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Jul 15, 2019

Top tips for visiting Petra

Martha Hales

Petra features on many a bucket list, and for good reason - the architecture is spectacular. However, it's a sprawling site and many visitors barely scratch the surface - so how best to make the most of your visit to Petra? We spoke to our local experts in Jordan to get you these top tips.

Jordan
CulturalWonders of the WorldHistory
Jul 12, 2019

Hiking in Japan

Martha Hales

Japan has a wealth of natural beauty just begging to be explored, and what better way to see it than on foot. Travelling through fairy-tale glades, dense forests and ancient villages you get to see Japan in detail, pausing to absorb the lovely views or the microcosms of local life along the way...

Japan
Walking & HikingOff the Beaten Path
Jul 5, 2019

China's historical highlights

Martha Hales

Chinese culture and society is intrinsically tied to the history and legacy of the ancient empire. Discover more about their fascinating historic attractions, from the UNESCO recognised water village of Hongcun to the sprawling monastery of Labrang in Tibet.

China
CulturalHistory
Jun 26, 2019

Where to see wildlife responsibly

Martha Hales

Wildlife watching is often the highlight of exploring a destination. Knowing how to responsibly see magnificent creatures like tigers and elephants within a country is crucial in ensuring that they will still be there for future generations. Read on to find out where and how to do so...

UgandaRwandaMalawi, +8
WildlifeSafari
Jun 24, 2019

Top five things to do in Oman: The Arabia of your imagination

Huw Owen

Think of Arabia and you think of Arabian nights, rolling sand dunes, flowing white robes and faultless hospitality. Visit some parts of the Arab world and it doesn't always match the Arabia of your imagination. However, that's not the case with Oman...

Oman
Off the Beaten PathHoneymoonCultural, +2
Jun 19, 2019

The best things to do in the Falklands

Martha Hales

The Falkland Islands possess a stark beauty and much of their appeal lies in their wilderness regions where you can easily feel like the first person ever to set foot on your patch. Birds and the bountiful wildlife are a major attraction here, but by no means are they the only reason to visit...

Falkland Islands
Walking & HikingHistoryCoast, +1
Jun 15, 2019

India's Golden Triangle: The highlights and hidden gems

Martha Hales

If you trace a line from Delhi via Agra and Jaipur and back to Delhi you will have drawn the Golden Triangle. Many of the stunning sights on the route are amongst India's most popular tourist hotspots... but not all. Here’s our introduction to the highlights and hidden gems of the Golden Triangle.

India
ClassicOff the Beaten PathHistory, +3
Jun 12, 2019

Get to know Havana

Martha Hales

Overflowing with charm and soul, Havana is a city with attitude. Culture, coast and Cuban beats add up to a fantastic holiday destination ripe for discovery. Soak up the captivating atmosphere, take a spin in a vintage car, dine with the locals and learn to dance the salsa...

Cuba
ClassicCultural
Jun 7, 2019

The wonders of Costa Rica's wildlife

Martha Hales

You are truly in for a treat when you visit the natural paradise of Costa Rica. Discover the wonderful wildlife to be found within its borders, from fluffy anteaters to sedate sloths and colourful birds to thousands of fluttering butterflies.

Costa Rica
WildlifeAdventure
Jun 1, 2019

Off the beaten track in Japan

Martha Hales

From the wild coastline of the Noko Peninsula to the breathtaking scenery of the Diamond Route, Japan has a lot more to see than just the highlights of Tokyo and Kyoto. Leave the famous cities for now, and step foot off the beaten path to explore the lesser known areas of Japan.

Japan
Off the Beaten Path
May 28, 2019

The best cities to visit in South America

Martha Hales

Whether you seek the life affirming buzz of a metropolis or the solitude of an edge of the world port, you can find it in South America. The myriad nations each have exciting cities to discover, every one with its own distinct character and culture. Which will you visit on your next holiday?  

ChilePeruBrazil, +3
ClassicHighlights
May 23, 2019

Our top 10 destinations for the summer holidays

Martha Hales

From the blissful beaches of Zanzibar, Cuba and Malaysia, to the epic sights of Russia and the wonderful wildlife of Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands.... discover which destinations we think are perfect for the summer holidays!

South AfricaTanzaniaMorocco, +7
JulyAugustJune, +1
FamilyAdventureCoast
May 17, 2019

Take the family to China

Martha Hales

China is a vast nation, filled with exciting things for all generations! Here we've gathered some of the top things to do with a family here, from visiting the giant pandas in Chengdu to cycling through the fairytale surroundings of Yangshuo - ‘finest landscape under heaven’.

China
MayAprilSeptember, +3
Family
May 1, 2019

Where to find the best beaches in Cuba

Martha Hales

Whether you want to lounge on perfectly manicured shores or explore the reefs and mangrove forests fringing lesser travelled islands, we've gathered together a list of some of Cuba's best beaches. Speak to our local experts if you wish to incorporate any into your holiday to Cuba!

Cuba
CoastUndiscovered BeachesHoneymoon
Apr 26, 2019

Our favourite tailor-made honeymoon ideas

Martha Hales

A honeymoon has got to be a holiday to remember, and how better to make that happen than to have one personalised to you? We've gathered together our favourite tailor-made honeymoon ideas to inspire you, whether you fancy stargazing and safari in Namibia or exploring the highlights of South America.

