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  • Indians welcome Holi festival in riot of colour

    March 7, 2015 12:41 AM 60

    Holi heralds the end of winter and the victory of good over evil. – AFP pic, March 7, 2015.Millions across India welcomed spring with their annual "festival of colours" on Friday, celebrating by covering each other in water and dazzling paint. The ancient Hindu festival of Holi, which heralds the end of winter and the victory of good over evil, is marked

  • How independent women are shaping the travel industry

    March 7, 2015 12:26 AM 83

    About one in four women have travelled solo, according to a new poll. – AFP/Relaxnews pic, March 7, 2015.Released just in time for International Women’s Day, the results of a new international survey show that solo female travel is a robust market, with nearly three-quarters of respondents saying they that either plan to travel alone this year, or have already

  • New York airport alarm reveals stowaway dog in checked luggage

    March 6, 2015 11:24 PM 63

    Gun? Hand grenade? No, it’s a Chihuahua! US airport authorities found a stowaway dog in the luggage of an American Airlines passenger. – AFP/Relaxnews pic, March 7, 2015.US security agents searching a checked suitcase after an alarm went off at New York's LaGuardia Airport expected the usual contraband – guns, knives or a hand grenade – but instead found

  • Conan O’Brien takes talk show to Cuba for cigars, rum and rumba

    March 6, 2015 3:24 AM 52

    Comedian Conan O’Brien took US viewers to Cuba in a special episode that explored the streets of Havana and gave the celebrity bragging rights to becoming the first US talk show host to broadcast from the country in more than 50 years. Following America’s historic move to normalise relations and lift a trade embargo with Cuba, the Caribbean destination

  • Lonely Planet, Bose and Samsonite among top travel brands

    March 6, 2015 3:13 AM 76

    Lonely Planet is the favourite guidebook brand for TripAdvisor users. — AFP pic, March 6, 2015.Can’t decide on which travel guide to take with you on your trip to Thailand? Or which brand of camera to buy for your backpacking trip across Europe? The results of a new TripAdvisor survey could help narrow down the shopping list, with globetrotters naming

  • Japanese ‘pear fairy’ Funassyi plots world domination

    March 5, 2015 7:07 AM 67

    Pear fairy ‘Funassyi’, the unofficial mascot of Funabashi City, a suburban city of Tokyo, appears at the Foreign Correspondents' Club in Tokyo on March 5, 2015. – AFP pic, March 5, 2015.From the country that brought you Godzilla, Hello Kitty and Pokemon, comes a hyperactive "pear fairy" with a love for heavy metal that has taken Japan by storm – and now plans

  • How and where you can voluntarily check into a digital detox vacation

    March 5, 2015 4:41 AM 56

    Digital detox vacations are becoming increasingly popular for addicts who need unplugging. — AFP pic, March 5, 2015.In a sign of the times, digital detox vacations are growing increasingly popular among travellers who are recognising the need to unplug and reconnect with the world offline but may need some help to cut off the ties. In the US this week, a band of digital

  • Seoul priciest city for food, Singapore most expensive for living

    March 5, 2015 12:04 AM 55

    Commuters boarding a crowded train at the subway station in Singapore. Transportation costs in Singapore are nearly three times more expensive than New York. – AFP/Relaxnews pic, March 5, 2015.Asian, Western European and Australian cities dominated the latest survey ranking the most expensive cities in the world, with Singapore topping the list for the second

  • Islamic destination for Muslim tourists

    March 4, 2015 9:08 AM 45

    Singapore has topped a survey ranking the top non-Islamic destinations for Muslim tourists. – AFPRelaxnews pic, March 4, 2015.Halal has never looked so good for Singapore. A survey ranked the Asian country as the top non-Islamic destination for Muslim tourists, weeks after official data showed overall visitor numbers fell last year for the first time since

  • Car-choked Yangon aims to ride the rails to transport revolution

    March 4, 2015 8:42 AM 37

    Published: 4 March 2015 4:42 PM Commuters riding on a train as it approaches a station in Yangon. — AFP pic, March 4, 2015.​Trains chug around Yangon's circular railway at a stately pace barely faster than a brisk walk, but this creaking relic of colonial times is at the heart of plans for a public transport revolution in the traffic-choked metropolis