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A 5 Star Campsite Experience in Brittany, France

A 5 Star Campsite Experience in Brittany, France

This summer we spent a week in Brittany; a beautiful western region of France known for its delicious crepes and cider, as well as the impressive Mont-Saint-Michel.

Though unlike typical tourists who choose to stay in hotels, we chose a 5-star campsite located in Saint-Cast-le-Guildo, a charming village of the northern part of Brittany, also called the french Emerald Coast.

In a place where breathtaking beaches meet wild nature and rich history, you can explore the stunning Cap Fréhel, the picturesque Dinard or the medieval town of Saint-Malo.

Thinking of a 5 stay camping experience in Brittany yourself? This is an overview of our experience.

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Your Guide to a Suite Stay in Canberra: Review of Pacific Suites

Your Guide to a Suite Stay in Canberra: Review of Pacific Suites

Having recently been named one of Lonely Planet’s Top 10 cities for 2018, Canberra has been receiving a lot of hype and attention.

Rare among Australia’s large cities in that it isn’t situated along the coast, Canberra is instead flanked by wild nature reserves where iconic wildlife roams, surrounded by wine country, and picturesquely nestled alongside Australia’s highest alpine peaks.

The well thought out and completely planned city may be nearly a 2 hour’s drive from the closest beach, but we found Canberra to offer more than enough excitement within the city to keep us entertained and not needing sand beneath our feet.

With a perfectly positioned base for exploring Australia’s bush capital in Pacific Suites Canberra, go behind the political scenes and discover a beautiful city surrounded by the calls of bushland wildlife that easily drowns out the shouting of MPs!

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5 Things They Don’t Tell You About Your First African Safari

5 Things They Don’t Tell You About Your First African Safari

Heading out on an African safari is an incredible experience, and especially for the wildlife enthusiast, getting up close and personal with some of the most majestic creatures on this planet is unlike anything else.

If you haven’t already added a safari trip to your bucket list, now is the time to do so! However, there are a few things you should know before you set off.

Here are five things they don’t tell you about your first safari.

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How to Book The Cheapest Flights to Johannesburg

How to Book The Cheapest Flights to Johannesburg

South Africa has been and will always remain a must-visit location in Africa.

It’s known for its diverse wildlife experience; home to the wild’s most massive ostrich, largest reptile (leatherback sea turtle), largest mammal (bull elephant), and tallest animal (giraffe) to mention a few. You’ll also find impressive African landscapes and a country rich in culture and heritage.

South Africa has long remained among the most visited destinations in Africa, though actually getting there can be a bit hectic, especially when it comes to finding an efficient airline, and especially if you’re visiting Johannesburg over Cape Town (with less options for flights).

If you’re planning a visit to Johannesburg, we’ve put together tips on how you can find the cheapest flight.

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Mantra Albury Hotel: A Sophisticated Stop Between Melbourne and Sydney

Mantra Albury Hotel: A Sophisticated Stop Between Melbourne and Sydney

For anyone considering an Australian road-trip, the first thing you’ll discover is that driving from Melbourne to Sydney or vice versa makes for a very long day.

The drive is nearly nine hours of dodging kangaroos on the road and literally counting sheep (to fall asleep if you’re a passenger, or, if you’re the one driving, to keep yourself entertained!).

Though thankfully, there is an easy way to avoid driver fatigue.

The solution is Albury.

To our surprise, for a city known as a convenient overnight stay, Albury proved to be far more than the quick stopover point we thought it was.

What we found was a city where the great Australian bush and meets modern urban sophistication. Where we stayed was the stunning Mantra Albury.

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Best Camping Spots in the UK for Families

Best Camping Spots in the UK for Families

The United Kingdom has a myriad of options for those seeking adventure. From waterfalls, to rivers, and mountains; you name it and the UK has it.

One activity that many people enjoy, regardless of age, is camping. Though for families traveling it’s important to choose a site that a) has enough space for children to play and b) is safe.

While there are a lot of camping sites in the UK, the following are some of the best spots we feel are most suitable for families.

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3 Reasons Hard Shell Luggage is Better than Soft Shell Luggage

3 Reasons Hard Shell Luggage is Better than Soft Shell Luggage

If you’re someone who travels regularly you’ll know that one of the most important decisions is picking up the right suitcase – after-all you can’t just take it home and switch it!

Today the luggage industry offers variety of different luggage options to suit individual travelers’ preference, though one of the most significant innovations over the past decade has been the hard shell suitcase.

