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5 Best Beach Clubs in Europe

Travelling through Europe this summer? There are a number of beach bars and clubs spread across the Mediterranean which will make you want to change your flight path, or even take a quick detour. Want to know where the party’s at? Try our top 5 beach clubs below – you won’t be disappointed with any of the options!

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Ushuaia Beach Hotel

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07817 Sant Jordi de Ses Salines. Illes Balears, Spain

Hailed as the party central of Europe, there’s no wonder that Ibiza is number one on our list. Ushuaia has hosted the likes of international DJ’s such as David Guetta, Axwell, Ingrosso and so much more. Guests can expect to find a pool in the middle of the club and non-stop music until 7am.

5 Best Beach Clubs in Europe

Hula Hula Beach Bar

Splitsko Dalmantina, Hvar

Hvar Island, Croatia

What’s better than an uninhibited view of the coast with a cocktail in hand? Hula Hula Beach Bar is one of the best of its kind in Croatia and its guests travel from all points of the world just to get a taste.

5 Best Beach Clubs in Europe

Nammos

Psarou Beach, Mykonos

A hot-spot for celebrities, this world-famous beach bar puts everything else to shame. You can expect partying until the sunrise, endless amounts of cocktails and maybe a few celebrity sightings (with the paparazzi in tow). The club also offers fine dining if you’re feeling peckish throughout the night.

5 Best Beach Clubs in Europe

Coccaro Beach Club

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72015 Savelletri di Fasano, Puglia, Italy

If you’re making your way through Italy during the summer, make sure Puglia is part of your itinerary. Coccaro Beach Club is one of the most popular beach clubs of the Mediterranean thanks to its stunning views of the sea and sand.

5 Best Beach Clubs in Europe

Guaba Beach Bar

Amathountos, 4531, Limassol, Cyprus

Located just south of central Cyrpus, Guaba is home to countless festivals between the summer months of May-September. Hosting acts such as Fedde Le Grand, Gareth Emery and Martin Garrix just to name a few.

5 Best Beach Clubs in Europe

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5 Reasons To Visit Positano in Summer

If you’re planning a trip to the stunning Amalfi Coast this summer, then you’ve probably heard about Positano. This picturesque seaside village is a located in Campania and is one of the most popular vacation spots in Italy. Easily accessible by bus or private car, below are five of the many reasons to visit this summer.

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Architecture

Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta – Piazza Flavio Gioia

One of the only sites in Positano has to be the Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta which is popular for summer weddings and baptisms. Boasting 13th century Byzantine architecture, it’s one of the most well-known sites in Positano – the line to get through is completely worth it.

5 Reasons To Visit Positano in Summer

Food

Italy is known for its delightful food and drink which is inspired by the Mediterranean and Positano is no exception. Local delicacy ‘baba’ is a must-have dessert (a small cake drenched in butter and rum, usually filled with a soft cream).

5 Reasons To Visit Positano in Summer

Sea

Marina Grande

The perfect shores of Positano are just one of the many ways to relax and enjoy your holiday on the Amalfi Coast. The fashionable Marina Grande is known for its brightly coloured umbrellas and clear waters all around the world.

5 Reasons To Visit Positano in Summer

Drinks

One of the best places to relax and enjoy a drink in Positano has to be Buca di Bacco. It’s located right on the beach and makes for a romantic evening, whether you’re travelling as a couple or even with the kids. For more of a party night-out, La Brezza comes highly recommended – especially if you love a classic Aperol Spritz!

5 Reasons To Visit Positano in Summer

Fashion

Who knew that Positano is known for its summer fashion? Head down to Les Chic and have your very own bespoke sandals made right in front of your eyes! Simply have your foot measured, pick your design, and your leather shoes are crafted in less than 10 minutes.

5 Reasons To Visit Positano in Summer

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Top 3 Winter Getaways in NSW

Why escape Sydney’s winter weather when you can embrace it? Rather than dreaming of tropical locations over the next few months, we have five winter getaways which are cheaper than a one-way ticket to Europe – plus they’re so much fun!

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Blue Mountains Chocolate Festival

You might want to pack a few extra layers and thermals for a trip to the Blue Mountains, but the three hour drive is worth the wait. A brand new chocolate festival is taking place between between July 3-5 and will feature lots of delicious options for the entire weekend.

The special movie screening of Chocolat, featuring Johnny Depp, will be available to watch all weekend, while markets at Blackheath Public School will be open. You can also take part in the fine art of chocolate making at Whisk and Pin, or simply relax with a bag of chocolates at Hotel Blue in Katoomba.

Top 3 Winter Getaways in NSW

Hunter Valley

Since it might be too chilly for a weekend at the coast, why not head inland to the Hunter Valley for a relaxing getaway. Wine country isn’t all about spending half your day vineyard hopping (not that there’s anything wrong with that). The Hunter Valley is also home to delicious chocolate, gourmet food and local scenery – sure to keep you occupied and off social media!

Top 3 Winter Getaways in NSW

Kiama Coastal Walk

If you’re brave enough to head down to the coast for a weekend getaway, you must experience Kiama by foot. The stunning 22km coastal walk includes a breathtaking view of Blowhole Point and ends at Werri Beach where you can relax and enjoy some gourmet food and wine.

Top 3 Winter Getaways in NSW

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7 Bucket List Summer Destinations

Have you accumulated weeks of annual leave but have no idea where to go this summer? We have compiled seven of the hottest summer destinations you have to visit at least once in you life; so grab a friend, pack your bags and have the time of your life this season in one (or all) of these exotic destinations.

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Mykonos, Greece

It goes without saying that Mykonos is one of the biggest party destinations every summer. Clubs are open until 7am, the beach is just a stones throw away and the drinks never seem to stop flowing. Plus, you can get some pretty amazing travel shots for friends, family, and Instagram.

