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Quotes That Will Inspire The Latent Traveler Within You

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Quotes That Will Inspire The Latent Traveler Within You

There is arguably nothing more thrilling than to find yourself in a strange land where no one knows your name, to discover the paths around an unknown city on your own, to eat new food and meet new people, to have your horizons expand and your heart burst with novel ideas.

Here's a compiled list of quotes to awaken the traveler within you; perhaps one of these might be the one to finally convince you to book that flight :

 

“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”
― Robert Louis Stevenson

“The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”
― Christopher McCandless

“Every hundred feet the world changes”
― Roberto Bolano

“Now more than ever do I realize that I will never be content with a sedentary life, that I will always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.”
― Isabelle Eberhardt

“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends, but is played out over and over again in the quietest chambers. The mind can never break off from the journey.”
― Pat Conroy

“I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.”
― Mary Anne Radmacher

“Every one of a hundred thousand cities around the world had its own special sunset and it was worth going there, just once, if only to see the sun go down.”
― Ryu Murakami

“The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life.”
― Agnes Repplier

“No man is brave that has never walked a hundred miles. If you want to know the truth of who you are, walk until not a person knows your name. Travel is the great leveler, the great teacher, bitter as medicine, crueler than mirror-glass. A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet.”
― Patrick Rothfuss

“I had a desire to see something besides my own shores, if only to be content to return to them someday. If I wish to live in my native land and love her, it should not be out of ignorance.”
― Margaret George

                    

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10 Indian states that foreign tourists cannot get enough of!

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10 Indian states that foreign tourists cannot get enough of!

While there are several surveys that keep doing the rounds, the figures that really matter are the ones released by the Ministry of Tourism. According to the ministry these are the ten most popular states for foreign tourists. The ministry arrived at the data going by the number of foreign tourist arrivals in each of these states.

Here's a list of the places which attracts lots of Tourists and you may be surprised to learn which one made the top of the list :

 

10. Goa made a comeback to the top ten list just by the skin of its teeth. In 2015, Goa recorded 0.54 million foreign tourist arrivals.

9. Karnataka that finds itself sandwiched between two tourism superstar states of Kerala and Goa did a good showing as it welcomed 0.64 million tourists in 2015.

8. Bihar ranked number eight with 0.92 million foreign tourist arrivals…

7. While God’s Own Country, Kerala, saw 0.98 million foreign tourists arriving on its shores to rejuvenate themselves.

6. At number seven was Rajasthan that said ‘Khamma Ghani’ to 1.48 million foreign tourists.

5. West Bengal edged past Rajasthan by just 0.01 million more arrivals and finished number five recording 1.49 million foreign tourist arrivals.

4. There was Delhi that came fourth with 2.38 million foreign tourists arriving at its gates.

3. Uttar Pradesh attracted 3.1 million tourists in 2015, a number that isn’t surprising given that it is home to the iconic Taj Mahal.

2. Maharashtra finished second with 4.41 million foreign tourists arriving in the state in 2015.

1. But it was Tamil Nadu that bagged the top spot with a whopping 4.68 million tourists making their way to the southern state in 2015.

                    

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5 Best Places For A Family Vacation In August

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5 Best Places For A Family Vacation In August

If you’ve been planning to take a vacation with your family for the longest time, August is one of the best times to take a trip. With some creative planning, you can even manage to earn an entire week off! And to top it, being monsoons, you can expect fewer people at most places. 

So if you are convinced to take a family vacation, here are places you can visit in August.

 

1. Dalhousie

Surrounded by snow-capped peaks, Dalhousie is the perfect retreat for the entire family. The climate is very pleasant this time of the year. Admire the Victorian-style mansions, explore the region’s natural beauty and shop at the Tibetan market. 

2. Lavasa

India’s first smart city, Lavasa is a smooth drive away from Mumbai and Pune and makes for an ideal family vacation. You can visit it when you don’t have too many days on hand as there isn’t too much to see here.

3. Andaman and Nicobar Islands

White sand beaches, a peek into India’s history and freedom fight and islands that offer splendid views – that’s Andaman for you! Andaman is a good place to head to with your family. The place has plenty of things to do for all family members and makes for a relaxing getaway. When here, visit Port Blair, go to Havelock and Neil Islands.

4. Kerala

The beauty of God’s Own Country simply enhances during the rains. The fresh coat of green goes perfectly with the blue backwaters. When here, go on a houseboat ride, sample some authentic Kerala cuisine on a banana leaf and take in the beauty of the state at its beaches and backwaters.

5. Ooty

Ooty is one destination that is beautiful any time of the year. You can visit it all around the year and enjoy its pristine beauty. Surrounded by the Nilgiris, this hill station offers the perfect place to relax and bond with your family.

                    

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12 Most Scenic Lakes in Austria

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12 Most Scenic Lakes in Austria

Austria may be a landlocked nation, but it does have several stunning bodies of water. There are many lakes in Austria, and they are popular both with travelers and local residents. Whether you want to soak in some waterfront views or make a splash under the shadow of the Alps, Austrian lakes fit the bill.

