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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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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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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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The Best Things in Malta are Free

Don’t be deceived by its size; the list of things to see and do in Malta is endless.  Famed for being a colonial melting pot, its colourful history has provided the ingredients for a truly unique experience. Where else can you eatItalian food on streets with Arabic names that are dotted wit ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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VOLUNTEERING OVERSEAS - 11 WAYS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

After what probably feels like a lifetime of studying and revising for exams, many students are keen to spread their wings before embarking on further education or setting foot on the career ladder. Travelling overseas on a volunteer project provides a great opportunity to be more than just a tourist.  There’s a real chance to do good for others who are less fortunat ...

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Studying in Mexico

When you first picture Mexico you may be familiar with TV or movie scenes showing dynamic spring-break parties, beautiful sandy beaches and top hotels.  On the other hand, Mexico’s rich ancient history boasts an array of diverse cultures and societies having once been home to the Mayans and ...

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Teaching English As A Foreign Language

TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) in China is a fantastic opportunity not to be missed.  Imagine walking into a classroom of well-behaved students all looking up to you ready to learn.  As a teacher, you’ll be passing your English language skills to a class of friendly and determined students; knowing that what you’re doing will boost y ...

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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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Working in Dubai

Thinking about working abroad can be a daunting prospect; away from the home and comforts of familiarity but the unique experience that comes with it makes it all worthwhile.  ...

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Free Working Holiday Visas for Oz

Work abroad specialist, BUNAC, claims that, in spite of the romantic appeal of solo backpacking Down Under, there is still a significant number of young travellers looking for the human support and security of booking a working holiday package. This fact was borne out recently when BUNAC reached a landmark 25,000 participants on its Work Australia programme since it started in 1989. To ...

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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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UK Working Visas - What You Need to Know

Visas are complicated.  Every country has a different set of working visas with different rules and regulations.  If you want to work aboard, the visa is the most important detail to consider before you pack your bags and tell your friends and family about your new life overseas in America, Australia or Europe.   With so much information about visas ...

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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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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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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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Tips for Backpacking 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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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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Real Ale Realities

Real ale is back in fashion. Small, independent breweries are popping up around the country, but importantly in London, and are increasingly popular with a younger crowd. That said, it’s not a fashion that is likely to last long, so make the most of it before only flat cap wearing men called Bert think real ale is socially acceptable again. Seeing as yo ...

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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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Morocco: A Cultural Discovery

Morocco is alive with a wide variety of captivating architecture, and as Morocco was previously colonised by the French – and also coerced into sharing its land with the Spanish – it is apparent that architectural influences have been drawn from these countries. Among Morocco’s buildings and old Kasbah walls sit French style-towns le ...

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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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Look forward and see behind!

Established in Australia, RearViz is a patent pending innovative rear vision bike mirror, designed for the commuter, the athlete and the weekend adventurer. RearViz specialise in unique, versatile sporting and recreational equipment designed so you can look forward and see behind. The company’s signature RearViz is a weather resistant, arm-mounted convex bicycle mirror that h ...

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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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Introducing Projects Overland

Volunteering abroad can be an incredibly challenging, unbelievably rewarding, and completely life changing experience.  During your trip you will get to know some of the most open, generous, loving and inspiring people you will ever meet, and you in turn get the opportunity to share your skills, your knowledge or simply your love with the communities that become your home.& ...

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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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Moroccan Etiquette and Culture

Like many of its North African neighbours, Morocco is an ethnically diverse country with a rich history that encompasses many different civilisations and religions; Romans, Jews, Carthaginians, Moors and Arabs have all helped to shape its social structures and customs. Nowadays, the country is home to a population that is 99% Arab-Berber, with strong cultural influences coming from the ...

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Great Apps to Download for Your Gap Year Abroad

One thing that many students decide to do before they settle down into the routine of a full time job following their studies is to enjoy a gap year abroad. This is something that can benefit you in many different ways, enabling you to experience new cultures, explore new places, gain experience, and widen your horizons. However, travelling abroad can be tricky. ...

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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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The Tipping Culture in USA

Gratuity in the USA is a system that is unfortunately often misinformed.  As such, there is no universally accepted percentage of the bill to make up the tip; the assumption that ‘good service more pay’ should not be relied upon, especially when the paying consumer has their own ideas about how much is acceptable in the first place.  If you are loo ...