PeruIndiaBrazil, +5
HighlightsLuxurySafari, +2
Apr 24, 2019

Where to see the world's most endangered species

Martha Hales

The Earth and its animals are precious and some of the most endangered species are teetering of the edge of extinction - only we can help. Here we've looked at the reasons for why so many species' populations are in decline, and where you can ethically go to see these incredible animals in the wild.

LaosSouth AfricaMozambique, +22
SafariOff the Beaten PathWildlife
Apr 15, 2019

What to do with 24 hours in Nairobi

Martha Hales

Most flights coming and going from Kenya are centred around Nairobi. But the city has far more to offer than just a throughway to safari. Find out what to do in this buzzing city if you find yourself with some time to spare, from visiting an elephant orphanage to sampling the fantastic local food...

Kenya
Food & DrinkCultural
Apr 1, 2019

Seeking out the Ugly Five

Corinne Homer

You may think - since we're publishing this article on April Fools - that the existence of the Ugly Five is a farce... but you'd be mistaken! Discover which of Africa's unfortunate creatures have made the cut for this less glamorous safari bucket-list, from the warthog to the wildebeest.

TanzaniaUgandaRwanda, +3
SafariWildlife
Mar 30, 2019

The history of the Caucasus

Kaya Brown

With historical records acknowledging the Caucasus as far back as the 13th century BC, it is one of the earliest known populated areas on the planet. Its history is one of great triumphs, unfortunate losses and many interesting and powerful figures. Discover more about its fascinating past...

GeorgiaArmenia
HistoryCultural
Mar 28, 2019

National parks of the Caucasus

Martha Hales

Glittering lakes, imposing peaks and peaceful alpine meadows - the Caucasus region shelters numerous national parks, all of which are strikingly beautiful and relatively undiscovered. We've rounded up our favourite ones to let you in on the secret.

AzerbaijanArmeniaGeorgia
AprilMayJune, +4
Walking & HikingWildlifeCross Border
Mar 25, 2019

A family holiday in Kenya

Martha Hales

There can’t be many children who wouldn’t squeal with excitement at the prospect of visiting Kenya - land of storybook animals, tribal culture, warm seas and volcanic mountains. Here are our top tips for how to ensure you (and the children) have the very best time on your holiday.

Kenya
WildlifeSafariFamily, +1
Mar 23, 2019

A guide to hiking in Georgia

Kati Taylor

Whether you want to stick to the walks surrounding Tbilisi or you're ready to explore the country's Upper Svaneti region, take a look at our handy guide to the hiking trails of Georgia - a country renowned for its captivating mountain scenery.

Georgia
AprilMayJune, +4
Walking & HikingWildlifeOff the Beaten Path
Mar 21, 2019

The best time to go to Sri Lanka

Martha Hales

Sri Lanka is a tropical paradise of golden beaches, lush hill country, intriguing culture and impressive wildlife such as elephants, leopards, whales and exotic birds. But when is the best time to go to this magical island? With the help of our local experts, we've gathered all you need to know.

Sri Lanka
WildlifeWalking & HikingTrain Journeys, +2
Mar 19, 2019

Why go to the Caucasus

Martha Hales

Discover the lesser-known beauty of the Caucasus, including the ancient monasteries of Georgia and Armenia, the wide open skies of the Svaneti region and the picturesque capitals of Yerevan and Tbilisi.

GeorgiaArmenia
AprilMayJune, +4
CulturalHighlightsWalking & Hiking, +5
Mar 8, 2019

Celebrated women of the world

Corinne Homer

Learn about the celebrated women of the world on International Women's Day! From tyrannical queens to brave revolutionaries, each one fought against the traditions and gender biases of their time to become legendary figures in their own right.

ColombiaJapanIndia, +4
Wonders of the WorldCulturalColonial Era, +1
Mar 6, 2019

What to pack for an African safari holiday

Martha Hales

If you're planning an African safari holiday but are unsure of what clothes to wear, what devices to bring or what essentials you might not have considered, then take a look at our handy guide for the dos and don'ts of safari packing.

South AfricaNamibiaRwanda, +5
SafariWildlifeFamily
Feb 28, 2019

Best places to go stargazing

Kaya Brown

There are few things more spectacular to witness than a truly dark night sky. Take a look at our top six stargazing destinations, ranging from the remote deserts of South America to the isolated national parks of Nepal.

ChileJordanArgentina, +3
Off the Beaten PathLuxuryHoneymoon, +1
Feb 22, 2019

The best time to visit Kenya

Martha Hales

Planning a trip to Kenya but unsure of when to visit? Whether you want to witness the Great Migration or relax on the country's beaches, take a look at our blog post before booking to make sure you get the most out of your holiday weather-wise.

Kenya
SafariFamilyWildlife, +1
Feb 18, 2019

Hiking in Sri Lanka

Kati Taylor

We've picked out some of the best trails for a hiking trip to Sri Lanka, from the spectacular (and popular) Adam's Peak to the lesser known Duwili Ella trek in the Knuckles Mountains. If any of these inspire you to lace on your hiking boots, then our local experts can help plan your perfect trip.

Sri Lanka
AdventureWalking & Hiking
Feb 13, 2019

Sri Lanka's cities

Kaya Brown

From Jaffna in the north to Galle in the south, we've rounded up the best cities in Sri Lanka to add to your list of must-visit destinations. Explore the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, the tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya or the sacred fig tree of Anuradhapura.

Sri Lanka
CoastFood & DrinkCultural