Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Haka record goes international

THE world's biggest haka in Rotorua, organised as part of the nationwide festival of events for the DHL New Zealand Lions Series tour attracted extensive international media attention and was a huge hit with travelling fans.

More than 7,500 locals and Lions supporters gathered on Rotorua’s village green, chanting Ka mate, Ka mate, smashing the current world record set in France.*

Working with the International Rugby Club who masterminded the event as part of #Rugby 2017 Festival, Tourism #NewZealand funded drone footage and a video of the extraordinary event which then went out to international media.


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Nordic Cuisine New Culinary Tours in Sweden

WITH Nordic cuisine still trailblazing around the world, now is the time to discover Sweden’s iconic food on home turf. With a whole host of new foodie experiences on offer this summer, from seaweed foraging and open fire cooking through to new culinary cycle tours and quirky bar and restaurant launches, #Sweden has plenty to keep even the most avid food fanatic entertained.

New seaweed foraging and cooking class on the west coast

Catxalot, a seaweed producer from Grebbestad in West Sweden that supplies many of Sweden’s top restaurants, has launched a new seaweed foraging and cooking workshop. Food fans are taken down to the seashore to learn which seaweeds are good to eat, where to find them, why they’re so good for you and how to cook them. After foraging for seaweed, oysters and mussels, the group cooks dinner together from the produce they found. The seven-hour class costs SEK 1,450 (£129) per person. This is one of several classes and events that Catxalot organises throughout the year. www.catxalot.se/en-GB

Get back to nature with a forest yurt stay and open fire cooking
At Nyrups Natur Hotell in Höör in Skåne the focus is on enjoying the peace and beauty of nature – right down to the food. Accommodation is in yurts amongst a beech forest, and everything is cooked outdoors over open fires. The hotel owners provide guests with quality local, seasonal ingredients and easy to follow recipes, enabling them to work with the fire and prepare a delicious meal with flavours of the forest. An overnight stay starts from SEK 495 (£44) per person and ingredients for cooking meals over the fire start from SEK 125 (£11) per person. The hotel is reached via a 35 minute drive from Malmo followed by a one kilometre walk through the forest.

Food and farming at Lindegren’s Nordic Viking pig farm

One farm on the Bjäre Peninsula is offering a hands-on farming and culinary experience, centred around its herd of rare breed Linderöds pigs - an ancient, native breed that has been part of the Skåne way of life since before the Viking era. Over two days, guests will gain an insight into raising the animals, processing the meat and modern Nordic cooking. With the help of some of the region’s best chefs and using herbs and vegetables harvested from the farm as well as the pork, guests will prepare meals in the traditional way over an open fire. Available on 18-19 June, 27-28 August and 13-14 September 2017, the trip costs SEK 6,250 (£554) per person and includes all meals, accommodation, guide and clothes needed for working with the animals. www.lindegrens.se

Become a winemaker for the day

As the southernmost region of Sweden, Skåne is gaining quite a reputation for its wines, with leading experts tipping it as the place to watch. Discover why on a day experiencing the life of a Swedish winemaker at the small-scale vineyard of Frillestad. After an explanation of wine growing and its various practical tasks, visitors are able to put this knowledge in to practice, with tasks such as cleaning grapes, pruning, topping the vines or measuring the sugar content of the grapes. Over a light lunch, would-be-winemakers will enjoy a wine tasting and then visit the winery to discover how the wines are made. Lasting around four hours, this experience costs SEK 600 (£53) per person. www.frillestad.com


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Holiday Planning Causes Stress

SO with the summer holidays approaching, relaxing times await - or so you would think. According to momondo’s international travel survey, the summer holiday is not a completely relaxing event for Brits, with 30% finding holiday planning to be a stressful ordeal.

Naturally, there are a lot of factors to consider when planning the summer holidays: from calculating the budget and deciding upon the destination, to finding the right flight and hotel, and then eventually packing for the holiday itself. Whilst travel should be a rewarding and relaxing escape from everyday life, it is always beneficial to consider a few tips and tricks to better overcome the planning of this years’ summer holiday.

1. Do your homework and plan ahead

2. Make a luggage checklist

3. Avoid last minute airport arrival

4. Less is more

5. Unplug your mobile devices


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Tuesday, 27 June 2017

The Peak of Peru

FLASH Pack, the solo travel adventure specialist, offers a 12–day tour of #Peru with local Flash Pack guide & driver throughout the tour, two domestic flights to Maldonado & Cuzco, private minibus, Amazonian riverboats, mountain bikes and airport pickup.

The tour starts with exploring the rich culture of Peru’s capital before heading into the jungle on a typical Amazonian boat and trekking the epic habitat bursting with wildlife. 

Cruise down the Madre de Dios river on a night time boat through the jungle. Stroll the charming streets of Cuzco and admire the Inca heritage and artwork. Hike the kaleidoscopic Rainbow Mountain and sleep at a cosy base camp beneath the stars. Discover a lost city at Machu Picchu, a true bucket list destination. Mountain bike through the highlands of Sacred Valley and enjoy tasty Latin American cuisine washed down with potent Pisco sours.

From £2,299 per person: 11 nights’ twin-shared accommodation, including 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 4 dinners.


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Discover Prague In A Different Way




THE project Prague Unknown shows #Prague as a city of various faces and undiscovered alleys. It offers guided tours off the beaten tracks, walks through narrow paths and abandoned pasageways. Thanks to Prague Unkown you can visit places most people haven’t heard of and discover Prague in a different way. Prague Unkown can also take you to districts with connection to the old industrial architecture and many more unusual places.

One of the specialties is a walk through the picturesque district called New World near the Prague Castle, which tourists usually don’t visit and most of Prague inhabitants haven't heard of. Prague Unkown team calls it a Prague Montmartre, simply because it is where all kind of interesting artists, such as graphic designers, photographers, painters, animators and many more reside in tiny houses. No wonder there are many unique buildings such as the only log house in the heart of Prague.

Another tour offers a look at a Czech rarity – cubism in architecture! You may know this style from different fields such as painting or scuplture, its connection with architecture is a Czech thing worth looking at because houses designed in cubism manner are not to be found anywhere else in the world.

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Cheapflights UK Travel Awards Celebrate Best In UK Travel

THE UK travellers’ favourite airlines, airports, travel brands and destinations were honoured at the inaugural Cheapflights UK Travel Awards. Winners in 20 categories were revealed at a ceremony held in central London last week, ranging from favourite airline cabin crew and airport for duty-free shopping, to best travel blog and favourite short and long-haul destinations.

Andrew Shelton, Managing Director of Cheapflights commented: “In what we can describe as turbulent times it is apparent that the UK has far from lost its appetite for travel, as we’ve seen a near 50 per cent year on year increase in users of our core flight search product, which we expect to number 25 million in 2017, more than a quarter of a million people are using our app every month and we now have over four million subscribers to our mailing list. These are exciting times for the brand and we are looking forward to working closely with new and existing partners as we grow further in 2018.”

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Monday, 26 June 2017

Hover over the Hoover Dam

GRAND Canyon Helicopters is now offering tours from its new Hoover Dam heliport.

The four brand-new tours, including a three-minute taster flight, make it easier than ever for guests to enjoy a flightseeing experience of the world-famous Hoover Dam.

From the heliport, located next to the Hoover Dam Lodge Hotel & Casino on U.S. 93, GCH flies guests closer to the dam than previously and also offers views of Lake Mead and the volcanic terrain of Black Canyon.

The new tours range from just the blink-and-it-will-be-over three-minute flight to a two-hour adventure.

Papillon.com

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