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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:

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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:

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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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This New Zealand Travel Itinerary has been and will be our holy grail holiday for as long as we shall live and every bit of this Middle Earth quest has been special.

New Zealand is all about 30 million sheep, unbelievable panoramas and a warm, welcoming culture.

The Adventure Starts in the North…

Our adventure begins on the North Island in Auckland, the City of Sails, where we spend a better part of the first day learning the ropes of driving and navigating on the city’s busy roads.

The city is home to 1.7 million people but public transport isn’t the best, so hire a car! A visit to the cities iconic SkyTower, which is open till 10:30pm, shows amazing 360 degree views of the city from its observation deck.

Our exploits kick into high gear the next morning when the 3-hour ride to Paihia, Bay of Islands, becomes a 6-hour one when we ignore our GPS and stop at Orewa, Northland’s luxurious setting on the South Pacific that inspires the good life. We then finally arrive at the perfect seaside town of Paihia which has an illustrious history.

Our hotel, The Copthorne, is located right next to the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds where the first accord was signed between the Māori people and the British crown.

The next morning we’re at the pier at 9 AM sharp to hop on to a freezing ocean cruise looking for whales, but alas, it wasn’t our day. Hungry from the high tides of the South Pacific, we land in the afternoon at the island town of Russel, the once-infamous, lawless whaling station known as the ‘Hellhole of the Pacific’.

After a satiating lunch overlooking the picture-perfect wharf, I’m seriously questioning the so-called ‘hellhole’ nature of this town.

A walk around the reformed Russell is eye-opening – not only does it possess an innately romantic feel, but it also houses the country’s oldest church, the Christ Church, complete with the original altar.

I stand in the cemetery beside the statue of the great Māori chief Tāmati Wāka Nene, who fought against colonial rule in Russell, and I cannot help but revere the stories of bravery and the musket holes in the walls.

Māori Culture at its finest

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Pohutu Geyser, Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley

Which brings us to the Māori culture, a ubiquitous, fascinating spirit that all New Zealanders, natives and otherwise, take great pride in. Rotorua, our next sojourn, is the polestar of this culture and part of the Whakarewarewa geothermal valley.

We feast our eyes on the near-threatened Kiwi bird and the 100-ft. tall Pohutugeyser, and get a taste of Māori dance, art and craft forms, and community spirit at Te Puia, the Māori village.

What better a way to wash down a busy day than unwind with natural geothermal bathing? That’s what we did at the Polynesian Spa on the sulphur-ridden banks of Lake Rotorua – a highlight of our New Zealand travel itinerary

As the sun sets, we land up, thoroughly refreshed and incredibly hungry, at Eat Streat, Rotorua’s best worst-kept secret where you’ll find all the food in the world under one roof. Need I say more?

The land of the Hobbit..

Hobbiton set New Zealand travel guide
Hobbiton set

Our excitement spins out of control the next day when we watch fantasy come to life at the Hobbiton set in Matamata in the verdant Kaimai ranges.

44 hobbit holes, including the famous Bag End, pale in comparison to what we feel when we actually get to stand inside one of them and say ‘Hey, we are hobbits of the Shire!’.

After listening to astounding details from our friendly guide-turned-barman, we grab drinks at the Green Dragon Inn and snap pictures with a life-size statue of Gandalf before reluctantly heading out.

The South Island Travel Itinerary

After a week of touring North Island, the action moves to South Island when we land at Christchurch one windy afternoon.

An after-hours-walk in Central Christchurch reveals to us the city’s resilience and spirit of rebuilding its life after having been torn apart by earthquakes. Heading out of Christchurch we move towards wilder alpine vistas as we take the road to the small town of Franz Josef on the islands West Coast.

On the way we are taken in by Castle Hill, New Zealand’s stunning answer to Stonehenge and cannot help but stare at the brilliant blue waters of the Haast River.

Our greatest find is the site of the former Aylesbury Train Station outside Christchurch which was completely blown away in a storm in 1976.

As well as a great history spot, you can experience sweeping, vantage-point views of the great Southern Alps from the site of the station .

Arriving at Franz Josef you see remnants of a gold rush past and citizens who cycle to work.

After a laidback two-day stay in Franz Josef where we do nothing but eat, cook and walk around, we are pleasantly surprised when our friendly waitress tells us we’re already 1/15th locals!

The journey to Queenstown is an enthralling ride through Mount Aspiring National Park. We scribble a message on Bruce Bay’s Pile of Rocks, elated to leave behind a little of us in Kiwi country.

