Blog Posts for June 2012

  • The faces of India

    The beauty of travel is getting to meet so many people. Some are strangers only met for a fleeting moment in a restaurant or cafe. Others become part of the rich tapestry that is our experience of travel, changing us and adding to our experience of a country in ways we never imagined. Luckier still are the times when we meet people who we will stay in touch with for the rest of our lives.

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  • Relishing diversity: 7 festivals to see in the Philippines

    As a country comprised of 7,107 islands, the Philippines is undoubtedly one of the most diverse nations in the world. Because it was colonized by the Spaniards, Japanese and Americans its traditions, language, culture and religions are a fascinating fusion from these countries and its indigenous tribes.

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  • For the girls: Avoiding unwanted attention while travelling

    More and more women are travelling on their own. The fear of the unknown is not a reason to stay at home. However, it is important for women to be aware of the dangers that can lurk.

    Many female travellers are unfortunate enough to face sexual harassment while on their journeys. The type and severity can vary between locations, cultures, and religions. Thankfully, there are steps that can be taken to reduce the frequency at which it occurs:

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  • Top 5 settings for your fave flicks

    Hit the road and visit the settings of some of your fave movies. It's pretty hard to narrow the list down to just five. Take a look at what we picked and leave a comment telling us what we've missed!

    Greece, Mamma Mia 

    The best part of Mamma Mia (besides the retro ABBA songs of course!) is a chance to lose yourself in the beautiful blue waters, narrow cobblestone streets and whitewashed houses of Greece.

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  • Lions, rhinos, leopards...and a barn owl

    Nathan works in our UK office, and just came back from the 21-day Botswana and Zimbabwe Adventure. He managed to find some time between celebrating the Diamond Jubilee and preparing for the Olympics to answer a few questions.

    Take a look at some of his highlights, and see why he reckons travelling in a small group is the way to go. Oh, and he got pretty close to a couple of lions too...

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  • My 5 fave travel apps

    One of my best (and most costly) travel purchases was an iPad 2. However, I couldn't be happier with my decision. The flexibility of being able to have a computer-like device at my fingertips while travelling has been a real blessing.

    Wireless internet is becoming increasingly common and is, in most cases, cheaper or free than renting a computer at an internet cafe. Furthermore, it gives you the flexibility of preparing your emails (or blog posts) prior to accessing internet. This leaves you more time to explore the city, rather than wasting time on the internet.

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  • 5 tips for keeping fit on holiday

    We all know that one of the best parts about travelling is the food. Trying the exotic flavours and delicious treats of a new cuisine is a real highlight for many. But it can also mean that those favourite jeans don't fit quite so well upon your return! Don't fear we have some handy little tips to help you keep those extra holiday kilos at bay...

    1. Try to go for a walk or a run everyday

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  • Where you'll eat, rest and play in the Galapagos

    After a day of fun in the sun and exploring the Galapagos Islands, there's nothing better than coming home to a cool drink and a soft bed. And with Gecko's new boat, the Pelikano, you can rest assured that this is just the beginning.

    We reckon a picture speaks a thousand words, so instead of me telling you all about how cool, new, spacious and sun-drenched the new boat is...why not just look for yourself!

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  • 10 things a gal shouldn't forget to pack

    Some things you only learn are essentials when you find yourself without them. Learn from my mistakes and don't forget to pack the following things!

    Dry Shampoo
    On more adventure oriented trips, daily showers aren't always possible. Today's dry shampoos are nothing like their predecessors, they are easy to use and extremely effective.

    Tampons
    These aren't available everywhere. Avoid unpleasant surprises and bring enough for the duration of your voyage.

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  • My photo journey of Vietnam

    This image pretty much sums up my latest trip to Vietnam...amazing food and pina colada’s. I mean coconut juice.

    The dish pictured below is Bun (vermicelli noodle salad) and it's what I lived off for the entire time I was in Vietnam. It’s the perfect mix of meat, greenery, fried things and noodles all in the one bowl. There were many other amazing dishes of course this one was just the easiest to say.

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