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India - ‘Our handle on the Golden Triangle’ - by Samantha Owen-Stoddart

This is my first collaborative post with my husband @chancetotravel on our recent travels to India and our 7 day tour of the Golden Triangle. We have wanted to go to India for some time but never really knew where we should explore, to what was in each area. This trip actually came about due to a previously planned trip to Bali having to be cancelled due to work. After searching many different destinations we found this tour by chance, in a sale with Kuoni, so we booked it. It was a group tour which was a first for us, having previously toured Sri Lanka on our own. To be completely honest with you we were very apprehensive about being with a group of 14 people, as you worry about personality mix or gelling as a group.

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‘Red City Restaurants’- Marrakech - by Samantha Owen-Stoddart

Each time I visit the Red City I like to try new restaurants. With hundreds of restaurants to choose from in Marrakech you are always spoilt for choice! Sometimes I plan where I would like to eat, to avoid the disappointment of not getting a table and others times it is by other people’s recommendations or sheer spontaneity of seeing somewhere.

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Gratitude Tipping (& Travel) Update is Here!

After weeks of collating feedback from our users and testing the app on multiple devices we’ve managed to complete our first upgrade! And we’re pretty happy with it if we do say so ourselves… 

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Facts about countries across the globe and app update info

In preparation for the launch of our updated app, we’ve collated a load of cool facts about countries which will feature in our new travel guide. Each country will have its own personalised travel guide including information such as the capital city, population, language tips, tourist hotspots, hidden gems, unique facts and must try foods and drinks. 

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How to ask for the bill in nearly ever country in the world

Asking for the bill in the language of the country you’re in is a nice touch to show your respect for the culture. Whilst it’s not essential (and you can normally act out the signing of a bill on you hand which works just as well), it gives you a chance to show your language skills. Below is a list of ways to ask for the bill in all dialects. 

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Tipping in restaurants in the Nordic Countries 

When referring to Nordic countries we mean those that encompass the most northern regions of Europe: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway & Sweden. In general, tipping in these countries is fairly conservative and not a mandatory requirement as such. Waiting staff wages are high in comparison to most other European countries meaning that there is less emphasis on tips to supplement salaries. In addition, most meals will automatically have service charge included in the price, meaning there are no extra hidden costs you need to account for. But whilst tipping is not necessary, it certainly isn’t uncommon either. 

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Eating out in the MENA region 

Do you find varying countries tipping etiquette hard to keep up with? Do you often find yourself wondering how much should to tip when abroad? These are common feelings when it comes to gratuity. In general, the amount you tip should be what you think the service is deserved of. Set tipping rules and percentages have often taken over to make it seem like these are the only way to leave a gratuity and must be adhered to, but really they are just helpful guidelines. 

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Tipping in Kenya

Kenya is one of the most visited countries in the continent of Africa. With its beautiful Indian-Ocean coastline, lakes, savannah grasslands, valleys and highlands it has a lot to offer tourists. Not to mention its bustling capital city, Nairobi. Its climate and exotic wildlife means there is a big market for tourism across the country with locals offering a great insight into their country. 

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Tipping in 3 tourist hotspots: London, New York and Barcelona

London, New York and Barcelona are cities which welcome millions of tourists each year, but tipping in each city isn’t necessarily the same.

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