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Explore the flavours of Japan

Once considered an exotic delicacy unfamiliar to Western palates, nowadays Japanese food is increasingly popular, yet there is much more to the cuisine of Japan than sushi and sashimi. Travellers to Japan can look forward to a huge choice of delicious and healthy dishes, plus some rather less nutritious treats beloved of locals and visitors alike! Traditional Japanese food is often wrapped in the..

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7 hand-picked markets to visit while in South Africa

One of the best ways to get to know a place and experience the real feel of it is to visit a market, to not only browse the treasure trove of local goods and delicacies on offers, but also to do like the locals do, and it is no different in South Africa.   Whether it’s a gift to take home or yummy street food in South Africa you’re after, you’ll find what you’re looking for at these top marke..

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7 famous movies filmed in Sydney, Australia

Hollywood is not just the only place where massive blockbusters are filmed – these days you’ll see film crews seeking out the world’s most unique locations as the settings for their scenes. Sometimes a studio and a green screen is no substitute for the real deal, whether directors are seeking vast open deserts or skyscraper-filled cities. Home to a modern city centre as well as pretty suburbs and..

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Halong Bay in Vietnam

The best things to do in Vietnam’s breath-taking Halong Bay

With so many incredible things to see in Halong Bay, it is no surprise that this beautiful bay is one of the most breathtaking places to visit in Vietnam, and in fact in all of south-east Asia. With its glistening emerald waters and towering limestone islands and stacks, several featuring unusual shapes, Halong Bay offers truly other-worldly landscapes and a scenic playground for all kinds of outd..

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6 ways to discover Wanaka, New Zealand

The gateway to the Southern Alps and the Mount Aspiring National Park, Wanaka is a lively town set on the edge of its namesake lake on New Zealand’s South Island. Home to beautiful hikes in the summer and excellent skiing in the winter, tourists travel to Wanaka from across both New Zealand and the world to take in the area’s amazing scenery. If you’re wondering what to do in Wanaka, the options a..

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Our favourite over-50s blogs to read in 2020

The Internet has made it easier than ever for the world to tell its stories, with travel blogs now being one of the most popular ways for people to seek out travel tips and information and hear about first-hand experiences from a variety of viewpoints. In particular, over-50s bloggers have become immensely popular, demonstrating that age needn’t be a barrier to travel and adventure, and showing th..

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One day in Jaipur, India: the best places to visit

The vibrant city of Jaipur is one of the most exciting places to visit in India; steeped in history, it’s perhaps most famous for its City Palace complex, with its extravagant courtyards, gardens and museums. Its extravagant architecture is another reason thousands flock here, with trademark pink buildings found at the heart of the old city. This vast city is home to a staggering three million peo..

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6 game reserves and safaris to explore near Cape Town

Famous for its busy harbour and the iconic Table Mountain which stands behind it, Cape Town is in fact one of three capital cities in South Africa, and a city not to be missed during any visit to South Africa. Another unmissable experience while in South Africa is a visit to a safari park or game reserve, where you might have the opportunity to spot the Big Five: lions, African leopards, rhinocero..

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7 of the best places to visit in Mount Fuji, Japan

Known as ‘Fuji-san’ in Japan, Mount Fuji is one of Japan’s most iconic places, and probably one of the first landmarks that comes to mind when you think of the country. Often topped with a layer of glistening snow, Mount Fuji is in fact a volcano, but that hasn’t stopped people visiting this perfectly-shaped mountain in their droves.   One of three sacred mountains in Japan, thousands visit t..

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5 ways to discover New Zealand’s Coromandel Peninsula: Hot Water Beach, Cathedral Cove and more

The Coromandel Peninsula on New Zealand’s North Island is home to some of the country’s most beautiful coastline, including two of the country’s most iconic sights: Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove. Hot Water Beach is one of the most stunning beaches on New Zealand’s North Island, and a real miracle of nature. Found on the eastern side of the Coromandel Peninsula, it draws people from the world..

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