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Inside the Colosseum

Ancient Rome in a Day

Ancient Rome in a Day - how to skip Colosseum queues, find the Bocca della Verita, the best Trevi Fountain time, and more

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Sistine Chapel Ceiling

Inside Rome, the Vatican, and the Sistine Chapel

Today we fit in the Pantheon, Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel. There's a way to avoid the queues at St Peter's Basilica, and Rome's favourite gelati

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Christmas Market at Night

Christmas Markets in Vienna

Here are the best Christmas markets in Vienna, plus tips for the Cathedral, Palaces, and the Opera House. Stay warm with a tram tour, and plenty of Gluhwein

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One of the twin forts

Driving About Muscat, Oman

Today’s Itinerary By Jacob Aldridge We arrive defrosted in Muscat, Oman Experience inside the…

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Desert oasis of Wadi Bani Khalid

Skip Dubai and Abu Dhabi – Oman is the new hot destination

From Muscat city to a desert camp under the stars, things to do in Oman include the Ladies Market, Wadi Bani Khalid oasis, and dune running the Wahiba Sands

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Two camels in Oman

The Bedouin aren’t the only Wise Men of Oman

A day of extremes, from our desert camp and an opportunity to meet the bedouin locals, to an Amouage Factory Tour, the most valuable perfume in the world

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Sunset over Wat Arun.

Bangkok – hot, hot, hot!

Find out where Thai massage all began? Check. Get a Thai massage at the place where it all began. Double check!

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Asian art in Jim Thompsons House, Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok art, fashion, and…fight night thrills?

Asian Art in a custom built house, and a tailored suit, lead into a thrilling nightlife adventure in Bangkok.

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The perfect right hand break

Bridge Climb and an Australian Beach Christmas

Christmas in Australia: Climb Brisbane's Story Bridge, then head for the beach and beach cricket, cold food, and two days of surfing and body boarding

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Let’s Surf Byron Now, Everybody’s Learning How…

Surf tips from our "learn to surf" friends, plus we explore Byron Bay's beaches, lighthouse, and pubs in the most easterly town in Australia.

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Road Trip, Sunset Cruise, Joy Flight, Wine Tasting, In Heaven?

Our weekend Australian road trip visits the Big Banana, takes a sunset cruise, a joyflight in a warplane, and a wine tour of the Hunter Valley

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what on sydney? sydney harbour bridge fireworks on new year's eve

See the Fireworks in Sydney on New Year’s Eve

What is the best place to see the fireworks in Sydney on New Year's Eve? We find out!

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Bather's Pavilion at Balmoral Beach is the best place for a relaxing brunch in Sydney

Nom and Om – relax in Sydney with Brunch and Buddhism

Find your centre with an invigorating swim, meditation, and the best brunch in Sydney.

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Jet Boat Danger Signs

Jetboating Queenstown: The World’s Adrenaline Capital

Fly into Queenstown, New Zealand, the Adrenaline Capital of the world. Shotover Jetboat Queenstown, then lamb burgers and ice bar cocktails keep hearts racing.

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He seems to be enjoying that!

If everyone else jumped off a bridge, would you join them?

A weekend Whitewater rafting and Bungy Jumping in Queenstown, dining in Wanaka, then Heli-Hiking the Franz Josef Glacier.

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Wine, drunk the best possible way - with friends

Marlborough Wine Tour New Zealand

Marlborough Wine Tour on New Zealand's South Island, followed by a boat cruise on Marlborough Sound, and a locals tip for dinner in Picton

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Christchurch after the 2011 Earthquake

Christchurch Pops-Up and is Open for business

Christchurch (CHCH) pops-up after the 2011 Earthquake, and we explore this vibrant and welcoming city as it rebuilds into a food and wine destination

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The highest viaduct on the journey

Enjoying the Journey: Wellington to Hamilton by Train

Wellington to Auckland by Train. Peter Jackson conceived Lord of the Rings on this train. Our tips on enjoying long train journeys, plus the Raurimu Spiral track

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All the Small Things: Hobbiton Tour and a Kiwi Bird

We take a tour of Hobbiton, film set for both Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Plus there's more to see in New Zealand, including a Kiwi Bird

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View of Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland in 3 Days: Black Sands, Island Ferry, Base Jumping

A weekend in Auckland: we walk Tamaki Drive, jump off the Sky Tower, have a Maori Cultural Experience, see the Piha Beach Black Sands and more

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Eat. Shop. Cruise? A surprising day in Hong Kong.

