Just the Tips: Vancouver

Locally — and lovingly — it’s known as Lotusland. It’s the gateway to Whistler, and the crown jewel of British Columbia. It’s also where we wrap up our Canada: The Rockies and Vancouver tour, just in time for Pride. To help you relish your time there, we’ve put together a debrief regarding the west-coast wonder. Continue reading “Just the Tips: Vancouver”

Just the Tips: Jaipur

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You already know India is more than the Taj Mahal and butter chicken.  But you may not be sure where to experience India at it’s finest. Our recommendation? Jaipur!

To this day, Jaipur is known as The Pink City, thanks to a fresh coat of paint the whole metropolis received before King Edward VII visited in 1876. Over 100 years later, the city still retains its rosy glow.
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Just the Tips: Cusco

Cusco
Cusco isn’t just the beating heart of Peru, it’s also the undisputed cultural coronary of South America. For centuries, the city acted as the capital of the Incan empire before the Spanish arrived and claimed it as their own.

Today, Cusco is a UNESCO World Heritage site attracting just short of two million visitors annually, many of whom are en route to world famous Machu Picchu. While most people only use Cusco as a jumping point to reach the famed ruins, we recommend allowing two days to navigate the cobblestone streets and illogical alleyways of this historic city.

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Just the Tips: Ljubljana

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The Three Bridges by Jože Plečnik in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Photo courtesy of slovenia.info and Nea Culpa d.o.o.

Out Adventures’ fearless leader Rob first fell for Ljubljana when he visited Slovenia last May. He’d heard rumours about the country’s rising popularity and wanted to visit it himself, checking off all the major attractions from the Dalmatian Coast to Lake Bled and of course Ljubljana.

Between excursions he’d shoot us lovingly long-winded messages about the pristine river running through the city, the 13th century castle at its heart, the car-free city-centre and the country’s cuisine (“…the *expletive* best I’ve ever had!”).

After returning to Canada, Rob launched Out Adventures’ Sensational Slovenia tour for August 2017. The event was a hit and immediately renewed for this coming July.

Below you’ll find Rob’s top tips to get the most out of Ljubljana. Continue reading “Just the Tips: Ljubljana”

Just the Tips: Luang Prabang

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Where the majority of Southeast Asia has become a bustling tourist mecca, Laos has maintained a quiet – and dare we say more traditional – way of life.

Your best bet to experience the Laos lifestyle is in the Northern suburb, Luang Prabang, where buses and noisy cars are forbidden, monks still participate in the daily ritual of Alms Giving, and the city has implemented a strict midnight curfew.

Here’s our Just the Tips to best enjoy the calming culture of Luang Prabang.

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Just the Tips: Colombo

Colombo
Out Adventures’ Sri Lanka Serendipity tour ends in the country’s capital, Colombo. The city boasts nifty neighbourhoods, superb sites and renowned restaurants.

Scroll through our tips on how to best experience what was once coined the Garden City of the East.

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Just the Tips: Kathmandu

Kathmandu

To get at the beating heart of Kathmandu, we love getting lost in Old City’s alleyways and discovering unexpected temples, secret gardens and markets. Or we’ll rickshaw over to the backpacker district of Thamel to trade stories with trekkers and climbers, many of whom are just back from conquering Everest.

Unfortunately, Kathmandu was devastated by the 2015 Nepal earthquake. Consequently, the historic sites we’d normally recommend are still being reconstructed.

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