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Including Krka National Park, Croatia has 8 stunning National Parks for you to choose from, each with their own unique wonders. You’ve probably seen oodles of pictures all over Instagram showing off their glorious attractions; stunning waterfalls, deep valleys, roaring rivers, and towering mountains just seem to be a part of Croatia.

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Overlooking the beauty of the Krka’s waterfalls.

My friend Perry and I were spending a weekend in the beautiful city of Zadar and luckily one of Croatias best National Parks was just a hours drive from the city. Like us you can spend the whole day exploring Krka National Park, read on to find out how to make the most out of your visit.


When to visit. 

Its no secret that Krka National Park is no secret! Thousands of people visit the park every day to be immersed in it’s stunning surroundings. Avoiding these crowds could be the difference between you loving your day at the park and wishing you stayed at the pebbly beach. Luckily though, you can pretty much have the park to yourself if you plan it right.

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A short film of Krka National Park from the air.

There’s two main ways you can avoid the crowds. Firstly, whatever day your visiting, visit as early as possible. Trust me, you wont regret dragging your lazy ass out of bed. 

The park opens at 8am and getting there for this time will mean you only have to share the vast expanse of the park with a handful of people. The tourist busses start to arrive between 9 and 10am so you’ll have at least a couple of hours of bliss. 

Secondly, if you can visit on a weekday then absolutely do, The weekends are obviously the busiest days at the park so weekday visit will be a lot less busy.

You’ll also want to visit after May and before October, read on to the swim section to find out why…


Where to enter the Park.

There are two main entrances to Krka National park;

Skradin

Skradin is a small town just outside Krka National Park. If you are driving you can park here for the day (it’s 50 kuna, not free like the signs say). If you have a bit of time to kill before or after your trip to the park then definitely look around Skradin, its beautiful!

From Skradin you can take the stunning boat ride into the park. The peaceful ride lasts about 20minutes and takes you along the gorgeous blue-green river.

Lozovac

Lozovac is the second main entrance and is closer to the waterfalls than Skradin. Parking is free and there’s a bus service that takes you to the main waterfalls, or you can walk the 875m. It’s up to you!

Theres also 3 other official smaller entrances to the park; Roski slap, Krka Monestery, and Burnum.

Entrance fees for an adult include the boat ride and are:

April/May/Oct Jan/Feb/Mar/
Nov/Dec/
June-Sept
100kn 30kn 200kn

Swim in Krka National Park

One of the great attractions for you at Krka National Park is the fact that you’re allowed to swim in a section of the parks waters – something you can’t do at Plitvice National Park!

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Such a stunning place!

Just in front of the lowest, and arguably the most beautiful waterfall, you will find a large section of water you can swim in. Here you can bathe in the crystal clear waters for as long as you want while exploring the limestone nooks and crannies that have been formed over the millennia. In the waters you’ll also find plenty of fish to sneak up on and chase around (I definitely didn’t do this…).

you’ll find a boom stopping you getting too close to the waterfalls, which is actually a good thing as these raging beasts would do you a lot of damage if you went under them!

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It was a little chilly!

Unfortunately, you can only swim in Krka National Park between the 30th May and 30th September.

You may be thinking to yourself “Pfttt why would I want to swim outside these dates anyway?”, and you’re probably right. The weather most likely wont be the best and the waters will be freezing. 

However, that’s exactly what my friend Perry and I did! We visited on the 27th May with our swimming trunks and towels in hand, only to find out we couldn’t swim.

We were very sad, but the warden let us pop into the shallows for a bit as it was only 4 days away from swimming opening. Very niceeeee.

As you get in you really become accustomed to the temperature and its absolutely stunning to swim in the crystal clear waters while you’re surrounded by the stunning landscape of waterfalls and mountains.


Exploring around the waterfalls

Around the waterfalls you’ll have no shortage of paths to explore that lead you to other water features and different vantage points around the falls. There’s around 6 main tiers of waterfalls and all have stunning view points. 

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A great vantage point overlooking one of the falls

Towards the top of the park and off to the left is a raised wooden path that lets you skip over the rushing waters and leads you to arguably the best vantage point of the falls. This path will also take you through almost deserted parts of the park and will take you back to the lower tiers of the waterfalls.

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The raised path leading you over the waterfalls.

Throughout the park theres also quite a few old buildings known as the ethno village. Here you will find some historical buildings to explore and a couple have tastefully been turned into small cafes where you can get drinks and some food.


There’s so much more to Krka National Park…

Once you’ve had your fill of swimming and exploring around the waterfalls then there’s so much more for you to explore in the National Park, some of the highlights include… 

Visovac island

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Visovac Island

Past the waterfalls and in the middle of one of the parks upper lakes is a small island with the Monastery of Our Lady of Mercy and the Church of Our Lady of Visovac on it. 

Both buildings are nearly 600 years old and the island is stunningly beautiful to look at from the shore as well as once you are on it.

You can get a boat to the island from the waterfalls, or if you have a car you can drive to Stinica or Remetić which is a lot closer and a much shorter ferry ride. 

Roški slap

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Roski slap waterfalls

Roški slap is another series of stunning cascading waterfalls, which very few people know about or visit. These waterfalls are 30km north of the main entrances of Skradin and Lozovac. Roški slap has dozens of tiers that are a lot gentler than the main ones in Krka. Oziđana pećina cave is also right next to Roški slap.

You can get to Roški slap by driving to it’s entrance and parking, and you will then walk about 30min to the falls. You can also hop on a 4 hour round trip boat ride from the main waterfalls between April and October

Skradin. 

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One of the many stunning alleyways in the colourful Skradin.

Skradin is the town mentioned previously where you board the boat into the National Park. The town itself is stunning and you should definitely set aside some time to explore it.