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The Five Most Popular Sunglasses Brands for 2016

Eyewear is still a pretty competitive landscape for 2016 – that is something that will probably never change. Almost every sunglass brand and retailer is in agreement that an overload of ‘like’ styles on the market must give way in order for the industry to be out of danger of losing its edge. However, the amount of innovation happening for this year is pr ...

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Furthering your Career Prospects with an Internship in China

With competition for career progression tougher than ever before many graduates are finding that even entry level opportunities require significant amounts of experience.  Simply having completed an undergraduate degree in a relevant field of study is no longer considered enough as more than 300,000 UK graduates enter an over-saturated jobs market each year.  ...

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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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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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Becoming the Perfect Homestay Guest

On your volunteering journeys you may have the opportunity to live with a host family. Host families, which can also be described as homestays, are designed to give volunteers a greater understanding of local culture, history and traditions. By living within the home of a local family you get a valuable insight into the everyday life, and challenges, of people in your adopted community ...

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Why Study at an American University Outside the US?

Like many nations, the US higher education system operates universities not only within its own boarders, but all over the world. Therefore, you could undertake an American degree or postgraduate qualification without ever treading foot on US soil. This may, at first, seem a bizarre choice but, there are many advantages for deciding to study at an American university outside the US.< ...

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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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A Guide to Marrakesh’s Souks

Visiting a souk is an iconic Moroccan experience and there is no better place to start than the site of the largest traditional Berber market in Morocco; Marrakesh.  Worlds away from the air conditioned malls of the western world, the timeless scenes unreeling inside these labyrinthine walls could be taking place at any point in the past few hundred years.  The strong ...

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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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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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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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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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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 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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The UK Graduate Market

High Fliers Research Limited are the UK’s primary source of investigation into graduate life.  Consolidating the views of over 18,000 finalists, and published material from the UK’s leading graduate employers, the group offer a vital insight into the UK graduate market.  The group hav ...

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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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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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To Study Abroad or Not to Study Abroad? That is The Question

If you’re getting ready to make that all important decision of which university will become your new playground, then it is fair to say that you will exercise all of your options.  Planning your future is tough and you may find yourself wanting to see a new world by getting as far away from home as possible!  The opportunity to experience that exciting unive ...

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Five reasons to Learn English

Global Reach According to the UNESCO, English is the second most widely spoken language by number of native speakers and as a second language.  It is the official language of 53 countries and spoken by over 400 million people worldwide.  As a result, English is the language of choice for international conferences and ...

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The Most Important Cards for Travellers

Whilst packing your suitcase is hopefully high up on your pre-travel priority list, repacking the contents of your wallet may not have occurred to you.  Aside from cash, there are a few essential cards for you to pack into your travel wallet.   ID From getting on the plan ...

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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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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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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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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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Doing Fancy Dress The Right Way

If you’re heading to one of Europe’s hottest party destinations this year, you’ll probably be more concerned with filling your suitcases with glow in the dark paint and neon tutus than you are swimming trunks and sun cream.  Fancy dress is always a big part of the clubbing experience and is taken as seriously as it can be by a bunch of students in ...

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Grooming Essentials For Men

Beards As we edge ever closer to ‘peak beard’ (the point where so many people have one that it actually becomes uncool) it is more essential than ever to stand out and express your individuality in the way you sculpt your facial fur. With a huge range of styles, products and techniques on the ...

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Essential Running Gear

What to Wear For Men… Whether you prefer to run in a t-shirt, vest or jacket, your focus should be something lightweight and comfortable. This is important for preventing nipple chaffing whilst also limiting the likelihood of turning into a dripping, sweaty mess. ...

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The Best Gifts For Mother's Day

Framed Favourite Song Picture - £69 Does she have a favourite song? Is there an unforgettable moment she associates with a lyric? Keep those memories burning bright with this personalised gift containing lyrics and a personalised message. ...

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Choosing Your Whiskey

Put the pint down! Did you not get the memo? There’s a new drink in town.  A real man’s drink.  One with history, heritage, quality and flavour.  That’s right; whisky.  In the past year whisky sales have jumped by 20 per cent as drinkers swap pints for the drink that will “put hairs on yo ...

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How To Acquire The Perfect Beach Body

Getting into Shape for the Summer Winter hibernation can take its toll on our bodies.  It’s dark and cold, and there are few things more appealing than lying on the sofa with your favourite comfort food – heading out for a run is not one of these things.  If you’re feeling less than conf ...

