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Our ‘SOS’ guide to visiting Marrakech - By Samantha Owen-Stoddart

Most airlines issue you a landing card before landing into Marrakech Menara Airport. If you get a chance fill it out on the plane so that it is ready to present at passport control on arrival. It will ask your name, date & place of birth, nationality, occupation, passport number & issue date, where you are travelling from/to which airport, for example Manchester to Marrakech. Address whilst in Morocco, so it is maybe worth looking up your accommodation address before you get on your flight, screen shot it so that it is in your photos for you to look up on flight if your phone is in airplane mode.

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The Vélodyssée - Part Two

The overnight ferry arrived in Roscoff early the next morning and we were a little tired, hungover and hungry, but rather than stop immediately to fuel up, we headed in the vague direction of where the EuroVelo route started. The EuroVelo routes are a network of long-distance cycle routes which cover nearly every corner of Europe. Some, like those in France, are completed and offer some of the best uninterrupted, traffic-free, cycling in Europe. Others are still in development, but it’s a great initiative which is getting Europe moving.

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Kathmandu in a Nutshell

Nepal is a popular destination for international travellers, with a well-trodden path for those looking for adventure, outstanding natural beauty and vibrant cultural immersion. For over 30 years avid trekkers and mountaineers have arrived in Kathmandu before heading off to Everest’s legendary Base Camp, or further, on epic treks lasting days through the Himalayas.

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Top-Five Summer Beaches (In the Northern Hemisphere)

Coming into the Summer season (in the Northern Hemisphere anyway) I thought it would be a good time to compile a list of my favourite beach resorts. This is very subjective, so if you disagree i’d love to hear your recommendations too!

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Irkutsk and Beyond - Trans-Siberian Railway Part 2

We arrived into Irkutsk extremely disorientated. We’d been on a train for the best part of five days and, without knowing when, we’d passed through five-hours of time zones. It was early morning and we were hungry, slightly hungover and tired. Our first port of call was some authentic Russian food.

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Trans-Siberian Express in a Nutshell (Part 1 - Russia)

There’s something about train travel which makes it such a soothing way to get from a to b. For me, everything looks better through a train window and there is no better way to see a country or region (I actually think cycling is the best way to do this, but you definitely need plenty of time to embark upon a long distance cycle tour). Long distance train travel isn’t for everyone though, especially in an age of budget airlines.

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‘Come to the Costa del Sol’ - By Samantha Owen-Stoddart

After visiting the Costa del Sol over Christmas time, I wanted to write a short blog about what there is to see and where you can venture too whilst enjoying southern Spain! I rented a car (the least said about that the better…) as I wanted to get out and about and see this lovely part of Spain. I remember fondly family holidays in this region, I am not sure if you’ll agree, but it seems the older I become the more appreciative I am for seeing places or discovering parts I have never seen. This is how I feel about the Costa del Sol and why I was so determined to travel along this stretch of coastline.

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A Weekend in Vibrant Valencia

Continuing with my exploration of Spain I decided on a trip from Madrid to the nearest coastal city, Valencia. I’d been to Barcelona in the past and loved it, but I didn't know much about Valencia, a city some 350km south of the Catalonian capital.

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A Weekend Break in Seville

When I was based in London I loved to do weekend trips to nearby places. Cambridge, Brighton and St. Albans were just a few of the great places that I went to. Now, having moved to Madrid, i’m getting to experience a whole new culture and some fascinating cities.

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Pottering Around Porto

My only memory of Portugal before this visit was a fairly distant one. I went to the Algarve after University for some ‘real’ sun and, well, because i’m English and that’s where we go. The beaches and scenery were beautiful, but I didn’t really experience any Portuguese culture. Having moved to Madrid in the summer of 2018 I was in a much better location to explore parts of Europe for brief weekend visits.

