Many historic routes were built for the purposes of trade, the famous Silk Route for example. Others are routes that were first traversed by pilgrims on journeys of great religious significance. Today, both these pilgrim and trade routes are ideal for the walking holiday enthusiast. Most take in spectacular scenery and can be covered in a week to 10 days which is about the perfect walking holiday duration. For first timers routes like this are fantastic as there are many start and stop points which mean that you can join the road, walk as much as you like and then stop when you feel ready. There are some stunning routes on every continent, many suitable for people of all abilities. Even if you have a family with children there are many sites to see and attractions that can be incorporated to your holiday along the way. Be adventurous and choose a walking holiday along an historic route!
Infographic courtesy of http://www.worldwalks.com
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Travel: Historic Routes
 
Learning English in England is a great way to improve your chances of becoming fluent quickly. There are plenty of places across the UK where you can settle in to learn. However, individuals tend to learn more quickly when they can immerse themselves in the best of British culture.

London is the most sought-after place for travellers to learn English because there’s so much to see and do. It also boasts great transport links with many places in the south of England, so you can opt to live in a smaller city with a slower pace and still enjoy all the fun of the UK’s capital. Here are three top places to learn English in England.

Soho, London

London’s Soho is a varied and busy place with something for everyone to enjoy. Famous for theatre shows, pubs, clubs, cabaret and stand-up comedy, your evenings will always be exciting if you choose to live here. Here are some of the top attractions.

Carnaby Street

Famous in the sixties for its iconic shops, Carnaby Street is still a must for fashion lovers today.

Soho Theatre

A cool place for theatre enthusiasts, this relatively new club has hosted independent artists, comedians and writers since its opening and is rarely less than packed.

Ronnie Scott’s

Opened in 1959, this legendary nightspot was the first place to host American jazz musicians in the UK. It’s seen some big names over the years and still hosts a variety of top-notch artists.

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Baker Street, London

Nestled in the City of Westminster district, Baker Street is a busy road which runs south from Regent’s Park and holds a wealth of history to its name. The fictional detective Sherlock Holmes resided along this road in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories, and you can find a museum dedicated to the character at number 221B. Here are some other landmarks in and around the area.

Madame Tussaud’s

No visit to London would be complete without a trip to this iconic attraction. See waxworks of famous celebrities throughout the centuries.

Regent’s Park

One of London’s lovely open spaces, Regent’s Park boasts a boating lake, three tennis courts and an outside theatre for visitors to enjoy.

Royal Academy of Music

A must for music-lovers, the Royal Academy of Music holds a collection of musical instruments from around the world, as well as important manuscripts from famous classical composers.


Exeter

Exeter is a city in East Devon with a history that spans more than 2000 years. Easily accessible from many major UK cities, including London, this quiet yet interesting city is the perfect place to stay if you’re looking for a gentler pace than England’s capital. Here are some of the top attractions in the area.

Exeter Cathedral

This beautiful medieval church is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in the UK. Regular guided tours are available.

Quayside

One of the most attractive areas of the city, Exeter’s Quayside has a fascinating history, beautiful architecture and many lively bars and restaurants.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum

Discover the history of Exeter in this stunning and varied museum.

If you’re interesting in learning English in the UK, visit the Skola website for more details of these three top locations. You can also find out more about English courses for adults in the UK and register your interest online.

Useful links

Visit Devon

Destinations and attractions in the south west.

Soho area guide

Time Out’s guide to Soho.

Attractions near Baker Street

All in London’s guide to Baker Street.

 
Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, is featured among the top most visited places in the world. With its glorious architecture, diverse culture and historical monuments, Kuala Lumpur is a perfect place to spend some time during the holidays. Furthermore, the city also boasts of numerous malls and stores and is considered to be a shopper's paradise.
Important Places to Visit:

National Museum

Located adjacent to the Perdana Lake Gardens, the museum provides a glimpse in to Malaysia's history and culture. Built in 1963, it has several galleries featuring historical artifacts as well as representations of cultural activities like festivals and weddings.
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Kuala Lumpur Tower

Kuala Lumpur Tower is one of the most recognized towers in the world and is seen as a symbol of the city since its inception in 1995. Reaching into the sky, the tower is used for communication purposes with a 421 meter long antenna at the top. It also has a revolving restaurant where visitors can enjoy a nice meal along with the magnificent view of the city below.


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Merdeka Square

Merdeka Square (Independence Square) is probably one of the most significant places in the history of Malaysia. It was here that the Malaysian flag was hoisted for the first time, in August 31, 1957. Every year, on August 31, the square becomes the venue for the National Day parade (Merdeka Parade). What makes the square attractive for the visitors is the panoramic view of the old and new buildings in its vicinity. Many of the constructions like the Sultan Abdul Samad building were completed during the British era.

House of Parliament

The seat of the Malaysian democracy, the House of Parliament is located nearby the Lake Gardens. The main building is 3 stories tall and adjacent to it is a 17 story tower.

Petaling Street

Crowded with locals and tourists alike, the Petaling Street is strewn with stores offering cheap clothes and accessories of which most of them are pirated. The area is also known for Malaysian street food with large number of small food stalls and restaurants lining the path. The street also offers a variety of budget hotels for the budget traveler.

Central Market

Located only at a stone's throw away from the Petaling Market, the Central market is a haven for those who want to purchase items of handicrafts and art. Designed in a stall concept, the Central Market is an example of the traditional Malaysian markets. Different ethnic groups live and work in and around the area and all religious festivals are celebrated in a grand way here.

Religious Places


Kuala Lumpur has a diverse culture with people of different religions co-existing in harmony. Jamek Mosque and Sri Mahamariamman temple are two of the most prominent places of devotion that is worth a visit.

Shopping in Kuala Lumpur


Even the most reluctant shopper would become a shopaholic when in Kuala Lumpur. Apart from the Petaling Market and Central market, the city has 66 malls and many retail outlets. People from all over the world, especially from the Asian region, flock to Kuala Lumpur to shop for anything from clothes to electronic goods.

Accommodation


There’s plenty of accommodation for all kinds of budgets, including budget hotels and inexpensive serviced apartments in Kuala Lumpur.

John Chen is a travel writer currently located in Bangkok, Thailand.

 
Planning a trip to Japan anytime soon? You may find that their way of living is much different to the way you live. If you want to see Japan for what it really is by getting closer to the locals then there’s one thing you must learn- respect.
Japanese traditions go back for thousands of years and although the importance of respect may not be as serious for the younger generations, it’s still unavoidable in the country. Japan’s cities are vibrant & modern- which could seem like many other cities across the world- but knowing where you stand in society and demonstrating a fair degree of respect is vital.
One of the most important traditions to this day is with the Senpai & kōhai which are terms applied to the mentor system. This is applied in places such as school, sports clubs, businesses, and social organizations.
Another big sign of respect is bowing.
Obama really went for it when he met Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. His nearly 90-degree bow did spark a little bit of controversy back in the states, but that just goes to show how different some cultures can be to each other.
Eating would be yet another vital time to demonstrate your understanding of the Japanese Culture; there are various small mannerisms you need to remember, such as saying “itadakimasu” at the beginning of a meal.
If you’re going to Japan make sure you do your research; you’ll wreak the benefits from showing respect because you’ve demonstrated that you understand the locals and want to see this wonderful country from their eyes.