Foreigners Can Now Travel To India’s Northeast Without A Permit

Officials in the Parliament of India have just revealed that travelers can visit the Northeastern states of Manipur, Mizoram, and Nagaland without a permit. This new policy will hopefully make it more enticing for travelers to visit this naturally beautiful and culturally rich area of the Asian nation.

Restrictions on visiting these Northeastern regions began during the British colonial period. Foreigners weren’t allowed to travel at all here during this time due to fears over war with neighboring countries.

Although people have been able to visit the Northeast in the past few decades, it was a tiring process that required a ton of paperwork. Interested tourists had to be either married to someone from the areas or go with an official tour group. It wasn’t uncommon for permits to take months to get processed in New Delhi.

There are, however, a few restrictions the Indian government still has on visiting the Northeast. For instance, officials still won’t allow people into areas like Arunachal Pradesh or any other area it believes is unsafe.

Many of the people who live in these three Northeastern states live in tribal communities atop the area’s hills. Travel experts have dubbed this region the “Switzerland of India” due to all of its natural grandeur. Some of the key tourist spots in these newly opened states include the Keibul Lamjao National Park, Neermahal Palace, and the Sumi Baptist Church.

In total, India is composed of 29 states, seven of which are in the Northeastern region. All of these states have borders with nations like Myanmar, Bhutan, China, and Bangladesh.

Critics And Chefs Rank The Best Food Trucks In Europe

After sampling hundreds of food trucks across Europe, over 70 culinary critics concluded that Copenhagen has the best food truck in the EU. Believe it or not, this highly-lauded food truck in the Danish capital doesn’t even serve local food…it’s actually a taco stand named Hija de Sanchez.

Ever since it was founded in 2015, Hija de Sanchez has attracted a huge following of locals and tourists alike. Food critics were shocked how well head chef Rosio Sanchez blended the flavors of traditional Mexican cuisine with Scandinavian flair.

In addition to her food truck in the Torvehallerne area, Sanchez also owns a Hija de Sanchez restaurant in Vesterbro. Chef Sanchez isn’t surprised with the popularity of her restaurant considering how difficult it is to get high-quality Mexican food in Europe.

Coming in at second place was the restaurant Sea Me in the Portuguese capital Lisbon. Located in the Time Out Market, Sea Me serves a combination of traditional Portuguese food with Japanese flavors.

Third place went to the Parisian food truck Alain Miam Miam at Marche Des Enfants Rouges. This popular food truck serves hearty sandwiches and galettes with organic veggies, cheeses, and charcuterie.

The rest of the award-winning food trucks in Europe from number four to ten are as follows: AmsterDAM good Cookies in Amsterdam, Mori e Vai in Rome, bone. BERLIN in the German capital, Aleppo Bahebek in Oslo, Lángos Máshogy in Budapest, Korvar Kiosk in Stockholm, and Yum Bun in London.

Most of the food critics who took part in this survey work for easyJet’s inflight magazine Traveller. A few Michelin-starred chefs, however, also joined this European food truck study.

Carb-Hungry Kangaroos Attack Tourists

Anyone planning a trip to Australia must have had a kangaroo or two hop across their thoughts. There are few images that evoke the distant, island continent more than that of a kangaroo, bouncing along, perhaps a baby kangaroo, otherwise known as a joey, peeking out from its mother’s pouch. The wild, untamed nature of this famous marsupial, however, seems to have been obscured by the creature’s seemingly camera-ready, cuddliness.

Tourists to the New South Wales central coast are learning this lesson the hard way. A population of the kangaroos, living in the bushland around Morisset Hospital, are receiving visitors numbering in the thousands, each week. Despite posted signs warning against feeding the animals, tourists are leaving them all manner of processed and fast foods. The sugar in those foods, much as it does in humans, provides the animals with addicting boosts of dopamine, leading to cycles of aggression and addiction.

A few unlucky tourists have been at the receiving end of a kangaroo kick or two, the result of the animal’s desire for more dopamine. The damages include gashes to the faces, arms, and torsos of unsuspecting visitors. You don’t need food on you either, to arouse the interest of the animals, even just the lingering scent of an earlier meal can bring them near.

Local MP, Greg Piper has posted a useful video to Facebook, warning about the issue.

So, if you’re planning a visit, remember that carbs are bad for us all.

Kim Dao Reviews Newly Opened Tokyo Pokémon Café

Kim Dao is one of the most famous Australian travel vloggers on YouTube. Although Kim has traveled to many countries in Asia, Oceania, and Europe, her most popular videos have to do with Japan. One of Kim’s latest vlogs takes interested tourists to one of Tokyo’s hottest new Pokémon-themed cafés.

