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Spain’s Best Kept Secrets- 15 Most Beautiful Villages and Towns of Spain

The beauty of Spain lies in its sleepy, forgotten corners. This is where the real drama unfolds- mesmerizing sights and timeless heritage. If you’ve had enough of the brash glamour of big cities and are looking for unadulterated peace and dreamy vistas,  head to one of Spain’s picturesque villages. Here are our recommendations for the prettiest villages and towns in Spain: 1. Pedraza Image Source: Raul A/flickr.com A beautiful medieval town, Pedraza is a dreamer’s paradise. Set within the confines of a fortified wall, this village is ideal for walking around on…

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5 unforgettable road trips in 5 classic cars

Time to hit the road? Sate your appetite for adventure on one of these legendary road trips – with a vintage car to boot. 1. Pacific Coast Highway in a Mustang The most familiar PCH option is the Los Angeles to San Francisco route, taking in the undeniable attractions of Big Sur, Hearst Castle, Carmel-by-the-Sea, wine country and Santa Barbara. Equally compelling, if not more so, is the stretch north from there taking you through the mighty sequoias of northern California then along the rugged coast of Oregon and Washington…

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Is this Australia’s most obscure road rule? – A WOMAN claims she was fined $1007

A WOMAN claims she was fined $1007 and disqualified from driving for six months over an “unfair” and obscure new law. AUSTRALIANS have been warned to research the road rules in each state before visiting — or risk being hit with a nasty and costly surprise. Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia chief executive Robert Barwick took to the group’s Facebook page to alert travellers after a member of the club was stung by an obscure new rule that varies across the nation. It involves having to slow down dramatically when…

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10 Spanish cities, 10 unmissable sights

Spain is not all about the beach, and a last minute city break can be just what’s needed – a recharge, a step back from the grind – a cultural taste of Spain’s full menu of stunning sights and sounds. Choose your destination So leave the office or the in-laws alone for the weekend, and choose a Spanish city to fly away to. Whichever one you decide on, there’ll be one thing that you simply must see. Decision made, bargain flight bagged, on-board case packed. Camera of course, city sights are there…

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THINGS have gone from bad to worse as tourist paradise is overrun by violence

, as violence in the tourist party town escalates to unprecedented levels. Cancun has seen 14 murders in just 36 hours — the highest ever in the country’s recorded history, according to Mexico news outlet Noticaribe and The Sun. The latest violence on April 4 saw 14 people killed and at least five others left with gunshot wounds, in six separate instances in the party town. The figures surpass Cancun’s previous “record” of nine killings in a day on November 25, 2004. Cancun saw an unprecedented 14 murders in just 36…

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Breaking the Tourist Trap: India’s 12 Most Underrated Travel Destinations

Nobody can deny the beauty and charisma of architectural marvels like the Taj Mahal, The Ajanta and Ellora Caves and The Sun Temple. But there are a lot of other hidden gems in an intoxicating country like India that deserve as much attention. These lesser-known places possess their very own off-beat allure. Here’s a list of 12 hidden gems, the most underrated destinations in India that you just cannot afford to miss. 1. Auli- Incredibly Amazing Skiing Destination This adventure spot is meant for bravehearts. One of the most exciting…

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World’s 13 Most Awesome Swimming Pools

That first dip in the pool is the best bit of going on holiday, right? Well, with these incredible man-made and natural swimming spots, you’re set to have the trip of a lifetime. 13. Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Singapore 12. Queen’s Bath natural pool, Kauai, Hawaii 11. Bahmah, Wadi Shab, Oman 10. Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali 9. Aquaria Grande, Mumbai 8. Anantara Golden Triangle Hotel, Thailand 7. Hamilton Pool, Texas 6. Neptune Pool, Hearst Castle, California   5. The Inn at Key West, Florida 4. Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, Phoenix,…

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12 secret island escapes for your next beach holiday

Who doesn’t love an island holiday? The only problem is when everyone else discovers your favourite piece of paradise. Not so at these hidden hideaways. 1. MIHIRI ISLAND MALDIVES At just 350m long and 50m wide, Mihiri is one of the smallest Maldivian islands, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in beauty – and luxury. Reopened to visitors in late 2014 following renovations, the island has 37 villas, four restaurants/bar options, a spa, gym plus an extensive range of excursions and water sports. The island boasts…

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11 New York City Hidden Gems That Aren’t Tourist Traps

You may know New York City for Times Square, the Empire State Building or Central Park, but the city that never sleeps also has many hidden gems as well. Art museums, galleries and trendy restaurants – you name it, NYC has got it. 1. The Neue Galerie The Neue Galerie was established in 2001 and contains early twentieth-century German and Austrian art. Exhibits include artists such as Wassily Kandinsky, Gustav Klimt and Van Gogh. After viewing the exhibits, guests can buy gifts at the bookshop or enjoy a bite to eat at one of the two…

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The Best Places to See Penguins, Polar Bears, Narwhals, and More

Whether you’re spirit animal is a penguin, arctic fox, reindeer, polar bear, or the completely magical narwhal, there’s a spot to find them all. Here are some of our favorite wintertime animal destinations: Whether you’re spirit animal is a penguin, arctic fox, reindeer, polar bear, or the completely magical narwhal, there’s a spot to find them all. Here are some of our favorite wintertime animal destinations: Getty Images/iStockphoto Puffins — Faroe Islands Puffins are not only one of the most popular animals to see in this arctic archipelago, but they’re also…

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