Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 21, 2017 at 12:41AM

Prost! 🍻

Oktoberfest is now well underway in Munich.

The single most important thing to know about Oktoberfest – Munich’s legendary festival of beer and bonhomie – is that it’s all over after the first Sunday in the month it’s named after. The bulk of the Fest, which lasts sixteen days, therefore generally takes place during the last two weeks in September, depending on when the first weekend in October falls. The first Oktoberfest was indeed held in October – in 1810, to celebrate the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Theresa von Sachsen-Hildburghausen, but over the years, as the festival got longer, the dates were pulled forward into September. The first draught Mass (1 litre stein) of Oktoberfestbier is always pulled with much (televised) ceremony, after which Bavarian television keeps up a regular live feed from the Theresienwiese.

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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 20, 2017 at 12:12AM

Prayer beads flap in the wind in Mussoorie, India. The nearest hill station to Delhi, Mussoorie is also known as the Queen of Hills. At an altitude of 2000m, it gives travellers from the plains their first glimpse of the snow-covered Himalayan peaks of western Garhwal, as well as dramatic views of the Doon valley below.

Thanks to @sillytravellers for sharing this colourful image. Tag your pics #rgphoto for the chance to feature.

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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 16, 2017 at 03:05PM

Nagasaki has captivated me with its stories the past few days. This is the city where Japan met the West and you’ll encounter incredible tales of everything from “hidden Christians” to the country’s first photographer. Even the food is a mash-up of cultural influences: anyone for the incredibly un-Turkish local favourite of “Turkish rice” (toruko)? But of course it all gets eclipsed by the blinding flash of light that occurred at 11.02am on August 9, 1945. Traces of the ensuing devastation, physical and emotional, are everywhere in Nagasaki. The memorial hall adjoining the atomic bomb museum is a fitting place to pay your respects. This is Neil McQuillian (@re_quil), senior editor at Rough Guides.
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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 16, 2017 at 01:25AM

some new arrivals in the office: #tokyo #panama #cambodia #namibia 😍

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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 14, 2017 at 06:15AM

Tonight we’re in London’s Kings Place for a LIVE episode of our podcast, The Rough Guide to Everywhere. Three very special guests will be joining @travelographs for a chat on all things London. Ask your questions in the comments below using #rgpodcast
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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 13, 2017 at 11:47PM

Another dispatch from the magical Japanese island of Yakushima by me, Neil McQuillian (@re_quil), Rough Guides senior editor. Sections of the island are full of these dwarf deer and also monkeys. The absence of predators mean they’re so tame they’ll sidle right up to you and – get this – the monkeys are known to occasionally ride the deer! If that hasn’t convinced you to go…
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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 12, 2017 at 03:37PM

Imagine it’s hot, you’ve spent hours hiking through forests of 1000-year-old trees (yakusugi), the very same forests that’ve inspired Japanese myths and legends galore (AND the classic Studio Ghibli animation, Princess Mononoke). Then you come across this. A perfect waterfall and a swimming hole that you can dunk right into, with water so pure you can and probably should drink it. There are spots like this nestled all over Yakushima island. And I’m told that they rarely get busy. Even when they do, “busy” means no more than a dozen people. I’d get there asap before it catches on. It’s pretty easy: a flight to Fukuoka, a bullet train to Kagoshima, then a swift hydrofoil to the magical island. This is Neil McQuillian (@re_quil), Rough Guides senior editor.
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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 12, 2017 at 08:07AM

We’ve found eight things you probably didn’t know you can do in London.

@travelographs reports: “You’ve stood at the railings of Buckingham Palace, squinting to see if you can glimpse an elderly woman through the windows. You’ve taken a selfie with a Beefeater at the Tower of London. Heck, you probably found yourself embroiled in a staring contest with a human statue in Covent Garden.

London is built for tourists – and we do it well. But the sooner you tick off the city’s “must sees”, the sooner you can start digging out the weird, wonderful and unexpected things to do across Europe‘s second largest city.” Go to roughguides.com for the full article.

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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 11, 2017 at 12:06AM

Tropical fruit? Check. Cigar? Check. Slightly faded colourful wall? Check. We must be in Cuba.

Thanks to @sarahstravelstory for this #rgphoto. Tag your pics for the chance to feature.

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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 10, 2017 at 03:03AM

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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 09, 2017 at 03:11AM

Our judges voted this photograph, shot by Marc Ehrenbold, third place in our #RGphotobook competition. It will appear in print, along with lots of other stunning entries, in our upcoming photobook, You Are Here. Marc says: “This was shot on location in Gion, Kyoto in the mid-morning. I wasn’t supposed to be there that day – but, after a schedule change, I’m happy that I was.