While previously known to crack and fall apart, the travel industry has seen significant innovations in overall quality of the hard shell suitcase. Most companies nowadays use polycarbonate, a softer material that actually flexes a little bit to absorb impact when dropped or thrown onto hard surfaces.

The following are 3 reasons why hard sided polycarbonate luggage is a better choice than opting for a soft case.

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6 Places You Won’t Want to Miss in Hawaii

6 Places You Won’t Want to Miss in Hawaii

The tropical island paradise of Hawaii boasts a bevy of natural wonders and cultural offerings unlike any other place in America. Though there are a lot more to the islands than the many spectacular beaches.

Because of its remote location, Hawaii can be a spendy vacation. It is advised to start saving money to go on your trip as soon as you book so that you can ensure you’re able to make the most out of your time in paradise.

With so many unique islands and offerings, it can be hard to narrow down your itinerary. But here are six must-see destinations that should definitely make your list.

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Things They Don’t Tell You About Traveling to Frankfurt

Things They Don’t Tell You About Traveling to Frankfurt

Germany’s most underrated city, thousands of travelers pass through Frankfurt every month. Though being the “Gateway to Europe”, most travelers only pass through the airport, using the city’s central location as a convenient layover to reach the rest of the continent.

These travelers are missing out.

Mixing glittering skyscrapers with traditional medieval towns, Frankfurt is a city of sharp and constant contrasts, and unlike any other German city around.

From the business hub known as ‘Mainhattan’, to the ‘cosy apple-wine taverns serving hearty regional food’, Frankfurt is one that, given the chance, travelers will undoubtedly love.

Being a unique city, there are a couple of things you should know before traveling to Frankfurt; tips that you won’t typically find in any guide book.

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12 Things Every Traveler Should Know About Venice

12 Things Every Traveler Should Know About Venice

Italy, for tourists, is really three primary “locations” and much variability within each location.

Northern Italy includes Venice, Lake Garda, and the Dolomite Mountains plus the Italian Alps. Central Italy covers Florence and Rome plus the Apennine Mountains. Southern Italy includes Naples and Sicily.

We are presenting a three-part series on Northern Italy. The first installment is about Venice.

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Casino Tourism: Two Continents, Two Iconic Casino Destinations

Casino Tourism: Two Continents, Two Iconic Casino Destinations

Whether it’s the thrill of the tumbling dice, the suspense of the spinning wheel, or the charm of how the cards might turn, for many travelers, there’s an almost mystical appeal to playing games of chance as part of their international adventures.

Casino tourism is booming, and while it’s no surprise that people holiday to gamble in destinations like Las Vegas and Macau, Mega-casino complexes have become major tourist attractions in many cities around the world.

Almost two centuries, thousands of miles and a vast ocean may separate them, but the following are two of the most iconic casino destinations in the world.

Visitors from around the globe are eager to lay down their chips and live life on the edge, amidst remarkable and unique surroundings that are guaranteed to leave a lasting memory.

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How to Spend 5 Days in Romania: Best Sightseeing Itinerary

How to Spend 5 Days in Romania: Best Sightseeing Itinerary

A charismatic country in the Balkans, with a landscape of rugged stone churches and jaw-dropping castles ripped straight out of the Middle Ages, Romania is one of Europe’s best kept secrets.

By European standards, Romania is well and truly off the beaten path, though for those willing to venture into the (relatively) unknown, the country offers one of Europe’s most authentic experiences; a wonderful blend of history, culture, and religion.

Fascinating urban centers like Bucharest offer sharp and constant contrasts; blending a cosmopolitan vibe with well-preserved medieval buildings. Rural villages offer the chance to witness fascinating age-old traditions, and come into contact with Saxon fortresses, Gypsies and wild bears.

Romania is also home to some of the most unspoiled wilderness in Europe, and from Delta villages built of reeds, to magnificent Gothic churches and castles backed by the majestic peaks of the Carpathian mountains, those seeking outdoor adventure are truly spoiled here.

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How to Choose an African Safari That’s Right For You

How to Choose an African Safari That’s Right For You

Many of us dream of taking an African safari at least once in our lives. And to witness wild lions lazing in the grass, and elephants trekking across vast plains; to spend time watching a magical sunrise as the African landscape comes alive; this truly is the experience of a lifetime.

But just as there are many countries to choose from for an African safari, there are also many types of safari experience, and the key to planning a memorable trip is to choose one that aligns with your interests.

