As wildlife tourism grows ever more popular among travelers, Leigh Woods, Project Manager at Youth Time and natural world enthusiast begins his series of articles entitled, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”. Whether by taxonomic family or a particular characteristic, each article will feature animals that will follow a particular theme. They will contain information regarding the highlighted species and also provide details on where to find them.
Eiffel Tower in Paris, Charles Bridge of Prague or Big Ben of London. To name the major landmarks of these cities is not difficult. But to guess the name of the city by the skyline, specially when taken early in the morning or at around sunset, might be bit more of a challenge. How many correct answers would you get?
In today's photogallery we will take a somewhat eerie tour and visit ghost towns around the world. The reasons why people abandon their homes are different in every case, but the places always carry messages from their last inhabitants.
A few years ago, Leigh Woods, Project Manager at Youth Time International Movement backpacked around the increasingly popular tourist destination of Sri Lanka. Having honed his photography skills in the years leading up to this trip, Leigh capitalized on the chance to build up his portfolio in the small tropical island formerly known as Ceylon. Ancient ruins, stunning landscapes and rich biodiversity make Sri Lanka a haven for any travel photographer.
The historic city of Prague is best known for its Baroque style architecture and beer drinking culture. Nicknamed “The city of one hundred spires”, this central Bohemian metropolis has become a popular city break destination among travelers from far and wide. Famous sights include the Mala Strana, Charles Bridge, and perhaps most notably the strikingly picturesque Old Town Square. The Czech capital’s main attractions are barely a stone's throw from one another, and meandering through the narrow cobblestoned streets to each venue is a delight in itself. However, scattered abundantly throughout the city are alternative attractions just waiting to be explored, allowing the more inquisitive tourist to really get under the skin of Prague.
Cherry trees in full bloom are truly beautiful. An orchard of cherry trees is beauty multiplied. But in Japan, blooming sakuras are a stunning site for which tourists from different parts of the world don´t hesitate to travel the distances. Do not miss this last opportunity to see the best of sakuras this year. Since Sakuras start blooming even in January, these are some of the last opportunities for this year. For example in Nagano, Fukushima, Fuji Five Lakes and Aomori the blooms are best seen from April 2 till April 22.
Mountains and glaciers are most commonly visited in the winter, for winter sports. Less well known are the same mountain valleys and meadows at this time of the year. Spring is the time of massive flower blooms, which makes them an irresistable sight, apart from the fact that some of them are only accessible for short periods in the summer due to heavy snowfall in the winter months. Check out our photogallery for the best of them all.
In 2013, Leigh Woods, Project Manager at Youth Time International Movement quit his job and the comfortable lifestyle that came with it in order to pursue his passion. After spending 3 months living and studying on a private game reserve in South Africa’s eastern cape, he spent the following few travelling along the beautiful mountainous shores of the Garden Route before reaching Cape Town.
While travelling in Uganda, I got into a situation where I really thought that the end was at hand. The road narrowed steadily, hand in hand with the declining quality of the surface, until we reached a point where there was no way even to call it a path. The car precisely fit the width of the path, leaving the minimum leeway to avoid falling off the cliff on one side and scraping the car against the rocks on the other. To add the imaginary icing on top of the cake, the entire stretch was covered with mud, and the fact that we had a 4WD vehicle didn´t help is as much as would have been desired.
Probably the most expensive coffee – at US$700 per kilo – comes from the most unusual production process. Judge for yourself: Coffee cherries are eaten by the Asian palm civet, then defecated, and the coffee beans collected from the fecal matter and roasted. Traditionally produced in Sumatra, Java, or Indonesia, the beans used to be collected from civets living in the wild, however . . . as the demand for Kopi Luwak Coffee rose, the coffee business adapted. So Asian palm civets are now kept in captivity, in miserable living conditions, in cages, and badly fed.