Lifestyle

Hakuba Valley: Plan a cool summer getaway in the Japanese Alps

Step outside the city and a different world unfolds. Cheers to Japan’s great outdoors. A morning’s commute (a 100-minute bullet train ride and another hour’s drive) leaves behind Tokyo’s overpacked humanity to the scenic resort town of Hakuba. It was the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano that put Hakuba Valley on the map as a [...]
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4 things we learned planning summer trips as a family

Come together once in a while and get to know each other. A memorable family vacation is many things. There is experience, always the best teacher that brings school lessons to life. There is fun. There are tantrums. You chat, you laugh, you share things and you bond on a family adventure. Well versed in [...]
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Niseko summer 2018: a family fun checklist

See how many you can cross out before school year begins. Sunny days, grilling out, s’mores bonfire at dusk... We want each summer with the kids to be more memorable than the last, and with that comes the need for a few new ideas every season. The kids helped us brainstorm (not before suggesting a [...]
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4 winter resorts that come to life in summer

POSTCARD-WORTHY SCENERY GUARANTEED. Yes, summer is the new boom season for ski towns! These destinations are best known as ski resorts, but they shine just as brightly through summer. Not only ideal for lazy retreats, they are also packed with more adventurous ways to unwind! So choose your mountain playground for that upcoming vacation you [...]
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3 reasons you should take an African safari with the kids

If your perfect family holiday involves opening a child’s eyes to the wonders of the world, then an African sojourn could be just the ticket that leads to a lifetime of interest in conservation, culture and history in the immense continent, in addition to great vacation memories. The experience is relatable to the wildlife and [...]
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Odin Place, New lifestyle landmark of Niseko Hirafu

A new addition to the resort village’s increasingly metropolitan landscape, stylish Odin Place is a design lover’s dream. A new landmark had been in the making and finally opened its doors in December 2016. Odin Place is on the corner of bustling Zaka Street, which marks the center of the village, amid alpine chalets and [...]
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Take that last minute trip this winter

Some of the best memories are made on impulse. Haven’t got plans for the holidays yet? Trust your spontaneous side and book a quick getaway with loved ones. As few private rentals are still available for the New Year holidays, meaning it is still very possible to ring in 2018 on a sun-drenched island where [...]
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Discover Furano, Hokkaido’s winter hidden gem

There is no “perfect” or “the best” winter destination as such, while there are best ones for you. While less known for skiing than Niseko, Furano is preferred by some seasoned Japan-bound skiers as there is more fresh powder minus the crowd. Some international skiers also believe Furano offers more Japanese culture while Niseko feels [...]
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10 hot spring baths in Niseko you shouldn’t miss

Flakes fall around you. Steam drifts into the air. Try one of these onsen baths where you can bathe among Hokkaido’s nature. The heat of the mineral-rich, geothermal water is believed to cure aches and stimulateinitiate deep healing. Although the measurable effectiveness is not quite yet proven or understood, we don’t really need more reason [...]
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Live the high life with ski-mad royals on the Alps

With peaks so sharp and pristine, nightlife so boisterous, and historic resorts straight out of a story book, skiing in the Alps has a special magic. First as a means of transportations through rugged mountains, skiing in the Alps is nowadays much more than a sport, but a deep-rooted culture, a way of life. While [...]
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10 of the best restaurants to try in Whistler

If you love the Whistler outdoors as much as we do, you are probably going to get hungry at some point. Here is your essential guide to restaurants, whether you are looking for a quick meal after a long day of skiing, a romantic celebration or a luxurious fine dining experience. Keep it safe because [...]
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5 Tips for planning a family reunion vacation

Families are often separated geographically and by hectic schedules. Planning a big reunion holiday, the need to fulfill a range of different criteria might be tricky to manage, while this is how extraordinary experiences come about. Whether to celebrate a special occasion or just to bond away from home, generations often have quite different ideas [...]
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Get kids into nature at day camp designed for the Niseko outdoors

From little city dwellers to outdoor adventurers! Our city kids know all the best places to visit and can navigate the streets with ease, but we bet they will be happy to toss their screens aside when given a chance to engage the real outdoors in the company of new friends. RELATED: SUMMER HOLIDAY IN [...]
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10 amazing Instagram accounts that give you serious #TravelGoals

In need of destination inspiration? Instagram is a fantastic resource for travelers, and these passionate wanderlusters know how to make good eye candy. Jake and Dannie @jakeanddannie New parents and photographer duo Jake and Dannie are creating the ultimate family album with their daughter Lisa. All of their photos are mini works of art, and [...]
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Best time to view fall red leaves in Japan

Japan’s autumn begins when momiji begins to show, first on the northern island of Hokkaido in September, slowly meandering down the length of the nation. Depending on where (and the altitude) you are, the foliage can last from September through late November. As fall colors adorn temples and shrines, and mountains and gorges across the [...]
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Where to eat in Hakuba: good restaurants to check out on your next ski trip

There are a wide range of Hakuba restaurants and bars in Happo and Wadano. No doubt you may have heard good things about the food scene in Japan. The country is home to some of the pickiest eaters in the world. Our latest favourite vacation spot Hakuba produces an impressive array of cuisines from the [...]
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4 Reasons to visit Sri Lanka

So colorful. So full of life. Sri Lanka has everything: beautiful beaches, lots of tropical forests for wild animals, a lovely sub-tropical climate, marks of colonial influences reflected in a vivid culture and nostalgic architecture. It is a remarkable country full of vibrant energy with a rich culture that is sure to leave a lasting [...]
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Where to stay in Phuket: Guide to choosing your beach

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Where to stay in Koh Samui: Guide to choosing your beach

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10 of the most over-the-top vacation homes

Sometimes more is more. All-inclusive holidays can take many forms. Whether their own clifftop playgrounds, protected game reserves, private beaches, or exclusive part of larger resorts, these unique retreats share certain things: sublime privacy, top-notch staff and big-ticket amenities. Be sure to pack your designer luggage for these over-the-top (and some of the most expensive) [...]
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