There are multi coloured buildings down its cobbled streets, multiple ancient alleyways to explore, a fortress to explore with stunning views across the city, and the best service at a restaurant I have ever experienced!

The best service I have ever had at Konoba Dalmatino

If you have time after your trip to the park then I highly recommend spending the evening eating and drinking at Konoba Dalmatino. The restaurants service goes above and beyond to the point where they even found headache tablets to my friend Perry! It’s the perfect end to your day in the National Park before you head home.


Krka National Park is a stunning day out in one of Croatia’s best National Parks. The main Waterfalls are the big attraction and you can spend at least a couple of hours exploring them and their surrounding paths.

Outside of the main falls area are some lesser known but equally beautiful attractions such as the waterfalls and caves at Roski slap, as well as the monastery on Visovac Island.

Arrive as early as possible and preferably on a week day to have the vast park pretty much to yourself. And don’t forget tot explore the beautiful town of Skradin after or before your visit!

Michael x

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A Sedona Jeep Tour is one of the ‘must do’ activities when you visit Sedona.

Whenever you’re in the town you’ll see the famous pink jeeps whisking people onto their next little adventure.

Our tour was 1.5 hours and was the cheapest at around $60 per person.


Our Sedona Jeep Tour starts

We went with pink jeep tours and the company HQ is in a busy part of town. Leave with plenty of time to get there as there are big crowds.

We checked in at reception and shortly after were called up by our driver Brent to hop in and start the tour.

The Jeeps are modified to fit 6 passengers in, so if you’re in a pair it’s likely you’ll be put with another pair or a group of 3 – I rarely saw any with 6 in.

Be warned, its policy that one passenger has to sit up front with the driver.

Because I was a very British gentleman and let everyone else on first, this ended up being me. I obviously wanted to sit next to Annie and thankfully one of the other passengers offered to swap with me. Bear this rule in mind when you get on!

At the start of the tour, you travel along on the towns tarmac roads for about 5 minutes.

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You can see how rough the road ahead is!

Here there’s not too much to see you get to know your driver. It turned out Brent was a part time masseuse!

After the tarmac roads, you hit the dirt track which is bumpy as hell. The transition off the tarmac hits you hard, it’s jolty and bumpy and it doesn’t become any more forgiving.

You have to wear seat belts otherwise you’ll probably fly up and hit your head!


Into the the red rocks…

From the start Brent was awesome and supplied us with fun facts that even Arizonian Annie didn’t know about.

We learnt the origin of the Name Sedona (a lady literally made it up, called her daughter it and Sedona was named after her). We also learnt the origin of Arizona states name but I forgot :(.

We were also informed why certain rocks have big black streaks running down them…

red rocks sedona Arizona

Brent was also pointing out all the different shaped rocks we could see, one looked like a battleship, another looked like an American Indians face, and another looked like a stagecoach.


The crazy rock formations

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The rock that resembled a stagecoach had a large slab missing from the front that you can see in the picture below. You could clearly see there was recently rock there and Brent informed us that it was the site of a massive rock fall in 2009. The slab that fell was bigger than a school bus, now that would have given you a headache!


The stunning views

We climbed higher and higher up through the wilderness and the landscape began to open up in front of us.

jeep tour in Sedona

We continued our Sedona jeep tour up to a vantage point overlooking the region.

This was the highest point this particular tour goes but you can book other tours that carry on up the road further and last up to 3 hours.

We spent a while taking lots of pictures up here before we started to head back down the boulder filled road.

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sedona tour views

The unplanned event

On the way back down we were all chatting to Brent when suddenly there was an almighty thud underneath the jeep! We stopped and Brent got out to have a look but couldn’t find anything.

A few minutes more driving and chatting, then BANG! If there wasn’t something broke before, then there sure was now.

Brent got out to have a look again.

“Oh yehhh, that’s us done for”

We hopped out to have a look at what had happened. It turned out one of the suspension coils had completely snapped and was now digging into a shock absorber.

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That circular coil is meant to be vertical, not horizontal lol.

Brent radioed HQ to ask for another jeep and a couple of mechanics came  to look at the jeep we were currently in.

Apparently, they have a dedicated mechanic team as the Jeeps regularly need fixing due to the unforgiving road!

Whilst we were waiting for or pick up other jeeps were passing and all were making funny comments about our situation.

Annie and I really liked the fact we broke down: it gave us more time in this great area and more time to take pictures and ask questions!

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Other jeeps going off into the distance…

After around 20 minutes a jeep came to pick us up and we headed back to base to be dropped off.

Sedona Jeep Tours are definitely worth the money and are another must do in addition to Devils Bridge.

Let’s hope you break down and get more time out in the wilderness like we did 😉

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A couple of months back I was visiting my mum in Liverpool for the weekend. Whenever I visit we like to head out into the countryside and go exploring. Neither of us had ever been to Malham in the Yorkshire Dales before, so that was where we were heading this time.

The Dales are about an hours drive from the outskirts of Liverpool and it was our luck that it had snowed there the night before. As we found out, a winter wonderland was awaiting us!

We only had the day so we decided to head to the village of Malham which is in the south of the Dales. We chose Malham as it has a large concentration of the parks main attractions dotted around it. Malham itself is a very cute and traditional English village that is worth a visit on its own!

It took us the whole day to do everything here so if you’re looking for a great day our in the Dales, here’s what you can do;

Malham Village:

As traditional an english pub as you can get
No parking machines or wardens here!

The village of Malham was the base for our exploration and it is your quint essential British village.  

Red phone boxes, milk churns to pay for your parking, ducks wandering about, and a cosy pub where you can have a drink and relax by the fire.

