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  • Split or Dubrovnik: where should you go first?

    Split or Dubrovnik: where should you go first?

    May 17th, 2016Helen Ochyra
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    Split and Dubrovnik are the stars of Croatian tourism. Both have an ancient core historic enough to be listed by UNESCO yet vibrant enough to remain home to a sizeable local population. Both have beaches backed by clear waters, fresh local seafood and plentiful bars with Adriatic views. But should Split or Dubrovnik be your…

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  • Madrid or Barcelona: which should you visit first?

    Madrid or Barcelona: which should you visit first?

    April 27th, 2016Helen Ochyra
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    Spain’s two biggest cities have long had a friendly rivalry – and it goes far beyond football. Madrid is, of course, Spain’s capital city and as well as being more or less geographically at the centre of the country, it is also the centre politically, economically and culturally – as well as the home of…

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  • 9 ways to beat the travel bug

    9 ways to beat the travel bug

    April 19th, 2016Helen Ochyra
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    Feet itching to get out on the road again? Been back home for a while since your last adventure and desperate to start the next one? If your travel piggy bank isn’t quite up to the task of flying you off on the next big trip just yet, don’t let the travel bug get its…

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  • 9 essential tips for backpacking Thailand

    9 essential tips for backpacking Thailand

    April 11th, 2016Helen Ochyra
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    Backpacking Thailand can mean staying in fun-packed hostels and idyllic beach bungalows, eating noodles so tasty and so cheap you’ll swear off all other food groups and climbing aboard everything from an overnight train to a lolloping elephant. But it also means following a well-worn route – one that has sprouted an entire industry to…

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  • Trekking in Thailand: the best routes

    Trekking in Thailand: the best routes

    December 10th, 2015Helen Ochyra
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    Thailand is ripe for trekking. From its dripping, pristine rainforests to its towering, mist-enveloped mountains, there is a landscape that just begs you to get out on two feet and explore. But the real joy of trekking in Thailand here is nothing to do with the scenery, it’s the people that make every step count, from…

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  • How to carry cash abroad

    How to carry cash abroad

    November 25th, 2015Helen Ochyra
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    In this article sponsored by Compare Forex Brokers, Helen Ochyra runs down the best ways to carry cash while travelling.  You may have become accustomed to depending on those little pieces of plastic when at home, but on the road paying for that bowl of noodles, train ticket or local beer is unlikely to mean…

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  • Go it alone: solo travel in Thailand

    Go it alone: solo travel in Thailand

    November 24th, 2015Helen Ochyra
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    Thailand is the quintessential backpacker destination. Here you can make the first footprints on secluded sands, dance shoeless under a full moon and swim beneath cascading waterfalls. Running through Thailand’s rainforests and temples and looping around its islands and beaches is the so-called “banana pancake trail”, a well-worn, tried and tested backpacker route that has…

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  • On location: follow in the footsteps of Macbeth in Skye, Scotland

    On location: follow in the footsteps of Macbeth in Skye, Scotland

    October 13th, 2015Helen Ochyra
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    See a picture of Skye, suspect computer enhancement. That’s just how it works until you get there. Then you cross the bridge, and slowly it dawns on you – Skye really does look like another world. The grass really is that emerald green (that’ll be the rain), the mountains really are that sheer, the water…

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  • Undiscovered Southeast Asia: 9 places to get off the tourist trail

    Undiscovered Southeast Asia: 9 places to get off the tourist trail

    October 1st, 2015Helen Ochyra
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    Southeast Asia is the quintessential backpacker destination – all noodle stands, grungy hostels and full moon parties, right? Not necessarily. There are still plenty of authentic Southeast Asian escapes. You just need to know where to find them. Start here. 1. Trek the path less followed in Umphang, Thailand Want to trek Thailand in peace?…

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  • 12 hiking tips you need before setting off

    12 hiking tips you need before setting off

    August 12th, 2015Helen Ochyra
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    Walking: just putting one foot in front of the other, right? How hard can that be? Yes, a walking trip is something that anyone can do, but it is also something that needs preparation. Hiking boots that don’t fit, a water bottle that isn’t big enough, a phone battery that never lasts – these are…

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  • 8 unknown islands you need to discover in the British Isles

    8 unknown islands you need to discover in the British Isles

    August 6th, 2015Helen Ochyra
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    Everybody knows the Isle of Man, Guernsey, Skye. But what about the other 6000-odd British Isles? Yes, we did say 6000. From the chunky Shetland Islands in Scotland’s far north to the sunny Isles of Scilly slung out from the coast of Cornwall, the British Isles are made up of islands of all shapes and…

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  • The Orange Blossom Coast: the Spanish costa you’ve never heard of

    The Orange Blossom Coast: the Spanish costa you’ve never heard of

    July 28th, 2015Helen Ochyra
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    Spain is known for its costas, the sandy strands that attract thousands of visitors seeking sun and sangria every year. But most people tend to head to the big hitters: the Costa del Sol, the Costa Brava and the Costa Blanca. But of course these are just the bright and brazen names that have made…

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