Here's a look to few of the most scenic lakes in Austria one shouldn't miss :

 

12. Plansee 

Lake Plansee, found in the Tyrol region of Austria, is a large body of water connected to another lake, called the Heiterwang, via a canal. That makes the Plansee a popular spot for boating, since the lakes are both accessible via several rivers.

11. Traunsee

Another of the lakes in the Salzkammergut region is the Traunsee. This expansive lake is popular for outdoor activity, but it is best known for having its own underwater mythical creature called the Lungy, which may be comparable to the stories of the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland. 

10. Millstatter See

In the Carinthia region of Austria is the Millstatter See, whose steep shoreline makes it look just like a fjord. Helping to create the incredible terrain are the Nock Mountains and the Drava Valley, and the Hochgosch area to the south is wooded, creating even more lush greenery and visual interest.

9. Gruner See

Just outside of a village called Tragöß is the Gruner See, which translates literally to the Green Lake. The name is no mistake, and the waters of the lake are a vibrant green color with incredible visibility.

8. Weissensee

In the Gailtal Alps is the Weissensee, or White Lake. This glacial lake is an incredibly popular destination for all types of activities, and a ban on private motor boats means it retains its peaceful atmosphere and abundance of wildlife.

7. Faaker See

The Faaker See is considered to be the lake in Austria with the cleanest, most drinkable water. As you might imagine, that means the water quality is incredible, and there is plenty of visibility throughout the lake. There are several beaches on the Faaker See where you can pay a small fee to relax, swim and soak up the sun.

6. Worthersee

To find this stunning lake, head to the region of Carinthia in Austria. As early as the 19th century, the Austrian aristocracy have been spending their summers on the Wörthersee, which definitely encouraged Austrians and visitors alike to relax on the lake’s shores.

5. Mondsee

Mondsee is one of the largest privately owned lakes in Austria, and it is a stunning retreat that lets visitors escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Mentioned in a James Bond novel, Mondsee is the epitome of scenic.

4. Achensee

The largest lake in the Austrian district of Tyrol is Achensee, which also goes by the nickname Fjord of the Alps. The lake itself is stunning, thanks in part to the location right at the base of a mountain. However, it is the color and clarity of the water that makes it such an unusual and unforgettable destination.

3. Wolfgangsee

The Salzkammergut is a resort region in Austria where people from around the world flock for the lush green landscape and the abundance of spectacular lakes. One of the best is known as the Wolfgangsee. 

2. Zeller See

In the Austrian Alps is the Zellersee, or Lake Zell, which is a relatively small but beautiful freshwater lake. Because of its size, Zellersee freezes in the winter, making it perfect for year-round fun. During the summer, you can swim, fish or kayak in the clear water of the lake.

1. Hallstatter See

Lake Hallstatt, or the Hallstatter See, is another of the many lakes in the region of Salzkammergut. The lake is surrounded by mountains, creating a picturesque oasis. On the banks of the Hallstatter See is the famous town of Hallstatt, which boasts traditional Austrian architecture and charming attractions. 

                    

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5 Most Beautiful Norwegian Fjords

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5 Most Beautiful Norwegian Fjords

During the ice ages, deep valleys and narrow inlets filled with ocean water, creating the natural wonders that the modern world often refers to as fjords. Although there are many fjords across the globe, the ones that grace the Norwegian coastline reign as the most popular because of their astonishing beauty. 

Here's a list of top 5 places you should definitely put into your bucket list:

 

1. Nordfjord

Located in western Norway, Nordfjord is favored for its perfect blend of incredible scenery, historic sites and wide range of fun activities. No matter what the season, Nordfjord offers plenty of things to see and do such as taking a boat cruise around the fjord itself to revel in its awe-inspiring beauty.

2. Hardangerfjord

As the world’s third largest fjord, Hardangerfjord is popularized by its vibrant region that is often called the Orchard of Norway because of its colorful fruit trees and gardens. Many travelers choose to visit here during May to see the blossoming of trees like apples, plums, cherries and pears.

3. Lysefjord

Although smaller in size than many other fjords in Norway, Lysefjorden attracts about 300,000 visitors annually. What makes this fjord so special is Preikestolen, or Pulpit Rock. Standing atop the wide, flat plateau of Pulpit Rock gives visitors an adrenaline rush like no other as they tower nearly 600 meters (2,000 feet) up in the open sky over the vast fjord.

4. Sognefjord

As Norway’s largest fjord, Sognefjord also offers huge fun and adventure. Popular sightseeing options here include Norway’s oldest stave church at Urnes, the Viking Village in Gudvangen, the Magic White Caves of Gudvangen, and the Aurlandsdalen Valley, which is often called Norway’s Grand Canyon because of its vast beauty and wildlife diversity.

5. Geirangerfjord

With its remarkable scenery of deep blue waters and majestic mountains, it is no wonder that the Geirangerfjord is among the most visited Norwegian fjords. When visiting here, a must-do is a sightseeing cruise on the fjord to view its astonishing beauty and its famous waterfalls, the Seven Sisters, which plunge directly into the fjord.

                    

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