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Split, Croatia

Sail the Adriatic Sea of Split, which has the best party atmosphere in all of Europe during the summer months. Croatia is known for its intense music festivals that bring in the big names like Ultra Music Festival, which this year, includes David Guetta, Hardwell and Afrojack.

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Cinque Terre, Italy

The colourful coast of Cinque Terre is known for it’s pastel homes and beautiful views of the Italian Riviera. It includes the towns of Monterosso, Vernazza, Comiglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. That was a mouthful! Come for the breathtaking views and stay for the crystal-clear waters and delicious food and drinks.

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Nice, France

Not only is Nice a rich destination for French culture, but it’s also home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the entire world. From sitting in a local café with an aperitif or heading out for dinner and drinks, Nice combines the best of both worlds for an ultimate summer holiday.

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Seville, Spain

Spend a lazy weekend passing through Seville if you’re looking to unwind and relax from the mayhem which is Madrid and Barcelona. As the capital city of Andalusia, Seville is overflowing with tasty food, wine and architectural sights.

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Oludeniz, Turkey

The small village of Oludeniz on the Turkish coast is home to hundreds of tourists every single year. With the Aegean Sea on one side and the Dead Sea on the other, there’s no reason why this is such a popular resort every summer.

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Porto, Portugal

The romantic city of Porto is another stunning summer holiday destination due to it’s close proximity to the beach, traditional food and even the local port – where it was named!

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5 Reasons To Visit Greece This Summer

While we all know that between the months of June to late September, Greece is just one of the party capitals of the Mediterranean. Lots of endless summer nights, blue skies, cocktails and too much sun is the reason everyone wants to escape to the other side of the globe.

If that’s not reason enough to book your ticket, here are five more reasons Greece should be on your bucket list.

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Food

A healthy Mediterranean diet is just what the doctor ordered – seriously, no wonder it’s one of the most healthiest eating plans in the entire world.

Indulge in fresh seafood, dishes containing in-excess of olive oil, and most importantly make sure to sleep away the food coma with an afternoon nap.

5 Reasons To Visit Greece This Summer

Weather

This one might seem a little obvious, but the weather in Europe is unlike anywhere else. Hot summers, humid nights, followed by a cool thunderstorm to set everything back to normal.

Don’t forget to pack some heavy duty SPF 50+ since the sun can be brutal. But it does give us a good excuse to cool off with a cold frappé.

5 Reasons To Visit Greece This Summer

Islands

Nobody does summer better than the Greek Islands (no shade to the mainland or Athens either). Whether you’re looking to relax with a good book, or party hard at Tropicana until the sun comes along, you’ll find something which is perfect for your trip.

5 Reasons To Visit Greece This Summer

Culture

Take a few days off the party calendar and make sure to visit some of the culture institutions your holiday has to offer. The island of Crete is home to endless memorials during WWII, which are sure to bring you back down to earth after a whirlwind holiday.

5 Reasons To Visit Greece This Summer

Cruise

If you’re in Greece for a few weeks, why not plan a cruise trip around the major islands? This way, you can visit some of the major sites without over-staying your welcome, and meet new friends along the way. Escape the party atmosphere of Mykonos and visit other islands such as Kos, Naxos, and Ios for a relaxing end to your trip.

5 Reasons To Visit Greece This Summer

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Why You Must Visit San Sebastian 

This small coastal city located on Bay of Biscay in Spain, is one of the most popular summer travel destinations in Europe.

Whether you’re going for the beaches, arts, festivals or simply to un-wind or sightsee, there’s always something exciting to do in San Sebastian during the summertime.

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Beaches

Playa de la Concha

Kick-back and relax at one of the many beaches located in San Sebastian during the spring-summer months where the water is just right.

There’s so much to do in the surrounding areas such as water sports in Playa de Gros, activities with the kids, and even a sightseeing tour which operates round-the-clock.

5 Reasons To Visit San Sebastian 

Seafood

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There’s one thing San Sebastian is known for, and that’s the seafood. Bodegon Alejandro is one the best restaurants to enjoy baked lobster, take in the view of the ocean, and indulge in some of the local wines.

5 Reasons To Visit San Sebastian 

Sightseeing

Monte Igueldo

Check out one of the main observation decks in Monte Igueldo which is best at dusk. Here, you will have complete views of the stunning coastline, surrounding mountains, and of course the beauty of Bahia de la Concha.

5 Reasons To Visit San Sebastian 

Drinks

Bar Borda Berri: Calle Fermin Calbeton 12

Who can resist a good drink after a long day of sightseeing in the sun? San Sebastian is packed with bars, brasseries, and everything in between so you’re bound to find a place you like.

Our favourite is Bar Borda Berri which is known for its decor, and similarly the large selection of beverages. Open from noon-midnight 7 days a week.

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Water sports

Playa de Gros: Paseo de Zurriola 24

If you’ve ever want to learn how to surf, Playa de Gros is the perfect place for beginners to learn on the mellow waves. Weekend courses are available if you’re travelling with a group, or you could take some surfing lessons at nearby Pukas.

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5 Reasons To Visit Provence

If you’re looking to escape the Parisian city life, Provence is a fantastic little getaway just a mini car ride away from the city centre. The sun-soaked town is home to delicious food, drinks, sightseeing, and has served as an inspiration for artists such as Vincent Van Gogh and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. So, why should you visit this beautiful city southeast of France?

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Food

Where: L’Aromat

49 Rue Sainte, 13001 Marseille

There is no denying that the French are renowned for their food, especially bouillabaisse which originated in nearby port city, Marseille. This traditional fish stew contains a variety of vegetables, herbs, spices, and most importantly, shellfish. Enjoy it with a side of local red wine, which is sure to keep you full for the evening.

