February Travel Round Up

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Have you been trying to keep track of all the travel articles we have been publishing this last month? We have put together this handy monthly round up of some of the best travel news and discussion articles we have published recently. Here is our February travel round up.

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Travel – How to Plan for the Ultimate Round-the-World Trip [Infographic]

What’s on your bucket list? For most people, travel usually tops out one or two of the want-to-do items that people put down as wanting to accomplish during their lifetimes. That’s natural: The world is filled with beautiful, unusual places, with cultural sites of note, with historical relics, and just with people who have a different life and different approach. Travel is worth it.

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10 Of The Best Places To Go Scuba Diving

Do You Have a Dive Bucket List for 2018?

Everyone has a bucket list of things they would like to do before they die.

It makes sense that divers should have their own bucket list! A list of dive sites to see before the end of their diving days.

A list of the top ten diving places in the world should include something from every type of dive.

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14 Crucial Tips For Your First Solo Trip

Travelling solo is becoming more and more popular and many would-be travellers wonder whether venturing alone into unknown territory would suit them.

Solo travelling is not the easiest way to travel and certainly not the most effortless. It is however also an incredibly fruitful and exhilarating experience if you get it right.

As with many endeavours, practice makes perfect and by the time you get to your 5th, 6th or 10th solo adventure, you will realize how many mistakes you made when you started exploring faraway lands on your own. To avoid the most common and irritating mistakes, here are 14 of the most critical tips and tricks for first-time solo travellers, you’re welcome.

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Advantages of Solo Travel

I have spent the last 5 years traveling the world and I am constantly discovering new things about myself. The most surprising discovery was how much I would enjoy traveling by myself. I know a lot of people find this daunting and can’t ever imagine going to a movie by themselves, let alone another country! There are a million reasons why I love escaping solo, but here are some of the main advantages I found…

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Packing Light – Travelling With One Cabin Bag

As people are travelling more, they are also becoming more cost conscious. I mean, personally I would rather go on short, budget holidays, and on a couple of city breaks along the year, rather than splurging and go on one summer holiday per year. Accommodation and flights are normally a big headache for travellers, but it shouldn’t be so. I already talked about accommodation in another blog post, so will now tackle what travelling with one cabin bag entails.

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Africa

The Zeitz MOCAA (Museum of Contemporary Art Africa) Art Gallery – Cape Town

The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) is a contemporary art museum which collects and  exhibits twenty-first century art from Africa and its Diaspora.

This gallery is unique in that it inside a grain silo! The structure itself is a piece of art.

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Travel Tips For South Africa

Few leave Africa untouched and although it’s a long way to travel, South Africa should definitely be on your bucket list. With blue, water filled coastal summer vacations, dry, orange, brown and tan hued earths in spring and autumn, the weather all year round is hospitable. As it’s a large country I’ll split this blog into different regions. The beauty of Africa and South Africa is its wildness, unkept natural beauty, left in its authentic state. It is like another planet.

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Asia

South Korea Itinerary: Two Weeks In South Korea

Planning a trip to Korea? It is a fascinating country that is truly foreign. Here is my South Korea 2 week Itinerary that you can use to start planning yours!

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Riding A Scooter In Asia For Beginners

First time riding a scooter in Asia may be a little daunting. Are they dangerous? Does my insurance cover this? Are there any driving rules in Asia at all?  (and believe me in some countries it seems as if rules and traffic lights are completely irrelevant) and finally, what would my mum say?!

Well don’t panic, it’s all pretty easy once you get your first scooter and learn the lay of the land. You will see 8-10 year olds running around on scooters as if they were skateboards. If they can do it, I’m pretty sure you can too.

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What to See in Hoi An in 3 Days

Hoi An is the food capital of Vietnam. It is also an incredibly cute town mixing old and new and a stunning river side location. Here is my Hoi An blog on what to do in Hoi An for 3 days…

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Travel Guide – Backpacking Thailand 101

The best way to get around the busy and crazy-packed cities in Thailand is via tuktuk or renting a motor bike. I tried just taking a taxi service and not only did I find it more expense, but also inconvenient. Thai people are always on the go, so traffic is a way of life (especially during the green season). A motorbike rental can run you anywhere from 100-250BHT a day, depending on who you’re renting from and if you’re in a tourist area or not.

