4 Ski Resorts To Suit All Tastes


Some people want sun, sea, and sand when they go away on holiday, especially if they live in the UK. You spend all year complaining about the cold weather so travel is the perfect opportunity to soak up some of that sun that you’ve been missing at home.

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There’s no way that you’d ever want to go somewhere that’s even colder than it is at home, surely? That’s not true for everybody and a skiing holiday is one of the best alternative ways to spend a relaxing week away, even if it is freezing cold.

There are plenty of great ski destinations around the globe and as a first timer, it’s difficult to work out which are the best ones and where you should go.

There are a couple of things you should look for when choosing a ski resort to visit. The first is the slopes themselves, of course; if you’re a beginner, you need to find somewhere that has some easy slopes that you can learn on, as well as good lessons.

Most places will have that so it’s not too much of a problem. The second thing to consider is the rest of the resort and what it has to offer.

This depends on what kind of holiday you’re after. Ski resorts are fast taking over hotter countries as party destinations so you can easily find some that have great nightlife to enjoy after a day on the slopes.

But if you want something a little more relaxing, you should look for some of the more traditional resorts with nice log cabins and hot tubs in place of nightclubs and bars. With all that in mind, these are some of the best ski locations around the world.


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Zinal And Grimentz, Switzerland

If you’re looking to spend a week skiing, relaxing and enjoying the rustic charm of a traditional mountain town, Zinal and Grimentz in Switzerland are the perfect resorts for you.

They’re not that well known so you won’t be inundated with thousands of tourists, making for a peaceful skiing experience.

This is also a bonus if you’re learning because it can be a bit daunting if there are loads of people whizzing down the mountain around you.

The village of Grimentz itself is a tiny, traditional village filled with loads of quaint little restaurants and traditional wooden chalets you can stay in while you’re there. It’s ideal for anybody that wants the quintessential ski experience.


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Meribel, France

The French Alps are, of course, one of the best places in the world to go skiing. A lot of the resorts are quite busy but the ones around Meribel aren’t too bad, particularly Chalet Les Bartavelles.

You’ll get a lot of the same charm you’d find in Zinal and Grimentz, but the accommodation isn’t quite so basic. The luxury ski chalet Les Bartavelles has to offer come equipped with hot tubs, pool tables and entertainment systems so you’ve got plenty to do after a hard day of skiing.

It’s not that far to get down to Meribel where there are plenty of great places to eat and drink as well.


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St Anton, Austria

If a relaxing stay in one of those resorts sounds a bit dull and you want something a bit more lively, you’ll want to visit one of the many apres ski resorts around the world.

Apres ski translates as ‘after ski’ and these are the resorts that are famed for the parties they host in the evening after a day on the slopes. St Anton in Austria is often credited with creating the apres ski resort culture and the famous hotspots are still there.

The Mooserwirt’s bar claims to sell more beer than anywhere else in the country, whether that’s true or not, you can be sure that you’ll find plenty of partygoers there any time of year.

There are also a lot of good beginner slopes there where you can learn to ski and hone your skills before heading out on some of the more advanced runs.

There are loads of great bars all over the place and most of them stay open until the early hours of the morning so if you’re looking for somewhere to party, there’s nowhere better than St Anton.


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Tremblant, Canada

St Anton isn’t exactly ideal if you’re taking a family trip so you’ll want to go somewhere like Tremblant in Canada instead.

This great ski resort in Quebec, in the French-speaking area of Canada, is perfect for families. The entire village is traffic free so you don’t need to worry about the kids running into the road.

The ski school there also offers a great course of lessons for kids and adults alike so the whole family can learn to ski.

These are some of the best ski resorts around the world to suit all tastes.   

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5 Ways To Do A Euro Trip


Fancy travelling around Europe? There are lots of ways to get around this exciting continent and see the sights. Here are just some of the travel methods that you could consider and the steps you may want to take to prepare.

