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Do Student Loans and the Holidays Mix?

Everyone experiences the holiday season a little differently, even student loan borrowers. According to a few recent surveys, the holiday behaviors of student loan borrowers is going to change this holiday season in several ways. Whether that means increased spending or a gift wish list that looks a little different, those behaviors may not play nicely ...

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Student Experiments SOAR on NASA's WB-57 High-Altitude Aircraft

More than 130 students from seven schools worked with NASA engineers to design experiments to fly high-altitude Student Opportunities in Airborne Research (SOAR) missions last week that also collected data for atmospheric research. The project started in July and culminated with a weeklong visit to Johnson Space Center's o ...

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Explore The Wild Side Of Winter In Monterey County

While much of the country slumbers beneath blankets of winter snow, sunny Monterey Co ...

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Have a Once in a Lifetime Vacation Without Leaving the Country

There is no doubt about it: Traveling the world is one of the best educations you can possibly get. It is also one of the most expensive. Still, there is no better way to gain perspective. The very idea of perspective involves zooming out to see the bigger picture. ...

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Tis the season of giving, and Prodege is giving back!

Holiday shopping can be expensive, time-consuming and sometimes even overwhelming.  For those looking for one online network that can bring the savings to you, look no further than Prodege.  Our family of consumer loyalty brands, Swagbucks, MyPoints, ShopAtHome and MyGiftCardsPlus, reward members with free gift cards or cash back for the everyday things they are alrea ...

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Getting Better Photos and Video with a Smartphone

If you want to capture your travel adventures this summer and need to travel light, make your smartphone your camera of choice. For tips on how to capture your travel adventures in the best light, olloclip and A ...

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Three Reasons Travel Insurance Isn't Only For Expensive Trips

Many travelers think travel insurance is only for expensive trips, and often pay extra to protect the cost of their trip when they might not need to. Without ...

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Beer & Unlimited Vacation Make Squaremouth a Best Workplace

Work-life balance, open salaries, and unlimited vacation have been part of travel insurance comparison site, Squaremouth, since it was started. This year, those perks earned Squaremouth recognition as one of ...

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Babson Is the No. 1 College for International Students

Forbes has once again named Babson the No. 1 college in its annual ranking of the 50 Best U.S. Colleges fo ...

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"Fearless" Scholarship Offers $5,000 to Study Abroad

The American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS), a world leader in international education and cultural exchange, today announced the launch of the Fearless Global Citizen Scholarship for study abroad. The need-based scholarship is worth $5,000 and is available to all eligible college students who study abroad o ...

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Top Students From 36 Countries Take on Global Goals

This year, the Enactus World Cup project presentations by top college teams include an initiative that empowers refugees to earn an income by recounting cultural narratives in cooking classes within local communities, schools and businesses, a social enterprise driven by women who repurpose industrial waste into recycled paper, and a water purification project paired with a health and ...

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Ten Tips From A Former Trauma Nurse For Travelers Consuming Alcohol Overseas

Mexican authorities have seized more than 10,000 gallons of tainted alcohol and opened an investigation into an illicit manufacturer who had been supplying numerous resorts, nightclubs and restaurants. In light of these actions, travel insurance provider Allianz Global Assistance shares reminders of important alcohol consumption safeguards while traveling overseas. ...

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Europe’s Cheapest Cities for 2017 Travel Revealed

Compiling research based on general travel costs for backpackers, the Simply Holiday Deals infographic announces Sofia, Bulgaria, as Europe’s cheapest travel destination for 2017. The city takes the number one spot from Kiev, Ukraine. You can see the full infographic at ...

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Does Summer Work Travel International Exchange Work?

The Alliance for International Exchange, an association of cultural exchange agencies, asked EurekaFacts to find just that. The Summer Work Travel program—one of five programs included in the J1 Visitor Exchange Program—brings more than 100,000 college students from 100 countries to ...

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Nicaraguan Hostel Promotes New Wave of Sustainable Tourism

Surfing Turtle Lodge is proud to announce that in this latest sea turtle nesting season we have released over 5,500 baby sea turtles from our hatchery, the largest number in one season since its incept ...

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Send Your Students Off Safely This Semester

Summer has come and gone, and it's time to send the kids back to school. There's a lot of preparation involved, with back-to-school shopping topping the to-do list. Some items jump readily to mind for your shopping list, while others may be less likely but are every bit as important – for example, GAP waivers and other protections for your driving-age child.&l ...

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Top Ten Hottest Countries for Internships in 2017

International internship placement company, Global Nomadic (https://globalnomadic.com/), has conducted new research to compile a list of the top 10 most popular countries to intern during 2017. Based on all the data gathered from searches on its website this year(1), the top 10 list is: & ...

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Introducing Tzaneen

Tzaneen benefits from being a little known destination, famous for its bananas, tomatoes and mangoes rather than its tourist attractions.  You won’t find it overcrowded with tourists, or filled with souvenir hawkers, and is best enjoyed at a more relaxed, laid back pace.  In short, this is a charming and authentic town, perfect for discovering real South Afr ...

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Life in a Hostel

A hostel experience doesn’t have to be anything like the horror film of the same name but it does have to provide a roof over your head.  Staying in a hostel is a great way to save money on your travels and meet some great people.  If you’re lucky you might even be able t ...

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Teens Can Get Ahead This Summer With a New Popular Mechanics

With 3D printing, robotics and aerospace engineering driving technology these days, an exciting new program takes teen summer experiences to the next level. The Popular Mechanics STEM Experience, a collaboration between 360°Student Travel by ...

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Headliners Announced for Legends Valley Music Festival

Wideglide Entertainment is excited to announce the headliners for Legends Valley Music Festival, happening on August 23 - 27, 2017 at Laketown Ranch in Lake Cowichan, BC.   BODY COUNT - HOUSE OF PAIN - MAGIC!   Tickets will go on s ...

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Legends Valley Music Festival 2017

Wideglide Entertainment is excited to announce the headliners for Legends Valley Music Festival, happeningon August 23 - 27, 2017 at Laketown Ranch in Lake   Cowichan, BC.   BODY COUNT - HOUSE OF PAIN - MAGIC! ...

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Eating out in Cairns

Cairns has plenty of cool, atmospheric restaurants and budget eateries to keep you going on the first leg of your Aussie adventure.  The seaside location means that the city has an exceptionally high standard of seafood with the majority of the best places situated along the water front.  Sitting in the marina, diners can absorb the tranquillity of magical sea views w ...

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Caribbean Food Week Festival 2017 - Diary Note

The countdown is on to Caribbean Food Week, the UK’s biggest celebration of Caribbean food and drink (21st – 28th August), and you’re invited to join in the fun at this year’s Caribbean Food Week Festival! This unique event will take place at Windrush Square in Brixton on 25th and 26th August (11am – 7pm), and is ...

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A Guide to Study Medicine in Belize

Many people won’t have heard of the small country of Belize, especially students who will be surprised to hear of its underrated potential when it comes to being a place to study.  Situated between Mexico and Guatemala, Belize is the only Central American country where English is the offici ...

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A Thrillseekers Guide to Australia

Are the mundane routines of everyday life going to turn you grey early, each white hair representing another change-free year with no surprises? We all have those moments, so we’ve rounded up the best thrill seeking activities to do in the Land Down Under; Australia. Whether you prefer to be free falling towards the ground, or linger in the depths of the Pacific Ocean, there ...

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Five Reasons to Learn Italian

Italy is home to 50 UNESCO World Heritage Sites of architectural and cultural beauty.  These wondrous sites are essential sight-seeing for design, art, history, archaeology, architecture and art history students.  Learning Italian will make your exploration practically easier and more authen ...

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Five Reasons to Learn Japanese

Globally Renowned Companies According to the World Bank, Japan has the third largest economy in the world.  Needless to say, this is largely due to the thrivi ...

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Funding Your Dream Voluntary Trip

Having the opportunity to volunteer aboard can be one of the most exciting and thrilling adventures you will undertake.  But, before you start mapping out your travels or packing your suitcase, you need to consider the financial costs of your dream trip.  If you are travelling with a volunteer organisation, inventively raising funds will generally be a requirement, an ...

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Five Reasons to Visit Chicago

Chicago, also known as the Windy City, is a must-visit destination. As the third-most populous city in the United States there is plenty to do and see, and in 2015 it was one of the top visited cities in the USA. Deep-Dish Pizza Delights Chicago is famous for its deep-dish pizza, though some may say it looks mor ...

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Your Guide to Buying Medical Travel Insurance

Travelling is one of the best ways to learn new things in life. This world is a beautiful place, and if you have the money and time, travelling is going to be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. However, there are certain rules and regulations that you must abide by. First of all, almost every country requires you to have travel insurance before you enter. Travel insura ...

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A Guide to Accommodation in Iceland

While you may find it difficult to travel through Iceland on a shoe string, cheap accommodation, with the added bonus of glorious surroundings, can be found with just a little hard work and effort.  When planning your trip it’s important to remember that the tourist season lasts from June t ...

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Scintillating Singapore

Singapore, a former British trading colony in the 19th century, is located in Southeast Asia. If tourists want to experience the tropical weather and the medley of cultures on display, Singapore is definitely the ...

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Why you Should Visit Niagara Falls in the Winter

Niagara Falls is one of the most visited places worldwide –  the Falls are amongst the world’s great wonders and one of the greatest waterfalls. Its stunning natural beauty attracts millions of visitors every year with Summer being the peak season. During the summer months all of the attractions will be fully operational including the Maid of the Mist boat ...

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Twelve Tips for Backpacking in Africa

If you’re going backpacking Africa is the place to be.  It’s the wildest and most interesting of the continents; a place where you can really get to grips with nature, and experience the wilderness lifestyle you’ve always dreamed of, but its cities are as dynamic and fast paced as anywhere else too.  That means it can be daunting at times ...

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Travelling On A Budget

Travelling the world is an amazing and life-changing experience.  There’s one thing that unites all student travellers no matter where they’re from – budgeting.  If you don’t stick to a budget, you could easily over-spend and end up in with a mountain ...

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Why Visit Livingstone?

Livingstone is one of Zambia’s backpacker hotspots, undoubtedly thanks to its close proximity to the dramatic Victoria Falls.  As the largest waterfall in the world, twice the height of Niagara Falls, that should be reason enough to visit Livingstone, but in case you need another reason to visit, here is our list of other things to see and do in Livingstone. ...

