England in Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Countries To Travel 2020!

With travel restrictions likely to affect our holiday plans for some time, there is no better time than to plan UK staycation! With miles of coastline, and a wealth of countryside to explore, why not make it a roadtrip and reconnect with this beautiful place we call home. Here are some must-do activities on a tour of England!

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Cotswolds

A quintessentially English market town in a truly delightful country setting. Being in an Area of Outstanding Natural beauty, it is an ideal base if you like to enjoy the great outdoors whilst being close to urban comforts.

York

A medieval marvel with cobbled streets, teeny tea rooms, and lots of history to explore! Must-do’s are the Jorvic Viking Centre which offers olfactory insights into centuries past, and of course York Minster.

Lake District

This national park offers stunning scenery and is an amazing place to be for outdoor activities. Whether kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, canyoning, gorge scrambling, via ferrating, abseiling… (you get the picture) is your adrenaline rush of choice, you’ll find it here.

Cambridge

The place to be if you’re after that wind-in-the-willows vibe. Cambridge is a university town with a distinctly erudite atmosphere. Number One activity here is to take a punt tour on the river Cam, and also wander the city’s many bridges. You can see where it got its name.

St Ives, Cornwall

The light here is magnificent, the beaches are beautiful, and the winding streets are a delight to explore. St Ives has a wonderfully cosmopolitan vibe without losing any of its quaint charm. Also excellent for surfing.

Did you know? The England Coast Path is due to be completed in 2020 – this will be an epic 3000 miles long trail of uninterrupted coastal walk!

 

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London

The Capital of the country and full of tourist attractions that are oddly overlooked considering everyone in the country can get here for a day trip. Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, British Museum, National Gallery, and the Victoria and Albert Museum will reconnect you to the culture of the country, and give you an insight into why the tourists flock here – history!

Whitby Bay

Fish and chips followed by a wander along the pier, maybe a ride on the steam train, and if the weather is warm enough a dip in the sea. The North East Coast of England is a rugged and spectacular place to be, and Whitby is the perfect base to explore from.

Stonehenge

A peek into our pagan past, and a wonderfully mystical site to visit. Stonehenge attracts tourists from all over the world, but it is a place we Brits seldom put on our itinerary. Take a trip to connect with your Druid roots!

Tip: Take a hire car! If you are on an epic tour of England, you really should do it in comfort, especially if traveling with the whole family! Remember to take out car hire excess insurance – it will protect you from the potentially high fees associated with exclusions, and save you from purchasing the hire company’s more expensive protection.

New Forest

This is a place where horses, donkeys and cows wander free – a novel and unusual experience, especially if you spend most of your time in a city. The New Forest has a serene outdoorsy feel, great for camping, family bike rides, and kayaking.

Brighton

A small place with everything you could ask for. As well as a vibrant nightlife, great shopping, and a fabulous beach all wrapped up in Victorian splendour, Brighton also sits just on the edge of the South Downs. The perfect balance of city life with country living  – whatever takes your mood.

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Google Translate App Review – Travel App of the Summer 2020

google translate logoThis is an app that could really save your bacon if you get into a pickle abroad. While it’s great if you can decipher a menu and read a few signs, even travellers who are reasonably good at a basic conversation will struggle should they need to find medical assistance or help in an emergency. Thank Google someone developed this app!

What is the Google Translate App?

It’s arguably the most useful app for those who travel around the world, because it simply isn’t possible to learn every language. This app uses the camera, the keypad and the microphone to translate from your native langue into another, or to translate something you don’t understand into something you do.

What does the Google Translate App do?

The camera can be used to instantly translate text in images or in print – a freakily amazing experience! Simply hold your camera over the text and it magically changes into your chosen language. For steadier results, you can take a picture, and then use the translate function.Another option is to speak into the phone, and then the app translate on your behalf. Or you can type or draw characters and have them translated that way

  • Text translation: Translate between 108 languages by typing
  • Offline: Translate with no Internet connection (59 languages)
  • Instant camera translation: Translate text in images instantly by just pointing your camera (90 languages)
  • Photos: Take or import photos for higher-quality translations (50 languages)
  • Conversations: Translate bilingual conversations on the fly (43 languages)
  • Handwriting: Draw text characters instead of typing (95 languages)
  • Phrasebook: Star and save translated words and phrases for future reference (all languages)

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Who is the Google Translate App For?

