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Amazing Cities

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The world is full of wonders and many of those wonders are only found within cities of exceptional historical, cultural and natural value. Right at the heart of every nation, many of the world's capitals and are a wonder in their own right, one to be seen and admired from more than one angle. But also there are many cities that despite not being the economic or political driving force of a nation are nevertheless the highlight of any visitor to the country.

In this section of our blog, we aim to inspire you with some of the most amazing cities we've discovered, from the perspective of travel experts who've been there and done that, who have an authority to decide which ones you really shouldn't miss out on and why.

Find what it is that makes a place in the world distinctive, be it for its political, economic or cultural background, for its unique history, for its rich past of for its inspiring present (or even its promising future). Here we take you on a journey of discovery along the globe's most exciting cities everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime.

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  • 24 Nov 2016
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  • Sasha Wood
Writing the world

Gold, frankincense and la mer - top experiences in Muscat

From man-made marvels and atmospheric souks to dolphin-spotting and people-watching, Sasha Wood recounts her top experiences from a first-time visit to Oman's historic and cultured capital.
  • 03 Nov 2016
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  • Lucy Grewcock
Always adventuring

City Guide: 24 hours in Chiang Mai

If you happen to be in Chiang Mai for a very limited time, this guide is the one to read. Check out my packed itinerary of what to do in the city for a day; right from the moment you awaken to very last minute before you tuck into bed. This 24-hour Chiang Mai guide will give you a full taste of the city, from where to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner to where to base yourself for people-watching, getting a monk blessing and exploring the main temples and sites.
  • 26 Sep 2016
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  • Sasha Wood
Writing the world

Athens in a day

On a 24-hour flying visit to the cradle of western civilization, Sasha Wood gets soaked, meets a sleepy tortoise, finds some lost marbles and experiences sacred awe.
  • 22 Apr 2016
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  • Sasha Wood
Writing the world

Seville: A weekend walking in the orange city

The pretty architectural city of Seville, peppered with fragrant orange trees and renowned for tasty tapas and flamenco, has a compact centre that's immensely pedestrian-friendly. It's a joy to explore on foot even in the simmering summertime.
  • 21 Mar 2016
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  • Caroline Howley
The world's longest out of office

Hong Kong: Cityscapes and cocktails

I had decided to take a detour to Hong Kong for a week, and after so long abroad, its British traits almost felt like home. But as this trip was so spontaneous, was I prepared for the style and culture of the slick city?
  • 29 Feb 2016
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  • Kiri Nowak
Selfies around the world

Mesmerising architecture, fascinating landmarks and impressive sights

This summer I spent ten days in Bordeaux, which is my favourite French city so far. Find out all the best things to do in Bordeaux and what I got up to on my trip.
  • 18 Jan 2016
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  • Kiri Nowak
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Five American cities I want to uncover

Find out which five American cities have made my shortlist, what I would see and do, and why they are must visit destinations.
  • 23 Nov 2015
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  • MJ Lopes
Globetrotting away - There goes MJ!

Old and new in a bustling, safe and friendly Central American metropolis

Read about my journey through Panama city, the most unlikely of all Central American metropolis and the one that could most closely resemble Dubai due to its modern skyscrapers and wide avenues - yet there's a warmth here you can't equate to most other big capitals or ultra-modern hubs in the world, a unique and genuine quality that's definitely Central American and reminds you of the continent you're visiting and its unmistakably Latin hospitality. From exploring the city's oldest colonial quarter to visiting its most iconic attraction: the famous Panama Canal, blending in at local markets, shopping at impressive malls and experience the blessed beaches of the San Blas archipelago, there's certainly more than meets the eye in wondrous Panama; read on to find out more!
  • 02 Nov 2015
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  • Caroline Howley
The world's longest out of office

A traveller's guide to Bangkok

Bangkok is an incredible place but it can also be an intimidating city. After spending two weeks navigating its street food, districts and day trips, here are my tips for staying safe and making the most of the Thai capital.
  • 22 Oct 2015
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  • Lucy Grewcock
Always adventuring

Getting acquainted to Sri Lanka exploring Galle

Discover why Galle should be your first port of call when arriving to Sri Lanka and how this unassuming yet unmissable city has plenty to offer travellers in the way of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, cricket playing fields and plenty of colonial and historical landmarks. It's a great place for getting introduced to the country and generally observing local life go by at its usual calm pace.
  • 20 Oct 2015
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  • MJ Lopes
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Muscat - My visit to one of the Middle East's friendliest capitals

Muscat has been described as many things, most famously a cosmopolitan, thriving city and world-class capital that is also incredibly exotic and packed full of unique attractions. I made it my personal quest to explore it inside out on my latest visit and discover what makes this rather laidback and relaxed destination (in comparison to many others in the Middle East) so different from its bordering neighbours. See the charms of this Omani city through my eyes and let its spellbinding charms inspire you.
  • 09 Oct 2015
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  • Caroline Howley
The world's longest out of office

Sunbathing, partying and discovering Rio: my new favourite city

After weeks of roughing it we were about to land in Brazil's paradisiacal Paratay before heading on to Ilha Grande for more R&R, and then it was time for an adrenaline-filled trip to Rio - the perfect way to say goodbye to South America.
  • 15 Jun 2015
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  • Richard Trenchard
Opening eyes to the world

New York: A perfect family getaway

Last winter me and my family decided to make New York our Christmas gift and we welcomed the New Year in the Big Apple. During five intense days we squeezed as much as we could from this magical city and it proved one of the most rewarding, amazing and entertaining family trips we've ever had! Read on to find the many reasons why New York's is a top destination for family holidays.
  • 17 Feb 2015
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  • Richard Trenchard
Opening eyes to the world

What are the safest cities in the world?