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Budget Outfits Fit For The Catwalk

Ladies, we all want to look like a catwalk model, right? I mean all of those outfits are just fabulous. But they often come at a hefty price. Hashtag sadface. Instead of wasting your lifesavings or blowing your whole student loan on a single pair of shoes, why not take a peek at our budget outfits in order to make sure you look the part this summer. ...

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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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Five Of The Best Dating Websites

No longer do you have to make drunken conversations at the bar in order to meet someone new. Online dating has become one of the most popular ways to meet a new partner and there are more than 1500 sites in the UK alone, catering for people from all walks of life and interests.  Through using one of our five recommended dating websites and apps, your next date could be right a ...

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Best Travel Gadgets

Sometimes it’s not till you’re far from home that you realise what you need the most. Luckily we’ve been there, done that, and are here to provide you with an extensive list of the must-have gadgets you’ll never regret sticking in your suitcase. ...

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How to Choose Travel Insurance

You can never be too careful when headed off on your exciting adventure.  From slips and trips to losing a personal item, it’s always best to be covered.  Sometimes upon a trip to the travel agents, you can sometimes feel a bit queasy by the amount of zero’s that are placed on your quote – but never fear, take a bit of time online and you ...

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Staying Motivated – The Not So Mission Impossible!

Even with the most enthusiastic of starts, sometimes that burning desire to get into shape slowly extinguishes.  With the angel and devil permanently whispering sweet nothings in your ear, it can be difficult to listen to the right voice.  Most people tend to literally throw in the towel after the first month unable to run past their favourite bakeries and fast-food t ...

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The Dirty Dozen: What Kind of Traveller Are You?

Gap Year Travellers come in all shapes and sizes; during your journey you will undoubtedly come across a wide-spectrum of nationalities and personalities. Here is a light-hearted look at but a few of the characters you are likely to encounter along the way. 1. The Party Animal: First one in, last one out the club. The only sunrise the ...

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Gifts & Gadgets: Boys Toys

Mightymast Lunar Football Table - £169 Score screamers from your own half and show off your stepovers with the sturdy and stylish Mightymast Lunar Football Table. ...

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes To Open The Adventure Travel Show

Don’t miss your chance to meet Britain’s most famous explorer as he opens The Adventure Travel Show 2015 – Olympia, London on Saturday 17th January Sir Ranulph Fiennes was described by The Guinness Book of Records as the “world’s greatest living explorer”, and has since gone on to break many more world r ...

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Stay Fully Charged with Mobile Solar Chargers

Don’t You Just Hate it When Your Mobile Phone Turns Into a Landline? There are more than 60 million portable electronic consumer devices in the UK and although there has been a marked increase in the size of screen and battery consumption of these devices, there is very little hope that in the near futur ...

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The Rise of the Tattoo Culture

Tattoos have been a part of human civilisation for centuries.  In 1991, the five thousand year old frozen body of ‘Itzi the Ice Man’ was found in the mountains between Austria and Italy.  Not only is he the best preserved corpse from this time period ever to be discovered, but his skin is inscribed with a total of 57 tattoos. ...

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Europe’s Best Surf Spots are in Portugal!

Surfers from around the world try to find the best hotspots to experience the feeling as heightened as possible. That shot of adrenaline when you ride one of the biggest waves that a certain area can provide cannot be compared with anything in this world. Portugal is considered to be one of those safe havens where surfers from all around the world gather to challenge their skills and s ...

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The Gap Year Quiz: Where Should You Go?

Like the idea of taking a gap year but still not sure on where to go? Let the iGap Travel Guide Quiz give you food for thought by choosing the recommended destination for you. It is the night before you fly. The first thing you pack is… A: Running Shoes B: Sunglasses C: Cam ...

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The Survival Guide – A Year Abroad

The voyage of discovery that encompasses a year abroad is a phenomenal experience that stays with you for the rest of your life.  Not only do you learn about yourself but you absorb another country’s culture and way of life which arms you with a whole host of useful practical skills.  Of course, it is a daunting prospect and before you head off, a ream of qu ...

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Promising Career Opportunities for a Multi Linguist in UAE

Only 12% of the population in the UAE is local Arabs and apart from them, while the rest comprises of more two hundred nationalities from all corners of the world. Considering the diverse economy and cultural implications, people who are multi linguists can get their hands on promising careers in the UAE. All you need is to apply for a diploma in Professional Language Studies so that y ...

