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20 reasons why you should travel in your 20’s

Your 20’s, your prime years… So you’ve left uni and Pound a Pint is a distant memory! You’re at a crossroads in life, who wants to settle down now? Not you! So you book that one way ticket to Aus in the hope that you become a professional surfer and never return. If that’s not you and you still need a little persuading then here’s my top 20 reasons why you, YES YOU, should travel in your 20’s.

1. Everyone’s Doing It! You don’t want to be the weird one that hits 30 and doesn’t have an obscure story about how you wrestled a crocodile do you?!

2. Your Figure. You’ve got a pretty fit body and let’s face it, that’s not going to last forever. So put on your Triangle bikini and Instagram your shit down on Bondi Beach. #selfie

3. Your Credit Card. By now it’s your friend, your best friend, and you’ve already racked up a debt of twenty something ‘k’ on that worthwhile degree, so what’s the harm in spending a little more?

4. Your Bodies a Machine. Literally. At what other age can you stay up partying ‘til 5 and catch that 8am flight

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St Patricks Day; 4 reasons to visit Ireland

Our beloved Ireland, home to the Fairies, Leprechauns & Shamrocks, I visited Dublin a little earlier in the year and fell in love with the mystique and charm of the country. Here at my 4 reasons why you should add Ireland to your travel journals for 2015.
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1. Guinness- Irelands favourite tipple and consumed worldwide. Visit the Guinness Storehouse situated at St James Gate Brewery, Dublin. The attraction now welcomes over 1million visitors each year. Tourists flock to discover the history and experience hands on the process of creating the perfect pint. Whilst you’re here you’ll learn how to pull the perfect pint and even sample your produce.
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2. Giant’s Causeway – The only NUESCO World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland! Emerge yourself in Tradition Irish Folklore and discover the tales of how the Causeway was created by Giant Finn McCool, legend reveals all there is to know about this fantastic attraction.

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Travel Food, the good and the bad

I’m sure more than enough of us are well conversed in the art of ‘pre-holiday diets’, I know I’m a sucker for fad dieting! But how can you make sure that holiday figure remain ensuring you don’t return home with an unwanted souvenir around your waist!

Holiday eating is different from Travel eating, for a start travellers don’t usually have the privilege of an all-inclusive hotel, plus we don’t have the funds to splurge on expensive three course meals, but we all have the potential to pick the wrong foods whilst away. So here’s my top tips on how to avoid gaining extra pounds whilst abroad.

Choosing a starter as a main – it’s easy to over indulge, why not opt for a starter or two starter combined rather than a main. By doing this we often avoid all the unhealthy sides such as fries and end up with the best part of the meal! Try Tapas style food if you want to try the countries delicacies.

Opt for Self Catering Accommodation – this way you can cook the healthy food you eat back at home, and it also means you don’t over eat at breakfast. Do a quick food shop and stock up on fruit to keep you going through the day.
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Share meals with your partner – when we visited America last year the portion sizes were incredible, we opted to split the meal. This works better with the likes of Fajita style dishes for the ease of plate sharing!
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Keep up the fitness – we understand it’s not always possible to find a gym, but get out in the air and walk, swap your beach day for a day of exploring that local waterfall.

Rebekah xx

Insurance, getting the right cover

Sounds pretty simple and boring, I mean how many times has your mum nagged you to be careful and remember your insurance? Well your mum’s right, when travelling it really is important that you are covered correctly, who wants to find out their not covered whilst laid up in a foreign hospital? Here’s my 5 essential’s when taking out travel insurance for your next trip.

1. Be covered for your destination – How daft does this one sounds! It’s true though, you might be venturing off to Europe for some inter-railing but are you covered for Turkey? Morocco? Places like these are often excluded from European travel insurance so check before you purchase.
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USA; 12 crazy things about America!

12 of the oddest things you should come probably come to terms with before you visit the USA

1. They tip! EVERYONE! See here, my guide to tipping in the USA

2. Tax, you pick it up at a nice round $10 and then BOOM ‘that’ll be $12.39 please’ WHAT?!
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3. Their amazing approach to explaining directions ‘ok so what you’re gonna do is you’re gonna make a right, and then make a left’ AWSOME!
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4. Supersize! Oh yes, been faced with the ‘want to make that a large’ is considered an insult ‘want to make that supersize’ is now the question

5. Crossing the road. In England, its pretty much a free for all. Crossings are there but whatever. Oh no in America, you cross at crossings, crazy right?
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6. Cheerleaders, at almost every sporting event they are there! WHY?!

7. Pep rally’s, again, what even is this?!
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8. Peanut Butter, you guys have it on all the menu’s, even with Jam.

9. Flags, patriotism and dedicated love for the United States of America
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10. Oprah

11. Free refills, amazing and slowly reaching us in the UK but American’s love the free refills!

12. 7/11, you’ve got one on EVERY corner.
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Accept these 12 factors for an awesome trip! I love you America!

Lots of love, Rebekah xx

World Travel; Top tips for cheap flights!

It’s easy to rack up a hefty bill when travelling, flights them-self take up the majority of the cost. Here’s my 5 top tips for avoiding the sting and booking cheap flights:

1. Utilise Sky Scanner! Seriously, if you’re not restricted to dates or location then search by price, my favourite past time is playing with locations and dates to work out the cheapest possible combinations, you’ll be amazed when you find flights to Europe for as little as £16 one way. Cheers Sky Scanner!
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2. Is there a perfect time to buy flights? YES, flights are at their cheapest the day/week they come out so if you’re looking at booking a specific location get it booked well in advance.
image3. Avoid kid holidays, a cliché in the travel world but one worth pointing out, make sure you’re not travelling during school holidays, prices are renowned for being higher than usual.

4. Incognito is your friend! Ever wondered why flight prices can change, the first couple of time you check them they are the same and then BAM, gone up! .. yeah well some airlines monitor the traffic to their sites, use a private browser to avoid getting stung.
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5. Travel weekdays. Personally I find the best prices when booking mid week, simply because not many people shop for flights mid week. Same goes for travel dates, try flying on a Tuesday/ Wednesday and or returning on a Saturday for cheaper flights!
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I’d love to hear any tips you’ve picked up, feel free to share them!

Rebekah xx

Europe; Amsterdam: how to see it in 1 day.

So you’ve got one day to see the city, where do you start. Although Amsterdam is heavily associated with drugs and prostitution, there really is so much more to see and do. From the Van Gough Museum to the Heineken Brewery there really is something for everyone.

So, Amsterdam in 12hours.

9am- if your fortunate enough to be up and about for 9am then you’ll probably find not much else is, take yourself down to the Dam Square and grab a coffee and croissant, watch the city come to life.

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10.30- consider visiting a museum of choice, try the Van Gough, Anne Franks House or Madam Tussauds,
now is a great time before the queues get too long.

12.00- take a wander down the red light district of the city, not quite as seedy as you’d be lead to believe. Do not take photographs of these girls, they don’t respond well.

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1.00- fancy some lunch, just down from the Dam Square are many ally’s lined with great eateries! I’d recommend Pasta Pasta!

2.30- once you’ve explored the many souvenir shops, take a walk back across the Dam Square and over to the ‘I Amsterdam’ sign! Great for a photo opportunity.

3.00- Amsterdam’s most famous for a city of bikes, why not hire a city bike and go explore the city, find a nice spot by the river bed to sit and watch the world go by.

5.00- the city really does come to life at night! Head off for some tea before hitting the bars for a couple of bevs!

Hope this helps! Here’s some personal snaps from my time in the city.

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