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Music fans are being forced overseas as the cost of tickets for festivals in the UK continues to rise, a poll by Watchmywallet.co.uk shows.

The money-saving website found almost two in three festival-goers would contemplate going to an event in Europe rather than one on home soil. Over half of Britons heading abroad for a festival are attracted by the relatively cheap cost, while one in four are influenced by the weather. More than a third of people surveyed revealed they get to fewer festivals now than they did when they were younger.

People keen to sample a different kind of atmosphere at an affordable cost could have picked up an early-bird ticket for a weekend at Poland's Open'er Festival for only £77, with the standard price £112. Super-early bird tickets for Soundwave in Croatia would set a music fan back just £65.

Many festival locations are easily accessible from UK airports such as Stansted, Gatwick and Luton. "Many of the music fans we polled admitted that they now look at European festivals as a real alternative to UK events," said Sean O'Meara, of Watch My Wallet. "With cheap airfares and lower prices for accommodation and food in many European countries, it's possible to enjoy a festival experience abroad with a little sightseeing thrown in, all for less than the cost of going to Reading Festival."

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One of the rarest and most renowned garden shows is currently underway in Hamburg, entertaining green fingered enthusiasts from all over the world. This year’s International Garden Show (IGS), which is only held once every decade, features the theme of Around the World in 80 Gardens.

The 250-acre site is divided into seven worlds featuring seven wonders and 80 gardens including the World of Ports, celebrating Hamburg’s long maritime history. World of Water, World of Religions, World of Cultural Diversity, World of Continents, World of Nature and World of Activity are the other wonders on display. The event is not due to finish until October 13, meaning there is plenty of time to book flights and sort out airport transfers to one of Germany’s greenest cities.

Visitors can also travel to Landungsbrucken and the HafenCity in the district of Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg, which are just a stone’s throw away from the exhibition site. This month happens to mark the 824th anniversary of the Hamburg’s port, with separate festivities to celebrate the occasion taking place along the River Elbe between May 9-12. The highlight of the event is set to be a grand parade of 300 vessels on the opening day. Day tickets to the IGS cost €21 (£18), while the price drops to €9 after 6pm.

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Travellers looking for a truly unique experience on their holidays in India are being urged to check out "a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" at the Pushkar Camel Fair. The event is held every November at the time of the Kartik Purnima full moon - this year's takes place between 9-17 November - attracting an incredible 300,000 people to see up to 20,000 camels, cattle and horses. Excited travellers wondering what to expect as they board their airport transfers are in for a riot of colour, buzzing activity and carnival as people with livestock from across Rajasthan join international visitors for the huge gathering.

The event was initially set up as part of an effort to boost business for camel traders during the holy Kartik Purnima festival, but it has grown vastly over the years to attract thousands of tourists from around the world who flock to their nearest international airport to get in on the action. Locals and tourists are enthralled by a riot of performances from musicians, folk dancers, herders, farmers, comedians and acrobats as the action unfolds.

Food lovers will not be disappointed either, with authentic Marwari cuisine delighting the tastebuds at this sensual feast. Religion becomes an increasingly strong feature of the latter part of the fair, culminating in thousands of devotees and pilgrims taking a holy dip in the Sarovar Lake. Devotees also visit temples and ashrams to immerse themselves in the spirituality of the holy hymns, chanting, bhajans, prayers and religious ceremonies.

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A stunning selection of photos of the Wonders of the World are creating a buzz thanks to their playful use of perspective.

New York-based photographer Richard Silver uses a processing method known as tilt-shift to create the eye-catching images that add a scale-model feel to iconic world sites. Just taking a look at the photos might cause anyone with the travel bug to head off to an airport and catch a flight to see some of the world's most incredible cities, monuments and natural attractions. The mini versions captured by the photographer include the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio, the Eiffel Tower looking like a toy and the magnificent site of Machu Picchu in Peru made no less striking in its miniature form.

"In this picture-series you are travelling the world with me," Silver said. "Since 2006 everywhere I have travelled I take a few photos that will be tilt-shifted and added to my portfolio. What I am trying to accomplish is to shrink-fit the world, one city at a time." So while the images may have a deceptively small feel to them, there is no doubting the scale of the man's ambition as he strives to distil the awe of the world into neat little packages. They are certainly successful in providing a new perspective on the well-known sites and will no doubt only add to the excitement for travellers as they take to their airport transfers with the images firmly planted in their mind.

Indeed it's the reactions of people viewing the photos that gives Silver his biggest thrill, as they often prompt a double-take from viewers taken aback by the apparently shrunk-down proportions of their subjects. "My favourite question is 'is that a model or is that real?" the photographer admits. Because when someone asks him that question, he feels that he has achieved exactly what he set out to do. Overseas travel is of course all about seeing the world in a new way, and there's little doubt he has managed it through his work.

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Top musicians from around the world will be performing at the Fes Sacred Music Festival organised by the royal city of Fez, Morocco. The festival, which takes place from June 7-15, offers both free performances as well as those that require paid tickets. Concert venues around the ancient capital city include the Batha Museum, Bab Boujloud and the Bab Al Makina. The latter site, which was the Royal Palace parade grounds, provides a dramatic backdrop to the concerts, particularly evening events.

In addition to concerts by some of the world’s top musicians who perform sacred music, there will be dance performances and other culturally diverse acts. This year’s festival marks the 19th Edition of World Sacred Music Festival of Fes. In addition to the programmed festival events, there will be Sufi gatherings and an emphasis on Fez’s local spiritual music, as well as the sacred music of Morocco.

The festival features two innovations in 2013. The newly refurbished Jnan Sbil Gardens will be open to the public during the festival and will prove a fitting stage for Egyptian song and performances by acrobats from Tangier. Also, there will be an afternoon dedicated to workshops with masters of choreography and music at Dar Mokri. There are easy connections to Fez by train and bus to many Moroccan cities. The city’s Saiss Airport is located only a few miles outside the city. There are good taxi and bus connections from the airport to the city centre. As far as connections to airports in the UK that offer flights to Morocco, there are buses to London Stansted.

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