Aug 29, 2015

Galway voted world's friendliest city - Nos. 3 and 4 aren't bad either

Morning view of Galway's docks.

Remarkably, Dublin placed third and Cork fourth in the same poll.
The three Irish cities dominate the prestigious, New York-based magazine's list of destinations "that know how to charm".
The World's 10 Friendliest Cities
  1. Galway
  2. Charleston, South Carolina
  3. Dublin
  4. Cork
  5. Siem Reap, Cambodia
  6. Auckland, New Zealand
  7. Melbourne, Australia
  8. Sydney, Australia
  9. Edinburgh, Scotland
  10. Savannagh, Georgia
“The hospitality and the humor of Ireland’s people makes it a perfect destination,” one Travel + Leisure reader said.
Another claimed Galway was home to the “friendliest people [they had] ever met.”
"Galway won readers’ hearts with its festive nature, lively population, and musicality," according to the magazine.
"Fiddlers and banjo-players, flautists and whistlers bang out traditional Irish reels on pedestrian streets and in all the pubs. And no wonder! It’s known countrywide (and beyond) as the 'most Irish' city.”
Of Ireland's capital, the magazine had the following to say:
“The people of Dublin’s confident, cosmopolitan, and gregarious nature is best experienced at the din the new  Hipster Triangle, where creative locals indulge in “only-in-Ireland” ice cream flavors at Murphy’s (think toasted Irish oats and brown bread made with milk from Kerry cows) and dig in to Jo’Burger.
"Here, picnic tables fill up during lunch hour with jars of house-made, grown-up lemonade and Charolais burgers.”
Last week, Dublin was voted the world's second-friendliest by readers of another US travel bible, Conde Nast Traveler.
In Cork, "verdant hills bloom with wildflowers, rivers run through ruins, and courteous locals welcome visitors with open arms," Travel + Leisure reports.
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, welcomed the news.
"Again and again, our research shows us that the friendliness of our people is one of our unique selling points.
"It is the warm welcome and the ‘craic’ here that resonates with our overseas visitors and makes our cities, and the island of Ireland, such a great choice for a short break or holiday," he added.
Read the full Travel + Leisure list here.

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Aug 28, 2015

The Philippines is a paradise home to more than 7000 islands

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Wow, just wow. Picture: Ren Juo Source: Flickr

FROM lush, thick jungle to dramatic mountain ranges and glistening white sand beaches, the Philippines is home to more than 7000 idyllic islands, waiting to be explored.
But how does one choose their little slice of paradise? We’ve picked nine of our favourite islands in the Philippines so you don’t have to.
1. Kick back on the powder white sand of Boracay
This once secluded island has quickly become a tourist hotspot. Aptly named White Beach, there’s a mix of accommodation options — from budget-friendly bungalows to luxe 5-star resorts.
And don’t forget Willy’s Rock.

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Willy's rock at Boracay. Source: Getty Images
2. Hunt for lost treasure in the caves of Caramoan
Wander between incredible stalactite formations at Caramoan National Park before heading to Manipis Cave — believed to be the hiding place of General Yamashita’s treasure.
3. Kayak through the limestone formations at El Nido, Palawan
Joining the likes of Ha Long Bay in Vietnam and Krabi in Thailand, the lesser-known Bacuit Archipelago is perhaps even more breathtaking — 45 limestone karst cliffs punctuated with secluded lagoons and coves.

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El Nido, Palawan. Source: Getty Images

4. Catch a break at Siargao
Thrillseekers head to Cloud 9 beach, where waves average 2 metres from October till March. This challenging right hand break is not for the faint-hearted

5. Take in 360-degree views of the Chocolate Hills, Bohol
More than 1000 grass-covered hills shaped like Hershey’s kisses cover land as far as the eye can see. It makes for an extraordinary photograph, to say the least.  
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Chocolate Hills is impressive. Source: Getty Images
6. Befriend wild sea turtles at Apo Reef, Mindoro
This stunning spot is an absolute diver’s paradise. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped — or, swum — back a few millennia when you find yourself alongside the ancient, and ever-beautiful, sea turtles.
7. Dive through Japanese ship wrecks at Coron Bay
Divers head here to see the WWII Japanese supply fleet that were sunk during the US air strike in September 1944. The vessels remain some of the best dive sites in the Philippines.
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Diving at Coron Bay. Picture: David Spencer Source: Flickr
8. Escape to the Ardent Hot Springs, Camiguin Island
There are few things more invigorating than a dip in hot springs, and after an adventure-packed holiday through the Philippines, recharging in this world-famous spot is a must.
9. Trek through the rolling hills of Batanes
You won’t be the first to draw comparisons between the sprawling scenery of Batanes and New Zealand’s sweeping views. With canyons, cliffs, unique geological formations and endless views of the sea, you’ll find yourself falling in love everywhere you look.
Batanes. Picture: Roger Alcantara
Batanes. Picture: Roger Alcantara Source: Flickr
For beach escapes and more, head to Travel Insider.
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Just hanging out. Picture: Jeff Tollefson Source: Flickr
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Fun in the sun in Boracay. Picture: MrLoFi Source: Flickr
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Cool caves. Picture: Oh My Boracay Source: Flickr
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Meal with a view. Picture: Jeff Tollesfon Source: Flickr
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