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Things To Pack For A Yacht Holiday In Greece

Things To Pack For A Yacht Holiday In Greece

Imagine endless blue waters dotted with beautiful islands just waiting to be explored; one of the best ways to explore the idyllic Greek islands is by yacht charter!

Visiting mainland Greece is one thing, there’s the Acropolis in Athens, ancient Olympic sites in Olympia, and the mouthwatering Greek cuisine – the idea of wrapping your hands around an authentic, juicy souvlaki.

But Greece is most famous for its islands. There are more than 200 to choose from, plus thousands of islands and uninhabited islets to explore, so island hoppers choose to go sailing!

There are many things to think about when planning for yacht holidays in Greece, but one of the most important considerations is making sure you’ve packed everything you’ll need.

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How to Travel China Overland Without a Guide

How to Travel China Overland Without a Guide

Beyond Kyrgyzstan and the 3,752 metre high Torugart Pass is China, a country where everything – and I do mean everything – is completely different from what most travellers are accustomed.

Laura and I are so-called “permanent overlanders”. We’ve been non-stop on the road now for many decades; our most recent venture a six-year motorcycle journey from Europe to Australia. And like so many other road-warriors who cross Asia with their own vehicle, we encountered a couple of hurdles along the way.

The greatest logistical challenge, by far, was obtaining legal permission to ride through China without a guide. Very, very few overlanders have managed to achieve this. We may have even been amongst the first, who knows?

But we certainly weren’t the last. A handful of vagabonds on wheels have transited China independently since our crossing in 2014/2015.

This is the story of how we did it …

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Places To See In Iceland, That Most People Completely Miss

Places To See In Iceland, That Most People Completely Miss

Iceland is a breathtaking country, famous for volcanoes, waterfalls, geysers and absolutely stunning nature. And as such, there are a lot of places that are considered a must when you’re visiting.

The Blue Lagoon, Reykjavik, the Golden Circle; if you’ve researched Iceland in the slightest you’ll know the list. But just as there are many incredible ‘musts’, there are also many beautiful spots that are overlooked – undeservedly sacrificed off internet lists!

Granted, you’ll have to step far off the beaten path to find some of the gorgeous places mentioned here, but their beauty will make it definitely worth your time.

From amazing examples of modern architecture to a little known underground cave – here are the best things to see in Iceland, which most other people miss!

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Las Vegas Casinos Dress Code

Las Vegas Casinos Dress Code

Las Vegas is now the only US city where land-based gambling is still thriving, as most casinos elsewhere loose the battle with their online counterparts. Though while Vegas is home to many of the world’s top casinos, people are also drawn by its entertainment; beyond the slot machines, roulette, and blackjack are a huge range of other draws, like outlandish productions, and the chance to rub shoulders with celebrities.

Even though many don’t come for the casinos anymore, most travelers to Vegas believe gambling a few dollars is a mandatory experience; after-all, can you really claim you’ve been to Vegas if you haven’t dabbled in at least a little gambling?!

Being that Vegas casinos draw everyone from high rollers to recreational punters, knowing how to fit in is important if you’re one of those people who don’t usually play at all. So we’ve put together the following dress code.

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Why Abu Dhabi Has Become a Massive Expat Hub

Why Abu Dhabi Has Become a Massive Expat Hub

Few destinations have undergone quite the transformation that the United Arab Emirates has in the past couple of decades. And Abu Dhabi, the capital of the UAE, more so than the rest.

As an emirate, Abu Dhabi is far more quiet and conservative than Dubai, and offers visitors a more authentic glimpse of the regions’s culture. While tourism is drawn towards the fast-paced cosmopolitan of Dubai, Abu Dhabi has become an attractive hub for expats.

In fact, data from the UN has revealed that 88 per cent of the UAE’s total residents have come from abroad. That’s massive!

So, just what is it about this Emirate which is attracting so many expats?

