Fit For A Queen: Royal Destinations In England

If you’ve ever seen yourself living like the royals and calling a palace home, then you can get one step closer to living that fairy tale by visiting some of the most iconic places by royal association. 

Buckingham Palace

If you’re around Buckingham Palace (just casually) between late July and the end of September, you’ll be able to explore 19 magnificent State Rooms, where all of them are furnished with some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection. Buckingham Palace is the office and London residence of Her Majesty the Queen, so you’re practically coming over for tea!

Kensington Palace

The birthplace and childhood home of Queen Victoria and now home to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Kensington Palace is open to the public to view Princess Diana’s, Diana: Her Fashion Story exhibition featuring some of the Princess of Wales’ most famous outfits.

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Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey is known for being the host of many royal weddings, including that between Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and it even goes as far back as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. It’s also the site for coronations in the UK, making it rich in history. You can book tickets to visit the Abbey or, you can join in on a service for free!

Windsor Castle

Windsor Castle serves as the official residence of the Queen for one month over Easter (March-April) and, she spends her weekends there. Windsor Castle was founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century and has housed 39 monarchs. It’s open to visitors year-round and, you can even visit St George’s Chapel (within the grounds of Windsor Castle) where Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married!

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Crown Jewels at the Tower of London

If you’ve ever wanted to see the Crown Jewels in the flesh, head to the Tower of London for your chance to be amazed. The Tower of London has stored crowns and ceremonial regalia for over 600 years, and they are possibly the most-visited objects in Britain, with over 30 million visitors! They’re sure to take your breath away.

Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason

Dine like the Queen at Fortnum & Mason, which is known as the Queen’s grocer. Make a booking at the Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, which was opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2012, while accompanied by the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duchess of Cambridge. From finger sandwiches, Fortnum’s scones, afternoon tea cakes and delicious tea blends, it’s an experience that will make you feel like royalty.

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If you’re looking for a magical way to spend Christmas time in Europe, you have no other option than to visit the amazing Christmas markets that take place in a variety of countries and locations across Europe! From tasty desserts to gorgeous light displays and market stalls, you’ll feel like a kid at…Christmas!

Zagreb, Croatia

Zagreb Christmas Market is packed with things to do – concerts, events, food specialties, colourful displays, festive food & drinks, choirs and more. At the Zagreb Christmas Market, you can pick up some Christmas presents to take home while you browse the stalls and sip on mulled wine!

Cologne, Germany

Germany know how to put on a fabulous Christmas market and this one in Cologne is no different! Think hot chestnuts and gingerbread, wreath binders and glassblowers, Christmas music, arts and crafts, toys and more. It’s set to be a lovely experience for the whole family.

Strasbourg, France

Known as one of Europe’s oldest Christmas markets, Strasbourg is a Christmas Market you’ll want to add to your list. Pick up some traditional Alsatian Christmas decorations, enjoy delicious food, enjoy the range of shows and concerts on offer and check out the big nativity scene in the cathedral. Also, each year, the market is dedicated to a different country! Which makes it an even more amazing multicultural event.

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Vienna, Austria

Vienna have been acing Christmas markets since back in the Middle Ages! There’s a range of stalls and experiences for you to get excited over and they’re bound to bring out the Christmas spirit in you! From learning how to make Christmas cookies to browsing through traditional handcrafted goods, there’s so many markets to enjoy.

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Prague, Czech Republic

What’s the festive season without Christmas carols?! Prague host a wonderful Christmas market that aren’t only easy on the eye, but are fulfilling for the soul! The mighty Christmas tree will blow you away, as will the bright, festive wooden huts filled with local goodies! Don’t forget to chow down on delicious ham roasted on the spit, nibble on pretty pastries and sip tasty drinks to warm you up!

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If you’ve ever wanted to feel like an American and represent the red, white and blue, there are ways that you can join in on all the action on 4th of July and fit in with all the proud Americans! Here’s what you can put on your list:

🇺🇸Go to the rodeo

If you’re looking for an experience like no other, then you have to go to a rodeo! Visit the one place where you can get in on all the action – Texas. They were right when they said everything is bigger in Texas! Here, you can see real cowboys do their thing while you indulge in some of the heartiest food in America! You’ll be set for dinner & a show!

