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Mad about Madrid

 

There are many great cities in the world, but Madrid is certainly among some of the best. Not only does it have a rich history dating back to the 9th century, but it’s also one of the finest cities for culinary experiences, art, architecture, and nightlife.

We’re simply mad about Madrid and, without further ado, we’ll tell you why…

Don’t make these mistakes when you’re in Italy

A food-, wine-, art-, history-, and coffee-lover’s dream destination, Italy has a soft spot in many people’s hearts and it haunts the dreams (in a good way) of those who have never been. But with all its beauty comes some hiccups, too. You see, Italians aren’t always as open to speaking English and oftentimes, depending on where you go, it’s because they simply aren’t confident in the language.

The Schengen circle is about to get bigger

 

For many South Africans (mainly the travel addicts), a Shengen visa is a piece of gold. Let’s not beat around the bush about the power of our green passports… Sure, we can go to some pretty cool places like Thailand, Mauritius, Argentina or the Bahamas without a visa, however, with a Shengen visa you can visit 26 European states!

Some of the coolest rooftop pools in Europe you have to visit

Even though a European summer is an exceptional experience, it is hot. If there is one thing you need to know, it’s where the nearest pool is (if you’re not close to the beach). But why settle for any old pool when you can enjoy some of the best rooftop pools while sipping on your drink and taking in majestic views?

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Why it’s so easy to fall in love with Livigno

 

In the heart of the Alps, in the northern part of Lombardia, lies the magical skiing village of Livigno. Livigno has many things that make it special and it’s nearly impossible not to fall in love with this snow paradise. Lodging, bars and restaurants – mainly built in low-rise, traditional chalet style – is strung alongside the town’s 4km main road. Here are four things that’ll instantly make almost anyone fall in love with Livigno:

Top insider tips for Berlin

Known around the world as a place with a heart-wrenching history, with memories of World War II bombings, heavy artilery and street-by-street fighting, Berlin has come a long way and is now known as a vibey, artsy metropolis in Germany. Since the wall came down, the city has also become a popular tourist destination and thus, if you don’t plan properly, you might not have such a great time – mostly spending your time waiting in queues.

Travel might have health benefits you never expected

Travel might have health benefits you never expected

 

They say change is as good as a holiday… but have you ever wondered why a holiday is good for you? Indeed, all the more scientific evidence is coming to the forefront, proving that travel can be beneficial – specifically for mental health.

Top Insta-worthy destinations and why you need to go

Instagram is saturated with unbelievable travel photos from every corner of the earth. Millennials, in particular, are serious about choosing travel destinations that will make for incredible photos and stories. We all know times have changed, and for many people in this age group, it’s not about how much money is in your bank account, but perhaps rather how many things you’ve ticked off your bucket-list.

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Did you know about these interesting German Christmas traditions?

 

Depending on where you are from, Christmas has a specific feel to it, memories associated with it, and excitement surrounding it. If there is one nation that takes the Christmas celebrations to the next level, it’s certainly Germany.

5 awesome rooftop bars you have to visit at least once in your life

What is it about a drink with a view? We’re pretty sure a view can affect the taste of a drink, don’t you think?

Though it’s impossible to mention all the epic rooftop bars in the world, here are some of our favourites that you need to visit at least once in your life.

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Did you know this about Croatia?

 

Croatia, with its ancient towns and cobblestone streets, hugged by the aquamarine Mediterranean sea, is a traveler’s paradise.

But did you know this about Croatia?

 

How to become a savvy traveler

Technology has made travel a lot less intimidating. It’s much easier to get around in places you’ve been to before without having to navigate with the help of a bulky printed map. Nothing shouts “foreigner” louder than that (okay, perhaps if you also have a camera hanging around your neck, complemented by a wide-brim hat on your head).

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Top places to travel to in 2019 according to Forbes

 

Though the economy might be looking bleak and the petrol price constantly rising, that shouldn’t keep you from making sure your travel dreams stay alive!

Laura Begley Bloom‘s recent article published on Forbes.com, piqued our interest with these top destinations to travel to in 2019 (according to some of the world’s top travel experts). Perhaps some of them are on your list too?

What not to miss when you’re in England

No matter what you’ve heard about England from others – be it regarding bad weather, rude people, or flavourless food – you’d miss out big time if you gave England a miss because of opinions like these. A country unique in traditions, history, and natural beauty, it is a wonderful place to discover.