Drive around Europe

Seeing Europe by road gives you the ultimate freedom to plan your route, but it’s not something you want to dive into unprepared. Each country in Europe has it’s own driving rules.

Most of the countries drive on the right, whilst the UK drives on the left. Some countries like Hungary require you to always have your headlights on, whilst the likes of France requires you to carry a breathalyser and fluorescent jacket onboard at all times!

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Those on a budget may want to consider whether they want to use highways. Some countries such as France and Italy have toll roads, whilst the likes of Austria and Switzerland require you to pay for a vignette in order to drive on the highways.

Avoiding highways could allow you to not pay these fees, however, it will slow down your journey (negotiating borders can also often be difficult without taking a highway).

Parking costs meanwhile can be a big expense too – especially in cities. You may want to park on the outskirts or plan to visit cities on a Sunday when parking is sometimes free.

If you’re hiring a vehicle, you may want to check that you’re allowed to take it out of the country. Alternatively, you could take your own vehicle (a big car or campervan could save money on accommodation, giving you the option to sleep in it!).

Some handy pieces of kit worth taking involve a car phone charger, cooler box, physical maps (as a backup if your phone/GPS dies) and windshield cover for the night.


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Go interrailing

Another popular way to explore Europe is to travel by train. The cheapest way to do this is to buy an interrail pass, which allows you to visit up to thirty countries.

You can select how many days you want to travel for and then you’re given the freedom to travel as you please within this period of time. Interrailing isn’t something you can do spontaneously with ease – it’s worth planning out your route as there may be trains that require prior booking.

Try not to plan a schedule that’s too busy as you want enough time to explore each place you stop at, not just a few hours.

There are night trains that you can sleep on to save money on accommodation, but you don’t want to be doing this too often!

Unlike other forms of travel, interrailing forces you to pack light – you can only bring what you can carry. Pack the day before your journey off and try walking around with your bag for an hour on your back.

If you find it too heavy after an hour, think about what it will be like for several weeks – taking a few items out could be a good call.

Some tricks for packing light include bringing light clothing (no thick jackets or heavy spare shoes) and investing in a light sleeping bag.

Make good use of your phone by downloading useful apps – it could save you having to bring physical translation guides, torches and maps that could take up space.

Your phone can also double up as a camera and a means of accessing the internet, so think twice before bringing a separate camera and laptop.

A portable charger can help to ensure your phone is always charged up (make sure you bring a universal converter plug – otherwise you won’t be able to use the sockets!).

A more leisurely alternative to interrailing could be to take a luxury intercontinental train. It’s a lot more expensive and you’re limited to a set route, but it could be more suited to those that don’t like rugged travelling.


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Book a coach tour

You can also travel Europe by coach. On the budget end of the spectrum, there are many European coach services that can be booked much like trains. These are usually cramped and stuffy – you get what you pay for.

Another more expensive option could be to take a guided coach tour of Europe. These follow a set itinerary, have more elbow room and often have accommodation booked for you.

Such trips can be great social trips for meeting other people. You don’t get much freedom, but for some people having the trip all planned out for you can be the appeal.


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Take a river cruise

Those wanting a more laid-back Eurotrip could consider travelling by river. There are a number of scenic river cruises in Europe.

Travelling down the Rhine allows you to see cities such as Amsterdam, Cologne and Strasbourg, whilst travelling the Danube could offer the opportunity to explore Bratislava, Budapest and Vienna.

Whilst more expensive than other travel options, a river cruise includes onboard accommodation and catering. You don’t have to be on the move all the time or planning your next meal and hotel.

You are stuck to a specific route, but there is the option to keep taking different river cruises each time and see different places (it helps that many of the biggest cities are situated on rivers).


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Take an ocean cruise

You can also travel Europe via an ocean cruise. There are hundreds of cruise routes with some exploring the icy waters of Scandinavia, whilst others focus on the warmer shores of the Mediterranean.

Ocean cruises can be much bigger than river cruises, allowing more luxuries. Some ships may have multiple bars and restaurants as well as various entertainment options.

