Nine things to do in New York City just off the main trail

Nov 17th, 2017 | Matthew Laing

We all know about the Empire State Building and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but what about the Fraunces Tavern or Sagamore Hill? Academy Travel tour leader Dr Matthew Laing used his comprehensive knowledge of New York’s history, his love of modern art and design and his fondness for a racy Broadway play to come ...

Finding tranquility in modern Japan

Oct 31st, 2017 | Dr Kathleen Olive

Japan today is virtually a synonym for hyper-modernity: the Tokyo prefecture alone has a population of over 13 million, for example. Millions of readers worldwide enjoy fast-paced Japanese comics (manga), with their zany, misfit characters and supernatural plots. And the nation’s GDP – the world’s third largest – stands at USD 4.1 trillion. But amongst ...

10 great ways to experience Lisbon

Oct 20th, 2017 | Dr Jeni Ryde

Our tour leader Dr Jeni Ryde takes you through one of her favourite destinations – Lisbon.   1. Calouste Gulbenkian Museum Spend a morning in the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, one of the best private collections of art in the world, not only a gem for its artworks, but also for its music programs and its ...

Taiwan – an island waiting to be discovered

Oct 6th, 2017 | Robert Veel

Academy Travel tour leader Robert Veel takes a closer look at an emerging destination not far from home. 20 years ago the Entombed Warriors of Xi’an captured our imagination. About 15 years ago the magnificent jungle ruins of Angkor opened up to international visitors, closely followed by the pagodas of Myanmar and Luang Prabang in ...

What is the best camera for travel?

Sep 21st, 2017 | Robin Nichols

Travel photography has come a long way since Uncle Bob’s slide night of his world discovery tour. From smart phones to $10,000 professional gear, travellers now have a huge range of choices. Academy Travel’s itineraries take you to some of the world’s most beautiful places, and many Academy Travellers are keen photographers, so we thought ...

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