The ListerArms Pub and Hotel is a great place to relax. Here you can order traditional food and drink which includes your roasts, fish and chips, English scones (that are massive), as well as a gingerbread hot chocolate. The pub is dog friendly so there plenty of doggos around to ‘awwww’ at.

The village itself is so picturesque that you’ll find yourself dragging yourself away to head to the other attractions!

Gordale Scar:

Gordale scar is the Yorkshire dales Grand Canyon, just a little bit smaller, but still immensely impressive. 

Formed 100’s of years ago by water running through limestone, the ravine is flanked by cliffs over 100m high. Once you walk through the main field and enter the scar then you gain a full appreciation of its size and will feel tiny!

Deeper into the Scars you will find 2 large waterfalls that show you how this stunning feature was created. The Ravine is a great walk and will leave you in awe at the overhanging cliffs. 

Malham Cove:

By Nphotoltd – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

Malham cove is another stunning limestone formation that almost appears and as half of an amphitheatre (hence the name cove). It was formed 12,000 years ago by running glacial water.

The coves cliffs tower 80m above you provide a challenging ascent to climbers who visit the feature. The cliffs are also home to peregrine falcons that you can see darting about int he summer months. 

When there is enough water running over the top of these cliffs a huge waterfall cascades down the face of  Malham cove and when running is the tallest single drop waterfall in England!

Janets Foss:

Image by Tim Hill from Pixabay

Janet was actually the queen of the fairies and supposedly lived in a cave behind the waterfall. The legend must be partly true as the waterfall and its surrounding features sure do give the impressions of a fairy tale. 

Janets foss is a great place to relax by the sound of water. The small waterfall is just a short walk from Malham and will transport you to a world of peace and serenity.

A great place to have a picnic and relax in the waters surrounding the waterfall. 

Ribblehead Viaduct:

This stunning viaduct is still regularly used by trains today that zoom over its 24 huge stone arches 100ft above the marshes below. It is a little further from Malham than the previous attractions but if you have time, and a car, you should definitely visit it.

Unfortunately when we visited it was so foggy we couldn’t see it! We drove for a while to try and find it but we found a smaller viaduct that was just as impressive!


This list of activities for you in the Yorkshire Dales will make for a great day out. Take it leisurely and visit a couple of them, all go all out and try and visit them all in like we did!

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Street food is an inseparable part of cuisine in Hanoi. So when in Hanoi, do as Hanoians do. This traveling motto sounds very easy to follow, but for those who are newcomers in the ancient capital city, finding the best street food can be a tricky venture.

However, you’re a smart one, and you’re reading this post. So let me divulge the best places to go and what to devour when you discover them.

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Just about everyone wants to visit Las Vegas at one point or another. Even if it’s beginning to seem mildly old-fashioned, it’s still one of the world’s true entertainment Meccas, and as such it’s a draw for all kinds of people. As much as we all have a vague general idea of what to expect there, however – bright lights, gaudy attractions, and all-night entertainment – most of us haven’t really thought through the specifics. Below I’ll look to help with some of that by covering some of the logistics, strategies, and attractions involved.

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The countdown to Christmas has well and truly begun. It won’t be long until we are all opening our Christmas presents and celebrating the magical day with those we love dearly. But, where do you plan on spending your Christmas this year? If you are looking to enjoy the festive period in a new destination you should definitely consider some of Asia’s finest locations. There are lots of places in the continent that are assured to provide you with a very merry Christmas. Let’s take a look at these in further detail; where in Asia should you go for Christmas this year?

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Just two things before we get into this article: 

Firstly, Serena is the GOAT in women’s singles tennis, no question. 

Secondly, if facts hurt your feelings, then you probably don’t want to read this article.

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eco-tourism Cambodia sunset

The idea of eco-tourism is growing in popularity. This is especially true among backpackers who prefer to minimise their carbon footprint on holiday.

Cambodia, land of temples and tropical beaches, is increasingly draw for visitors with a eco-friendly aim. You may be keen to learn about Cambodian history, shop in vibrant markets, or try the delicious, fresh local food.

These days there are plenty of activities for eco-conscious travellers in Cambodia. If you’re interested in travelling sustainably in this picturesque South East Asian country, don’t miss these eco-tourism experiences:


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With its ease of travel, Europe is the best place to travel from city to city. However, every now and then you want a break from the hustle and bustle.

You get a little bored and want something other than looking at the countless churches (I think I’m allergic to them I’ve seen so many). You’re probably also tired of visiting museums.

Don’t even get me started on one of the many walking tours that feel like a marathon sometimes.

Relaxation and exploration in nature is often a great alternative. Lahemma National Park, 70km east of Tallinn, Estonia, is the perfect destination for such a break. Continue reading “Lahemaa National Park – a Stunning Getaway.”

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One of the most popular regions in the world to travel to is Southeast Asia. And there are plenty of reasons why. You get the experience of immersing yourself in an entirely different culture that feels a world away from what we are used to in the west. You can enjoy some magical natural scenery including the karst limestone cliffs of Halong Bay and the pristine white beaches of the Thai islands. You can enjoy plenty of delicious food and drink in the knowledge that it all costs a fraction of what it does back home. And since it is a place that attracts so many backpackers from around the world, you have the peace of mind that it is a very easy and safe place to travel around.

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So is Helsinki, Finland worth visiting and is there anything to do?

Nah don’t bother, its boring as anything…

If you don’t know what to do that is!

Luckily you have me to help you out…

Helsinki, Finland may have a rep as being a tad boring and I can kind of see why.

From the outside there doesn’t seem toooooo much to do. After all, a lot of people who spend a week or more in Finland do so in the north. Here the nature is the main draw.

