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Turkey- A Dazzling Place To Visit

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           Turkey is a dazzling destination that straddles between Asia and Europe.

Turkey has a vibrant culture, famous food, and vast history wow all who venture here. While its glorious landscapes-from the sun-soaked Mediterranean to the mighty mountains and arid steppe-are highlights in themselves. Moreover, it is full of multicultural history.

From Classical cities like Pergamon and Ephesus in the Turkish Aegean to fairytale-like Cappadocia in Anatolia. Not to mention stone churches to Roman aqueducts, from Byzantine churches to Ottoman mosques. You’ll find everything which will enthusiast the history lover!

If your heart says beach, your mind craves a rich historical site. It’s quite rare that you find a place with almost everything. Turkey is one such rare gem. Key tourist attractions in Turkey cater to people with varied interests, especially those looking out for some enriching adventure. It is adorned with a stunning coastline, quaint villages and a matchless cultural legacy.

 

THE BOSPHORUS BRIDGE THAT CONNECTS ASIA AND EUROPE

CAPITAL

One of the most beautiful city in the world where you could enjoy your time here staying in boutique hotels inside caves. Floating in hot air balloons above the otherworldly landscape of Cappadocia. Wandering in the midst of the Greco-Roman world in Ephesus, simply soaking up the sun in the luxury beach resorts along the Aegean Sea.

Istanbul, the metropolis on the Bosphorus, is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, not just because of its idyllic location on the golden horn. Uniquely because of its special flair draws in its visitors from their first wander down its winding alleys. Most of the world’s hazelnuts grow in the Mediterranean basin, in Turkey, Greece, Italy and Spain.

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FOOD

Turkey is a paradise for those with a sweet tooth and a love for food. Kebap is one of the best-known Turkish food. It encompasses all meat dishes from lamb and mutton to beef, mostly grilled or served on a skewer. Turkey is mostly famous for Baklava which is a baked sweet soaked in syrup and filled with nuts. Sütlac, a rice pudding, is also recommended, followed by Turkish mocha, türk kahvesi, which can be drunk without sugar.

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Indian Travel Youtubers You Should Check Out

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frA lot of travel vloggers and youtubers have come up over the past few years. Globally especially. This really intrigued me to find out if there were any great travel influencers in India too. And how can there not be? Our country doesn’t lag behind in anything and especially not content. So we came across some amazing travel youtubers that make you feel as if you’re traveling with them.

5 Travel Youtubers You Can Follow-

MOUNTAIN TREKKER (Varun Vagish) (Instagram @varunvagish)

Varun Vagish leads the way on this list with his 1 million + youtube subscribers. He’s been travel vlogging for the past 15 years. Also, he is a national awardee travel influencer. Head over to his Youtube Channel for a lot of travel and exploration.

Social Sudo (Sudesh Kumar) (Instagram @socialsudo)

Social Sudo aka Sudesh Kumar may not yet have a large audience but his passion for travel is. He loves photography, videography and travel. His videos are as close to real as it gets. Nothing sugar-coated but raw!

Kritika Goel (Instagram @kritikagoel)

Kritika Goel is a youtuber and influencer who escaped the 9 t0 5 working life and followed her passion. She’s mainly into travel, lifestyle and photography. Kritika Goel has traveled to numerous locations though she’s based in Mumbai. Her Instagram account gives us major wanderlust.

India In Motion (Saravana Kumar) (Instagram @indiainmotion)

Indian in motion, Sarvana Kumar is seeking inspiration from life in the wild and wonderful corners of our world. Also, he claims that he’s following the footsteps of a true nomad. And we think so too. His content is raw and true. It makes you feel like you’re traveling with him. Check out his youtube channel to experience it for yourself.

