12 terrific truths about The Great Wildebeest Migration

Set apart as one of the most spectacular wonders of the natural world, The Great Migration is the annual journey taken by millions of wildebeest, zebras and other plains game animals migrating clockwise through the Serengeti in Tanzania and Kenya’s Maasai Mara in search of good water and green pastures. It is an iconic event …

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Top 5 luxury wineries in the Beamsville Bench area in Niagara Wine Country

Do you love wine and wineries?  You will want to check this out if you are planning an escape to Niagara Wine Country! You may or may not be aware that Niagara has 2 distinct winery regions located approximately 30 minutes apart.  In a previous post I gave  you my recommendations for luxury wineries in …

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The 5 best ski resorts in 2020

By Guido Graf on Oct 10, 2020 in Accommodation, Austria, Colorado, Europe, Hotels, North America, Regions, Resorts, Switzerland, USA, Western Europe The winter is around the corner, and hoping to embrace the next ski season. Despite the pandemic, our preferred ski resorts are committed, motivated, and preparing for their guests with enthusiasm and love. We …

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6 memorable meals from our pre-COVID-19 vegan travel adventures

By Paul Eyers on Oct 07, 2020 in Accommodation, Asia, China, Europe, Food and Drink, Going Out, Hong Kong, Hotels, Regions, Restaurants, Singapore, Thailand, Travel Miscellany, United Kingdom, Vietnam, Western Europe The global lockdown and COVID-19 crisis has forced us all to postpone travel plans whilst life as we once knew it is still on …

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Top 5 most amazing hotels to put on your bucket list

By Kristof Eyckmans on Oct 04, 2020 in Accommodation, Africa, Chile, Fiji, Hotels, Madagascar, North America, Oceania, Regions, South Africa, South America, USA, Utah During these troubled times in which the world and especially the tourism industry is finding itself, we can’t ignore the fact that the longer this crisis is taking, the more we …

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Where can Americans travel to in October?

By Christopher Hill on Oct 02, 2020 in Africa, Asia, Belize, Brazil, Caribbean, Central America, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Kenya, Maldives, Mexico, North America, Regions, Rwanda, South America, Tanzania Thanks to COVID-19 being not yet under control in the US, the number of countries offering visa-free access to Americans has decreased markedly to about …

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Recipe of the week: Pomegranate and roasted delicata squash salad

What better way to brighten up the winter months than a fresh salad featuring delicious and hardy chicories? This colorful dish is piled high with in-season goodies like roasted delicata squash, pistachios, and pomegranate and while it looks fancy and complicated, it’s actually quite simple to recreate at home. It’s equally perfect on a holiday …

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5 dark tourism locations

By Nicole Bergstrom on Sep 23, 2020 in Asia, Attractions, Europe, Germany, Going Out, Italy, North America, Regions, Thailand, USA, Western Europe In the Netflix show Dark Tourist, the viewer is exposed to unusual sites, rituals and ceremonies that occur worldwide. Dark tourism is actually a genre of tourism that has been growing in the …

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Top 5 family friendly hikes in the Columbia Valley, Canada

There are so many wonderful hikes to be done yet so many of them require a good fitness level, hiking experience and the ability to cover distances that can be challenging for the young, injured and elderly. Ultimately, fewer older and younger individuals feel that they cannot approach hiking as a recreation and end up …

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South American countries begin opening for travel

Though South American governments have been careful to keep the air industry grounded for almost six months, we are now seeing some countries on the continent opening up their borders. In Latin America, there are currently only a handful of countries that have fully opened up for tourists – though more are on the way. …

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Hiking in Provence

When you need to keep your distance from people, but you also need some beauty and wide-open space, what better way to spend your day than with a long hike. Travelling to Provence-Alpes-Cote-d’Azur and walking the coastline could be the best decision you could make this autumn. The Var region is an area of outstanding …

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Stages of the Great Wildebeest Migration

The Great Wildebeest Migration is without doubt one of the planet’s most incredible wildlife spectacles. Each year around 1.5 million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of zebras migrate around the Serengeti National Park in search of pastures green. By following the rains, the herds must battle raging rivers and avoid lurking predators in order to …

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A family sailing holiday in western Scotland

The coronavirus has turned the world on its head when it comes to family holidays or indeed travel of any kind. Now we are more mindful of issues such as health and hygiene, social distancing and santisation, than ever before. It is therefore perhaps quite natural that we see holidaymakers seeking isolation over city breaks, …

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Revel in la dolce vita on the Amalfi Coast

