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How To Take Great Travel Photos

Photos from travelling adventures of the past are likely to be one our most treasured possessions in the years to come.

Everyone tries desperately to capture a moment in time, an incredible view or the essence of a amazing place they have passed through.

Back in July 2012, we introduced you to 3 talented and exciting up and coming graduate photographers, who would soon be hitting the open road in search of some awesome travel photos to be used in our Asia and Europe brochures.

Louis Leeson, was one of those photographers. Having scored a first in his photojournalism degree at the London College of Communication, he’s recently returned from a month travelling around Asia and has submitted some fantastic shots as a result.

Louis pre Asia trip

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Competition Winner Orlagh Baird Tells Us About Her Amazing Kenyan Safari

In March 2011 Orlagh Baird entered our Like It And Land It competition on Facebook to try and win an amazing safari trip to Kenya for 2 including flights. And guess what? She only went and blooming won!

So, in September last year Orlagh and her boyfriend Dominic set off on the adventure of a lifetime, through some of the most interesting and exciting terrain in the world. They met the locals, tried some weird and wonderful food and got up close and personal with an amorous giraffe.

We caught up with Orlagh to find out all about her incredible trip.

The incredible sights caught on camera by Orlagh and Dom on safari in Kenya

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High Five… Western Australia!

It’s often overlooked by backpackers in favour of Queensland or New South Wales, but I reckon that Western Australia is the cherry on Australia’s metaphorical sundae.

Its home to some of the world’s most acclaimed beaches, national parks and incredibly cool wildlife – think whale sharks, crocodiles and red kangaroos. Its buzzing capital, Perth, get more hours of sunshine than any other capital city in Australia. Convenient, then, that it’s nestled right on the coast, boasting gorgeous beaches to enjoy all that sunshine on.

Ten times the size of the UK, Western Australia claims the heady title of the largest state in the world. But its population stands at just over 2 million, which means a vast Outback just waiting to be explored.

It seems like Australia’s wild wild west ticks even the most discerning of backpacker’s boxes. So I’m slapping the state with a big High Five, and counting down five amazing experiences to be had there.

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Ask the Experts: Where can I learn to surf?

I’m so excited! Why? Not only is it Friday, but it’s Ask the Experts Friday! A cause for double celebration, if ever I heard one.

New to Ask the Experts? You’re in for quite the treat. Every week, we round up a few of our finest Travel Experts and throw your travel questions over to them. They’ll work their travel magic and come up with solution to even the trickiest travel quandries. Fancy asking them a question of your own? Drop us an email, and watch in awe as the Experts unleash their knowledge.

This week, Jess from our store in Leeds Vicar Lane and Claire from STA Travel down in sunny Brighton are here, and they’re hungry for travel questions! We’d better give them one, then. This week’s question comes from Rich up in Scotland. Take it away, Rich:

I want to learn to surf on my next holiday! Australia is an obvious option, but is there anywhere a bit closer to home where I could take some lessons and then have an adventure afterwards? Rich in Glasgow

Excellent question, Rich. Australia has been synonymous with surfing for too long – Experts, can you suggest some destinations to steal its crown? Read on, and find out how to combine learning to surf with meeting Jesus Christ Lizards (seriously), and which surf camp has a happy hour worth boarding a plane for…

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6 Things You Need To Know About Adventure Tours

Adventure tours rock my world – almost as much as Passionfruit Mojitos (almost).

And, sometimes they get a bit of a bad rep. The majority of us who have experienced life as part of a tour group wouldn’t look back, but some – rather unfairly – dismiss the idea of adventure touring right off the bat.

Common misconceptions include; ‘they’re so expensive’ and ‘you don’t get time to do your own thing’, and that’s exactly what they are – misconceptions. Whether you’ve ever thought about taking an adventure tour or not, it’s important that you read the rest of this blog.

Adventure tours offer a whole host of ways to experience an authentic taste of culture

Below are 6, very good, reasons why I think adventure touring is the ultimate way to travel, including some opinions from our ever vocal Twitter community thrown in for good measure.

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