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🇺🇸Eat the American way

America is known for their huge meal sizes and for all of our guilty pleasures: burgers, hot dogs, fries, steak and their popular fast food outlets! Be authentically American by having a feed at the Hard Rock Cafe or trying a delicious milkshake at a traditional all-American diner! Whatever you choose, make sure you order alllll the food!

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🇺🇸Check out the Grand Canyon

Have you even been to America if you haven’t gone to the Grand Canyon? Known as one of the most beautiful sites in the world, the Grand Canyon is an absolute must-see! You can even stay close by and soak up all of the history by booking in for a tour! Now, that’s a tick off the bucket list!

🇺🇸Head to a football or baseball game

What’s more American than heading to an NFL or baseball game? Get patriotic and join in on the insane atmosphere at a sporting event! Heading to a football or baseball game will give you all of the American vibes…and do we even need to mention the food?

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🇺🇸Get a photo with the Hollywood sign

No one goes to LA without checking out the Hollywood Sign! This cultural icon and landmark is a tourist attraction and proudly American. It’s one of the first things anyone wants to see when they land in the city and rightly so, it means you’re amongst some of the world’s biggest stars!

What To Do On Your Holiday In Japan

Japan has so much tradition and phenomenal locations to explore and immerse yourself in. From getting up-close-and-personal with robots to walking through an enchanting tunnel of flowers, Japan has it all! If you haven’t yet crossed it off your map, now’s the time to plan your trip!

Go skiing in Niseko

Niseko is famous for its tree runs and wide-open space, making it the go-to for tourists who want to hit the slopes. Not only does Niseko get up to 15m-18m per season of snowfall, but there’s a whole village to enjoy as well! There’s shopping, activities, restaurants and great nightlife. It has everything you need for a great ski holiday!

Walk through the magical Wisteria Tunnel

If you ever pretended to be a fairy when you were a kid, your dreams are about to come true! Wisteria Tunnel in Kitakyushu is filled with gorgeous wisteria flowers at the Kawachi Fuji Gardens, turning it into a pretty pastel walkway. You’re sure to be mesmerised!

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Take in the view of Mount Fuji

Mount Fuji is Japan’s highest mountain and can be visible from Tokyo on a clear day. This now dormant volcano and World Heritage listed location can be seen by bus, train, car or, you can go on a guided tour. If you love a bit of adventure, you can even look into climbing Mount Fuji during peak season.

Visit ancient Buddhist temple, Sensoji

Known as one of Tokyo’s most popular temples, Sensoji is an ancient Buddhist temple which was founded around 645 AD. But the temple isn’t just the only part to look forward to. There are shops (Nakamise Dori) leading up to the monument itself, where you can buy Japanese souvenirs, fans, T-shirts, local snacks and more. Sensoji is one of the most visited religious sites in the world and is worth every second!

Watch a show at Robot Restaurant

Have you even been to Tokyo if you didn’t go to the Robot Restaurant? Situated in the Shinjuku nightlife district, this over-the-top show features dancers, special effects, techno music and, even monsters. You’ll be transported to another world with this jaw-dropping show!

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Be amazed by the Bamboo Forest

This natural bamboo forest in Arashiyama, Kyoto is a tourist hot spot. Walk down bamboo pathways and take in the picture-perfect stalks that rise metres above you. There’s nothing quite like it and if you’re going to do it right, Japan is the place to go!

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Experiences You Must Do In South America

South America has so much culture, things to do and get involved in. What better way to start correlating your bucket list than adding some South America must-dos to the list? Here’s what you can’t miss out on:

Angel Falls, Venezuela

The world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall, Angel Falls in Venezuela is 979 metres tall and plunges 807 metres down! It’s one of Venezuela’s top tourist attractions and even inspired the setting of the Disney animated film, Up!

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Amazon Jungle, Peru

The Amazon is the world’s largest tropical rainforest and home to an array of animals – 427 mammals, 1,300 birds, 37 reptiles and more than 400 amphibians. Located in the heart of Brazil, it covers an impressive 7 million square kilometres!

Machu Picchu, Peru

This 15th century Incan city is the best-known archaeological site in South America and is a huge drawcard for tourists from all around the world. It’s known for its intriguing buildings, with its former use remaining a mystery.

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

Want some salt with that? Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat, left like that after a prehistoric lake went dry. Now, it’s a huge landscape of bright-white salt and rock formations and is now home to pink flamingos! It’s a photographer’s dream.

