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Over 50 and wanted a holiday?Here are the 5 must see destinations for you

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Wanting to enjoy your retirement and just live your life? If you already enjoying a work-free lifestyle and you have more free time and cash to go wherever you want but do not know where to go?

Why not start with Europe? This continent has something that can suit everyone’s taste and lifestyle from culture to history, and a choice of hotter or colder climates, depending on where yo want to go. You can find lots of scenic places and interesting places to visit, but which ones should you add to your travel list?

Well, the Global provider of stair lifts Acorn, shared this guide to the must-visit destinations in Europe, even for people over 50′s on order to give some inspiration and tips on where is the best place to go:

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The Highlands in Scotland

Be ready to get your breath blown away by a breath-taking scenery that Scotland has!This place has been gifted with lots of amazing areas. It’s hard to choose just one area to visit, but there are great transport links on offer, that can help you explore much of this country in a single trip.

You can try travelling via rail, which would allow you to see as much of the country as possible and navigate  to Scotland’s hilly terrain this train ride would give you a panoramic perspective on the beautiful landscape. The West Highland Line is a train service that operates from Glasgow and travels to Oban, Fort William and Mallaig and  is largely considered to be the most picturesque in the world — and with its rugged mountains, it’s not hard to see why.

You can also try exploring the area via boat, but make sure to include a stop at Moray Firth on your route, which is located close to the tip of Scotland. Be amazed as this water is home to around 130 bottlenose dolphins, seals, whales and porpoises.

Going to Scotland wouldn’t be complete without a  visit to the capital, Edinburgh and make a switch from calmness and serenity from countryside to  somewhere a bit livelier and vibrant. This historic city has much to see and do, you can visit the zoo, explore the old town, tour the underground vaults or even enjoy a bite in one of the city’s many cafes or restaurants. If you want an even more culture, make sure to plan a visit in August, where the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world will be held.

The Algarve in Portugal

Portugal, and its warm temperature that lasts all year-round and beautiful coastline, is another stunning destination to mark on your travel list! If you want outdoor adventure in Portugal, then The Algarve, is the perfect place for you!

Make sure to soak up the sun and enjoy the many stretches of sandy beaches and plethora of luxurious hotels and apartments in the area. You can also test your golfing skills while enjoying the panoramic views as you play, and no need to worry about the rain that might spoil the fun here as Algarve has 300 days of sunshine a year, that is why Algarve is renowned as a tourist destination especially for those who wants to escape the cold weather but make sure to take full advantage of not being limited to travelling in the school holidays and visit in the quieter months such as October and June.

You can also learn about the historical culture of this place and lose yourself in one of the many churches that line The Algarve landscape. The churches in Portugal are not like your typical churchs, theirs is spectacular tiles and azulejos that make them stand out from any religious building you’ve seen before.

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Amalfi Coast in Italy

The Amalfi Coast is another great destination to visit for people even above 50′s. It’s famous for its quaint fishing villages and small beaches that many relax upon on. Make sure you visit during spring and autumn when temperatures are around 15-26°C and precipitation levels are between 3 and 4 inches. Remember to avoid going here around November and Easter as many hotels and restaurants are closed during this period and you will miss the exciting hustle and bustle of the destination.

The town of Positano is where you can treat yourself to somewhere truly luxurious and relaxing. The streets here are lined with colourful houses, impressive hotels and shops filled with beachwear and ceramics and for an amazing souvenir, you can get even your own pair of sandals made just for you.

If you want to see Mount Vesuvius you must stay in Sorrento. Sight see around the area by boat around the coast of Sorrento either you go solo or as part of a group excursion. Make sure to have your camera ready as there are lots photo opportunities such as the rugged coastline of Italy and the turquoise sea.

Take your holiday in the area further by visiting the Amalfi Coast, where you can explore the ancient town of Pompeii and visit the amphitheatre which dates back to 80BC and relax in the preserved baths.

