Thai Beef Salad


Thai food is known for being spicy and this Thai beef salad is one of the best things to come out of our travels. Served with sliced rare beef steak and jasmine rice, it’s deliciously fragrant and fresh. The four main ingredients in the marinade are fish sauce, sugar, lime and chillies – which make up the four key Thai…

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Krakow Main Square

Things to do in Krakow


Krakow is one of the oldest cities in Poland, there is so much to see and do in the city and surrounding area. It’s incredible value for money and with cheap return flights from the UK, you could easily spend a week there.

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Mexican Fish Tacos with a Fiery Pineapple Salsa


Tacos are everywhere in Mexico, from street stands to restaurants – they’re a quick snack as well as a full meal. Fish tacos are generally deep fried in batter, so we combined our recipe with the marinade for tacos al pastor and shallow fried the fish to make it a little(!) healthier. The salsa is a great addition to tacos,…

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sausage hat

Seth’s Sausages of South America


Since it’s been exactly a year that we were stood on the roadside at a Colombian-style trucker stop, boasting an elderly man adorned in a hat with a sausage attached by a spring, I thought it was about time we shared a few of the sausages that we indulged in on the trip. The first sausage we enjoyed was at…

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Auschwitz gate

A moving visit to Auschwitz


Things not to do before visiting Auschwitz. Start drinking Polish vodka at 2 o’clock in the afternoon the day before, continue drinking into the night with a group of football casuals from Newcastle, wake up 20 minutes before the coach is due to leave with very little memory of the previous day. That feeling as you leave the hotel, stomach…

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Moai at the Easter Island quarry

How to travel to Easter Island on a budget


The mysterious Easter Island lies 3,600 km off the coast of Chile. Covered in hundreds of Moai statues, it still holds the secrets of a lost civilisation. Many people dream of travelling there, but being so remote the cost of visiting is high. Luckily we managed to include it on our trip backpacking through South America and with a few simple tricks…

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Top 5 Travel Scams in Latin America


We wrote before about our top 10 travel scams in South-East Asia and although many of them weren’t particularly dangerous, they were all quite annoying and had the potential to lose you some money. Some of these occur worldwide and also applied to our trip in Latin America, but there were also other scams we’d heard of or experienced and…

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Varanasi

Life and Death in Varanasi


“Don’t go to Varanasi.” That’s what we’d been told by a few people we’d met on our trip. “You’ll either love it or hate it,” others had said. It’s certainly not for the faint-hearted. Filthy, smoggy, the traffic is insane – it makes New Delhi seem like The Cotswolds. But it is one of, if not the most mesmerising and unforgettable…

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Beauty and the Bizarre in Orchha


Orchha is a small town on the river Betwa in India’s northern Madhya Pradesh, a beautiful ancient land filled with magnificent forts, medieval palaces and sacred temples steeped in history and legend. It is mystical, spiritual, colourful and completely vegetarian.

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Alipura

Alipura and the Kama Sutra Temples of Khajuraho


Alipura is a small rural town in Madhya Pradesh. Around eighty percent of the Indian population live in small towns and villages like this one, so it was really great to visit another. We stayed in Alipura Palace which is over 150 years old and has been partially converted to a heritage hotel by descendants of the original ruling family. Staying here…

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The Taj Mahal


One of the new seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal is high on everyone’s list when visiting India. Out of everything to see in the country it wasn’t top of our list, but we went and stood in the queue in the dark to be there for the sunrise anyway.

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Village Life in Tordi Sagar


Tordi Sagar is a small village in rural Rajasthan, around a three hour drive from Jaipur. Our home for the night was Tordi Palace, a beautiful heritage hotel and the ancestral home of the Khangarot clan.  We spent just a day there, walking through the narrow, dusty village streets and observing daily life. Children followed us everywhere, desperate to pose…

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The Pink City of Jaipur


Jaipur, the capital of India’s Rajasthan state, is an amazing, colourful city, with chaotic streets and lively bazaars. Camels and elephants share the roads with scooters and cycle rickshaws. In the hills, the remains of palaces and forts show the splendour of the city’s ancient royal past.

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How to get a visa for India while already travelling


We were half way through our trip when we decided we wanted to add India into the itinerary. We thought we could get the e-visa online, but it only lasts up to 30 days and we wanted to stay longer. That’s ok we thought, we’ll just get it in Bangkok. You can get everything in Bangkok. Nope, we discovered that…

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