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Nobu Villa at Caesars Palace Revealed as the Most Luxurious Suite in Las Vegas

Nobu Villa at Caesars Palace Revealed as the Most Luxurious Suite in Las Vegas

The Vegas Strip runs like a major artery into the gambling and entertainment heart of America. And if you had to describe the city in one word, that word would be ‘extravagance’.

It’s here, in Vegas, where you’ll find some of the largest and most extravagant hotels in the world, and where both prince and pauper can afford to splurge ($150 for a penthouse?!).

Las Vegas is a city which defines the meaning of YOLO; a city where everyday travelers can dream of winning big and living out outlandish fantasies. And it’s the perfect place to be if one of your fantasies is living large in extravagant hotels.

If you’re looking to escape your everyday life to really overindulge in hotel luxuries, Betway Casino has put together a list of the top 10 most extravagant Las Vegas suites on the strip. Spoiler alert: Caesars Palace’s Nobu Villa has topped the list!

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Best National Park Vacations in America

Best National Park Vacations in America

Unique natural wonders, unforgettable terrains, spectacular scenic beauty, and a wealth of outdoor activities bring over 300 million visitors to America’s 61 national parks every year.

While every park is a truly worthy destination, some stand out just a little more than others.

Here are some of the best.

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The Best Things To See and Do in Izmir, Turkey

The Best Things To See and Do in Izmir, Turkey

Despite being Turkey’s first and third largest cities (respectively), the contrast between Istanbul and Izmir couldn’t be more stark or compelling; while Istanbul offers an intense and chaotic energy; a frenetic mix of sights, sounds, tastes, and smells you could easily describe as an assault on the senses, Izmir exudes a more peaceful presence, and an ancient vitality.

It’s only an hour flight from Istanbul, but sheltered by the Gulf of Izmir on the serene coast of the Aegean Sea, the experience is polar opposite, with 8,000 years of history rubbing shoulders with beautiful sandy beaches.

İzmir may be an underrated region, and one of Turkey’s most spectacular hidden gems, but tourism is starting to pick up; rumors have started flying about this buzzing cosmopolitan on the Aegean, with year round sunshine and cheap medical tourism.

So, if you’re planning to visit Turkey, make sure you travel further than Istanbul and Ankаrа. Here are things to do in Turkey’s most westernized and historic city.

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Things to Know About Perth Airport (Australia)

Things to Know About Perth Airport (Australia)

Flying into or out of Perth Airport?

Perth is one of Australia’s easiest airports to navigate; it’s small in size, close to the city, and doesn’t have the congestion of more popular airports like Melbourne or Sydney.

Though from the parking, to the airline lounges, connecting to Wi-Fi, and finding a place to sleep, we’ve put together the following tips so you can maximize your experience.

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6 Reasons to Pick a Luxury Villa in Thailand

6 Reasons to Pick a Luxury Villa in Thailand

Boasting two luxuriously long coastlines, lush tropical rainforests, spectacular Buddhist temples, and over 1400 islands anchored in crystal clear waters, there’s no denying that Thailand is a beautiful country.

Thailand has long been a getaway that suits everyone; hermits can relax with a cocktail on a private beach under swaying tropical palms, hedonists can party into the early hours of the morning, and it’s affordable for both prince and pauper.

Truly!

Thailand is a destination where budget travelers can spend as little as $20 USD a day, and where mid-range travelers can find themselves affording luxury private villa stays.

Thailand is one of the popular countries in the world for travelers seeking affordable luxury, and with the unique opportunity for everyday travelers to shoot higher than 5 star hotels, private luxury villas have become the trend.

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The Best Holiday Destinations For Singles in 2020

The Best Holiday Destinations For Singles in 2020

Solo travel, travel for singles; there’s nothing in the rule book that says singles can’t travel alone. In fact, solo travel is the vacation of choice, even for many married couples I know!

Singles vacations have become one of the biggest trends in travel, and whether you’re single, divorced, widowed, or none of your friends are fun to travel with (it happens!), plenty of people these days travel alone.

