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Inca Trail to machu picchu

How to choose a company for the Inca Trail


A once in a lifetime trip, walking the original Inca pathways to the 550 year old citadel of Machu Picchu. There are hundreds of companies offering Inca Trail treks and it’s difficult to know which one to choose. For conservation reasons, only 200 tourists per day are allowed on the trail. The most popular months to trek are May –…

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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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South American sausage

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


Auschwitz is probably the most famous former concentration camp and site of mass genocide in the world. From 1940-1945 around one and a half million people, mainly Jewish, were tortured and murdered there at the hands of the Nazi regime. It’s a very surreal, educational and eye-opening experience, somewhere everybody should visit if they can. You can go by public…

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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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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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