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Step outside the Loop: the low down of Chicago’s neighbourhoods

It’s only natural that a trip to Chicago will have you make like Bueller, and take a day off to explore the heart of downtown. From jazz clubs to art institutes, there is something truly captivating about the Loop. However, the windy City is much more than skyscrapers, deep dish pizza and Grant Park. If you are after something beyond-the-norm, then hop on the El train and hit up some off our favourite spot off the beaten track.

1. For foodies and beer lovers: Lincoln Square

Only half-hour ride from downtown Chicago; Lincoln Square is one trendy place. An Old world heritage meets modern charm, with smatterings of its old German roots, the neighbourhood is an eclectic enclave that’s boasts an array of restaurants, bars and boutiques. For a mean pilsner head to Huettenbar and then straight onto Gene’s Sausage Shop. Finish your evening at the Old Town School of Folk Music for some live entertainment.

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Exploring Chicago’s architectural wonders for free

During the Great Fire of 1971, over 18,000 buildings were set on fire in Chicago – sparking an architectural revolution in the bellies of young, ambitious designers. Spawning the very first skyscraper’s amidst the city’s new blank landscape, downtown Chicago is now known for innovation and creativity in architecture – and we would highly recommend taking a day to discover the this living architectural museum by foot. You won’t be disappointed! C’mon, just take a look at some of these marvels…

1. Sears/Willis Tower

Chicago’s tallest skyscraper, views are better from the Signature Tower though!

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5 MASSIVE reasons to head to Sydney for Christmas & New Year’s

Did you blink? Unfortunately in that time you may have missed the mysterious phenomena known as the ‘British Summer!’ Yes, we are grateful for the few glorious days we received here and there… but we’re still not convinced we got our monies worth on the giant paddling pool we purchased from Argos on that hungover Sunday!
SO, basically… we demand more sun. Avoid the dark British winter for a sun-fueled trip that also includes the BEST Christmas and New Year’s EVER! There’s only one place that will didgeridoo the trick… Sydney, Australia! See why below…

1. New Years Eve fireworks

Sydney’s fireworks are world famous for a reason… because they are quite simply BREATH-TACULAR-ZING! (We admit, that is not an actual word, but it’s hard to describe how breath-taking, spectacular and amazing they really are!)
Last year, $7 million was spent on the dazzling display and Sydney welcomed 1.5million spectators to the amazing Harbour city.
New Year’s admittedly brings out our soppy side… and with the added effect of watching the best fireworks in the world whizzing over the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, it’s pretty hard not to well up and send a cheesy ‘I wish you were here, love you so much’ text to all your friends and family back home! For those that can’t pace themselves and handle the goon, luckily there is a 9pm display, which is a tasty starter before the ginormous main meal! It really is an experience that you’ll never forget.

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A Parisian Foodie Agenda

The number one rule for a true Parisian is to know exactly where to find the perfect rendezvous spot. Paris’ dining culture is world renowned from the chic to the more simplistic. We’ve pulled together a list of some of the most classic spots in the city to take your cherie.

So take note of this delicieux foodie agenda and get ready for the ultimate rendezvous…

L’Atelier

L'Atelier

Image: www.cafelatelierparis.com

Just a few minutes away from the Rue de Rennes and Gare Montparnasse, L’Atelier is a classic Parisian hangout. Open 24hours, you can grab a bite to eat any time of day! Whether you’re coming back from a night out or starting your day, head to L’Atelier for a delicious traditional French brunch. Enjoy a hot cup of coffee, fresh juice, scrambled eggs with bacon or salmon on its beautiful terrace. When you’re finished, head towards the Jardin du Luxembourg to walk off some of those croissants!
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Top 10 tips for travelling to Bali

Thinking about travelling to Bali then check out Anna’s tips on making your trip to Bali worthwhile. Anna is a Student Ambassador and is an expert on Bali

1. Research and plan – You will get the most out of Bali if you have talked to people that have already been over there and can suggest places to explore and eat at.

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