Following the neon-lit adrenaline of Tokyo, I was longing for some onsen, ryokans and Zen-style musings in a temple.

The beguiling smile of the street-food chef drew me in long before the charcoal sparked. I took the photo with my robust and versatile Nikon D750 and 24-70 FX AFS-G VR f2.8 at 55mm. Handheld, no flash, no fill.”

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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 08, 2017 at 07:11AM

Second place in our #RGphotobook competition went to this awesome pic by @bluedogphotography.
Danielle said: “This image was taken off the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia… The humpback whales, nearly hunted to extinction, migrate up and down the coast each year to give birth and mate in Queensland’s tropical waters… It was a rough day (hence a few white caps) and I was hanging onto an upright rail holding the mast of the yacht to steady myself to get a shot of this mother as she started to feed her calf. I was using a Nikon D4 with a 70-200mm 2.8 lens.

Just as I pressed the shutter, the yacht made an almighty lurch. Everyone on board heard the cracking noise as my rib broke against the rail that I was so dearly hanging on to.”

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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 07, 2017 at 06:42AM

Out today! Follow the link in our story to buy your copy of the brand new Rough Guides to Cambodia, Laos and Japan.
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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 06, 2017 at 07:14AM

The #RGphotobook results are in! Out of thousands of entries, our judges voted this stunning image by @sollylevi in first place, meaning it will be on the cover of our upcoming book, You Are Here. Congratulations Solly 🏆
Here’s what Solly told us about the image: “This photo was taken in Kata beach, south of Phuket… When I saw the boys, it reminded me of my years as a youngster doing the same thing on a motorcycle in Africa. It took me back to a moment of freedom and need for speed – and I had my Fujifilm XT1 with my 18-55mm lens ready to snap the action. I managed to capture the speed by slowing down my shutter speed and keeping the kids in focus at all times.”

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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 05, 2017 at 06:36AM

We 💙 this pic of @carlyburdova’s husband Ondra with our Rough Guide to Mexico. #regram

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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 04, 2017 at 10:27AM

This incredible shot of Waimea Canyon, Hawaii was taken by @moonhoneytravelers. Tag your pics #rgphoto for the chance to feature.

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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 03, 2017 at 03:06AM

Markets remain a mainstay of daily life in Laos, crammed full of stalls selling everything from pigs’ heads, congealed blood and pungent pa dàek (fermented fish paste) to bamboo baskets for sticky rice and imported toiletries from Vietnam. They’re also a great place for a quick meal – even in the smallest you’ll be able to find someone selling fõe (noodle soup) – though you’ll generally need to get there early to see the best of them.

Whilst editing the guidebook earlier this year, reading about Laos’s colourful, bustling markets made me (@freyaroseg) desperate to try some Lao street food. For more about the country’s relatively little-known cuisine, the latest Rough Guide to Laos will be out next Thursday. 🍜

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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 02, 2017 at 12:03AM

Landlocked Laos is resplendent with picture-perfect waterfalls.

One of the best day-trips from Luang Prabang is to Kuang Si waterfall, a multilevel affair that tumbles 60m before spilling through a series of milky, aquamarine pools perfect for swimming. The spray from the falls keeps the surrounding grounds cool even at midday, making it an ideal spot for a picnic – tables are scattered across the site and very popular with local families.
Swimming is allowed in several of the lower pools and, gazed upon by bemused locals, travellers often amuse themselves for hours leaping into the cool water via a rope swing suspended from an overhanging tree. Editing on our new Laos guide (out next week) made me desperate to join them… (@freyaroseg)

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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – September 01, 2017 at 02:09AM

It’s time to pack your bags 🏞

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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – August 30, 2017 at 07:33AM

Golden temples, jungle-clad mountains and remote hill-tribe villages: Laos is one of Asia’s most captivating destinations.

This year, I (@freyaroseg) had the pleasure of editing our new Laos guide, which will be hitting the shelves next Thursday. Over the coming days I’ll be sharing some of the places and traditions I learned about while working on the guide. Thank you to authors Shafik Meghji and @ecotravelist for giving me endless wanderlust.

From the mountains of the north to the islands of the far south, Laos boasts some of Indochina’s most dramatic scenery – pictured here is a glimpse of its stunning countryside.

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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – August 29, 2017 at 05:43AM

Our travel editor @livierawes posted this awesome cycling shot whilst on the road exploring the New Forest this weekend.