Whether you’re a wildlife explorer ready to track wildlife in a classic jeep, or a cultural enthusiast who wants to take a walking safari led by local tribes, there isn’t one set ‘African Safari’. There are a huge range of safaris suited to all types of travelers, and all types of budgets, so don’t be fooled into thinking that your destination is the most important choice to make.

Here are our tips for choosing the perfect safari experience.

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The Best (& Most Inspiring) Waterfalls to Visit in Tasmania

The Best (& Most Inspiring) Waterfalls to Visit in Tasmania

Living in Tasmania means I have well over 200 waterfalls to choose from that are scattered all across this wild and rugged island state.

While they may not be as massive or notable as Iguazu, Niagara, or Victoria Falls; the many cascades of Tasmania can be enjoyed in peace without the mass attention and tourism more popular waterfalls are flooded with.

Many of Tasmania’s most loved waterfalls are easily accessible and can be reached by short easy hikes. Others require a bit more stamina and navigation to reach, while some are just plain secretive and a bit of a challenge to experience.

Here are the top falls you’re sure to fall in love with.

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Tasmania’s Cradle of Wildlife: A Cradle Mountain Hotel Adventure

Tasmania’s Cradle of Wildlife: A Cradle Mountain Hotel Adventure

Ask any resident or visitor to Tasmania about the biggest highlight of the island and most will say Cradle Mountain. Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park makes up part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, which is one of the largest conservation areas in Australia. Home to a wide array of rare and endemic plants and animals, it showcases the best nature and wildlife Tasmania has to offer.

According to latest statistics, half of all travelers to Tasmania come to see its wildlife and many natural attractions. Most travellers place Cradle Mountain on their itinerary due to its ease of access and range of facilities available.

The Cradle Mountain Hotel offers the chance to take in this wild and rugged natural Aussie icon in comfort and luxury. Our own personal Cradle Mountain Hotel experience was one we will never forget and already has us planning our next getaway to this remarkable part of Tasmania.

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7 Best Ways to Spend a Romantic Honeymoon In Dubai

7 Best Ways to Spend a Romantic Honeymoon In Dubai

A fast-paced cosmopolitan city with oodles of glitz, glamour and excitement around every corner, a honeymoon in Dubai is a wonderful way to begin married life. Seeming to effortlessly fuse its native Arabian traditions with all some of the best luxury amenities in the world, this is one of the world’s most exhilarating, luxurious and remarkable destinations, perfect for honeymooners looking to unwind, indulge, and enjoy newly-wedded bliss.

With some of the most tranquil beaches in the Middle East, and the barren beauty of the desert, there are many unforgettable adventures you can experience during your time in the city. Whether you are enjoying a day at the races, going on a desert safari, or watching the exotic shimmies of a belly-dancer, Dubai is the perfect place to celebrate your new life together.

Here are some of the best ways to enjoy a romantic honeymoon in Dubai.

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The Top 5 Frustrations When Booking Your Hotel Online

The Top 5 Frustrations When Booking Your Hotel Online

Booking hotels via Online Travel Agencies (OTA’s) like Expedia and Booking has become very easy and convenient. Meta search websites like Kayak and Trivago have become so mainstream that they’re household names.

Before the internet, being able to find any information about hotels was the problem, and the above mentioned websites emerged to solve this. But now, 20 years later, shifting through the information is the problem, and the same websites are doing very little to help.

In fact, a closer look reveals that they are doing the opposite. Actively working to make the booking process confusing.

From misleading claims about discounts, to giving a false impression of room availability, and rushing you into booking decisions; in some cases OTA’s have become so bad that government authorities have stepped in to take action.

Especially for those of us who are passionate about travel and booking our own trips everyday, booking hotels online has become frustrating.

Here are the top 5 frustrations about booking hotels online (don’t worry, there’s a solution!)

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How to Travel With Essential Oils + Review of the Mobile Mini Nebulizing Diffuser from Organic Aromas

How to Travel With Essential Oils + Review of the Mobile Mini Nebulizing Diffuser from Organic Aromas

Essential Oils have been used for thousands of years in various cultures as a natural alternative to medicine (an ‘essential oil’ is made from separating the most powerful healing elements of a plant, like eucalyptus or sage, into a single oil that you inhale or rub on your skin).

They are one of the world’s most ancient methods for healing, boosting energy levels, reducing anxiety, and from Egypt to England, from China to the United States, aromatherapy has become the most popular way to treat yourself in a natural, safe and cost-effective way.

