What to Eat: The Essential Guide to Jamaican Food

Posted on: October 31st, 2014 by Anup

Jamaica isn’t just about tropical beaches, laid back living and the legend that is Bob Marley – it also serves up some of the most lip-smackingly delicious food on the planet. Here we take a look at some of the island’s most mouth-watering delicacies… 1.       Jerk chicken Epic jerk chicken reigns high as the king of kings in Jamaica, with the delicacy being the island’s national dish. Jamaicans are big on fiery and flavoursome foods, so jerk is a combination of seasonings like Scotch bonnet peppers, cinnamon, nutmeg, thyme and onion, which is dry rubbed on to meat and roasted – often for many hours over pimento wood. Any food can be ‘jerked’ with the most popular being chicken and pork and is an absolute must on a Jamaican gastronomical adventure. 2.       Ackee and saltfish Forget about cereal and toast for your breakfast, on this totally tropical island the only…

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Egypt’s Best Alternative Tourist Attractions

Posted on: October 27th, 2014 by Anup

It is no secret that Egypt is home to some of the world’s most incredible ancient treasures. And unsurprisingly, it’s often the Pyramids, the Valley of the Kings and the Sphinx that are just some of the must-sees on a visitor’s wish list. However, there are also numerous alternative tourist attractions that shouldn’t be overlooked. Read on to find some different options to pop on your itinerary… 1.       The Siwa Oasis Located in the vast and beautiful Sahara desert, the Siwa Oasis was culturally isolated from the rest of Egypt until late in the 19th century due to its remote location. Presenting itself as everything you would expect from an oasis, it is abundant in freshwater springs, beautiful palm groves and ancient olive trees. A visit here will also allow you to see the incredible mud-built fortresses. Berbers were the original settlers here, and their traditions and language still play…

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Top five Canary Island destinations you have to see to believe

Posted on: October 23rd, 2014 by Anup

Offering fantastic year-round temperatures, outstanding beaches, beautiful landscapes and historical sites, the Canary Islands are the perfect holiday destination. And with some truly outstanding locations on offer, we thought we’d uncover those spots that have to be seen to be believed. 1.       Best for…underground adventure The magnificent Cueva de los Verdes in Lanzarote is an underground cave system formed by a lava tube from a volcano eruption 5,000 years ago. You will be guided deep into the caves where you will be told about their history and formations and see the underground auditorium that hosts jazz and blues concerts. However, there is a breath-taking visual ‘surprise’ which you will be treated to during the tour. What is it? Well that would be telling. You’ll have to go and discover it for yourself. 2.       Best for…desert like dunes The incredible dune field of Maspalomas in Gran Canaria will give you plenty…

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That’s Amazing: The Most Visited Tourist Attractions You’ve Never Heard Of

Posted on: October 19th, 2014 by Anup

One of the most exciting parts of any holiday is planning all the fantastic attractions you are going to visit. But how do you make sure you don’t miss out on some of the lesser known ones? With a little help from us of course… Tulum, Mexico Archaeological sites aren’t often described as picturesque, but Tulum in Mexico is truly stunning. Perched on cliffs and affording panoramic views across the Caribbean ocean, this fascinating site was once a pre-Columbian Maya walled city. For a day combining both history and relaxation, you can explore the interesting ruins before bagging a spot on the beach below. Seven Mile Beach, Jamaica With its sugar white sand and glittering aqua water, Seven Mile Beach in Jamaica will have you wondering whether you’ve stumbled across paradise found. Snuggled among coconut groves and with a selection of beach-side restaurants, this idyllic spot is the perfect location…

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Which Balearic Island was made for you?

Posted on: October 16th, 2014 by Anup

Floating happily in the Mediterranean Sea is the collection of stunning islands known as the Balearics. With scintillating sands and glistening waters for miles, the islands offer utopian surroundings we can only dream of. But with everyone’s utopia being different, the Balearics offer holidays to suit all needs. The three most popular islands, Majorca, Ibiza and Menorca, each cater to a different type of holiday maker, but which one are you? Here are a few tips on picking the right island for you. Majorca – The Family Favourite This island has been a family favourite for decades, so if you’re looking for somewhere the whole family can enjoy, look no further. With blue flag beaches featuring sheltered, sandy coves scattered throughout, you can spend the day enjoying family time sunbathing and swimming in the clear oceans. Or you could opt to spend most of your day at the hotel, which…