Absolutely everyone who is travelling to a different country should have this app on their phone. While Google search does have a translate function, this app has so much more, anf it really does alleviate the stress of communication, especially in critical situations.

What do the Google Translate App Reviews Say?

Mind-bogglingly useful, but with limitations. We are pretty sure that advancements in AI technology will overcome all of these little niggles in due course. Basically it’s not perfect, but it does the job well enough to be understood.

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Inspirational Holiday Reads for 2020

There’s nothing quite like kicking back on a sun lounger or comfy sofa and indulging in a good book. We’ve picked a handful that’ll have you hooked on booking your next holiday.

 Motel Vegas by Dr Fred Sigman

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Motel Vegas showcases the rise and fall of Las Vegas’ iconic roadside motels as told by photographer and art historian, Dr. Fred Sigman.  The book is a photographic ode to a bye-gone era and a reflection on America’s iconic automobile culture.

Motels and auto-courts played a significant role in the development of car culture, especially with the advent of famed Route 66, the “Mother Road”. Motel Vegas celebrates the praised architectural vernacular that once dominated Las Vegas’ skyline and served as the foundation for today’s mega-resorts. This book is bound to have you planning your next American Road Trip!

Motel Vegas is available to buy in hardback, published by Smallworks Press.

The Island by Victoria Hislop

The Island is set in the village of Plaka, in sunny Crete, and tells the tale of a woman searching for the truth of her family’s past. Making her first visit to the small village, the protagonist is taken in by the deserted island of Spinalonga, an ex-leper colony, just a short distance across the bay.

This wonderfully atmospheric, award-winning novel will have you yearning to be in the Mediterranean summer sun, especially with the way the book depicts the warmth and charm of the Cretan culture.

One Hundred Summers by Vanessa Branson

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Vanessa is the founder of the Marrakech Biennale, and the well-travelled sister of Richard Branson. One Hundred Summers tells a family tale of the first and second world wars, the rough and tumble of a village childhood, through Cool Britannia and beyond.  The book waves a tapestry of English eccentrics, heroes, lovers and villains and along the way reveals:

  • Tales of Vanessa’s accidental forays into tourism, transforming the Scottish Island of Eilean Shona into a destination retreat and a developing El Fenn, once a crumbling palace into a landmark hotel in Marrakech.
  • Early years spent at Necker Island, a mosquito-infested barren rock.
  • The story of the Marrakech Bieniale, an arts festival that placed that city firmly in the forefront of African, Middle Eastern and Mediterraean art world.

One Hundred Summers is out in May.

 

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Living The Adventure While Life Is On Pause

Don’t stop dreaming! A positive outlook and having future travel plans in place are ways to get through these challenging times; and while no one knows what worldwide travel will look like in a few months time, there is nothing wrong with keeping our hopes high and planning ahead anyway.

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1. Make a meaningful destination wishlist

It is likely that access to affordable travel will be reduced even when we are all allowed to travel freely between countries. As such, make your wishlist a meaningful one – a weekend museum trip to Milan may well be superseded by a hike up Kilimanjaro, even if it means you won’t travel as soon as you are able.

2. See longstay travel adventures as the new eco-option

With fewer planes in the skies, and less traffic on the roads it has been noted that the air is cleaner and that the planet may be happier. Now is the time to embrace lower carbon travel so we can keep these benefits. Taking the slow way on an extended trip to a dream location is by no means a bad thing, especially if you choose to do the bulk of your travel by rail – and think of all the places you get to visit en route!