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Studying in Finland

According to the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), Finland is known as the best and most advanced educational system in the world attracting student from all parts of the globe.  So what makes Finland such a great place to study? ...

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A Visit to Kenya

Witness one of nature’s most phenomenal spectacles you have to follow from the beginning of the migration, which starts in the Southern Serengeti plains of Tanzania ending in the Maasai Mara, Kenya. It is a lengthy process and one cannot simply devise a plan revolved around the migration despite the consistency of the time frame within which it happens. Environmental factors ...

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Working and Volunteering in India

With some very serious poverty, India is full of places to help; from orphanages and street slums to environmental support that its stunning wildlife needs.  Wherever takes your fancy in India, you’ll get a chance to do something substantial in terms of the development of the area, as well ...

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Amazing Destinations in France

France is the world’s most popular tourist destination that hosts over 82 million international tourists annually. It is known for its historic cities, lovely countryside, Loire Valley castles, cheese and wine. The climate is also pleasant, beaches on the Island of Corsica, Atlantic coast and the Fr ...

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A Student Guide to Peru

Peru is starting to gain more attention in the world of tourism as a popular alternative to more expensive trips to South American countries such as Brazil and Argentina. Prized with a plethora of attractive places to visit and a cultural heritage that pre-dates the birth of Christ, Peru has excitement to off ...

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A trip around Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva is the largest body of water in Switzerland, and one of the county’s most beautiful natural highlights.  Thanks to its intriguing crescent shape, some visitors remain depressingly ignorant of the true size and scale of this lake, but in actual fact it covers around 220 square mi ...

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An Introduction to Moshi

Moshi is the gateway to Mount Kilimanjaro, and a gathering place for backpackers preparing to attempt the climb.  The tourism that Kilimanjaro draws in means that Moshi is one of the wealthiest and cleanest cities in Tanzania, and a relaxing place to chill out with other travellers.  Here ar ...

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Volunteering in Africa

These are the best years of your life so make the most of them by journeying to amazing places to help protect diverse and unique communities and ultimately play a small part in building a better world.  There are some fantastic projects in Africa, available with Gap 360, African impact and GVI that take volunteering to a whole new and ex ...

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A Thailand Adventure

There are so many reasons to travel in Thailand like to taste the undeniably fantastic cuisine, relax on beautiful beaches and see wildlife to name a few but the main reasons are most likely, to experience a different culture like no other and gain insight into other interesting lifestyles.  Most travellers say the best way to fulfil your Thailand experience is to ‘G ...

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Why Volunteer in the Americas

To call the Americas vast and diverse is an understatement of colossal proportions. Home to almost one billion people, the Americas’ incredible landscape diverges from the Arctic tundras of Alaska and Canada, to the sweltering jungle heat of the Amazon. Its populations are a massive miscellany of cu ...

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Famous European Filming Locations To Visit

Many of us have wished we could be in our favourite film or TV show, though sadly the reality is that the magic is only on the screen. But you can still get the next best thing: visiting the places where they were filmed. Here are some of the most beautiful must see filming locations to visit. Dubrovnik (Croatia) ...

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Magical Norway

With wondrous mountains, spectacular waterfalls and seas so clear you can see the bottom of them, Norway is truly a country steeped in natural beauty. The land of the Vikings and Trolls has much to offer in the way of sightseeing and culture. Here are some of its highlights. Bergen Known as th ...

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Fun with Interlaken Adventures

Located in the mountainous Jangfrau region, between the picture-postcard setting of Lake Thun and Lake Brienz, Interlaken is the palpating heartbeat of central Switzerland.  In recent years, the town has become a veritable mecca of adventure sport.  The topographical features make it possibl ...

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Steppe Riders Tour of Mongolia

Follow in the footsteps of Genghis Khan as you gallop across Mongolia’s serene and beautiful natural landscapes.  There is no other nation in the world that depends so much on its horses; its famous nomadic pastures and unparalleled horsemanship combined with the wide open spaces, lack of f ...

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MANCHESTER INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 2017 SHOWS ANNOUNCED

New Artistic Director John McGrath reveals snapshot of his first programme, running 29 June – 16 July 2017   Artists – including Boris Charmatz, Yael Bartana, Vicky Featherstone, Scott Graham, Karl Hyde, Simon Stephens and Jeremy Deller – engage with urgent stories of our time ...

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The German Market

The biggest Christmas market outside of Germany and Austria is the Frankfurt Christmas Market, which has been a staple of the festivities in Birmingham for 50 years. However, Christmas markets in Germany have been a big part of German culture for centuries. The Frankfurt Market itself dates back to 1393. Historically they were meant for religious purposes, set up outside on the church ...

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The Most Festive Places to Spend Christmas in Europe

Although the traditional family home Christmas can be fun, sometimes it’s nice to have a change and venture to another part of the world to see how the holidays are done there. Here is our pick of some of the most beautiful locations in Europe to experience the most wonderful time of the year. Prague (Czech Republic) ...

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Come to Chicago

The word Chicago is synonymous with Chicago Pizza, Chicago Rock (Café) and the Broadway production simply entitled Chicago, but when you visit the city itself you will soon realise that it is a musical pilgrimage for fans of country, soul, folk and blues as well as a fascinating city break complete with skyscrapers, shopping centres, restaurants, fascinating museums and amaz ...

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Malta For Adventure

The Maltese Islands were made for action packed holidays.  Intrepid explorers, dare devil stunt men in training and those who simply get off on hurtling themselves head first into adventure will find their thirst for action sated on these three, sun drenched islands.  The small size of these ...

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Discover New Zealand

New Zealand may be small, remote and thinly populated but it punches well above its weight with its outlandish scenery, magical outdoor experiences, glorious sunshine and impressive celebration of its indigenous Mauri people.  So now it’s time to go Kiwi spotting, learn the Haka and join th ...

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Explore the finest golf courses in Australia

The opportunity to explore the finest golf courses in Australia is worth more than money for a lot of the people. One of the ways exploring those gold courses is a prize that people can earn at various online gaming sites. For some people, the best prizes are the ones that come wi ...

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Tapas Culture in Granada

Tapas is at the heart of Spanish culture and is now loved around the world – who doesn’t love a tasty nibble with a cold beer or glass of sangria? It encourages conversation and makes drinks out a much more social experience. In most bars across Spain when you order a drink you’ll be presented with a hot or cold snack called a tapa, and there are now resta ...

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Visiting Tunisia

With the Mediterranean Sea glistening on the North African country’s coastline, Tunisia truly is a sun seekers paradise.   Beyond the sun, sea and sand it also boasts a rich cultural heritage dating back as far as the Phoenician and Roman Empires as well as being home to Luke Skywa ...

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Celebrating The Day Of The Dead

A day to celebrate life, rather than mourn death, for families to come together and remember their loved ones with the happiness and joy that they shared in life. The Day of the Dead is the beautiful 3000-year-old Mexican ritual that is celebrated throughout Latin America. With songs, alcohol and a buzz of brightly painted faces, it’s hardly a morbid affaire. ...

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Are you Curious about Cuba?

Nobody better personifies the country than Mr. Cuba himself Fidel Castro.  As a Marxist-Leninist revolutionary he managed to oust the US backed President Batista through rebellion turning Cuba into a socialist state by nationalising its industries.  Castro has served as Prime Minister for se ...

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An Introduction to Egypt

With the World now such an easily accessible place, deciding on where to go for our travels has become much more difficult. With so many wondrous and fascinating cultural adventures at our disposal the decision can become blurry and ill defined, but when you consider the undeniable, the outstanding, and the o ...

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What is the Mayan Riviera?

At the south-eastern edge of Mexico lies the Yucatan Peninsula, home to some of the most stunning landscapes the country has to offer.  The area was once the heart of the Mayan civilization, a large and complex culture that is responsible for the many impressive ruins that can still be found throughout the area.  The most famous of these is the Chichen Itza, but it is ...

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Becoming An Au Pair

The life of an au pair is certainly an exciting one. Simultaneously economical, enriching and diverse, choosing to become an au pair could be the perfect way to amerce yourself in a new and wonderful culture, learn a language, and gain a second family. What to expect Traditionally, an au pair w ...

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Work, Volunteer and Study in Peru

Work International students and graduates looking for ...

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Why Volunteer in Asia and Australasia?

Boasting the biggest populace of any area on the planet (with 60% accounting for Asia alone), Asia and Australasia offer countless opportunities for prospective volunteers.  A world of exotic destinations, vibrant cultures and unique peoples, the continents offer a variety of roles to suit all person ...

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A Taste of Japan

A land filled of contrast between the ancient and the modern, a trip to this fascinating country will enchant you with its neon lights twinkling in the foreground of rugged mountains and their values of deep tradition prevailing amongst cities of constant rapid flux.  Holding many titles under its ad ...

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BEST GAP YEAR IDEAS FOR THE CLASS OF 2016

Fresh out of school and anxiously awaiting A-Level results, thousands of teenagers are considering a gap year and, according to BUNAC, are showing more interest than ever in working holidays.  General Manager, Hollie Brooks, says: “The trend towards work and travel makes perfect sense in the current climate.  By choosing a wor ...

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Exploring the states on a budget

America, the land of opportunity: the opportunity to spend a lot of dollars. While a trip to the US can get a little pricey, never fear, there’s a bunch of ways to budget your way through the states - you&a ...

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Take Some Time to Disconnect

As a traveller, having access to the big world wide web can be a precious commodity. From booking tickets to Zagreb’s Museum of Broken Relationships, to finding out which hostel has a shower with all the strength of great Poseidon himself; the internet makes all those important things a mere click away. Boycotting the web altogether would probably just ...

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A beginner’s guide to navigating Europe

From all day raving in the underground house scene, to the absolute serenity of sailing across a motionless lake, Europe has plenty to offer the curious traveller. If you’re visiting with limited time or money, it’s wise to plan a route that is tailored around what you enjoy.  Bars & Clubb ...

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The American Dream; Summer As A USA Camp Counselor

Maybe you watched Wet Hot American Summer when you shouldn’t have, or The Parent Trap was your favourite film growing up, either way you’ll have always wondered what going to a USA summer camp is like. Well now you can, and you can get paid for it too; the camp counselor program is one of the most popular summer employment c ...

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How to make friends for life Whilst Backpacking

Backpacking with friends can be a daunting prospect in itself, wondering if you’ll be able to survive each other’s company for months on end - but backpacking alone can seem like the scariest prospect to many young gap year travellers and students, often diswaying people from taking the leap to travel. However it needn’t be that way, backpacking your way t ...