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Into the unknown. . #Leh has been pleasantly warm these last few days. Hopefully the uncomfortable cold snap is behind us and we can look forward to more pleasant weather in the future. . This is also the perfect time for me to stop procrastinating and begin my winter journey into and across #Zanskar. Every single destination from tomorrow will be new to me. It is both exciting and scary at the same time. . My biggest concern is the weather and the lack of internet connectivity for getting the weather updates. But I am well prepared as far as the equipment is concerned and should be able to wait out the worst of storms with my gear. And moreover there are a lot of villages on the trail. Ideally each day would begin at one village and end at another. So it shouldn't be all that bad. . I'm leaving tomorrow for a village called Wanla. From there I'll hike and hitchhike my way to #Photoskar. I'm hoping to spend a few days at Photoskar and then try and cross the Singge La pass into Zanskar. This will be the most crucial part as there will be anywhere between 4 to 6 feet of snow on the road all the way to the pass. I'm banking on my snowshoes to get me across the pass. Let's see. . On the other side of the pass is a village called Yulchung. My first goal is to reach Yulchung and then figure out the best way to reach #Padum with the help of the locals. . So yeah, wish me luck. And if evening goes well then my next update will be from Padum in about 10 days to 2 weeks time. . #Chumathang, #Ladakh. 5-Feb-2020.

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Tanya Khanijow (Instagram @tanyakhanijow)

Based in Delhi, Tanya Khanijow is a travel filmmaker. She also likes to call herself and a creative geek. Moreover, she is successfully running her Youtube Channel. Tanya has also given Ted Talk speeches. Her videos are a treat to watch! Isn’t this picture below amazing?

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It all started with a simple realization of losing out on life's simple pleasures, like travelling to beautiful places, enjoying freedom, a cup of coffee with your friends, a spontaneous travel plan. Then it moved to the realization that this situation is here to stay! Which means no birthday celebration this year. I was honestly so upset at not being able to meet my friends, until, I spoke to my best friend who works in healthcare in the US. Who's also with me in the second picture btw. I was grateful for the times we spent together over my last birthdays, but also I was suddenly so fearful for her safety. Even now, there aren't enough safety equipments made available to doctors and they are the ones who are at the frontline! . . . Then came the realization that I may be working on an ideal routine these days and working out, but it's so hard to see the lives of somebody you love uprooted with the thought of an uncertain future. Aviation industry, travel industry, businesses, everything coming to a standstill. And sincerely my heart goes out to everybody who's reeling with this feeling or is alone at this time. Believe me we're all in this together in some way or another. We have to stop the spread, stay indoors and do what we can to be POSITIVE. . . . Forget about the future, forget about the past and how you've lived life so far. Try and take it one day at a time! Plant a plant and maybe watch it grow as time elapses, perhaps. Because that's honestly the best we can do. And in some weird way we're all in this together without even realizing it, as our stories and fates intermingle with the same common problem that currently affects us. 😊

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Travel Documentaries To Quench Your Wanderlust

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The whole world is going through the fear of the pandemic disease of Coronavirus. You may not be able to travel or leave the house right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t live vicariously through other people.  But here are some travel documentaries that open your eyes to secrets, adventure, new ways of life and a lot of wanderlust!

1. Street Food

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This new netflix series from the creators of Chef’s Table will explore a different region each season. They start off on the streets of Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, and more. You can see the carts, stalls, and markets that folks visit on the go, in the middle of the night, or even every day. Unlike other food shows, Street Food spends each episode highlight the intense personal connection between the meals and the people who make them.

 

2. The Dawn Wall

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El Capitan in Yosemite is one of the most famous climbing destinations and the Dawn Wall, so named because it is the first thing in the valley to be illuminated in the morning, had never been free-climbed (the act of using equipment only to protect from falls, not to assist in climbing) until Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgensen took it on. The documentary explains the years of training and each climber’s motivation for attempting the world-record climb.

 

3. Around The World In 80 Days

Around the World in 80 Days is a 7 part BBC travel series written and presented by comedian Michael Palin. It is based on the famous adventure novel by Jules Verne with the same name. Similar to the novel, Palin accepts the challenge to circumnavigate the globe in 80 days and closely follows the road and sea route, as taken by the protagonist in the novel. He takes you across Europe, Africa, Asia and North America through nearly every possible means of transport.