The average taxi fare from the airport to, say, my hotel (which was literally across the freeway from the airport) was almost 90BHT – way to expensive. Tuktuk’s can be kind of tricky, you have to be ready to haggle also. Most tuktuk drivers will tell you that you have to rent for 300BHT per hour, this is a scam – beware. You can haggle the price down as low as you can get the driver to agree – and then split it with other travelers or friends.

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What They Won’t Tell You About South Korea

At first, I was really excited without knowing what to expect! But as I started planning our trip, checking where to go and what to do for the first time in South Korea,  I realized that most of the tourist attractions this country is selling are “the regular stuff”. I mean, you know the usual street foods, night markets, parks, skyscrapers and towers. But don’t get me wrong, they are all beautiful. It’s just that they are nothing new(at least to me personally). They can also be found in other countries. I am at the point of my “travel” life where I would very much prefer to experience something that I can only experience on that country. However, most of the friends I brought with me were traveling abroad for the first time. So yeah, I need to adjust.

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5 Top Phnom Penh Sights You Can See In 1-Day

I was lucky enough to spend some time in Cambodia’s lively capital city Phnom Penh recently during a long layover there on my way to Siem Reap to visit Angkor Archaeological Park. With just 1-day to look around, I headed for the Doun Penh District, where many of the major sightseeing attractions are within walking distance or a short tuk tuk ride from one another.

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Petting Crocodiles in Bangladesh – A Memorable Travel Experience

I am sitting in the waiting room at the consulate of Bangladesh in Kolkata, India. On the wall, I can see a huge poster reading the words “Visit Bangladesh Before the Tourists Come”. A very self-confident statement of one of the least visited countries on earth….

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Caribbean

Travel Guide – Things To Do In Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic

If you have not heard about Las Terrenas, you are not alone. I hadn’t heard about it either before booking my trip. Beforehand, when I thought about holidays in the Dominican Republic, I would think about Punta Cana. After all, Punta Cana is probably the main resort town and certainly the main location travel agents will book for you. Las Terrenas is in the north east of the Dominican Republic, in an area called Samaná Province. With the white sand beaches and crystal clear water, Las Terrenas has quickly became one of the top beach destinations I have ever been to. In this article, you will find a brief guide to some of things you can do and see in and around Las Terrenas.

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Europe

A Day in Cambridge – 5 Things To Do And See

When anyone thinks of Cambridge I think it’s safe to say that Cambridge University is one of the first things to come to mind. Now, putting aside Academia, it was the architecture of this small and beautiful city, the many University buildings and courtyards, that really stood out. The detail, the old Harry Potter-esque architecture, the colours from the autumn leaves and the river quietly running through The Backs, collectively gave the city a touch of magic.

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Helsinki Travel Planner: Top 10 local favourites

Suomenlinna sea fortress is not on the first place by accident. It is THE place to visit. It’s a sea fortress built on an island in 1748 and it’s a place which both tourists and locals love to visit. If you want to do Suomenlinna as a local, grab your picnic basket and some refreshing beer or wine bottles with you. Don’t forget to take some strawberries – my own absolute must!

Getting to Suomenlinna is easy: just take a ferry from Kauppatori market which is located in the centre of Helsinki. Just buy a normal HSL (the local public transportation) single ticket for 2,90 € to get there. In the summer time they go frequently so no need to check the timetables in advance. (Be prepared to queue at peak hours!)

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Travel Guide For A Journey To Italy

Venice, Italy, the second stop of our journey. Or bus ride from Germany to Italy led us through the gorgeous country of Austria. Austria was a busy country with tons of scenery, from the huge mountains to the small communities surrounded my giant green fields. There were lots of little shops, one which had more cuckoo clocks than you could imagine and no matter where you went gelato is always close by.

