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Kiri Nowak

The Daydreaming Traveller

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I have been travelling all over the world from a young age. I used to take part in running, swimming and Biathlon competitions that required me to visit lots of amazing destinations. Nowadays I like to escape to a different place every time I get the chance. Being a travel writer I can make the time to go travelling and write about my experiences.

I am extremely passionate about food and love tucking into different international dishes. As a matter of fact, my food drive is such that I actually choose many of my destinations based on the cuisine on offer. I am also very active because of my sporty background, so I enjoy places where I can do something energetic like climbing, hiking or kayaking down some mighty rapids. My trips almost always include thrilling and memorable activities such as water skiing, sand surfing or dirt bike riding, so like-minded readers are sure to find inspiration in some of my adventures.

On the other hand, I also firmly believe that travelling should enable you to switch off and relax. I like going to magical destinations that enable me to go off into my own world and experience moments of peace.

I am somewhat of an eclectic traveller, my destinations don't always have to follow a certain pattern as I often travel for different reasons; I go where my dreams lead me. But, regardless of the destination I end up choosing, I always like to include as many different experiences as possible in every trip. I endeavour to do as much as I can to get some relaxation, go after some active pursuits and see some landmarks as well. Follow my posts if you want to read about holiday destinations that have it all, great food, fascinating sites and unforgettable activities.

There's no reason why you can't have it all.

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Kiri's Been There Done That

  • Wave Riding on Sentosa Island in Singapore
  • Completing a Biathle on the Monaco Grand Prix circuit
  • Swimming the waterfalls at Krka National Park, Croatia
  • Admiring the Northern Lights from a hot tub in Iceland
  • Riding in a jeep up and down the sand dunes in Dubai

Recent articles by Kiri

  • 15 Mar 2017
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Kong: Skull Island pays homage to mesmerising Vietnam

Finding travel inspiration from movie locations. Find out why director Jordan Vogt-Roberts chose Vietnam as the backdrop for his massive blockbuster Kong: Skull Island, what makes Vietnam so special, and where key scenes were filmed.
  • 13 Jan 2017
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Honeymoon hunting - Destinations for cultural couples

Read part two of my top honeymoon destinations. This one's for the culture vultures who want to get stuck into the local culture and experience something a little different from the norm. Discover my top cultural honeymoon destinations now.
  • 29 Dec 2016
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My top honeymoon destinations for pure relaxation and romance

Read part three of my honeymoon destination series now. In this article, I pick my top favourite honeymoon destinations for relaxation and romance. Read all about my top picks and book your dream honeymoon.
  • 08 Dec 2016
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Honeymoon hunting - Active and adventurous honeymoons

Find out my top picks for active, adventurous and adrenaline fuelled holidays to remember. Here's my shortlist of active honeymoon locations for those that are after something a little different and genuinely epic.
  • 28 Nov 2016
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Ten new UNESCO wonders you need to visit now

UNESCO have just released their new list of sites that have made the cut. From coral reefs and archaeological sites to natural parks and ancient buildings, there's a fantastic selection of things to see. Here's my top picks of some must see new UNESCO sites you need to visit ASAP!
  • 12 Nov 2016
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A real traveller's perspective - What does Malta offer as a holiday destination?

Find out what there is to see and do in Malta. I interview a family member about their recent trip to Malta. Here's what they have to say about this unique, historical and fascinating holiday destination.
  • 31 Oct 2016
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Looking for a luxury girl's holiday with loads to do?

Find out why I rate the Dominican Republic as a top girls' holiday destination. Our girly trip was fun, relaxing, active and luxurious - the perfect recipe for a laid back but adventurous girls' holiday.
  • 15 Oct 2016
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Think you know the real Dominican Republic?

If you think you know the real Dominican Republic, you might be wrong. If all you have heard is it has luxury resorts and fabulous beaches, then you are partly correct. It also has many wonderful experiences to try, here's some really cool stuff I did on my trip that just might surprise you.
  • 22 Sep 2016
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Getting to know the people of the Dominican Republic

Read what Kiri discovered about the people of the Dominican Republic, why it's a friendly place to visit and what you can learn from the locals.
  • 02 Sep 2016
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Hannah's honest thoughts on our Caribbean adventure

In order to get a fresh perspective, I have asked my friend what she really thought about our trip to the Dominican Republic. Find out what she didn't like, liked and loved, and her tips for visiting this Caribbean gem.
  • 15 Aug 2016
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Which one should you pick?

Last month I stayed in three different Iberostar hotels in the Dominican Republic. Find out which one came out on top and what I liked about each hotel, and you can decide which one to book for your holiday.
  • 01 Aug 2016
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Zip wires, jungle treks, caving and a glistening blue hole

Looking for excursion ideas for your Dominican Republic trip? Find out what we got up to at Scape Park, a fantastic natural theme park with caves, natural lagoons and heart pumping zip wires.
  • 16 Jul 2016
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Epic adventures, tropical paradise, plush hotels and joyful people

My holiday of a lifetime to the Dominican Republic: Find out what I got up to on my girl's adventure holiday in the Dominican Republic. From marine encounters to adrenaline fueled jungle activities and cruising around the Caribbean. The Dominican Republic really does have it all.
  • 30 Jun 2016
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What to pack for an active holiday in the Dominican Republic

It's time for me to start packing for my epic Dominican Republic trip. It's going to be an action packed, activity filled adventure, so I need to pack accordingly. Here's some helpful tips on what to pack for a trip to the Dominican.
  • 09 Jun 2016
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Thoughts ahead of my Dominican Republic trip

