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.

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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Guest post: Things to do in Madaba, Jordan.

Travel blogger Adam Groffman returns with more from the Kingdom of Jordan. The mosaic city of Madaba is most famous for its 6th century map of the Middle East, but Madaba is actually a surprisingly interesting city worth more than … Continue reading

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Paying tribute to the heroes of El Alamein, Egypt

El Alamein in Egypt is an area known for its Commonwealth Cemetery and War Museum, as it was an area which saw heavy fighting during the Second World War. Many brave young men lost their lives here or in the … Continue reading

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Taking in the view from Mount Nebo, Jordan

Adam Groffman is a well-known travel blogger who travelled with us to Jordan over December after winning last year’s XMAS Competition. Here he takes in the view from Mount Nebo and discovers a little more about the area’s history. Read … Continue reading

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Where is the best spot to view the Suez Canal?

The 163km channel, first opened in 1869, connects the Mediterranean with the Red Sea and is one of the world’s most significant waterways. Approximately 50 ships pass through the canal each day taking between 11 and 16 hours to pass. … Continue reading

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