Paris in France

When you think of Paris, the Eiffel Tower will definitely cross your mind, but there’s so much more to see and do in Paris if you only know where to go…

You can try and go to Giverny and visit the Monet’s Gardens. Travel a 45-minute train journey plus a 10-minute bus ride from the capital. And see this spectacular garden that is split into two parts, both of which are equally impressive — one is called Clos Normand and is full off symmetries and complementing colours, and the other is a Japanese inspired water garden.

To get more of a local feel, try to explore Paris on foot, as there are lots of other ways to get around the city, and you can try and see what it has to offer.Try taking the open top hop-on, hop-off bus tour takes you to the Louvre, Montmartre and Notre Dame — giving you time to get off where you please or take memorable photos from the comfort of your seat, also most of the buses provide you with headphones that provides private commentary of the attractions you’re passing.

You have traveled via air, land why not try it by water and take on of the city’s popular cruises down the River Siene. This is a great opportunity to put your feet up and relax after a long day exploring while admiring the picturesque streets, bridges and cathedral as you’re taken on an adventure through the city

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Crete in Greece

Crete, the largest island of Greece, is known for its rich history and stunning beaches. This is the prefect travel destination to experience culture, relaxation and adventure.

Lets start off with exploring the Heraklion Archaeological Museum which showcases the artefacts that date back between Neolithic to Roman times, (a time span of 5,500 years), that includes detailed descriptions of jewelry, pottery and other famous pieces from ancient sites.

After that you can then visit the Venetian Harbour on the west side of the island, in an old town call Chania and enjoy being by the sea. Take this opportunity to have sunset stroll out to the trademark of the town — a lighthouse that sits near the harbour entrance.

For Food Lovers like me, Crete is the perfect destination too as the locals produce their own meat, wine, cheeses and even catch their own seafood that guarantees that your dish will be as fresh as it can be, make sure to pair it with their famous local wines as well!

These are amazing destinations that are suitable for older travelers, its never to late to start exploring the world and live your life at the fullest!

 

Travel like an expert!

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Planning a trip can be super overwhelming. You’ll have to save money, book your flight, pack your bags, plan your itinerary, and even reserve your hotel. It sounds stressful, but no worries, I gathered some travel tips that will help you enjoy your vacation!

Plan Ahead

By planning ahead, you’re more likely to have access to the cheapest flights. Tip: Compare not only the prices but also the deals included within the promo. It’s not always about saving money, finding a great service for the best price is what’s more important. Also, it enables you to properly save your money and prepare the perfect itinerary just for you. You’ll be able to plan the pace of your trip, enjoy the must-see sights and engage with the local culture of your destination. It’s a vacation, don’t exhaust yourself! If you want everything to run smoothly during your trip, plan ahead of time. Check out these cheap flights with Webjet before your next trip. This will make your trip a whole lot better.

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Be prepared

Even the most seasoned traveler faces problems. Anyone who thinks that ‘travelling without any kind of insurance is a good idea’ is in for a rude awakening. Every time you travel you’re taking a risk. A hospitalization while travelling, medical emergencies, a last-minute cancellation, and loss of personal belongings can be very expensive. I highly recommend checking out Webjet’s cheap travel insurance. Tip: Choose the right travel insurance for you. Enjoy the place and treasure the experience. Luckily, someone got your back.

 Know your destination

One popular travel mistake is sticking to the tourist path. It’s much better to read the guide book and pick couple places that you want to see but do not limit yourself and take time to get off the beaten path and explore on your own. Travel guide books recommends a lot of good places but try to strike up a conversation with locals, they know better trust me.

If it’s your first time travelling, take your time planning and don’t rush things. First time travelers are more prone to mistakes but don’t stress yourself up, it defeats the purpose of the trip. Just take it as an experience to make your next one better. So, the next time you begin planning your vacation, consider these things and be a travel expert!

Destination Dubai: What To Pack?