We fill our bottles up from the river at Fantail Falls, another great off-the-road find, and even build our own rock cairn, sitting pretty amongst hundreds of others.

We swat at sandflies while reading about New Zealand’s history at Knight’s Point, where the azure waters of the Tasman Sea are almost unbelievable. Just before we hit Queenstown, we catch the views of a lifetime of the summer Otago countryside from Cardrona Pass.

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Rock cairns, Fantail Falls, Otago

Queenstown throbs with energy and the promise of thrill is in the air. Adventure activities in the city are like a rite of passage for those visiting New Zealand.

Despite being acrophobic and in denial, I skydived from 15,000 ft. over Lake Wakatipu with a hunky instructor strapped to my back and experienced the thrill of jumping over the Kawarau river, the site of the world’s first bungy.

Another exhilarating encounter on your New Zealand travel itinerary is the Shotover Jet – one boat, 10-cm shallow river waters, narrow, twisted canyons, great speeds, 360-degree turns and a tagline that reads ‘Can you handle the canyons?’.

Things mellow down the next day as we set out to encounter what legend says is a god’s creation – Milford Sound in Fiordland National Park.

The moody, rain-obsessed Fiordland National Park envelops our senses entirely with its mirror lakes, cloudy realms, glacier-carved mountains and discerning perpetuity.

We fight off sandflies with gusto, encountering fur seals taking a siesta and bottlenose dolphins squealing joyously. On our way out, we even come upon a pair of the impish Kea, the only alpine parrots in the world.

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Clouds over Lake Pukaki, Canterbury

On the way to Mount Cook village, our last leg of the journey, the shadows of the clouds on the turquoise waters of Lakes Pukaki and Tekapo is a sight my senses will never let me forget.

Later that rainy night, as I stare at the great Aoraki summit, I feel the natural and the mystical spirit of New Zealand come together. This New Zealand travel itinerary, which is certainly not our last one in this country, has indeed been a privilege.

Malavika Madgula is a freelance writer and coffee-lover well-versed in the art of Kopfkino. Sings non-stop praises about New Zealand, believes in domino theory and is always up to discuss Harry Potter. Her blog can be found here malavika24.wordpress.com.

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Travelling is often a fierce and unwavering passion for some. They enjoy the thrill of seeing a new location, visiting a different country, or indulging in a new culture. Some people have a bucket list that they like to tick off as and when they visit one of those dream destinations. A bucket list is a pretty common thing to have these days, filled not only with travel ideas but also any experience, from eating in a Michelin starred restaurant through to swimming with dolphins. However, if we are honest, many bucket lists can be quite generic and it seems that people are lacking imagination when it comes to devising their own.

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If you want to experience the true beauty of the English countryside then there is no place more stunning than the Lake District National Park in Cumbria, north-west England. The National Park is pure natural splendour and contains Englands highest mountain, Scafell Pike, as well as Englands biggest natural lake, Lake Windermere. The park is continuous mountains and lakes, occasionally dotted with cute little English towns and villages. The land is used a lot or farming so you will see your fair share of fields full of sheep, horses, and cows. Postcard material everywhere you look!

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This ultimate Southeast Asia travel itinerary will allow you to delve deep into 4 uniquely amazing countries. all of it will take around 2-3 months but you can of course adapt it to any time frame! 

Thailand has crazy cities mixed with beautiful tropical islands, and both are waiting to be explored!

Laos, a communist country, is very laid back and a lot less developed than its neighbours, however, it contains Luang Prabang – one of my favourite cities in the world. 

Vietnam has the craziest cities ever but also beautiful seaside towns that are just like little oases.

Whilst Cambodia has the famous Angkor Wat temples, beautiful jungles and a dark history waiting to be explored.

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Zaibatsu in the borough of Greenwich in South London is a hidden gem of a Sushi Restaurant. The establishment dishes up excellent sushi at a fraction of the cost you would normally expect.

Situated on Trafalgar Road the eatery won’t receive any awards for modern looks, but that’s all part of the charm.

The outside is pretty drab – however, this only adds to its hidden gem allure. You wouldn’t expect anything decent to be beyond the old and faded signage of the facade.

Sushi has seen its popularity sore recently with boutique restaurants opening up all over London.

One of the main reasons for this surge is claims that it’s a great food for your health, as well as tonnes of celebrities eating it.

