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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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Five things not to miss in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is a modern metropolis surrounded by culturally diverse suburbs slap bang in the middle of a jungle. The overgrown, half-finished building works on the outskirts look like the remains of a hidden lost world and just a short train ride away you’ll discover ancient caves guarded by giant golden statues.

It’s not all rainforests and ruins though, Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC for short) is as modern as central London (and much cleaner) with towering skyscrapers, underground malls and some great hidden gems. Read on for our top five things to do in this epic city.

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