However, delve into the culture a little bit and do as the locals do, and Helsinki is definitely a city worth spending 2 or 3 nights in.

Here’s some pretty dope ass reasons you should visit the city:


Kauppatori (Market Square)

The Market Square is a pretty cool place to visit any day. Situated next to the main harbour you can’t miss the brightly coloured orange tents.

The stalls sell fresh fruit and veg, cooked meals, interesting clothing, souvenirs, and local trinkets.

As it’s next to the harbour you also have boats mooring up that sell fresh fish to market goers.

Frequently on evenings, when the market has set down, the square will play host to cultural events like the classic car meet up that occurred when I was there.


Suomenlinna Island

Located right next to Market Square are the ferry companies that provide transport to the islands in the Helsinki Archipelago.

Suomenlinna Island is the main island that people visit as it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Suomenlinna Island
Suomenlinna Island

The site is actually 6 joined up islands that were an 18th century fort island built when Finland was part of Sweden to counter Russian expansionism.

Head over at sunset to catch some epic shots of Helsinki:


The pools and Saunas

While I was in the city I took a trip to 3 separate watering holes.

On my first full day in the city I spent pretty much all day at the Allas Sea pool.

This complex is situated in the harbour of Helsinki next to the big Ferris wheel. There’s 3 pools; one deep lane pool (where there is no lane discipline ffs), one shallow kiddies pool, and one deep pool filled with filtered sea water.

Theres also plenty of room to sunbathe on the deck or on one of the free deck chairs that are limited in number. Chilling here is a great option as you can soak up the sun, take a dip, and watch the cruise ships sail by.

On my second day I visited the Olympic Pool which is about a 20minute bike ride north from the city centre.

The 50m pool is great for swimming laps, there is also a little kiddies pool, as well as a deep diving pool which you can swim in and jump off the diving boards in the designated jumping periods.

Loyly Sauna is rated as the number one sauna in Helsinki, its around €18 for entry and well worth it.

The Sauna has a modern luxury feel to it and provides great food and refreshments.

After you’ve warmed up in the sauna theres a ladder leading down into the Baltic Sea for you to cool off in.


The beautiful people

From a male perspective, Helsinki contains the highest number of beautiful women I have ever come across in a city.

Fellow female travellers have said the guys aren’t too bad either. It must just be this Scandinavian genetics!

In my time in the city I met plenty of English, kiwi, and Aussie guys who have upped sticks and moved over to Finland after meeting the Finnish girl of their dreams. The rest of us can only dream…


Countless day trips from Helsinki

If you’re still wondering “Is Helsinki worth visiting?” then rest assured the city can be used as a base to explore many other parts of the country!

Lake Tuusula Finland
Lake Tuusula Finland

Many day trips are around an hour travel from central Helsinki and many will transport you to another world. Here are a few:

  • Porvoo – a medieval town that has narrow streets, cobbled roads, colourful buildings, and plenty of cute restaurants and cafe’s
  • Lake Tuusula – A Stunning lake with a 24km cycle road surrounding it. Home to many Finnish artists.
  • Nuuksio National Park – A national park that is almost completely unspoilt by humans. An idyllic get away.
  • Tallinn – A 2.5 hour ferry ride will take you to the capital of Estonia.

Renting a bike in Helsinki Finland

To rent one of Helsinki’s city bikes you pay €5 for one day – pretty good value!

Theres something ridiculous like 700 docking stations in and around the city so you’ll never go somewhere and not have somewhere to dock your bike.

Fortunately, from my experience, Helsinki isn’t too hilly so the riding is pretty easy and the quality of the bikes isn’t too bad either.

A great way to see the city and surrounding areas.

renting bikes helsinki finland
renting bikes helsinki finland

Outdoor lifestyle

Helsinki’s residents love to do things outdoors In their cities open spaces – of which there are quite a few.

I regularly saw large groups of people having BBQs and gatherings in the city parks.

Children are brought to all kinds of events in Helsinki

During the day and especially of an evening you should take a trip to Park Esplanadi. This long thin strip of grass runs through a central part of the city and has a great atmosphere during the day and a buzzing one during the evenings.


The drone laws in Helsinki Finland.

As I’ve recently come into the possession of a drone I’ve quickly had to become savvy on drone laws wherever I’m flying.

Many countries I feel, are overly strict with their laws which is a real shame as it restricts you a lot with where you can fly your drone – sometimes nowhere it seems.

Thankfully however, Finnish drone laws are sensible, practical, and follow a common sense approach.

helsinki Finland from drone
helsinki Finland from drone

There are 3 no fly zones within the city of Helsinki which are around government and other important buildings.

The rest of the city you can fly in as long as you’re not exceeding 150m and not above large crowds. That lets you get epic shots like this:


So, is Helsinki Finland it worth it?

These are just 8 reasons why Helsinki, Finland is well worth a visit for around 2 or 3 nights.

Helsinki is slightly more expensive than other western countries but no where near the prices you will find in Sweden, Norway, or Iceland. A short break can be more than manageable for the budget.

In addition to the reasons noted above there are of course your usual city walking tours, churches to visit, and beaches to lay on.

If you’re planning on staying longer in Finland then its probably worth including the north of the country in your itinerary. Here the natural landscape can provide countless activities on a longer holiday.

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Alaska is by far one of the most exciting regions to visit in the world. The reasoning for this is quite simple – it is the “final frontier” for most tourists and a tempting playground for hardcore adventurers. However, do not be taken aback by its vast wilderness and harsh climate! It is as enticing to casual vacationers as it is to adrenaline junkies. If you are having second thoughts on visiting this captivating corner of the globe, here is the ultimate guide to visiting Alaska that might convince you to give it a chance.