Anyone who knows about Kim Dao knows that she’s obsessed with all things Pokémon. So, it’s understandable that Kim Dao is super excited to share her experience at this new café with her subscribers at the start of her vlog.

Before she gets to enjoy food at this new café, however, Kim Dao says she has to do filming and editing work at the Tokyo Creative studio in Shibuya. When she gets to Shibuya Crossing, Kim shows us all the crowds of people passing by at this famous landmark.

After a hard day’s work, it’s finally time for Kim Dao to visit the new Pokémon café with friends. She first decides to order the carbonara for ¥1,480. She also orders a fruit ice cream parfait dessert that has a Pikachu theme.

While she’s eating her Pokémon-inspired food, Kim Dao spots a giant Pikachu dancing around the store. This cute Pikachu is wearing an adorable chef’s outfit.

At the end of the vlog, Kim Dao highly recommends anyone visiting Tokyo visit the Pokémon Café. Although it’s a bit expensive, Kim believes the quality of the food and service merits the price. Tourists can easily find this café nearby the Pokémon Center in Nihonbashi.

ACI Releases New List Of World’s Busiest Airports

A new report put together by the Airports Council International (ACI) reveals that Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the world’s busiest airport. According to ACI’s data, at least 104 million passengers passed through Atlanta International’s gates in 2017.

Although Atlanta may seem like a strange location for the world’s busiest airport, ACI members say it’s not so surprising when you consider this major hub is only a two-hour flight from approximately 80 percent of Americans.

Second place shouldn’t come as a surprise: Beijing Capital International Airport. The most populous nation on earth has to have at least one of the busiest airports, right? China’s busiest airport welcomed 96 million passengers last year.

Coming in third in ACI’s study is the Dubai International Airport in the United Arab Emirates. An estimated 88 million passengers went through this bustling airport in 2017.

The Tokyo International Airport in Japan won fourth place in this year’s ACI survey. Sometimes called Haneda Airport, Tokyo International was only 3 million below Dubai International Airport in terms of passenger count.

For fifth place, we return to the USA…but this time we’re headed to the West coast. Los Angeles International welcomed about 84 million passengers last year.

From number six to number ten, here are the remaining airports on ACI’s busiest list: Chicago O’Hare Airport, London’s Heathrow International, Hong Kong International, Shanghai Pudong International Airport, and Paris’s Charles de Gaulle Airport. All of these airports welcomed at least 69 million passengers in 2017.

China Southern Slashing Prices to Entice Visitors

As leisure travel to and from China is on the upswing, airlines are striking while the iron is hot. Government-owned and operated China Southern is offering a special introductory fare on its premium economy seats in an effort to encourage travel from London to the central Chinese city of Wuhan. The special fares offer the premium seats for the same price as economy. Offered just three times per week, this route will exclusively use Airbus A330 aircraft.

China Southern is seeking to capitalize on the boom in Chinese travel while also enticing visitors to check out the city of Wuhan. The airline is additionally offering great deals to the Chinese city of Guangzhou and beyond to international destinations such as Auckland, Sydney, and Bangkok. Nick Newman, the commercial manager at the UK division of China Southern said that the airline is in an introductory phase attempting to convince travelers to choose travel to China over other destinations. The hook is the premium seats at economy prices.

Comparing prices in the coming months demonstrates the airline’s commitment to this strategy. When examing routes to Sydney from London, China Southern boasted the lowest fares of any airline, often at hundreds of pounds cheaper than its competitors. One of the chief initiatives is to promote travel from Europe to Australia by way of China.

As a partner in the SkyTeam Alliance, China Southern is a relatively new airline, founded in 1998 as part of the country’s realignment of its state-owned airlines.

London’s Sweet Tooth Tours Now Offers A Guided Tour Of Soho

A new dessert taste testing area was just added to London’s Sweet Tooth Tours roster. This new tasty tour leads guests around the British capital’s Soho district to test five of the area’s latest and greatest cafés and bakeries.

Groups of no more than six get instant access to some of Soho’s superb shops offering sugary treats. In addition to enjoying delicious desserts, guests get to learn about the people and history behind these exquisite confections.

In addition to the five pastries, guests also get a hot beverage and one bottle of water on their tour. All tours are designed and led by professional pastry chef Lynne Staartjes, to ensure high-quality.

