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A journey to New Zealand’s most enchanting places

A journey to New Zealand’s most enchanting places

Loved throughout the world for its stunning natural landscapes and rich Maori heritage, New Zealand caters to outdoor-minded and culture-loving travellers alike. If you’ve seen The Lord of the Rings films, you’ve already seen the kind of stunning natural beauty that’s on offer. When to visit New Zealand Because New Zealand is in the southern hemisphere, February is the last month of the summer. March and April are still pleasant, but after that you’re best to skip their winter and wait…

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Why is Mauritius so popular? Beaches, catamarans, and more.

Why is Mauritius so popular? Beaches, catamarans, and more.

This year we’ll start taking a personal look at holiday memories you might like to recreate for yourself. This month, Lara Whybrow tells us about her travels to Mauritius. An old favourite among tourists, Mauritius is absolutely gorgeous, and most travellers have been back many times to luxuriate in its lush flora and spotlessly clean beaches. It’s a volcanic island, famed for its beaches, reefs, and lagoons.  We booked our holiday through a specialist travel agency that has lots of interesting…

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Dubai: A lovely warm holiday in the winter

Dubai: A lovely warm holiday in the winter

Still unsure about where to go on holiday this winter? If you and your family are looking for an escape from the harsh cold weather, Dubai is your answer! The most pleasant weather begins in December and lasts until February. Temperatures get up around 27C (81F) in December and January, so the weather is perfect for sightseeing and entertainment. The best thing about winter nights in Dubai is the long walks in the city. The friendly fellow tourists can be seen…

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Seven free things to do in Las Vegas

Seven free things to do in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is well known for some of its more expensive attractions: its gambling culture, but also its pricey hotels, restaurants, and live shows. However, if you’re travelling to Vegas on a budget, don’t despair. There are free and fun activities that you can add to your itinerary, and as an added bonus, they’ll take you off the beaten path where you can explore some of Vegas’s hidden gems. Here are seven exciting free things to do in Las Vegas….

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Why community-based tourism helps bring Kyrgyzstan’s culture to life

Why community-based tourism helps bring Kyrgyzstan’s culture to life

Travel writer Julia Hammond had no idea what to expect when she travelled to Kyrgyzstan earlier this year. What she experienced was far better than she’d dared imagine. In this internet-led, social media-fuelled age, there are few surprises when it comes to travel. A quick trawl of Instagram or a lightning-fast Google search throws up thousands of images. The days of going to the library or bookshop for a guide book are increasingly too slow for an impatient audience who…

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Off the beaten track in New York: gangsters and a speakeasy!

Off the beaten track in New York: gangsters and a speakeasy!

Travel writer Julia Hammond takes us to some of the more unusual sites in New York City. With gangsters, a prohibition-era liquor den, and hidden museums and parks, New York is a city worth hanging around in after you’ve ticked off the major sights. Since moving to the countryside a few years ago, crowded cities hold far less appeal for me than they once did. I find myself irritated by the hum of the traffic, the jostling of commuter shoulders,…

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Discovering Florida beyond the theme parks

Discovering Florida beyond the theme parks

Whether you’re travelling solo, as a couple, or as a family holiday with the grandchildren, you’ll find plenty of fun in Florida beyond the theme parks. We asked a native Floridian what she recommends. With more than 8,000 miles of shoreline, Florida, also known as the Sunshine State, is a prime holiday destination all year round. The climate is warm and sunny, which is why so many Americans retire to Florida! Let’s see what you could be getting up to:…

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American National Parks: a natural delight

American National Parks: a natural delight

The great outdoors is a beauty to behold. Nothing brings inner peace faster than engaging in a slice of nature, and you can experience it for yourself by visiting any of the historic national parks dotted around the United States of America.  There are 61 national parks, providing a wide range of leisure pursuits and gorgeous scenery that will make you want to come back again and again. The National Parks Service website has lots of information to help you plan your trip. So…

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Three hot picks for your first Caribbean holiday

Three hot picks for your first Caribbean holiday

The Caribbean has long been a bucket list favourite with British tourists. From the rich and vibrant culture to the crystal-clear waters and miles upon miles of dreamy beaches, it’s no wonder it has appeal.  If you’re looking at visiting for the first time, 7,000 islands covering a huge one million square miles can be a little bit too much to choose from. Here are three favourites that’ll have you packing your case in no time! Barbados You’re likely to feel…

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