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jun 17 2015

15 Dances to Learn Around the World

hula girl dancing at a luau oahu hawaii

Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to learn the hula in Hawaii!

(Courtesy Ray_from_LA/Flickr)

This article was written by the Viator Travel Team on behalf of Viator.com.

Great art isn’t always found in museums. Dance varies from place to place, yet remains a constant way for people to express themselves. Whether performed in a grand theater or on a street corner, dance can be emotional, tell tales, or be a way to celebrate. Whatever the reason or venue, the rhythm is out to get you. Grab your passport and take on a calorie burning challenge with these dances to watch and learn around the world.

Samba in Brazil

may 01 2015

You've Gotta See This Cool Hyperlapse Video of Ko Samet, Thailand

Fishing in Ko Samet

Fishing in Ko Samet, Thailand.

(Courtesy kboaz/myBudgetTravel)

Ride along with us on the back of a Thai taxi! Photographer Quint Smith shot the hyperlapse video below in Ko Samet at the tail end of his recent trip to Thailand.

Underneath the video, Smith details how he got the shot and what it's like to visit Ko Samet:

apr 26 2015

Our Thoughts and Prayers Are With the People of Nepal

Nepal's mountains are prone to significant seismic activity such as the deadly April 25 earthquake. Budget Travel extends its sympathy to the people of the region and offers guidance on making donations to relief efforts.

(Lonely Planet)

Budget Travel extends its sympathies to the people of Nepal in the wake of the devastating earthquake that struck the nation on Saturday April 25 near Kathmandu, killing thousands and injuring thousands more. News agencies are reporting that northern India, Tibet, and Bangladesh were also affected by the magnitude 7.8 quake. Google has set up a People Finder Tool to help in finding those missing in the disaster.

apr 09 2015

Make Thai Coconut Ice Cream at Home!

Thai coconut ice cream
(Courtesy AsiaRooms.com)

Suffering from coconut ice-cream withdrawal symptoms post-Thailand trip? Here at AsiaRooms.com, we understand that feeling completely. Desperate for a fix? Try this super-simple homemade coconut ice cream recipe and enjoy the tastes of Bangkok right in the comfort of your home.

apr 01 2015

Gotcha! This Year's Best Travel-Themed April Fools' Jokes (With Videos!)

We'd be freaked out by a suddenly lively wax figure too!

(Courtesy Madame Tussauds)

As soon as we woke up this morning, we checked our news feed for the travel industry's best April Fools' Day jokes. And, hoo, boy, were there some doozies. We're still smiling about these pranks.

Madame Tussauds Terrifies Kids as Blue Man Group Springs to Life

Yikes! Visitors to Madame Tussauds wax museum in Las Vegas were shocked when the Blue Man Group mannequins (not mannequins at all) moved. It may have been the the curious children who ended up taking the brunt of the joke. Watch below!

mar 25 2015

So Cute! Baby Elephant Takes a Bath in Thailand—We Can't Stop Watching This Video!

You can play with baby elephants like this one at non-profit org ElephantStay.

(Simon Irwin/Lonely Planet)

At elephant-conservation organization ElephantStay in Ayutthaya, Thailand, a Danish visitor had an extremely interactive encounter with an adorable baby elephant named Double Trouble who loved being hosed off and taking a dunk (or five) in his miniature bathtub.

feb 18 2015

Eat Like a Local in Vietnam

Learn the insider secrets of affordable Vietnamse cuisine from a pair of world travelers who love sharing the locals-only lowdown.

(Lonely Planet)

Danika Garlotta and her husband Chris are traveling around the world and sharing their experiences at nodestinations.com.

Vietnamese food is without a doubt, one of my favorite cuisines. My husband Chris and I love its creative ingredients, and that mix of sweet, sour and spicy flavors! Although we were excited to visit Vietnam in general, we were more excited to taste everything and eat our way through the various cities we were visiting like Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An, and Saigon.

jan 28 2015

Off-The-Beaten-Path Singapore

Book Shop in Singapore

Stop by Littered With Books, just one of a small but delightful collection of independent bookstores in Singapore.

(Courtesy AsiaRooms.com)

If you're planning a trip to Singapore and would like to see the city-state beyond its usual tourist hotspots, check out AsiaRooms.com's list of 50 alternative things to do in Singapore. Here are 10 of our favorites.

Explore an abandoned palace

dec 23 2014

Google's Top Travel Search Questions of the Year...Answered!

Airplane in the sky

Pack your bags! We'll help you make your dream trip happen.

(Courtesy ajjordan2/myBudgetTravel)

You've got questions? We've got answers! Google crunched its data from the past year and unearthed the top 10 travel search terms for their annual Year in Search analysis. One huge takeaway from the roundup: Travelers want to know how they can travel more—and do it on the cheap. We'll do a New Year's toast to that!

dec 17 2014

Hot Stuff! Spice Up Your Food With This Cool New Keychain You Can Take Anywhere

Sriracha2Go in NYC

Grab a snack from a food truck in a brand-new city, and boom: Sriracha2Go is right there for you.

(Sriracha2Go)

Sriracha, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways:

1. The spicy condiment's core ingredients are simple, but the kick is big. Wildly popular Sriracha manufacturer Huy Fong Foods, Inc., grinds sun-ripened red jalepeño chili peppers and garlic into a paste. Voilà: Sriracha!

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