Author: Lauren

Lauren visits Italy

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Lauren has recently returned from Italy, where she did the 10 day Peregrine Secrets of Italy tour as part of her trip. From the canals of Venice to the historic streets of Rome, Italy is constantly familiar and endlessly surprising. This trip visits the top-tier sights – Venice’s bridges, Pisa’s Leaning Tower and Rome’s Colosseum – and […]

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The 6 best destinations for solo travel

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Travelling alone doesn’t mean you have to travel alone. One of the best ways I’ve found to explore a country, during my two years of solo travel, is to join a tour group. Travelling solo in a group means you still get to feel like a wild adventurer exploring the world (because you are) but you’ve […]

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How to spot sloths in Costa Rica

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There’s just something about sloths. From their sweet, smiling faces to their laissez faire way of life – the world just can’t get enough of them. Heck, even Ellen DeGeneres has had them on her show. For the sloths that aren’t starring in YouTube videos or Facebook posts, you can find them  in the tropical forests of […]

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Change the game with Geckos Adventures’ new world trip ‘Pokémon: Let’s Go!’

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It’s hit the news, the twitter feeds and the facebook pages. Heads are down and phones are up . Pokémon Go has taken Australia by storm, encouraging smart-phone users to explore their neighbourhoods and capture, train and battle virtual Pokémon. Now, Geckos Adventures is taking the game to a whole new level, offering the ultimate […]

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MYANMAR: IT’S TIME TO GO

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JULY 2016 | WORDS BY ELLENA JOHNSTONE FROM INSIDER JOURNEYS NOW IS THE TIME TO EXPLORE MYANMAR. From temple-strewn plains to golden stupas, floating gardens to colonial gems, Myanmar has so much to see and experience. Yet there is no denying the country is changing, and our advice is simple – it’s time to go. […]

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How to do India as a solo female traveller

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India has a reputation as one of the most beautiful and, frankly, bizarre countries on the planet. But it’s also got a reputation, rightly or wrongly, as a slightly dangerous place for women to travel alone. Now we’ve never had any problems on our group tours in India (our guides know all the areas to […]

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Who were the Incas? Our Peru culture guide

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In the city of Cuzco stands the archaeological site of Qorikancha, a religious complex and celestial observatory built by the Incas during the 15th-century reign of Tupac Yupanqui. At the time, Qorikancha – dedicated to the sun god Inti – was the richest and most important temple in the Inca world. Its thick stone walls, […]

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Five Game of Thrones locations you can actually visit

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Our favourite show that we definitely paid for and obtained legally is back for its fifth season: Game of Thrones (aka The Saga of Peter Dinklage). For those who have been listing their address as ‘under a rock’ for the last few years, Game of Thrones is a fantasy television series based on the ludicrously […]

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The 5 best wine bars in Buenos Aires

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Welcome to Buenos Aires, the wine-stained capital of Argentina famous for its juicy steaks, spicy chimichurri and late-night tango trysts. Make no mistake you’ll be working up an appetite here and at the end of a big day exploring it’s important to know where to drop in for that perfect drop of Malbec. Here are […]

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Antarctica vs The Arctic: how to choose your polar tour

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It’s all very well to settle on a polar adventure for your next big trip, but which direction do you go? North to Greenland, Canada and Norway? Or south from Cape Horn, all the way to the Antarctic Peninsula? There’s no right answer. Each hemisphere has their merits. Ideally we’d say do both, but if […]

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8 essentials every traveller should pack for their trip

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This post originally appeared on SmarterTravel and Intrepid Blog. Suitcases are a finite space. You only want to fill them with stuff you’ll need. And while a little voice in your head may say ‘Go on, that third pair of boots is essential. What if we go out somewhere semi-formal-dressy?’, often it’s the little things that make or […]

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Off the eaten track: Behind the scenes on a food tour