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GLOBAL FESTIVALS INTERACTIVE TOOL

For those who may have missed out on Glastonbury this year, or couldn’t quite obtain the funds, why not consider an alternative? This simple interactive tool will allow you to check out what’s upcoming on a global scale. It will also enable you to easily work out your preferences on what you are after for a festival experience, including fligh ...

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The A – T Of Everything to Look Forward to at T in the Park

With only four weeks to go to this year’s T in the Park and the sun shining, excitement for this year’s festival is reaching fever pitch. In anticipation of next month’s event, T in the Park festival organisers DF Concerts and founding partners Tennent’s Lager take us through the A – T of everything to look forward to at this year&r ...

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An Introduction to Culinary & Cultural China

What is China without its food, dragon dancing and pandas?  Sure, you can experience all this in England but for traditional Chinese food and to see the pandas in their natural habitat, you need to be in this astounding, beautiful country.  ...

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The world’s biggest bouncy castle!

The Bestival family has a long and august history of going that extra mile, making the world of festivals bigger, better and brighter. And this year is no exception, pushing the boundaries of bobbing up and down to the very limit, we’ve teamed up with our old muckers, Cardiff-based Something Creatives to make what we think is the world’s biggest bouncy castle! Aimin ...

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What is the Best Way to Travel to North Cyprus?

As you may have heard, North Cyprus is an unspoiled gem of amazing natural beauty coupled with numerous architectural and historical marvels. For the most part the politics of the region have allowed it to escape the ravages of tourism that have faced other parts of the Mediterranean – but that also makes it a bit tricky to travel to. Largely there is n ...

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Bestival’s Spaceport Line Up Revealed

The legendary Port remains missing, its whereabouts unknown but Bestival’s brand new, revolutionary monolith of sound, The Spaceport, is shaping up to be the greatest dance stage ever! Throbbing to an intergalactic soundscape of epic proportions, our seven storey symbol of the future will transmit Bestival’s unique vision of our dancefloor destiny as we unveil the c ...

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Gibraltar Music Festival announces the first round of artists

Having previously played host to Duran Duran, Kings of Leon and Paloma Faith, Gibraltar Music Festival's fifth birthday year promises to impress even further with the first act announced as seminal welsh rockers Stereophonics. Emerging as a bright new noise in the UK alternative rock scene in the1990's, Stereophonics have firmly established themselves as the greatest We ...

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A Caribbean Overview

Simply put, the Caribbean is one big paradise destination.  Most travellers will know this place as being the world’s most popular place for a beach holiday with sun, sea and surf aplenty but there’s more to the Caribbean than first meets the eye.  It is the home of reggae music, mouth-watering cuisine, vibrant culture and not forgetting rum &n ...

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The Best Bars & Night Clubs in Africa

Africa may be better known for its safaris and deserts than it is for nightlife but the continent hides away a whole heap of party gems.  From plush clubs to traditional bars, clubbing in Africa is a pleasantly surprising eye-opener.  If you’re a lavish spender or if you love moshing along to live music, these top 5 clubs and bars appeal to all variations of ...

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An introduction to Route 66

Do you want to experience the real America?  How about being a part of the amazing culture and diversity in the land of dreams?  Do you want to be in a place where the people make you welcome and you feel as free as the birds on the open road?  Then Route 66 is for you. < ...

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Become An Intern in Britain and Stand Out From The Crowd

In an increasingly competitive job market, it is even more important to try to make your resume stand out from the crowd if you want to give yourself the best opportunity of finding employment in the future.  Work abroad specialist, BUNAC, can help by offering the chance to live and work in the UK for up to six months on its Intern in Britain program:  the ideal way o ...

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Planning Your Australian Adventure

Of course, the best option when it comes to travelling to Australia is by airplane, depending on the country you’re departing from.  Take for example; it takes at least a whole entire day just to get to Australia from Britain.  ...

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Preparing to Work Aboard

So you’ve found your perfect job in a hot sunny country far away from England.  You’ve sorted your visa and have packed your bags but before you jet off we’re providing you with one last instalment to our work aboard series and giving you all our advice and tips.&nbs ...

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Camping in America

Introduction These are the best years of your life so ...

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Discover Drankensberg

With a name meaning ‘Dragon Mountains’, the Drankensberg is the eastern segment of the South African Great Escarpment. At over 1,000 km long it stretches between the borders of South Africa and Lesotho and at certain points it extends more than 3,000 m into the heavens. Under the Drakensberg’s rocky protection, on the fertile land, m ...

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Four Simple Meals in Four Simple Steps

SALMON AND DILL FISH CAKES Fish cakes are great and really filling, the beauty of them is you can use pretty much whatever fish you have lying about and they fry really quickly. You can also serve them with almost anything and they make a great alternative to less healthy battered fish while still packing all the flavour.  &l ...

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ELECTRONIC MUSIC FESTIVAL IN SCOTLAND

The show on Sunday 29th May just got a whole lot bigger as headliner Fatboy Slim and local hero Jackmaster will be joined by Kerri Chandler, Julio Bashmore and Joris Voorn After stunning fans with last week’s first wave of artists, The Electric Frog & Pressure Riverside Festival returns today with new additions Kerri Chandler, Julio Bashmore and ...

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São Paulo with the locals

As Bob Marley used to say: “concrete Jungle”, that’s São Paulo a city for every need, that’s what generally any Brazilian would say; You are able to find anything you want there, and if it cant be found, we will get it for you, because that’s what we do, Brazilians are people pleasers. Brazilians have a ...

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Life as a Foreign Student in China

As Mandarin Chinese is gaining more importance than ever in the world, more people are looking to learn the language to remain competitive in the job market. An increasing number of state and independent schools in the UK and worldwide have included Mandarin Chinese in their curriculum, yet the best place to learn is still in China. Not only will you be able to practice your Mandarin C ...

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brand new stage this year at Bestival

HMS Bestival has vanished in mysterious circumstances. Investigations are underway, but as the enigma deepens and the conspiracy theories grow, the ship’s fate remains unclear. As the future unfolds, and human horizons expand beyond the planet, The Port, devoid of its antiquated maritime attraction, will evolve into a new kind of universal berth. A colossal cosmodrome. The Sp ...

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More Acts Including TIGER CLUB CONFIRMED FOR WYCHWOOD

Wychwood is hugely excited to welcome Mike Scott and his much loved band The Waterboys to headline the festival's main stage on Friday. Also confirmed are Scottish rockers Idlewild, Thrill Collins, Folk On, Keston Cobblers Club, Get Inuit and family favourite Justin Fletcher, whilst over in the Big Top the Smashing Blouse team add yet more exciting up and comers including Haelo ...

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Zambia’s Best National Parks

Introduction Zambia is a landlocked country in South-East Africa, comprised mainly of tropical grasslands, wide rivers and open floodplains that are the perfect terrain for a safari adventure.  Zambia’s commitment to wildlife is impressive; 30% of the land is set aside for its animals, in the form of 20 national par ...

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Mozambique’s Best Beaches

Most travellers are completely unaware that Mozambique has some of the most stunning coastlines in Africa, so it is a nice surprise the first time they stumble onto a beautiful sandy beach. We just ruined that surprise for you, but, we are also going to give you the lowdown on the very best beaches around, so don’t be too upset. Mozambique is a very act ...

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Introducing Tzaneen

Tzaneen benefits from being a little known destination, famous for its bananas, tomatoes and mangoes rather than its tourist attractions.  You won’t find it overcrowded with tourists, or filled with souvenir hawkers, and is best enjoyed at a more relaxed, laid back pace.  In short, this is a charming and authentic town, perfect for discovering real South Afr ...

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Volunteer with Mercy Ships

For many around the world, healthcare is a luxury they cannot afford. Mercy Ships is dedicated to helping those in need, regardless of race, gender or religion, and has visited over 451 ports in developing nations around the world, helping to fill the gaps in health care systems that many of the world’s poorest fall through. Through the deployment of the wor ...

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Livingstone Backpackers – A Zambian Adventure

Livingstone Backpackers is the newest backpacker hub in Livingstone Town, family run, and with fresh, young, relaxed vibes.  Their aim is to cater for the independent traveller’s needs, whether that is relaxing around the pool with an ice cold beer or taking advantage of all the adrenaline activities to be found in and around Zambia.  ...

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FULL PROGRAM ANNOUNCED FOR THE 39TH GOTHENBURG FILM FESTIVAL

Screenings of over 450 films, world premieres, international actors & filmakers plus the famed Dragon Award all revealed for Scandanavia's biggest film event Gothenburg Film Festival returns to the culture capital of Sweden for the 39th year with a packed program of screenings, showcases and seminars spanning all genres of the industry. A gala red ...

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An Introduction to Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta might just be the best place in Africa to go on safari, home to every type of wildlife you can name spread across a massive area of some 10,000 square miles. A rare natural phenomenon, the delta is formed by a number of waterways that don’t quite have enough power to reach the sea and instead deposit billions of litres of water across the savannah. All this ...

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Natural Splendour

Cascades D’Ouzoud If majestic waterfalls are your thing, then head to the Cascades D’Ouzoud just a few hours from the Imperial city of Marrakesh.  These picture perfect falls are found in the Middle Atlas Mountains and the water crashes down 100 metres against a lush green backdrop.  Bring your ca ...

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Visit Gorongosa Without Bankrupting Yourself

Gorongosa National Park is perhaps Mozambique’s most beautiful safari destination.  The park lies at the southern end of the Great African Rift Valley and contains several rivers that flood dramatically, set against stunning mountain vistas.  It is the animals, however, that make it so special, and Gorongosa has been declared by scientists as one of the most ...

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Volunteer at South Africa Lion Park

South Africa Lion Park gives international volunteers the life changing opportunity to interact with the world’s most impressive animals up close.  Volunteers will spend their time feeding and caring for lion and cheetah cubs, exploring South Africa on excursions organised by the park, and seeing wildlife in its natural habitat on game drives.  You will also ...

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Coolest Street Food Festivals from Around the World

Food is not only the best way to celebrate, it is also an excuse to celebrate in its own right.  There are countless food festivals across the world, from traditional feasts to rainy English farmer’s markets, but for us nothing beats good street food.  It trades pretentiousness for simplicity, and fancy presentation for taste, it’s relaxed, informa ...

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Five reasons to visit Zambia

Victoria Falls Located in South Africa on the borders of Zambia and Zimbabwe, Africa’s most famous waterfall, the Victoria Falls, are neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world. It is the combination of its height and width that result in it being the largest sheet of falling water in the World. At nearly 1,00 ...

