Top 5 Mind Blowing Moroccan Hotspots

Posted on: November 27th, 2014 by Anup

From sunshine to souks and beaches to Bedouin life, a holiday in Morocco offers a taste of the exotic. The short flight times mean you’ll be in Morocco in just 3-4 hours after take-off from the UK – but where should you go to experience the best the country has to offer? We’ve put together some ideas… Best for shopping Colour, chaos and energy will engulf you when you enter the souks of Marrakech. The bamboo covered stalls found on the labyrinth streets sell a multitude of exotic items, from spices, bags and jewellery to blankets, rugs and embellished clothing. Just immersing yourself in the atmosphere of the souks is an experience in itself. Expect to see everything from snake charmers and palm readers to monkeys and chickens. Above all, make sure you get your bartering skills up to scratch before you buy anything. The main square, Djeema-El-Fnaa is the…

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A Beginners Guide to Egypt

Posted on: November 23rd, 2014 by Anup

Mysterious, enchanting and ancient, Egypt is a destination everyone should visit at least once in their life time. Whether it’s to gaze at wondrous monuments, bask on a sun-drenched beach or experience the country’s natural beauty, this destination offers something for everyone. Places to visit The incredible ancient history of Egypt is what tempts many visitors to its shores. A trip here will allow you to experience the magnificent Pyramids of Giza – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In addition, you can visit fascinating sites such as the mysterious temples of Karnak and Luxor, the Sphinx, the Valley of the Kings and Tutankhamun’s tomb. Shoppers will love visiting Cairo’s bustling and colourful Khan-al-Khalili bazaar, while adventurers can experience the vast wonder of the dessert with a 4×4 safari trip and trip to a Bedouin village. Egypt it also fantastic for a beach holiday. Sharm el Sheikh…

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The World’s Best Music Vacations

Posted on: November 20th, 2014 by Anup

The world has produced some great musicians, and there are particular stand-out destinations across the globe that you just have to try if you’re a fan. From country to dance music, we take a look at where to go… Nashville Nashville is the inspiration and spiritual home for many an aspiring musician – so head to Music City to experience its infectious musical energy. The city has produced some of the greats of country music such as Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline and Willie Nelson, as well as other legends like Jimi Hendrix. Wander around Nashville at any time of the day or night and you’ll find music drifting out of the bars and venues of the city. Experience it for yourself by heading to a Honky Tonk, grabbing a beer and relaxing to some great sounds. Don’t forget to enjoy some of Nashville’s other attractions too such as the Country…

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Orlando: Rollercoaster Guide

Posted on: November 19th, 2014 by Anup

Prepare for heart-racing, adrenaline-pumping action when you arrive in Orlando; roller coaster capital of the world. From turbo charged thrill-rides to crazy loops and corkscrews, these rides will have you on the edge of your seat. We take a look at some of Orlando’s best… Hollywood Rip Ride and Rockit: Universal Studios There’s no better place to start than with Hollywood Rip Ride and Rockit, Orlando’s tallest rollercoaster. Powering along at 65mph and towering 17 storeys above ground, it’s not for the faint-hearted. With its numerous loops, you can zoom along accompanied by your own personal soundtrack chosen when you climb into your pod. Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster: Walt Disneyworld Hollywood Studios Endorsed by rock band Aerosmith, fans can enjoy speeding along at 60mph to the soundtrack of the band. Boasting two rollover loops and one corkscrew, you’ll race past famous Hollywood landmarks in a limousine-like car. The Incredible Hulk: Universal Islands…

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Family Holiday Spots that would Never Cross your Mind

Posted on: November 14th, 2014 by Anup

Although family holidays are often the highlight of the year, all too often we can get stuck in a rut, visiting the same tried and tested destinations again and again. So why not consider somewhere different for your next getaway? Here are some suggestions to get you started… Ibiza Synonymous with clubbing, drinking and all-day partying, Ibiza isn’t the first place that springs to mind when considering a family holiday. However, away from popular resorts such as Playa d’en Bossa and San Antonio, there is an outstandingly beautiful island of alternative resorts to discover. For families, you can’t beat Cala Llonga. Not only is there a great selection of self-catering apartments and family-friendly restaurants, but you can also enjoy sweeping golden sandy stretches, gently sloping safe waters, a playground and small amusement park. Italian Lakes The Italian Lakes are often considered to be the preserve of those looking for a…

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A Couples Guide to Mexico

Posted on: November 11th, 2014 by Anup

If you’re after a long-haul break that doesn’t break the bank – be that a romantic escape to the sun, a culture-fuelled getaway, or just a lazy couple of weeks at an all-inclusive – then Mexico could provide the perfect destination. 1. Eat, drink and dance Mexico is home to some fantastic beach resorts, and while many go straight to Acapulco – Mexico’s original resort town – Los Cabos offers an excellent alternative. A lively 20-mile beach area at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, home to all manner of sophisticated restaurants and bars that cater for all tastes – if you’re a party-loving couple, head for Cabo San Lucas, if it’s a quieter getaway you’re after then try San Jose del Cabo. And if you’re a more active couple, Los Cabos is a great water sports destination and home to some of the world’s best sport fishing.…

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5 Things you didn’t know about Cuba

Posted on: November 7th, 2014 by Anup

As the largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba has built up a reputation as a place you simply have to visit. With a rich history spread throughout the streets, and vibe that sends you back to times of old, this is a truly fascinating holiday destination. But there’s much more to Cuba than the way it looks and feels. Here are our top five facts you may not know about this island retreat. 1.       The Alligator Island Don’t worry, Cuba isn’t swarming with these potentially killer animals, but it may not be uncommon to hear people saying things like ‘El Caiman’. You may wonder why, but the answer is quite simple; with the national language being Spanish, this is simply a Spanish word for alligator, which the island resembles from an aerial view. 2.       Unique Wildlife This brings us on to our next fun fact about the island’s wildlife. Firstly…

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British Gestures to Avoid around the Globe

Posted on: November 5th, 2014 by Anup

Talking with our hands is something we do all too often, but do all gestures mean the same across the globe? Whilst travelling the world, it’s important to note that not every sign we make with our hands in the UK mean the same thing in other places. So to avoid red faces (that can’t be attributed to sun burn) potential embarrassment and extreme offence, we’ve compiled a list of British gestures to avoid when travelling. It’s Ok Here in the UK, telling everyone that everything is ok is usually done by placing the tip of the index finger onto the tip of the thumb; effectively making a circle. Whereas this may show satisfaction on the British Isles, many cultures find it quite offensive. It is considered a rude gesture in many European countries, such as France, where the gesture means zero, which in turn means worthless in certain contexts…

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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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