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Alternative things to do in Edinburgh
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Alternative things to do in Edinburgh

Overflowing with fantastic history, views, music and culture, Edinburgh is quite rightly one of Europe’s most popular city breaks. But what if you’ve visited the Castle, listened to the bagpipers on the Royal Mile, been whisky tasting and rubbed…

What does it cost? 10 days in South Africa
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What does it cost? 10 days in South Africa

South Africa had been on my wishlist for longer than anywhere else in the world. It’s got a bit of everything – wildlife, beaches, wine regions. The only downside is the long journey, so it’s not exactly a weekend…

Visiting Cape Town on a budget
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Visiting Cape Town on a budget

Wedged between the sea and the mountains, Cape Town’s stunning scenery means a lot of the city’s biggest attractions are free – you can wander around the V&A Waterfront, check out the colourful houses in Bo-Kaap, spend the day…

What to pack for an African safari
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What to pack for an African safari

After over 20 years of travelling, I’ve got my packing technique down pretty well – I can even pack a case in my sleep when there’s an early start involved. But there are some trips where your packing list…

Can you visit the Seychelles on a budget?
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How to visit the Seychelles on a budget

The Seychelles – just the name conjures up images of golden sandy beaches, palm trees, turquoise waters, sunset cocktails and five-star beachside resorts. The islands are a luxurious enclave for honeymooners, celebrities and billionaires. So when I found a…

A weekend in Chester
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A weekend in Chester

It was my first trip to Chester but I felt a distinct case of déjà vu. It was like someone had taken the best bits from cities around the UK and spliced them together. The Roman walls could’ve been…

Christmas gifts for travel lovers
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Christmas gifts for travel lovers

Christmas is creeping up on us, so it’s time I got over my aversion to shopping and started getting organised. I’ve read a lot of Christmas gift guides for travellers, but as a part-time traveller there’s only so many…

Visiting Madrid on a budget
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Visiting Madrid on a budget

Barcelona has Gaudi, Granada has the Alhambra, Santiago has the pilgrims – but if you’re looking for a Spanish city break then Madrid has a bit of everything. My recent Surprise Trip was my first time in Madrid and…

AirBnB favourites II: Berlin, Amsterdam, Annecy & Hebrides
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AirBnB favourites II: Berlin, Amsterdam, Annecy & Hebrides

I’ve always liked the freedom and flexibility you get from renting a house or apartment when you travel. And over the last couple of years AirBnB has taken over the self-catering world – there aren’t many destinations not covered…

A weekend in Rye, East Sussex
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A weekend in Rye, East Sussex

A hilltop town with a picturesque jumble of cobbled streets and historic buildings, Rye in East Sussex could be a British costume drama set come to life. It’s got the charm and beauty to match England’s most popular spots,…