Hidden Gems

Introducing you to some of the more unusual parts of the world to experience on your travels. Be it off the beaten track, a hidden gem that is rarely visited or simply the weird and wonderful of the world, it will be well worth the effort to seek these out.

A different side to Egypt …

Given Egypt’s location and long history, it truly is a fascinating mix of Arabian, African and European cultures. From modern resorts such as Sharm El Sheikh and Hurghada, to the old city streets and markets of Cairo, Egypt has everything. … Continue reading

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The Essaouira Gnaoua and World Music Festival

Morocco is a land with a rich and varied culture which has consistently inspired musicians, writers and other creatives across the world for decades. The Rolling Stones were drawn to the allure of Marrakech, while Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and … Continue reading

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Pi’s Pondicherry

With charming colonial architecture, a quaint seafront promenade and an interesting spiritual heritage, the small city of Pondicherry, has been drawing discerning travellers for years, in search of enlightenment and that authentic southern Indian experience. Now the city is attracting … Continue reading

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Giant Pandas – the Chengdu Research Base

Guest blog by Clare Kendall, freelance journalist and photographer I knew that baby pandas would be cute but nothing prepared me (a hardened journalist) for just how impossibly, unbearably, achingly cute they would be in the flesh (or rather fluff). … Continue reading

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Walking with Lions

Check out these photos from our Walking With Lions tour in Antelope Park, Gweru. The pictures really speak for themselves. The chance to get this close to big cats on safari is a once-in-a-lifetime deal, and supports a critical conservation … Continue reading

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Off the beaten track in Jordan

It very often happens in this job. Customer jealousy, that is. We’ve set up an amazing adventure in the desert or the jungle – and now you lot are going! Meanwhile, we sit chained to our desks, dreaming of the … Continue reading

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Hidden Gems: White Night at the Museums

In the early summer months in St Petersburg, the sun doesn’t really set. The city is so far inside the Arctic Circle that it enjoys weeks of virtually continuous daylight. Russians call this time of year the season of the … Continue reading

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Hidden Gems: Visiting Kashmir

Srinagar lies in the beautiful Kashmir Valley, a heavily disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir. Srinagar acts as the summer capital of the region, whilst the city of Jammu, farther south on the plains is the winter capital. Situated on … Continue reading

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Hidden Gems: Leh and Ladakh

Ladakh, which is the name given to the eastern two-thirds of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, is a true Hidden Gem of India’s Kashmir and High North region. A vast highland desert lying between the Karakoram and Himalayan mountain … Continue reading

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Exploring China’s Longmen Grottoes

Art galleries are not to everyone’s taste, but where do you go to get your culture fix if the likes of the Louvre and the Tate aren’t for you? Dotted all over the world there are amazing cultural sites out … Continue reading

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