A Maori Hangi

When travelling to New Zealand, you’ll notice that the Maori culture is very prevalent throughout the entire country. One of my most memorable experiences of my trip to New Zealand was having an authentic hangi dinner.

A hangi is traditional Maori meal that is cooked by steaming food which is usually placed underground. I had mine in Rotorua.

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Why travelling alone takes you further

This post is written by Linzi Clark. She writes more inspiring travel stories on her personal blog Office Breaks.

The holiday season is with us once more bringing with it joy and sorrow in equal measure.  If you’ve ever despaired of your partner spending endless days frying on the beach, you’ll know that the 24-7 intensity of the holiday season can test even the strongest relationship.

If friends are now confined to half-term breaks at holiday parcs, venturing solo to far-flung destinations can be liberating for some but equally daunting for others.

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The Other Wall of China

The Great Wall of China might be the most famous, but it is certainly not the only defensive wall in China. The city wall in Xian is one that is definitely worth a visit. It’s the only city wall in China that’s still in its complete state. It was first built by Zhu Yuanzhang, the first Emperor of the Ming Dynasty, in order for him to make the town of Xi’an safe against possible invaders. Until then the wall was made of dirt, lime and even rice extract, but after Zhu Yuanzhang’s fortifications, the Xi’an’s city wall would have looked very much the way it does today.

The wall is not exactly in the same state as it was back then, because throughout history it was destroyed a couple of times and then renovated a couple of times until it fell into decline. The last time was in 1983 when the provincial government restored it to its current state.

Xian Old Wall Rickshaws

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Animals of Australia

Australia’s animal kingdom is so unique and different and it’s one of the many reasons to visit this amazing country. Here are some animal species that you can expect to spot when you travel Down Under.

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Japanese Customs

Customs vary from country to country and when travelling abroad, it’s very useful to get familiar with local do’s and don’ts. Here is a list of things that might come in handy if you’re travelling to Japan.

It’s very polite in Japan to bow; it’s a symbol of humility and respect and you will notice people doing it everywhere. You’ll find you’ll be greeted with a deep bow, at coffee shops, restaurants and hotels, but also when you go to the 7-11 to buy a pack of gum. It does make you feel a little bit like a VIP.

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Choosing the Right Camera For You

Compact Cameras
Also known as point-and-shoot cameras, these are great for taking holiday snaps. If you are looking for an easy-to-use camera that doesn’t need any fiddling with complicated settings, then a compact camera is a good way to go. They have an autofocus function as well as automatic settings for things like exposure and flash.

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Hawaii – Beyond the Beach

Beach in Oahu

Beach in Oahu

When I think of Hawaii, pristine beaches lined with palm trees spring to mind. But if lounging on a beach isn’t your thing, there are loads of other great things to do when travelling to the Islands of Hawaii. Here are my favourite Hawaiian sights.

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