3. Altruistic adventures make a “holiday” more purposeful

Whether you sign up for a charity fundraising adventure holiday, or you plan to go abroad as a project volunteer – taking the altruistic approach may well give your break abroad more purpose. Not only do you get to enjoy the delights of a dream destination, you also get to support a good cause while you do it.

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4. Get planning to keep motivated

Get the ball rolling so you know what you need to do when the time comes. You could plot routes, make itineraries, create a packing list, work out a budget, make a savings plan, find out what visas and vaccinations you need and even start getting fit if your adventure requires it. Start doing all these things now, and you will be prepared for the adventure of a lifetime when the time comes.

5. Do your research

There has been no better time to read books, watch documentaries and consume travel blogs and vlogs about your chosen destination and activities. Indulge your heart and your mind with the possibilities that await and it really will feel like you are living the adventure even though life is currently on pause.

Your travel adventures, whenever they happen will require travel insurance – while you may not need to purchase a policy right now, we are still open for business and ready to provide the right cover – wherever they are!

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How To Boost Your Wellbeing With Wanderlust During Lockdown

Times are certainly difficult right now, but it is possible to boost your wellbeing even if you can’t leave your home.  Psychology professors have long known that both expressing gratitude, and pursuing goals can measurably raise happiness levels.  So, by looking ahead with an optimistic eye to travel adventures next year, and looking back with thankfulness to adventures past you could make your day that bit better.

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The Optimistic Outlook– Which Destinations are on your wishlist?

Arguably, while we can’t go anywhere – we have the potential to go everywhere with a bit of daydreaming. By using some goal setting techniques, you could even start to build some plans to make those daydreams come true.

The importance of goal setting is to aim for intrinsic goals, the pursuit of things that bring personal happiness, over extrinsic goals, the sort of stuff that brings approval from others. The GREAT news here is that the pursuit of goals while on holiday or travelling is one of the most intrinsic goals out there.*

Task 1:

Start to build your destination wishlist – and really immerse yourself with why you want to go there and what you would do when you are there. Here are some ideas:

  • Sri Lanka to hike the hill country
  • Nepal to go on a yoga retreat
  • Colorado to go white water rafting
  • New Orleans for a Jazz festival
  • Chamonix to go skiing
  • Athens to run a marathon
  • La Rioja to do wine tasting

Don’t hold back, really get your dream on and make a big long list. You could even go as far as printing off pictures and making a vision board – creating a collage that you can look at every day and remind you of what you’d like to do.

“Some of us might wonder if it is feasible or possible to continue striving towards our goals during times of crisis. Research suggests that not only is it possible, but commitment to goals during such times may help us cope better with problems” Prof Sonja Lyubomirsky, The How of Happiness.

Task 2:

Next, it is time to create a plan of action – you won’t raise your happiness unless you are actually doing something in pursuit of your goals. Here are some ideas:

  • Create a home-fitness plan to increase your skill levels and capability for achieving your goal.
    • Hiking might mean building up your step count in your garden, on your stairs and during your daily exercise.
    • Yoga retreat dreams might mean signing up to a live online class like these from Same Star Yoga, committing to following YouTube videos, or downloading an app for your home practice.
    • There are dedicated workouts online for building up strength and body conditioning to improve stamina for skiing and white water rafting. Right now many instructors are documenting their home workouts such as James Wheatley’s No Gym, No Problem series.
  • If something less active, such as jazz festivals and wine tasting, is on your agenda, boost your knowledge with online courses and joining forums to learn more about your subject.
    • Udemy and Coursera are both great online learning platforms, and some have opened up courses for free while people are being asked to stay at home. The Science of Wellbeing by Yale University is one such course available for free on Coursera – just the thing to help boost your wellbeing while you wait to travel.
  • Create a to-do list ready for when you are able to fulfil your travel goal.
    • Plan an itinerary
    • Make a packing list
    • Make a note of any visas and vaccinations needed
    • Work out your route
    • Plan a budget

Task 3:

Commit and be accountable! The idea is to have a plan of action and then carry out that plan, as pursing goals can add much needed meaning to our daily lives. Make a timetable, commit to measuring and tracking your performance and make yourself accountable by sharing your commitment with family members and social groups online.