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The Best Beaches in Morocco

The labyrinthine medinas and the constant heckling and haggling in Morocco’s major cities can get a bit too much, so it is fortunate that Morocco also has two magical coasts to escape to.  To the north it is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea and to the west, the Atlantic Ocean.  With thousands of kilometres of coastline outlining an array of diverse landscap ...

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Volunteer with Raleigh International

“What do you think of when you say ‘Tanzania’?  Safari?  Kilimanjaro?  The Savannah?  It’s so much more!” Tanzania is one of the most stable and peaceful democracies in Africa, with a young, dynamic and resourceful population.  By tapping into the e ...

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Research and Conservation with UmPhafa

UmPhafa Private Nature Reserve, situated in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, is a 6,000 hectare reserve created by Colchester Zoo and its charity; Action for the Wild.  The reserve turns farmland that was previously used for cattle back into a natural habitat where wildlife species can flourish.  It encompasses a wide range of habitats from acacia savannah and bushveld to ...

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Nomad Divers Bangka

Nomad Divers are a PADI certified dive resort nestled in a beautiful, sheltered bay on the picturesque Bangka Island run by Sophie and Simon Foote.  They offer world class diving coupled with an authentic island experience and the chance to become part of a friendly, close knit community of divers.  Their picturesque beach resort was built with the help of the local c ...

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Meandering Through Maboneng

Jo’burg was never short on character, although that wasn’t always a good thing.  Now, South Africa’s largest city is once again on the up, with its crime rate on the down, and is enjoying a newfound popularity with tourists.  At the heart of this regeneration is a spruced up Central Business District, and the rise of hip, artistic precinc ...

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Introduction to MozVolunteers

MozVolunteers works to promote development through education, healthcare and sustainable income generating opportunities.  They are a registered non-profit organisation and work year round to support development in their areas in the KZN Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa, and in mid-Mozambique.  The programmes on offer involve members of the local communities with ...

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Enjoy Mbiroba Camp

Budget travellers the world over will tell you the best experiences they had were the ones they stumbled on by accident – an artsy café on the cheap side of town, a new favourite band discovered in an underground dive bar, a little known attraction hidden down a side street – experiences that would not have happened if they had stuck to the luxury hotels, ...

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Moki Schwartz Tours

To learn more about Jerusalem’s storied history, explore a specific part of the city’s heritage, or discover the beauty of Israel, book a private tour with Moki Schwartz.  As an expert in history, archaeology and religion there is no one better to introduce you to the country, but it is Moki’s personality that makes his tours so interesting and me ...

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Marine Conservation with Underwater Africa

Southern Mozambique is home to some of Africa’s largest marine megafauna populations (whale sharks, manta rays, marine turtles) and is also an important refuge for other threatened marine species like the elusive dugong.  Unfortunately, the area is not protected, and is considerably damaged by the fishing industry. Underwater Africa is a volunt ...

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Experience Panthera Africa

Panthera Africa is a non-profit company dedicated to helping big cats escape captivity and cruelty. It was founded by Lizaene Cornwall and Cathrine S. Nyquist, who both fell in love with these unique predators while working as volunteers at a breeding project. That experience opened their eyes both to how magical these animals are, and the dangers they can face, even in captivity; one ...

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Mountbatten Institute

Founded in 1984, Mountbatten Institute is dedicated to giving ambitious young professionals the tools to enhance their international perspective and future prospects.  With a portfolio of leading corporate partners, Mountbatten works in collaboration with the excellent Graduate School of Management and Social Sciences at St Mary’s University, UK.  Designed f ...

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Discover Your Perfect Job

When it is time to enter the world of work you will be confounded by buzzwords and unhelpful job titles that give you little idea of what the role actually is. Furthermore, there are more jobs out there than you could possibly imagine. Planning a career path can often be a minefield and no one wants to get off on the wrong foot and miss the boat. Being able to make informed career choi ...

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Surf Schools in Tamarindo

Surfing isn’t just for men with long blonde wavy hair and tanned muscular bodies; it’s the perfect way to enjoy Costa Rica’s stunning coastline whilst learning an exciting sport.  Tamarindo has many exceptional surfing schools where you can get your first taste of the waves in the Americas.  From beginners to any level of ability or ambit ...

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Why Volunteer in Asia

Asia, as a big continent and home to more than half of the world’s human population, offers many volunteering opportunities, providing destinations from the southern tropical rainforests to the heights of the Tibetan Plateau, a very diverse setting from which the volunteers can choose from.  The unknown faces of Thailand, India, Nepal or Vietnam are in need of devote ...

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An Introduction to Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe is a group of Caribbean islands which are part of France, and is thus part of the European Union and the Eurozone with the Euro as currency.  All natives speak the official language, French, though most also speak Antillean Creole. Named “The Butterfly Island” due to the shape taking the form of a butterfly, each isle of Gu ...

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New York’s Best After Work Drinks

So, you have landed that top internship in New York City and you’re settling into professional life. But, a placement, graduate scheme or internship may not last forever. At the conclusion of your placement your time in NYW will come to an end however, if you make the right impression whilst working, you may increase your chances of prolonged employment. Although a full-time ...

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Tamarindo and its Beaches

Once a quiet fishing hamlet, Tamarindo, on Costa Rica’s west coast is today one of the country’s prime destinations.  Frequented by surfers, partiers and nature lovers alike, Tamarindo is one of the most developed and accessible locations in the country.  This small multicultural town is home to only one thousand inhabitants and the all-round yearl ...

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Do Something Amazing - Volunteering at Lanta Animal Welfare

Lanta Animal Welfare (LAW), based on Koh Lanta in the south west of Thailand, has a mission to relieve the suffering and pain of the animals on the island through sterilisation and care.  Founded in 2005, the non-profit organisation is primarily a sterilisation centre, with the aim of reducing the suffering of the island’s cats and dogs by reducing their population n ...

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Practicing your Spanish in Buenos Aires

Studying abroad in a vibrant city like Buenos Aires offers a bounty of spots where you can practice and improve your language skills outside of the classroom.  Leave your shyness at home and put your knowledge into action by striking up conversations with the highly-spirited bunch that the porteñosare!  Vamos! A Night Ou ...

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Buenos Aires- The Paris of South America

The capital and largest city in Argentina is located on the estuary of the Río de la Plata.  According to Mercer's 2012 study, Buenos Aires ranked as having the third best quality of life of all Latin American cities.  With almost three million residents, Buenos Aires is popular with expatriates perhaps due to its subtropical climate meaning it has ...

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Getting to know Oahu

Affectionately dubbed as ‘the gathering place’, Oahu is Hawaii’s third largest island and a huge business trading hub and deep sea port, thanks to its prime location in the Pacific Ocean. All major transporters operate services from the urban metropolis that is Honolulu, Hawaii’s main airport and capital city. Served by international and domestic ...

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Healthcare Precautions When Residing in Asia

Wherever you choose to work or study in Asia you won’t benefit from free healthcare.  While some Asian countries offer this to their citizens as an international student you won’t be eligible and will have to get private insurance, pay into a state run insurance system or take the risk.  It is highly recommended that you get covered before leaving ...

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Koh Tao Discovery

Koh Tao is the home of scuba diving in Thailand, a small and enchanting island hidden away in the Gulf of Thailand it is resplendent with hidden underwater treasures. Divers and snorkelers are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to Koh Tao thanks to the impressive variety of marine life. Home to the mighty Barracuda and Grouper and seasonally visited by the majestic Wh ...

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Exploring in Kazakhstan

The world’s ninth biggest country and largest landlocked nation, Kazakhstan has a vast and diverse landscape which includes flatlands, steppes, hills, deltas, canyons, lakes, mountains, and deserts. A former Soviet state, life in Kazakhstan has changed dramatically since the communist era. Rich in oil and gas resources, it now ranks among the  ...

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When you get Home

When you land home from your volunteering journey, you do not need to leave your experiences behind.  There are plenty of ways to keep the memory of your adventure alive and thus help your local community and enable other volunteers to make a difference.  If utilised effectively, a volunteering experience can open many doors when you return home if you are proactive.& ...

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Mount Kinabalu Climbing & Kinabalu Park Stay

 Tour Highlights  Mount Kinabalu Climb via Timpohon Trail  Stargazing at Laban Rata (Highest Elevation 3272M)  1 Night Kinabalu Park Hostel  1 Night Laban Rata Assorted Huts Tour Itiner ...

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Your Complete Kolkata City Guide

Kolkata is a shopping paradise.  The modern new malls that are springing up sit side by side with traditional markets, and the city caters for every shopper.  The Gariahat Market, created to imitate a traditional Indian bazaar, offers an eclectic mix of goods and foods while the Flower Market sells flowers from all over India and almost overloads the senses with colou ...

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Your Complete Jaipur City Guide

Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and is filled with enough history to earn it a place on India’s most popular tourist trail, known as the Golden Triangle.  While Delhi is known for its colonial history and Agra for its Mughal relics, Jaipur tells a different story.  The Rajput kings lost their independence to the Mughals, and won it back by allying with th ...

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Guilin’s Traditional Culture

Once you’ve gained the tenacity to put yourself out there, Guilin is home to almost five million people that are ready and willing to help you practise.  Very few people in the city speak anything other than Chinese, which means you can wholly immerse yourself into the culture and have no choice but to use your new language.  Guilin is celebrated as one of C ...

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Avoid Paying For Non-Refundable Hotel Rooms - The Smart Way!

More than 221 000 hotels rooms are cancelled each year in the United States alone. These rooms which are paid for result in $8.6 billion wasted on non refundable hotel rooms, as a result of hotel room cancellations. However, with the introduction of the online travel marketplace, ...

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Tokyo’s Top Restaurants

With everything from traditional blue collar Yakitori to exotic Tempura, Tokyo rightfully deserves its reputation as one of the greatest foodie cities in the world. It also has the potential to completely wipe out your budget if you aren’t careful, so here are some of our favourite restaurants that won’t leave you selling your shoes for airfare within the week. ...

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Osaka, The Nation’s Kitchen

Osaka was formerly known as Naniwa, which was Japan’s first recorded capital; it has since become Japan’s third most populated city with almost three million inhabitants.  Located 250 miles west of Tokyo, at the mouth of the Vodo River on Osaka Bay, Osaka is the economic centre of the Kansai region.  So distinct and culturally proud are the residen ...