Making up around 18% of global bookings, solo travel has increased by 7% in the last year alone. It’s an unstoppable trend, with Google searches for ‘solo travel’ having seen a massive 131% growth!

One in six people now are believed to have travelled alone, and 25% of millennials in the US plan to take a solo trip in the next 12 months (#solotravel is always trending, with more than 5.2 million Instagram posts!)

So, if you’re trying to find singles holidays for 2020, the following are a couple of destinations you should know.

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How Porto Food Tours Can Be an Enriching Cultural Experience

How Porto Food Tours Can Be an Enriching Cultural Experience

When it comes to food destinations around the world, Portugal is right up there with the best of them; a country where the food scene is just as much part of the cultural experience as it’s history and nature.

While you’ll find most traditional Portuguese dishes served widely across the country, each region has their own specialties, and if we had to choose a favorite, we’d award the title of best foodie experience to Porto.

Porto’s cuisine is defined by its terrain and landscapes; a coastal city in northwest Portugal flanked by mountains, the food scene here is defined by delicious Atlantic seafood, and a hybrid of meats, cheeses and vegetables.

Everything here bursts with character and aroma, and you’ll find hearty meals all over the city. But, if you’re looking to avoid the tourist traps and ensure what you’re eating is truly Portuguese, and authentic to the region, it’s a great idea to take a food tour.

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Catching Your Breath in the Pristine Wilds of Tasmania: Corinna Wilderness Experience

Catching Your Breath in the Pristine Wilds of Tasmania: Corinna Wilderness Experience

Most visitors to Tasmania are searching for an escape from the congestion and stress of large cities. They come in search of wild landscapes, ancient rain-forests, and Australia’s cleanest, freshest air.

For those who fly into Hobart, they find a hub of history, arts, festivals, food, and modern culture. But for those seeking nature; truly untouched, untamed, and unexplored style nature; Tasmania’s west is one of Australia’s last true wilderness frontiers.

Secretly tucked away along the southern fringes of the Tarkine Wilderness Area, the Corinna Wilderness Experience is a wilderness retreat which offers an escape from places that are increasingly falling victim to overtourism.

Corinna is one of the most beautiful remote parts of the world yet surprisingly still easily accessible. While set within Australia’s largest area of Gondwanan cool-temperate rainforest, Corinna was once a historic gold mining town.

Positioned just steps from the pristine rainforest and beautiful silent Pieman River, there are a number of adventurous activities available to those modern day explorers looking for an epic holiday.

This article will dive into how you can escape to Corinna, and spend time exploring the pristine wilds of Western Tasmania yourself.

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Your Guide to Las Vegas’ World Class Casinos (The Best Casinos to Hit on the Strip)

Your Guide to Las Vegas’ World Class Casinos (The Best Casinos to Hit on the Strip)

A travel destination that can change your life in an instant, Las Vegas is a place where you can get married on a whim by day, and become an on the spot millionaire by night.

Vegas is home to many of the world’s top casinos, offering an endless array of slot machines, craps, baccarat, roulette, blackjack, and poker, so whether you’re a high roller or a virgin (to gambling!) you can be sure Vegas has a game for you.

Vegas may be known as Sin City, but the real sin would be to never experience this crazy yet beautiful city. While there are over a hundred casinos scattered throughout the Las Vegas area, this article will introduce you to some of the finest.

Not surprisingly, most of the top casinos and resorts in Vegas are situated on the roughly 4-mile long Vegas Strip, and it’s worth using a casino games guide to visit the perfect locations for your taste.

Visiting Vegas and wondering where to start, or which casinos not to miss? We’ve got you covered!

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The Logistics of Planning a Trip to Niagara Falls

The Logistics of Planning a Trip to Niagara Falls

When it comes to natural wonders of the world, Niagara Falls is right up there. World famous for its unstoppable flow of water and ‘great plumes of icy mist’, witnessing the falls is a hypnotic experience.