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Boosting Happiness by Expressing Gratitude

Out of all the tools available to make people happier, psychology professors found that expressing gratitude was the most instant and long lasting technique that worked across the board. There are a variety of ways that gratitude can be expressed, but the most simple and effective way is:

  • For 14 days choose three things a day to be grateful for and write them down  “Today I am grateful for…”
    • This can be as simple as: “Today I am grateful for the warm weather, that I enjoyed a fabulous trip to Rome last September, and that my neighbour left me some home grown veg on the doorstep”. Or you can take some time to expand on the things you feel grateful for by writing a detailed account of past adventures, good times, travels, and family holidays – or reconnecting with the people you met on those travels and reminiscing about the fun you had and the sights you saw.
  • Text your simple list to a friend or family member, or share with someone in your house – the accountability will make the effect stronger.
  • After 14 days carry on with simple things three times a week, or more detailed gratitudes once a week.

These are just a couple of amazing ways to boost wellbeing – you can find out more in the Yale course mentioned, or in Sonja Lyubomirsky’s book The How of Happiness. In the meantime, we are still open for business and ready to provide the right travel insurance for your adventures – whatever and whenever they are!

* Sonja Lyubomirsky, (2007) The How of Happiness, p.217

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10 of the Dreamiest Wish-List Destinations

If money (and travel restrictions) were no object, where would you go and why would you want to go there? Here are our top picks of places we’d rather be!

Kenya

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Going on safari is probably the number one activity that springs to mind when thinking about visiting Kenya. Whether your dream is to take to the savannah on the back of an open-topped jeep, brave a walking safari, or enjoy the views from the safety of a tour bus a Kenyan Safari trip should be on your wish-list!

Canada

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The cool clean air of the mountains, the fabulous vistas, crystal clear lakes and the abundance of wildlife are all reasons to put Canada on the list. Canada also has some pretty amazing cities, great for exploring after a wild escape.

New Zealand

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The light and the landscape here is out of this world, especially in the South Island. This is the place to be if being outdoors is a way of life. Cave systems, mountains, rugged coastlines, hot springs, and golden beaches are all waiting to be explored.

Japan

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Cherry blossoms and sculptured gardens galore makes Japan a wish-list destination for nature lovers, and the high tech cities are a draw for a forward-thinking and future-connected crowd.

Hawaii

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This is the destination of choice if you love being in the water. Whether you like to surf, scuba, snorkel, or try your hand at fishing, Hawaii’s year-round amazing weather, and 750 miles of combined coastline are reason enough to add this fabulous destination to the list.

Norway

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Well known for its spectacular landscapes, mountains and fjords, Norway’s outdoor scene is a major draw for visitors, but it’s urban spaces are also petty chilled and amazing too. In fact, Norway is known as one of the happiest places on the planet – that alone should put this country on your wish-list!

Bora Bora

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Arguably the most indulgent and dreamy destination! Bora Bora may well be the most beautiful island in the world – a beautiful volcanic peak surrounded by clear turquoise lagoon, and rich with marine-life.

Bali

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A tropical paradise that dreams are made of! Bali has rainforests, mangroves, savannahs and mountain regions teeming with an abundance of wildlife. It’s also got some of the best bone-white sandy beaches in the world, and a few volcanic black sand ones too and LOTS of islands to explore!

United Arab Emirates

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Deserts and dunes meet with opulent architecture and extraordinary coastlines, and wherever you go in the UAE, you’ll be rubbing shoulders with the wealthiest people on the planet. This heady combination is what puts the Emirates on our wish list.

Mexico

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A place that has tequila as a national drink, has gotta be a place worth visiting, especially when The Day of the Dead celebrations are in full swing! Mexico also has some exquisite sights such as the pre-Aztec Pyramids of Teotihuacan and the Mayan Chichen Itza. Oh, and let’s not forget those gorgeous golden sand beaches…

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LoungeBuddy App Review – Travel App of the Month February 2020

loungebuddy app review logoThis is the equivalent of an access all areas app for anyone travelling by air – and you don’t have to be flying first class to reap the rewards. No more wondering what it’s like behind those frosted windows, wondering if it’s worth getting in, or indeed if you’ll be let in!

