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For a truly authentic flamenco experience in Seville, head to Casa Anselma in the gypsy quarter. Enjoy watching traditional flamenco performed by locals to live music, safe in the knowledge that you'll be the only tourists there.

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Jessica Higgs

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My travels

Travel Things I Want To Do Before I Die

  • See the Northern Lights - the first thing I ever put on my bucket list
  • Take a road trip through Europe in a vintage car - eating and drinking my way around
  • See the Mayan, Incan and Aztec ruins in Mexico and Peru - I'm a bit of a history geek
  • Go on a riding safari in the Okavango Delta - a combination of so many of my favourite things

Best Moments

  • Summiting Kilimanjaro. Having spent most of the summit night stumbling onwards (remaining upright while stationary became particularly challenging) and thinking I was surrounded by little gremlins (altitude sickness is weird), reaching the top in time for sunrise was one of the most rewarding things I've ever done.
  • Bungee jumping in New Zealand. I resolutely did not want to do this but pitifully succumbed to peer pressure... and I'm so glad I did!
  • My favourite place: the beach at Refugio De Vida Silvestre La Flor (rehash.lowdown.kooks - for all you What3Words fans) on the west coast of Nicaragua where I watched turtles lay their eggs in the small hours of the morning. Having schlepped through the jungle to reach the remote coastline as night fell, we spent most of the night gazing up at the stars and listening to the ocean roll in onto the shore, before the turtles rocked up and did their thing... absolutely amazing.

Toughest Travel Moment

  • Having to make the decision to send my friend back down Kilimanjaro half way through our climb because she wasn't well enough to continue

Weirdest Travel Moment

  • Sharing a bag of deep-fried insects with a local guy on a bus in Laos while he rested his head on my shoulder and we watched a movie on my iPod.

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Big Short Break

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Swedish Lapland

A Winter Adventure

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Hot Off The Press

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Aman Villa beach

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Bolivia Salt Flats

Find Your Inner Olympian: Sit-Down Sports Around the World

The Olympics are in full swing and that means just one thing: as a nation we're collectively glued to our telly boxes. We're all suddenly experts on fencing ("excellent use of the appel there") and can't tear ourselves away from the table tennis ("did you see that slow spinny topspin?"). And…

Majorelle Gardens, Marrakech

Our Top Six Cities Around the World

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Do You Suffer From FOMO?

FOMO. Otherwise known as fear of missing out - a modern-day interpretation of keeping up with the Joneses, if you will. Yep, this is is how trends start, be that donning the latest fashion item, brunching at the newest hotspot or exploring the destination of the moment. And when it comes to…

Delightful Dunks

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New Zealand Roads

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Northern Lights in Swedish Lapland

All Aboard the Scand-Wagon: Where & When to see the Northern Lights

Have a gander at most people's bucket list and somewhere on there you're likely to find the words 'see the Northern Lights'. And for good reason, this is nature at its rawest and most spectacular; ethereal streams of green, blue, pink and yellow light pierce, swirl and dance across the night…

Family Africa: Where to Take the Kids this Summer

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Diving with Fan Coral

Dive in with Original Diving

While we regularly spout our merry manifesto about the wonders of the world as seen from dry land, we're also major fans of the ocean and all it has to offer, from (tongue twisters alert) kaleidoscopically colourful coral to magnificent marine life and ludicrously luxurious liveaboard boats.…

Honeymoon Suite

The Best Honeymoon Destinations in Central America

Your honeymoon is arguably the most important holiday you'll ever take… no pressure, then. Well that's where we come in, as your travel guardian angels it's our mission to make sure you have the most superlative-ridden honeymoon of all time. And the first step to such honeymoon heaven is…

View across Valletta

The Mediterranean: More Than Just a Beach Holiday

Mention of Summer in the Mediterranean generally conjures images of endless stretches of sandy beach, hazy sunny days, olive-scented air and sun-kissed skin. And while this all sounds rather dreamy, there is so much more to this glorious corner of the world than just beaches. The historic…

A Vote to Float: Brexit Solved

Are you sitting down? Good, because we've got news: we've solved the 'Brexit' issue (cue rapturous applause). No, we're not starting a political party and we haven't temporarily taken leave of our senses; we've decided that Britain should simply uproot and float away. While various…

Five of the Best: Spring Breaks

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Dalem Jiwo Suite at Amanjiwo

Suite Treats

George Osborne may have declared war on sweets with the introduction of his sugar tax in this year's budget but luckily we get our kicks from the suite (see what I did there?) treats of an altogether different kind. Our suite tooth (sorry, can't help it) is rather partial to the exceptional…

Aerial view of Lisbon

Early Summer Escapes 2016

The summer holiday: that most glorious and precious of holidays. All the more so for us Brits given that summer in dear old Blighty can be, how to put this, a bit of a damp squib (cue flashbacks of windy beach escapades, sandy sandwiches and rain, lots and lots of rain). And this year we…

Happy Chinese New Year!

Clever, lively, flexible - no, we're not trying to simply flatter you into booking a holiday (do let us know if that would work, though), these are in fact three central traits attributed to those born in the Chinese calendar's Year of the Monkey. Ironic really, given the cerebral…

The Best African Safaris in 2016

Anyone with an iota of interest in wildlife will doubtless have an African safari on their travel to-do list. It is, after all, a truly once in a lifetime opportunity to see nature in its rawest and most beautiful form; never failing to impress even the most hardened travel nut.

Six of the Best: Tented Camps

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What's Hot Right Now

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Your European A-Z

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Seven of the Best: Boutique Boltholes

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