These tend to be the most expensive cruises of course – there are many smaller and more basic cruises that could allow you to explore Europe by sea on a budget.

Cruises may also cater to different audiences with some focused at older people and other focused at young people or families. Similarly, some are formal, whilst others are more casual.

How will you travel around Europe?


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Salties, Spiders and Snakes, Oh My! Staying Safe as a Tourist in Australia


In Australia, you really don’t have to worry about lions, tigers and bears. Instead, you have to worry about box jellyfish, bull sharks and giant centipedes.

If you are a tourist and you plan on visiting Australia then you have to make sure that you are prepared and that you understand exactly what you’re in for.

After all, if you are planning a road trip then you’ll want to see some of the local wildlife along the way.

This Bayswater Charity Drive infographic is a great resource if you plan on doing that as well, but before you dive right in, it helps to know what dangerous creatures you should expect to run into.

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Saltwater Crocodiles

Crocodiles are rife in Australia and you’ll probably come across them during your trip. There are two different types, the freshwater and the saltwater.

Salties, as Australians like to call them, are very aggressive and they can grow up to 7 meters in length. Park rangers often try and keep the crocs under control and the wet season is when they are most active, so during this time, the waterfalls and gorges tend to be closed for the safety of the public.

To stay safe, never walk too close to a water’s edge if you suspect that there are crocodiles in there and never leave food out if you are camping close to a water source.

Crocs like to nibble and you don’t want to be the main course to their starter of crisps and ham sandwiches.


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Snakes are also very common in Australia. In fact, Australia is home to some of the most dangerous snakes in the world.

Snakes are aggressive but they will never stalk you unless you provoke them. If you happen to stand on a snake, then you can pretty much expect to be bitten.

If you want to avoid snake encounters, never walk barefoot in the grass and always watch where your feet are going if you are outdoors.

If you are going outside at night, take a torch with you and wear sturdy shoes or boots. Snakes don’t like humans at all, so if you see one, just avoid it and don’t try and get a moment-of-stupidity-selfie. Snakes are camera shy, after all.


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Contrary to popular belief, Australian spiders aren’t actually deadly. The only one that you have to watch out for is the Sydney Funnel Web Spider.

This is only found in, you guessed it, Sydney. If you do happen to be bitten by a spider, you’ll be taken to the hospital and you’ll be given a good dose of antivenom.

There is a high chance that you won’t even go through serious symptoms either. There isn’t much that you can do to avoid spiders, other than treating them like you would your normal house-spider.

This includes having a nice big Tupperware tub and a piece of A4 paper handy so that you can safely transport them outside. If you happen to see a Funnel Web Spider, try and contact someone to see if it is safe to move.

Now you know how to stay safe as a tourist in Australia!

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Living The African Dream


Ask most people where they fancy taking a jaunt to next and the chances are they’ll reel off a whole list of the mundane, usual and generic: Thailand, India and South America have been go-to haunts of many a backpacker for the past two decades.

When young twenty-somethings head off to find themselves on a gap year or a thirty-something disillusioned worker fancies taking a break from the 9 – 5, the chances are they’ll find themselves in one of these exotic places.

There’s nothing wrong with these destinations, but sometimes it pays to venture off the beaten track a little.

One continent that escapes many travellers, is Africa. The land of savannahs, the Masai Mara, urban sprawls, cosmopolitan nightlife, gastronomic delights and wildlife is seen as a far-flung destination that doesn’t warrant exploration.

Delve a little deeper beneath the generic safari tours, and you’ll discover a variety of cultures that you can immerse yourself in, new people that you can meet and converse with and more experiences of a lifetime than you can shake a stick at.

Take a look at these awesome ideas that will inspire you to take a trip to the land of Africa.

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The Animals

No article about Africa would be complete without a mention of the wildlife. From laid-back hippopotamus drinking at their watering hole to wildebeest migrating across the plains and from gorillas chilling in the jungles of Uganda to the rare black rhino meandering across the savannah, there is awe and wonder to be found on this continent.