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What’s in your Suitcase – The Travelling Comforts of Brits

Posted on: October 14th, 2014 by Anup

Packing for a holiday can be one of the most stressful times in your life. So throwing in a few home comforts can be a higher priority than those extra pair of sandals. We want the sun and don’t mind travelling to get closer to it, but some things the Brits definitely aren’t giving up on, are mostly food items. Food and drink Teabags are the most ranked item Brits make room for in their suitcase. Whether it’s Earl grey or English breakfast, a cup of tea is an absolute daily need for the British. Some have even been known to take their own kettle for fear of there not being one at their destination. Coffee and biscuits are also top of the list, because if you’re going to have a hot drink, you have to take a pack of your favourite biscuits to dunk. Food is top of the…

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Sunrise to Sunset – Jamaican Gems

Posted on: October 10th, 2014 by Anup

Jamaica is one of the most beautiful and celebrated islands in the Caribbean, but one thing visitors need to experience is the stunning sunrises and sunsets that fall upon this utopian paradise. Of course you can watch the sun set and rise wherever you are, but Jamaica has a few gems that make this an experience beyond compare. We’ve listed our 6 favourite places to visit, either during the day or night, to witness this everyday occurrence in a way you never knew possible. Seven Mile Beach Situated in Negril, Seven Mile Beach is one of Jamaica’s most famous and popular beaches; it’s easy to see why with clear turquoise waters, soft white sands and swaying palms. But with the beach populated during the day by travellers and locals, the night time is when you should visit. With empty skies and the sun setting across the most clear of waters,…

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Egypt – How to be a Successful Tourist

Posted on: October 7th, 2014 by Anup

The land of the pharaohs is the perfect place to go on your future holiday. A Middle Eastern country, Arabic is the predominant language, and Religion is a part of daily life; around 94% are Muslim and practice Islam. Going somewhere different for the first time can be daunting if you don’t know the culture. Luckily we’ve got you covered, with everything you need to know about how to fit in whilst in the Valley of the Kings. Greetings and Personal space During an initial meeting you can simply nod a hello to the person or extend to a handshake. Personal space should be kept to an arm’s length at least when meeting someone for the first time, and you should not touch them in public. You should also avoid eye contact with members of the opposite sex as Egyptian women may interpret this as intimidating. If you are unsure…

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Best European Summer Festivals

Posted on: October 3rd, 2014 by Anup

The summer often brings a major predicament for lovers of music and holidays every year; ‘do I go on holiday or to a festival?’ With festivals in the UK being notorious for unpredictable weather – some of us may be dubious about getting tickets. But there are a huge number of festivals throughout the whole of Europe, offering everything you can get here, with the added bonus of sun, sea and sand. Who wouldn’t want that at a festival? So avoid the mud, rain and freezing winds this year, and take a look at five of our favourite European festivals for some inspiration. Benicassim – Benicassim, Spain This long standing Spanish festival has been gradually climbing the festival ladder for years, cementing itself as one of Europe’s finest. Entertaining spectators for 20 years now, you can expect to see headliners from across the globe, with Amy Winehouse, Oasis, Leonard Cohen,…

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Planning your 2015 bucket list – Top 9 Destinations

Posted on: September 30th, 2014 by Anup

Need some inspiration for your 2015 travel bucket list? Here are some of our top picks. 1.       Myanmar (Burma), South East Asia The once-closed country of mysterious Myanmar is an absolute must-see for 2015. Visit striking sacred sites and temple-speckled fields, sail down the Ayeyarwady River and relax on pristine sands at the Bay of Bengal. 2.       Alberta, Canada The awesome scenery of Jasper National Park has to be one for the bucket list – and adrenaline junkies can enjoy viewing it from the Glacier Sky Walk, opened in 2014. Venture on to the glass floored observation platform to experience unbeatable views of the Sunwapta Valley and crashing waterfalls 300m below. 3.       Madagascar, Africa With over 1,000 endemic animal species, Madagascar is the perfect destination for animal lovers. Add in pristine rainforests, mysterious deserts and bizarre geological formation at Tsingy de Bemaraha National Park and you have an incredible location…

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