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The Technological Wonders of Tokyo

From the small fishing village of Edo, to the metropolitan prefecture that is modern day Tokyo, Japan’s capital has advanced beyond measure since 1869.  The city that boasts the largest population in the world is also home to some of the biggest corporations at the forefront of technology.  The business core of the city consists of three central wards: Chiyo ...

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How to Volunteer in the Capital

Volunteering in Germany is quite a recent phenomenon but, the country already has over 23 million regular volunteers.  Due to rapidly growing interest, volunteer centres are popping up all over the country.  In Berlin, there are roughly 22 centres that are looking to find you placements with one of their hundreds of partnered charitable projects and organisations.& ...

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Japanese Cultural Learning Aids

TV Shows Beginner: You wa nani shi ni nihon e? Typically quirky, this reality programme is set in an airport where presenters ask arrivals at an airport why they have come to Japan.  From Japanese-fluent working foreigners, to tourists with sushi and anime on their minds, the language is easy to follow ...

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Discover Tokyo

The world’s most populous metropolis, Tokyo, is on many travellers bucket lists and for good reason.  At the turn of every corner visitors will find something weird and wonderful, whether it is a sensational architectural marvel, quirky museum or a snatched glimpse of Mount Fuji.  Tokyo is truly a city that never sleeps and walking through its electrifying s ...

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Discover Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s flat and limited landscape has meant the city has had to instead extend upwards, earning it the title of the world’s most vertical city. Situated on the southern coast of China, Hong Kong is a city that simultaneously boasts Eastern and Western influences, whilst retaining its own identity.  Disneyla ...

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Grasping the Complexities of the Chinese Language

For many, when they arrive in China for the first time, the complexities of the language and its many regional dialects prove a steep learning curve.  But, given time, those who want to learn Mandarin (Guānhuà) will find adopting their local variations a lot easier than first imagined.  The idea that China has regional dialects, as say the UK does, is some ...

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How to Avoid the Most Common Travel Illnesses

You may have been preparing for your travels for months, but have you thought about preparing for the unexpected?  Getting ill whilst travelling is undoubtedly a hindrance, stopping you exploring a location or disrupting further travel plans.  It’s important you know what to take, what to avoid and what to do whilst you’re travelling to prevent or ...

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Getting Around Lyon

Lyon’s compact city centre is easily covered by foot or by bike, but when you need to journey between the city’s outskirts, or to another country, Lyon’s transport system is extensive, efficient and frequent to ensure a smooth and reliable service whatever time of day.  ...

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Your Complete Chennai City Guide

The muddled, narrow streets of Chennai may not have the appeal of some of India’s other cities, but the capital of the south is well worth a visit.  The thriving motorcar industry has made it the biggest industrial centre of the country, but for travellers the biggest attractions will be the temples, museums and the country’s longest beach, bordered on one ...

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Your Complete Delhi City Guide

Delhi epitomises modern India; a bewildering mixture of cultures, crowds that make Saturday shopping back home look like a stroll along a deserted beach, and architecture that ranges from the grand to the depressing.  The city became India’s capital in 1931 and the British rulers set about turning New Delhi into the heart of the country.  It is filled with g ...

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Your Complete Agra City Guide

The ancient city of Agra is situated in the north of India, along the banks of the river Yamuna, and is most famous for being the home of the iconic Taj Mahal – one of the New Severn Wonders of the World.  The name translates as ‘crown of palaces’ although the enormous structure is actually a mausoleum built in memory of one of a Mughal Emperor&am ...

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Best Places to Discover Fijian Culture

Beach life may be the biggest draw to Fiji, but it is also a country with a completely unique culture that stretches back decades.  Here are our four favourite places to sample aspects of Fiji’s Culture. Visit a Fijian Village If you want to immerse yourself in the culture, then what better wa ...

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Must See Attractions in Bhutan

Bhutan was, for many years, one of the least accessible destinations to Tourists.  This is still part of the appeal for those that travel to the country, as it is one of the few places that still offers real opportunities for adventure.  By far the best way to explore this stunning land is to head into the unknown and see what you discover along the way, however, ther ...

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Fiji’s Best Beaches

Fiji is made up of over 330 islands, so it is no surprise that there are plenty of beaches to keep travellers happy.  The iconic image of golden sands bordered by azure blue waters has been splashed across travel magazine covers again and again, and yet it is still worth reiterating just how stunning they are in person.  You can’t really go wrong with a Fiji ...

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Accommodation options in Perth

Having limited funds to spend in Perth can make life harder, but at least it doesn’t make it impossible for you to find great places to sleep.  In fact, there are a number of budget options that are available to travellers looking for accommodation in Perth, often in vibrant, interesting areas of the city with easy to reach transport links. < ...

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Perth’s Hipster Hideouts

It takes over three hours to fly to Perth, Australia, or days to drive there through desert – lots of desert.  This isolation once meant that Perth was considered a cultural backwater, cut off from the artistic heartlands of Melbourne and Sydney, but now it is the rest of Australia that is playing catch-up.  Seemingly, local Perthians finally decided that it ...

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Melbourne’s Famous Food Scene

Take a portion of Australia, slowly pour in a few cups of cultural exchange from Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, gently simmer for a few centuries and you have yourself your very own culinary centre. This is exactly what happened in Melbourne, Australia’s coolest city and the epicentre of its growing culinary scene.  It is home to countless hipster chic hideouts t ...

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Coolest Accommodation in Cairns

With so much to do in Cairns it can be hard to find the time to sleep, but at least it is not hard to find somewhere cool to rest your head when you do get a few hours down time.  Whether you want relaxed digs with a laid back vibe and lots of chilled out common rooms or a wild party spot where you can party before (and sometimes after) hitting the clubs there is somewhere for ...

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Coolest Attractions in Cairns

After a busy first few days where you throw yourself headlong into every adventure activity you can find, you will probably come to the realisation that you haven’t had time to explore Cairns yet.  It is understandable, with the Atherton Tablelands, Daintree Rainforest and Greet Barrier Reef just on your doorstep, not to mention the bungee jumping, river rafting, ATV ...

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Nightlife in Cairns

One of the top locations for backpacker’s and travellers to party, Cairns’ nightlife is an experience like no other.  Constantly changing and with a variety of nights every day of the week, you won’t be short of somewhere to have a nice Aussie pint or bevy.  The best thing about this popular city is that if you’re clever, you ca ...

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Backpacking in Australia

Australia, with its stretching desert frontiers, exotic wildlife and scorched auburn trails, is the quintessential backpacking destination for people seeking freedom and adventure.  The enormous continent boasts golden sands, colossal mountains, rainforests ri ...

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Planning 48 hours in Mexico City

Mexico City has the classic Marmite effect on those who visit; some hate the noise, the crowds, the dirt and the traffic, whilst others fall in love with its high energy street life, its edgy urban art scene and its unpretentious grittiness.  The later will probably want to spend their time exploring the city’s bohemian neighbourhoods, drinking tequila or mezcal in d ...

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Festival Internacional de Benicàssim has Begun

16 – 19 July - Benicassim, Costa Azahar, Spain - Tickets €160 Having been born in 1995 it is perhaps fitting that Benicassim should choose Blur and The Prodigy as two of its headline performers to help celebrate its 20th birthday. While Benicassim was putting on its inaugural festival, Blur se ...

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Five Treks That Are Better Than Everest

Climbing Everest, or even just plodding around at the base of it, earns backpackers certain bragging rights.  Despite this, it isn’t the best trek in the Himalayas.  In fact, it doesn’t even come close.  The scenery is certainly stunning, and you get the experience of travelling in the historic footsteps of Edmund Hillary and other famous ...

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Trekking Essentials

There is no greater satisfaction than trekking across Nepal’s vast ancient mountain chains.  A mountain trek is intensely rewarding, both spiritually and physically.  The views are spectacular, from colossal peaks with expansive vantage points, to hidden valleys and buried grottos.  After an intense trek, sitting around an old fashioned wood stove w ...

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Accommodation in Kathmandu

For years, budget travellers in Nepal had to be content with incredibly basic and rather soulless accommodation that simply didn’t fit with the vibrant and exciting atmosphere of the rest of Kathmandu.  Thankfully, the hostel revolution is slowly reaching every corner of the world, and over the last few years the city has seen a growth in cool and interesting accommo ...

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Tracking the Elusive Yeti

Over 6’ tall, heavily muscled and covered with thick, coarse, brown hair.  No, we aren’t talking about the editor; this is the description of the Yeti according to the local Sherpas.  Many will laugh and smile if you mention him; others will tell you scary ghost stories with a playful glint in their eyes; a select few will fall deathly silent & ...

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Kathmandu for History and Culture

Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, rests a massive 4,600 feet above sea level between four ancient mountains in the Kathmandu Valley.  Its elevated geography is often claimed to be a reflection of its enlightening Buddhist philosophy, and it is filled with ancient traditions for backpackers to immerse themselves in.  Here, 2,000 year old inscriptions ornament stone wall ...

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A Backpackers Guide to Nepal

Nepal is a land of spiritual intrigue, where secret stone temples are dashed across vast, misty mountains ranges – the tallest in the world.  The ancient mantra, om mani padme hum, carved with diligence on rock walls throughout Nepal, speaks of generosity, patience and wisdom – traits that travellers will encounter often as they wander this beautiful countr ...

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Malaysia’s Most Impressive National Park

Visitors to Malaysia are spoilt with choice when it comes to National Parks, but Gunung Mulu National Park is arguably the most impressive.  Home to a 40 million year old catacomb of caves and limestone karst formations which protrude from the ground like ancient stone fingers, the Gunung Mulu National Park is truly a natural marvel. Located near Miri in ...

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A Taste of Malaysia

Malaysian cuisine, like its population, is multi ethnic, with roots in Malay, Chinese, Indian and Thai dishes.  It owes its variety to Malaysia’s intricate and often turbulent history, which has seen it become part of many European and South Asian empires during the last 2,000 years. Malaysian dishes are typically a medley of rice or noodles in ...

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Most Beautiful Temples in Malaysia

Malaysia is home to some of the world’s grandest Hindu temples; colourful, ornate and forever embedded in the country’s history.  These temples are places of intense colour, where aromatic incenses and rhythmic prayer enrich the air.  Temples both rustic and urban are the thriving heart of Malaysian communities, where devout locals and adventuring ...

