5 reasons why China should be on your bucket list

5 reasons why China should be on your bucket list

Say China and you immediately think of counterfeit products, over-popularisation and communism. But despite its sometimes questionable methods, China is home to areas of outstanding natural beauty, beautiful culture and fabulous wildlife. So if it isn’t on your bucket list, here’s why it should be. 1. It has Pandas. Pandas in Chengdu with The Dragon Trip 2. It has a Terracotta Army. The Terracotta Warriors with The Dragon Trip in Xi’an 3. It’s home to one of the new 7…

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Do you need an adventure?

Do you need an adventure?

Imagine standing on the edge of a 40ft cliff, wishing to break some bones to avoid returning to a mindless job. That was Laura Kennington – a British adventurer who went from Pub Quizmaster to Pub Storyteller. Sound vaguely familiar? If you’re on your umpteenth cup of tea, wistfully browsing Instagram during your sixth hour of procrastination, then let Laura Kennington’s inspirational tale be your pivotal moment of change, as Sarah Outen MBE was to her. False Pretences Laura’s tale…

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The Hidden Secrets of Gloucester Prison

The Hidden Secrets of Gloucester Prison

Gloucester Prison will reveal its secrets of hidden bodies and unknown medieval structures to anyone who dares to witness the incarceration dating over 200 years. Where on earth is Gloucester? A funny little city that most haven’t heard of – unless you’re a Potterhead of course. Despite it’s closeness to Bristol and links with its horse racing cousin – Cheltenham – Gloucester remains fairly unseen even by those who reside in England. Steeped in history, the Gloucester Cathedral and Dock area has…

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How to double your holiday entitlement (UK)

How to double your holiday entitlement (UK)

If you have the minimum holiday allowance in the UK (that’s 20 days plus 8 bank holidays) then you spend your days wistfully thinking about your next holiday. But what if I told you that you can get more holiday? With a little bit of forward planning you can use those bank holidays to garner a few extra days off! Disclaimer: this only applies to UK workers who have a Monday-Friday shift pattern and whose annual leave applies from April to April…

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Afternoon Tea at The Ritz London

Afternoon Tea at The Ritz London

Afternoon tea, a quintessentially British past-time, first introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. As the evening meal in her household was served fashionably late at eight o’clock , leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner, the Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon and asked that a tray of tea, bread and butter and cake be brought to her room during the late afternoon. This became a…

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London’s hidden restaurant that will awaken your senses

London’s hidden restaurant that will awaken your senses

Hidden within London is a little place called Farringdon. And there lies Dans Le Noir – a hidden London Restaurant. From the outside, it looks like a dodgy massage house with its blacked out windows, but translate the name to ‘In the Dark’ and all becomes clear. Upon entering to the well-lit lobby, you are presented with your menu options; Meat, Fish, Vegetarian or Chef’s Choice. Next you select the number of courses, we opted for two courses – starter…

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5 Foods You Need To Try in London

5 Foods You Need To Try in London

With thanks to multiculturalism, London Food is fantastic with an array of foods laced throughout the city. But here’s a few hot spots you might not know about. Bilog Bun at Mamasons Dirty Ice Cream Despite the name, there’s nothing dirty about this Filipino street ice cream house. Instagrammable from the outside-in, you’ll find ice cream shakes and Filipino-inspired flavours on the menu, but it’s the Bilog Bun that takes centre stage. The hot and crispy waffle-like bun oozes with magical…

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Hanoi’s Lesser Known Hot Spots

Hanoi’s Lesser Known Hot Spots

As Vietnam’s capital, it’s easy to get caught up in seeing Hanoi’s typical sights and museums, but away from the whirlwind of motorbikes are a few hidden gems that few know about, and are entirely worth your time. Tranquil Book Cafe 5 Nguyễn Quang Bích, Cửa Đông, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam When my sweet tooth caved and I sought out WannaWaffle?, I had a little breakfast read of  Word – Vietnam’s What’s On Guide – and found the fantastic article…

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Four Winter Day Trips

Four Winter Day Trips

Winter. That time of year where our social calendars are rife with dinners and drinks, while we long to sit in front of a log fire with a warming hot chocolate. But despite the darker nights and frostier starts, the magic of this season is not to be missed. So don your woolly hats, stick on your gloves and embrace your red nose with these winter day trips sure to get you in the spirit of Christmas. Sudeley Castle Spectacle…

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5 Items I Wish I’d Packed for Trekking in Sapa, Vietnam

5 Items I Wish I’d Packed for Trekking in Sapa, Vietnam

While city-living is great, getting off the beaten track is unavoidable if you really want to experience a new place in its entirety- and trekking is a great way to do it. During my time in Vietnam, I booked this trip to Sapa that included trekking through rice paddies and a village home stay. While this was one of the highlights of my two weeks in Vietnam, it soon became apparent how unprepared I was for the tropical trekking, as…

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