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What to spot on your Rocky Mountaineer adventure

Imagine sitting back in a comfortable window seat underneath the panoramic viewing dome as the striking scenery of the Rocky Mountains glides past you – there is no train journey quite like one aboard the Rocky Mountaineer. With three, two-day light train tours and overnight accommodation to choose from, the Rocky Mountaineer offers you the chance to discover the majesty of the Rockies, spot plentiful Canad ...

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Top 5 must sees in the Canadian Rockies

A visit to Canada isn’t complete without experiencing the spectacular Rocky Mountains in the province of Alberta. Home to towering peaks, alpine meadows, glaciers, turquoise lakes and quaint mountain towns, it is one of the most jaw droppingly beautiful places to visit in the world.  Here is our selection of “must sees” to make sure you get the most out of your visit. 1.   Jasper & Jasper National Park ...

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The insider’s guide to a family ski adventure in Canada

Make your family ski holiday one to remember in Canada To put it simply, Canada is a spectacular winter playground.  Whether you’re seeking champagne powder snow, wide groomed runs, expert ski tuition, breath-taking scenery or a chance to toast marshmallows around a campfire – winter holidays in Canada have it all! With excellent average snowfall all around the Canadian Rockies, western Canada offers a huge ...

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Six inspirational reasons why you should volunteer in Africa

Traveling abroad to be a volunteer in Africa is guaranteed to leave its mark on the person taking part in the experience and the community they go out to help. It’s an idea many people have, but few follow up on. That is why I’ve compiled a list of six amazing reasons as to why you have to try volunteering, in the hope I will inspire some of you to make the journey to this beautiful, yet struggling continen ...

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The top 5 pros of travelling solo

The travelling lifestyle is progressively growing, whether it is to temporarily abandon the drudgery of your day to day life and unwind or to create an exciting adventure after you graduate, more and more people are considering hitting the road. Travelling may seem like a generic and obvious thing to do that takes residence on most people's bucket list, yet each traveller has their own unique individual nee ...

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London and the South East in a box.

"They only know a country who are acquainted with it's footpaths. By the roads, indeed, the outside may be seen; but the footpaths go through the heart of the land."  Richard Jefferies, 19th Century writer and journalist. If you love and live in London yet the thought of escaping the bustling busyness and escaping to the peaceful outskirts sounds like the perfect distraction? Then this little box is exactly ...

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The best of beautiful Brugge

Whether you want a quiet romantic weekend away with your loved one, a wine fuelled girly get away, beer tasting with the boys or a mini break suitable for the whole family. Brugge comes up trumps and accommodates any age, gender and interest! With its bustling bars, charismatic cobbled streets ornate architecture lining the streaming canals, Brugge has so much to offer! Below are 4 of the places you can't m ...

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Fundamental facts for the first time traveller.

When planning your first backpacking trip it is crucial to take everything into consideration. It is inevitable that throughout the preparation process you will end up tearing your hair out and reconsidering the whole thing. For the first time traveller it is easy to resort to the basic template of what to remember, unaware that the little things are sometimes just as important as knowing your train routes ...

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5 essential things to know before you go abroad

When your long awaited holiday is a week away, choosing what bikini to pack or fighting with your suitcase to close may seem like your priority, and the so-called 'boring' side of your last minute planning may be forgotten. Below are five essentials to consider in making sure your international trip is enjoyable, safe and cost effective. Whether you’re backpacking around Europe, returning to a familiar loca ...

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Discover Canada’s Big 5 on a Canadian Wildlife Holiday

Canada is one of the most exciting, diverse countries in the world and home to some of the planet’s most incredible wildlife, from polar bears to humpback whales. With over 63 million acres of national parks and wildlife areas, this is one country where you can easily encounter a huge variety of different wildlife species in a short space of time, and fully experience them at their best. So what makes up th ...

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Places to visit during Vienna Ball season

Summer is upon us, but if you're already thinking about next year's mini break. Vienna is the host to dozens of magnificent events during Ball Season; each January and February more than 450 balls take place throughout the city. Attended mostly by locals, they are an extravagant affair for all to enjoy. Tourists are quickly cottoning on though: here’s some top tips for visiting Vienna during Ball Season.   ...

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Britain’s most beautiful villages

From pretty villages nestled within rolling countryside to tiny, sea-swept fishing harbours, why not get out and about and explore the great British countryside on your doorstep this summer? Here’s Britain’s most beautiful villages.  Polperro, Cornwall This village and fishing harbour on the southern Cornish coast is considered to be one of the prettiest in Cornwall. Tucked into a valley, this village is a ...

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10 top luxury destinations on the planet

We've picked our top 10 luxury destinations on the planet: 1. Dubai, United Arab Emirates Why? It’s the fastest growing city in the world, and also the playground of the Middle East. Lose yourself in its glitzy shopping malls, catch some rays on the beaches or marvel at the incredible buildings. Some say Dubai is soul-less, but you can’t help falling in love with the glamour. How to get there Fly with Emira ...

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Top 5 French culinary experiences

France is famed for its fine wine and cuisine and there are a whole variety of ways you can sample its regional delicacies – from cooking classes to wine tasting. Here’s a guide to some truly memorable, delicious and authentic French culinary experiences.    Cider and Calvados Tasting, Normandy Normandy is known for its cider and calvados (apple brandy). Visit a local producer such as Calvados Pierre Huet, ...

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Small Group Touring: Getting off the tourist trail

Whilst a convenient way to see the UK, Europe and beyond, conventional large group coach tours - with jam-packed itineraries, endless hours on motorways, bland chain hotels and unappetising meal plans - can leave you uninspired and tired. Small group tours, with a maximum of 18 passengers, can offer a more leisurely and flexible alternative, where the journey is just as enjoyable as the destination and you’ ...

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A guide to Europe’s top 5 best boutique hotels

Small, intimate and unique, boutique hotels should reflect the character and charm of the destination you are staying in. From Scottish castles to French Chateaux, Italian Villas to Spanish Monasteries, here are some of the most memorable places to stay in Europe. Comlongon Castle, Scottish Borders, Scotland Comlongon is a restored 15th century, medieval Scottish castle and its stronghold is regarded as one ...

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All aboard the Rocky Mountaineer!

A holiday to Canada wouldn’t be complete without a trip on the Rocky Mountaineer train. With journeys on three scenic routes through the Canadian Rockies taking you to areas of outstanding natural beauty and rich in history in British Columbia and Alberta, it’s no wonder that the Rocky Mountaineer is famous worldwide. The landscape that you travel through on a Rocky Mountaineer journey is breathtaking, unve ...

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Discover Italy’s hidden gems

Italy has been seducing travellers since, well, the birth of tourism; with its diverse natural beauty, cultural, historical and architectural treasures and, of course, world-famous cuisine, it’s not hard to see why. From The Colosseum to The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Venice to Florence and The Amalfi Coast to Sicily, its landmarks, cities and regions are undeniably iconic. And yet, there are still corners of t ...

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Cruises: The latest holiday trend?

The cruising industry saw a record number of cruise holidays taken last year – a trend which is set to increase (hopefully!) through the introduction of new itineraries, on board activities and exciting new shore excursions. There are too many stereotypes surrounding the world of cruising and the only complaint that many first-time cruisers have is that they should not have waited so long to try it! With st ...

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Discover Chichester

It is little wonder that Chichester and the surrounding villages have been called ‘home’ by writers and artists throughout the ages.  The rolling countryside of the South Downs is enough to compel even those with little or no natural artistic bent to pick up a pen or paintbrush.     History As well as being a beautiful part of the country, Chichester and the surrounding villages of West Sussex hav ...

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