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Backpacking across Malaysia

Malaysia has much to offer travellers, from urban jungles to ancient rainforests, white sand beaches to rustic mountain villages.  It has a unique cultural diversity – a mixture of Malay, Chinese, Indian and British colonial influences – and some of the world’s best street food to match.  Most of all, what Malaysia offers is adventure; wh ...

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Asias Lesser Known Culinary Cities

Asia is blessed with some of the tastiest and most distinctive foods in the world, and heading there yourself is the perfect way to sample it first hand.  Although the best food can often be found in traditional villages where regional favourite have been cooked the same way for generations and prepared with fresh ingredients, for more exotic and more exciting fare, or simply ...

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Five Reasons to Visit Ecuador

  Ecuador literally has a little of everything, which is what makes it so unique compared to the rest of Latin America.  At just over 175,000 square miles, Ecuador is approximately the size of Nevada or double the UK, and includes the famous Galapagos Islands. Quito Built ...

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Highlights of Patagonia

Top Gear brought the beauty of Patagonia to thousands last year, and it is clear why the show chose this secluded part of South America for their antics.  It is home to stunning mountains, dramatic valleys, vast plains and mighty glaciers to drive on or crash into – in short, it is perfect for an adventure.  Infinitely vast and empty, Patagonia stretches all ...

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Buenos Aires Coolest Hangouts

Proudly proclaimed South America’s most charismatic city, Buenos Aires is a unique mixture of Latin passion and colonial grandeur.  French Cafés and Italian coffee shops vie for attention with New York City style speakeasies and authentic Argentinian steakhouses, creating an atmosphere that is impossible to pin down, ever changing, and constantly varied.&a ...

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More than Tequila and Tacos

There is something magical about street food.  It is such a relaxed and casual way of eating with none of the pretence that all but the most Spartan restaurants come with, and it has a way of bringing you into the real lives of the people around you.  Whether filling up on a taco alongside truckers at a roadside stop, sitting on plastic chairs and looking out over the ...

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Nevada, A State of Contrasts

Nevada is a State best known for the Megacasinos of Las Vegas and a pervading ‘anything goes’ attitude.  Having some of the most liberal laws in America makes it one of the best destinations in the country to let your hair down, but the appeal of the Silver State isn’t limited to gambling and excess; also on offer are stunning landscapes that play ...

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Highlights of Queenstown

Located in the Lakes District of New Zealand’s South Island, Queenstown is a thriving tourist destination.  Its impressive natural environments made it famous as one of the main filming locations from Lord of the Rings, and Queenstown attracts film buffs from all over the globe with tours of the infamous terrain, but its real claim to fame is as the adventure sports ...

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Honduras Bay Islands

A collection of tropical paradise islands with a relaxed, almost Caribbean vibe and some of the best diving spots in the world, it is not surprising that the Bay Islands are Honduras’ most popular attraction.  The biggest and most popular island is Roatán, with stunning beaches and a gentrified feel that lends itself to family friendly resorts and cruise s ...

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Guayaquil City Guide

Ecuador’s most populous city is a sprawling economic powerhouse that has come a long way from its humble routes in 1583.  It has enough high rises to deserve its big city reputation, and enough shanty towns, creeping up the outer city hillsides, to show potential for even more growth.  All flights to the Galápagos Islands either stop at, ...

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Discover Quito

Quito sums up Ecuador perfectly – it may be smaller than other South American capitals, but that only serves to make it less intimidating and as a result even more appealing. The city has just as much cultural heritage as its competitors, as well as the best preserved Old Town of any of them, but with a much more relaxed and welcoming atmosphere that makes it the perfect plac ...

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Discover Cuenca

Nestled in the Ecuadorian highlands, along the Pan-American Highway and about 2,500 metres above sea level, lies Cuenca;Quito’s main competitor for the title of most beautiful city in Ecuador.  The historic city centre islisted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, filled with charming colonial buildings with balconies full of brightly coloured flowers, and the impressive ...

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Introduction to Lima

Peru’s capital city was once foregone by travellers eager to reach Cusco and Machu Picchu, but more and more visitors are choosing to stop in the city for longer, attracted by the buzz of the country’s largest city.  The main tourist strip of Miraflores lays spread out along a beachside cliff top, and it is sitting in one of the many cafés lookin ...

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Five Reasons to Visit Honduras

Honduras is infamous for its high crime rate, and sadly this means that solo travel is pretty much off the table in some parts.  The good news is that if you stick to the tourist hotspots and keep your wits about you Honduras has some wonderful things on offer.   Caribbean beaches &l ...

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Island Hopping in the Philippines

The Philippines is a vast and exotic chain of over 7,000 islands, and for this reason is best experienced on an island hopping adventure.  Not only do these islands boast pristine stretches of golden sand, colossal mountains, dense exotic jungles, vibrant street carnivals and intriguing museums, but each has its own personality, and with it, a unique culture and history. ...

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United Backpackers Port Douglas

United Backpackers is our favourite hostel in Melbourne, so it is with great pleasure that we can announce the opening of their latest property in Tropical North Queensland.  Last month United Backpackers Port Douglas rolled out the red carpet for their very first guests after four months of renovation.  United Backpackers’ first hostel quickly captured the ...

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The Heart of Zagreb

Brand new, recently renovated and well equipped – The Brit Hostel is your ideal stopping point in Zagreb. One of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Europe deserves to be seen properly and there is no better base for your stay then this hostel. Located in heart of Zagreb, a 10 min walk along the main street (Ilica) or two tram stations to the main square (Ban Jelačić Sq ...

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Island Essentials Lombok

Bali’s eastern neighbour, Lombok, is only 20 minutes away and is known widely as the quieter side of Bali. Lombok is a bucolic haven, where horses and carts traverse narrow dirt paths across golden horizons and men work in conical hats across isolated rice paddies. Still, the island attracts a steady flow of tourists each year thanks to its unique and private charms. Its dens ...

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Melbourne’s Food Scene

Take a portion of Australia, slowly pour in a few cups of cultural exchange from Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, gently simmer for a few centuries and you have yourself your very own culinary centre. This is exactly what happened in Melbourne, Australia’s coolest city and the epicentre of its growing culinary scene.  It is home to countless hipster chic hideouts t ...

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Best places to stay in Queenstown, New Zealand

After a busy day of elegantly surfing through the rapids of the Kawarau River (or descending in a decidedly less graceful ball of flailing limbs and splashes, as the case may be), and a couple of cool beers at Minus 5˚ Ice Bar you are going to need to find somewhere to rest your head for a few hours.  After all, you don’t want to be too tired for that bunge ...

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Lantau Island

As the largest island in Hong Kong, Lantau Island has something for everyone.  If it’s a taste of culture, a feast for your eyes, food for thought or just food you want, let Lantau Island oblige.  Unless, of course, a traditional fishing village, unrivalled sunset (and sunrise) vantage points, uplifting spiritual monuments and buildings, freshly caught seafo ...

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Two Sea Tour

A day on Two Sea Tour’s “big boat” is filled with fun and different activities, making it the perfect way to discover the resplendent beauty of Phang Nga Bay.  Canoeing, sightseeing, swimming, relaxing, on-board entertainment, they have it all at Two Sea Tour.  Surrounded by Phuket Island in the South, Phang Nga province in the North and ...

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Heading out into the Wild

Queenstown adds its unique brand of creature comforts to amazing extreme sports, but eventually the time comes to leave the confines of the city and strike out to explore what makes New Zealand truly remarkable – the undisturbed natural environments that instantly take you centuries back in time.  From snow-capped mountains and alpine glaciers to golden beaches and l ...

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Island Living in Panama

Mainland Panama has enchanting colonial era cities, pristine rainforest and a rich mixture of cultures from around the Americas, but leave the shore and you will find yourself in your very own tropical island paradise.  Deserted beaches, untamed forest and unparalleled relaxation await, so take to the waters and immerse yourself in island living. &nb ...

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Common People

Southampton Common, Southampton May 23 – 25 Tickets: £27.50   Common People is the most modish festival down south and will feature a host of headliners along with the UK&rsquo ...

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The Best Places to See Hobbits

Short, brightly dressed and rather rotund, the hobbit is unmistakeable, yet few people have ever set eyes on one.  Their shy nature and almost magical ability to hide means that many a backpacker walks within but a few metres of a hobbit without ever knowing it.  In fact, they are so rarely spotted these days that some have claimed that there are no more hobbits left ...

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Malaysian Cuisine

Malaysian cuisine, like its population, is multi ethnic, with roots in Malay, Chinese, Indian and Thai dishes.  It owes its variety to its intricate and often turbulent history, which has seen it become part of many European and South Asian empires during the last 2,000 years.   Malaysian dishes are typically a medley of r ...

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An Introduction to Malaysian Borneo

Malaysian Borneo sits on the opposite side of the South China Sea from the mainland of the country.   It is divided into Sarawak and Sabah, and like mainland Malaysia, these states boast incredible social diversity.  However, while mainland Malaysia is still somewhat untamed in comparison to its neighbour Thailand, Borneo is truly wild.  It boasts lu ...

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Island Essentials Bali

The island of the Gods, Bali is devoted to spirituality, with colourful Hindu ceremonies, purple sunsets, tranquil shores and foreboding stone dragons, covered with moss, but ever vigilant. Despite their extrovert festivals, Balinese people are actually very passive and friendly to international guests. Kutti is Bali’s most popular tourist hotspot, with ...

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Introducing Melbourne

Australia’s cultural capital, contemporary Melbourne, is a place of edgy street art, raw music and racy art galleries.  Combined with chic shopping precincts and historic buildings, Melbourne is an incredible travel destination.  A city devoted to music, Melbourne feels most alive in the sticky floored bars which pulsate with live music throughout the night, ...

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Exploring Hong Kong’s Colonial History

Hong Kong’s colonial past began with the First Opium War (1839-1842), when an aggressively expanding British Empire came into conflict with Chinese officials over trading policies.  The city was ceded to the British at the end of the war when The Treaty of Nanking opened five Chinese ports allowing ‘favoured countries’ free trade.  Hong K ...

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The lowdown on traveling within Australia

If you intend on visiting Australia in the near future, it is in your best interest to have some ideas on attractions and what you can do in various tourist locations. No matter your reason for traveling in Australia, there are a large variety of events and landmarks for you to visit based on what you like.   Anyone who plans on fl ...

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Gunung Mulu National Park ‏

Home to a 40 million year old catacomb of caves and limestone karst formations which protrude from the ground like ancient stone fingers, the Gunung Mulu National Park is truly a natural marvel. Located near Miri on the Malaysian island of Borneo, the park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must for those seeking adventure and affinity with nature.  T ...