What is the LoungeBuddy App?

It is a straightforward app that lets you view, book, and access airport lounges around the world in less than a minute. It literally takes all the guess work out of booking a lounge, and is the quickest way to escape the stress of waiting in airports!

What does the LoungeBuddy App do?

It displays photos, amenities and reviews from other app users so you can find a lounge of your choice and book straight away. If you add your trip and any elite statuses you have, memberships and even credit cards, LoungeBuddy will find out which lounges you are entitled to use for free, or at a special rate, and even access special perks.

Features:

  • Purchase lounge access with LoungeBuddy and Apple Pay.
  • Lounge Access Wizard – tells you which lounges you may access for free or for a one-time fee.
  • Over 800 of the busiest and most popular airports in the world which is 2000+ lounges and counting!
  • Filter by amenities.
  • View hours, location, ratings, reviews, photos, amenities, access requirements, and guest privileges for each lounge.
  • Set your home airport and manage your status, memberships, photos and reviews.
  • Trip Management (w/ Concur Trip Sync)
  • Complete support for iOS9, Spotlight Search, Apple Pay, and Passbook.

Who is the LoungeBuddy App for?

Frequent fliers will definitely get the most out of this app – having said that, if your trip is a bit of a treat, it’s well worth accessing VIP airport treatment just because you can!

What do the LoungeBuddy App reviews say?

It’s great for large airports where there are loads of lounge options, and really good for knowing what facilities are available in each lounge. One negative issue raised was that it tends to push paid-for lounges before the free options – so keep scrolling folks and check out all the options!

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The Quick Nepal Travel Guide

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What to do in Nepal

You have to immerse yourself in the great outdoors! Nepal is the place to go for accessible hiking experiences, with trails that always end with somewhere warm and welcoming to stay, warm up, or just enjoy something to eat and drink.  Mountaineering, white water rafting, kayaking, canyoning and paragliding are just some of the amazing outdoor activities that you can indulge in with arguably the most spectacular views in the world.

It is also a well known destination for those seeking a spiritual experience – with many retreats nestled away in the mountains. Yoga, meditation, and pranayama are made all the more special with clean mountain air and breath-taking views!

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What to see in Nepal

Apart from the incredible landscape – which includes mountains, jungles, and rivers – make time to see and experience the temples, markets, towns, medieval cities and sacred sites of Nepal. This country is an amazing place to go if you are travelling independently and is well known as a back-packers paradise.  Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur, Thamel and Pokhara should all be on your itinerary – but be warned – there is a lot to see and do in Nepal, chances are you’ll discover that another visit (or three) is needed to fit everything in!

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What to eat in Nepal

Dal Bat is the food of choice in Nepal – a selection of typically vegetarian curry dishes with rice. It is often served for breakfast as well as lunch and dinner. Sel Roti is a tasty deep-fried street snack, great for filling up en-route, or try it for breakfast dipped in yoghurt! Samosas and Momos (a type of steamed dumpling) are also popular, along with a lot of very tasty looking deep-fried treats – usually sold by street vendors. Make sure to go to a vendor that is busy with local customers as the food will be at its freshest and best – and avoid buying from places that look like the food has been sitting out.

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Best time to go to Nepal

Late September to late November is the best time to go to Nepal. The monsoon rains have cleared away bugs, dust, and the stifling hot humid weather of summer. It is also the busiest time in Nepal – so expect prices to be higher and for many, many more tourists out trekking and sight-seeing!  February to April is the second tourist season, the weather is a bit warmer and the days are longer, and it is the best time if you are going for the wildlife! Visibility is reduced by hazy weather – so views are possibly less spectacular.