Well-known for scenery, history, cuisine and style, the famous stretch of coastline along the Amalfi Coast is blessed with warm sunshine, fascinating culture and beautiful beaches. Tracing the shoreline of this UNESCO heritage site by yacht allows full appreciation of this extraordinary destination. Not only will the views be even more spectacular, but a yacht …

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Top choices for your next villa vacation in Koh Samui, Thailand

Koh Samui is Thailand’s quintessential embodiment of a laid-back tropical holiday. This peaceful island offers the experiences that to us seem so familiar, and yet at the moment, somewhat strangely dream-like: bare-foot fantasies on sun-warmed white sands, being serenaded by the ocean waves, all the while admiring the endlessness of the sea and sky. Though …

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12 of life’s littlest luxuries are hiding in Stowe, Vermont

I have been visiting Stowe since I was a teenager, my parents having built a house there to escape hot New Jersey summers, and as a home base for the winter ski season. I usually visited in the winter months, and so my view of Stowe was quite narrow, shaped by snow-covered mountains, roaring fires, …

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6 amazing South American photography tours

By Alfonso Tandazo on Aug 23, 2020 in Antarctic, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Polar Regions, Regions, South America, Uruguay As the realistic possibility of international travel slowly and carefully comes back to life, travelers can begin to ponder the adventures to come in the not so distant future. For those considering a dedicated …

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A local’s pick of the top 10 luxury wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontaria, Canada

As a local resident of Niagara, it is of upmost convenience that I am a wine lover; in the Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada there are approximately 100 wineries! As a luxury travel blogger I always want to know the best locations to suit my niche and since I live here and know what I …

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5 fabulous food adventures in South Africa

Many travellers returning from a trip to South Africa can’t stop raving about the delicious food they ate while there. Yet, strangely enough, South Africa doesn’t jump to mind when talking about gastronomic travel, but it really, really should! We have gone in search, with empty tummies and suitably clad with elasticated waste bands, of …

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The best music festivals in the U.S.

The USA is a country full of diversity, which is reflected in its music and festival scene. Whether you’re a celebrity-spotting fashionista, into your hard-core punk or like to keep things pretty chill, you’re guaranteed to find it on the USA festival circuit.    The obvious choices…  Coachella  Where: Indio, California When: 9 – 18 April 2021 2021 lineup: TBC, but 2019 featured the likes of Childish …

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Short stay: Middlethorpe Hotel and Spa, York, UK

The red-brick and white-sash-windows house, built in 1699, has echoes of both the grandeur of Hampton Court and Sir Christopher Wren’s elegant rebuilding of London after The Great Fire of London. Although owner Thomas Barlow’s views on architecture were influenced by his Grand Tour of Europe, Middlethorpe Hall Hotel and Spa, with its lawns and …

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Photograph of the week: The Berlin Falls in Mpumalanga, South Africa

Although South Africa’s Mpumalanga province is better known as “the place where the sun rises”, it is also the place where the water falls. Renowned for its magnificent natural wonders and panoramas guaranteed to beautify your Instagram feed, the province boasts a higher density of waterfalls than anywhere else in Southern Africa. Impressive waterfalls flow …

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Where to go in Hawaii: a beginner’s guide

Dramatic landscapes, laid back vibes and doing the hula – it could only be Hawaii! This tropical cluster of islands is an all-year round destination with volcanic beaches, epic surf, lush rainforest and extremely friendly locals. Not sure which island to head to or fancy the whole shabang? No worries – It’s pretty easy and …

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Idyllic sailing in the Greek Sporades

An archipelago of outstanding beauty, the Sporades are scattered along the eastern coast of mainland Greece, with only four of the 24 isles permanently inhabited: Alonnisos, Skiathos, Skopelos and Skyros. Rugged and charming, these cruising grounds deliver peaceful serenity whilst sailing amongst some truly breath-taking island scenery. This is an area rich in natural splendour …

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Travelling without music would feel like…

Stubbed toes, wine without cheese, and Friends without the theme tune. From Edinburgh to Auckland, our STA Travel staff discuss their favorite festivals, go-to hometown music venues, and road trip guilty pleasures. Tania Gasnier, Head Designer, STA Travel New Zealand The windows are down, no one can hear, I’m on a road trip listening to… …

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Blackheath and Greenwich: 10 reasons to visit

The 211 acres of Blackheath’s common tell the story of England over the last millennium. The Royal Hundred Hides, traditionally, a hide is enough land to house and feed a family, lead south to Greenwich Park and it’s history. Over the centuries, Blackheath has been a gathering point for both celebrations and revolts: Henry V …

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Rwanda is open for visitors – explore it in eco-luxury!

