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What to do if you fail your A Levels

Happy Results Day! Whether you scraped by, completely bombed it or are one of those secret geniuses who gets straight A’s and says they did bad (we hate you!), there are plenty of next steps for you to choose from.

When someone asks how Results Day went…

So dry your eyes mate and give these a gander.

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How to survive a long-haul flight

If we utter the words ‘long haul flight’ do your legs immediately seize up at the thought of sitting still for 4+ hours? But don’t stress, when you choose the right airline, you’ll feel like absolute royalty (champagne on arrival pur-lease). From one global explorer to another, here’s our survival guide on how to have an experience just as good as the adventure you’re about to embark on…

Put your comfy underwear on

Everyone’s got at least one pair of comfy pants that should have been chucked in the bin a long time ago, but for some strange reason you cling onto them. This is their moment to shine.

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Five crazy Indian festivals worth planning your trip around

Little boy celebrating Holi in India

Anna Phipps is a travel blogger at Global Gallivanting who has been based in Goa for the last few years. Since she’s an expert on all things India, she’s shared the five most unmissable India festivals with us. Because who doesn’t love a bit of chaos, a lot of colour and a whole load of awesome celebration?

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Hopes vs Reality of a long haul flight

To see and explore new places far far away from home is one of the biggest and most exciting adventures life has to offer. You can’t wait to witness new sights, embrace the culture differences and leave all your worries MILES behind you. But to earn this pleasure, you must first defeat the LONG haul flight. You may psych yourself up with dreams of sleep, good films and delicious plane food… but there’s hope, and then there’s reality!

Hope… you’ll get a decent sleep

It’s a looooong flight and although you are tempted to set a film marathon World Record you know deep down that the sensible idea is to pace yourself. Plus, to avoid the dreaded jet lag you plan to get a solid few hours in to prepare your body for the new adventure ahead.
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Japan Cheat Sheet

Konichiwa and welcome to Japan! So you’ve decided to head to the land of contrasts where old meets new and east meets west. Where anime and modern technology sit side by side with Geisha and Samurais – good decision! But not sure what you should pack? Confused about when to visit and what to budget? We thought so! That’s why we’ve put together this handy cheat sheet for a rundown on all things Japanese. Listen up…

Number 1 tip: Learn a little bit of basic Japanese, it will come in handy and locals will appreciate it. Even if it’s just the phrase: 私日本語は話せません。(watashi-nihongo-wa-hanasemasen) ‘I can’t speak Japanese’. Bit of a mouthful but EXTREMELY useful.

Seasons and packing

Japan