 08:50AM

“Around 150 reindeer roam the Cairngorms in Scotland; throughout both summer and winter an experienced reindeer herder from the Glenmore centre leads visitors on a walk up the mountains to find them.

They’re a tame bunch, so you’ll be able to give them a stroke and take selfies as you please, providing your fingers don’t drop off in the cold.” As winter sets in, @travelographs picks 8 of the best alternative breaks in the UK over on roughguides.com. ❄️
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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 11, 2017 at 10:08AM

Tarsiers are the world’s smallest primate – and 20 years ago they were dangerously close to extinction. But now, in Bohol, the Philippines, numbers are rising. We journeyed here to meet these curious creatures and the man dedicated to saving them. Check out the feature on roughguides.com.
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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 10, 2017 at 08:18AM

There’s only a few days left to vote in the Rough Guides Reader Awards 2017!
As the end of 2017 approaches, we want to hear from YOU about the people, places and experiences that have shaped your time on the road this year.

And as a thank you for taking part, we’ve teamed up with @northcoast500, @homestaycom and @ospreypacks to offer some great travel prizes.
Head to the link in our bio to cast your vote. Nominations close on November 13th, with award and prize winners to be announced shortly afterwards. Happy voting!
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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 09, 2017 at 10:37AM

The largest, most diverse and least-known country in Southeast Asia, Myanmar is now firmly back on the tourist map after decades of isolation. It lures visitors with its stunning temples, sublime landscapes and time-warped traditional culture – but the considerable ethnic unrest still affecting parts of the country cannot be ignored. So, is it ethical to visit?
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Check out Rough Guide to Myanmar co-author Gavin Thomas’s article on roughguides.com now for all you need to know.
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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 08, 2017 at 11:05AM

See a different side to Vietnam on a hike to ethnic-minority villages around Sa Pa, which our Southeast Asia On A Budget authors have chosen as one of the best places to get away from it all.
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The tourist capital of Vietnam’s mountainous north, Sa Pa is perched dramatically on the western edge of a high plateau, facing the hazy blue peak of Fan Si Pan, and is surrounded by villages of ethnic minorities, particularly the Red Dao and Black Hmong. Its refreshing climate and almost alpine landscape struck a nostalgic chord with European visitors, who travelled up from Lao Cai by sedan chair in the early 20th century, and by 1930 a flourishing hill station had developed, complete with tennis court, church and over two hundred villas.
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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 07, 2017 at 11:10AM

Discover your own lonely bays and mysterious lagoons on a sea-kayak tour of Krabi, one of the best places to explore the great outdoors in southeast Asia, according to the authors of our new On A Budget guide. ..
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By far the most enjoyable way of exploring the glories of the Krabi coastline is by sea kayak. Paddling into the mangrove swamps and secret tidal lagoons, or hongs, hidden inside the limestone karsts is a fantastic experience and gives you close-up views of birds, animals and plants that would be impossible from a roaring longtail.
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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 06, 2017 at 02:33AM

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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 05, 2017 at 11:06AM

A great fire festival should be on everybody’s bucket list. Tonight, the UK celebrates Guy Fawkes night. 🔥
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“Remember, remember the fifth of November – gunpowder, treason and plot.” Brits have grown up reciting this rhyme in the run-up to Guy Fawkes Night (also known as Bonfire Night or Fireworks Night). The origins of the festival lie when revolutionary Guy Fawkes famously tried (and failed) to blow up the Houses of Parliament on 5th November 1605. Traditionally at the centre of Guy Fawkes Night proceedings is the burning of a homemade “Guy” on the bonfire – something which often strikes visitors as a far grislier idea than it does locals, who’ve grown up with the tradition.
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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 04, 2017 at 11:03AM

The immense temple complex of Angkor Wat is nothing short of magnificent. Our Southeast Asia On A Budget authors say: “However many times you’ve seen it on film or in photographs, nothing prepares you for the majesty of Angkor Wat. Dominated by five majestic, corncob towers, this masterpiece of Khmer architecture, consecrated in about 1150 to Vishnu, is thought to have taken around thirty years to complete. Stunning from a distance, as you approach its intricacy becomes apparent, with every surface covered in fine detail. If time allows, it’s worth visiting at different times of day to see how the colours of the stone change with the light.”
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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 03, 2017 at 11:08AM

Luang Prabang’s colonial houses and red-roofed Buddhist temples have won it a place on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The authors of our new Southeast Asia On A Budget guidebook have chosen the ancient capital as one of the greatest architectural wonders in the region.
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Nestling in a slim valley shaped by lofty, green mountains and cut by the swift Mekong and Khan rivers, LUANG PRABANG exudes tranquillity and casual grandeur. A tiny mountain kingdom for more than a thousand years and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995, it’s endowed with a legacy of ancient red-roofed temples and French-Indochinese architecture, not to mention some of the country’s most refined cuisine and its most sacred Buddha image, the Pha Bang.
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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 02, 2017 at 11:10AM

Our new Myanmar guide is out today! 🇲🇲 .
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Pictured here is Bagan, the undoubted highlight of central Myanmar. The sheer scale of Bagan (formerly known as Pagan), which covers 67 square kilometres and includes more than two thousand Buddhist structures, is almost impossible to take in. Individual temples, stupas and monasteries impress in different ways – for their evocative frescoes, their imposing bulk or their graceful simplicity – but it’s the broader sweep that tends to stay etched in visitors’ memories: the spectacle of hot air balloons rising from behind stupas at dawn, the cool, calm relief of temple interiors in the heat of the day, or grand sunset vistas viewed from terraces.
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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – November 01, 2017 at 11:11AM