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SZIGET Island of Freedom – All You Should Know

We visited Hungary during one of its most hectic weeks throughout the year. Budapest was storming with tourists, simply because it was the second week of August. A lot of people are off work, and students are on their summer break. However, August is a great month to visit Hungary not just for the nice weather. Sziget is also the name of a yearly festival, that goes on for approximately 8 days, starting from the second week of August. Like other festivals, you can stay for a whole week, or opt to visit for a couple of days.

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Rome Travel Guide – Rome And The Vatican In Photos

Rome. Once the center of the world’s greatest empire, Rome is now the capital of modern-day Italy, and it is as flourishing and vibrant as ever.  Come along with Destination Dan as we tour not only Rome, but also The Vatican, the tiny city-state which serves as the seat of Catholicism, and which is also home to some of the world’s most impressive art and architecture.

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The Ultimate West Coast Road Trip – Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland!

Jutting into the Atlantic from Iceland’s west coast, the Snaefellsnes Peninsula has often been referred to as “Iceland in a Nutshell” or “Mini Iceland”.  And with good reason.  Just about everything Iceland’s magical landscape has to offer can be found somewhere in the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, whether it be volcanoes, glaciers, waterfalls, gorges, lava fields, tantalizing rock formations or stacks of basalt columns.  The Snaefellsnes Peninsula has all of these and that’s just part of what makes it the ultimate west coast road trip.  Heck, if you visit in summer and take advantage of the nearly endless daylight, you could even turn it into the ultimate west coast DAY trip!

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Oceania

Weekend Away in Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula

The Mornington Peninsula weekend away is the quintessential beach escape for Melbournians. It is a beautiful stretch with several very cute beach-side towns. And with the new freeway, you can be there from Melbourne in just over an hour with good traffic! This is definitely a place where you will want a car – it is not easy to get around on any form of public transport and taxis are very hard to get when it is busy. Here is your guide to the best Mornington Peninsula Attractions.

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North America

Travel Guide To Oahu – Local Favorite Restaurants, Bars, Beaches, Hikes & Activities

Oahu tavel guide. One of the main reasons I decided to create this blog was because people were reaching out to me & asking about Hawaii and recommendations of what to do. After a couple of Google docs, endless emails and Facebook messages I decided to put together a list of my favorite things in a complete ‘Oahu Guide’. The following suggestions are based off what I take visitors to do when I’m playing tour guide. Some of the activities are better suited for active people where others are suited for the more relaxed vacationer. I’ll try to note as I go through which are more intense but hopefully there will be a happy medium for everyone.

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5 Family Friendly Travel Destinations You Must Visit In The Winter

I am most certain the majority of the population may not be as winter crazy as I am, but that doesn’t mean the whole family needs to suffer from frosted over cabin fever. I love winter. Waking up to the sparkle of diamond dusted blankets of snow covering bare trees and peaked mountain tops. Bundling up with hats, sweaters, boots, and scarves. Drinking hot chocolate next to a cozy crackling fire. The joyous sounds of holiday festivals and markets. Winter is my favorite time of year and maybe, just possibly, with the help of these epic family fun winter activities and destinations, it can be yours too. These are just five of the most famous winter destinations located throughout the continental US. They have activities from spas and retreats to dog sledding and skiing. Whether you want to cuddle up with a novel after a swedish hot stone massage or you want to take on the adventure of some of the worlds most famous snow packed slopes these destinations have something for everyone.

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Travel Itinerary – Six Days In Mexico City

Mexico City is a huuuuuuge city, not only in population size (being one of the largest metropolitan cities in the world) but also the amount of exploration to discover everything in and around Mexico City.

Mexico City is broken up into little neighborhoods, each with its own charm and appeal. With six days in Mexico City, you would think it would be ample amount of time to explore in and around the city, but we combined those six days with four trips outside of Mexico City and a lazy day because we forgot it was a holiday and everything was closed and found out we could have used one more day or two. (Or maybe we were both dreading the return to adulthood and responsibilities).

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