A surprising day in Hong Kong that doesn't just involved eating and shopping - although we make sure we do that, too.

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Find the best view in Hong Kong. Twice.

We dive into the food culture that makes Hong Kong famous and *just* manage to squeeze in a tiny little bit of shopping.

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Hong Kong Days and Harbin Nights

Enter the kingdom of frost and snow, where icy palaces are lit with internal fires to glitter in the night.

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Minus 35° Celsius. Time for a swim

In a land of snow and ice, we go swimming. And then meet some tigers.

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See a Geisha in Kyoto

From Glico Neon to Geisha Style: The beautiful madness of Japan

From the neon Glico in Osaka to the Geisha in Kyoto, and wads of culture and food in between. Japan - you're mad and you're gorgeous!

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Two levels of gold leaf!

Zen and the Art of Painting a Pavilion in Gold Leaf

There are so many things to do in Kyoto! On our final day we visit a Golden Pavilion, the Ryoanji Zen Garden, and immense Bamboo Groves.

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Where We Met the Gods

"Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!" you could be compelled to say, after you'd climbed the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan.

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Love the unpredictable – a day in Mexico City

Itineraries are unnecessary in Mexico City. Go with the flow and discover.

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Pacaya Volcano Lava Flow.

Toasting Marshmallows Over Lava!

Pacaya Volcano, Antigua Guatemala: the most visited Guatemala volcano. Camp on Pacaya overnight with chocolate truffles and marshmallows toasted over lava flows

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Tropical Fish

On The Buses and Off the Mainland

Sharing our tips for surviving a long bus ride as we move from a volcano top in Guatemala via Chicken Bus and overnight express to Flores, then Belize City

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Belize City boats

Waving the Flag in Belize City

Tropical Island morning to an evening in the world's largest Jaguar sanctuary, wandering Belize City in between.

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How many jaguars are left in Belize?

See a Jaguar in Belize

Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, the world's largest jaguar preserve, and your best chance to see a jaguar in Belize. Plus waterfalls...and 4 other big cats

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Underwater Art Museum

Underwater Art Gallery Cancun

The Underwater Art Gallery Cancun is the highlight of our Cancun day as we scuba dive underwater to see this amazing art gallery, then enjoy Cancun's night life

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Swimming with Dolphins

Courtesy of our luxury resort in Cancun, we swim with dolphins and will never forget it.

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Down in the Jungle Room

We’re Going to Graceland (Graceland)

We're Going to Graceland, Memphis Tennessee. From New Orleans we cross 3 states to Elvis Presley's home, before diving into Nashville's country music scene.

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And the Super Bowl Champions are ...

Super Bowl Sunday New Orleans

Super Bowl Sunday in New Orleans means more than football. Enjoy the experience of New Orleans and the Superdome, post Hurricane Katrina.

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Which segment was The Muppet Show's best?

Roadtrip: Nashville, Tennessee to Atlanta, Georgia

Southern Roadtrip continues, from the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Chattanooga Choo Choo to Atlanta, home to Coca-Cola, and the Jim Henson Puppetry Centre

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Parading with Kings and Indians for Mardi Gras in New Orleans

We consort with Kings and Indians in New Orleans during Mardi Gras season.

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Charles Conrad was the third man to walk on the moon, as the lead astronaut in Apollo 12. That's guaranteed to win you some trivia night points.

