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There is another world out there

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There are places around the globe that you hardly ever read of and rarely hear people talking about or if you do it’s because of negative press or controversial issues – not exactly the holiday destination most people think of. Be it for their remoteness, their apparently insignificant size, their notorious history, their political regime, extreme levels of poverty or peculiar culture, these are not the kind of places on people’s traditional bucket lists.

Yet there is a reason to seek them out and reveal the shining gems many of these remote corners of the world hide. Be it spectacular landscapes, awe-inspiring culture or unique lifestyle; these kinds of destinations promise the most eye-opening, unforgettable experiences one could ever imagine and they deserve to be discovered whilst still largely unknown to the throngs of tourists.

This is precisely what the travellers writing in this section of our post endeavour to do; to go out of their comfort zone and explore areas of the world that are little developed yet boast extreme levels of raw beauty and unique attractions found nowhere else on the planet. Find your inspiration for the remote and beautiful here.

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  • 24 Jan 2017
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  • MJ Lopes
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Iran part I - Preparing yourself to be amazed!

Sadly, most people don't consider Iran as a holiday destination given the bad international rep it gets, most of which is largely disproportional or downright untrue. I'm here to dispel myths about travelling to Iran by helping you prepare ahead and navigate difficulties in obtaining a visa, arranging accommodation and getting around this vast and beautiful country. Fear not, fellow travellers, Iran is very safe and you will find it most uniquely enriching - let me show you the way!
  • 29 Oct 2016
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  • Sasha Wood
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Barbuda bliss: a lost Caribbean paradise

Sasha Wood finds an unspoilt Caribbean hideaway and a haven for wildlife in Barbuda – one of the region's last undeveloped islands and blessed with miles of exotic pink-and-platinum beaches, fascinating coastal caves and ancient archaeology.
  • 26 Sep 2016
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  • Lucy Grewcock
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Thailand beyond the beaches: deciding where to go

When thinking of Thailand most people imagine dreamy, out-of-this-world secluded beaches with white sands that go on for miles and the most crystalline shades of aqua-green waters. And, although this image certainly isn't wrong, as Thailand is indeed home to idyllic beach stretches, that's not the full picture, nowhere close to it in fact. This is why, on my upcoming trip to Thailand I'm planning to go beyond the coastal lure and discover more of the country's natural and cultural riches. Find out which Thai destinations made it to the top of my list.
  • 30 Aug 2016
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  • Claire Boobbyer
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Hopping aboard the Hershey train in Cuba!

One of the least explored off the beaten track experiences in western Cuba, riding the Hershey train all the way from Havana to Matanzas, was sitting atop my bucket list of Cuban adventures. Here I unveil the secrets to venturing through this part of the island like locals do, with no other tourist in sight. Read on to find out more about my captivating three-hour Hershey train ride, the places to stop at and wander around, the must-do attractions worthy of getting off to see, and what lies at the end of the journey. This time I did it right and proper, I rode the whole 52 miles of track to Matanzas and back, discovering a rare, raw side of Cuba few are privileged to get to know upclose and personal.
  • 20 Jun 2016
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  • Lucy Grewcock
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Under the spell of the Western Sahara

I'd been dreaming of visiting <strong>Dakhla Bay</strong> for almost a decade and, in Easter 2016, I finally made it out there. Sandwiched between the Sahara Desert and Atlantic Ocean, this huge lagoon sits in the disputed region of Western Sahara, almost 1,000 miles south of Marrakesh (Morocco). There are no direct flights here from Europe, so your options are either to fly via Casablanca into Dakhla city (at least seven hours) or to endure the 600-mile road trip from Agadir.
  • 04 Jun 2016
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  • Claire Boobbyer
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From party town to adventure capital: Vang Vieng in Laos

Discover how Van Vieng transformed and evolved throughout the years to leave its past as potentially dangerous party town to glorified adventure capital with a wealth of attractions for serious travellers in search of raw experiences. Follow me on my journey along this incredible part of Laos, tasting authentic cuisine from ingredients grown in an organic farm, enjoying insightful cooking classes, tubing down the Nam Song River and diving into the pools of the Nam Theam Waterfall. A truly memorable experience.
  • 24 Mar 2016
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  • Claire Boobbyer
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The Burial of Pachencho in Cuba

Watching the burial of a live man in Cuba is one of the most bizarre events that I have ever seen. Every year on February 5th, the townsfolk of Santiago de las Vegas - just south of Havana - come together to re-enact this peculiar event played out with local characters who play the part of the corpse, the widow and the priest.
  • 22 Feb 2016
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  • Caroline Howley
The world's longest out of office

The North of the 'Nam

For years Vietnam has been the top of my travel wish list, and with Hanoi, Ha Long Bay and Sapa lined up for my first fortnight there, I was excited to explore the North. However, the country would turn out to be full of surprises.
  • 06 Feb 2016
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  • Kiri Nowak
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Lesser known destinations I want to visit in 2016

