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National Geographic Journeys: Day of the Dead

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Labour Day has come and gone, and it’s time to start thinking about your next cultural adventure! The Day of the Dead is one of Mexico’s most beloved festivals and G Adventures has teamed up with National Geographic to take you on an incredible journey to celebrate this macabre yet beautiful celebration of ancestry. Elaborate street parties, larger-than-life pageantry combined with picturesque landscapes and a fury of flavours promise to deliver an experience you’ll never forget. This is your backstage pass to exploring not only the cultural significance of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), but learn how family, community, food and art all ties in with this colourful tradition.
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England Travel

Mad Hatter Afternoon Tea at the Sanderson

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Blue Caterpillars, caviar scotch eggs and applewood smoked croque-monsieur. Not exactly the traditional fare one expects to find on a table set for English high tea, but find it we did. High Tea is often thought of as a ‘touristy’  London activity, but I assure you, this English ritual is steeped in tradition, and any tradition that includes Devonshire cream, sweets and exotic aromatic teas is not one I want to miss out on. Full disclosure, the main reason I chose the Sanderson was because Claridge’s and the Palm Court at the Ritz were booked up until September. My beau had never experienced a proper high tea, so I was a little disappointed when the preferred venues weren’t available. However, when I heard the Sanderson was celebrating the 150th anniversary of one of my favourite childhood books, I couldn’t wait to tumble down the rabbit hole. Continue reading

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Book Your Travel With The Urban Xenophile

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The Urban Xenophile portfolio is expanding to include travel consulting services! You already know that I’ve been travel blogging for over 7 years now, but what you didn’t know is that I’ve been a travel agent for over a decade. Back in 2006, I was a fresh-faced tourism graduate who landed my first travel agent gig at Flight Centre. For the last ten years, I’ve booked clients to every destination imaginable from Greenland to Antarctica, working for some of the world’s most prominent travel agencies. My goal for 2016 was to take the Urban Xenophile blog to the next level, both in content and service offerings, and I’m thrilled to be able to realize that dream, a few months early!

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Africa Photos Stories

In Honour of Cecil the Lion: My Top 10 World Lion Day Photos

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Every year the Urban Xenophile pays homage to our favourite animal, the African Lion.  A fews year ago I had the distinct honour of  working/volunteering amongst the Dambwa Pride, a young pride of lions protected by the African Lion Environmental Research Trust (A.L.E.R.T). It was a truly surreal experience. My day-to-day was anything but usual. Tracking the dwindling Wild Dog population, learning about the migratory patterns of the African Elephant, and frolicking on the savannah with playful cubs in the hot afternoon, African sun were all in a day’s work. This year’s day of commemoration is shrouded in sadness as we mourn the loss of one of Africa’s most beloved lions, Cecil the Lion.

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Middle East

5 Authentic Places to try Local Food in Dubai

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Food in Dubai has an enormous variety. With a majority population of expats, the diversity is endless. You can find just about every kind of cuisine from around the world; Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Chinese, Japanese, European, Continental, Italian, Arabic, and French to name a few. But if you’re visiting Dubai, make sure you experience local Emirati cuisine. Emirati dishes are an amalgamation and representation of the mixed culture of Dubai. The best dishes stem from the Arabic origin, and are a beloved favourite of local Dubai residents. With an array of sumptuous options available for all budgets, starting from delicious street food, the best in fine dining options and the famous Dhow cruise dinner, Dubai is known for its culinary excellence. Here are a few of the best known Dubai eateries to satiate your Emirati appetite:

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