Whether you're travelling with your family (where safety is your foremost priority), as a couple or on your own (solo travellers are even more vulnerable) here I present you with the world's safest city to visit and explore. Following the recently published Safe Cities Index 2015 by The Economist, I outline some of the best ranked according to geographical zones and give a brief insight into what attractions they hold for visitors.
  • 11 Feb 2015
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  • Gaby Lucius
There's only one life

My short but packed Dubai experience

Just a few months ago I went to Dubai for the first time, bringing my family along for what would be one of our most unforgettable holidays together. In five days I had planned to see and do lots of things, and to my surprise I lacked the time to fully embrace all that Dubai has to offer. Still, I did manage to get a good overview of this fascinating emirate and achieved the right balance with a good mix of some of the attractions I initially planned to experience. Read on and see for yourself.
  • 26 Jan 2015
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  • MJ Lopes
Globetrotting away - There goes MJ!

Kyoto - Part two of my Japanese saga journey

After having had a blast during my 5 full days in Tokyo, my Japanese adventure took me to the ancient city of Kyoto. Surrounded by temples, geishas and sacred shrines, among bamboo forests and Autumn falling leaves of all shades of colours, Japan's second most visited city blew me away, and in a very different way than Tokyo previously had.
  • 08 Jan 2015
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  • Susana Corona
Our woman in Havana

Camaguey - a largely undiscovered Cuban city and province that has it all

A little explored city by most international travellers, Camaguey is a relatively unknown gem that holds many surprises. It has it all, from UNESCO World Heritage Sites to picturesque colonial landscapes, beautiful and varied architecture, puzzling layout, a rich history, captivating culture and the most gorgeous coastal landscapes you could wish for. Start discovering it here and learn why you should include it in your itinerary to Cuba.
  • 26 Dec 2014
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  • Richard Trenchard
Opening eyes to the world

New Year, New York: festive fun for all the family

Welcoming the new year might get old if you always do so at home and especially when you have a family of young ones eager to see the world and celebrate, doing so abroad might prove a magical, memorable experience. This is exactly what me and my family are doing this New Year's Eve, spending in New York - read all about our travelling plans and engaging every member in the celebrations.
  • 23 Dec 2014
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  • MJ Lopes
Globetrotting away - There goes MJ!

Buenos Aires - Culture, cafes and chaos in a unique and dynamic metropolis

Argentina's buzzing and vibrant capital had long been high on the list of my desired travel destinations to hit next and I finally got the opportunity to see it a short while ago. Discover how I fell in love with its cafe culture, its live tango dancing shows on the streets and the many lively markets.
  • 18 Dec 2014
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  • Sasha Wood
Writing the world

Havana great time: Four ladies crazy about Cuba's capital

From its lively residents and colourful culture to its fascinating history and grand architecture - we speak to four ladies who have fallen in love with this iconic city to find out what it is about Havana that makes it such an enticing travel destination.
  • 27 Oct 2014
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  • MJ Lopes
Globetrotting away - There goes MJ!

My visit to Tokyo - A big city girl in a big, big city

Tokyo, the maze of people, the shockingly distinctive culture, the overwhelming haze, the never-ending haste, the hectic pace, the bright city lights, the tall skycrapers, the contrasts between old and new, the extreme politeness of the locals and the flavoursome culinary encounters - this is a place that dug a hole in my heart. Read on to find out why and how.
  • 20 Oct 2014
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  • Kiri Nowak
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Adrenaline fuelled desert adventures, white sandy beaches and cutting edge architecture

Read all about my adventures in Dubai and find out about all the best activities to try, including desert adventures and thrilling water sports. I spent ten days in Dubai very recently; here is what I thought of this spectacular destination.
  • 09 Oct 2014
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  • Lucy Grewcock
Always adventuring

South Africa's Mother City

Through my many different travels throughout the years, I've learnt why South Africa is one of the cities you should go back to again and again. Take it from my very own experience and see for yourself why this is a city that begs for a second visit...and a third one, maybe a fourth...
  • 05 Oct 2014
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  • Kiri Nowak
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Stunning city skylines, magical attractions and a fusion of cultures

See what the real Singapore is like by reading my guided tour. From the major attractions to famous sites and action-packed activities, through my personal experience you can learn why Singapore is a brilliant alternative holiday destination. Browse through my guide to find out all about the best bits of Singapore from my own perspective.
  • 17 Sep 2014
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  • MJ Lopes
Globetrotting away - There goes MJ!

Capetown and the Cape Peninsula - Where Oceans meet

Capetown is a city that needs little introduction to most well-seasoned travellers or those who've ever been to South Africa. Yet beyond its most iconic sights of Table Mountain and the Victoria, it's ultimately its turbulent history of the Apartheid that draws many visitors. This is where I intended to dig deeper during my 6-week backpacking journey around the Cape peninsula, where I visited townships, toured Robben Island and encountered beautiful sights along the way.
  • 16 Jul 2014
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  • MJ Lopes
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My hometown, Rio - a short intro

Buzzing now with the World Cup, Rio de Janeiro might be making headlines for hosting the world-famous event, but beyond that lies a city of stark contrasts, a city that I once called home, that witnessed my arrival into this world. This why I've dedicated this post to honour Rio and what this city is really all about with hints and tips to help you discover it yourself, on and off the tourist trail.
  • 10 Jul 2014
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  • MJ Lopes
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Istanbul's third time charm

A quick overview on three very different personal experiences while a city filled with possibilities for all types of travellers, regardless of budget, age or travel experience. Through exploring the city's many historical and architectural landmarks, shopping at its labyrinth like bazaars or at times simply taking part on everyday local life, I was charmed by Istanbul's magic, and can't wait to go back for the fourth time.