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With towering buildings, spectacular beaches and magnificent sand dunes, Dubai is a city that will both amaze and interest you. It is the most dazzling of United Arab’s seven Emirates. With so much to see and do, it is a favourite holiday destination among travellers. If you are planning to visit this wonderful city, the culture and customs of the place compel you to dress accordingly. Following is a list of what to pack with you on your Dubai trip.

Pack a scarf and a shawl: Scarves and shawls are must-carry travelling items, especially when it comes to places like Dubai. They do everything from providing protection against the sun or the cold to imparting you a modest yet stylish look. Many places in the city expect you to cover your shoulders, a scarf or a shawl helps you in doing just that. You can also easily repeat a dress by taking a scarf or a shawl over it.

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Pack more tops than bottoms: It is unnecessary to carry multiple bottoms while travelling. You can pair the same jeans with different tops and no one will know. Black jeans or pants are always the right choice as they go with just about everything. Certain places, such as the malls and souqs of Dubai, require your knees to be covered. A black bottom comes to your rescue there.

Mix and match: A golden rule of packing in general that regular travellers swear by is to ensure that your clothes mix and match with each other. This allows you to make multiple combinations and also helps you to layer up when needed. You must abide by the same while travelling to Dubai.

Dress it up: You must remember that Dubai measures high on the glamour scale. Hence, the city does allow you to flaunt your pretty dresses and high heels, just at the right places. You can carry this look at fine dining restaurants and fancy clubs. Public places are what you have to be conscious about.

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Avoid light colours: Another general rule of packing that applies just as well in Dubai. Light colours get dirty and stain easily leaving you carrying around something that cannot be worn. You will explore the desert in the city which you cannot do while wearing light colours. Pack light denim shirts, they come handy.

You must take care of the essentials before leaving for your trip in order to be tension free during the trip. When sorted out beforehand, things such as clothes,bookings & having an appropriate travel insurance allows you to enjoy sans worries. 

Travel gear for the adventurous holidaymaker

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There are those who crave the endless rays of the Caribbean sun blazing above the oceans beside a luxury spa; then there are those who revel in the sheer adrenaline rush of a white water rafting expedition in the mountains, or an intrepid hike in the parched deserts and canyons of the great West. For these hardy adventurers, the only requirement is a passion for the great outdoors, a sturdy level of fitness, formidable resilience against the elements, and, of course, top of the range but affordable gear to go with it.

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Top up on your tech

It doesn’t matter what kind of sports vacation you are going on; whether heading off to an international tournament to cheer on your favorite team or biking the length of the Appalachian Trail, you’ll want to capture every moment. You’ll need:

Having these in tow will make your experience more streamlined as well as enable you to document your memories. However, don’t take your gadgets without protective gear and the relevant insurance – give yourself peace of mind by making sure they’re covered.

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Sporting gear and clothes

Naturally, the hardcore traveler will want to take their own gear, although renting professional equipment is also a viable option. Skis, snowboards, mountain bikes, kayaks, canoes, and camping equipment can all be found in most resorts and in tourist towns where outdoor sport is a major activity, but clothes are another matter. You don’t want to find yourself searching for a good fit at the last minute; especially for those using compression gear, it’s important to be able to wear your sporting garments a little bit in advance of your trip so that you can adjust accordingly; these are really easy to come by via clearance discounts online and in outlet stores. While it’s not always necessary to have specialist clothing, dedicated outdoor explorers will need something that is comfortable and helps enhance outdoor performance. The last thing you want when embarking on your final trek is to be dealing with discomfort.

Accessorize and plan ahead

Not only do you want to bring the appropriate equipment with you for safeguarding your goods (such as secure cases for cameras), but you should also be aware of how you want to travel with your equipment and how it is protected in case of loss or damage. Once again, consider insurance – whether it is travel insurance, gadget insurance, or some other type of coverage. Check with airlines beforehand regarding baggage requirements; some allow for skis and snowboards to be stored in the cargo under checked baggage or at reasonable rates, while others will charge a hefty fee. Most importantly, make a list and check it twice – and you’ll be all set for the adventure of a lifetime.