Nebulizing deffusers are used in people’s homes, in yoga studios, and in medical centers everyday. It’s a machine that disperses your chosen oil into the room so that you can breathe the healing properties into your blood stream.

Ever instantly felt calm at a luxury spa? Did your mother ever cure your cold with eucalyptus? That’s aromatherapy.

In the context of travel, just because you’re constantly on the move doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from aromatherapy. I’ve recently discovered the mobile-mini nebulizing diffuser from Organic Aromas … it’s compact, portable, wireless, and fabulous for traveling with.

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Preparation Tips: Things to do Before Traveling With Your Pet

Preparation Tips: Things to do Before Traveling With Your Pet

Pets form a very intimate part of our lives, and for those who like to travel, the idea of leaving your most vulnerable family member at home is often quite unthinkable.

However, travelling with pets is never easy, and you have to prepare for it as you would prepare for a child travelling with you, maybe even more.

People often make the mistake of thinking that it won’t be that hard to arrange a perfect trip when it comes to traveling with your pets. But once the trip starts, unprepared travelers inevitably run into problems that can ruin the whole thing.

Here are some of the steps you can take to ensure that everything is perfectly organized for your trip.

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How Live Streaming is Transforming the Travel Industry

How Live Streaming is Transforming the Travel Industry

One of the most significant marketing trends for the travel and tourism sector in 2018 is live streaming. The technology has evolved as such that anyone with a smartphone device can reach out to viewers and possible visitors and provide a fresh perspective on holiday destinations, accommodations and all kinds of travel experiences.

MO’s prediction on 2018 social media trends states that the live streaming market could be worth over $70 billion by 2021, with four-fifths (80%) of consumers preferring to watch a live video than any other form of social content.

Travel agents, airline operators, holiday resorts and any other type of tourism brands must jump on the live streaming bandwagon before being left behind.

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Technology

This is our category page which lists all posts on travel technology. Learn more via travel tips, personal stories, photos, videos, and guest posts, as well as anything we have written which makes mention to the topic.

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Adventurous Things to do in London

Adventurous Things to do in London

There’s definitely no shortage of things to do in London, though you may not consider it to be an overly adventurous city.

Historic, yes. Culture, certainly. But adrenaline pumping adventure?

Despite the UK’s often stiff reputation, there are in fact a number of thrilling activities for heart pumping adventure in London, or just outside the city.

If you’re looking for a base that’s close to it all, staying at The Barbican Rooms London offers an ideal location in the heart of London, and convenient access to the best adventure spots in and around the city.

Consider jumping and diving into the following activities!

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The Best Holiday Villa’s in Clifton, Cape Town

The Best Holiday Villa’s in Clifton, Cape Town

Clifton, Cape Town sits northwest of South Africa’s Cape Peninsula and offers visitors fantastic sights, sounds, eats, and incredible activities to engage the entire family or for couples looking for a unique getaway.

You can enjoy winter sunbathing along one of the four beaches that reflect brilliant African sunshine off their white sands, enjoy wine tasting events or go out to paddle with the penguins.

These and so many other adventures await visitors in what has been ranked second best spot to see by The Lonely Planet’s rankings. Not only does this beautiful city offer something for everyone to enjoy in daytime activities, also has some of the best holiday accommodation to match.

One of your toughest decisions to make when traveling to Cape Town is where to stay as there are so many incredible choices. Here are a few for you to consider.

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Retired US Travelers: How to Travel With Medicare

Retired US Travelers: How to Travel With Medicare

After working hard for many years, it’s time to treat yourself.

Retirement years are full of endless travel opportunities. There’s more time to play with grandchildren and more time to spend on undiscovered shores.

You probably have an idea about what toiletries to bring and the clothes you need to pack for a trip, but if you’re traveling with Medicare, there are more considerations and preparations to make before you go.

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Budget Hacks: How to Save Money in Everyday Life so There’s More Money for Travel

Budget Hacks: How to Save Money in Everyday Life so There’s More Money for Travel

When it comes to travel, money (or lack there of) is often quoted as the biggest obstacle. But it shouldn’t be.

Figuring out how to save the money for travel can be quite overwhelming, but there are many ways to cut back on everyday expenses if you’re willing to reassess your priorities.

You don’t need to be rich to travel the world; with a couple of creative strategies you might be amazed at how quickly you can accumulate a savings.

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