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17Feb2015

Dream Adventure Fishing Trips

Bright painting of underwater in Dubai.

Ever wanted to skim out over the ocean on an adventure and battle the monsters of the briny deep? Whether it’s your first time fishing, or you’re a seasoned, salty dog, here are some of the world’s most exciting places to go fishing. Get Hooked on an Exclusive Fishing Trip in Cuba Channel Ernest Hemingway and […]

14Feb2015

Hidden Gems of Florence

Florence city view.

Alluring, romantic and elaborate: the cradle of the Renaissance still retains much of its charm. Florence is a dizzying swirl of red-roofed buildings which house some of the art world’s most priceless treasures. Even if you had months to spare, a hundred memory cards for your camera and the stamina of a mountain goat, you […]

04Feb2015

The Joys of Acting on Impulse

Sunrise from Nunukan island, Derawan Archipelago, Borneo.

In the UK, there was – and may one day be again! – a truly terrible series of 80s ads for a truly awful series of 80s teenage body sprays, using the catchphrase, “Men just can’t help acting on impulse.” And, while in many areas of life – house purchases, car purchases, etc – acting […]

21Jan2015

Gifts for a Destination Honeymoon

Sunset at a private dining cabana in the Oberoi Mauritius.

The etiquette around destination weddings is complicated. In many parts of the world, it’s assumed that, by the time you’ve bought tickets and hotel rooms for a week in the sun, plus a beach-friendly wedding outfit (not really a wardrobe staple in the UK), your presence is gift enough. But that’s not always the case. […]

18Jan2015

Why You Really Must Visit the Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China at the Ruined Wall at Badaling.

Ever dreamed of seeing the Great Wall of China? Today it’s easier than ever. The 72-hour Beijing visa-free entry rule means that if you’re transiting through the city you get 72 whole hours (NOT three days) without having to go through the whole hideous Chinese visa application rigmarole. Or you can choose from one of […]

17Jan2015

Taking It Easy in Costa Rica

Violet sabrewing hummingbird feeding in Costa Rica.

Travelling longterm as a family is very different from typical vacation travel. With longterm travel, you can wing it – book a flight, pack a guidebook and see what you want to do. When your trip is delimited by the twin demands of school holidays and work, you typically have to be that much more […]

07Jan2015

They Do Things Differently in Amsterdam

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One thing a relaxed drug policy does? It reduces harm from drugs. And, of course, it changes how people use drugs. Counter-intuitively, it actually tends to cut drug use. Take Amsterdam’s famous coffee shops. You won’t see many Amsterdamers there – any more than you’ll find them in the red light district. Drugs are, simply, […]

06Jan2015

Bridgetown: The Heart of Barbados

The promenade at Bridgetown, Barbados.

It doesn’t take much to convince one that Barbados is beautifully brilliant. Everybody knows that the Caribbean island is a place seen in many a dream, with watercolour beaches, an intimate atmosphere and a chilled-out pace of life. Beyond the postcard-perfect Caribbean landscape, world-famous rums and searing rays, Bridgetown is the island’s cultural capital city. […]

11Dec2014

Discover Mallorca

Palma Cathedral, Mallorca.

Mallorca’s idyllic climate, beaches and landscapes have been attracting travellers for centuries. As fashions changed, Mallorca adjusted and welcomed them all, from the original beatniks looking to escape the materialism of northern Europe to the families craving home comforts and the ravers hoping for hedonistic nightlife. These days Mallorca has reasserted its own identity as […]

03Dec2014

How Vegas Celebrates the Festive Season

Christmas tree at the Bellagio, Las Vegas, by Scott Ellis.

When it comes to Christmas, it is hard to find anywhere that gets as fully engrossed in the yuletide spirit as Las Vegas. The Bright Lights City is famed for its extravagant nature and entertainment industry, so it’s no surprise that they truly push the boat out during the holidays. Christmas in Vegas officially starts […]