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Books

Where: Cité du Livre

8-10 Rue Des Allumettes, 13100 Aix-en-Provence

Who would’ve thought that Provence is home to one of the coolest bookstores in the entire world? This quaint bookstore is known for its amazing architecture which consists of three large books originating in France: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Stranger by Albert Camus, and The Imaginary Invalid by Moliere.

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Gallery

Where: Carrieres de Lumieres

Route de Maillane, 13520 Les Baux-de-Provence

A trip to Provence wouldn’t be complete without visiting one of the many multimedia galleries. Depending on the time of year you’re visiting, there are exhibitions by Gustav Klimt, Friedensreich Hundertwasser and even contemporary artists showing off their work.

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Lavender fields

Where: Etablissement Thermal

Les Thermes, 12110 Cransac

The picturesque lavender fields of Provence are just one of the best places to relax and recharge at the end of your trip. Digne les Bains is also home to the famous thermal pools which offer mud, seaweed and even lavender soaks.

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Wine

Where: Provence Wine Tours

42 Boulevard Chave, 13005 Marseille

Well, why shouldn’t wine have its own category? Wine is made from local grapes, and wine tours are one of the best ways to test out some of the best Provence has to offer. The best time to go on a wine tour is between April-September, so make sure to book your tickets accordingly!

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5 Reasons You Should Visit Denmark

Since we have already shared travel tips on Sweden, why not share some of the best places to eat, drink, and sight-see if you’re heading down to Denmark?

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Located on the banks of the Denmark River, this charming country is known all over the world for its rich Viking background, but also a modern charm which is unlike any other country. Below are just a few places you must-see if you’re ever in Denmark (Copenhagen to be precise) for a short time only.

Amusement park

Tivoli Gardens: Vesterbrogade 3, 1630 Kobenhavn

Travelling with the kids? Why not take them to one of Denmark’s oldest amusement parks, Tivoli Gardens. Serving as an inspiration to Disneyland and still popular since its inception in 1843, the amusement park is just a few minutes away from City Hall and is open every single day from 11am-11pm.

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Boat tours

Canal Tours Copenhagen: Nyhavn 3 Kobenhavn

Since Denmark is mostly surrounded by water, taking a boat tour is one of the best way to see the city (and stay away from the rain during the winter months!). It’s one of the best way to see some of the biggest tourist sites such as the Little Mermaid Statue, Royal Library, and the Opera House.

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Food

Noma: Strandgade 93, 1401 Kobenhavn

Known for its modern take on traditional Nordic cuisine, there are many amazing places to eat in the city. Not only is it home to Noma, one of the best restaurants in the world with a two-star Michelin rating – but there’s a waiting list, so make sure to book your table in advance!

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Museums

ARoS: Aros Allé 2 8000 Aarhus

Escape the rain and head to one of biggest modern flagship museums in Aarhus, ARoS. Featuring stunning exhibitions such as Boy, vintage Impressionist art by Monet, and even some thrilling works by Danish artists themselves. Tickets are $20 for adults and children under the age of 18 are free.

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Stay

Andersen Boutique Hotel: Helgolandsgade 12, 1653 Kobenhavn V

If you want to stay mainly in the city centre of Copenhagen, Andersen Hotel is one of the best choices. Boasting modern living spaces – which will make Ikea jealous – and a cosy atmosphere, it’s close to the hustle and bustle of the city and main tourist destinations.

Alternatively. you could rent unique accommodation with the help of Airbnb, which starts at just $50 per night. You choose whether you want to stay in a house, apartment, or even a boat!

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Wotif Reveals Weirdest Travel Cancellation Excuses

Raise your hand if you’ve ever made up an excuse to cancel a booking… Ah, yep, guilty as charged! Maybe your parents were coming to town, or you ‘accidentally’ booked your accommodation for the wrong weekend. Anything to waive those pesky fees, right? Well, whatever your excuse was, Wotif have heard them all!

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To celebrate ditching their cancellation fees, (phew!) the discount accommodation and flight company have dished the dirt on some of the funniest – and strangest – stories they’ve come across. 

 “One of the most memorable reasons for cancelling included a customer’s partner cancelling a booking because the customer broke his hip by accidentally doing the splits while playing cricket,” Wotif spokesperson Kirsty La Bruniy told the Daily Mail.

The bizarre excuses don’t stop there. Wotif revealed a customer once cancelled because he didn’t want to get his car dirty driving up the dirt driveway of the property, while another wanted to pull out because apparently having a cold affects a booking that’s four months in the future.

One traveller said he didn’t realise he needed a passport to travel to New Zealand until he arrived at the airport, and another went as far as to say that they didn’t know they had to go to the international airport to fly overseas! First time travellers, perhaps?

The most common reasons they found people cancelled or changed a trip came down to sickness, injury, or an event change, but “my cat has had a hip replacement” or “I ate some bad calamari” still managed to pop up.

While it’s inevitable that plans change from time-to-time, it seems that Wotif have heard their fair share of tales and have instead opted to make it easier to cancel. “We’ve removed our fees for cancellation and itinerary changes for hotel and package bookings, which now makes it easier and more cost effective to change your travel plans, no matter what the excuse,” said Bruniy.

So… What are some of your cancellation excuses, hmm?

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5 Reasons You Should Visit Stockholm

From the fashion bloggers to the food, nothing beats Sweden – especially during the springtime.

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Now is the best time to book your ticket to this Scandinavian country and indulge in all it has to offer, including style, design, and a relaxed way of life.

Food

Where: Bageriet Bulleboden

Parmmatargatan 7, 11224 Stockholm

If you’re coming to Stockholm for the traditional Scandinavian food, then you will find many cafes scattered all over the city. Don’t miss Bageriet Bulleboden, which offers delicious pastries known as kanelbullar (cinnamon rolls), and freshly brewed coffee.