Rwanda has adopted a tourism strategy that safeguards its attractions for the long-term: deliberately restricting visitor numbers and focusing on the high-end traveler. I love this approach, as it fosters sustainability. Moreover, you can make a difference in Rwanda, even as a family. Rwanda has experienced an influx of new eco-luxury properties: One & Only …

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Travel CEOs join forces to demand improvements in COVID-19 testing

Fourteen CEOs of America’s most recognizable travel-related companies sent a letter to the president and congressional leaders this week stating that more and better COVID-19 testing is an indispensable component of pursuing an economic recovery, and urging a stepped-up federal role in making effective testing more widely available. The letter stresses that a sustained recovery …

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Your monthly guide to Galapagos’ unique fauna

Having been isolated from the mainland for thousands of years, wildlife in the Galapagos Islands has evolved in unique and fascinating ways. These endemic animals continue to inspire visitors today as they did Charles Darwin back in 1835. Giant tortoises, playful sea lions, tiny penguins, blue-footed boobies, and marine iguanas are some of the most …

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Short Stay: Homewood Hotel and Spa, Bath, UK

Homewood, in ten bucolic acres of lawns and soaring trees, brings relaxed but stylish Mediterranean living to the rural village of Freshford: palms, olive trees in deep terracotta planters, Goddess sculptures and modernist art. It’s a sensuous taste of the Côte d’Azur slotted between the rivers Avon and Frome. The Mediterranean theme is apt, given …

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‘Kia ora’ yachting in the Bay of Islands

One of the ultimate ways to explore the beautiful New Zealand coastline is by yacht, where stunning islands are scattered over azure seas and charming seaside towns are immersed in history. Here, silvery beaches line contrastingly rocky coasts, while pods of dolphins play offshore amidst a wealth of marine life. This destination delivers a wealth …

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Your weekly Adventure Agenda: Explore Australia from home

We’re going out. Outback. This week, we’re taking our lockdown daydreams all the way Down Under. Travel Australia with 360° virtual tours, an interactive scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef with everyone’s favourite nonagenarian (David Attenborough), and – to keep your spirits up – a Whitsunday Island Iced Tea. No passport required, just passion. …

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Europe’s out; where to for American travelers?

By Christopher Hill on Jul 01, 2020 in Barbados, Belize, Caribbean, Central America, Dominican Republic, Mexico, North America, Regions, Saint Lucia, USA The EU has just announced that US citizens cannot yet enter Europe, so where can Americans travel this Summer? Here are some locations currently (or soon to be) accepting Americans, along with ideas …

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YOUR WEEKLY ADVENTURE AGENDA: EXPLORE THE USA FROM HOME

Just because we’re inside, that doesn’t mean we can’t explore what’s outside. Quaranstream America from the comfort of your couch. Think live big rig road trips, to living room gigs and virtual hikes… we got it all. No passport required, just passion. (And Wi-Fi). #PauseTheAdventure Spot bears in Alaska The bear necessities of lockdown? Animal …

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Re-opening of the Maldives to international tourists

By Paul Johnson on Jun 25, 2020 in Featured The Maldives will re-open its borders to international tourists on 15th July 2020. Resorts, liveaboards and hotels located at uninhabited islands will be open from that date, with guest houses and hotels located at inhabited islands opening from 1st August 2020. The Maldives relies heavily on …

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Wilderness in waiting: Bringing safari home

‘Wilderness in waiting’ is a four-part weekly series, highlighting Africa’s proud wildlife heritage during the COVID pandemic. The good news is that we’re starting to see movement in African countries opening up tourism again. In South Africa, various tourism bodies are working around the clock to ensure that we have the right protocols frameworks in places to safely …

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The best wineries to visit when in Spain

After having planned many trips within spanish wine routes, we can really appreciate that wine tourism keeps increasing every year. One of the main wine routes in Spain is undoubtedly the Ribera del Duero Wine Route, whose more than 100 kilometers long extend through the provinces of Soria, Valladolid, Burgos and Segovia. There are many …

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How to virtually celebrate Pride 2020 from home

Due to the impact of COVID-19, many Pride events have been cancelled or significantly altered for 2020. Naturally, we are devastated that our world is going to be a little less colorful this year and contain a little less Madonna. However, just because we can’t travel to Pride parades and celebrations, it doesn’t mean we …

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5 beach bars and restaurants to inspire your next Caribbean adventure

There is something therapeutic about looking out towards the sea. I appreciate those restorative ocean view therapy sessions even more now, not having had access to them, and not having a clear idea of when I might again. Those who are drawn to the sea will always find a way go back, I am confident. …

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Your weekly Adventure Agenda: Explore Thailand from home

