COUNTRY: UKRAINE

Pearl of the Black Sea

Ukraine is Europe’s largest country, and thanks to its size, its diversity is largely undiscovered. One of Europe’s last travel frontiers, it’s a nation rich in colourful tradition combined with surprising cities and outdoor offerings. Its diverse landscape encompasses the mountainous Carpathians where mountain biking and hiking are key activities,…

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Snapshot: Phoenix Travel

Some of the worst war-torn regions of the 20th century have made miraculous recoveries, transforming from places of carnage and decimation to hubs for exploration and adventure. SERBIA Since gaining independence in 2006, Serbia has been famous for its hospitality. Belgrade is a party destination, while in winter the mountain…

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Of Contradictions and Contrast

I know it is a travel cliché. I know. Out of every ten destination introductions, literally half of them contain the phrase “city of contrasts”. A common descriptor. An overused marketing ploy? Maybe.      A quick Google search will bring up many, many cities supposedly fitting of the “city of…

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The Conundrum of Dark Tourism

Morbid, ghastly and dismal. Death is in the air. I felt distinctively uneasy as I was touring the Cu Chi tunnels. An extensive network of connecting tunnels, they were the Viet Cong’s hiding point and their base of operations during the Vietnam War. Booby traps and needle pits, which fatally…

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