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8 criminally good prisons to visit

Fascinating, culturally significant and sometimes a little bit spooky.

There’s something within us that can’t help but be captivated by how the other (naughty) half live; and law, order and punishment are such important aspects of culture that it’s an interesting and important way to get right under the skin of the country you’re visiting and really understand it.

If you have a hankering for a soft taste of hard labour continue reading as we introduce our top 8 prisons to visit from around the world.

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Your Essential 5 Step Inca Trail Plan

If trekking the mighty Inca trail is on your ‘do-before-I-die’ bucket list you need to read this, and if it’s not then you might need to take yourself off into a corner and have a little word with yourself.

Renown as being one of the top 5 treks in the world the Inca Trail has been enticing and captivating both experienced travellers and enthusiastic newbies in equal measure for years. Imagine powering over colossal mountains, through subtropical jungle and across historical treasures towards the ancient lost city of the Incas.

We’ve come up with a simple 5 step plan to help you get the most from this once in a lifetime trip. Read on…

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High Five… Colombia!

Once upon a time, Colombia wasn’t on many travellers’ radars. But after years of civil conflict, the country is firmly back on backpackers’ bucket lists – and not just as a guest spot, either. In fact, Colombia is emerging as the must-visit South America hotspot.

A quick poll amongst our staff who’ve visited saw comments like, “Colombia is by far my favourite place in the world”, while the things they experienced there were “some of the best things I’ve ever done in my life”.

Delve even deeper, and you’ll find beautiful beaches, rugged jungles, epic treks and some of the world’s friendliest people. Yep, it’s pretty easy to see why Colombia is well and truly the new star of the South America circuit.

So we’re giving Colombia a massive High Five, and counting down five things that we reckon you just have to do when you go there.

Get ready to fall in love with Colombia | Image by Louisa Thraves

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High Five… Mediterranean Europe!

We’re really quite lucky here in the UK, y’know. Not only can we lay claim to some of the best things this world has ever seen (I’m thinking Marmite, David Beckham and Eastenders, obvs), but we’re also a stone’s throw away from the Mediterranean and some of the best coastlines on the planet.

There’s no better place to be in the blazing summer heat that on the cool coast on the Med. Often overlooked as just another package holiday destination, the sprawling region of southern Europe has so much to offer.

With beautiful beaches and buzzing cities full of history and culture, each area is so different from the last. And it’s not all about lazing by the sea for a week, either. In fact, if you look in the right places, the Med can be the beach holiday destination for people who don’t do beach holidays.

We’re giving Mediterranean Europe a massive High Five, and counting down five places that you just have to visit one summer.

Get ready to discover our favourite Mediterranean summer spots

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Let’s talk… Nepal!

It’s long been a traveller’s dream destination – and for good reason. With its perfect mix of testing adventure, rich history, immersing culture and lush nature it’s easy to become captivated by Nepal.

Whether you choose to don your hiking boots and head skyward or hang out with a Sadhu and get back to your spiritual core, we guarantee that you’ll be glad you came – we can’t make the same promise when it comes to leaving though…

Join us as we count down the top experiences in Nepal!

Nepal - Kathmandu - 017 - Sadhus at Pashupatinath Temple

 Get ready to dive into Nepal | Image by mckaysavage

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