 

4. Baraka 

Baraka, also known as among some of the best travel documentaries ever is a non-narrative documentary is a kaleidoscopic retreat into the different hymns of nature and its impact on various cultures. From the cacophonic chants of hundreds of monks huddled together for a cosmic yajna to the frenzied thumping of the whole village, the documentary highlights the phenomena of nature and how it forms the core of various cultures.

 

7. K2- Siren of the Himalayas 

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K2: Siren of the Himalayas is a multilingual travel documentary that shows you the dangerous world of high altitude mountaineering and follows a group of mountaineering experts as they venture on an epic journey. You get introduced to deathly cliffs, braving hideous climates and beautiful snow-covered mountains.

 

6. Jiro Dreams Of Sushi 

This great documentary is about Jiro Ono, an 85-year-old world-renowned sushi master with a tiny restaurant located in a Tokyo subway station, who is one day awarded three Michelin stars. Throughout the documentary, you will see the pursuit of perfection of sushi and get a great glimpse into Japanese culture. This opens a world driven by passion and bliss. Any wanderlust out there must watch this.

 

7. Everyday Is Like a Saturday 

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Every day is like a Saturday when you are on a long trip around the world. Solo traveling is not only about meandering through unknown lanes of a forbidden place. But it is also a great way to delve deep inside one’s own existence. The story brings out the chronicles of trekkers on four different continents. The documentary also includes interviews from other backpackers and highlights how the road can form unbreakable bonds.

 

These documentaries surely will quench the wanderlust within you. Related content- Top Underrated Places One Must Visit

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Disappearing Languages: Travelling With Your Ears Open

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Disappearing Languages all around the world is an issue often overlooked. We notice and capture everything exotic and fresh while travelling, but end up travelling deaf. There are more than 6000 languages in the world right now. However, a language dies every two weeks. Along with the last speaker, goes an entire system to express emotions, medicinal practices, conservation practices and culture.

Moreover, Helping preserve an indigenous or dying language is a dimension of Ethical Travelling.  

 

CONNECT WITH THE LAND

While preparing your itinerary, search for areas that are hotspots for linguistic diversity. When Travelling, connect with the guide and gain information about the local languages. It is even better if you can find someone to help translate/transliterate those languages. Make it a must to visit those areas.

 

DON’T LIMIT SMART TRAVEL TO YOURSELF

Apps and Websites like Talking Dictionaries and Wikitongues allow you to contribute to an online collection of languages from all around the world. It is not necessary for you to be a linguist to outrun the silence. It is common among students to opt for Language Tourism that requires a longer stay at respective destinations. Simply learning how to document a threatened language in a nearby area, can save a community from ‘cultural devastation’. 

Preserving Disappearing Languages

Linguistic Hotspots; image via: Swarthmore.edu

WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU HAVE LESS TIME FOR DOCUMENTATION

Record Oral Histories

Oral Histories can help you record languages at the peak of their functionality. While interviewing the person, keep the questions open-ended and very broad. This allows a free flow of thought and words. The reminiscent and emotional content is of extreme value. Record them talking in the Past, Present and Future Tense and among themselves.

 Be mindful about

  • Clean Audio, no noise in the background
  • The phone should be in a horizontal direction. This allows sharing ease on various online platforms.

Record Them Singing

Music is a very good way to inform the world about the existence of a language. Record the speakers of the language to sing a song in their language. Posting it online is imperative for creating awareness and generating action.

Donate Technology

Connect with the locals, teaching them how to create a language database themselves using Talking Dictionaries can help preserve the language for posterity. It is time to spend less on memoirs(travel like a minimalist), and more on preservation.

Preserving Disappearing Languages at home

Learn One Online

Explore resources online for languages that are not commercially but culturally important. Websites and apps like WikiTongues, The Rosetta Project, Matador Network, Ojibwe, Enduring Voices and Ethnologue can help you do so.

Create Content in Endangered Languages

Be as creative with your content as possible, they can even be memes!

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Preserving Disappearing Languages; “I’ll be back”(John Henhawk); Mohawk Language

 

Merci? Danke? …  Niawen’kó:wa! (Mohawk)

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