Even if your not a wildlife lover, no one could deny the splendour of a safari. Heading out with local guides across the Masai Mara in Kenya tracking lion prides and witnessing giraffe feeding is a sight to behold.

For those of a more snap happy persuasion, there are plenty of opportunities to get those close up shots of elephants in their own environment.

Safari holidays have become a lot more sophisticated in recent years. Tapping into the luxury market, there’s now no need to make do with a tent under the stars and shared toilet facilities that consist of a hole in the ground.

Five-star safari resorts now make it a point of business to set up luxury tours for the more discerning traveller. Gourmet chefs are on hand to provide the highest quality regional cuisine every evening and the accommodation is second only to a five-star resort on the coast.



Getting Active

You don’t have to venture to Everest to climb a mountain. One of the most accessible and enjoyable treks to a summit can be found in Africa climbing the great Kilimanjaro.

Thousands of tourists each year attempt to scale the summit, usually beginning before dawn, so they have the chance to see the majestic sunrise.

If you feel like taking on more of a challenge, why not head to Namibia. This lesser explored region is home to less touristy mountain ranges.

Find some accommodation in Swakopmund and relax a little before you take a jaunt to Mount Brandburg. Known by its eerie nickname of Fire Mountain, this incredible piece of geographic and social history has hundreds of ancient rock paintings as clear as when they were first drawn for climbers to admire as they trek past.

If you don’t fancy a mountain, why not head higher. You could take a look at some of the adventure tours in South Africa that offer mind-blowing skydiving trips from 12,000 feet above the savannah strewn country.

Alternatively, you could try a bungee jump from Bloukrans Bridge; the highest of its kind in the world.




A trip to Africa isn’t complete without a foray into the culinary delights of the continent. Depending on which destinations you choose to visit, you could be chowing down on Moroccan tagine stews, the meaty street food morsels of Egypt or the moreish alloco plantain sweet treat from Cote d’Ivoire.

Morocco is a culinary haven that many Western backpackers enjoy visiting. As the sun goes down, there’s no better way to while away an evening than by heading to the street food markets and the souks to taste street food vendors delights.

Hot, spicy, sweet and sour bites are on offer to sample as you meander about the stalls. Many choose to eat where the locals go to partake in a truly authentic experience.




You don’t have to be an active fiend or an adrenaline junkie to enjoy what Africa has to offer. Venture to the crystal clear ocean shorelines of Zanzibar, South Africa or the Gambia and you could spend a fortnight relaxing on a secluded beach with white sand underfoot and a cocktail in your hand as you relax with a good book.

The ultimate destination for relaxation, you could stay in a beachside villa, enjoy a spot of five-star luxury and take a dip in the ocean and go snorkelling to see tropical fish of every colour as you escape the heat of the midday sun.

Forget climbing a mountain, tracking the most ferocious wildlife known to man or venturing out to source your food. If you fancy it, you could be waited on hand and foot as you enjoy a spot of R and R on some of the world’s finest coastline.

Africa is a land of extreme contrasts. With over fifty nations making up this vast continent, it’s no surprise that a single visit will not satisfy your hunger for sampling African delights.

Perfect for a romantic trip for loved up couples, the ideal family holiday or a single person’s jaunt, Africa caters for all.

Whether you want to see the Pyramids, head to a volunteer project in Lesotho or trek across the Ethiopian landscape, there is something for every sort of traveller.

The next time you’re planning your latest trip across the globe, why not forego the usual and stereotypical backpacker fare and head to Africa?

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Travel Tips For Those Really, Really Big Groups


You’re not always going to be traveling alone. Sometimes, you might have your partner with you.

Sometimes, you might have the whole family. And sometimes, those group trips can get truly huge.

We’re talking about wedding parties, business trips, huge reunions, those once-in-a-lifetime trips that see you at the head of a truly big herd of people.

When you’re looking to get everyone together on the same trip, how do you make it memorable, keep it affordable, and avoid losing your mind while you organize it all?