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For many of us, food plays a huge part in why we visit certain destinations. Sure, the chance to amble through the Louvre or walk a stretch of the Great Wall of China are always deciding factors, but tearing into a fresh-baked baguette and hunk of fromage on the banks of the Seine, or sitting […]

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Phinda Game Reserve, South Africa

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Phinda Game Reserve is approx. 3-4 hours north of Durban in South Africa. Set within easy reach of the Indian Ocean coastline and the famous iSimangaliso / Greater St Lucia Wetland Park in northern KwaZulu-Natal, &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve is known for its abundant wildlife, diversity of habitats and wide range of safari activities. Why […]

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Debunked: 6 totally untrue myths about family travel

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Family travel often gets a bad wrap. People think it’s all chasing your naked toddler through a hotel lobby while it screams for chocolate, or being stuck in a Winnebago watching Finding Nemo so many times that you develop an urge to exterminate all marine life. But it doesn’t have to be that way. At it’s […]

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Five Authentic Cultural Experiences in Japan

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Japan, a country steeped in mythical traditions and modern wonders. Here are the top Five Authentic Cultural Experiences in Japan according to Travel Bulletin. 1. Traditional Tea Ceremony Tea ceremony or Chanoyu in Japan is a beautifully choreographed art. The ancient ritual is centred around the act of serving matcha, a finely powdered, traditional green tea. […]

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Stunning footage of Iceland shot by drone

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Stunning footage of Iceland shot by drone. Gurgling hot springs, majestic waterfalls, volcanoes alive and extinct, Europe’s biggest glacier – Iceland, where adventures a la naturale await. Video by Fstoppers on YouTube. Feeling inspired? Click here to see our Iceland Trips.

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Visit Cuba before it changes forever

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Cuba is one of the hottest travel destinations around and it is easy to see why. The country has a unique and colourful history that still dominates most aspects of Cuban life. ‘The US and Cuba have signed an agreement to resume commercial air traffic for the first time in more than 50 years. Some […]

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How to pack for an overseas trip

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A recent weekend away with friends to Australia’s Mornington Peninsula highlighted a very important issue faced by travellers the world over: the inability to pack efficiently. I met my pals at the car, my small knapsack packed with toiletries, PJs, underwear and a few changes of clothes, only to see that they had enormous (and I […]

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Lauren Visits Vietnam – Intrepid Real Food Adventure

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In January 2016 I visited Vietnam on the 12 day Intrepid Real Food Adventure.  The 12 day trip starts in Hanoi and finishes in Ho Chi Minh City. Here are a few of my trip highlights: Halong Bay Halong Bay is just stunning and not one of my photos does it justice. It is really somewhere […]

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Collecting Moments

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Collecting moments – that’s what travel is all about to many of us. It’s not just about collecting passport stamps or ticking off the bucket-list icons. It’s the bits in between that matter – the smallest details of the lives you cross, the flavours you discover, the laughs you share. It’s noticing that someone else’s […]

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Inca Trail too crowded? Trek the Quarry Trail instead

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Okay, so you want to make the trek to Machu Picchu. Nice one. But did you know there is more than one way to do that? There’s the Inca Trail, the classic route, which is justifiably famous and everything, but there’s also the Quarry Trail. Heard of it? That’s okay, not many people have. It’s […]

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Why we sometimes lose the travel itch, and how we can get it back

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I can’t remember exactly where in China I was at the time, but perhaps it doesn’t matter. My seven weeks travelling through the country had become a bit of a blur anyway. I was on a train, parked on an unforgiving bench with a cup of salty noodles for lunch (again) and a bottle of 2.5% […]

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Experiences make you happier than possessions, says science

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Every now and again a school by the name of ‘science’ ambles in and gets our backs, we rejoice.  And on this occasion those scientists – Dr. Thomas Gilovich and Amit Kumar would be their names, if they had names, which they do – and their research (recently published in Experimental Social Psychology) contends that […]

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