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Rio Carnival, Rio de Janeiro

Eclectic costumes, music to make you dance all night and a carnival parade filled with spectacular floats: it’s Rio Carnival! The festival is held every year before Lent and is considered as the biggest of its kind in the world! You can expect to see huge numbers turnout to this six-day carnival, like two million people per day. It’s an experience you won’t want to miss.

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How To Make Your Money Last Longer On Holidays 

Going on holiday is the best. You get away from day-to-day life, you get to experience new things, but with travelling comes the costs. But, there are ways to work around it when it comes to saving money on holidays. Follow these simple steps to have a hassle-free holiday:

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Book tours and entertainment in advance

When it comes to tours and entertainment, it’s always better for your bank account to book in advance. You can snap up some cheaper tour passes and save money if you buy any early bird tickets, so make sure you trawl the booking websites before reaching your destination and also have a clear idea of what you want to do and see so you’re not wasting time.

Catch public transport

It can be tempting to catch taxi’s and Uber’s everywhere, but public transport will save you a whole lot of money. Purchase a travel pass for multiple days so you’re not forking out extra cash on back-and-forth tickets every day. Depending on where you go, a lot of cities have amazing metro train systems, making travel so much faster because there’s no traffic! You’ll be glad you got around this way!

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Research meal deals

One of the biggest account drainers is buying food! Limit yourself to where you go to eat out and research meal deals in advance to get more bang for your buck. There might be certain meals for cheap on a particular day or happy hour for local eateries.

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Stick to a budget 

The best way to ensure you travel smart and save money is by sticking to a budget! Calculating in advance and getting an estimate on what you can expect to be paying is a great way to start planning your trip. While on your holiday, tracking your expenses will help to keep you on track.

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Booking a trip to Los Angeles soon and want to soak up all things Hollywood and movie stars? Well, now you can! We’ve compiled the best list of what you can do once you touch down in La La Land. You won’t want to leave without experiencing the best of what they have to offer:

See how the movies are made at Universal Studios Hollywood

If you’re a sucker for all things Hollywood and movies, then this is the ultimate tour for you – and let’s be real, you couldn’t get any closer to Hollywood blockbusters than this. Go on tours for War of the Worlds, Jaws and King Kong, check in at Bates Hotel from Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ and check out all things Fast & Furious. You can also explore Hogwarts and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, The Walking Dead attraction, Enter the world of The Simpsons and visit Springfield and much more!

Visit the iconic Hollywood Sign

Are you even in LA if you don’t visit the Hollywood Sign? This is hands-down Hollywood’s biggest star and it’s the perfect backdrop for a classic tourist snap. Whether you want to hike up and get up-close-and-personal with the sign or simply post a snap from afar, this has to be #1 on your ‘To Do’ list!

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Shop on Rodeo Drive

Feel like an A-lister and take a stroll down one of the most famous strips for shopping, Rodeo Drive! Whether you’re up for some new luxury goods or just a bit of window shopping, you’re sure to feel like you’re one of the stars. Hey, you might even spot one!

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Search for your favourite stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Walk along the world’s most famous sidewalk and search for the names of your favourite stars! From Marilyn Monroe, Steven Spielberg and Michael Jackson to Cameron Diaz, NSYNC, Minnie Mouse and more, you’ll be stopping to take photos at every Hollywood star!

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Take a trip to Santa Monica Pier

At over 100 years old, Santa Monica Pier is still one of the most popular tourist destinations and just a 20-minute drive from central LA! Take a ride on the popular Santa Monica Pier Carousel, enjoy the Pacific Park amusement park on the pier, play arcade games, grab some snacks and enjoy the beach!

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Go to the happiest place on earth, Disneyland!

Walt Disney knew what he was doing when he built Disneyland, also known as the happiest place on earth! You definitely don’t have to be a kid to enjoy it, either because there’s so much to do, see and enjoy! Check out Space Mountain, the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, Mickey’s Fun Wheel, Splash Mountain, Sleeping Beauty Castle, Minnie’s House, Mad Tea Party, Dumbo The Flying Elephant and many more rides & attractions! You also can’t miss the shows, character experiences, and all the Disney merchandise!