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Bargain with the best of them

There are a lot of moving parts in large groups and organizing everyone together can be a pain.

However, if you manage to get everyone to agree on the same flights, cruise, or accommodation hotels you can save a huge amount of money.

Most businesses, including train services and ski resorts, make it so much easier to find groups discounts on all sorts of travel costs so that no single individual is spending as much as they would if they had been traveling alone.

No matter what you look for and which provider you’re talking to, ask if they have a group discount.

Sail the high seas

If you’re all willing to split the cost, then having so many people together can make some of the most exclusive luxury travel options much, much more affordable.

Going on a cruise is an experience that everyone should try once in a lifetime. Get treated like a star guest with top food and entertainment while you lounge on the deck and gaze out at the sea.

For groups that have picky travelers, cruises can be a great option because they tend to stop at a wide variety of destinations.

If someone didn’t like the last place you stopped, there’s a good chance they may yet find their personal highlight.

Cruises take a lot of the effort of organizing the trip out of your hands, as well. Just trust in the captain and enjoy yourself.

Rule a kingdom

It’s not the most commonly known kind of accommodation, but if you feel like something a little more adventurous, then have you considered renting your own castle?

There are a lot of castles, particularly in Europe, that can be booked as a mixture of accommodation, tours, and entertainment.

From some of the more relatively recent estates to truly medieval forts with towers, dungeons, and more, a large group could actually make a castle more cost-effective.

Perfect for those groups who love their fantasy TV, books or video games, too. Just don’t start fighting over who gets to sit in the throne, that rarely ends well.


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Skip the airport

Arranging the same flight for everyone can be a massive pain in the neck. With more airlines, it simply won’t be possible.

Sometimes, having people come on different flights can work but not if you have a specific schedule for the trip.

For larger groups, it might not be too expensive to simply hire a private jet over using the standard airline system.

If your group is truly huge, you can even rent aircraft as large as an Airbus a320-200. As with all things, the more people splitting the cost, the more affordable a private flight can be.

Not only is it easier to get everyone on the same flight, but you don’t have to go through the utterly dull experience of waiting for everyone to make it through checkout and security at the airport.

Get away from it all

If a castle isn’t quite your thing, then perhaps a private island resort might be more up your alley.

If you’re willing to go in the off-peak times, then you might be able to have the run of your own private island for a fraction of a usual price.

Private beach parties, lounging together at a group in the same luxury accommodation, exploring the local wilderness.

A private villa can offer the kind of luxury that some of your travel buddies may have only dreamed of in the past.

If you prefer a little more service, then there are still plenty of exclusive resorts that offer group deals for larger parties so don’t give up just yet.

Go exploring

Perhaps your group isn’t the kind that wants to lounge all day or lock themselves up in the towers of a castle.

If you’re the more adventurous type, then take advantage of the growing industry helping you craft more active holidays.

There are a lot of places that offer kayaking, mountain biking, climbing activities, and more.

If you really want to see the best sights a destination has to offer, however, then guided group tours from services like Walks Worldwide might be just the perfect option.

The journey is made a lot easier not just by the good company of the rest of the group, but by a local expert who knows all the best sights to point out and the safest routes to take.


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Stay sane

No matter what kind of trip you’re putting together if it’s not well organized, it is going to be a nightmare.

Conflicting wants, lack of communication, and a sense of no-direction can plague a group that isn’t whipped into shape.

At the very start, appoint someone (perhaps yourself) to be a trip leader.

Take input from what the group wants to do and try to come to a consensus but agree that the leader has the final say.

Ensure you create a trip schedule, too, for the bigger things. Let people go off and do their own thing when you have free time, but for the group activities, set a specific time that everyone has to be there. It can save you so much hassle.

Though it may be a little more troublesome finding the right accommodation and ways of getting around, having a large group could end up helping you split the costs of what might be an otherwise unaffordable vacation.

So, take advantage of the situation, get as much from it as you can and have a truly unforgettable travel experience.

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