In all honesty its actually pretty calorific and high in sugar due to the way the sushi rice is made, Sashimi is actually the healthiest as not too much is added!

However, i’m not attracted to the food for the health benefits, the main reason for my love of Sushi is the fact that it just tastes bloody good!

zaibatsu Greenvich from outside
zaibatsu Greenvich from outside

Step inside Zaibatsu Greenwich and you will see that the small restaurant has just enough room for one row of chairs and tables either side of the door.

You’ll be greeted as soon as you enter and then shown to your seats. As it’s so small its best to book in advance – most of the time they’ll probably be fully booked!

The seats are cheap plastic ones and the tables are a mix match of colors – it definitely reminds me of my time eating out in South East Asia.

If you want to drink alcohol with your meal Zaibatsu don’t actually serve it as they don’t have a licence (A reason their food is so cheap). However, they’re happy for you to bring your own alcohol and they’ll even uncork it for you, how nice.

inside zaibatsu sushi restaurant
inside zaibatsu sushi restaurant

The menu provides a huge selection of Japanese food; you have your standard rolls, Katsu curries, tempura, and sizzling dishes.

If you haven’t used chopsticks before the back of the menu provides pretty clear instructions on how to hold chopsticks and look like a boss.

Zaibatsu Greenwich menu chopsticks
Zaibatsu Greenwich menu chopsticks

Now here comes what you want the most – the food!

From where you’re sitting you can see the fridge where they store the fish and take it out for your order. You can order platters at Zaibatsu that are are very generous and good value for money.

The one below was the classic platter which was £14 and filled you up quickly!

zaibatsu sushi platter
zaibatsu sushi platter

On another visit I had 4 Salmon Nigiri (£5) as well as a huge Chicken Katsu Curry (£6.50) which I could hardly finish.

People are amazed at how much I eat sometimes and these two plates very nearly defeated me but tasted great!

The Katsu Curry was very filling! Within the curry there are potatoes in addition to the rice you already have, and the chicken is a very decent size.

The restaurant take great care in decorating each dish with a variety of vegetables, leaves, and cones.

My absolute favorite dish (out of the ones I’ve tried) is the Sizzling Salmon Teryaki (£8.50).

The plate comes out steaming hot to your table and the serving of salmon is always generous and slightly crispy on the outside. The vegetables taste great as well as the rice.

sizzling salmon teriyaki
Sizzling salmon teriyaki

There are plenty of other dishes on the menu at Zaibatsu Greenwich and you’ll struggle to decide what to have.

After you’ve eaten you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the total price of the meal.

You’ll probably also leave realising not all hidden gems appear shiny at first 😉

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The hike to Devil’s Bridge in Sedona is short and relatively easy one with epic scenic rewards that are rare to find anywhere else.

As one of the main attractions in the area, Devil’s Bridge in Sedona has built up quite a reputation. The hike has some of the best scenic spots that come with some great photo opportunities.

The Devil’s Bridge is a red rock arch that has been eroded over millions of years by wind and weather.

The bridge looks like its going to collapse at any second due to all the cracks.

However, I’ve been told it’ll be there for a few thousand years to come. Lets hope they’re right!

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Our second full day tour saw us explore a cave within the depths of a lava field.

The laws of Volcanoes state; whenever a lava field forms there is always a lava cave formed within it.

Another law states; 1100 years after the lava cave has formed, a bunch of tourists must explore it.

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You have a whole month to spend travelling one country!? lucky old you! Good job you’re visiting Thailand, a country where you could travel for about a year and still not see everywhere. Here’s your ultimate guide to spending 30 splendid days where you can white water raft down rivers formed by huge waterfalls, chill on the beaches, visit the golden triangle, swim in emerald blue pools or chill in a hammock surrounded by mountains, the possibilities in Thailand are endless…

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A couple of years back I spent an amazing month in Thailand. Throughout my time there I fell in love with a completely different culture which is bonkers, beautiful nature, great people and food that was SO GOOD. Thailand is also ridiculously cheap compared to the west; try £3 for a slap up meal that will stuff you and £10 a night for a 3 star hotel.

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Budapest is a gem in the crown of European cities. It’s grand architecture, great bar scene and countless spas and pools make it a must see destination. If you haven’t visited Budapest you sure need to. Here’s how to do it right…
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It can be pretty overwhelming coming to London and deciding what to do! There’s soooooo much! Well relax, take a chill pill, all is well; a Londoner has written down 40 things for you to do….
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