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Top 10 Christmas Gifts for Travellers 2014

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If you believe anything the retailers tell you, Christmas is just around the corner. For some reason, this year it seems that everyone has gone a little Christmas- crazy. The first Christmas advert aired on UK television on November 7th: A massive 7 weeks before the big  day! Normally I find this irritating and a little desperate, however for some …

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Getting My Leg Over The Old Man of Storr

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People, I can tell you, there’s only one man on the Isle of Skye worth getting your leg over, and that’s the Old Man of Storr. Firstly, he is the most impressive-looking Old Man I’ve ever seen. Ancient and wizened by millions of years, he can certainly show you a trick or two. So why the ‘Old Man’? Well, if you tilt …

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I’m Going Travelling!

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The problem with travel blogging, and surrounding yourself with other travel bloggers is that you never stop dreaming about where you’re heading next. I feel inspired on an almost daily basis to visit new shores, try new foods, meet new people and explore unmapped terrains. All of which is certainly not conducive to holding down a full-time job! As a …

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Looking back at a decade of passport stamps

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve been travelling regularly. I took a job in the travel industry straight out of college so I could feed my obsession, racking up at least 6 or 7 trips each year (my record is 13!). When I was 23 I left my very good and very stable job as a marketing executive …

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The Only 2 Rules of Life You’ll Ever Need

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I’m 29! Happy birthday to me, I’m getting all lovely and old and smelly. A thousand years ago I would have been well past my prime and expecting to be swallowed into the empty abyss any day now. Luckily for me, this is the 21st Century, and people are living to be like, 100 years old. Take my great nan …

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Win an Eastpak Passport Stamp Backpack

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That’s right. I’m making the ultimate sacrifice and giving away my beloved Eastpak backpack which I won at Blogstock (the world’s first blogging festival), thanks to Generator Hostels. This achingly beautiful bag was won on a stellar game of knocking off coconuts from their perches, and now the bag can in turn knock YOU off your perch. This limited edition bag …

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How to bag your dream job in travel marketing

TRAVEL MARKETING

People often say to me ‘you’re so lucky to work in travel marketing… I wish I could do what you do.’ I have two answers to this. 1. It’s not luck. 2. Why can’t you? No one is born into a job, and everyone has the power to change what they do for a career. I currently work as senior …

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Why I’m Not Doing The Ice Bucket Challenge

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Yesterday I was, like about half of the Earth’s population nominated for the Ice Bucket Challenge. In case you’ve been living under a rock, or you find this post years later, the Ice Bucket Challenge is a viral fundraising campaign in aid of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease. It involves pouring ice cold water over your own …

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The Knee Defender: The Most Passive-Aggressive Travel Gadget Ever?

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Have you ever heard of the Knee Defender? Chances are, if you’ve been following the news over the last couple of days, you know all about this controversial gadget, but if not, allow me to fill you in. The Knee Defender is a tiny pocket-sized travel device which locks the fold-out tray on the back of airline seats in place, preventing the …

Canoeing Emerald Lake (with super-happy video)

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Hi there lovely readers! I’ve been very busy recently faffing about with work-related things and volunteering for a local charity so haven’t had the time to sit and get creative for a while. But today I found myself thinking back to the time when I went canoeing in Emerald Lake, in British Columbia Canada. I think about it a lot …

Tell your #SelfieStories and Win a Holiday for 4

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Selfie: Noun. A photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website. Now that ‘selfie’ has officially made it into the Oxford dictionary (and more recently, been OK’d for Scrabble – yey!), like it or not it’s  engrained in daily life. You can’t walk 5 minutes through central …

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Losing it all to the River Wye

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Here is a photo of the River Wye: Enjoy it while it lasts, as this is the only photo you’ll get. You will notice that from now on, this blog post is sadly devoid of photos and, well, lacking any visual stimulus at all actually. There’s a good reason for this, but first let me paint you a word picture instead. Why …

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A roadside stop like no other

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If you’ve done some travelling in the USA, you’ll be no stranger to a quirky roadside stop. There are vintage 1950’s style diners, Flintstone theme parks and even entire towns devoted to bringing in the passing traffic. I have to admit I didn’t expect to find anything like that in Canada, but this is exactly what happened on a recent …

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VIDEO: Bungee Jumping in Whistler (warning; obscene language)

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It’s not often that I’m lost for words. But that’s pretty much what happened after my bungee jump in Whistler, BC Canada. The last  time I did a bungee jump was in Chiang Mai, Thailand. They bound my legs together and hoisted me 50 metres above a pond before letting me fling myself towards what felt like almost certain death. …

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The Significance of Finding Nemo

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Recently I’ve been reminiscing a lot about past travels. Ahhh, my round the world trip. Back in the days when my camera shot images at approximately 5 pixels, when I had no idea about what a ‘blog’ was (well, actually I did write one but it’s terrible and I’ll never share), and when Facebook only allowed a mere 60 photos …

Whitewater Rafting in Golden, BC (VIDEO)

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“Hold on!” shouted Mike, our river rafting guide. As we descended over our first grade 3 rapid, all of my common sense escaped my body. I was on the right hand side of the raft and we were going down eye-balls-first into the blue and white foam. We hit the sweet spot and the three of us on the right …