But, before you even get there, you’ll have to tackle the logistics.

Whether you’re planning on visiting Niagara for a day, overnight night, or a long weekend, the following information will help you with your planning.

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Secret Spain: 5 Hidden Gems to Discover

Secret Spain: 5 Hidden Gems to Discover

With stunning natural landscapes, quaint fishing villages and historic monuments, Spain is brimming with amazing sights just waiting to be discovered.

Yes, Barcelona is overcrowded (to the point where they’re considering a limit of tourism), and every corner of Madrid has been uncovered, but there is much more to the country.

Whether you’re staying in a hotel or a luxury Spanish villa such as these from Oliver’s Travels, go beyond the popular resorts, towns and villages to see what hidden gems you can find.

Here are some of the fantastic places you can discover.

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The 10 Best Italian UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The 10 Best Italian UNESCO World Heritage Sites

There are over 1,100 UNESCO World Heritage Sites scattered across the globe, though Italy ranks number one when it comes to countries with the most (technically, it shares this top spot with China, but does hold the record when it comes to cultural sites [50]).

Whether you plan on visiting the historic center of Naples, Florence, Rome, or Siena (all of which are UNESCO sites themselves), there are an impressive 55 Italian UNESCO World Heritage sites.

With 55 sites, there’s definitely a lot to choose from, so we’ve put together a list of the best; our top 10 favorites you should start with. So let’s get started!

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Free Spirit Pods: Luxury Eco-Accommodation on Tasmania’s Bruny Island

Free Spirit Pods: Luxury Eco-Accommodation on Tasmania’s Bruny Island

One of the southern-most points in Australia, Bruny Island lies off the south coast of Tasmania. Though despite being just a short drive and ferry ride from Hobart, less than 10% of travelers to Tasmania visit, choosing instead to head to more famous parts of the State like Cradle Mountain and Freycinet National Park.

Their loss!

While Bruny Island may only be 50 kilometres across, the unassuming island is one of Tasmania’s best kept secrets, and while small in size, it certainly packs a heavy punch; think stunning natural beaches, elusive quolls and white wallabies, and sustainable luxury at its finest.

You’ll need at least 3 days to really do the island justice, and when it comes to accommodation, we can highly recommend Free Spirit Pods; gorgeous, fully self contained eco-pods set on the waterfront, backed by 8 acres of bushland on North Bruny Island.

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Planning Tips: Getting Your Kicks on Route 66

Planning Tips: Getting Your Kicks on Route 66

One of the oldest routes in America, and immortalised by Nat King Cole, Route 66 is undoubtedly an iconic road trip adventure.

But of course, with a distance of almost 4000 KM, spanning from Chicago to LA, it’s best to know what you’re letting yourself in for.

And that’s exactly what this guide is for!

Read on to find out more about how to get your kicks on Route 66!

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Why Japan is a Must-Visit Destination in 2020

Why Japan is a Must-Visit Destination in 2020

Ask a thousand people which countries feature on their bucket list, and most will make mention to Japan. After-all, it’s a melting pot of cherry blossoms, ancient traditions, and beautiful people with deep cultural roots!

There’s also the Insta-worthy food!

Japan is a patchwork of intense urban life mixed with traditional sites; exciting modern architecture sits next to a diverse legacy of beautiful castles and temples from ancient times. Though there are also tropical islands and snowy mountains for skiing in addition to its face paced cosmopolitan cities.

Japan is a country that many say they would love to visit; ‘it’ll happen someday soon‘. But with 2020 fast approaching, and an epic year ahead for the country, it’s time to commit to making it happen!

Here’s why Japan is a must visit destination in 2020.

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3 Reasons Travelers Are So Drawn to New York City

3 Reasons Travelers Are So Drawn to New York City

Also known as the Big Apple and the City that Never Sleeps, New York has an incredibly powerful draw; like moths to a flame, millions of travelers visit this iconic city every year, attracted by museums, Broadway, Fifth Avenue shopping, and so much more.