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Myanmar is charming destination which boasts and abundance of temples but also isn’t short of perfect sandy beaches. In general, the country is more expensive than its neighbors in terms of travel cost, so some budgeting may be in order. This guide will help budget travelers plan their dream trip to Myanmar while still enjoying the core charm of this mysterious and majestic country.

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We all know that every country in the world is different. Different traditions, customs, and social norms are a wonderful new experience, but can often take a unsuspecting visitor by surprise. Britain is no different, with such a rich history certain things have evolved that may want to take note of before you visit.

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You might be tempted to plan your Seattle trip for the height of summer. After all, why would you want your view from the top of the Space Needle spoiled by Rain City’s infamous gray drizzle? But you’ll find something in Seattle for every season, whatever the weather. Whether you’re sightseeing during the more mild months or enjoying cozy cafes and the nearby ski slopes in winter, Seattle offers the perfect getaway.

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The food at London Markets is one of the many sprinkles on the giant cake that is London.

South London has no shortage of these mouthwatering markets.

In recent years the south of London has exploded in with cool things to do and trendy places to be.

Whether it’s a day out with family and friends, or a cheeky evening date, these markets will leave you wanting more with their quirky little stalls and unique vibes.


Maltby Street Market – Bermondsey

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Maltby Street Market has delicious offerings!

Maltby Street Market is getting rave reviews from the people who go there. Thankfully it can still be classed as a hidden gem – some people who live in Bermondsey don’t even know it’s there!

The market runs down a thin strip of road that is sandwiched in between the arches of a railway line on one side and modern blocks of flats on the other.

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The narrow slither that is Maltby Street Market

Open on Saturdays and Sundays the market caters for all types of food. You’ll find sweet and savoury waffles, dedicated beef stalls, Brownie stalls, and a cheese truck.

The market also caters very well for vegans and vegetarians. Enjoy!


Flat Iron Square – Southwark

Flat Iron Square London Markets
Flat Iron Square seating

Flat iron Square is the newest addition on this list. Opened in 2016 it carries on the theme from Maltby Market of railway arches.

Situated within 7 of these arches you can find a fantastic pizza joint, Motherclucker, Savage Salads, a pancake stall, and south east Asian cuisine.

The market contains a green space that is perfect to relax in during the day.

The project is the first step on trying to link together different communities along the bankside rail viaduct. Hopefully this will lead to more unique South London markets!


Greenwich Market – my fave London markets

Greenwich market London
Greenwich market is my fave (not biased at all)

Image via Flickr from Garry Knight

Having recently gone through major restoration project, Greenwich Market is now a fresh and shiny covered market that plays host to every kind of stall you can imagine.

Within the main hall of the market are the temporary stalls that range from hand crafted watches all the way down to the tastiest Chinese food.

Around the edge of the market, built into its structure, are permanent shops. Some of these range from a dedicated map store to a shop full of antique posters.

The food is towards the north side of the market and literally ranges from all corners of the world. The sushi stalls are my favourite.


Spa Terminus – Bermondsey

If you’re visiting Maltby Market that’s number 1 on this list, then you also have to take a trip to Spa Terminus. Spa Terminus is literally down the road from Maltby!

Spa Terminus is a new addition to the area and is made up of sellers who were previously at Maltby market. The sellers decided to set up another market with a slightly more traditional feel.

Here you will find among others: Ice Cream Union, the London Honey Company, Mons Cheesemongers, and fine wine establishments.


Venn Street Market – Clapham

Venn street market in the sun
Venn street market in the sun

Open every Saturday on Clapham Common Venn street market is a market that works specifically with local producers and farmers.

You will find vegetable stores, fish mongers, bakeries, cheese stalls, and of course brownie stalls!

There are plenty of areas to sit down and soak up the atmosphere. There are also plenty of places to sit down and enjoy the lovely food and drinks that on offer!


The best food at London Markets?

These 5 markets are each unique in their own way and have slightly different vibes.

All these markets are south of the river and within public transport distance, so you could definitely visit more than one in a day if you like.

The food you find will be different in each market, as will be the establishments in which you sit down and eat in.

Take note of these 5 markets and let your tastes buds have a great day out too!

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You’re not going to find any Empire State Building tours or Sydney Harbour Bridge walks on this awesome adventure trips list.

These are 5 of the most unique travel experiences you can encounter across the world.

Just completing one of these bad boys is going to create a lifetime of memories that you can bring up at fancy dinner parties, and blow the socks off everyone listening.


The Rickshaw Run – India

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The bonkers Rickshaw Run

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The guys over at The Adventurists are pretty bad ass. They literally run the most ridiculous adventure trips on this planet.

They’re also good people – when you complete these adventures you’re doing it all for charity. Apply halo accordingly.

The most popular and bonkers one of these adventures is called the Rickshaw Run. Your entry fee buys you a rickshaw decorated to your specification – people have gone for Thunderbirds, Pink Panther, and of course Anchorman themes.

Your challenge – to drive this 7hp bunch of crap from one side of India to the other.

You have two weeks to do this, at the start there’s a massive party and theres another one at the end of the route, in-between its up to you. Rickshaw on.


Take a Hot Air Balloon Ride – Cappadocia, Turkey

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Cappadocia hot air balloons

This experience is a little calmer than driving across India in a tin can, yet no less forgettable. You’ve probably seen images of the Cappadocia hot air ballon rides on your Facebook or Instagram feeds.

Picture dozens of colourful hot air balloons ascending  at sunrise over a beautifully green terrain thats punctuated by amazingly shaped stone outcrops – thats Cappadocia.

Getting up at the crack of dawn has never been more worth it. When you get to your hot air balloon you will have some refreshments, then you’ll get in to the basket.