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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – August 28, 2017 at 10:08AM

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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – August 27, 2017 at 03:06AM

Sundays are for trip planning. 📝  Thanks to @thelittlelife for sharing our latest Lisbon guide.

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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – August 26, 2017 at 12:02AM

This is travel editor @freyaroseg on the road in Austria. Today I’m hiking around Gosau. The views are stunning – check out our story for more snaps.
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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – August 25, 2017 at 01:04PM

One of our many, many wildlife sightings in the national park. As well as this little family of elephants, we spotted lions, zebra, wildebeest, springbok, impala, giraffes, black and white rhinos (both with babies), hippos, warthog, jackals, plenty more elephants, and even a beautiful cheetah. Followed up with an early-morning bush walk, with amazing rangers who gave us a new understanding of the landscape – and stories of very close shaves with some very big animals. In the end, though, “if you respect them, they respect you”.

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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – August 24, 2017 at 09:54AM

Welcome to Maropeng – or as we were greeted, “welcome home!” Not only is the landscape gorgeous, but it conceals some amazing secrets about human history – some of the oldest hominid remains in the world. Chilling with Little Fot and Mrs Ples at the Sterkfontein Caves, meeting some new relatives at the Homo Naledi exhibition and indulging in top-notch South African wines at Roots restaurant: pretty much the best family reunion ever.

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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – August 23, 2017 at 09:50AM

There’s no better way to spend an evening in Joburg than sitting in a rooftop bar, drinking a cocktail and watching the sunset. Though if the drinks are really good, they might be distracting enough to make you miss half of it (oops)…

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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – August 22, 2017 at 11:33AM

Some gorgeous graffiti by Lebo’s Backpackers in Soweto, before heading off on a fascinating and eye-opening tuk-tuk tour with Lungile – quite possibly the coolest guy in the township, and an amazing tour guide.

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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – August 22, 2017 at 04:24AM

Hi RG! This is travel editor @becca.hallett on the road in beautiful South Africa. I’ll be taking over the account for the next few days, giving you a glimpse of Joburg, Maropeng, Pilanesberg and more.

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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – August 21, 2017 at 07:32AM

Today the USA is experiencing the first total eclipse in nearly one hundred years with a path that extends across the entire country, from Oregon to South Carolina. 🌙
If, like us, it’s got you excited about astronomy, check out our list of the world’s top stargazing spots (you’ll find it on roughguides.com).

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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – August 20, 2017 at 12:03AM

The Rough Guide to Greece on location 🏛 Thanks for sharing @gabrieltnoronha

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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – August 19, 2017 at 03:07AM

One of the many stunning views from the Oslo–Bergen railway. Thanks @keithruffles for sharing this gorgeous shot. Tag your pics #rgphoto and we’ll #regram our favourites.

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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – August 18, 2017 at 04:06AM

One of the most memorable experiences for travellers in India is the opportunity to take a boat journey on the backwaters of Kerala. The area known as Kuttanad stretches for 75km from Kollam in the south to Kochi in the north, sandwiched between the sea and the hills. This bewildering labyrinth of shimmering waterways, composed of lakes, canals, rivers and rivulets, is lined with dense tropical greenery and preserves rural Keralan lifestyles that are completely hidden from the road.

The backwaters of Kerala are on of our authors things not to miss in India.

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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – August 17, 2017 at 12:09AM

Described by Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore as “a teardrop on the face of eternity”, the Taj Mahal is undoubtedly the zenith of Mughal architecture. Volumes have been written on its perfection, and its image adorns countless glossy brochures and guidebooks; nonetheless, the reality never fails to overwhelm all who see it, and few words can do it justice.

Unsurprisingly, the Taj Mahal is on our authors’ list of things not to miss in India.

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Rough Guides: Travel Destinations, Adventure Ideas and Vacation Inspiration – August 16, 2017 at 06:16AM

Theyyem (or theyyam) – the dramatic spirit-possession ceremonies held at village shrines throughout the northern Malabar region in the winter – rank among Kerala’s most extraordinary spectacles. More than four hundred different manifestations of this arcane ritual exist in the area around Kannur alone, each with its own distinctive costumes, elaborate jewellery, body paints, face make-up and, above all, gigantic headdresses (mudi). Unlike in kathakali and kudiyattam, where actors impersonate goddesses or gods, here the performers actually become the deity being invoked, acquiring their magical powers.

This week, we’re sharing some of our Rough Guide to India authors’ top things to experience in the country.

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