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Style

Where: Stockholm Market

Riddargatan 3, 11435 Stockholm

There’s a reason Swedish style is big all over the world, so much so that a street style blog created by Caroline Blomst has put it on the map. Popular fashion labels include Acne Studios, Filippa K, and Nelly just to name a few, but the best place to grab a deal on a bespoke item is at the market. Pick up a beautiful souvenir for a family member or friends as you’re leaving and catch the exclusive pieces from some of Sweden’s up-and-coming designers.

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Interior design

Where: E. Torndahl

Vasterlanggatan 63, S-11129 Stockholm

Scandinavian design is renowned all over the world for its approach to clean, sophisticated lines and timeless techniques. Rather than going to one of their many Ikea stores (there are more than 20 in Sweden alone), the smaller more independent sellers are where you’ll find some of the most original pieces. While they might come with a heftier price tag, you will keep them for years to come as a memory of your travels.

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Sightseeing

Where: Stromma

Sodra Blasieholmshammen 35, Stockholm

If you’re visiting between October – February, why not take a boat tour which takes you across the entire archipelago. The tour comes with a bowl of traditional Swedish tomato soup or pea soup (it’s your choice), and a glass of arrack to keep you warm. Tours can run anywhere between 1.5-3 hours.

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Drinks

Where: Nada Bar

Asogatan 140, Stockholm

Sweden might have a strict view on alcohol (drinks are heavily taxed), but the nightlife is nothing but booming. There is a plethora of small bars and venues which offer a modern take on traditional cocktails and a few bites on the side to keep you full for your next travels. If you’re not into the nightlife or alcoholic beverages, look out for a fika cafe, which is usually located in a beautiful garden.

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5 Reasons You Should Visit Montmartre

Rather than staying in the heart of Paris, head north to Montmartre for genuine taste of Amelie Poulain’s life.

Located in the 18th arrondissement of Paris and part of the Right Bank, travellers come from all over the world for various reasons; religious pilgrimage, art, food, and even a break from the hustle and bustle of central Paris.

If you’re undecided about where to spend your time in Montmartre, this list will even put Anthony Bourdain’s suggestions to shame.

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Drink

Where: 112 Rue Championnet, 75018

Pop into one of Montmartre’s most famous watering holes for a drink, aperitif, or even a light snack before you’re off exploring the rest of the city.

La Renaissance which was made popular during the sexual revolution of the 1970s, and featured heavily in Michel Deville’s film, Le Mouton Enragé, as well as Inglorious Basterds.

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Eat

Where: 1 Rue Norvins, 75018

A brasserie meal is a must-have while you’re in France, since the menus are quite concentrated and small in comparison to other cuisines. But if you’re just peckish for a traditional French croissant, then La Galette des Moulins is the perfect fit.

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Visit

Where: 20 Avenue Rachel, 75018

A trip to Montmartre isn’t complete without visiting the Cimetiere (cemetery) located next to the Place de Clichy. While it might seem a bit morbid at first, it’s actually a major tourist attraction since many French and international identities call this their final resting place.

Some personalities include Jim Morrison, Alexandre Dumas, and filmmaker Francois Truffaut.

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See

Where: 35 Rue du Chevalier de la Barre, 75018

One of the biggest landmarks in Paris, not to be confused with the Galeries Lafayette, has to be the Sacré Coeur located in Montmartre.

The Roman Catholic church sits at the top of Montmartre and at one of the highest points of the city. Sacré Coeur is open 7 days a week, and entry is free.

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Shop

Where: Rue de Steinkerque, 75018

Any type of shopping is essential on an international trip, and visiting the Rue de Steinkerque located in the 18th arrondissement speaks for itself.

It’s the perfect place to pick up handmade knick-knacks, souvenirs and even tasty food and drinks made only by the locals.

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Indulge In An African Honeymoon

Zambia, blessed with breathtaking natural wonders, a wealth of wildlife and the perfect sanctuary for honeymooners.

According to the Royal Livingston, “On the 16 November 1855, David Livingstone (Scottish missionary) first laid eyes on the waterfall that would define his life story, and that of an entire country. Visible from over 30km away, the Kololo people with whom he had travelled downriver called it Mosi-oa-Tunya – the smoke that thunders. As the first European to witness this magnificent site, he decided to name it Victoria Falls in honour of his Queen. At the Royal Livingstone Hotel on the banks of a river that flows through the soul of the continent.”

Your own African honeymoon waits to be told.​

Stay: The Royal Livingston Hotel

Eat: Try their traditional dish nshima, made of maize (corn) with goat curry, delish.

Drink: Locally brewed beer or their sunset cocktails on the deck

Spa: Couples massage overlooking the Zambezi River (OMG!)

Discover: Cross the border to Botswana and cruise/4WD the Chobe River seeing all the Big 5 in their natural habitat.

The Royal Livingstone Hotel, Zambia

Zambia offers an unforgettable honeymoon experience, where you explore the real Africa.

How To Beat Mondayitis

The return to work after the weekend leads to feelings of dread for many Australians, according to leading travel and lifestyle site lastminute.com.au 2015 travel trends data, which shows over one in three people (34 per cent) don’t like Mondays.

The research also identified almost one in two (46 per cent) Australians don’t switch off when they leave the office, answering work calls or emails on weekends or their days off. Plus, nearly half of Aussies surveyed (47 per cent) didn’t take all of their annual leave last year.

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According to lastminute.com.au spokesperson, Louise Ryan, it’s no wonder so many Australians get the Monday blues, with many focusing on all work and no play.

“Between answering work calls and not using allocated annual leave for holidays, many Australians don’t make the most of their time off, making Mondays even tougher than they should be.

“Planning a few cheeky extended weekend breaks throughout the year not only means you are making the most of your annual leave, being away and ‘out of reach’ will also make it easier to escape and be unavailable to phone calls and emails.