As you silently and majestically rise in unison with dozens of other ballots the landscape will open up in front of you, bathed in the warm golden light from the sunrise.

The trip can last around 1.5 hours and when you land you’ll have champagne and other refreshments to celebrate!


Adventure Trips to The Largest Caves – Vietnam

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Looking swanky at Hang En Cave in Vietnam

You may have seen me write about this before. This is because I have been fortunate enough to tick this one off the list.

Due to its ridiculously pure limestone that is easily eroded by water, Vietnam has THE largest caves in the world.

It doesn’t just have the largest in the world, it also has the 3rd largest in the world too. The crazy thing is they were only discovered in the 1990’s – how did they miss them?!

Fortunately, you can tour them for yourself as part of a guided expedition. Hang En, the third largest cave in the world is a two day trip where you spend the night in the cave itself.

Hang Son Doon, the largest cave in the world, is a week long expedition for the most adventure prone.

The caves are still not that well known but they are becoming more and more popular. Go see them now before they become another Niagara Falls!


Adventure Trips over a whole continent – Europe

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Hanging out with friends made while interrailing

Interrailing is definitely one of those adventure trips everyone should do once in their life. You buy one train ticket that covers the whole of Europe and then off you go galavanting around for up to a month.

The great thing is that you can take any route you want and everyone takes a slightly different route visiting different places.

Within Europe there are so many unique experiences for you. You can swim in Lake Bled, go to a spa party in Budapest, experience great cuisine in Italy, party till 5am in Barcelona, and chill on a peaceful island in the Greek sun.

As well as seeing great destinations I found it really interesting to see big differences in countries train systems: Double decker trains that are so efficient in the Netherlands, to soviet style trains that you can walk faster than in the East.

Biggest tip – Do it solo! 🙂


Live like a tribesperson – Australia.

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Far away on the edge of Australias Northern Territory lies the Indigenous East Arnhem Land.

This sacred expanse of land is home tot he Yolngu people who live in the same traditional way that their ancestors did thousands of years ago.

If you’ve ever wanted to feel like a true tribes person then this is your ultimate opportunity.

You’ll spend a week with the tribe learning how to hunt, gather, make food, dance, as well as how to take part in traditional activities such as painting.

During this trip you will feel like you’ve travelled thousands of years into the past and will marvel at your remoteness.

After you leave you will feel like you have a new connection with the world and you will never be able to look at modern society in quite the same way.


These 5 adventure trips are each unique and unforgettable. Just completing one of these 5 adventures will leave you will a lifetime of memories and stories to tell.

The uniqueness of these trips means that no one else you know if likely to have completed them. I’ve personally been to on two of these 5 and no one I know has even heard of the caves in Vietnam!

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Guest posting on sites is an essential weapon in any bloggers arsenal. Writing guest posts for other sites or accepting posts to your own site can get your blogs name out there, increase your rankings on search engines, bring in free content for your site, and create some lucrative income.

If you want to take your blog to the next level, you need to know how guest posting works.

With guest posting, the key is to make each exchange mutually beneficial. Both parties need to benefit in some way in order for guest posts to work.

In its most basic terms, one party will gain content for their site and the party providing the content will include links within this content that will help their website gain exposure.

As your influence increases and your blog grows, you will start to benefit more in different ways from these exchanges.

As your influence increases, companies, individuals, and agencies will offer more to you, for less in return – all for the chance to be exposed on your blog.

It makes sense – the more exposure something will get when it is placed on your blog, the more someone is willing to do to get it there! Let’s get into guest posting and what you need to do ….


Guest Posting on Sites for Free

When first starting out it’s essential to write guest posts on sites free of charge. This can literally be any website that will give exposure to your blog.

For instance, as I run a travel blog, I emailed every travel agency, airline, travel magazine, and product maker out there pitching my guest posts. I’ve included an example email pitch below:

Guest posting on sites email template

The bigger the following the company you write for, the better. Guest posting on sites such as a big travel company might give you as much exposure and writing posts for 3 smaller travel blogs.

However, every link to your site that you get out there will help overall!

What’s in it for you? Within the piece of content, you’re going to include a link or two to your website and also ask for your author bio to be included at the bottom of the page., this should be about 100 words max.

The other site gets free content and you get a backlink on their site. Win – Win!


Accept peoples/companies prewritten guest posting on your site for free

Once happy you can copy and paste the content onto your site, format it, and publish it. Of course, send an email to the party that supplied the content to let them know its published!

As your site gains more exposure, people will want to start placing links on your site for their own benefit.

Bloggers are going to do what you did in step 1. They’ll get in contact, offer you content, and include links to their site in this content.

You need to review the content, make sure its suitable for your site and make sure you’re happy with the links included. I personally don’t include links to gambling or money lending sites.


Write posts for your own site including links to other sites for a fee.

Marketing companies are soon likely to get into contact asking you to write posts for your own blog and include links to their client’s websites.

You will likely have to submit a blog post idea for approval then once approved and you’re happy with the links then you can start writing away. Once you’ve finished writing the post you’ll probably have to send them the finished article for approval before you publish it.

Companies will offer to pay you a fee for this. Typically, this starts off at $20-$30 per post. This price will increase the bigger following you have and the more influence you have as an influencer.

When you’ve published the post make sure you email the company the link, this is often a requirement before they will pay you.


Accept prewritten guest posts for your site for a fee

The pinnacle is when companies will pay you to publish their prewritten posts with links to their clients.

So far, I’ve had a few of these, a couple have paid $100 for me to essentially copy and paste a well written blog post onto my blog and publish it.

With a little formatting work that’s essentially $100 for 5 minutes work – not bad! These companies can pay you through PayPal and in order to be paid you will need to send them a link to the post when it is live.