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Four Days in Fes- ‘Just Like That’ - By Samantha Owen-Stoddart

Fes has always been a place of fascination for us, due to our joint love of ‘magical’ Morocco. Having secured some cheap return flights and our accommodation through the lovely Riad Tizwa, who owns a sister riad near the old medina, we were set…

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Spanish City ‘Making the most out of Malaga’

Back in May whilst I was travelling around Gdansk in Poland, Adam booked us two return flights with Easyjet to Malaga for November. Firstly as they were a fantastic deal and secondly because that’s the kind of lovely person he is! Always super supportive of my travel blog, to which I am thankful. When we discussed accommodation, he happily booked a place we had been to see a year earlier on a Boxing Day trip to the city, called Dulces Dreams. It was a small hotel, very central to everything and cheap. Our booking was confirmed and we began planning our trip…

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Now & Again- Returning to Now Sapphire, Mexico - By Samantha Owen-Stoddart

In May I travelled to Mexico and made a return trip to the Now Sapphire resort for the third time. I first visited in 2013 to celebrate my 30th birthday, as a surprise gift from my husband after he had heard such great comments about the hotel and again in 2015 to holiday with family. Each time I feel lucky enough to say I have met great people from others parts of the world, who I now count as good friends. That is one the joy’s of travel, you meet new people and friendships grow all in the shared passion of seeing the world.

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R & R @ The Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort - by Samantha Owen-Stoddart

I have wanted to visit Zanzibar for some time now, more out of Intrigue through seeing photos or videos of the Island. After booking the trip nearly a year ago, I spent some time looking and researching where I wanted to stay and see. After speaking to many people, some who had previously visited, I was set on staying on the North Coast. Nungwi was the area I picked, mainly due to it’s beautiful coastline and white sandy beaches, a perfect base…

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Visiting Vegas - My Tips! By Samantha Owen-Stoddart

Las Vegas is situated in Nevada’s Mojave Desert in the United States of America, nicknamed ‘Sin City’. Vegas as its known to most is a renowned resort city, mainly known for gambling, shopping, fine dining and nightlife. Its origins actually date back to 1905!

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Safari and Saltlick - By Samantha Owen-Stoddart

During my time in Kenya I went on a two day safari to the Tsavo East National Park, enjoying the sights and sounds of the park’ animals. They included the elephant, leopard, lion, Impala and giraffe to name but a few. Tsavo East National Park is one of the oldest and largest parks in Kenya, opened in April 1948 and is 13,747 square kilometres in size. The location of the park is an area formally called the Taru Desert, next to the town of Voi, in Taita-Taveta County. The Tsavo National Park is split into two sections Tsavo East and West, separated by the A109 road and a railway. Its name came from the river Tsavo, which flows west to east through the national park.

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’48 Hours in Geneva’ - Switzerland (Part Two) - by Samantha Owen-stoddart

Waking after a great night’s sleep, breakfast at the Ibis Petit Lancy was a buffet style, help yourself with a nice variety including make your own waffles! Perfect fuel for the busy day of sightseeing ahead of us. After another short tram ride we arrived at Bel Air and set off for Geneva  Old Town, en route we stopped at the Victorinox store. Adam was eager to get a Swiss army knife, well we are in Switzerland where better!! Two new ‘personalised’ knives later, we were on our way.

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’48 Hours in Geneva!’ - Switzerland (Part One) - BY SAMANTHA OWEN-STODDART

After returning from Geneva last week I want to fill you all in on my latest adventure… about a month ago I was scouring the EasyJet website, as I regularly do, I saw a return flight to Geneva for 29.99 per person on offer! I immediately wanted to book it, so after checking on accommodation availability in Switzerland, I paid for two flights as my husband was accompanying me on this short break. Booking.com was my first port of call for a hotel, I pre booked the Ibis Hotel in Petit Lancy for two nights bed and breakfast basis with payment on departure, which is a great idea. The cost was £90 pp for the stay, so all in all the city break to Geneva was £119.99 each BARGAIN! With a little pre destination reading I was excited to see what Geneva had in store for me.

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