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Ask the Experts: What’s the Best Route for Interrailing Through Europe?

Ever wondered how to Interrail through Europe? Yeah, so has Adam from Milton Keynes about to embark on his highly anticipated summer holiday. Here’s what he had to ask:

Hi, I’m thinking of taking a trip through Europe on the Interrail this summer in my break from uni, could you suggest a route that you think would be good? I will have about 4 weeks in total. Adam, Milton Keynes.

Fantastic question, so what do our Experts think? Let’s find out…

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10 Things You’ve Learned at our Big Trip Travel Talks

We’re about half way through our big trip travel talks that have been happening across the length and breadth of the UK over the past couple of weeks.

These talks are built to help you plan the trip you’ve been day dreaming about for ages and make sure that you squeeze the absolute most amazing experience possible from your time away.

And there really is no one better to help you do that than our own Travel Experts, during our big trip travel talks they have been sharing a huge selection of their knowledge and tips to help you make your trip as good as it possibly can be – much of which you’d be forgiven for not realising – that’s why we call them experts after all!

If you can possibly make it to any of our remaining travel talks I strongly suggest you do – there’s so much you can take from it to improve your travels, but, just incase you are unable to attend for any reason, no fear, I’ve tapped up our Travel Experts to share some of those pearls of wisdom that the attendees at their talks have learned so you don’t have to miss out on some of the best bits.

Here are 10 things learned from budding travellers just like you, over the past couple of weeks
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Which Campervan Should You Choose For an Epic Road Trip Through New Zealand?

Take a moment to imagine this scenario; You and your boyfriend/girlfriend or a couple of your closest and most fun friends, a few crates of cold beer and your favourite tunes, all packing up and heading off on an adventure around New Zealand, one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Pretty damn exciting eh?

Then include the fact that you can travel exactly where you want, for as long as you want, with no hostels to arrange, or pay for, along the way. It’s just you, the open road and a whole heap of awe-inspiring scenery waiting to be explored. Suddenly, ‘exciting’ just transformed to ‘living the dream!’

There is no freer feeling than throwing what little belongings you have, into the back of a campervan and heading off on the open road, stopping between beaches and snow capped mountain trails whenever the fancy takes you.

And that’s exactly what you can expect if you decide to rent a campervan – your travels, your way. Ultimate flexibility, masses of adventure and, best of all, lots of money saved! Perfect.

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High Five… Spain!

The Spanish people really know how to enjoy life, and you can’t help but to absorb and project this mantra yourself through every pore when visiting Spain.

This is a country that practically pulsates with passion, excitement and a zest for life. The Spanish are immensely proud of their history and their culture and it’s not hard to see why.

Relish the traditional architecture, the colourful street art, the thin streets lined with beautiful flowers, sun drenched beaches welcoming the warm coastal waters and some of the most delicious food you could ever wish to taste.

There are so many different things to do in Spain that this particular high five was no easy task, but I got there in the end, and the result is five experiences that undoubtedly stand out, but are they the right five? Over to you on that one, let me know what you think in the comments box below.

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14 Reasons to Visit Fiji Before You Die (Of Jealousy)

In 2011, I set off on an epic round the world trip that would take me through Egypt, Nepal, India, South East Asia, New Zealand, the USA and, most excitingly for me, Fiji.

Having worked at STA Travel for 2 and a half years before I decided to take a 6 month sabbatical, I was very aware of my options when it came to my own round the world trip and I had been inspired to include a 10 day stop in Fiji from the very beginning of the planning stage.

Constantly writing about the beautiful beaches, turquoise lagoons, and laid back vibe made me desperate to experience it for myself – I wanted to be as far away from London as I could – both geographically and metaphorically. So, Fiji was catapulted straight to the top of my sabbatical ‘hit list’ and I built the rest of my trip around my time there.

I’m a bit of a ‘doer’ at heart, so I was a little worried that 10 days might be too much if all I was going to be doing was sitting around on the beach all day (however stunning that beach may be). But I needn’t have worried, after 10 days, when the time came to head off to LA, I wasn’t ready to go! I wanted to stay longer and continue with the things I hadn’t had time to do yet!

Fiji’s a pretty incredible place, and while I have this blog at my disposal, I’m going to spend 5 minutes telling you why I loved Fiji – and why I think you have to have to go. So don’t be jealous – just be on your way…

Not a bad way to soothe my hangover on Fiji party island Beachcomber

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