It’s hard not to be awed by the audacity of Marina Bay, the project that has transformed downtown Singapore’s seafront over two generations. An exorbitantly ambitious piece of civil engineering, it entailed the creation of three massive expanses of reclaimed land and a barrage to seal off the basins of the Singapore and Kallang rivers from the sea. The result is a seaside freshwater reservoir with a crucial role in reducing Singapore’s dependence on Malaysian water supplies. The Marina Bay Sands casino resort dominates the area, with its museum and rooftop restaurants, and it is inevitably the focus of any visit to the bay.
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This week we’re sharing our favourite southeast Asian architectural wonders.
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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – October 31, 2017 at 11:04AM

To celebrate our brand new southeast Asia guide, this week we’ll be sharing some of the region’s most impressive architectural wonders. First off: Indonesia’s Borobudur. .
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The largest Buddhist monument in the southern hemisphere, the temple of Borobudur is the greatest single piece of classical architecture in the entire Indonesian archipelago. The temple is actually a colossal multi-tiered Buddhist stupa lying at the western end of a chain of temples built in the ninth century by the Saliendra dynasty. However, Borobudur is on a different scale altogether, dwarfing all the other candi in the chain. Pregnant with symbolism, the temple is precisely oriented so that its four sides face the four points of the compass
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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – October 30, 2017 at 02:32AM

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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – October 29, 2017 at 02:05AM

What are your Halloween plans? 🎃 Will you be visiting one of America’s ghost towns?
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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – October 28, 2017 at 01:36AM

How is the Great Barrier Reef changing? What is coral bleaching? How does this affect the ecosystem? You’ll find out the answer to this, and learn how to visit this vast living landmark sustainably, by reading Penny Walker’s guide to visiting the reef on roughguides.com.
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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – October 27, 2017 at 01:45AM

The Great Barrier Reef reaches from the waters of Hervey Bay in Queensland to just below the coastline of Papua New Guinea. Having spent time studying marine biology at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Rough Guides writer Penny Walker has shared her expert knowledge on everything you need to know about the reef, the dangers it faces and how to visit this miraculous, vast, living landmark sustainably. You can read Penny’s article on roughguides.com now.
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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – October 26, 2017 at 01:33AM

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s greatest natural wonders – it’s the largest structure ever built by living things and is even visible from space. For millennia, this glorious underwater world has blazed with colour, sheltering some of the earth’s most spellbinding ocean-dwelling creatures. But the unnaturally rapid increase in the earth’s temperature is putting this vast ecosystem under increasing threat.
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Head to roughguides.com to read Penny Walker’s guide to the Great Barrier Reef.
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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – October 25, 2017 at 09:36AM

“Shanghai has to be a contender for the buzziest city in Asia, a thriving business hub that’s brashly modern yet wears its history on its sleeve. Dense with glitz and grit, the city has a sophisticated and international feel that makes it completely unlike any other mainland metropolis. And these days, as the hub of China‘s boom, it’s a city very much on the up.” Check out Rough Guides writer Sam Lewis’s expert’s guide to where to stay in Shanghai on roughguides.com
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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – October 24, 2017 at 01:33AM

As 2017 draws to a close, it’s time to look back on your year of travel. We want you – our readers – to share the unforgettable people, places and experiences that have shaped your time on the road over the past twelve months.
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To thank you for taking part, we’ve teamed up with some of our favourite travel brands to offer all voters the chance to win some incredible travel prizes, including a road trip to Scotland, a homestay anywhere in the world and some of the best adventure travel gear out there.
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Head to the link in bio to cast your vote, or check out our story. Nominations close on November 10th, with award and prize winners to be announced shortly afterwards. Happy voting!
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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – October 23, 2017 at 01:37AM

@freyaroseg here in Cinque Terre. Five pretty seaside villages make up the Cinque Terre, each one boasting a collection of brightly painted houses looking over the waterfront. Pictured here is Manarola, the second town you come to from Pisa. Try their sweet Sciacchetrà wine. 😋 Head to our story for more.
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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – October 22, 2017 at 12:16AM

This is editor @freyaroseg on the road in Italy. I’m on my way to Cinque Terre to catch the last of the autumn sun. But first, a quick stop in Pisa for a tour of the sights. Pisa is best known for its jaunty leaning tower, but a walk along the River Arno (pictured here) is a great introduction to the city’s architecture.
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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – October 21, 2017 at 04:08AM

That feeling when you find a Rough Guides cover 😄 Here’s @reesway with our Nepal book
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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – October 20, 2017 at 03:22AM

Sometimes wading waist-deep into the sea with your camera is worth it. Travel Editor @livierawes here in Cefalù, a gorgeous sea-lapped Sicilian city.
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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – October 19, 2017 at 04:07AM

Stunning views of Palermo’s crumbling facades, with a backdrop of hazy distant mountains. Travel Editor @livierawes here in Sicily.
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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – October 18, 2017 at 04:34AM

Sicily seems to have a limitless supply of beautiful buildings. And this sun-worn, crumbling pink house – which also happens to be surrounded by an ocean of orange trees – is no exception. Travel Editor @livierawes here exploring Sicily.
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