Australia or New Zealand?

couple in love sitting on the pier at Nelson Lake National Park in the South Island of New Zealand

It’s many years since we crammed our  belongings into backpacks and took our first long-haul flights from Heathrow. As part of our ‘gap year’ our itineraries included stays in Australia and New Zealand. We were actually in Australia at the same time but didn’t meet for another 3 years back in the UK.

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The iconic bridge at Mostar

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Mostar is a city in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina home to a famous bridge that gives the city it’s name “most” meaning “bridge” in Bosnian. The historic city and its iconic bridge, built by the Ottomans in the 16th Century came to the world’s attention during the Croat–Bosniak War in 1993. The bridge that had spanned the River Neretva for 427 years finally succumbed to repeated shelling on the 9th November 1993 – it was reportedly hit by over 60 shells before crashing to the river bed below. Mostar was the most destroyed city in the former Yugoslavia with most of the old town buildings suffering the same fate as the bridge.

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The benefits of a villa holiday

Scenic view of traditional cycladic houses with flowers in foreground, Oia village, Santorini, Greece

An Englishman’s home is his castle, so the phrase goes. As a nation we spend countless hours and millions of pounds creating the spaces we live in. So why would we settle for a generic experience from our holiday accommodation?

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Things to do in the Basque Country

Guggenheim Bilbao museum reflection on the Nervion river, over a cludy blue sky

Pais Vasco is well recognised for its unique flavours, tapas and wine with cities such as Bilbao and San Sebastian boasting Michelin star chefs. While the Basque Country is largely commercialised, it’s a land surrounded by lush countryside, mountains and coastline – with much of the Urkiola National Park, Valderejo National Park and Urdaibai Biosphere Reservation untouched.

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Top tips to prevent sea sickness when sailing

Wooden sailboat in the sea at sunrise

It happens to the best of us. One minute you’re happily taking in the views, the next feeling like you want to reach for a bag. My first experience of nausea was on a boat from Port Douglas to the Great Barrier Reef although self inflicted so I totally have myself fully to blame!

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The beach at Berck-sur-Mer

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Our recent holiday to ‘Paris by the sea’ otherwise known as Le Touquet saw us take in much of the surrounding area. As well as learning to fly a kite for the first time on Le Touquet beach, we also visited the town of Berck which lies within the Parc du Marquenterre Nature Reserve.

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