“When you get the back-to-work dread at work on a Monday morning, having a long weekend away planned in the pipeline may just make Monday a little less painful”.

lastminute.com.au top tips for beating the Monday blues in 2015:

  1. Plan ahead: Before the year starts to get hectic, lock a few long weekend escapes in your calendar, from an inner city Melbourne weekend, to a tropical North Queensland retreat or weekend of wine time in the Barossa – or all three!
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  1. Take a staycation: If the budget doesn’t allow you to take an interstate trip, then book yourself into a luxe five-star hotel in your own city. Be adventurous and book a Secret Hotel which allows you to book five-star hotels at bargain rates of up to 40% off when staying 72 hours out.
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Indulge in a luxe hotel staycation
  1. Return to work mid-week: Where possible beat the Monday blues by heading back to work after a holiday on a Wednesday so you only have a few days to get through before the weekend. Much less daunting than a full five-day working week!

 

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  1. Switch off on the weekends: Set rules with your boss and switch off the work phone and emails on the weekends, or if you can’t completely turn-off at least give yourself an afternoon away from technology.

 

5. Live every lastminute: Mix up your weekends and do something completely out of your comfort zone. Maybe test your bravery with sky-diving, or get the adrenalin racing by swimming with sharks, or sharpen your skills with a cooking class. lastminute.com.au has a range of fun activities and experiences on offer throughout Australia.

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Inspired to beat the Monday blues in 2015? Check out lastminute.com.au for fantastic hotel, flights, packages and experiences on offer.

*According to lastminute.com.au’s 2015 Travel + Lifestyle Report which surveyed 4100+ Australians.

5 Reasons To Book A Ticket To French Polynesia

Who can resist a little getaway which is only 8 hours away from Australian soil? French Polynesia is no secret to avid travellers, but this doesn’t mean it loses any of its appeal.

If you’re searching for that next family holiday, we offer you five more reasons why you should book this trip now!

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Weather

Since it is located just south of the equator, French Polynesia experiences a mostly tropical climate with a heavy summer/rainy season during the beginning and end of the year. If you want to take advantage of hot, sunny weather, it is best to visit during the dry months between May to October.

5 Reasons To Book A Ticket To French Polynesia

Food

Given the long history of French colonial rule, much of the cuisine is a fusion of cultures. You will find a variety of restaurants offering an eclectic mix of Asian, French and western cuisine which the entire family is bound to enjoy (even those picky eaters). One gourmet treat you must try are the crevettes, otherwise know as popular river prawns.

5 Reasons To Book A Ticket To French Polynesia

Sights

There are a variety of different water activities which run all year round. Some of the most popular ones include sailing, surfing, and diving which is the best way to create some long-lasting memories. If you want to stay dry, take part in other fun activities which the entire family can enjoy. Popular attractions such as hiking, dolphin watching, and shark-feeding are some fun ways to enjoy all that the islands have to offer.

5 Reasons To Book A Ticket To French Polynesia

Child-Friendly

Many of the resorts cater to the needs of young children and large families, so you don’t need to hesitate about bringing them along on the trip. Restaurants and resorts come equipped with child-minding services, and don’t cause a big fuss if your kids are a bit loud around the dinner table or by the pool – it happens!

5 Reasons To Book A Ticket To French Polynesia

Hospitality

Locals are quite laid-back and try to get travellers to enjoy their holiday as much as possible. Given that the islands are relatively free from a booming central business district, you will find that many people enjoy a relaxed way of life.

5 Reasons To Book A Ticket To French Polynesia

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5 Things To See and Do in Budapest

The capital city of Budapest is known for it’s unique architectural structures which date back to the art nouveau style of the early 1900s, delicious national food, and even it’s bustling night life. If you’re ever planning a trip to Budapest, make sure to add the following destinations to your list.

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Széchenyi Baths

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Hungary is known for it’s extensive natural bodies of water used for healing and recreation. Széchenyi is home to Europe’s largest public baths which are perfect if you want a little extra relax and recreation time during the trip.

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Central Market Hall

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If you’re in town for the Christmas and holiday season, it’s best to make the most of your time at the Central Market Hall. Filled with fresh fruit and vegetables, homemade trinkets, and local sellers, it’s the perfect place to enjoy what the real Budapest has to offer.

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TukTuk

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Try one of the fun and innovative taxi’s of Budapest, and enjoy a visual tour of the entire city. It’s often referred to the bohemian way of going with the flow, and seeing where exactly the city takes you! It’s also pretty cheap and affordable when compared to a standard taxi fare.

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Memento Park

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A must-see if you love nothing more than to sit back and enjoy the local art scene of the city. Most statues of the time depict the fall of communism in Hungary, most of which were demolished during the change of power in 1989.

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Blue Rose Restaurant

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For the best goulash in the entire city, look no further than Blue Rose which is located in the heart of central Budapest. Here you will find traditional Hungarian delicacies such as dumplings, vadas (stew), and chocolate kurtosh which is bound to be a crown pleaser. Ask for extra nuts and powdered sugar for an intense flavour!

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Travel Destination: Vienna

Vienna is Austria’s most populous and intriguing city, located in central Europe. Rated number 19 in the Human Development Index, the bustling city is best known for it’s amazing natural scenery and rich culture dating back to the pre-Roman empire.

Don’t miss a few of these magical destinations the next time you find yourself in Vienna, or are planning a trip to Austria.

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Stay: Hollmann Beletage Design and Boutique Hotel

Kollnerhofgasse 6, 1010 Vienna

A short train ride from the city centre is one of Vienna’s up-and-coming hotels. The Hollman Beletage features modern sophistication for a fraction of the cost, and is perfect for anyone who loves a quirky place to stay while they’re enjoying their holiday. Rooms are extremely spacious, which are perfect if you’re planning to entertain before heading out to one of the many bars around town.

