Sense8 – Rousing Travel Inspiration

Have you been bingeing on the mind-boggling Netflix series, Sense8, recently? At Travelstart, we cannot get enough of the incredible landscape scenes of the majestic metropolises it is filmed in. We have taken the opportunity to present an itinerary for some of the featured cities, highlighting must-see attractions and its hidden gems. Be sure to take advantage of cheap flights to these sensational destinations!

Mexico City

mexico city the pyramids

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Mexico City stuns you with its charm suffused with culture and profound history. From intriguing stories of the Mexican Revolution to the city’s arsenal of world renowned artists, it makes for one life changing vacation!

Main Attractions

  • Anahuacalli Museum
  • The Floating Gardens of Xochimilco
  • Teotihuacan Pyramids

Hidden Gems

MuCho Mundo Chocolate – This new museum in Mexico City is dedicated to telling the story of chocolate. Located in Juárez neighbourhood, the chocolate museum includes tastings and workshops to make the various kinds of chocolates.

Island of the Dolls – An island consumed with mystery and peculiar dolls, it is definitely an attraction that stirs the senses. Take a trip to the Island of the Dolls and hear the legend which makes this island so mysterious.

Los Dinamos National Park – This wooded river canyon has an abundance of outdoor activities such as rock climbing and hiking, surrounded by natural scenery.

Reykjavik

reykjavik northern lights

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The Icelandic city will leave you captivated by tails of Vikings and otherworldly landscapes. Take in the city’s art scene, wealthy cuisine and hip cafes, along with exploring nature’s finest glaciers and volcanoes.

Main Attractions

  • The Settlement Exhibition
  • Nauthólsvík Geothermal Beach
  • Northern Lights

Elliðaárdalur Valley – A relatively unknown local gem, located in the middle of the city, Elliðaárdalur Valley blossoms with wild berries and an incredible waterfall to be wholeheartedly embraced.

Tröllabörn – Visit small caves and tunnels known as Tröllabörn (Troll Children), formed by 4500 years old volcanic eruptions. The Icelandic folklore believes that trolls inhabit these caves.

Rauða skáldahúsið (‘the red house of fiction’) – An alternative experience in the city will afford you a night of poetry, theatre and music along with tarot card readings.

Nairobi

nairobi national park elephants

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The pulsating heart of Kenya, Nairobi provides an authentic East African experience. This vibrant city affords tourists the chance for amazing shopping encounters, discover beautiful fabrics, traditional crafts and wildlife.

Main Attractions

  • Nairobi National Park
  • Nairobi National Museum
  • Masaai Market

Hidden Gems

Fogo Gaucho – Partake in the local culinary scene by indulging in an all-you-can-eat affair with a Brazilian twist. Serving the most tender African bush meat and fish, tourists are in for an exhilarating feast.

Karura Forest – A 10-minute drive from the city centre will lead to a serene forest, which is ideal for runners and bikers. Indulge in walking trails covered with emerald pleasures and trickling streams.

Matatu-Watching – Kenya’s version of the minibus taxi, the matatus are eye-catching buses which have been painted with interesting designs. These Matatu designs are inspired by various influences, ranging from Jean Claude van Damme to international rap stars.

Seoul

korean teahouse

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Step into the future in this South Korean metropolis, Seoul delights all senses of wonder as you take in its sights and cuisine. With an estimated population of 10 million people, this fast-paced city still manages to afford moments of tranquility.

Main Attractions

  • Gwanghwamun Gate
  • Dongdaemun Market
  • Bukchon Hanok Village

Hidden Gems

Bamdokkaebi Night Market – Open two nights a week, this night market installation affords tourists and locals a taste of cuisine creativity. Expose your palate to experimental food amidst the vibrant atmosphere.

Jeongneung Royal Tomb – Take a step away from the buzzing city life and visit the forest of Jeongneung. Discover the royal tomb of Queen Sindeok.

Suyeonsanbang teahouse – Tucked away in a peaceful lane in Seongbuk-dong, this traditional Korean teahouse provides a state of tranquility.

Mumbai

taj mahal mumbai

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A diverse range of people inhabits the bustling streets of the Indian city, Mumbai. The contrasting imagery of Mumbai is worth embarking on and discovering its beautiful secret places. It is this paradox which lures tourists from all over the world, to the city of magical chaos. Prepare to be charmed by the vast history and humble realities of present Mumbai.

Main Attractions

  • Taj Mahal Palace
  • Elephanta Island
  • Sanjay Gandhi National Park

Hidden Gems

Vasai Fort – Take in the breath-taking sights of moss-covered walls, and feel the palpable energy of long last souls who once frequented this fort.

Kolad – Located approximately 120km away from Mumbai, Kolad is an off-the-beaten track destination. Thrill seekers will find it exceptional as it is known for white water rafting on the Kundalika river.

Taj – Spoil your taste buds with Mumbai’s powerful flavours. To cool your palate from the aromatic spices, take a trip to Taj – a handmade ice cream store at Bhendi Bazaar (market in South Mumbai). Taste the beautiful flavours which stems from over 125 years ago.

 

 

 

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