Your Guide To Hong Kong

If you have Hong Kong on your radar, there are some glorious places you need to visit to make your trip extra fun! Known for being a great holiday destination with all the shopping and adventure at your fingertips, Hong Kong has it all:

Release your inner-child at Hong Kong Disneyland

Watch the magic of Disney come to life before your eyes at Hong Kong Disneyland! See some of your fave Disney characters, like Mickey & Minnie, Moana, Rapunzel, Tinker Bell, Donald Duck, Snow White and more! There’s exciting live shows, attractions, dining and events!

Be amazed by The Peak

A must-do in Hong Kong is The Peak Tram Ride! This highly popular tram ride takes you through tunnels which exhibit over 200 pieces of memorabilia! There’s 15 themed sections, taking you back to Hong Kong in the 19th and 21st century. You’ll also be treated to spectacular views at 1,300 feet above sea level!

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Ride The Star Ferry

For a bit of sightseeing that’s great value for money, you can’t go past The Star Ferry at Victoria Harbour. It’s one of the most photographed harbours in the world and carries passengers between Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. Star Ferry carries over 70,000 passengers a day and is hands down one of the best ferry rides!

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Watch the races at Happy Valley Racecourse

If you love going to the races, you have to visit Happy Valley Racecourse, where you’ll watch the exciting mid-week races under the bright lights! There’s live bands and you’ll be surrounded by an international crowd of racegoers. It’s quite possibly the best mid-week celebration on offer!

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Visit the Tian Tan Buddha Statue

One of Hong Kong’s most popular tourist sights, Tian Tan (Big Buddha) is a large bronze statue of Buddha 34 metres high and was erected in 1993. You can climb 268 steps for a closer look and photo opportunity with the Buddha statue and, you’ll enjoy some fabulous views to go alongside.

Temple Street Night Market

For a bit of everything, head to Temple Street Night Market to get your hands on a range of items: electronics, menswear, jade, antiques and more. You can also visit a fortune teller, watch an opera singer, eat your way through the delicious market stalls, and, the best part is it’s on every night!

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5 Things To Do In Russia

With the FIFA World Cup hitting Russia in June, we couldn’t help but do a little bit of digging to find some interesting and entertaining things you can do while you’re there! If you’ve ever wanted to see what Russia has to offer, check out the list below:

Get a photo outside St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow

For the most remarkable view and photo opportunity, St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow is one location you have to visit! The cathedral was completed in 1560 and is made up of nine chapels, which are aligned to points on a compass. The amazing colours of St. Basil’s that you see today was only painted in the 17th century! So, get snap happy and rake in those Insta likes!

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Stay at Mount Elbrus, the highest peak in Europe

Go and visit the highest peak in Europe and one of the Seven Summits, Mount Elbrus in the Caucasus Mountains. Stay in the local village of Cheget, where you can acclimatise for a few days before going up the mountain to stay in a relaxing mountain hut!

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Tour the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg

One of the largest museums in the world, the State Hermitage has over three million works of art, dating back to Russian empress Catherine II in the 17th century, who had a private collection of works of art. The museum includes two painting by Leonardo da Vinci, a sculpture by Michelangelo and an impressive collection of Rembrandt’s paintings. So, if art and history is up your alley, you’ll love the State Hermitage Museum!

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Look up at the breathtaking mosaics in the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

This church was built on the exact location where former Emperor of Russia, Alexander II, was assassinated. Much like St. Basil’s Cathedral, it stands out due to its multi-coloured exterior and is a go-to for tourists. Inside though, you’ll find the most magical mosaics covering the ceiling of the church, which is one of the largest mosaic collections in Europe. It’s sure to take your breath away!

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Watch a show at Bolshoi Theatre

Known as one of the main locations in Moscow, Bolshoi Theatre is where you can watch the most enchanting performances across ballet, opera and concerts. If you find buying a ticket to a show too much for your wallet, then book a tour around the theatre to take in the architecture and history that surrounds the building.

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Spring Destinations Where You Can Stop And Smell The Roses 🌹

It’s the prettiest time of the year, where flowers bloom and the weather starts to warm up. If you’re a lover of all things flowers and gardens, you need to head to these amazing destinations around the world:

🌸Maizuru Park, Japan

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🌷Keukenhof, Holland

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💐 Dubai, United Arab Emirates

🌻Kingscliff, Australia

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🌾Aix-en-Provence, France

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