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Is Rio Safe for Tourists?

Is Rio Safe for Tourists?

I travelled to Brazil in 2016 and was in Rio de Janeiro for Carnival, which was incredible although we did have a couple of unnerving experiences.  I haven’t written much about Brazil or Rio yet, so I asked Yvonne from Now in Rio to share her thoughts on a question that is often asked about Brazil’s buzzing city – Is Rio safe for tourists? Favelas. Drugs. Violence. Guns. This is the most common image of Rio that the media chooses…

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Why India is on my Bucket List

Why India is on my Bucket List

“India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great-grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.”  Mark Twain. India is a place that has fascinated me for years, but I haven’t had the chance to go yet.  It does seem to split opinion, and people who have been to India either love it or hate…

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Karlskrona – The Best Place to Visit in Sweden?

Karlskrona – The Best Place to Visit in Sweden?

I loved Karlskrona.  I hadn’t had much time to travel in Sweden, and I admit, I didn’t know what to expect from this small dot on the map.  However, Visit Karlskrona whisked me away on an island adventure of a lifetime.  I had the chance to snorkel with seals in the Baltic Sea, ride a speedboat, sleep in a lighthouse, eat delicious food and explore beautiful towns and villages on the Swedish Coastline, all within easy reach of Stockholm.  Althought…

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What to do in Prague in 2 Days – A Prague 2 Day Itinerary

What to do in Prague in 2 Days – A Prague 2 Day Itinerary

I loved Prague, a beautiful city with plenty to see and do no matter how long you stay there.  I visited Prague in winter, so asked Pierre from Anything Under Our Stars to share his suggestions for what to do in Prague in 2 days whatever the weather, with his Prague 2 day itinerary. If you think that no other city can top Paris, think again! Say hello to Prague, the City of a Hundred Spires.  The city that was…

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A Paella Cooking Class in Barcelona Spain

A Paella Cooking Class in Barcelona Spain

You’ve gawped at Gaudi’s works, peeked in the Picasso Museum & rambled down La Rambla. And now you’re hungry. But perhaps you are hoping for something a little more authentic than the pre-packed, frozen paellas offered in many tourist traps. How about learning to cook paella for yourself, in the home of a local teacher?  A paella cooking class in Barcelona Spain is the perfect way to sample authentic Spanish food – and take the recipe home to make it…

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Prague to Cesky Krumlov Day Trip

Prague to Cesky Krumlov Day Trip

Cesky Krumlov is a beautiful fairytale town in the Czech Republic. Following years of neglect, the town’s architecture has been restored to its former glory and is now a stunning example of a traditional Czech town.  First off, I have to say that if you have more time to spare I highly recommend spending at least one night in Cesky Krumlov, but if you can only spare a day I’ve put together all the information you might need to see…

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How to Save Money Backpacking in Australia

How to Save Money Backpacking in Australia

Australia has been on my bucket list for years.  Ever since I can remember I have wanted to go and explore the land ‘Down Under’, to see kangaroos in the wild, cuddle a koala and get lost in the Bush with Crocodile Dundee.  But it never happened, and instead, I ended up focussing my attention on Latin America (so far, at least).  One of the reasons for this is because I learned how expensive Australia is.  While I am backpacking…

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Camping Alone Safely – 7 Solo Camping Tips

Camping Alone Safely – 7 Solo Camping Tips

Solo camping definitely appeals to me, but the thought of camping alone as a woman makes me nervous!  I asked Paul from Outdoor Choose to share his top solo camping tips to set my mind at ease, and help prepare me for a solo camping trip. Camping alone can be an incredible and enjoyable experience. People do solitary camping for numerous reasons; maybe you have decided to go camping alone for the peace and harmony it offers, or your friends…

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What to do in Antigua Guatemala – The Ultimate Antigua City Guide

What to do in Antigua Guatemala – The Ultimate Antigua City Guide

Why visit Antigua Guatemala?  The jewel in Guatemala’s colonial crown, Antigua manages to combine indigenous Mayan culture with colourful architecture, magnificent crumbling churches, fiery volcanoes and a steady stream of tourists & expats in one gloriously beautiful package.  However, with so much on offer it can be hard to know what to do in Antigua Guatemala, so I’ve picked out the best things to do in Antigua Guatemala for you.  I’ve also included sections on where to stay in Antigua, the…

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Chichen Itza vs Tulum Mayan Ruins in Mexico

Chichen Itza vs Tulum Mayan Ruins in Mexico

The Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico is full of incredible Mayan ruins.  This was the centre of the Maya empire, which stretched all over the Peninsula, and into what is now Belize and northern Guatemala.  Each of the Mayan ruins in Mexico has something special about it, and as no two are alike I would highly recommend visiting as many as you can while you are in the area.  However, if you are short on time, and can only choose one…

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