This progression of guest posting on sites will happen at different speeds for different bloggers.

If you provide 10 guest posts in step one this will start you off very well on your guest posting journey! Don’t get disheartened if it takes a while for steps 2 and onwards to occur – it might take 6 months or more, but it’ll be worth it.

It is also important to note that during your guest posting journey you should continue to create original content for your own site! If you become over reliant on guest posts you might become lazy and never write your own content!

Blogging is amazing, but it isn’t a simple and easy journey, keep at this and your little baby will continue to grow and grow ☺

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Sometimes a beach vacation is just what you need to relax. There are plenty of areas along the East Coast that provide the soft sand, warm sun, and invigorating activities you’re looking for. Get back in touch with nature and feed your spirit at one of these four beach getaways.

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Planning one month traveling Europe can feel extremely exhilarating and daunting at the same time. With so many countries residing so close together, it’s tough to decide what to see, where to go, and how much time to spend in each place. With that being said, it’s also incredibly tempting to try and just see it all. One day in each country should do, right?

While the idea of adding 20 or more stamps to your passport is enticing, it won’t be worth it in the end. Instead, choose an itinerary that allows you to fully immerse yourself in your surroundings. Whether you’re a new traveler or a seasoned wanderer, here’s how to get a taste of what every region in Europe has to offer.

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Everybody loves holidays, that goes without saying. The change in surroundings, the very idea of breaking away from your daily routine and leaving it all behind is often enough to make a holiday good enough without even doing anything on it. That said, why settle for less? If you’re already on holiday, you might as well go the extra mile and actually enjoy your time somewhere in a country which you paid a hefty sum for plane tickets to get to. Holidays are nowhere near as common as we would like, whether it’s because you can’t get time off work, or maybe due to budgeting reasons, not everyone can go on holidays as much as they hoped, meaning we have to make do with the little time we do have. When you do actually finally make it to your holiday destination of choice, you’ve already committed, spent a decent amount of money to get there and probably already paid for a hotel or an Airbnb. For some, it might feel like spending on anything else would be suicide. Don’t let that feeling drag you and your holiday spirits down, people spend money on holiday, that’s just the nature of the beast, and at the end of the day, would you rather dip a little bit into your savings or have a mediocre holiday? Without any further ado, let’s look at things which you could splash some cash on during your vacation to whatever part of the world you decide to explore this time, and know that it will be worth it. Continue reading “When On Holidays, Go The Extra Mile: Make It Count.”

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Let’s be honest, there are no shortage of Sushi restaurants in London.

Like most things in life however, not all sushi restaurants are created equally.

You can pop into some sushi restaurants and leave feeling like a wet fish full of disappointment.

What you’re really looking for are those restaurants that transport you to Japan, where local Japanese people go, and where you will leave feeling like a puffer fish full of delicious sushi and optimism.

Thankfully, if you are in London, you are blessed with some great and varied sushi options, here they are.


Eat Tokyo Sushi Restaurants

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Be warned – the lines do get quite big!

Stupidly, i’m going to start this list with my favourite sushi restaurant. I know you should save the best till last, but i’m just so excited about it!

Eat Tokyo is very popular; you’ll usually have a 10-15 minute line outside the restaurants, especially the one in Soho. Once you’re in however, its awesome and bustling.

The selection is so vast that you are literally given a ring binder by your server, who by the way, will likely be dressed in traditional Japanese attire.

The food is great quality and super cheap for London. Salmon Teriyaki nomnomnom.

Soho, Holborn, Notting Hill, and more. 


Zaibatsu – Greenwich

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Zaibatsu Sushi Greenwich London

I cant write this article without including my local favourite.

To be honest, Zaibatsu in Greenwich South East London, looks rather drab from the outside. However, when you enter the very small and cosy establishment, it is full of atmosphere.

The small plastic chairs that surround the few tables remind you of South East Asia, and the food is good quality yet cheap.

You have to book to eat here because its so popular and seating is limited!

Greenwich


Sushi Cafe

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Sushi Cafe platter London

All you can eat great sushi? Its not a dream you little munchkin!

Sushi Cafe’ in Battersea has a great fixed menu full of traditional and fusion style sushi, from which you are free to order.

However, it also has a buffet full of great sushi rolls and other dishes!

You have 90 minutes to eat as much as you can before the staff will roll you out like a sushi roll.

Battersea


Roka

Roka is rather fancy, and because of that, its rather expensive. However, if you’re willing to push the boat out a bit, its so worth spending the extra money.

The restaurants have an open grill in the middle of the room where you can see the sushi being cooked.

You can sit around this table if you want to get really close to the action!

Charlotte Street, Canary Wharf, Aldwych, and Mayfair. 


Sticks ‘N’ Sushi Restaurants London

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Sticks ‘N’ Sushi is extremely well established across London. It’s probably the second most expensive option on this list, behind Roka, but its provides great quality sushi in a warm and cosy atmosphere.

With soothing music playing in the background, all you need to do it sit back and let the extremely professional staff serve you beautifully created and scrumptious sushi.

Greenwich, Covent Garden, Wimbledon, and more. 


Rock Star Sushi Restaurant

Rock Star Sushi Bar is consistently rated 5 stars by pretty much everyone who visits it.

The establishment itself is tiny so you need to book, once you’re in however, the sushi looks and tastes amazing. The restaurant prides itself on the presentation of the food and it will delight you with its concoctions that are reasonably priced.

After you leave here and you’ll feel like a rock star sushi roll 😉

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If you’re looking for the ultimate turkey travel guide, then look no further!

Turkey is has an enthralling history and its geographical position means it’s been home to a number of powerful civilisations. Greek city-states, Hittites, Assyrians, Phrygians, Cappadocians, Armenians, Romans, Byzantines, and Turks have all called Turkey home.

