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6 Under-the-Radar Hidden Gems of Japan Most visitors to Japan, straight out go to cities like Tokyo, Kyoto or Osaka, all of which are considered prime tourist hotspots. Locations like Himeji Castle, Tokyo Imperial Palace and, of course, Mount Fuji are usually at the very top of the list. However, why restrict yourself to these common tourist destinations when you can get so much more out of your tour. With that in mind and without further ado, here are top six under-the-radar hidden gems of Japan. Otagi Nenbutsu-ji History lovers are...

Foodlovers, have you ever visited Ubud Bali, Indonesia? Not yet? Wow, where have you been? Just kidding! Bali is well known as the beautiful place and island. You can visit Bali anytime and you will never feel bored. Some people comments about Bali: where every day is a holiday. You can find anything from the top to toe. Bali is a lovable island that still keeps their tradition well and they want to show to the tourism that Bali is unique and culture very well. That is the reason why people in Bali always wear their traditional clothes...

Words: Len Rutledge  Images: Phensri Rutledge Three Irish missionary monks visited Würzburg in A.D. 686 to Christianize the local ‘barbarians’. The inhospitable locals beheaded them. Fortunately, we find the citizens are much friendlier today, and we also discover there are many things to do, great places to see, and excellent wine and food to enjoy. Würzburg, at the northern end of Germany’s Romantic Road, has much history, culture, rich cuisine, religious landmarks, and idyllic scenery. It is a great place to visit and the bonus...

Words: Len Rutledge   Pictures: Phensri Rutledge Many travellers are finding themselves in Dubai as it emerges as a major airport hub for flights between Asia, Europe and Africa. Most continue on their journey without stopping but in doing so they miss out on one of the highlights of the region. Dubai is both a city and one of seven emirates that make up the country of United Arab Emirates. Dubai City in recent years has developed into a global metropolis and a great cultural experience for most visitors. The city has attracted world...

Words: Len Rutledge   Images: Phensri Rutledge Narrow cobblestone streets, cute little squares with spraying fountains and huge trees, enormous Spanish-built forts and restaurants serving spicy Mexican and Cuban fare are not normal in most North American cities. But then little about San Juan, Puerto Rico is normal. It is far from what we expected. My scant knowledge of Puerto Rico was strongly influenced by the musical ‘West Side Story” where white and Puerto Rican gangs battle for the streets of a section of New York. Central...

It’s safe to say the world has been struck by avocado fever. Over the past five years, there has been a 405% increase in the number of online searches for ‘avocado on toast’ around the world. If you’re wondering how to order the nations favourite dish ‘Avocado on toast’ look no further, Canvas Holidays compiled the ultimate guide to ordering it in 27 different languages as well as 5 fictional dialects. Dorthaki (Game of Thrones)  – “Fichat anna havon zhavvorsa sovi”  Elvish – (Lord of the Rings)...

The Best Travel Destinations for 2018 Len Rutledge The travel and tourism industry is booming as more and more people take advantage of low airfares and increased opportunities to see new places. While there has been some resistance to increased visitor numbers in some European destinations, much of the world is still welcoming visitors with open arms. Here are some suggestions for places to travel and activities to experience in 2018. The Philippines Brilliant green rice fields, teeming cities, colourful jeepneys, stunning beaches, and...

10 Reasons Why You Need to Visit Dubai Right Now One of the most iconic and exotic cities in the world, Dubai is a city of wonder. You will understand the true meaning of development after taking a look at Dubai in the 80s and 90s. There is a lot more to the city than just skyscrapers and 5-star hotels. Whether you are a tourist or a businessman, you will find plenty of accommodation in the numerous apartments in Dubai. What was initially a desert backwater, is now a tourist hotspot. Here are 10 reasons why you need to visit Dubai right...

The Bizarre & Amusing Translations of Place Names Around The World It’s fair to say that we don’t always put a lot of thought into the names of places we visit. In fact, unless they are in the English language, we just take them as read. This point is widely proven across the USA and the UK, where we all enjoy poking fun at some of the truly ridiculously named villages, towns and cities across both nations. Ridiculous Place Names Just take a look at this very enjoyable article from The Telegraph which lists 10 of the silliest place...

No matter where you head for your next holiday, you can be sure there will be no issues communicating with locals. This is because a lot of countries around the world speak English. In fact, according to Wikipedia, English is the third largest language by number of native speakers in the world. If you take into account non-native speakers, it becomes the second largest. This is obviously very helpful, especially if you’re travelling to countries very different to where you call home. However, it of course, means that you are very unlikely...