Recent Study Shows People More Likely to Misbehave on Holiday

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It looks like Brits are using holidays as the perfect time to misbehave, as proven by a recent study which polled over 1000 adults in the UK. 51% of these people said that they consider a holiday to be the perfect tie to try something new and step outside of their comfort zone.

Into the Blue have carried out some research which shows that Brits are more likely to try something adventurous whilst on holiday (you can read more about this here: http://www.travelcampaigner.com/brits-are-more-likely-to-try-new-things-when-on-holiday/)

These were people of all age groups and backgrounds, with most admitting that they often engage in riskier behaviour while abroad. 49% said they’re more likely to try the local food, and cuisine they haven’t tried before, and 37% of those polled said that they usually visit local attractions and points of interest located further afield when they’re traveling.

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There are ways to have fun without going crazy, and 26% of people said they like to try water sports like surfing, diving, and jet skiing, while 18% prefer slightly more extreme sports like bungee jumping, climbing, and skydiving.

Unfortunately, 9% of people also said they were more likely to engage in risky behaviour which could have real consequences. This includes being more likely to trust strangers, which is always nice to do when travelling, but we should remember that when we’re tourists we also often have a giant dollar sign painted on our back, especially in developing countries where an iPhone could feed a family for a few months.

These people also said they would be more likely to take risks, and 8% said they would get a tattoo. This is particularly popular among the younger backpacker crowd, and as long as you can check reviews and see how clean the tattoo parlour is, you’ll have a memento from this trip forever.

Travel is by its very definition about new experiences, stepping outside of your comfort zone, and doing things you wouldn’t necessarily do at home is one way to do this, and you’ll often find yourself becoming more adventurous in general, and more likely to try new things at home as well.

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Some of my best experiences have been when I opened myself up to new things, and while I may regret trying a certain dish in Myanmar, at least I have a funny story to tell, and the certainty that no matter what I eat in the future, it’s unlikely to be as bad as that.

And sometimes opening ourselves up to adventure and stepping outside of our comfort zones means making friends with people who you wouldn’t necessarily be friends with at home. It means walking up to a group of people, introducing yourself, and ending up with friends for life. When you’re travelling relationships can often mean more, as you probably won’t know when you’ll be seeing those people again.

 

 

All the fun of Orlando

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Some destinations simply scream fun, and no doubt at the top of that list is Orlando, Florida’s sunshine destination with added scream and laughs to boot.

Every child the world over dreams of meeting Mickey and Minnie Mouse, no matter how much they deny it, and even if they don’t admit to that, the roller coasters and splash fun calls out to youngsters and big kids alike. It’s no wonder Orlando is the world’s number one destination for family holidays.

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Flying long haul of course has its downsides, but when you focus on the destination you’re much more likely to arrive feeling less like you’ve been sat in a tin can for hours on end. Make sure you cover all bases for your travel to keep your mind firmly at rest, such as organising your family travel insurance well ahead of time. One less thing to worry about means a much more fun-filled holiday for you and your brood!

A holiday to Orlando won’t be a restful affair, and it’s always a good idea to plan ahead on where you’re going to go and when, so you don’t miss out on anything. For instance, certain parks have firework displays on certain days, and if you want to see them you need to be aware of the timetable. Head online and get all the up to date information before you go, and make yourself a rough itinerary if you can; you don’t have to be rigid about it, but at least knowing which parks you’re going to on which days will help you grab every last second of fun from your time away.

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If you’re concerned about the amount of time you’re going to spend queueing for popular rides in the parks, make sure you take advantage of the Fast Pass systems in place, which allow you to book an allocated slot to return to the ride, without the need for queueing. You are allowed a certain number of these per day, so use them wisely! Another tip is to go to popular rides during the parade times, as you’ll find the lines dwindle dramatically during these times, and then shoot back up again once the parades have finished; the same can be said for queues in the restaurants!