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If you’re looking for a sports-crazy nation, then look no further than the USA. The country regularly tops the medal table at the Summer Olympics and plays host to the Super Bowl, the world’s most widely watched sporting event. Sports run through this country, as whole cities turn out to watch their college teams play, and game attendance numbers regularly top 100,000. With a country so rich in sports you really don’t want to miss any of it. Here are five of the best states for sports fans to visit.

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Taking your family on holiday can craft memories that will last forever. However, the responsibility that comes with taking your family on holiday can be daunting, and the potential problems that can arise are numerous. The thoughts are probably going through your head — what if my little one becomes ill while we’re away? What if there is a natural disaster? With the recent collapse of Monarch Airlines, which stranded thousands of customers across the globe, you could also be wondering if you could become stranded as well.

These are all natural worries to have. However, they are all easily manageable if you take small and easy steps before and on your holiday to mitigate the potential pitfalls.

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This like of the 5 best things to do in Bangkok will save your skin! Being a foreigner in a city as huge as Bangkok can be a daunting experience; you want to make sure you go to the best places and you absolutely don’t want to miss out on any opportunities in this jewel of Asia.

Having stayed in Bangkok a couple of times myself, and after gaining multiple tips from other travelers, I’ve compiled this list of the best leisure activities to enjoy during your stay. During your time in the city, make sure you stay in some of the best IHG hotels in Bangkok.

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As you probably already know, travelling can be a life changing experience.

It gives you the opportunity to see sights around the world that you’ve never seen before. You can join other cultures that you’d never normally experience, and be able to appreciate other climates than what you’re used to at home.

There are also many benefits of travel that can also bring many other things into your life that can make you a better person. Want to know more?

Here’s the benefits of travel and how travelling can make you a better person.

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There are beautiful places to visit in Morocco everywhere you go in the country. Geographically this country is only about the size of California however, this dainty country has a population of about 34 million, and it is incredibly rich and complex in its history.

Moroccans have stayed one of the friendliest and most hospitable individuals within the world. You can virtually speak to anyone that has ventured through Morocco and they’ll all say a similar thing, that Moroccan kindness and cordial reception is one of the finest around. 

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Morocco collage

The country is full of colours, It’s beauty sparks from mountain ranges elongating throughout the country, to the glistening azure ocean, and the yellow sand dunes of the desert.

The country is additionally home to uncountable lovely cities, everyone adding to Morocco’s distinctive landscape and culture.

Here are ten of the loveliest places for you to go to.

Your Moroccon Holiday could be the best and most memorable holiday in a long time. 


Essaouira

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Theres a special green oasis in London, and its called Richmond Park.

It’s always special transporting yourself to one of these places in the middle of one of the worlds busiest cities.

Getting away from all the people who cant drive, shutting out the other annoying people in the world, and not having someone say sorry a million times after they’ve trodden on both your feet.

The park is situated south of the River Thames in west London and covers 2500 acres. The park is one of 8 Royal Parks in the city and is a National Nature reserve.

Richmond Park in London contains a unique environment that resembles much of what England used to look like hundreds of years ago (and I wish it did now). Thick forests with overarching trees, ponds dotted around the park, and hundreds of deer roaming freely.

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We all know that the travelling lifestyle can take its tole on your body. Whether you’re away for 2 weeks or 2 years you can quickly see yourself lose whatever you had. I’ve met plenty of people who were toned/ripped at the beginning of their travels but let ‘themselves go’.

But fear not my young padawan, for there is another way!
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Phoenix, Arizona, is renowned for being one of the top cities in the USA for scenic hikes that will take your breath away. The city sits in the middle of the desert but is punctuated and surrounded by many hills and mountains that offer great views of the area. If you’re visiting the city and staying with friends, family, or in a great IHG hotel in Phoenix, then you have to take in at least one of these trails. These rocky outcrops are just waiting to be explored!

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 You might have been thinking about going to the US for a holiday – and why not? Whether it’s a road trip, a jolly around New York, or a crazy-exciting holiday to Orlando’s theme parks, they’re all guaranteed to be super fun. It’s just there’s one big headache that comes about when you’re planning these trips…actually getting there. There’s the hassle of packing your luggage, dealing with the paperwork, wondering exactly how many coffees you’ll need to deal with the jetlag (or for the adventurous among us, finding out what is the absolute maximum amount of caffeine a human body can tolerate before, presumably, it just implodes).

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For some reason the wanderlust never fades, and for me it bites especially hard at the beginning of a new year. The beginning of the year provides a great opportunity to explore destinations that come into their own in the cold winter months. Winter fairs, great architecture covered in pure white snow, and unique winter activites all draw people in to explore these locations at their best. Here are the 5 best destinations in Europe for a getaway at the beginning of the year.

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I’m going to be honest with you;

In my 26 years on this planet, I’ve had 2, maybe 3, new years eve celebrations that have come close to living up to the expectations that come with the night.

The rest have been a complete an utter let down.

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The Whitsundays are located on the beautiful coast of Queensland in Australia and are made up of 74 wonderful islands. Most of these islands are uninhabited, but some of them offer accommodation, food, and activities, like golf. This, along with the beauty, makes The Whitsundays an incredibly popular tourist destination. If you’re planning a trip to the island, then you are in luck; The islands and the surrounding waters offer plenty to see and do. Here are some fun activities that you can take in during your visit to these magnificent islands.

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Fancy a holiday abroad to an urban city with a difference? Then perhaps a trip to Lusaka, the capital and largest city in Zambia in southern Africa, could be the ideal place to head to. Think traditional, tree-lined streets, busy markets, high rise blocks of flats, and modern streets of shops.

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