Houston, We Have No Problem

A flying visit to Houston, Texas. NASA Tour at the Johnson Space Centre, Cowboy Museum and Animal Art at Houston Zoo, then Montrose Bats emerge to create night

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Rio Carnival: The Biggest Party On Earth

Care to argue with that? 2 million people a day are at this party.

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Panteón Nacional de los Héroes, Asuncion Paraguay.

The 7 Cultural Treasures of Asuncion, Paraguay

Walk to see 6 of the 7 Cultural Treasures of Paraguay: they may be buildings, but we can feel the culture inside.

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Overlooking some of La Santisima Trinidad, Paraguay, one of Paraguay's 7 Cultural Treasures.

Embarking to the Jesuit ruins of la Santísima Trinidad

Santisima Trinidad: founded in 1706 today's ruins represent the Jesuit missionaries' in Paraguay, imposing Catholic culture onto indigenous Guarani tradition

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Santiago's Plaza de Armas is one of the best places to spend some time in the city people watching and enjoying a coffee.

Santiago, Chile … how I love thee, let me count the ways

A weekend trip to Santiago, Chile: Jaw dropping peaks as we fly in, a hefty climb for San Cristobal views, the bustle of Plaza de Armas, and a memorable coffee!

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Photographing the Streets and History of Buenos Aires

Come and photograph life in the hidden streets of Buenos Aires, and see where history was made.

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One Last Tango in Buenos Aires

Following a secret Valentine's Day dinner at a hidden restaurant, we live the passion of Tango in Buenos Aires

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The beach at Uvero Alto, Dominican Republic. Peaceful and not crowded, perfect for a beach holiday.

Little Dune Buggy, in the Punta Cana Sand

Dune Buggies and Punta Cana: The Caribbean's adventure capital kicks off with a dune buggy tour from Punta Cana to Laguna del Limon, Dominican Republic

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THIS is how Kitesurfing feels for most beginners. Still awesome!

Kite surfing Punta Cana, the Dominican Republic

Kitesurfing for Beginners in the Dominican Republic. The exhilaration, the control, the inevitable splashdown!

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The House Where in 1963 The Pina Colada was created by Don Ramon Portas Mingot. Happy 50th Birthday La Pina Colada! You've been embracing 21st Birthdays all that time.

Fresh Pina Colada in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico's Pina Colada turns 50, and we celebrate in the birthplace, Old San Juan. America's 51st state will teach the rest about rum, and salsa dancing

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Would you like a Nightmare with your Bacardi Breezer? An exhibit inside the Bacardi Rum Factory Tour, and a more realistic version of the Bacardi Bat Symbol (Bacardi Logo) than we expected.

Why Puerto Rico is America’s 51st State

Puerto Rico may become America's 51st State. Puerto Rico is closer to 33 other countries than to Washington DC, but here's 5 Stateside things in common

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Daytona 500: Race Weekend in Florida

We experience the raw horsepower of NASCAR at the Daytona 500 in Florida. We're rooting for Danica Patrick: "I was brought up to be the fastest driver, not the fastest girl."

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View Downtown in New York, from the top of Rockefeller Center. The Empire State Building is lit up.

3 Days in New York, Day One

3 Days in New York? Start Uptown, with Central Park, Museum Mile, Fifth Avenue, Top of the Rock, Broadway, and the most awesome NYC Souvenir.

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The Sphere in Battery Park, with the eternal flame also in shot. This is a memorial to the 9/11 Terrorist attacks, part of our 3 days in New York experience

3 Days in New York, Day Two

Today we head Downtown, Wall Street, Staten Island Ferry and Statue of Liberty, St Paul's 9/11 Memorial and cocktails overlooking Times Square.

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An amazing photograph inside Grand Central Station's Main Concourse. Grand Central Station is strictly called Grand Central Terminal.

3 Days in New York, Day Three

Get on TV with Today, avoid the Empire State Building queue, Chelsea Market, Magnolia Bakery, Carrie's stoop, a Friends apartment, and still more NYC food!

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Going underneath the awesome power of Niagara Falls

Experience Niagara Falls, very very closely. And whilst we're in Ontario, let's try some Ice Wine.

