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Get off the Beaten Track and Discover the Europe Less Travelled

This blog comes from Rachel Skillen, one of our fantastic Student Travel Ambassadors from The University of Sheffield. 

Just a few miles from some of the biggest tourist hot spots in Europe, you’ll find a select few places far more peaceful, more beautiful and more impressive than the landmarks you’ve read about in guidebooks. These little gems are less crowded and cheaper than the mainstream attractions, so here are a few sights you should definitely try and visit during your travels this summer.

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Follow in the Footsteps of Walter Mitty and Win a Trip for Two to New York and Iceland!

To celebrate the release of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, out to own on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD from Monday 21st April, we’re offering you the chance to follow in the footsteps of dreamer Walter, played by Ben Stiller, by winning an epic adventure to Iceland and New York, both locations featured in the hit film, for two people.

Follow in the footsteps of Walter Mitty.

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5 Reasons Why 4 Day Weekends Rock!

With the 4 day Easter weekend just around the corner, we though we’d give you a run down on five reasons why four day weekends are simply the best.

Aside from the feeling of elation that you have two four day working weeks on either side of this epic weekend, the amazing feeling of waking up on Friday morning and realising you can lie in… then having the exact same feeling on Monday too. Bliss.

Barcelona.

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Shakedown, Berlin

Europe’s coolest capital? Well, Berlin is definitely up there. For somewhere so steeped in history and conflict, Germany’s capital is rapidly stealing the show from the rest of Western Europe’s popular hangouts. With a combination of glamorous style and urban cool, Berlin has been reborn, dusting off the rubble of post-war Germany and quickly turning into a young and vibrant city of culture, business, art and music.

Here we’re going to give you a shakedown of what Berlin is all about, to help you feel more like a local and avoid a repeat JFK’s famous words “Ich bin ein Berliner” (no, you’re not a doughnut, although…).

Brandenburg Gate.

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14 European music festivals you need to know about in 2014

Didn’t get a Glastonbury ticket? Bit bored of Bestival? Scared of the potential wash out at Field Day? There’s no doubt the UK knows how to put on a great music festival, but so do our good friends over in Europe. They do it really well. You’ll find the same great bands, the world’s top DJs, and a much higher chance of that big shiny yellow thing in the sky making an appearance.

Plus, it’s also the perfect opportunity to discover the festival’s home town and surrounding cities. I spent two days falling in love with Barcelona before the Sonar festival, and I quite fancy the idea of heading to Croatia’s Unknown via Venice and Slovenia…

So let’s see what’s out there, and take at look at 14 of Europe’s best music festivals in 2014.

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