Staartjes, how was trained at the Cordon Bleu, initially started the Sweet Tooth Tours in 2017. In interviews with the press, Staartjes says she created these tours to combine her three greatest passions: London, meeting new people, and, of course, desserts.

Besides the Soho tour, interested visitors could choose to book tours like signature Belgravia tour, sugar & spice, vegan-friendly, and a bespoke tour. There’s also a private tour for those who are willing to spend a bit extra.

Most taste testing sessions last about 2.5 hours. All of the available tour days are listed on the Sweet Tooth Tours’ website. Prices range from £58 to £400 per person.

Today, Sweet Tooth Tours is gaining more mainstream attention in the UK thanks to positive reviews in major newspapers. Just two major publications to feature stories on Sweet Tooth Tours include The Guardian and Town & Country.

People can learn more about Sweet Tooth Tours and book a tour of their own at https://www.sweettoothtours.com/. Sweet Tooth Tours also has a big social media presence on sites like Facebook and Instagram.

Berlin as an Excellent Location to Visit

Berlin is a city that has been both the focal point of good memories and bad. As a previous location for the world Olympics, the city received excellent publicity. Unfortunately, this publicity turned sour when the Nazi regime took over the country, officially tainting the reputation of the city for years. Now, in the modern day world, Berlin has a healthier position with the rest of the world. Germany is seen as a powerful force in Western Europe and one that supports the European Union with its high ranking economy and excellent engineering schools. The city has become the location for tourists of Europe, with its nice night life scene and its luxurious hotel choices, as outlined in an article from Forbes (https://www.forbestravelguide.com/destinations/berlin-germany).

Germany is a great location for tourists to visit, especially history nuts and Holocaust researchers. The location offers the option to visit locations relevant to World war II, giving access to previous Nazi factories, brew houses, and ruined concentration camps. If you are not history savvy Berlin offers a multitude of different entertainment options, with live music, excellent bars and fantastic restaurants open all hours of the day and night.

While many people visit Europe not many see the relevance in visiting Berlin. This is quickly changing as Germany is quickly redeveloping into a country that matters to the rest of the world. This economic giant is a great place to visit, both for business and if you just want to take your family somewhere different.

Osaka as the Main Attraction for Luxury

Japan is quickly becoming the main stopping point for tourists looking for a safe country to visit. The rich cultural landscape and beautiful mountain ranges make it an ideal location for anyone seeking something different. One location that tourists go to is the major city of Osaka, which is located on the western side of the main island of Honshu. Osaka has a rich cultural landscape, which is deeply seeded into the past. While other cities in Japan have embraced western ideas and are focused on westernizing generally through the adoption of English as a second language, Osaka remains true to Japanese traditional values which makes it an incredible destination for those interested in seeing how the real Japan is. One of the main things to look at in Osaka is lodging as the city has its fair share of luxury hotels, as outlined on Forbes (https://www.forbestravelguide.com/destinations/osaka-japan).

These hotels offer an interesting combination of familiar Western amenities with traditional Japanese settings. Not only are you able to sit back and enjoy a good night of watching movies on a TV but also have the ability to enjoy the experience of an authentic tea ceremony in action. This combination of East and West means that tourists can experience the ultimate of traveling trip. The experiences witnessed on such a trip can be told to family members for years to come. This is a big deal for trip enthusiasts and those interested in Asia alike. Osaka is the ultimate location to visit.

Japan as the Ultimate Tourist Location

Japan probably does not strike you as being a very interesting place to travel to as a tourist. The modern industrial complex of the country and the fact that much of the traditional rural areas are devoid of life makes the cost of the trip not especially appealing to those not accustomed to what is available. Surprisingly, as mentioned in an article from Forbes (https://www.forbes.com/sites/anismuslimin/2018/04/04/japans-richest-2018-tourism-takeover/#e4a95f8554a1), Japan is actually seeing a massive increase in tourism lately, to a degree that it may be able to significantly boost the economy of the country and move it into a new period of national prosperity.

The main sights of Japan to see are the traditional architecture and culture that the country still provides. Japan itself is a vibrant combination of new and old, which is unique to the country as it was forced to modernize from a feudal society of sword wielding warriors into one that used railroads and muskets within a time span of roughly twenty years. This unique perspective makes the cultural landscape, mannerisms of the Japanese people, and tourist locations especially interesting to tourists from the West.

One of the most popular sights to visit in Japan is the old capital city of Kyoto. Kyoto at one point in time was the seat of the Emperor and had been for hundreds of years. The city to this day represents this rich historical background with its elaborate Buddhist and Shinto temples. Japan is quickly becoming the place to go for Western tourists.