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Over the edge: super views and proper beer in Toronto

At 553 metres above ground, we see a spectacular vista of Toronto, before finding out what it means to love sports.

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The sun rises over London from Primrose Hill near Regent's Park. You can see the Gherkin, the Shard, the BT Tower, and the London Eye.

London’s Best Walk, Cruise, Dinner and Show

Living in London, this is my perfect tourist day. Champagne views, the best free walk, history, royalty, a boat cruise, a west end show and east end dinner

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The UK / London version of Monopoly. The original Monopoly board was Atlantic City, in the USA. The UK version came shortly thereafter, and is better known worldwide.

Monopoly Pub Crawl London

Complete the Monopoly Pub Crawl in London and in order. We share our route, maps, pubs and directions, plus our experience from Old Kent Road to Mayfair.

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London: three days in one

More Perfect Days in London.

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Why is the Gibraltar airport scary? See the two 'roads' that cross in the middle of this photo? Yeah - one of those is the airport runway, and the other one is Gibraltar's main street! If you want to drive in Gibraltar - you have to drive over the airport runway (and also wait for every take off and landing)!

Fly through Gibraltar, Ride through Tarifa

Fly into Europe's scariest airport Gibraltar, to explore Tarifa, Spain. The most southern point in Europe, kitesurfing capital, and horseriding along the beach

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Snake Handler seeking tips, inside the Casbah, Tangier Morocco.

Tangier to Casablanca, Morocco

Cross the Strait of Gibraltar by ferry from Europe to Africa. Rock the Casbah in Tangier Morocco, see the Cave of Hercules, and explore Casablanca (again, Sam)

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Stepping into Sainte Chapelle. The stained glass windows are worth the money.Stepping into Sainte Chapelle.

3 Days in Paris, Day One

First of our 3 Days in Paris. The best arrondissement to stay in; secret views and Seine boat cruises. Plus Eiffel Tower, Sainte Chapelle, Arc de Triomphe...

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Canova's 'Pyche revived by Cupid's kiss in the Louvre, Paris France

Paris When it Sizzles

Find the best macarons in Paris and see the best of the Louvre. Plus, visit Montmartre's Sacre Coeur and the Moulin Rouge (the worst 4 hours of my life).

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Zombie Apocalypse Paris, or just an awesome headstone?

Avoid the Tourist Crowds in Paris

Want to avoid the tourist sights and crowded streets in Paris? Walk the canals, take in mint tea, and find quiet time where Jim Morrison is buried.

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Guinness and James Joyce – wanderings in Dublin

Guinness, James Joyce, Toucans, and the Book of Kells.

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Ireland’s Pots of Gold – driving the Emerald Isle

A road trip opens us Ireland for us, showing off the incredible natural beauty of this island and the ingenuity and art of the Irish.

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Walking the Giant's Causeway national park just after sunrise

Roadtrip Northern Ireland: Giants, Rope Bridges, and a City Divided

Sneak into the Giant's Causeway, see Scotland while standing near the Carrick-a-Rede road bridge, and experience the divided Maiden city of Derry / Londonderry

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Belfast City Hall on a glorious Irish day

Best of Belfast: A Titanic Town

After Dublin to Belfast, a local's guide: the must-see Titanic experience, the best food and best pubs, and a wander through the streets and City Hall.

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What Field with Crows (1890). NOT Vincent Van Gogh's last painting.

Alter Your Perception in Amsterdam

Amsterdam can alter your perception in many ways. We skip the coffee shop culture, preferring Heineken beer and impressionist art with Vincent van Gogh.

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Front view of the Peace Palace, The Hague

The Hague is not your Conventional Day Trip

Explore The Hague's Peace Palace, Plein (main square), amazing Mesdag Panorama painting, and the MC Escher museum. Only 1 hour by train from Amsterdam

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Living Happily Ever After in Copenhagen

Fueled by coffee and excellent Danish pastries, we walk Copenhagen in search of polar bear skin rugs.