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Cruising the winding backwaters of Kerala, Southern India

Last week we introduced you to Alyce, one of our new India Tailor Made specialists, in her blog about her whirlwind tour of India’s Golden Triange and Rajasthan. She’s here to help you plan your perfect trip to India, based on exactly what you want to do, when you want to do it and how you want to do it.

This week, Alyce is back, to take us through her favourite experience in India so far, cruising the backwaters of Kerala on a traditional Indian house boat.

Alyce, and our other India Tailor Made specialists Thomas and Nick, have been trained to create bespoke and personal trip itineraries in India, so we sent them on their own adventures there to make sure they are super clued up and ready for your call. Here’s Alyce’s favourite memory of her trip to India’s beautiful south…

Take a traditional Indian house boat for a relaxing cruise down the beautiful backwaters of Kerala, India.

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High Five… Galapagos Islands!

Resting in the Pacific Ocean 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, these 19 volcanic islands have been inspiring travellers with their natural wonders for hundreds of years. Charles Darwin famously rocked up here during his voyage on the Beagle and the observations he made went a long towards proving his theory of natural selection.

Despite the popular image of the islands as essentially an ecological theme park containing little more than lizards and strangely named birds, the Galapagos boasts several towns (the largest, Puerto Ayora, has a population of around 18,000) which have built up around the tourist industry. Outside of these however, most of the islands are still preserved at their wild best, with fearless animals and stunning landscapes.

We’ve already told you All You’ll Ever Need to Know About Travelling the Galapagos Islands but now we’re giving you our pick of the top 5 experiences too!

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How a Working Holiday in Queensland Will Change Your Life

When it comes to taking a working holiday, it’s hard to think of anywhere more perfect to escape to than Queensland.

Proudly perched in Northeast Australia, and spoilt with hundreds of sun soaked islands, tropical rainforests, as well as the cosmopolitan city of Cairns and the iconic Great Barrier Reef, Queensland is the ultimate place to live the Aussie dream. I mean, you’re doing this because you want to change your life right? What could be more different than paradise?

Last year, Ben Angel won one of 6 working holidays in Australia as part of our Live Like an Aussie competition, and last September he headed out to Queensland to work as a cook on a boat sailing the glorious Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef – a pretty drastic departure from the average 9-5!

Here’s what he thought about his experience and why he thinks you should take advantage of your opportunity to take a working holiday, while you can…

Here's Ben hard at work (kind of), sailing the Whitsundays.

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10 Different Ways to Explore Every Inch of the Great Barrier Reef

It’s one of the most talked about natural wonders of the world, home to golden sand covered islands, surrounded by tropical rainforests and bursting with wildlife.

The Great Barrier Reef in Queensland is an underwater world as colourful, busy, weird, and wonderful as any of the earth’s great (above water) metropolis’, and right now it’s more accessible than ever.

To celebrate World Oceans Day on 7th June, the Great Barrier Reef will be coming to you for 12 unique and fascinating hours through #ReefLive, but more about that later (not that I want to give things away, but, if you can’t wait, see point 10 below).

In the mean time, as promised, here are 10 ways that you can explore the Great Barrier Reef – and yes, before you mention it, you’ll definitely want to do them all!

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High Five… Eastern Europe!

With as many different languages as there are types of beers (probably), this side of Europe is where the party’s at. Soak up the architecture and historic landmarks, explore pretty cobbled streets and squares, and dance until dawn on stunning beaches. What’s not to love?

This buzzing cluster of countries is all too often overlooked when travellers compile their European wishlists. But the region has plenty to offer, and is way more affordable than its neighbours to the west. Check out our tips for a top adventure…

Absorb the beauty of Lake Bohinj, Slovenia.

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