Fake it ‘til you make it there. Homeboys and girls, awardee! This week we’re cyber couch surfing all the way over to Southeast Asia and the heart-stopping smiles of Thailand. Explore with live beach streams, Pad Thai cook a longs and beachside cocktail making classes. (There’s a quarantine joke in there somewhere, but someone got …

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Six places in Thailand that are seriously zen

There’s more to Thailand than buzzing cities, crazy-beautiful beaches and even crazier parties. Like sunrise Shavasanas with fellow yogis, broadening your mind whilst learning all about Buddhism, and finding your own slice of pristine sand with nobody else for miles. So if you’re wanting to emerge from the other side of your Thailand escape feeling …

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Dreaming about your next vacation? The perfect Galapagos itinerary

If you are at home, you are probably missing the last time you went on vacation and dreaming about the moment when you go on the next one. We would like to take you to an adventure through this itinerary so that you can escape for a while to a paradisiacal island filled with adventures …

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Your weekly Adventure Agenda: Explore Japan from home

Fake it ‘til you make it there. The 2020 Olympics may have been postponed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still run rings around Japan – virtually at least. Go full stream ahead with 360° tours, a live feed of Nagano’s famous snow monkeys, and your own Japanese ‘on-nomi’ drinking party. No passport required, just …

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Travel films to watch

One of the perks of being in lockdown, is all the extra time we have to do all the things we say we never had time to do before. (Say that one quickly). Yoga, baking, binge watching the latest season of Money Heist in 48 hours. We’re not ignoring those classic films like The Beach, …

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Ecuador: an ideal destination for when the virus storm abates

We’re now forced to hide away, remaining in lockdown to fend off the COVID-19 coronavirus. Nonetheless, Ecuador wants to remind travelers that it’s a destination waiting to welcome them back with open arms once this pandemic is in the rearview. This open invitation is highlighted in a new video just released by this scenic country’s …

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Iceland to re-open to tourists on 15th June with airport testing

To say I’m excited by this news would be a bit of an understatement. Especially since my livelihood relies on people coming to Iceland. But, I am cautious as to what this will actually mean for travellers who do decide to make the journey to Iceland this year. So I’ve put together a short list …

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World Endangered Species Day: 7 ways to help from home

Icon, legend and knight (and all-around global treasure) Sir David Attenborough once said “It is that range of biodiversity that we must care for – the whole thing – rather than just one or two stars”. With this nugget of wisdom, we’re celebrating World Endangered Species Day on May 15 by looking at the world …

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18 Lockdown ways to help fight climate change

Clearer skies, less pollution, more wildlife… if lockdown has taught us anything (other than the art of virtual pub quizzing and that Netflix needs to do another series of Cheer… immediately) it’s that small lifestyle changes, collectively, can have a real and noticeable impact on the environment. Fast becoming a nation of cupboard bakers, window …

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Travel inspiration: Yacht charter in Baja California, Mexico

Famous for its stunning shorelines, fine weather and delicious food, the west coast of Mexico has its very own magic and is a great choice for yachting enthusiasts. From Baja California down to Guadalajara, you will find some of the most fascinating spots in the Pacific providing an excellent cruising ground for visiting yachts. Expect …

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Future travel inspiration: the best safaris in Africa

By Matt Gannan on May 01, 2020 in Adventure Travel, Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Regions, South Africa, Speciality Travel, Tanzania, Uganda When thinking about watching wild animals roam the open plains only one destination normally comes to mind – Africa. The mother continent is home to an astonishing number of animals which make safaris one …

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Explore Fairbanks, Alaska on a virtual vacation

Grab a front row seat and start your virtual vacation now. Explore Fairbanks is showcasing five brand new virtual experiences including an exhilarating dog sled ride through a snowy pristine forest, a float down the Chena River on that perfect Summer day and a panoramic mountain scene from nearby Murphy Dome. In addition, you can …

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Luxury island resorts perfect for a post-COVID-19 retreat

By Paul Eyers on Apr 20, 2020 in Accommodation, Asia, Cambodia, Health & Safety, Hotels, Malaysia, Maldives, Regions, Resorts, Spas & Pampering, Speciality Travel, Thailand, Travel Miscellany, Vietnam We are all living throughout these strange times where nothing is the same. It is a unique period during which we all need to take a step …

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Top tips for responsible travel in a post-virus world

By Christopher Hill on Apr 07, 2020 in Travel Miscellany When we emerge from the COVID-19 lockdowns and start to travel again, it is important to do so in a responsible way. We have already seen the positive environmental effects of the virus: fish visible in Venice’s canals, air quality improvements in major cities, much …

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32 ways travel businesses are helping during the current crisis