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Beyond Everest

Climbing Everest, or even just plodding around at the base of it, earns backpackers certain bragging rights.  Despite this, it isn’t the best trek in the Himalayas.  In fact, it doesn’t even come close.  The scenery is certainly stunning, and you get the experience of travelling in the historic footsteps of Edmund Hillary and other famous ...

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Accomodation In Malta

Whether you’re planning a chilled out beach escape or you’re looking for adventure by day before hitting the clubs at night, you’ll need somewhere to rest your head at the end of the day. From cultural Valletta to the beaches and tourist favourites of St Julian’s or Sliema, these budget friendly choices will ensure your holiday gets off to the sm ...

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Amazing Cinema Spots

Route 66 Drive-in Cinema Trafford, Manchester £18 per car A British spin off of the popular American drive-in cinema, Route 66 is the first and only of its kind in the UK.  Although there have been drive-in cinema events in the UK, this is the only one to remain a permanent fixture.&n ...

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NEMO33 - The Deepest Diving Pool Pit In The World

Who says you can’t take to the water while on a classic city break? Brussels may not be by the sea but it still offers visitors to the city the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of diving. Nemo 33 is the brainchild of John Beernaerts, an expert diver who had over 20 years’ experience at the time. His goal was to recreate the comfortable diving condition ...

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A Balinese Adventure

Bali is a premium diving destination, from Shipwrecks in Tulamben (North Bali) to Sunfish & Manta rays in Nusa Penida (South Bali). There are plethora of sites that vary from some great macro dive spots like Seraya where you can see mimic octopus, harlequin shrimps, hairy frogfish and other rare and unusual critter life. Bali diving is very varied and it is suitable for all lev ...

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The Art Of Conversation

In an age where online dating has overtaken face-to-face interaction as the norm, some would argue that the art of conversation is dead. We on the other hand believe that it is thriving as a result.  Getting that girl with the nice smile on her profile pic to reply amidst a crowd of ‘hi’ and ‘how you doing?’ messages is akin to approachi ...

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Craig Charles & Andy Kershaw Unveiled For Wychwood 2015

The Wonder Stuff Acoustic, Monsieur Doumani, Demob Happy, Ted Zed, Black Honey & Palace also announced for festival's eleventh outing. Day tickets now on sale. 29th - 31st May 2015 ...

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The Lowdown on Visa & Immigration in North America

USA Student Visas The United States welcomes foreign students to American language schools, high schools, universities and other institutions of higher education.  Thousands of learning institutions are approved to accept foreign students full time.  It is possible ...

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Tenerife: The Best Canary Island?

The stunning Tenerife in the Canary Islands enjoys year round sunshine, tropical forests, and over 350km of coastline.  Find historic towns and architecture towards the north, as well as the capital city, Santa Cruz de Tenerife.  The majority of tourists flock to the hotter and drier Costa Adeje region in the south, where there are theme parks, water sports, and plent ...

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Diving in Brazil

Ilha do Arvoredo Arvoredo Island -on the south coast of Rio De Jeneiro is a diver’s paradise boasting deep sapphire blue waters and an explosion of marine wildlife to explore. Its coastal waters are teeming with sea-life including rare species of reptiles, an abundance of exotic reef fish and marine mammals. The island is pa ...

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Diving in the Maldives

The Maldives is one of the world’s leading destinations for scuba diving.  This gorgeous collection of tiny islands offers such an abundance of sapphire lagoons and delightfully warm waters that few can resist the temptation to sink beneath the waves and discover the true charm of the Maldives.  These exquisite div ...

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New Exhibitors Announced for Adventure Travel Show!

The Adventrue Travel Show will be hitting London Olympia on 17th and 18th January 2015. Showcasing the biggest collection of specialist travel operators all under one roof, and this year there are a whole host of brand new exhibitors! Just some of the new exhibitors for 2015 include: ...

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Lisbon’s Most Famous Landmark: The Belem Tower

Standing in the middle of the Tagus River, the Belem Tower was built in 1515 to guard the entrance to Lisbon’s harbour.  It also marks the point of departure for many of the voyages of discovery, which accounts for stonework motifs including Our Lady of Safe Homecoming.  She faces the river and was said to protect sailors at sea.  Today, the Belem T ...

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Speakers Announced for the Adventure Travel Show 2015

“World’s greatest living explorer” - Sir Ranulph Fiennes Sir Ranulph Fiennes, described by The Guinness Book of Records as the “world’s greatest living explorer” has broken an array of world records and led many expeditions to remote regions. He truly is an icon for adventuro ...

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Central Europe's Adrenaline Fuelled Capital

In the heart of central Europe lies an adrenaline fuelled playground.  Switzerland has a plethora of adventure travel opportunities that uses the great outdoors as a jungle gym, offering all sorts of exhilarating, heart pumping activities.  The picturesque mountain villages and dramatic peaks provide the most irresistible backdrop as you hurtle through the air or scal ...

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Leisure Activities in Paris

If you have chosen to study or work abroad in Paris then we congratulate you on an excellent choice. With titles like the ‘City of Light’ and the ‘City of Love’, Paris is considered one of the most stunning and romantic cities in the world. Overflowing with history and remaining incredibly influential in art, fashion, food and design, Paris offer ...

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Prague: The Historical City With A Wild Nightlife

As night falls over Prague, the city undergoes a radical transformation.  Suddenly the historical city turns into a wild party destination – and the best place to enjoy an unrivalled night out is in Old Town.  The bars, clubs and pubs surrounding Wenceslas Square in Old Town are cheap and innovative, routinely attracting the younger, t ...

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Dining and Dancing in Vienna

Viennese cuisine, or wiener küche, first started appearing in German cookbooks around the end of the 18th Century.  It takes diverse influences from Italian, French, Turkish, Jewish, Middle Eastern and Indian cuisines, reflecting the blend of nationalities and historical influences of the city.  Today, Vienna is probably most famous for its pastries &ndas ...

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Inspirational Trips for Art Students

South America is a place where cultural and creative diversity are paramount.  Internationally acclaimed artists line the walls of the continents’ notorious galleries, whilst talented, unknown street artists spray paint life into the urban areas, creating a dense web of Latin American inspiration.  With influences that resonate from colonial Spain and Portug ...

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The Adventure Capital of Africa

Are you an adrenaline junkie? Do you live for a high-energy buzz coursing through your veins? Then let Zambia beckon you in with the promise of adventure. The backdrop of mountains await your arrival for an absolutely action packed time. Get yourself down to Victoria Falls, which is full to the brim with awesome activities to keep you busy for the whole day! Abseil down the side of a g ...

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Become a Scuba Diver in Thailand

If you are in search of an idyllic island lifestyle, with crystal clear waters and stretches of unspoiled white sand, then there are few better places to head in Southeast Asia than the Thai islands.  The beer is cheap and even in the rainy season you can expect the sun to make an appearance but, unfortunately, no matter how little you spend, the money won’t last for ...

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And the Eurovision Song Contest host city is...

Vienna will host the 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015, organisers revealed today. After a lengthy process to find t ...

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Chimpanzee Trekking in Tanzania

Africa is unrivalled for its natural beauty and its diverse range of wildlife.  Its biological wonders have attracted students, researchers and tourists for decades, all seeking a once in a lifetime opportunity to get close to the continent’s rare and magnificent creatures.  Despite being the subject of such close scrutiny and attention, the continent contin ...

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The Five Must Sees of Dubai

We’ve all heard about how Dubai has transformed itself in the last 20 years. You really have to see it to believe it though the city’s stunning architecture will take your breath away. Amidst the glitz and glam of the nightlife and shopping, take the time to appreciate Dubai’s buildings and captivating sites, which will be a treat for your eyes.  ...

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The Hidden Treasures of Rome

The Sistine Chapel, Trevi Fountain, the Roman Forum – the most popular landmarks of Rome are the reason why most tourists visit this city in the first place.  Every day, thousands of visitors descend on these attractions and queue restlessly for hours for the chance to snap the perfect photo, but Rome is so much more than these few beloved landmarks.  Now, w ...

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Arusha: The Gateway to the Northern Safari Circuit

Surrounded by areas of great natural beauty and interest, the city of Arusha is often considered to be the gateway to the nation’s Northern Safari Circuit, with spectacular areas as the Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater and the Arusha National Park found close by.  On top of that, the magnificent Mount Meru looms over the city, and the colossal Mt Kilimanjaro, the lar ...

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Review: Wicked the Musical - Apollo Victoria Theatre

Everyone knows the story of Dorothy, the little girl who flew over the rainbow and crash landed in Oz.  Befriending scarecrows and tin men and skipping along a road of yellow brick, she is unwittingly drawn into battle with the Wicked Witch of the West and teaches us all that good always triumphs over evil.   ...

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Cornish Attractions

Newquay Laid-back charm and some of Cornwall’s best beaches are found in Newquay.  From family holidays to wild stag parties, Newquay has something to offer for every crowd, and with thousands of holiday makers flocking here each summer.  Master the Surf&l ...

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A Feast Fit For A Gladiator

Rome is bursting with restaurants, cafés and delis, but many of these are overpriced, mediocre, and are obviously catered to unsuspecting tourists who think fusilli is some sort of breakfast cereal.  Don’t settle for frozen pizza and bland bolognaise – eat like a real Italian in some of the city’s best (and most importantly, fairly pric ...

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Turkey Watersports

Turkey benefits from being the crossroads of Europe and Asia.  It is surrounded by the Black Sea, the Mediterranean, and Aegean and Marmara seas making it a haven for water sports.  Turkey is simply implores its visitors to explore the seas of magnificently unique regions.  Sailing Coa ...

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Review: Birmingham Comic Con March 2014

While the UK convention scene has continued to grow over the last few years, the biggest event is undeniably the world-famous, Comic Con.  Bringing all the geeky goodness of MCM London Comic Con – Europe’s leading festival of popular culture – to the Midlands, the 22nd and 23rd March saw The NEC host t ...

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SKIING & SNOWBOARDING IN CANADA

Canada is renowned for its heavy snowfall over prolonged periods of time, usually from around October until March, and has since become one of the popular choices for winter sports, most notably Whistler.  Although it wasn’t all about skiing and snowboarding for Whistler, originally tourists would go there for fishing in the summer.    &l ...

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THE GRANDEST CANYON OF THEM ALL

Recognised as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon is a vast gorge carved out by the flow of the Colorado River through the state of Arizona in the United States of America.  At its deepest point, the canyon exposes layers of rocks that ...

