Tag Archive for ‘destinations’

Creation of Destinations of the World News magazine

Destinations of the World News was conceptionalised by Andy for publishing company WNN Limited in Dubai. As senior editor for eight years he oversaw all editorial, design, photography and recruitment of staff. It is now the leading monthly consumer travel magazine in the Gulf supported by a strong online presence. Double click to enlarge any […]

New Inca gold

The last time I took an expensive ‘luxury’ coach in Peru the ticket allocation was strict (only three to a seat); the in-bus refreshment was unlimited (whatever you could grab through broken windows) and the coach engineering miraculous (the brakes pre-dated the Incas). How things have changed. Last month my US$15, three-hour coach trip out […]

Top ten luxury travel trends set to redefine your world

Poor old luxury. If there was ever a word that’s been battered and bruised over recent years, it’s luxury. Wrapped around anything and everything, argued over by everyone and stretched so thin and far that its little syllables have nearly popped, luxury has almost forgotten what it set out to do in the first place. […]

The more the ice melts, the hotter Greenland gets as a destination

Greenland is a massive country with huge potential and it has just taken two giant steps towards an exciting new future. First up, its electorate of just 39,000 last month voted into power the left-wing People’s Solidarity Party after throwing out the Social Democrats who had governed the world’s biggest island for 30 years. Then, […]

Antarctica’s march of the tourists

Antarctica may be the world’s final frontier, but that hasn’t stopped tourism growing at a phenomenal rate on its astonishing frozen wastes. As you would imagine the figures are a fraction of those of other exotic destinations, however unlike any other continent in the world, visitor numbers to Antarctica have more than tripled in just […]

Super safaris and the call of the wild

Africa “It’s a place full of extraordinary experiences,” IFA’s Kevin Wash tells Living à la carte. “It’s a place where I have seen a young giraffe fight an older giraffe for hours, head-butting each other bizarrely, until they just stopped due to exhaustion. I once watched an eagle swoop down to a lake and scoop […]

Arctic tourism and voyages to the top of the world

The Arctic has got to be one of the most fashionable destinations in the world. Any style magazine worth its weight in off-the-beaten path travel features is featuring the region as this year’s must-see. Adding further impetus to Artic travel are numerous documentaries, websites, pressure groups, photographers and journalists all charting the slow meltdown of […]

How to brand a country to achieve national pride

For many people in the travel trade branding is just a buzzword that bounces around jargon-jammed marketing meetings and looks good in PR reports. Yes, attractive fonts, websites and logos are all very well and good and flashy marketing looks great in expensive advertising campaigns, but really branding is about setting a clear direction, making […]

Fancy a holiday in Iraq?

Retired London archaeologist Bridget Jones is looking through souvenirs at Baghdad market. “Very hard to find decent postcards,” she laughs. “No tourists you see.” Captured on YouTube footage, Jones is enjoying a package tour of Iraq. She has dreamed of touring the country since she was seven. Listing Babylon and the Marsh Arabs as her […]

Journey to the broken heart of Rwanda

So I’m in the technical school in the Rwandan town of Gikongoro where at least 50,000 people were massacred in 1994. My guide tells me that at the time, the local council and radio stations had told neighbouring Tutsis they would be safe from the Hutu militia if they took refuge in the school buildings. They weren’t. After waiting two weeks for water and food to run out, the militia attacked, killing everyone with grenades, machine guns, machetes and clubs.