Oct 15

7 Unusual Things to do in the Cotswolds

By Abi King | England

England’s stunningly honey-stoned Cotswolds bask in their reputation for combining muddy walks with roaring fires and great food at the end of the day.

And while these are great things to do in the Cotswolds, they aren’t the only things.

When it comes to the top attractions in the Cotswolds, you’ll often be guided to the world of Jane Austen and the UNESCO World Heritage Roman Baths in Bath. 

And with good reason. Bath remains one of my favourite places to visit in England and, well, the idea of Mr Darcy continues to swoop and swoon around the world.

But that’s not what many who live in England think of the Cotswolds, even if it may be technically true.

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Oct 14

Visiting the Peace Palace in the Hague: The Highest Court in the World

By Abi King | Europe

If any two words have come to symbolize the full weight of international justice and global condemnation they are The Hague.

War crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity hang in the balance here, as the world’s brightest lawyers look evil in the eye beneath the tree blossom and tiered brick gables of canalside houses in this part of the Netherlands.

Or so I thought. But like pretty much everything else in life, it’s a little more complicated for that.

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Oct 10

What to Do in Tokyo in 5 Days: Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Things to do in Tokyo

By Abi King | Japan

Tendrils of smoke curl and float past scarlet pillars. Fingers fold white paper into prayers. Heads bow, hands wash in water, and the soft, sonorous chime of a gong, flecked with gold, reverberates through the crowd.

This is the Asakusa Shrine, or Sanja-Sama (the shrine of the three gods,) in the heart of pulsing Tokyo. And right around the corner, I found worship of a different kind.

Heads bowed, sirens blazing, flickering lights in fuchsia and fluorescence.

This is the whir and buzz, the whizz and blaze of Pachinko: a Japanese pinball arcade where silence is forbidden and tranquillity long since forgotten.

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Aug 30

Fly Drive Florida: A Two Week Itinerary & Adventure

By Abi King | Best Places to Visit USA

Forget dear old Mickey. Florida’s Gulf Coast offers wildlife of a different kind. Gentle sea giant manatees and wild dolphins skitting through sparkling surf. Scorching pink flamingoes and American Bald Eagles. Mile after mile of soft white sand bordered by mangroves and painted lifeguard huts. Just pull up and go for a swim, no organisation required.

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Jul 31

Antarctica or the Arctic for a Luxury Polar cruise?

By Abi King | Trip Advice

Image Credit- PONANT© Antarctica or The Arctic? Perhaps it’s because of this year’s heatwave but I’ve been thinking about the cold a lot lately. In particular, Antarctica. There’s one phrase in particular that the heat seems to be melting into my brain. “You haven’t been to Antarctica?” from a travel journalist friend of mine. “You should go!” Her

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Jul 29

Gifts for Travellers Just Got Better. Here’s How.

By Abi King | Travel Gear & Packing Tips

Tried and tested gifts for travellersGifts for him and gifts for her Gifts for travellers just got a whole lot better with the introduction of the versatile and hassle-free Hotelgift card scheme.  In fact, even calling it a scheme makes it sound more complicated than it is. Truth is, it’s simple, sweet and brilliant and it’s […]

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Jul 23

Europe’s Secret Coast: Scheveningen Beach and Kijkduin

By Abi King | Europe

Scheveningen Beach. SHAVE-an-ingen Beach. Sherve-nin-ninnin-ninininininin-en Beach. This Dutch spot may have a difficult name but its beauty shines with simplicity. Sand. Dunes. Walking paths, a harbour. Just 15 minutes from the workings of The Hague and you’re there. And via a picturesque tram ride, no less, peppered with important looking embassies and the great Dutch […]

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