Giving yourself a pool day in the middle of your holiday is the best way to recharge the batteries and help your body cope with the strains of a high energy holiday such as this, but once you arrive, you’ll be more than happy to throw yourself into the fast-paced and fun atmosphere that is Orlando.

Why your First Solo Trip should be to Thailand

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Traveling solo is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. While traveling with a partner means you’ll have someone to take photos with, the fact is, solo travel opens you up to meeting new people and means you never have to compromise. You can always travel exactly where you want to go and when it comes to Thailand those options are endless. There’s just so many places to visit and things to see and do, where you visit on your multi-stop journey around Thailand is solely down to you.

For many, solo travel can be an intimidating thought. What if something goes wrong? But the fact is, every time you manage to get out of a tricky situation by yourself you’ll gain confidence and self-reliance, and realise that there really is nothing you can’t
handle. Of course, surprise expenses such as a holiday illness claim can put a real damper on your travel. Be prepared with insurance!

Thailand is the perfect place for the first-time solo traveller. The country is built on tourism, and there is a well-worn tourist trail, along with plenty of backpackers who will be doing the same as you, and who will give you advice. In fact there are so many solo travellers in Thailand that it’s not uncommon to spend your days visiting tourist sites with a bunch of friends you’ve just met, and it’s harder to actually find time to be alone.

Thailand is a country of culture, amazing food, and incredible sights. Here are just a few of the reasons why your first solo trip should be to Thailand:

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The Food

If you say you like Thai food, but you’ve never eaten it in Thailand, you don’t know what you’re missing out on. The flavours, the fresh food, and the cheap price combine to make it one of the best places for foodies to visit. Where else can you get a curry and a smoothie for less than $3?

The Weather

If you’re planning to escape winter on your trip, why not update your Facebook with incredible pictures of pristine beaches, and blue-green water. The fact is, the weather in Thailand is always warm, and if you go outside of the wet season you’ll also be escaping most of the humidity.

The Locals

The Thais are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. If you’re in trouble they will help you out, and will often greet you with a smile and a hug when you’re returning years later. Thailand has a low crime rate, especially against foreigners, and while you may not be able to communicate, the Thai’s will usually be able to interpret your sign language.

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Its a good first-stop

If you’re planning to do a larger trip through Southeast Asia, Thailand is the perfect place to start. The country is different and interesting without being overwhelming, and you can still find all of the comforts of home. You’ll also find that flights and buses between nearby countries are dirt cheap.

The International feel

Thailand is a country where you can stay off the beaten path, or make plenty of friends with other foreigners. With so many tourists visiting, and expats living here, you’ll find plenty of global food chains, Hollywood movies, and international restaurants. You’ll also be chatting to people from around the world, and may make friends for life.

Stress? What stress?

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Stress-free travel is possible – yes, really! You might think I’m playing a joke here, but it is possible to cut out the parts of your travel day which make your hair stand on end, when you think you simply can’t take a second more of the waiting. The answer? Patience, distraction, and a few tweaks here and there. It’s simple!

The first port of call should be looking at how you get to the airport. I find public transport to the airport stressful, usually because I have a massive suitcase, hand luggage, I’m trying not to be late, and the bus or train I’m on is busy, or taking too long. You don’t need this extra worry, you should be enjoying every single second of your travel day. To get rid of this stress I decided to use Airparks to book an on-site parking space, and drive down there myself, having a nice leisurely journey. You can find this service at most large UK airports, and my Stansted parkingspot certainly saved me money when compared to costly public transport. Money saved and stress saved – it’s a double whammy!