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'The View from the Shard' Review

Firstly, it almost goes without saying, The Shard is just a really cool looking building. Appearing like a huge dagger of silver that has dropped out of the sky, it’s certainly eye catching and it’s exactly how I imagine buildings to look like in Hong Kong and other futuristic metropolises.  Standing at 310 metres with 95 floors one o ...

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A Football Fanatics Holiday

We could quote Bill Shankly here, but frankly it is not necessary.  If you live and breathe football then you will want to incorporate the beautiful game into your holiday no matter what the occasion.  It could be that your team are playing on the grandest stage of them all in the UEFA Champions League or you simply want to swap Barnet for Barca and catch a glimpse of ...

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Spanish Nightlife

The Spanish really know how to party.  With countless numbers of resorts dotting the nation, millions head to Spain every year to soak up the sun, sample the food and have fun all night long.  The Spanish tradition of nightlife starts with tapas, a meal or a cultural event, before heading to a bar and finally a club.  The night is often rounded off by a break ...

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Beach Break Live Returns to Cornwall as Jake Bugg set to Play

The organisers of Beach Break Live are preparing to make history once again as they unveil plans to evolve the antiquated UK festival model by creating the first UK music holiday.  After three years in the beautiful Pembrey Country Park in South Wales, Beach Break Live will return to its spiritual home, Cornwall, to create the ver ...

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Surfing in South Africa

South Africa may be a nation better known for its fascinating culture, breathtaking landscapes and unique wildlife, but every year thousands of thrill-seeking surfers head out to the southern coast to take advantage of the untamed coastline and all-year-round waves.  Even though it’s slightly less well-known as a surfing destination, this doesn’t detract fr ...

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Parklife Weekender

Now in its fourth year the Parklife Weekender is set to announce the biggest line-up in its history.  Headliners Plan B and Example will be joined by recent NME Godlike Genius recipient Johnny Marr, BRIT's nominee Jessie Ware and the legendary Jurassic 5 who are among over 100 artists revealed.    ...

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Wychwood Festival

Wychwood Festival is thrilled to be announcing another clutch of superb artists to add to the increasingly exciting music programme.  Brit-Award-winning, platinum-selling singer-songwriter Kate Nash, cult hero and popular BBC 6Music DJ Craig Charles and high-energy, seven piece band Police Dog Hogan ...

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The Romantic Getaway

Whilst Valentine’s Day might be around the corner once again, there are many other times of the year when you and your partner can choose to celebrate your love for each other by jetting off to a romantic holiday destination.  Whether it is your first couple’s holiday alone or you’re looking to propose to your loved one, preparation is the key. He ...

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Blissfield Festival 2013

Blissfields Festival is pleased to unveil its headline acts for 2013.  Under the banner ‘The Director’s Cut’, the award winning Hampshire festival will be celebrating all things film in its 13th year, from the early talkies to VIP Hollywood parties.  Expect a weekend full of red carpets, interactive games, pop ...

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Skiing & Snowboarding in Canada

Canada is renowned for its heavy snowfall over prolonged periods of time, usually from around October until March, and has since become one of the popular choices for winter sports, most notably Whistler.  Although it wasn’t all about skiing and snowboarding for Whistler, originally tourists would go there for fishing in the summer.    &l ...

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Rio Carnival

The first carnival to be held in Rio de Janeiro date back to 1723. Held before Lent annually, the Rio carnival is unrivalled by any other in the world due to the sheer numbers it manages to draw out. An estimated two million revellers participate in the dance tinged festival as it commences on the streets thriving during the night.   ...

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The Neighbours Tour

Australia is synonymously known for Neighbours – the iconic television show that first introduced Kylie Minogue to our TV screens and helped launched her singing career.  Neighbours is Australia’s longest running television soap opera which has been aired in more than fifty countries worldwide since 1985 – it proved very popular in the UK and was ...

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Tour the set of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings in New Zealand

With the release of ‘The Hobbit’ this Christmas, tours to visit the real ‘Middle Earth’ are becoming hot property.  Visiting the picturesque New Zealand village where the ‘The Lord of the Rings’ shire movie set sits, is easier than you think, with plenty of tours to choose from.  &n ...

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Beatlemania

Who doesn’t love the famous four?  OK, so we understand The Beatles were defiantly more popular with your parents in the 1960s but where do you think your beloved One Direction and Coldplay get their inspiration from?  To learn all about John, Paul, George and Ringo you have to head to their hometown, Liverpool for a Beatles-filled afternoon.  All t ...

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Las Vegas on a Shoestring Budget

If you have blown your holiday fund on the spin of a wheel, or those pocket aces didn’t quite pay off on the poker table, you may well find yourself stuck with no money and plenty of time to kill.  Here’s our guide on how to experience the best that Las Vegas has to offer when you’ve overshot your budget.   ...

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The Greek Islands: A Clubbers Haven

Greece is the king of clubbing holidays.  If the stress of exams or pressure of university is getting to you, grab your closest friends, a suitcase full of beach clothes and fly far away to your choice of Greek island for a non-stop party.  The question is, once you’ve partied in Zante who’s stopping you from clubbing in Malia?  The way we ...

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Glastonbury Festival Experience

Mud soaks through your wellies, Beyonce’s ‘Run the world’ blasts through your ears and you’re pushed to the front of a stage at one of the biggest musical events in history.  Welcome to Glastonbury.  The festivals 2013 show had people clammoring to buy tickets a whopping eight months before the festival and after a record time o ...

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Going to Glastonbury without a Ticket

Tickets for Glastonbury 2013 sold out instantaneously last Sunday leaving those who missed out, sincerely disappointed.  Gone are the days when security was relaxed and those without tickets could easily gatecrash the festival.  Legend has it someone even managed to dig an underground tunnel to subtly sneak into the festival!  Now you no longer need to go to ...

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Halloween Holiday in Mexico

If you thrive off the Halloween spirit and have no qualms with spooky traditions then Mexico should be top on your list of places to visit during the Halloween period.    Celebrating Halloween in Mexico isn’t about the fright element compared to other places; it is an ancient Aztec tradition celebrating the dead ...

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Halloween Holiday in London

Halloween, as always, is not for the faint-hearted or squeamish and London is no exception when it comes to celebrating this spooky annual phenomenon.  The world’s most renowned and horrifying serial killer once roamed the dark allies of London looking for his next victim, so it only feels right to experience a tour showcasing the nerve-jangling history behind the no ...

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Halloween Holiday in Orlando, Florida

When you think of Orlando the first things that will come to mind are probably the Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort.  So unless you suffer from maskaphobia – Mickey Mouse and his trusty group of animated cronies are not particularly scary.   However, being home to what some call the &ldqu ...

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Halloween Holiday in Transylvania

Part two of our Halloween Horror destination brings us to the fabled home of Count Dracula.  If you’re looking for a Halloween getaway with plenty of frights then Transylvania is for you.  The name itself is creepy enough to give you chills.    First thing on your itinerary ...

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Halloween Holiday in Salem Massachusetts

For some, Halloween is the biggest event of the year. As big as your birthday, and as anticipated as Christmas. If you are one of those people that cannot wait to don the fancy dress outfit, ...

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A Foodies Guide to National Pizza Month

    National Pizza Month   With its delicious melted cheese and tomato, mouth-watering toppings and a crispy golden crust, who can’t help but love pizza? Well the Americans absolutely love it, that’s f ...

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The World's Best Ski Resorts

Ski resorts are extremely popular for those looking for more adventure in their holiday and life in general, but there’s more to it than just the snow.  It can be difficult picking the right destination to suit you when looking for the best ski resort.  You want to make sure you choose the right slope which will cater to your specific skiing abilities.&n ...

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Oktoberfest 2012!

Oktoberfest is the world’s largest beer festival annually held in Munich, Germany.  The 16-day festival attracts over 6 million people from all around the globe who consume around 1.5 million gallons of beer, 480,000 spit-roasted chickens and 200,000 sausages (Würstl). Other German dishes include Schweinebraten (roast pork), Steckerlfi ...

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Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival 2012

Each year Ireland is home to the Galway International Oyster Festival. September sees the city of Galway welcome the most internationally renowned food festival and world’s longest running international oyster festival to celebrate the oyster harvest. This year the festival will run from the 28th to 30th Sep ...

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Go Frantic at Atlantic Antic!

The 38th annual Atlantic Antic street festival is held on the last weekend of September in Brooklyn. The free festival is New York’s largest and most diverse street event that encompasses an eclectic array of live music, food stalls, arts and crafts and entertainment. This family-friendly fair runs along Atlantic Avenue, ...

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Experience the Hermanus Whale Festival

South Africa annually hosts the Hermanus Whale Festival - originally known as ‘Whale of a Festival’ - to welcome back the Southern Right Whales to Walker Bay.   Hermanus is situated on the south coast of the Western Cape and has been branded as the world’s best whale-watching destination. People flock ...

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Celebrate the Mooncake Festival

  The Mid-Autumn festival, also known as the Moon or Mooncake festival, is a significant celebration in the Chinese calendar but also celebrated by the Vietnamese and Taiwanese and deemed as the equivalent of celebrating Christmas in Western culture.    The festival, held on the 15 ...

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Surfing Holiday in Australia

  In Australia surfing is not just a sport, it’s a way of life.  This passion combined with a sporty and fun atmosphere is second to none so it’s no wonder Australia is home to the greatest waves on the earth and surfers from all over the world take to them.  Challenge yourself whilst having the opportunity to meet n ...

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Cycling in India

  India is a magical journey of adventure, beauty and mystery; it’s a land that knows no limits on lifestyle. Cycling tours through India are a fantastic way to experience the real India because it’s a unique opportunity to see everything, get involved with the vast and diverse culture they have and maybe even learn a thing or two.< ...

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5-Aside-Football Tours In Europe

You don't have to be Lionel Messi to play in Barcelona - there are plenty of 5-a-side football tours so that you and your mates can get involved too.  If you’ve missed the opportunity to go on tour with your university that doesn’t mean you and your 5-aside team have missed out on the fantastic tour experience.   There are plenty o ...

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The Great America Road Trip

The great American road trip is a dream for any traveller.  Inclusive of all destinations less travelled as well as tried-and true, pave the way through the country's finest landscapes from beautiful coasts of the Pacific Ocean to the Rocky mountain ranges to the picturesque state of California-and beyond.  They call it the great American road trip because you ...

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