Here are a couple of things not to miss when you find yourself in the land of red buses, telephone booths, green rolling hills, castles and, of course, the royal family:

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Statistics show Switzerland is apparently the place to be

At its annual press conference, Switzerland Tourism noted that the country’s tourism numbers has increased exponentially.

Even though the Swiss tourism industry had been hit hard by the strong franc some years ago which made holidays in Switzerland more expensive for Europeans, the country’s largest tourist market remains Germany, followed by the United States. The number of visitors from Southeast Asia and India also grew by +-10%.

Have you heard about the Passion Play in Oberammergau?

Have you experienced the Passion Play in Oberammergau?

Don’t miss the 2020 Passion Play in Oberammergau

Book a trip to Thailand in peak season this April. You will fall in love with the beautiful landscape Thailand has to offer. Don't miss a chance to see Islands such as Krabi, Phi Phi and Phuket and of course the capital Bangkok is a must.

Top three things to do in Krabi, Thailand

Summertime and the living’s easy. One thing’s for sure, the living is surely easy in Thailand. Apart from jaw-dropping scenery, there’s also a really unique culture to experience and the most wonderful local people to interact with.

Krabi, specifically, is cool for many reasons. For one, it’s a part of Thailand that isn’t smothered by tourists like Phuket (just yet) and is seen as a more ‘rural’ part of the country. Tourism is however definitely on the increase.

Why you need to book a skiing holiday in the French Alps

We know everyone’s bucket lists look different. Maybe you’re and adventurer who can’t wait for your next bungee jump or skydive. Maybe you’re an avid hiker, ticking off top trails around the world. Maybe you’re a World Heritage site visitor, a diver, a beach hopper.

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5 fascinating Scottish traditions

Scottish traditions have been passed on for close to a thousand years now, since the earliest days of the clans in the 12th century.

Is Egypt on your bucket-list? This is why it should be

Egypt isn’t in the top five of travellers’ “must-see places” – unless they are perhaps historians or geologists of sorts. But don’t be so easily mislead. Visiting Egypt with its fascinating history and superbly preserved ancient structures not even to mention incredible diving spots is a sight that’ll linger in your mind for the rest of your life.

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Fascinating traditions: Thailand

Known as the Land of Smiles, as you perhaps already know, Thailand is a land filled with colour and fascinating traditions.

What to do, see, and eat in Barcelona

Other than being in the news for recent protests in the fight for independence, and four jailed Catalan separatist leaders currently on hunger strike, the capital of Catalonia, Barcelona, has the best of both worlds: it is located by the Mediterranean Sea and next to the Pyrenees mountains, which means it has sea and mountains as part of its scenery.

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Don’t miss these top beaches when you’re in Portugal

Portugal has more than 1700 kilometres of coastline meaning countless beaches to get your tan on and plenty opportunities to immerse yourself in its refreshing waters. But with such a stretch of coastline, it can be overwhelming not knowing which beaches are worth a visit!

5 things you might not have known about Poland

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5 cool alternative things to do when you visit Switzerland

Apart from eating cheese fondue and spending all your time shopping for Swiss chocolates, there are five alternative cool things you could keep yourself busy with when you are visiting  Switzerland.

Why Turkey needs to be at the top of your bucket-list

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Top must-try foods in Italy

Pizza, pasta, cars, handbags and shoes – some things are just made better by Italians. But especially food. Italian food has been a favourite around the world for ages with almost every town in the world having a pizzeria or gelateria somewhere around a corner.

This is why we love Thailand

From the tropical beaches of Phi Phi Island and golden temples and statues scattered throughout the country, to sunset boat cruises and cuisine bursting with fresh flavours – Thailand easily steals a traveller’s heart.

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Why it’s not a waste of money to travel

Perhaps you have been dreaming about travelling since you were young. Perhaps you have made various plans that fail one after the other. Or perhaps you have people constantly telling you that travel is a waste of money that you could have rather saved up for a deposit on a car or a house.

Just let their words go into the one ear and out of the other ear because travel is definitely not a waste of money.

Top insider tips for your visit to Prague

Prague is a tourist city of note and it’s therefore always handy to have a couple of insider tips to make your stay less crowded and more memorable. It’s also useful to know what to eat and drink and how to get around.

