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I am not very sporty, I admit.  I hate the gym, I don’t play well with others, and I only run if something is chasing me.  But I do like to try new things like scuba diving.  So, when Planet Surf Camps invited me to try out surfing lessons for a week at their surf camp in Fuerteventura, I couldn’t refuse, despite my lack of fitness!  Joining a surf school in Spain hadn’t been at the top of my travel...

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Viñales was my favourite place in Cuba.  A tiny town in the middle of green fields, brown tobacco plantations and towering rock formations in the Viñales Valley, Viñales had a calmness and tranquillity I needed after Havana and Trinidad.  Not that Viñales was boring though, far from it!  There are plenty of things to do in Viñales, I’ve picked out my top recommendations for what to do in Viñales. How to Get to Viñales It is possible to arrange Viñales...

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Maybe it’s me.   Maybe I have spectacularly bad taste in men.  Or maybe it’s because I travel.  Apparently, finding love as a solo female traveller is pretty damn hard.  All my friends back home are married with kids, or at least settled down with a cat or two, and I’ve been single for the past ten years.  I am a 35-year-old woman who is smart, not bad looking, but can’t keep a relationship for more than a few weeks.  Don’t...

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For any kind of travel abroad you will need certain documents to allow you to cross the border and enter the new country.  Other useful documents aren’t required by law, but will certainly be useful and give you peace of mind if you want to travel safely.  I hate paperwork, I find it dull and unnecessarily confusing, but unfortunately, there are some things that can’t be avoided!  I’ve attempted to explain the main documents you need for travel, so you...

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One of the hardest things I find about moving around all the time is how difficult it is to meet new people and make friends.  We spend about one-third of our time at work, so when we move somewhere new, the first people we usually meet are work colleagues.  Naturally, we get to know our them pretty well, and perhaps go out for a drink or a meal with them.  But what if you don’t have colleagues?  Working as a...

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I love Barcelona.  The city was my adopted home for three years before I disappeared to travel the world.  Now, it is always a pleasure to come back, visit old friends, eat all the amazing food, and discover new hidden gems that I didn’t know existed.  In between staying with friends in Sitges and Barcelona, I had four nights ‘spare’ when I wanted to stay in a hostel in Barcelona.  I searched online, found Fabrizzio’s Petit hostel and was thrilled...

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Tulum is a jewel in the crown of Mexico’s Caribbean coast.  Much less touristy than Cancun, and Playa del Carmen, Tulum used to be a hippy chilled out little town, which has now grown into a top destination for travellers who want to venture (slightly) off the beaten track of the Mexican Riviera.  With picturesque Mayan ruins next to a turquoise ocean, fantastic snorkelling and diving opportunities in the sea or cenotes, gorgeous beaches and plenty of excellent restaurants, it’s...

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Buenos Aires is the capital of Argentina, a country I visited very briefly during my 10-month trip in South America, and I didn’t even make it to the incredible capital city.  I am fascinated by Argentina, and for my future travel to Buenos Aires, I asked Bernard from GuruWalk to share his tips for the best things to do in Buenos Aires, to experience this fabulous Argentinian city like a local. Buenos Aires Argentina is one of the most vibrant...

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I have recently learned to dive, getting my PADI openwater scuba diving certificate in Utila, Honduras last year.  When I went to Tulum in Mexico, I was keen to practise my new-found skills, so contacted Ko’ox Diving to see if I could go cenote diving with them in Tulum.  One of the owners, Jesus, offered me a cenote diving tour with them – with one catch: that I would also join them for a night dive.  With crocodiles.  Would you go...

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I lived in Leeds for 10 years, I went to university there then stuck around after graduation.  I have very fond memories of the city where I spent my student days, for its huge variety of shops, bars, restaurants and nightlife.  However, it is only recently I have come to appreciate the cultural side of Leeds, perhaps it is old(er) age which is driving me to explore the other attractions in the city, like Kirkstall Abbey. Where is Leeds? For...

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