Africa - take a closer look

There's no place on earth quite like Africa. From wildlife to deserts to mountains and beyond, once Africa has touched your heart she never lets go.

For many, it's a dream they don't ever intend to fulfil. Price, distance and the sheer other-worldiness means many of us think, "I'd love to go, but probably never will." Well, now is the time. Don't wait any longer.

Africa is calling. Open your ears and your heart and take the leap. She won't disappoint. Here's a selection of images to inspire you:

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How I travelled Turkey like a brave chicken

Last year around February a friend sent me an article listing the top ten most beautiful places in the world. As I was scrolling down the list, an image immediately grabbed my attention. It was something called The Giant Heads in Mt Nemrut National Park in Turkey.

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Timbavati bush school

Kids are curious by nature. They love to get outside, explore and play in their surroundings. What they might not realise is that they're actually learning about the world around them. 

At Timbavati bush school, this theory is put into action. Established in 2001, the school invites students from 27 schools in the area to attend a three-day course. This course educates them about conservation and environmental awareness while letting them have fun and explore their surroundings at the same time. 

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What's it like to trek Machu Picchu? See for yourself

Our legendary film crew have done it again, this time capturing the essence of Peru as they join a Gecko's small group tour. 

Take a look at their footage, and be prepared to want to book a trip immediately! You can really feel what it's like to be there, and get a great sense of the group's elation as they finally make it to the Sun Gate at Machu Picchu.

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America's great music destinations

From the outside world, the United States often gets a bit of a bad name when it comes to culture and arts. People often feel as though the country is entirely concerned with producing cookie cutter artists and stars.

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Where to eat in Marrakech

You'll smell Marrakech before you've had a chance to taste it. The air around Djemaa el Fna square is filled with the scent of aromatic tagines and freshly squezed orange juice. It's the sort of place you can follow your nose, safe in the knowledge it will lead you somewhere special.

The beauty of a day spent in the souqs is that you'll quickly work up an appetite. There's no shortage of places to eat, but here's three that all offer something different:

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Saluting the sun in Udaipur

There are countless towns scattered throughout Rajhistan – exploring this Indian state is a journey in itself. No matter whether you spend five days there or 50, there is one experience you simply cannot miss. For me, Udaipur was the place.

For you, who knows, maybe Jodhpur? Maybe Jaipur? Maybe all of them?

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Give it up for travel!

The decision to travel can be a double-edged sword. In the beginning, it's all about the excitement - spending your lunch hour on travel websites, poring over brochures, deciding on a destination, booking leave from work and bragging to your family and friends.

But then reality sets in, and the dreaded budget rears its ugly head. Suddenly, spending $5 on a salad roll for lunch each day seems like a luxury. And dropping $18 on a movie ticket makes your eyes widen in horror...even if it does star Ryan Gosling.

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Great day trips from Lisbon

Although Portugal is no longer Europe's best kept secret, you can still escape the busy crowds. The capital, Lisbon, is a magical place to start your Portuguese sojourn - anyone fancy a riverside wander along cobblestone streets framed by looming cathedrals? Time spent in Lisbon either before or after a tour is well worth it, here are some incredible day trips so you can explore more of Portugal’s precious sites.

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Remembering the ANZACs: Part 2

This is Part 2 of Sarah Yates' blog about her trip to Gallipoli for the ANZAC Day Dawn Service. Read Part 1 here.

The conflicted feelings I had about the music and the drinking and the party fell away in the silence. The dark was all-encompassing. 15,000 people wondered as one how the men had felt watching the dawn on that day all those years ago. 15,000 people listened as one to Attaturk’s famous poem:

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