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Why Giving Everything Up to go Travelling is *STILL* the Best Decision I’ve Ever Made

Saxon Yuen gave up a job he loved to follow his dream. With one year and a lot of experience under his belt he’s back to let us know if we should all consider throwing our keyboards out of the window too…

About a year ago I quit, not only a promising career, but a job I loved. I waved goodbye to my friends and left my apartment, my city, my favourite Chinese takeaway – my whole life as I knew it – in order to travel and chase down a dream.

I wrote about it here and apparently it’s been a bit of a hit (thanks guys) so the masters of the blog have asked me for a little follow up. Am I still going? Is life still good? Did getting typhoid fever take the shine off the dream? Well if the title hasn’t already given it away completely read on and I’ll let you know…

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Top 10 Hot Destinations for 2015

2014 was an amazing year for adventure travel and we named many of the (then) up and coming destinations on this blog including Brazil, South Korea, Myanmar and more.

Now we’ve taken a look at the trends amongst travellers, chatted to our experts in store and compiled a list of what we think will be the top 10 hot destinations for 2015. At least they should be. They’re all awesome.


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6 Weird Christmas Traditions from Around the World

When thought of in isolation, Christmas traditions in the UK aren’t the most normal of things. We eat food we’re honestly not that keen on (sprouts we’re looking at you), leave alcohol and a carrot out for an obese man and his pet reindeer and pull brightly coloured tubes lined with a chemically-impregnated card strips until they go bang and we can wear a flimsy paper hat.

But our odd actions ain’t got nothing on these…

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In the Jungle, The Quiet Jungle….A Borneo Adventure

Today’s blog comes from Fiona Bryce, a travel expert in our Edinburgh store.

The first myth to dispel here is that the jungle is quiet. During the day most of the jungle noises are drowned out by the noise of you, and the people you are with, charging through it disturbing the wildlife. At night it really becomes the animals’ domain and the noise is quiet unbelievable. You’ll be overwhelmed with the sound of insects chirping away and wondering just what it is shuffling about above your head making the leaves shake.

 "Eager" jungle campers

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Frigid Five: 5 places that do winter properly

The British winter is not internationally renowned for it’s ferocity, beauty or quite frankly anything other than being a bit wet and cold. Sure the north of Scotland gets some pretty epic snow fall and there are a couple of fields in the south west that when covered in frost and deer make the front pages of certain less news-centric papers, but in general the season is rather mediocre.  (Think we’ve qualified that enough…pretty worried about reprisals from the British Winter Society.)

We’ve searched the globe (figuratively, there’s no budget for a winter recky to look at snow) and found 5 places that do winter properly. A Frigid Five if you will. Or if you wont.

Bridge to nowhere
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