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Feeling Peckish: Café Central

Strauchgasse/Herrengasse, 1010 Vienna

A traditional Viennese coffee house which boasts a charming interior and 19th century architecture to match. The entertainment starts at 5pm sharp where a grand piano is played for all to enjoy and dance the night away.

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Shop: Wilhelm Jungmann and Neffe

Albertinaplatz 3, 1010 Vienna

This quaint store is home to classic mens and women’s fashion which has been supplying clothes to the public for over 125 years. Their specialty is menswear, especially crisp button-down shirts which are tailor-made on site.

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Visit: Hofburg Palace

Michaelerkuppel, 1010 Vienna

Home to some of the most powerful Austrian ancestry including teen-queen Marie Antoinette, Hofburg has been completely restored in the vision of it’s former glory. There are more than 10 wings of the palace, all of which can be visited under strict supervision.

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Drink: Do & Co (Onyx Bar)

Stephansplatz 12, 1010 Vienna

Enjoy exquisite cocktails and world-class views of the city from Onyx Bar in Vienna’s city centre. The exclusive bar is a hotspot for politicians and locals of interest, so remember to dress smart and stay on your best behaviour.

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5 Reasons You Must Visit Poland

Enduring a rough historical period over the last century, Poland has reshaped itself and has become one of the main destinations for anyone travelling through Europe.

Between the white-winters which are amazing during the Christmas period, through to the scorching hot European summer, we’ll show you why there’s no place quite like Poland.

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Food

CK Browar, Address: 7 Podwale Street, Krakow

There is no denying that that Polish are famous for their delicious pierogi and cold-meat dishes which form the basis of their traditional meals. For genuine Polish food, you can’t go past a tasty Borscht soup which is hearty and healthy and the same time!

Visit C.K Browar for a traditional Polish pub-meal, with their world famous beer to wash down your food.

5 Reasons You Must Visit Poland

Architecture

Krzywy Domek, ul. Haffnera 6, 81-717 Sopot

Influenced by the heavy Gothic influence at the time, Polish Architecture is among one of the oldest styles in the world. Houses are still very much influenced by the Gothic themes of the 13-14th century, and are easily characterised by their high upper reaches and timber-framing on doors and walls alike.

For a little modern architecture instead, visit the world-famous crooked house in Sopot. It’s bound to give you an interesting Insta-snap!

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Countryside

Czersk Castle, 05-530 Gora Kalwaria, ul. Ks. Sajny

Escape to the Polish countryside if you want a real slice of paradise! Life in the country has remained the same as it was hundreds of years ago, and many families are looking towards this for their ideal rural vacation.

There’s plenty to do here without succumbing to your phone or computer – horseback riding, mountain-climbing and canoeing are all great options if you love the great outdoors.

5 Reasons You Must Visit Poland

Beaches

Sopot, Gdansk

If you find yourself travelling to Poland during the summer seasons of June through to early September, then you definitely don’t want to miss the white sand beaches of Sopot. Bathe in the Baltic sea, or simply catch some rays and enjoy the warm weather at a nearby café.

This county is easily accessible by private car or taxi, and railway line if you prefer to save a bit of shrapnel.

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Drinks

Chimera, UL. Podwale 29, Warsaw

Known as the birthplace of vodka, the Polish definitely know how to whip-up a drink (or two!). Grab a delicious cocktail at Chimera in Warsaw, (ask for the vodka-orange), and dance the night away to jazz tunes played by the local DJ’s.

5 Reasons You Must Visit Poland

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5 Things To See and Do in Morocco 

Have you ever wanted to the road less travelled when it comes to exploring Morocco? Rather than jumping at the chance to visit the same-old tourist destinations, follow our exclusive guide including some must-see sights once you’ve finally landed in North Africa’s most popular destination.

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Try: Tagine

If you haven’t heard about tagine, then you’ve probably been living under a rock. Often dubbed the un-official dish of Morocco, tagine is a slow-cooked stew which is named after the dish which it’s cooked in. You can find good tagine anywhere from the local restaurant, street-food stall, and even the occasional cafe in the city centre.

Between chicken, lamb, beef, and even egg tagine, there are a variety of different dishes which are seasoned with local herbs and spices for that authentic taste.

5 Things To See and Do in Morocco 

Stay: La Maison Arabe

Just one of Marrakech’s luxury hotels (at an affordable price) you can easily receive the best of both world’s in this traditional place of rest. Enjoy a hot stone massage, sign-up to their world-renowned cooking school, or just relax by the heated pool. Or just down to the local town square which is just a short 10 minute walk away.

You will love the traditional Moroccan craftsmanship featuring cedar wood ceilings, and big open spaces which are truly out of a picture book.

5 Things To See and Do in Morocco 

Experience: Fantasia Borj Bladi

Just one night at Fantasia Borj Bladi will completely change your outlook on a traditional restaurant. The food is good, but the main feature is the horse riders who put on a magnificent show with music and dancers for the entire Moroccan experience.

5 Things To See and Do in Morocco 

Visit: Medina

One of the main attractions in central Marrakech is definitely the Medina – old city filled with hundreds of little stalls and shops surrounded by traditional neighbourhoods.

Here you will find little trinkets, homemade treats and spices, clothing, and even score a bargain or two with the local vendor.

5 Things To See and Do in Morocco 

Architecture: Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen is one of the most picturesque towns in Morocco, and is known worldwide for it’s buildings in different shades of blue. Enjoy a relaxed stay in one of the towns many hotels or hostels, and make sure to visit the Rif Mountains which stretch from Cape Spartel to Ras Kebdana.

Trekking, biking, and mountain climbing all are very popular ways to enjoy your time in the North-Moroccan countryside.