Swimming with stingrays, uncovering caves, visiting chocolate plantations, epic watersports and an outback safari: I'm off to the Dominican Republic in a few weeks for the trip of a lifetime. Find out what I have planned, my thoughts on the trip, and why I think it's a destination that should be on your bucket list.
  • 16 May 2016
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Four destinations you can visit now before they hit the big screen

Here are four exciting films that are due to be released next year which are filmed in exciting and interesting destinations that I want to visit. Read about the locations for Fast and Furious 8, King Kong, Alien Covenant and Star Wars Episode VIII.
  • 10 Mar 2016
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Uncovering the real Dominican Republic whilst planning my 2016 trip

Discover what the Dominican Republic has to offer - read my 2016 travel itinerary, which includes whale watching, historic sites, rainforest treks and festivals.
  • 29 Feb 2016
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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.
  • 06 Feb 2016
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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.
  • 18 Jan 2016
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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.
  • 12 Dec 2015
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Locations from "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" film that I want to visit

Star Wars fan? The latest cinematic phenomenon due to launch on the big screens in just a few days promises to be spellbinding for many fans of the franchise, and even for those that aren't there are many fascinating aspects about the movie, the effects, the storyline and the visually striking locations that make it worthwile watching for any cinema fan. In this post I focus on the locations, so find out where some of the scenes for The Force Awakens were filmed and why you should visit them.
  • 11 Nov 2015
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An emotional trip to my favourite family holiday destination

Read about my emotional journey to my childhood holiday destination in the North of Spain, and discover the best things to do in this charming Spanish town.
  • 13 Oct 2015
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Watersports, ancient ruins, Greek food and Paradise Beach in Kos, Greece

Find out all about my relaxing girls holiday to Kefalos, in Kos where we enjoyed stunning beaches, Greek delicacies, ancient ruins and plenty of watersports.
  • 15 Aug 2015
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Bucket list destinations - My Vietnam wish list

Find out exactly why Vietnam made it onto my travel bucket list. Here I talk about the top things I want to do in this wonderful country and why it's such a special travel destination.
  • 16 Jul 2015
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Thailand - Picture perfect beaches, idyllic islands and aromatic food

If you ask me about one place in my travel bucket list to where I'm itching to go, that'd be Thailand. In fact I'm often amazed at how in my many travelling years I've managed to overlook it so far. I'm always saying to myself it'll be my next destination, but for some reason or another, other trips have gotten in the way. Today I explore the reasons why I want Thailand to be my next stop and why indeed it should be yours if looking for exciting cultural adventures laced with beach perfection.
  • 23 Jun 2015
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The best places for a girls holiday

Find out some of the best places to go on a girl's holiday. Discover the places I have been and the destinations that have made my shortlist for next year.
  • 02 Jun 2015
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Ten destinations from my travel bucket list

Writing a travel bucket list seems almost impossible. There are so many places that I want to go to, but it will be difficult to see them all. Even though it's a tough task, jotting down a list of the top places you want to see is very useful. It helps you to focus on what you want to get out of travelling, and life in general.
  • 16 May 2015
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Finding inspiration - TV series part III

I have recently been doing a series on finding travel inspiration from TV programmes. The majority of the most popular programmes tend to be set in the US. Part 1 and part 2 covered programmes that are mostly set in various locations around America. In part 3, I want to look further afield and find some television series set outside of the USA.
  • 27 Mar 2015
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Finding inspiration - TV series part II

Welcome to Part Two of my previous blog post on finding travel inspiration from stunning locations used to film popular TV series. Find out more about some of the key filming locations from much-loved TV series like True Detective, House of Cards and Mad Men.
  • 28 Feb 2015
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Finding inspiration - TV series part I

Find out the best places to visit from three of my favourite TV shows, Game of Thrones, Dexter and Breaking Bad. Each programme features some amazing destinations and you can go and visit key filming locations. Find out about filming locations such as Morocco, Gozo, Croatia, Iceland, Miami and New Mexico.
  • 07 Feb 2015
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Memories of a year in incredible India

I speak to my friend who lived in India for a year and reflect on her fondest memories. Find out the best places to go, what food you have to try and some helpful insider tips. Discover why India is such a fascinating and enchanting country to visit.
  • 19 Jan 2015
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Vietnam - From North to South... and everything in-between

Kiri Nowak, the Daydreaming Traveller talks to a friend who has visited Vietnam. It's a magical country that will blow you away. Find out her top tips, discover all the best places to visit and see why it is top of my list of places to travel to.
  • 09 Jan 2015
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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.
  • 29 Nov 2014
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Nicaragua, an unexpected gem with active volcanoes, breathtaking landscapes and hair-raising activities

Find out why Nicaragua is the destination on the top of my list of places to visit. I know I will love this country and its colonial charm, action-packed activities and jaw-dropping landscapes. Discover my top things to see and do in this magical country that is often overlooked.
  • 20 Oct 2014
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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.
  • 05 Oct 2014
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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.
  • 19 Sep 2014
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Unique Architecture, Breathtaking Waterfalls and Fresh Fish - 8 Days in Croatia

Find out why Trogir in Croatia is a unique holiday destination that has so much to offer. Learn about its stunning beaches, UNESCO world Heritage sites and delicious Dalmatian dishes. Discover why I would recommend this magical place and find out the best places to visit including Krka National Park, Split and Sibenik.