Flashpacking Travel Blog

Around the world trip by two forty-something flashpackers

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    As a long term traveller we have probably booked at least once through most of the top named international hotel booking hotel booking sites. They all have their own unique selling points to try and entice you to use them; they may be better at honing down...
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    La Palma Holidays‏

    Whether you’re a regular to the Canary Islands or have never been before, the laid back island of La Palma makes a great choice for your holiday, especially if you’re after a peaceful getaway where you can just relax with very few distractions!...
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  • Discover the culture of Dubai

    Dubai is perhaps most famous for being one of the wealthiest and affluent cities in the world, where holidaymakers come to make the most of the glorious beaches and glamorous hotels.  However, this hectic centre of commerce still has plenty of cultural del...
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    London’s Best Markets

    In any great city around the world you will normally find a selection of great markets.  Markets are more than just outlets for your retail urges, they can give you a real sense of culture and history of the city that you are visiting. We have had some fan...
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    Paris – Day One Itinerary

    We sit here in our lounge on a drab rainy Monday afternoon in January worrying about our waistlines following an overindulgent Christmas getting morose until we decided to think of something to do about it.  We wanted to lift our spirits and work out how w...
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    Travelling the World? Don’t Forget the Prep!

    Making the decision to travel the world is a brave and incredibly exciting one. Potentially months away from home, fending for yourself in foreign countries and with very few restrictions around what you do or where you go, it’s easy to see why many people...
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    Flashpacking Travel Koh Lanta

    Koh Lanta is a popular Thailand island travel destination, especially for families with young children, Scandinavian, Dutch and German visitors. We visited in April 2015, which is considered an off-peak travel time. This meant there are plenty of low seaso...
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    Eco-Friendly Road Tripping in Tasmania

    Tasmania has long been a rather underrated holiday destination for Australians, with its remote location. However, the secret’s now out! Tasmania offers unrivalled natural scenery, a burgeoning wine industry, gourmet restaurants, and a buzzing arts s...
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    Around Ko Lanta by Scooter

    Ko Lanta is a not a large island, but walking between the beaches is not really an option if you want to sample more than the one where your hotel is located. We knew that we mostly wanted a foodie experience on our first island of this trip so we located ...
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    Vegas Pampering: 3 Hotels with Over-the-Top Amenities

    Las Vegas is known not only for its gambling and entertainment, but for its lavish resorts and spectacular amenities. If you’re planning a trip to Vegas, deciding on a resort may be overwhelming because they’re all luxurious in different ways. ...
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    Must-Visit Places in Seychelles

    There are over 100 islands that collectively make up the Seychelles, an exotic, picture-perfect paradise that offers insanely great beaches, crystal-clear waters and a chance of some serious relaxation in one of the most serene, peaceful beach destinations...
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  • Discovering the Quieter Side of Costa Brava

    Costa Brava is part of Catalonia and stretches from the French border down to Blanes, its most southern resort where the Costa Brava becomes part of the sprawl of the Barcelones comarca. If you think of the Costa Brava the first thing  that usually springs...
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  • Disney: not just for kids

    Think of Disney and you immediately conjure up images of those iconic mouse ears, The Magic Kingdom, fairies, princesses and castles. Children throughout the world grow up dreaming of Disney World; coming to meet all of their favourite characters and setti...
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  • Glamping it up: captivating camping options across the globe

    For those of us who are too posh to pitch, camping doesn’t necessarily mean sleeping under canvas on an inflatable bed, having to head out into the darkness for a call of nature. Instead, there are some incredible options across the world that allow you to...
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    Getting On Board — Tips for Going On a Cruise

    Cruises are, by definition, easy. Plain sailing, if you will. The very language of cruising attests to this. But without the benefit of experience, it’s easy enough for beginner cruisers to get out of their depths. Don’t just hand over your credit card det...
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    Casinos to visit in The Philippines

    If you are looking for somewhere both exotic and charming to go on holiday, then the Philippines is by far one of the best places that you could ever visit. Not only is the country filled with fantastic tourist spots such as beaches, forests and other natu...
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    Where to find Winter Sun on a Budget

    I am sat here in late November watching the weather forecast for northern England, it doesn’t make pleasant reading.   Its cold, and wet over the next few days and while we have had a mild autumn, its still a little bit miserable and my summer tanned...
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    Finding a Cruise made Easy

    If you are having difficulty deciding what to do for your next trip away, why don’t you try a Cruise holiday? Cruises offer the best of both worlds. Although that quote might be worn out when it comes to describing the perfect holiday experience – it...
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    La Palma Holidays‏

    Whether you’re a regular to the Canary Islands or have never been before, the laid back island of La Palma makes a great choice for your holiday, especially if you’re after a peaceful getaway where you can just relax with very few distractions!...
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    London Top Picks – Museums and Galleries

    London is one of the worlds great capital cities.  We had the good fortune of living there for a number of years and while there managed to sample all London has to offer.  In reality most visitors get just a few days to explore some of the delights on off...
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    A Great Place to Experience Tibetan Culture-Barkhor Street

    Do you want to explore the authentic Tibetan culture? It is said that the Tibetan culture is threatened due to cultural displacement by exotic ethnic cultures. Many other ethnic migrants crowding the city streets. Han Chinese workers, investors, merchants,...
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    Exploring London Earls Court

    Many of you have found your way to London by dint of one of the hundreds of events, concert and sporting events that are hosted in the magnificent Art Deco Earls Court. Sadly that draw to this area of London may be lost with its imminent closure, but West ...
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    Beautiful Macau

    Excited for a long time about the prospect of a Chinese adventure, I was ecstatic when the plane landed in Macau airport. I was certain this would be a trip I’d never forget. The first destination on my list was the beautiful Venetian Macau, one of the wor...
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    West London Shopping and Secrets

    While Hyde Park and the nearby national museums top the lists of things to do in West London there are plenty of other hidden and lesser known benefits to your London stay in West London. Here are a few to whet your appetite. © Copyright Ben Brooksbank and...
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    Vegas Pampering: 3 Hotels with Over-the-Top Amenities

    Las Vegas is known not only for its gambling and entertainment, but for its lavish resorts and spectacular amenities. If you’re planning a trip to Vegas, deciding on a resort may be overwhelming because they’re all luxurious in different ways. ...
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    Glamping it up: captivating camping options across the globe

    For those of us who are too posh to pitch, camping doesn’t necessarily mean sleeping under canvas on an inflatable bed, having to head out into the darkness for a call of nature. Instead, there are some incredible options across the world that allow you to...
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  • Christmas 2013 – Why You Should Plan Early

    These days it seems that no sooner have the children returned to school at the end of the summer break than the shops start stocking Christmas biscuits and wrapping paper. Known by some as the ‘Christmas Creep’, many people mock our shops for stocking fest...
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  • Driving the Savannah Way by Motorcycle

    If you’re looking for a truly unique adventure, it’s hard to top a motorcycle tour along Australia’s Savannah Way. This is one of the most challenging, remote, and beautiful journeys in this diverse country, linking tropical Cairns with t...
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    Top tips for passing time in Dubai

      Dubai is constantly coming to the attention of the international press. When there isn’t coverage for its planned work on larger, more extravagant buildings, this desert capital is getting busy setting new Guinness World Records. From the largest firewor...
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    Cricket Down Under – ICC 2015

    Its now only forty two days until the 2015 ICC tournament starts down under on Valentines day 2015.   This cricketing must see is taking place in New Zealand and Australia. There are 49 matches to choose from in 14 venues across these two antipodean treasu...
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