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.

Driving into the hills of Nuwara Eliya

Matt recently returned from Sri Lanka, and here he writes about the journey into the tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya. It’s early when we start our drive north from Beruwala. We pass rubber plantations, palm trees, mangroves and rice paddies … Continue reading

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Inti Raymi – Festival of the Sun

Steeped in rich history stretching back many thousands of years, Peru has a wealth of treasures to discover – including the remarkable festival of Inti Raymi. Read on for details about Inti Raymi, Festival of the Sun. Inti Raymi dates … Continue reading

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The Hidden Gems of Beijing

  Beijing is an incredibly busy city, and in the midst of all the modern development it can be hard to know where to find remnants of China’s rich cultural past – without guidance that is. You don’t have to … Continue reading

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Hidden gems in the rolling hills of Vietnam

Recently I was fortunate enough to travel to Vietnam. This was my first time back in 15 years and I was curious to see how much things had changed… Vietnam now has many more 3, 4 and 5 star hotels … Continue reading

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The Hidden Gems of Israel – by Matthew Teller

I remember blinking as I unfolded the map. It was brightly coloured, with photos alongside – obviously designed for tourists – and it showed a slice of northern Israel, either side of the biblical city of Nazareth. And it was … Continue reading

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Amar Grover pays homage to Kandy’s Temple of the Tooth….

Following on from our video earlier in the week featuring images from the fascinating Kandy Festival of Sri Lanka, here is a first-hand account from travel expert Amar Grover. Each summer, one of South Asia’s greatest spectacles unfolds on the … Continue reading

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Exploring India’s Tea-Growing regions

Kerry and Kim from The Tea Centre recently travelled with us to India on the ‘India with the Tea Centre‘ tour, visiting working tea plantations in the Darjeeling and Assam regions of India. Read all about their adventure into tea country right … Continue reading

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Top 5 Hidden Gems of India

Everyone’s heard of India’s star attractions, but there are some delightful spots beyond the shadow of the Taj Mahal that deserve just as much attention. Here’s a list of 5 must-see sites to see when you’re visiting the sub-continent and … Continue reading

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Howard’s Way

Guest expert Wendy Gomersall visited Egypt, and the home of world-renowned archaeologist Howard Carter – the man who uncovered the tomb of the boy king Tutankhamen back in 1922. Imagine it – after years and years spent rummaging around in … Continue reading

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Jordan: what to expect

By Matthew Teller Sunshine. That’s one big thing to expect in Jordan. But there’s a few others, too. You could expect a completely unique afternoon in a totally unvisited low-income neighbourhood of East Amman hanging out with local kids, having … Continue reading

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