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The Perfect Cocktail

When a cocktail is done right, there are not many better things in life. A summer staple, it is the perfect accompaniment for any casual evening drink. With so many variations and takes on classic cocktails, you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to picking a recipe.   Boys ...

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Preparing For Your First Marathon

In the modern era of sports science there is a tendency of being mollycoddled and bombarded with recommendations of best practice.  This is why the iGap Travel Guide Editor-in-Chief, James Drakeford, decided to wing-it during his very first marathon attempt.  Accepting the challenge just six weeks prior to the big day, we knew this was going to be the ultimate challen ...

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Six Terrific Ways to Get a Government Translator Job

No doubt technology has intervened in everyone’s life, changing it in many different ways. This also raised demand for people speaking multiple languages to cope with increasing business trends. Also, there are people with hearing problems which call for a special interpreter mastering in sign languages, while the need for professional translators, not only in US government b ...

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Best of BBQ: Impress Your Friends This Summer

Summertime means one thing and one thing only: Barbecue.  And who can resist when the kitchen is taken outside? It can be taken literally anywhere too....beach, forest and garden, wherever you want you can enjoy your chargrilled favourites in any setting!  Have a look at our handy tips to make your barbecue stand out from the crowd and be a memorable one! & ...

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Unemployment Blues: Improve Your Employability

The job market is tough – there’s no denying that.  One of the most common complaints among recent graduates is that nobody will employ you, because you’ve not got experience – but how do you get the experience if nobody will employ you! It’s a difficult one, but sitting around wishing that things were different isn’t ...

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A Glossary of German Beer

There are over 1,200 breweries in Germany that supply an immeasurable amount beer to an innumerable amount of pubs.  Whether it is a vintage Bavarian beer garden or a crammed Cologne beer hall, Germany offers one hell of a pub crawl.  It is therefore difficult to know where to start, so to help you on your way we have put together a handy glossary of German beer types ...

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Moroccan Etiquette & Protocol

Like many of its North African neighbours, Morocco is an ethnically diverse country with a rich history that encompasses many different civilisations and religions; Romans, Jews, Carthaginians, Moors and Arabs have all helped to shape its social structures and customs. Nowadays, the country is home to a population that is 99% Arab-Berber, with strong cultural influences coming from the ...

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How to Write the Perfect CV

You know you’re brilliant – but your CV is the proof, and if it doesn’t scream ‘hire me,’ then what employer is going to agree? Check Your Facts Make sure your contact details are kept up to date and correct.   Goes without saying – bu ...

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The Best Travel Apps

Gone are the days when a traveller’s armour consisted of a tattered backpack full of only threadbare garments, a weighty Lonely-Planet guide and a fast multiplying family of bed-bugs.  This is the era of flashpacking – where hostels provide hot running water and weary travellers are, at the very least, expected to run a brush through their hair every now an ...

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Best Beach Reads

There is nothing better than stretching out on the golden sand with an ice cream in one hand and a good book in the other.  Also the perfect way of whiling away a long plane or coach journey (and starting a conversation with the cute tourist sat next to you) every traveller should have a book or two stowed away at the bottom of their hand luggage.  Check out our guide ...

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A Student's Guide to Clearing

University is the next big step for many teenagers, and it's always a daunting prospect. Whether you've applied to your local institution or Cambridge and Oxford, the worries and fears that you feel before you open your results are felt by everyone. But what happens if things don't go exactly the way you want? What if all your choices reject your application?< ...

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The Best Beachwear for Women

Now that we have helped you acquire the perfect beach body, you will be adequately filled with confidence, enough so that you will be able to wear your bikini or swimsuit with pride. But, looking at your very tip-top best whilst on the beach is not as easy as that - you will ne ...

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60 Seconds with Natalee Harris

We caught up with the beautiful star of the MTV hit show The Valleys to find out all about her travel passion.   What is your favourite holiday destination?   Definitely Ibiza - It has the best atmosphere and friendly people out to have fun. I&# ...

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Getting the Best Beach Body

You’ve just booked your holiday in a mad excited rush, so now comes the daydreaming fantasies about seductive barmen, elusive cocktails and platefuls of foreign cuisine.  But wait, what’s this nagging constant worry that has suddenly burst your bubble, bringing with it bouts of anxiety?  Oh, the Bikini.   &l ...

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Lisbon Tops Budget-conscious Travellers Awards

The Portuguese city of Lisbon once again proved to be the jewel in the crown for global budget-conscious travellers with an impressive number of five hostels securing top spots at the 11th Annual Hostel Awards.     The annual Hostel Awards (formerly HOSCARS), organised by leading budget travel website ...