The world’s most famous city has a tourist to-do list longer than the east coast, so instead of listing things to do (which you can find in this post), we’ve decided to try and pin down why the city is so magical.

Sure, it’s easy to say that there’s nowhere else in the world quite like New York, but why? What makes travelers so enamored and fall in love so quickly with this buzzing cultural capital?

Each person’s love of New York will be entirely personal, but we’ve managed to pin down the reasons people commonly visit New York.

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5 Reasons You Should Visit Sicily

5 Reasons You Should Visit Sicily

Thinking of a beautiful Mediterranean island for your next holiday? Perhaps one that sits off the toe of Italy? Seductively beautiful and perfectly placed in the heart of the Mediterranean, Sicily should be at the top of your list.

Sicily is the largest of the Italian islands, and has long seduced travelers with its natural wonders and cultural treasures. It boasts wonderful weather, and a diverse range of culinary influences. Natural wonders abound here, and the juxtaposition of sea, volcano and mountain scenery makes a stunning backdrop for outdoor activities. The island is full of history, bursting at the seams with ancient artistic and architectural gems. When it comes to ancient Greek architecture, Sicily actually rivals Greece.

There are many incredible reasons to visit Sicily. The following are to name just a few.

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Salamanca Wharf Hotel Review: A Modern Apartment Hotel in Historic Hobart

Salamanca Wharf Hotel Review: A Modern Apartment Hotel in Historic Hobart

Australia’s second oldest capital city after Sydney, Hobart is one of Australia’s most fascinating and history-rich destinations. It offers a unique culture that is much different than you’ll find on mainland Australia, and was one of the first regions of Australia to be explored; Sullivans Cove was the initial landing site for early British settlers in Hobart and Risdon Cove would become the first European settlement in Tasmania.

Hobart continues to showcase its long history to this day, having preserved much of its early landmarks and original buildings. And for those looking to be in the heart of it all, there’s no better place to drop anchor than Battery Point, one of the city’s most prestigious (and historic) suburbs.

Battery Point is the entertainment and cultural hub of Hobart, and it’s where most of the city’s major events take place, from the famed Salamanca Markets to Australia’s biggest and longest running food and wine festival, the Taste.

As far as accommodation goes, Battery Point’s Salamanca Wharf Hotel is where we choose to stay; a contemporary self-contained boutique apartment hotel, perfectly situated for easily exploring, just steps from Salamanca Place.

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Must Visit Cities in Europe for Student Holidays

Must Visit Cities in Europe for Student Holidays

Whether you’re studying in Europe, or taking a short semester abroad, there are plenty of destinations across the continent that are perfect for short weekend breaks, or student holidays.

With plenty of budget accommodation, cheap travel, and a thriving young backpacker scene, Europe is the perfect place to explore as a student – even if you’re quite broke and have limited money!

You’re quite blessed as a student in Europe, because you’ll never be short of cities to visit, and exciting travel opportunities. And, a lot of the time, your trips can actually tie into your studies (Europe is a hub of everything from history to architecture, to world politics!).

Looking for inspiration on cities you should visit during a semester break or school holiday? You can’t go wrong with the following.

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5 Reasons to Consider Living & Working in Thailand

5 Reasons to Consider Living & Working in Thailand

There are 195 countries in the world today, which presents endless possibilities for those wishing to live overseas. But, when it comes to setting up your life in a new country, Thailand has become an incredibly popular nation.

A true expat hub, Thailand boasts a low cost of living at a very high standard, a high quality of healthcare, a huge range of opportunities for travel, and a friendly and relaxed atmosphere – after-all, it’s called the land of smiles for a reason!

Having moved to Koh Samui, where I am just one of the 500,000 expatriates who have made the move, the following are five reasons you should consider living and working in Thailand too!

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