Florence Italy - a Shoppers Guide

Here’s a secret: the best shopping in Italy isn’t located in Rome or Milan. It’s in Florence. If you’re planning on visiting a few different cities in Italy, see the Coliseum in Rome, take a gondola ride in Venice, and wait until you arrive in Florence to do your hardcore shopping.

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Your Tour - Custom Travel in New Zealand

The term 'custom travel' gets thrown around a lot these days - it seems every second operator is running tailored trips. The reality is that not every custom trip is created equal. Some may boast about flexible itineraries but when the rubber meets the road you're left with a few...

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The Fish Foot Spa in Kuala Lumpur

A rainy day in Kuala Lumpur. It's not surprising, given that it's Malaysia's rainy season, but it's enough to put a damper on our plans to go for a walk in the forest. We duck out of our hostel into the Chinatown markets, and spend an hour finding and eating...

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Surfing El Salvador

It was raining and cold in La Antigua de Guatemala, I was tired of cobbled streets and being damp. The rainy season had dragged on and landslides had closed a number of roads. It was time for a change.

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On The Way - Walking Across Spain

Beautiful views, outdoor living, good food - and 30km of walking a day. It isn't everyone's idea of a good time, but the Camino de Santiago is gaining popularity by the day. People have walked westwards across Spain for thousands of years for various reasons, but the Way became popular...

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Packed in, not packaged - travelling around the Dominican Republic

Being a regular tourist can be an altogether easy task; everything can be laid on for you, all inclusive, gated living, clean beaches and no hassle from the locals. What is missing for many is the interaction with the daily life of the host country and the feeling that, for...

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Wine Straight From The Vine in Austria

When people think of towns and cities in Austria, they usually think of elegant Vienna, Innsbruck with its ring of snow-capped mountains, or Salzburg of "the Sound of Music" fame. No-one I have ever spoken to has sung the praises of Sankt Anna am Aigen.

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The Pitfalls of Credit Card Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is one of those expenses that you debate before you hit the road. Should you risk it and go without or spend a bit extra, just in case. Talk to anyone who's been injured, lost their luggage, had their flight canceled or one of the other million things...

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7 Ways to Stay Safe When You Find Yourself in a Hurricane

This is the story of a hurricane - I am rapidly becoming a hurricane magnet and it not funny! The Caribbean in summer is notorious for hurricanes however by October they no longer come over from the Cape Verde region but are formed more locally and can arrive like a gatecrasher...

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How To Pack Light

After four-and-a-half years of travel, people often ask us for advice. And the single best piece of advice I can offer isn't anything new: pack light. When we set off on our Grand Tour in 2006, Craig and I each had a 70 litre pack, and we had the full...

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