5 Things To See and Do in Morocco 

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5 Coastal Towns To Visit In Italy

Who doesn’t love pinning picture after picture of Italy’s vast coast onto their Pinterest board? From the food, to the architecture, and even the idyllic clear-water beaches, this country located in southern Europe is just an adventure waiting to happen.

If you’re debating on where to go and what to see, then just keep on reading!

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Cinque Terre, Italian Riviera

Known for it’s endless coastlines and pastel painted homes, Cinque Terre is the number one tourist destination during a hot, European summer. Located on the quiet fishing villages of the Italian Riviera, this town is home to authentic locals who know a thing or two about food and culture.

Visit one of the oldest villages of Monterosso which dates back to AD 643, and was established by Greek settlers in the early 8th century.

5 Coastal Towns To Visit In Italy

Mare di Palermo, Sicily

Don’t forget to head down south to the exotic island of Siciliy. With a different government, culture, delicacies, and even language to mainland Italy, Sicily has been known for it’s tumultuous past. If you’re looking for a bit of serenity, head to the astonishing beaches of Mare di Palermo which boast crystal clear waters and white sands. Do we have to mention that it’s home to one of the biggest water slides?

5 Coastal Towns To Visit In Italy

Amalfi Coast, Salerno

Home to a large number of fashion boutiques, breathtaking beaches, and even George Clooney’s mansions (yes, mansions), the Amalfi Coast captures the natural beauty of southern Italy. Take a private tour from Amalfi to Sorrento, or simply hire a boat and make the Mediterranean your backyard for a few days.

5 Coastal Towns To Visit In Italy

Portofino, Italian Riviera

Famous for it’s picturesque harbour and fishing villages, Portofino sits majestically on the province of Genoa on the famous Italian Riviera. Home to the rich and famous, but also a traditional village where you can taste some of the best home-cooked Italian meals ever.

5 Coastal Towns To Visit In Italy

Pompeii, Campania

Any ancient history enthusiast cannot miss out the opportunity of the ruins of Pompeii. With some of the first monuments erected on 24 August AD 79, this iconic city is known for its fantastic preservation of ancient architecture. Definitely check out the ruins of Pompeii which were almost destroyed by the catastrophic volcanic eruption of nearby Mount Vesuvius, leaving its people frozen in time.

Campania is also known for it’s vast coastal resorts, and easy way to travel both via private car or even public transport.

5 Coastal Towns To Visit In Italy

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4 Things To See and Do In Mexico

While most of Mexico may be well known for it’s party atmosphere packed with young university students looking to spend their spring break – there is more to this magical country than meets the eye.

Whether you’re a self-professed foodie, shopaholic, or really just want to check out the sights and sounds of modern-day Mexico, then definitely keep reading on where to go, and what to do.

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Swim

Is there anything more romantic than Lovers Beach? Cabo San Lucas might be well known for the wrong reasons, but if you’re in town you have to check out this natural wonder. There are a variety of boating options willing to take you, your partner, and all your friends and family through the majestic waters of Playa Del Amor – as dubbed by the locals.

Relax by the side of the boat with a glass of champagne, dine at one of the many restaurants along the coastline (we suggest Restaurante Mi Casa for fresh seafood), and snorkel in the crystal-clear waters. Did we forget to mention that Divorce Beach is also just around the corner? The waves come in from the Pacific Ocean, and are known to be rough as opposed to the placid waters of Playa Del Amor.

4 Things To See and Do In Mexico

Playa Del Amor (Lovers Beach) – Cabo San Lucas

Shop

Did we just suggest you visit a bookstore in Mexico City? This one has to be seen at least once in your life. Picture this – a bookstore which is literally packed to the ceiling with originals, best-sellers, and even a bunch of modern writers. A real page-turner!

4 Things To See and Do In Mexico

Cafebrería El Péndulo – Calle Alejandro Dumas 81 Miguel Hidalgo, Polanco, Ciudad de Mexico, D.F

Ballet

This popular tourist destination is definitely one to tick off your bucket list, even if you’re not particularly the biggest fan of ballet! The folk ensemble features breathtaking costumes coupled with outstanding choreography which is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip.

4 Things To See and Do In Mexico

Folklorico de Mexico – Mexico City

Adventure

Want to be astonished and kinda freaked out at the same time? The Underwater Museum at Cancun is one of the most artistic of the entire country, with sculptures by Jason DeCaires Taylor continuing to entertain tourists from all over the world.

You can choose to snorkel, dive, or simply just visit in a glass-bottom boat – but we suggest snorkelling to get up close and personal with the craftsmanship of the sculptures.

4 Things To See and Do In Mexico

Cancun Underwater Museum – Cancun

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6 Things To Do And See In Spain

If you’re ever passing through Europe, one of the main attractions has definitely got to be Spain. Officially known as the Kingdom of Spain, this southwest European country shares borders with France, Portugal, and Gibraltar on the southern end of the peninsula.

But what exactly is there to do and see in Spain if you’re only in town for a limited time? Below are just ten activities you should definitely be a part of before you jet out of this majestic country.

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Visit: The Alhambra Palace, Granada

This iconic tourist attraction is often bombarded with swarms of visitors, and rightfully so! It is one of the most beautiful architectural wonders in the entire world, especially if you’re into traditional Moorish architecture.

Take a day trip to Granada and don’t forget to visit the Generalife Gardens, which is also a well-known UNESCO Heritage site.

6 Things To Do And See In Spain

Taste: Street Food, Barcelona

While the sale of street food in Barcelona is strictly prohibited, there are still hundreds of outdoor vendors selling signature Spanish foods for both tourists and locals. If you love something a little sweet, then definitely try a churro – choux pastry that is fried until golden brown, then sprinkled in sugar. Finish off your meal with a refreshing drink called a Horchata which is mad of tigernuts, sugar and water – it has a sweet flavour almost like milk and is served cold.

