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What To See And Do In Bansko
What To See And Do In Bansko

If you are looking for an alternative European skiing destination, Bansko is the perfect place to visit. Not only is it one of Eastern Europe’s premier ski resorts, it is also a great town to explore. Bansko has a rich history, lots of traditional Bulgarian restaurants and a selection of spas to help you relax after a day on the slopes.

Bansko has something for everyone and you don’t need to be a winter sports enthusiast to enjoy your time here. The service and experiences available to you rival those of the more popular Alpine destinations. Read our guide below on how to make the most of your time visiting this delightful town.

Unspoilt Bansko

Due to the spectacular mountains of the ...

Architectural icons at Kempinski: If buildings could talk…
Architectural icons at Kempinski: If buildings could talk…

From sultans’ palaces to Art Nouveau through Bauhaus and Secession to the top of modern architecture, there is an impressive variety of architectural styles to be discovered when staying at Kempinski Hotels around the globe. Pioneers in their destination, the hotel buildings allow guests to immerse themselves in the local culture and history while experiencing a traditional sense of luxury and excellence. It is by maintaining the hotel’s identity that Kempinski strives to create in each stay a distinctive memory. While Berthold Kempinski, the famous founder of Kempinski Hotels, has left his own legacy that has now lasted 120 years, each of the 76 properties has an individual story to tell ...

Autumn Walks Around Southern Europe
Autumn Walks Around Southern Europe

If you are thinking of visiting one of the many beautiful destinations in southern Europe but you do not enjoy the hotter summer temperatures in places like Greece, Italy or Spain, autumn can be one of the best times to visit. This is a time when southern locations offer the pleasant activities of walking and hiking – something that can often be overlooked during the summer months.

To help you narrow your search for the perfect destination, here are some of the most enjoyable southern European walking routes.

Camino de Santiago

An ancient pilgrimage route to the Cathedral at Santiago and its shrine to the apostle St. James the Great, Camino de Santiago is a popular walking route ...

Into the Wild: Africa’s Best Safari Locations
Into the Wild: Africa’s Best Safari Locations

One of the most unforgettable travel experiences on Earth, safaris let travellers see the wildlife and nature only usually seen on-screen. There are a number of African countries where you can get an amazing safari experience that brings together incredible scenery with up-close encounters with wild creatures – here are some of the most exciting, and why they are worth visiting.

One of the best-known safari locations – the word comes from the Swahili word ‘to travel’, a language spoken in eastern and south-eastern Africa – Kenya features a range of outstanding safari hotspots.

Olare Orok conservancy is home of Olare Mara Kempinski Masai Mara, where you can stay in luxury tented ...

The Hungry Ghost Festival: China Remembers
The Hungry Ghost Festival: China Remembers

The Hungry Ghost Festival is one of China's oldest and most important traditions. In some ways similar to Halloween and the Day of the Dead in the west, it represents a time when the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead is at its thinnest, and the ghosts of long-dead ancestors may appear to help or hinder the living.

Festival dates

The festival falls on the 15th day of the seventh lunar month – September 5th in 2017, and August 25th in 2018. Celebrations occur all over Chinese territory, including Hong Kong and Taiwan, and regional variations are also observed in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Japan.

Origins and history

The origins of the Hungry Ghost Festival ...

Discovering Croatia's National Parks
Discovering Croatia's National Parks

Although it is often the pebbled shores and turquoise waters of the Adriatic that draws visitors to Croatia every year, the country has something even more beautiful to offer its visitors inland. Croatia is well known for its spectacular National Parks that are situated throughout the country and no visit here can be complete without a trip to at least one.

Uncover magnificent waterfalls, explore vibrant green forests and get closer to the local wildlife. With each National Park offering a unique experience, we recommend you pay a visit to more than one during your time in Croatia for this reason.

Discover Krka and Plitvice Lakes

Two of Croatia's most visited and famous National Parks, Krk

What to Do and See in Gelendzhik
What to Do and See in Gelendzhik

Situated in a natural bay on the Black Sea, Gelendzhik is a beautiful and historic Russian resort town with a range of attractions both natural and man-made. A popular summer holiday spot for Russians, Gelendzhik is home to sandy beaches, water parks, ancient monuments and lots of walking opportunities in the surrounding hills and valleys.

Gelendzhik is one of a number of towns to be developed into a spa resort during the Soviet period of Russia's history, and today it remains a charming and relaxing holiday destination for people of all ages. Explore the best of Gelendzhik here.

Beautiful Gelendzhik

Gelendzhik occupies a unique spot in a horseshoe-shaped bay on Russia's Black Sea coast ...

Honeymoon Destinations off the Beaten Track
Honeymoon Destinations off the Beaten Track

After your wedding day is over, your journey together is ready to begin. When it comes to planning your honeymoon, why not choose somewhere a little bit different and make your first trip as a married couple a truly unforgettable experience.

You will still find plenty of opportunity for romance, but there may be a hint of the unexpected too. From vibrant Masai Mara to tranquil Portorož, there are so many locations across the globe to consider. Take a look at some of these less frequented honeymoon destinations below which are simply perfect for newlyweds.

Tranquil Gozo

For couples who still want a relaxing break in the sunshine, Gozo can be your own private paradise. This breath-taking ...

Activities and Attractions in Berlin
Activities and Attractions in Berlin

Shiny and modern, yet displaying traditional grandeur at every turn; destroyed in the Second World War, yet full of sights and landmarks; Germany’s capital Berlin is a hugely interesting destination that must be explored and understood.

If you are looking for a city break destination that is filled with culture, sights and experiences, but that is also enjoyable to simply stroll through and explore away from the main tourist attractions, Berlin is the one, offering something for every type of traveller.

Cultured Berlin

Berlin certainly has a lot to offer visitors looking for a cultural escape, it is a beautifully artistic city that is home to creatives of every type. For visitors that ...

A Guide to Keeping Cool in Hotter Climates
A Guide to Keeping Cool in Hotter Climates

If you enjoy travelling across the world, you will have to get used to experiencing hot weather a lot of the time, particularly if you have mainly lived at latitudes above 40° north or 30° south, where temperatures are mild and never jump or drop to extremes.

There are lots of things you can do to improve your ability to cope with hotter climates though, allowing you to explore and enjoy the best the world has to offer, however high or low the temperature gets.


There is a reason why our bodies can’t cope with a wide variety of climates, and it’s called acclimatisation. This is a physiological response that is different to short-term reactions like sweating or shivering ...

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