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Reel Philippines: Volcanoes and National Parks

This year, as part of our groundbreaking Reel Philippines series, we sent Josh Cowan and Jack Harries of JacksGap to The Philippines to film incredible volcanoes and National Parks.

While the videos speak for themselves, what about the story behind the lens? Watch the video with Josh’s director’s commentary below and read on for an insider’s glimpse in exploring, and filming, in the Philippines.

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“Damn…don’t you guys work?” 9 Months Travelling Around the World

In February 2013 Karl Watson and James Walsh quit their jobs and headed off on a 9 month, 20 country, epic adventure around the world! Luckily for us they took a camera with them and their awesome video is now featured on our YouTube channel.

We caught up with Karl and asked the questions you really want to know: How much? Where was best? How did you not kill each other?

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Can a Travel Romance go the Distance?

Today’s blog comes from Liz who flew off on her first great adventure 10 years ago…

The 31st Jan 2005 was the day I got on the plane for my post-uni big trip. I’d booked to go to a conservation project in Belize and, when I was sent my STA ticket a few days before jetting off, I found I’d been seated next to some random guy. For 10 hours. I distinctly remember speaking to my mum about it and thinking “why on earth is this Christopher Peacock on my ticket?! I hope he’s nice, I’ve got to sit next to him”…

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5 Health Questions Every Potential Traveller Should Ask

Today’s blog comes from Michael Huxley, founder of Bemused Backpacker and a qualified charge nurse with a specific interest in emergency nursing and travel medicine. He’s been backpacking around the world on numerous gap and snap years for well over a decade.

Taking a big trip is one of the single most awesome, life changing experiences that you can ever give yourself. But for many people this dream adventure can also be a little daunting. Tales of malaria infested jungles and tropical diseases that leave you glued to the toilet for days are commonplace. Misinformation is rife and worrying can even put people off travel altogether.

Don’t let it.

A little preparation and the right knowledge before you leave can save you a lot of trouble later on and help make sure that you stay fit and healthy on the road and, if you are unfortunate enough to get sick, it can help get you back on your feet.

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17 Adventure Tours Under £800

It’s a well worn myth that you need to empty your purse into a black hole in order to really see the world. Yes, if you want to spend 10 months flying to 12 countries it is going to cost a bit (though not quite as much as you might think), but you’d be genuinely surprised how much you can see of the world in less than 2 weeks on a budget.

It’s important to remember that the prices below don’t include international flights so you will need to budget for those as well as some meals and optional activities. But with transport, accommodation & loads of other inclusions, these adventures represent a big chunk of your trip budget. They’re also all small group experiences (most with an average of 14 people) so you can really get off the beaten track and into areas it’s very hard to reach solo.

So in the spirit of our 2015 resolutions (go small), we thought it was time to pick out our favourite adventures from the weird, wonderful and downright awesome trips out there all for under £800*. Where will 2015 take you?


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