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Money in Nepal

It is possible to get by in Nepal on less than £30 a day. Pounds, Dollars and Euros are accepted everywhere in Nepal, but should you wish to have some local currency it is wise to get your Nepalese rupees at a money exchange or bank in cities such as Kathmandu or Pokhara. Expect taxi drivers and rickshaw drivers to round-up and note that guides and porters generally expect a 10%-15% tip for their services. Haggling is common in markets, but keep it polite. Tips are not expected in restaurants, but are of course welcomed!

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How To Get The Most From An All Inclusive Package Holiday

All inclusive – a stress free travel option that potentially saves a heap of money too, but will it live up to your expectations? Here are some insider tips and things to consider if you are thinking of going all-inclusive on your next break.

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1. Do the maths and compare providers

Anyone can book to stay at an all-inclusive hotel, you don’t have to go there as part of a full package. As such, it is worth finding out the price of staying at the hotel and seeing if you can get a flight or other transport that works out cheaper than what the package providers are offering.

2. Read reviews before booking

Every hotel is going to have its share of less than lovely reviews, but it will soon become apparent which hotels are ones you’d rather avoid. Look for comments about the quality of food, occurrences of “upset tummies”, the quality of the entertainment, and information about the location and what is nearby.

3. Contact the hotel (not your package provider) before your stay

Ask them to send you all the info about what’s on offer at the hotel, such as what is included, dining times, restrictions, and what perks or services need to be pre-booked. Many all-inclusive hotels have a main dining experience for guests and additional speciality restaurants. While the speciality eateries come at no extra cost, they must be pre-booked and you may find that when you arrive the next available table is a fair few days into your holiday. There are also likely to be complimentary activities or experiences available, which may also need to be pre-booked, and may have an additional charge for equipment hire.

4. Budget for eating out

Even a diverse buffet, and a choice of “speciality restaurant” options can get a bit boring by day 5, as can being tied to the hotel to make the most of the all-inclusive mealtimes. Take a bit of extra cash and treat yourself to a couple of meals out. This way you’ll get a chance to not only explore the local area, but also indulge in a variety of authentic local cuisine. Okay, it may feel wrong to miss out on a free meal or two, but it’ll enrich your holiday experience no end.

5. Stop at Duty Free on the way out

All you can consume free booze is a huge draw for those looking for the perks of an all-inclusive break. Unless you have paid for a top tier package, or a hotel where you can purchase branded drinks at one of the top-end hotels, you might find what you are served a little lacking on the percentage front. Realistically a hotel doesn’t want a complex full of inebriated people, so the drinks served are likely to be a less potent version of what you are used to. The answer is to stop off at Duty Free on the way out of the UK and take your favourite tipple with you – it is likely to be cheaper than what’s on offer nearby and easier to get depending on which country you are visiting and it’ll mean you don’t need to leave the hotel in search of some decent booze.

6. Pack your reusable water bottle

Even if the local water isn’t safe to drink, the water served to guests will be – so take your reusable bottle for them to fill up rather than using one of the small glasses, or small plastic bottles they usually dole out. It is also handy to have if you are going out on a tour or trip and don’t want to add to the plastic waste problem at your destination.

7. Take something to cover your wristband (or use the elastic band trick)

Wearing the all-inclusive wristband outside your hotel can make you an easy target. Either for locals wanting to get as much money as they think they can from you, or worse, for opportunistic pick pockets to lull you into a false sense of security by saying they remember you from your hotel where they are a gardener/bar staff/ porter… Hotels aren’t keen on people removing them and getting new ones, just in case it gets slipped to someone not staying at the hotel so you have a few options: Say you are allergic to plastic, and they should allow you to attach it to a bangle, watch or bag; take a sweatband, large bangles or similar to cover the hotel one when you are out; or cut the tag off and use an elastic band to hold it back together so it can easily be slipped on and off.

8. Choose local tour operators

Your package provider will have a host of trips and tours you can book on. While they will (most probably) use the services of the local community, booking direct with a local tour guide or operator will be benefitting a local community even more directly, and may even give you a more truthful insight into the impact tourism is having on the wider community. If you are not sure which is the better option at your destination ask questions on any popular travel forum.

