Japanese Matsuri and the Traditional Sounds of Summer

For centuries, this has been a season for people to come together and dance to pounding rhythms and hypnotic melodies at summer matsuri (festivals).. Rooted in the traditions of Obon, when people honor the spirits of their…

The families ditching traditional vacations for home swapping

Many frugal holiday makers have been doing it for years to save on accommodation costs while enjoying a different type of vacation experience However, the ongoing travel restrictions and uncertainty brought about by the pandemic…

Top 10 most spectacular rooftop pools in the world

Top 10 most spectacular rooftop pools in the world One thing that can make a hotel stand out among its competitors is a spectacular rooftop swimming pool.. Indeed, there nothing quite like the feeling of taking a dip in a…

Exploring Ilha de Paquetá in Rio de Janeiro’s Guanabara Bay

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Continually ranking in the list of top ten South American cities, Rio de Janeiro is a heaving metropolis of sun-drenched sands, lively samba bars and rich colonial history.. When quiet rest and relaxation…

Am I allowed to travel to amber and red countries?

British holidaymakers have been left confused by the government advice after international leisure travel became legal again on 17 May.. Foreign travel has opened up in England under a traffic light system, with countries…

Resumption of flights from Brazil to reactivate tourism in the Mexican Caribbean

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – LATAM Airlines’ resumption of flights from São Paulo to Cancun in June will reactivate tourism in the Mexican Caribbean in yet another sign of improved projections for the rest of the year.”This is great news for the hotel sector in Quintana Roo in general and Cancun in particular,” said Javier Monje, RIU’s head of sales…

Airlines flying to Brazil amid pandemic

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Several airlines have shut down international flights to Brazil because of the coronavirus pandemic and travel restrictions imposed by several countries. However, most airlines are currently operating connections from cities abroad, mainly to São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.The international routes still in operation are being…

Rio de Janeiro is in the Olympics spotlight – here’s how to dive right in

The Zika virus, presidential impeachment, pollution — Brazil has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. But when the Olympic flame at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium is lit at the opening ceremony, all that will be forgotten.Ravishing Rio: The iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer presides over the cityRio and its many Olympic venues…

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