Here are some great insider tips for when you travel to Prague:

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5 fun things to do in Scandinavia

Holidays are often associated with beach time or pool time – depending on where you come from (and where you are going). Perhaps Scandinavia seems like an oddly cold holiday destination, but there are plenty reasons why it needs to be added to your travel list.

Yes, it might be cold, but that doesn’t mean there is nothing fun to do! Here are five fun things to do when you visit Scandinavia:

3 things you probably didn’t know about Paris

As a tourist in Paris, it’s easy to soak up the cafe culture, drool over freshly baked baguettes and enjoy the romantic feel in the air. It’s also easy to tick off things on a “must-see list” such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, or the Arc de Triomphe.

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Interesting flower facts about Keukenhof in the Netherlands

Springtime in the Netherlands mean many things. But one of the overarching topics of discussion is certainly flowers! Or more specifically, Tulips.

December Christmas markets in winter-wonderland Europe

Christmas markets is something people look forward to year-round. There is an unexplainable magic in the air at a Christmas market that can get even the most unfestive person into a happy, serene, festive mood over the Christmas holidays.

Here are some of the coolest Christmas markets we’ve experienced, and so can you on our December Magical Moments Tour 2018:

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This is why we love Greece

Often a faraway dreamy idea for many, Greece is a special place that has crept deep into our hearts.

And it’s not hard to figure out why we love it so much…

Four dreamy spots to visit in Croatia

Croatia has been an up-and-coming travel destination for a couple of years now. And it’s no secret why. Beaches, forests, waterfalls and history – it’s basically a small piece of heaven. Or at least how we’d imagine heaven to be like.

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The ins and outs of French wine

Apart from the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Louvre, French cafes, and fresh French loaves and cheese, many people travel to France for authentic wine tasting experiences.

Whether you’d describe yourself as a wine connoisseur or not, everyone knows that the French know what they’re doing when it comes to wine. The only problem for a non-French wine drinker who wants to enjoy French wine is understanding what the bottle says.

Fascinating traditions: Spain

Spain is one of those European countries, rich in history and even richer in culture and traditions.

Here are some of our favourite fascinating traditions in Spain:

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Five random facts about Amsterdam

Canals, bicycles, windmills, marijuana, wooden clogs, cheese, Anne Frank’s house, and stroopwafels… these are all things people often associate with Amsterdam. But there is much more to Amsterdam than meet the eye!

Top must-try foods in Portugal

Many a great city with great people and great food exists – we all know that. Portugal is one of those places that mustn’t get left off the list. In fact, in the eyes of the Portuguese (just like the Italians), food is always a cause for celebration.

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Aperitivo in Italy: what it is and why it’s so cool.

Certainly one of the best things about Italy is the food and culture. Sure, the art, architecture, and rolling hills of Tuscany are incredible. But there is something very unique and special in the combination of food and culture. You cannot, in fact, separate the two.

Travel to Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre is, quite simply, that place on the Italian Riviera where people take those magnificent pictures (usually at sunset) of colourful village houses tucked away between the cliffs which makes you want to quit your job and hop on the next plane out. 

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Tour Venice on your European Holiday

The capital of the Veneto region of northern Italy, Venice comprises of over a 100 small islands in the Venetian Lagoon.

Amsterdam – Places and attractions to explore, experience and eat

Amsterdam has many popular attractions to explore. Some of which are significant to history and others worth exploring if you want to dig into the Dutch culture.

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The Hofbräuhaus München Experience

Munich is known for an abundant supply of local beer. After the Oktoberfest, the Hofbräuhaus München claims the title of the most iconic tourist attraction in Munich.

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Travelling alone: tips for a spectacular solo journey.

So you’ve decided to venture on a solo journey, as you haven’t found a suitable travel buddy. It’s a scary feeling. Many fear loneliness. Stress no more, here’s a brief guideline to traversing beautiful destinations without a friend to tag along.

4 Ingenious Tips to Prevent Losing Your Luggage.

Imagine, you watch the luggage carousel rotate and suddenly you realise you can’t locate your luggage. No one wants to spend a few days without clothes, particularly in a foreign country. Here are a few tips to prevent your luggage from going M.I.A.

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Weird but pretty cool festivals in Europe

While the Glastonbury Festival usually takes the limelight for festivals in Europe, there are many unusual festivals that few know about. Here’s a list of weird but awesome festivals to join on your next trip to Europe