By Paul Johnson on Apr 04, 2020 in Accommodation, Air Travel, Featured, Food and Drink, Going Out, Hotels, Regions, Resorts, Restaurants, Speciality Travel, Travel Miscellany, Worldwide What a month it has been. Amid all the doom and gloom of the coronavirus pandemic, there are some positive stories that deserve to be heard, many of which …

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5 best places to go in September and October

By Matt Holmes on Apr 01, 2020 in Asia, Bhutan, Croatia, Eastern Europe, Europe, Nepal, New Zealand, Oceania, Portugal, Regions, Spain, Western Europe Although not the first one to say, I’ll reiterate—these are weird times. And while international (and sometimes even domestic) travel is basically out of the question at the moment. We and many …

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Cabin fever! Unique places to stay for future escapes

Dorothy said there was no place like home. As travellers, we would usually have to disagree. Especially after she stole our favourite red sparkly party shoes and there was that whole ‘talking to scarecrows’ incident. But for many of us, home is the safest and most responsible place to be at the moment. However, that …

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Health and wellbeing in Provence – looking to the future

Under normal circumstances, many of us would choose to visit a beautiful place like Provence to enjoy some rest and rejuvenation in order to improve our Health & Wellbeing. In the midst of today’s Coronavirus pandemic, health concerns are an order of magnitude more serious. Whilst travel plans for the immediate future have been put …

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Travelling around Coronavirus (COVID-19): All you need to know

It’s fair to say that so far, 2020 has been a tough, and for many, a tragic year. Since the first case of the coronavirus disease COVID-19 was reported. Everywhere you turn someone’s either talking about it, reading about it, or stockpiling sanitizer for it. We know that these uncertain times can cause a lot …

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Women on a mission: Empowering women through local tourism

To the person who wrote the original, we’d love to credit you… When this first did the rounds on Twitter, the reaction of the team here at Adventure HQ went something like this: sharp intake of breath, closely followed by furious indignation and flashes of Beyoncé-style ‘Run the world’ ass-kicking fantasy montage (quickly dispelled, none …

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The best ski resorts in the world whatever your style

Winter may be under way, but there’s still plenty of time to play. Most European and North American ski resorts are open for shredding til spring, or you can venture further afield once winter hits the Southern Hemisphere again. We’ve put together a list of the best ski resorts in the world, depending on what type …

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What to do in Sofia: The ultimate Sofia travel guide

Hello fellow travellers! Alexx here from Finding Alexx. I’m on a year-long solo adventure to a new country every week for a year, with my route based entirely off the cheapest flight each Tuesday. Yep, it’s as hectic as it sounds! This insane adventure took me to Sofia, a gorgeous hidden gem in the Balkans and the …

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5 potential new UNESCO World Heritage sites for 2020

If you’re anything like us, your bucket list is as long as the line at the departure gate when the check-in staff announce that the plane is ready to board (your seat isn’t going anywhere, people)! Maybe it’s full of palm-fringed beaches, late night cities or thrilling bungees and sky dives. Or if you’re a culture …

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The un-beer-lievable price of beer around the world

Did you know, this year marks 100 years since the start of the prohibition? Exploring the world is thirsty work and for some travellers, it’s a great way of socialising with fellow tourists, mixing with locals, and celebrating the trip of a lifetime.  Dry January has been and gone so it’s time to brush up on your …

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Filotimo – The Word with No Translation

In researching about Greece before our wonderful Greek adventure, I came across some information which didn’t seem to fit together. In spite of the financial crisis, the austerity measure, and one of the highest unemployment rates in Europe, Greece has one of the highest rates of self-reported happiness in the world. How is it that …

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Scavenger Hunts for Kids

10 Adventurous Photo Scavenger Hunts for Kids Looking for ways to get your kids out of the house to explore? Road trips, nature walks, and beach days are fantastic ways to encourage little ones to get involved in a photo scavenger hunt. Kids are curious and love games. That’s why a themed photo scavenger hunt …

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Monastiraki Square

European Cities have wonderful squares – open areas where people gather to talk, eat, and visit. Houses in the city are often small so the squares are like living rooms where people spend time relaxing. These gathering places are fun to get a flavor of the city you came to visit. Get out and see …

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Make It Your Own

Make It Your Own We will teach you how to use all of your websites built-in features and tools to post articles and images, build links and more. With our one-on-one help and follow-up online training tutorials you will have a website that’s not only attractive, but one you can be proud of. The important …

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Keep It Simple

Keep It Simple As you create new posts they will be displayed on the home page as short excerpts from the content with a “continue reading” link or a “read more” button which links to the actual post. The title links to the article page as well. You can, if you want, display the entire …

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