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Once you’re at the airport, you need to stay focused on your end destination, and not get caught up in the waiting. Yes, there are crowds, yes, there are queues, and yes, you have to wait a while, but you can easily distract yourself from all that. Why not head for a drink in a bar, or a meal in a restaurant? Treat yourself to your favourite perfume or aftershave at Duty Free, or relax in one of those airport massage chairs we all love to get rid of our small change in. There are ways to cut out the waiting, simply make sure you keep one eye on the screens, so you don’t miss your gate number and final boarding call!

If you really don’t like the idea of waiting around in the departure lounge, how about booking some time in the airport lounge? This is available at most large airports too, and you can kick back and relax in peace and quiet, without having your toes run over by cabin bags! Refreshments and snacks are usually included in the price, so you can save a little here too, as you’ll no doubt spend a fair bit in the airport, trying to pass the time. The cost could work out cheaper, so do look into this idea if you prefer to relax a little pre-flight.

Of course, once you’re in the air, the waiting continues but you can distract yourself with a film, a snack, music, a book, or some games. Before you know it, your flight will be descending into your arrival airport, and the fun can really begin!

Top Things To Do In Koh Samui, Thailand

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Koh Samui is the 3rd largest island in Thailand and it was discovered by the first Western tourists only in the 1970’s. Back then there were only a few huts in the coconut groves and a few fishermen around. Miles of white sand, green valleys, beautiful waterfalls and coconut trees were something like out of the ‘Bounty” commercial. After that the island underwent a huge and rapid development project, with the result that after a little over 3 decades, it can compete with Phuket and Pattaya.

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One of the most fun and exciting things to do on Koh Samui is visiting the Fisherman’s Village, especially on a Friday, when the market takes place on its main street. This is the day when from 6pm the village comes to live, fills up with tourists, locals and street vendors, who will sell you a mojito in a plastic cup for $2 and cook a Pad Thai in front of your eyes for $1. Here you can find everything from hand-made souvenirs to organic curry paste, to shorts, fried crickets, live performances, and exotic jewelry. On other days you can come here to enjoy a dinner by the sea. Continue reading →

Top places to visit in Turkey

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I was lucky enough recently to travel through Turkey, and absolutely loved it. It now has to be one of my favourite countries in Europe to visit.  If you want to book your dream holiday to Turkey then travel agents such as First Choice are a great way to go. Once there, then here is my guide of top places to visit.

Aspendos Theatre

This beutifully preserved ancient theatre dates back to 155AD, built during the rule of the Roman Emporer Marcus Aurelius. The theatre itself has kept many of its original qualities due to the extensive repair and maintenance that it’s gone through, throughout the years.

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Pamukkale

Located in the west of Turkey, this unreal natural landscape is something you only dream of on postcards. These white terraces have formed over thousands and thousands of years from high mineral rock deposits, which have left terraced hot pools that you will see like nowhere else.

Hagia Sophia

This unique ancient masterwork of Roman engineering is located in Istanbul. Originally constructed in the sixth century, the massive dome (31 meter diameter) was for 1000 years the world’s largest enclosed space, still making it one of Turkey’s top tourist attractions.

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Sultan Ahmed Mosque (also known as Blue Mosque)

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Instanbul, it’s easy to see why when you see this stunning mosque and it’s six minarets. Whilst extremely impressive from the outside it is even more impressive on the inside with its 20,000 patterned blue tiles.

 Visit the amazing beaches

You can’t go to Turkey without heading down to the Mediterranean coast and soaking up the sun on some stunning beaches. Big beach resort town are Bodrum, Marmaris and Kas, offering turquoise water, white sand beaches and amazing Turkish cuisine. Another option is to take one of the many sailing trips on offer, to visit the outer islands. Just pick your boat wisely as some are designed for the party animals in us.

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 Grand Bazar of Istanbul

This has to be one of the most unique shopping experiences. Be prepared for the brightest colours you have ever seen with jewelry, spices, carpets, homeware, antiques, art and much much more. This is a definite must visit, but schedule a day here and be prepared to get lost in the labyrinth of streets and shops.