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Shakedown, Las Vegas

Ever since I first saw the glittering lights of the Las Vegas Strip, I’ve raved enthusiastically to anyone who’ll listen about America’s so-called ‘Sin City’. Despite being too young to drink or gamble during that first two-week visit, I wasn’t bored for a second. Who can be bored with the sights of Paris, Venice and Hollywood on your doorstep (in hotel form)?

There’s definitely more to the city than casinos and themed hotels, but that glitzy, buzzing Vegas of the movies – filled with slot machines, nightclubs, champagne and limos - is absolutely real. And it’s what makes the place so incredibly exciting to be in.

So if you’ve never seen it, add it to your hit list now. It’s hard to believe that a city famous for legalised gambling – something that’s so not a big deal for us Brits – could be packed full of fun, culture and seriously nice holiday hot spots. No wonder it’s the stag party capital of the world! Here’s our handy beginner’s guide to Las Vegas…

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10 things you need to know about booking your next flight as early as possible

Everybody wants to pay as little as humanly possible for their trip. Why waste cash on expensive flights when you could spend it on, you know, actually travelling? But how can you make sure you’re getting the best deal? Fear not, we’re about to give you a few handy hints and insider info that could help you save a bundle on your next trip.

 

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6 Totally Awesome USA Festivals Worth Road Tripping For

Getting off the beaten track and seeking out new and authentic experiences is a familiar travel style in Asia, South America and more traditionally “adventurous” destinations. But what about the good old US of A? Outside the metropolises of New York and LA and the brilliant but oft-visited attractions of Graceland and the Grand Canyon, there’s a whole host of fantastic experiences that are worth throwing away that internal flight ticket for.

In fact, it’s a much better idea to jump in a campervan and head out onto the open road, and seek out adventure in the wide open (are rather diverse and stunning) US landscape.

These off-beat festivals may be a little “out there” in more ways than one, but they’re a wonderful opportunity to see a side of American life that may otherwise fly by as you fly through.

Image courtesy of BLM Nevada on Flickr.

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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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