6 Things To Do And See In Spain

Go: La Tomatina, Buñol

The festival is held annually on the last Wednesday of August, and is basically a large-scale tomato food-fight. However there are a few rules, the tomatoes must be squashed before thrown, and participants must keep their shirts on.

La Tomatina has been an annual festival which was started by a bunch of students in 1945, and has been happening every year since.

6 Things To Do And See In Spain

Swim: Menorca, Balearic Islands

Just a short distance away from mainland Spain is the magical sea-side town of Menorca. Known for it’s traditional summer fiestas, sports and crystal-clear beaches which are much-loved by tourists from all around the world.

Be sure to taste some of the local gin which is made in honour of the patron saints of the island.

6 Things To Do And See In Spain

Go: La Boqueria, Barecelona

You’ve probably seen dozens of pictures of the fresh fruit and vegetable produce at The Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, which is a huge public market in Ciutat Vella. Try one of the tasty fruit juices or even the refreshing popsicles to beat the heat.

6 Things To Do And See In Spain

See: Bullfighting, Seville

If you want to catch a traditional Spanish bullfight while you’re in the country, then head over to Seville. It’s referred to as one of the main cities of bullfighting and the best season for this is usual between April-October. Stadiums are usually completely packed-out, so make sure to book your tickets well in advance.

6 Things To Do And See In Spain

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7 Reasons To Visit Scotland

Scotland is a richly historical and unique destination, often overlooked by culture-seeking tourists who flock to Rome and Paris. Whether you’re after adventure, or city-living, Scotland has both. It’s capital, Edinburgh is an artistic hub and historical site, and is among the most uniquely beautiful cities in the world. But if it is the outdoors you crave, your wanderlust will be satisfied by a trip to the mystical Scottish highlands. If you’re unconvinced, consider my top reasons for visiting Scotland.

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Castles
Who doesn’t love an opportunity to be transported into the lives of royalty? Scotland is full of such opportunities, with castles littering the country side and cityscapes. The nation’s most famous castle sits atop the city of Edinburgh and is home to the Crown Jewels of Scotland. Perhaps the second most popular – and perhaps the most picturesque – is Eilean Donan,which is poised in the middle of a loch (lake), only connected to the mainland by footbridge. It was recently restored and frequently appears in films and television shows. Fun fact: much of Monty Python and the Holy Grail was filmed in Scotland, with castles Stalker and Doune featured in the film.

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History
You’ve all seen Braveheart, right? (Mind you, any Scot will tell you this tale of William Wallace is far from accurate) This film is just a glimpse at the complicated relationship between Scotland and England, and the nation’s great history of invasion, battle and conquest. Long before England took over, the Scots fought off the mighty Roman and Viking armies, the invaders unable to conquer the rugged and uninhabitable highland territory. However, if you’re short on time, you don’t even need to leave the nation’s capital for a dose of the past – Edinburgh’s old and new towns are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. 

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Mystery
Ever wondered if there really is a Loch Ness monster? Well, there is only one way to find out…

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Highlands
The Scottish highlands – referring to the nation’s mountainous north-western region – are a dark, sometimes miserable, but strangely alluring place. Much of the nation’s traditional customs come from the distinctive highland culture, native to the clans that remain strong in the region. Which brings me to…

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Culture
Scotland isn’t really a place one would consider rich in culture. Yet, Scots are highly protective and proud of their local treasures and traditions. Think: Scotch (better known to us as Whisky), bagpipes, kilts, haggis, Gaelic – all of these contribute to Scotland’s great sense of nationalism.

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Harry Potter
Speaking of culture, J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter from a little cafe in Edinburgh. Do a free walking tour in one of the most beautiful, medieval cities in the world and see where Rowling wrote the book, the cemetery and school from which she drew inspiration, and even some of the film’s shooting locations.

shutterstock_154644905All aboard the Hogwarts Express! The Glenfinnan viaduct.

Golf
Scotland is considered the home of golf as the modern game was developed in the country. The Royal and Ancient Club of St Andrews is the first golf club and is seen as a ruling body of the sport. Unlike others who perceive golf as elitist, St Andrews is actually a public golf course, run by the council and available to all.

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The World’s Most Romantic Island Getaways

Ever wanted to splurge your savings on a beautiful trip abroad with just your partner? Enjoy the finer things in life with a romantic getaway to just one of these unbelievable holiday destinations, where you can rekindle your romance and relax with a cocktail or two.

Corsica, France

Corsica is known worldwide for it’s stunning scenery and sightseeing, which is located just off the coast of France and Italy. This majestic island is not only the birthplace of Napoleon, but is filled with world-class boutiques, charming villages and amazing food and drinks.

The World's Most Romantic Island Getaways

Kauai, Hawaii

Nothing says romance quite like a relaxing trip to one of the many islands of Hawaii. Relax in the luxurious surroundings of the resort, enjoy the white-sand beaches and capture some of the Instagram-worthy sunsets.

The World's Most Romantic Island Getaways

Kangaroo Island, Australia

Why travel abroad when you can enjoy a slice of paradise in your own backyard? Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third-largest island, located just south-west of Adelaide. Enjoy a swim on one of the picturesque northern beaches such as Stokes Bay, and get-up close and personal with the sea lions which are natives of Sea Bay.

The World's Most Romantic Island Getaways

Anguilla, Caribbean Islands

Explore the magical island of Anguilla which is home to elegant restaurants, white-sand beaches and unlimited amounts of water activities. Beach bars are also popular nightspots to unwind after a long day of relaxing by the sea.

The World's Most Romantic Island Getaways

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Home to crystal-clear beaches, breathtaking mountain scenery and elegant resorts which the Kardashian-Jenner clan even approve of, Bora Bora should definitely be at the top of your bucket list.

The World's Most Romantic Island Getaways

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