The Museum of Islamic Art illuminated at night A balance between contemporary and ancient designs, modern styles and early religious connotations, the Middle East is home to some of the world’s finest architecture. Burj Khalifa, Dubai The world’s tallest structure, measuring a sky-scraping 2,723 ft from the ground level to the tip, the Burj Khalifa is a phenomenal building to see in the...

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People wearing sugar skull makeup taking part in a Day of the Dead parade The Day of the Dead, ‘El Dia de los Muertos’, is a popular Mexican tradition celebrating the life and death of lost family members and loved ones on November the 1st and 2nd. Rooted in Indigenous beliefs and religious teachings, this celebration is about so much more than sugar skull makeup. Origins Paul Simpson /...

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Children wearing traditional dress as part of the Gai Jatra Festival in Nepal Renowned for spooky sights and horrible haunts, Halloween is a worldwide event. Each culture and country celebrates the dead differently, from walking the streets of America in fancy dress to lighting lanterns on the river in Japan. Read on to see where you can see these wonders for yourself. Barriletes Gigantes, Guatemala Josue Goge /...

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Thingvellir National Park Iceland has soared in popularity as a holiday destination. More travellers, intrigued by the country’s otherwordly landscape and the experiences on offer, are crossing the ocean on a wave of adventure. Cruises to Iceland also take in destinations like Amsterdam and the Norwegian fjords, making them perfect for those who want to immerse themselves in...

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Couple kayaking in the sea around Antigua Adding an action-packed stay in Florida to a laidback sailing through the Caribbean creates a classic yin and yang experience. One day, you are screaming yourself hoarse on the scariest of white-knuckle rides in America’s theme park capital, Orlando; the next you are sipping a sweet rum punch while gliding serenely through the tropical isles...

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Bright blue sea lapping onto a lush shoreline in the Western Mediterranean The Mediterranean could be said to be the ‘cradle of civilisation’. Enclosed by three continents, the world’s largest inland sea stretches more than 2,200 miles from the Straits of Gibraltar to the Black Sea. It’s not surprising, then, that the history of the Mediterranean is sea-based. The transfer of goods, languages, religion, rituals, fashions and...

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Close-up of a sloth hanging from a tree in the Costa Rican jungle Untamed tropical jungle, vibrant wildlife and evocative colonial cities set against that backdrop of a heady Latin beat make Central America an intoxicating destination for cruisers. This narrow strip of nations that connects North and South America is conveniently close to Florida’s main cruise ports, yet has a suitably exotic spiciness that makes these countries...

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