Posted on

The Japanese beach that became an Instagram sensation

Chichibuga beach on Shikoku island was barely known until photographs of stunning sunsets started to appear on social media. Now visitors flock to capture images of the fiery sea and skies at dusk

People were running down the beach. Not for exercise but to get into position before the sun slipped below the horizon. I hurried along, swept up by the sense of urgency. Mini tripods were lined up on the sand at the water’s edge, and selfie sticks were held aloft. Groups of friends, silhouetted against the pink sky, were trying to synchronise their star jumps, while women instructed their boyfriends on exactly how to photograph them as they stared into the sea. One woman posed holding her pet dachshund. The entire beach was a mass Instagram shoot.

Continue reading…

Posted on

10 of the best independent tour guides: readers’ tips

Whether it’s China, Bosnia or Colombia, our readers have found guides whose humour, passion and local knowledge have been the making of a trip

My girlfriend and I stayed at Hostel Majdas in Mostar and signed up for a daily tour that the owner’s brother, Bata, was running. Bata gave us a jaw-dropping personal account of his life and escape during the Bosnia conflict, and an incredible amount of information about the political situation and its relevance to this day. He took us to incredibly beautiful locations miles off the beaten track, and the highlight was visiting Grandma’s house and getting the warmest Bosnian hospitality and tastiest home cooking. He was the most enthralling and passionate local guide I’ve ever met.
Day tour €30, on Facebook
Richard

Continue reading…