Here are some lesser known places I want to visit this year, many of which are off the beaten track. Find out what these unusual destinations have to offer.
  • 25 Jan 2016
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  • Caroline Howley
The world's longest out of office

Travelling the coast of Vietnam: Hanoi to Nha Trang

My fortnight in the north of Vietnam had been beautiful and stressful in equal measure. As I travelled down towards Ho Chi Minh City by bus, rail and motorbike, I was hoping to gain a better understanding of the people and their turbulent history.
  • 30 Dec 2015
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  • Caroline Howley
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Laos is beautiful, incredible beautiful

Laos was the wildcard of my trip and I had no idea what to expect. After a shaky start in Vientiane, the capital, I was hoping my experience of the country would improve.
  • 23 Sep 2015
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  • Caroline Howley
The world's longest out of office

Getting Real: Brazil's Pantanal Wetlands and Iguassu Falls

Finally it was time to head down from the highlands of Bolivia to the lush wetlands of Brazil, brimming with breath-taking views and creatures of all shapes and sizes. Would this be the relaxing break from trekking I'd been waiting for?
  • 31 Jul 2015
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  • Caroline Howley
The world's longest out of office

Beautiful Bolivia: Scenery, salsa and salt

Entering Bolivia I could not have been more excited to experience the famed Uyuni Salt Flats, but what else did the country have in store for me? Fascinating history, incredible culture and overwhelming La Paz, it turned out.
  • 13 Jul 2015
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  • Caroline Howley
The world's longest out of office

Exploring Bolivia's Uyuni salt flats

The Uyuni salt flats are among the most spectacular and unique landscapes in the world - and are consequently on the bucket list of many travellers. I spent three days exploring these incredible white plains and the surrounding desert.
  • 08 Jun 2015
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  • Caroline Howley
The world's longest out of office

Peru: My first destination

Mountains, woolly hats, and a penchant for chowing down on guinea pig: as I settled into my flight to Peru - the first stop on my nine-month itinerary - this was what I was expecting to see upon disembarking. And, to be quite honest, my Peruvian predications were not too far off.
  • 23 May 2015
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  • MJ Lopes
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Somaliland - A rewarding destination off the beaten track

A rather unique place that self-declares itself an independent nation and that manages to peacefully coexist next door to extreme violence and civil wars, Somaliland might just be the most peculiar of regions in Africa. It might not be the most officially advisable place to go but it's still a pretty safe and interesting site that I didn't want to miss out on during my time in the Horn of Africa. Read on to find out why.
  • 20 May 2015
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  • Caroline Howley
The world's longest out of office

My long, long road to Oz

Very soon I'll be leaving my life in the UK to jet off on a round-the-world adventure that will take me across three continents. My itinerary is packed with spectacular scenery and physical challenges. Oh, and I'm yet to book my return flight!
  • 17 Apr 2015
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  • MJ Lopes
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Djibouti - a nearly "out of this planet" destination

From peculiar volcanic landscapes with moon-like formations and craters that make you feel as though you've stepped into another planet, to awe-inspiring lakes, the most unforgettable scenic drives, unexpected encounters with local schools and villages, and the most absolutely wonderful and hospitable of local people; Djibouti might be small in size and little known by tourists the world over, but that's only because few venture here and those that do keep it their most cherished secret.
  • 16 Mar 2015
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Tribal Ethiopia - The Lower Omo Valley

A tale of tribes. Follow my journey into the amazing, much-photographed, much-documented and much-talked-about Ethiopian south with its iconic tribes and learn how to make of this a much less commercial experience than what it has become over the last decade and how to get the best out of this rare and precious encounter with remote and primitive cultures.
  • 19 Feb 2015
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Northern Ethiopia - Following the Historical Route

From amazing ethnological museums to enlightening cultural encounters and some of the most amazing landscapes my eyes have ever seen, journeying through Northern Ethiopia on the much trailed Historical Route proved a very rewarding experience. Join me to see which were the real highlights, what I could have done without and what I really took from the whole experience.
  • 09 Jan 2015
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  • Kiri Nowak
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Cambodia, a thriving, historic travel destination against all odds

Find out where in Cambodia I plan to visit. Learn about this country's harrowing history and discover how it has risen from tragic events to become a welcoming, beautiful and intoxicating travel destination.
  • 31 Dec 2014
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  • Linda Walker
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One to look out for: Nicaragua

After perusing my bucket list of destinations and doing a bit of research of new emerging countries I stumbled upon and Nicaragua and was pleasantly surprised by the wealth of attractions this Central American nation presents to the weathered expert traveller. On this blog post I'll be outlining why I want to make Nicaragua my 2015 holiday adventure.