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Rachel traded her office job and conventional life in northeast England for the palm trees and rice fields of Bali. She spends her days raising her two young children, trying to learn Indonesian and being the resident village 'tourist'.

Don’t Be a Victim – 10 Common Tourist Scams and How to Avoid Them

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Travelling to new places and experiencing new things is something that I would recommend to anyone, but as with many things in life, there are also sometimes downsides to travel. The danger of the world outside your own backyard has mostly been over-hyped by media in the west. However whenever you travel to a country where the majority of residents ... Read More »

Exploring The Streets of Old Havana: 10 Must-See Attractions in Cuba’s Capital


Havana is one of those cities that seems lost in time – built from elegant but crumbling architecture, with vintage cars on every street and well-dressed couples and gaggles of teenagers strutting their stuff on the Malecón. Havana is a truly beautiful city. A Unesco World Heritage site, its historic buildings, fascinating history and passionate people provide plenty to see ... Read More »

Enjoy the Romance of a Nomadic Lifestyle with a Caravan Holiday

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Most travellers are enchanted by the idea of living a nomadic, gypsy lifestyle. The idea of selling up, quitting your job and other commitments and travelling wherever your mood takes you is undoubtedly a tempting one. While filling a backpack and jetting off to Southeast Asia is certainly an option, there are other ways of living the traveller lifestyle closer ... Read More »

10 Reasons to Travel with Your Kids


Having children is frequently used as an excuse for not travelling but it doesn’t have to be that way. As a child, my parents took my brother and me on camping trips to Europe every year and those times are some of the best memories of my life. Right now, finances mean that my travels are on hold for a ... Read More »

24 Hours in Kathmandu

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Kathmandu is one of those places that seems shrouded in magic. When I first left the UK with my RTW ticket in hand, the woman at the check-in desk looked at my itinerary and said brightly, “Kathmandu! Where’s that then?” After replying slowly, “Nepal…” (You do work for an international airline, right?), she exclaimed, “Oh! I thought it was an ... Read More »

5 Travel Photography Tips for Non-Photographers

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The photographs you take while travelling will probably become some of your most treasured possessions. Nothing captures memories as well as a photograph and exploring the world will give you access to stunning landscapes and fascinating sites worthy of National Geographic magazine. Of course we don’t all have photography skills that are up to the standard of published travel photographers ... Read More »

Top 10 Most Spectacular Temples in Bali

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Bali is known as “The Island of a Thousand Temples” but in fact this tiny Indonesian island has many more than 1,000 temples. The Balinese religion, Hindu Dharma, is infused into the culture and daily way of life and not a day goes past when there is not an elaborate temple ceremony taking place somewhere on the island. Every Balinese ... Read More »

24 Hours in Singapore

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Singapore is often overlooked as a holiday destination in Asia. Many people consider it to be a safe, sterile version of the ‘real’ Asia, and forgo it for other destinations that they consider to be more exotic. However, Singapore is a melting pot of different cultures and a vist to this island country can give you a taste of India, Malaysia and ... Read More »

5 Authentic Dishes to Try in Bali


The Balinese are a nation of food-lovers so it’s maybe a little surprising that it’s so hard for casual visitors to the island to try real authentic Balinese cuisine. Indonesian restaurants and warungs are everywhere but most of what you’ll find inside originates from other islands in Indonesia – the ubiquitous nasi goreng, mie goreng, nasi padang and cap cay ... Read More »

A Guide To Having An Awesome Family-friendly Weekend in Seminyak

child friendly Seminak

Seminyak has a reputation of being the “Beverly Hills” of Bali. With more class than Kuta and less hippies than Ubud, Seminyak is where the beautiful people go to be seen, with exclusive beach clubs and cocktail bars on every street. Seminyak is Bali’s premier shopping destination, with hundreds of exclusive clothing and home wares boutiques. The abundance of 5-star ... Read More »

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