9. Get travel insurance

Even if you aren’t planning to adventure far, or only intend on taking part in activities provided by the hotel, you must make sure you have adequate travel insurance. Food poisoning, injury, theft, or even the collapse of a tour operator are all things that could be covered by travel insurance.

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Ethical Adventure Holidays Destinations to Visit This Year

If you are looking for an adventure holiday with unspoiled natural beauty, and an authentic cultural experience, choose a destination that has human rights, animal welfare and environmental protection at its heart.

Costa Rica

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Costa Rica’s tag line is “Relax and enjoy the ride.” A spectacularly easy way to enjoy life in this sun-drenched paradise. The “Rich Coast” is well known for amazing vistas – rainforests, beaches, volcanoes; abundant wildlife, and outdoor activities such as hiking, zip-lining, white water rapids, surfing… the reasons to visit Costa Rica don’t stop coming!

Why is Costa Rica an ethical Destination? The Government has really clamped down on animal welfare, making its first prosecutions relating to the trade of shark fins and turtle eggs. It’s also the first country in Central America to create accessible beaches, using recycled material to do so.

Fiji

 

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Enjoy a slice of island time, where the biggest decision you’ll need to make is whether to enjoy the picture-perfect beaches or the gloriously lush island interiors. Fiji is what tropical dreams are made of. Clear blue waters teaming with life, a divers’ paradise; and dense forest ideal for spotting an array of wildlife. Kadavu, in particular, is the place to go for a peaceful hike as there are next to no roads on the island.

Why is Fiji an ethical Destination? Fiji is vulnerable to climate change, and the Government is making progress to protect the reefs and diverse wildlife through tackling industrial pollution and plastic pollution on the island.

Travel Insurance for Sports & Activities – Medical travel insurance is more important than ever. Most policies that come with packaged bank accounts, credit cards and the like only have limited cover, whereas many activities are covered by our policies as standard. Adventure sports can be added quickly and easily as can flexible cover for casual or competitive participation. If you are hoping to take part in the more extreme outdoor activities, are enjoying an extended period of travel, or want to make sure that you are covered for a pre-existing condition or in specific circumstances – get dedicated travel insurance!

Ecuador

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This tiny country packs in both the Amazon rainforest and the Andes, and historic towns with an abundance of 17thCentury architecture. Mountain biking, hiking, horse riding and white water rafting are just some of the outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy – made all the more spectacular with the verdant Ecuadorian backdrop!

Why is Ecuador an ethical Destination? The country is working hard to move away from mining – particularly in protected and indigenous territories – and towards a sustainable bio-economy. The Government here is also improving its anti-corruption efforts.

Nepal

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Mountain life doesn’t get more blissful than this. Nepal’s iconic landscape is just as popular with hikers and adventures as it is with travellers who just want to kick back and relax in a spiritual sanctuary. It’s also easy to find outdoor activities with an adrenaline kick here too – white water rafting, bungee jumping, climbing, paragliding and mountain biking are all easy to find in Nepal.

Why is Nepal an ethical Destination? Animal welfare is being taken very seriously now in Nepal. Animal sacrifices are now banned, as is the culling of street dogs, tiger poaching is down so much that it looks like Nepal could actually double its tiger population and in recent years there has been zero rhino poaching.

The Gambia

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The wildlife is where it’s at in The Gambia. Crocs, hippos, giraffes, monkeys, manatees, and hundreds of species of bird can be found in and around the river that runs through to country to the Atlantic Ocean – making it an ideal place for a safari adventure. Kayak adventure tours are also popular, or you can just chill on the beautiful beach and soak up the sun!

Why is The Gambia an ethical Destination? The Gambian Government is working hard to create an economy based on sustainable natural resources and renewable energy, whilst improving its amenities for travellers. A commendable and delicate balance as an eco-tourist hot-spot.

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