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Everybody Go Surfing - A Guide to Choosing the Right Board

There are many people with envious jobs; talentless actors who get paid millions; CEO’s of companies who delegate all of their responsibility to someone else; food critics who are literally paid to eat.  However the surfer is probably the coolest job of all.  Tanned, fit and exuding confidence, we watch them with both envy and admiration as they ride the epi ...

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Must Have Accessories

When considering a holiday you may pick a particular environment that you wish to enjoy.  For example snow sports will require a plethora of equipment in the Alps or Eastern Europe.  Maybe you want to go surfing in Australia, in which you will want a surf board, or golfing gear for the lush greens of Dubai.  Either way you will want to have the very best equi ...

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Australia Visa Changes

So you want to work in Australia?  Well frankly, why wouldn’t you?  Sun, sea and surf – the main attractions that make this country an appealing place to live and work.  But before you book your flight and pack your suitcase you need to ensure you have the right visa to work there.    < ...

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Travel Vaccinations: What You Need To Know

Travelling can be the best time of your life, but there’s nothing worse than contracting an illness abroad – away from the comfort and familiarity of your own country and its medical services.    Nobody enjoys being unwell when on vacation, let alone having to spend the majority of your time recovering ...

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Gambling in Las Vegas

The famous Las Vegas Strip – which is home to the world’s most extravagant casinos – is a renowned Las Vegas landmark which can be found in scenes of popular Hollywood blockbusters like Ocean’s Eleven and The Hangover.      No trip t ...

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The Best Snowboards Around

The snowboard defines the boarder so don’t settle for second best! You’ll find the perfect balance of style, performance and simplicity with these boards.   GNU B-Pro Limited Edition board & ...

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UK Working Visas - What You Should Know

Visas are complicated.  Every country has a different set of working visas with different rules and regulations.  If you want to work aboard, the visa is the most important detail to consider before you pack your bags and tell your friends and family about your new life overseas in America, Australia or Europe.   With so much information about visas ...

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Choosing The Best Ski Goggles

Keeping your eyes protected on the slope is essential but why choose comfort and practicality over style? With these ski goggles, you have both at the same time.    Adidas ‘ID2 Pro’ goggle ...

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Become a Hollywood Star!

If you want to make it into the movies one day then why not become an extra?  Don’t scoff; the most famous actresses and actors began their careers as extras.  Brad Pitt was credited as a ‘partygoer’ after starring as an extra in the drama film ‘Less than Zero’, Megan Fox dirty danced in a club in ‘Bad Boys 2 ...

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Why Working abroad is a Popular Alternative to the Rat Race

Nowadays, finding work as a graduate in the UK is becoming harder and harder.  With the economy in crisis and over 1,000 people applying for a job in Poundland it seems impossible to get hired.  Despite having a degree most young people are told they don’t have enough experience for basic jobs and most employers won’t hire graduates in fear they&am ...

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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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‘Sea’ the World with a Cruise Ship Job

A career that is rewarding and enjoyable is hard to come by nowadays.  Most people are stuck in a dead-end job struggling to make ends meet and not receiving the recognition they deserve.  You may instantly think of tacky, camp entertainers when someone says ‘job on a cruise ship’ but there are plenty of worthwhile career opportunities available fo ...

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The Return of the Booze Cruise

Thanks to the strength of other currencies against the euro, you will be pleased to know the infamous booze cruises are back once again.    For one British pound you can get €1.25, the highest it has been in three and a half years, which has seen a rise in British ferry passengers and Eurotunnel users travelling f ...

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Spotting the “Big Five”

Everyone should have the chance to experience a safari at least once in their life.  When on the subject of African safaris the phrase “Big Five” comes to mind.  This refers to the African lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo.    The name “big five” was g ...

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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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The Hitchhiker’s Guide

Hitchhiking is not only an inexpensive way to get around but is also the most social one.  It’s a unique opportunity to meet a range of new people, which can vary from anything like the C.E.O of a company to a grandmother.  Hitchhiking also means “Giving” and “Taking” to many people.  There are risks with this ...

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Playing It Safe – Liam Neeson Style

With the release of Taken 2 we have gone back to have another look at the first instalment and while the risk of being kidnapped by a gang of human trafficking Albanian’s may be slim – here is our ultimate guide to playing it safe when you are going abroad with friends for the first time. Look After Your Valu ...

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