Saturday, March 13, 2010



Yangon, Burma, by Colegota

Imagine you go back to some famous town and find it has become too touristy and a trifle boring.

Even Venice, with its canals, Canalettos and carnival, can lose some of its appeal due to crowds

Travel writer Alain de Botton writes: "I am supposedly an educated person but I candidly admit that all the treasures of the Graeco-Roman galleries of the Louvre are less interesting than the idea of lunch at Café Marly in the east wing of the museum." (Canals, Canalettos, carnival - and crowds)


So, where might be better than Venice or the Louvre or lunch at Cafe Marly?

1. Burma (Should tourists return to Burma? - The Guardian)

2. Eritrea

3. West Java

In Bogor, there are many traffic free walks by the side of rivers and canals. (Bogor travel guide - Wikitravel)

One is reminded of Venice in earlier days.

One is likely to encounter colourful little houses and gardens, children flying kites, people bathing, vendors of snacks and spectacular views of Mount Salak.

On the edge of Bogor one can walk beside rice fields and fruit orchards and meet some of the friendliest people in the world.

Monday, March 01, 2010



Prices continue to decrease for long-haul destinations. (Luxurious holidays for British)

UK travel firm Hayes & Jarvis say holiday bookings for locations such as Thailand, Dubai and Egypt have increased, as five-star resorts offer more discounts and lower prices.

Niel Alobaidi, Commercial Director for Hayes & Jarvis said: "2010 could be the year when a long haul holiday can finally prove cheaper than a European trip."

The Post Office’s Travel Money Monitor reported January currency purchases up 45% for Thai baht, 23% for UAE Dirham and 17% for the Egyptian pound.

Thailand has seen the biggest growth and sales have increased 70% year-on-year.

West Java.

Egypt is the most popular destination for 2010, according to, Thomson, First Choice and (Boom in long-haul holidays as Brits look abroad)

Turkey and Morocco are both in the top five destinations at and Thomson.

Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Bolivia and Peru are all among the most popular holiday searches, according to online travel provider Expedia.

Spain is no longer 'foreign enough' or cheap enough for many tourists.