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5 New Zealand Hikes You Have to Experience for Yourself

Around 4.5 million people live in New Zealand. To put that into perspective, in the UK around 8.5 million people live in London alone. Which means New Zealand has a lot of empty, open space and, even more importantly, that open space is really quite beautiful.

A simple equation tells us that not many-people + beautiful open space = perfect hiking opportunities. Throw the fact that Kiwi land is peppered with breathtaking lakes, out of this world mountains and some wonderful coastlines, and there’s really no reason why you’d want to explore any other way than on foot.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Follow the yellow brick road to New Zealand's best hikes | Image by chris.murphy

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5 Northwest USA Highlights

While New York, San Francisco and L.A. may steal the headlines, the Northwest is a  fantastic destination for adventurers looking to explore another side to the USA. With sensational backdrops, and a seasonal climate comparable to our beloved Britain, it’s an attractive addition to any travel wish-list.

OK, cow/horse boys/girls, buckle up, because we’re about to gallop across Northwestern USA.

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High Five… Safaris!

As one of the most sought after adventures on the planet, an African safari will take you straight through the heart of some of the largest, and most exciting terrain to be found anywhere in the world.

Adventures don’t come much more electrifying than this; feel your heart beat through your chest as you come up close to some of the biggest, most powerful animals on the planet, including the notorious ‘Big 5’, the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo.

Now that we’ve got you in the mood, let us excite you just a little bit more… we’ve teamed up with our friends at Jack Wills to give you the chance to win an amazing Safari Adventure in South Africa for you and 4 of your mates! You can find out all the details on this incredible prize, including how to enter, by heading to the competition page of our website.

But, before that, I’ve selected a ‘Big 5′ of my very own, here’s our five favourite epic African safaris.

Search for the 'Big 5' on the great plains of Africa.

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High Five…. Our New Accommodation Categories!

We’ve overhauled our accommodation categories for 2014, so it’s now even easier to find the exact style of accommodation you want, within your price range and in the location that’s perfect for you.

Introducing our 5 new accommodation styles, but bear in mind that while we’ve been able to fit the many thousands of hotel and hostel options we have into one of these 5 categories, we have such a huge array of options that if you don’t think the place your looking for fit into any of the below, call us, tell us what you’re looking for and where and I betcha we can find you exactly what you’re looking for.

Nomads, Melbourne.

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High Five… Travel Resolutions for 2014!

Has your commitment to giving up sugar for life and forgoing all burgers begun to wane? Is your pledge to work out daily, read more, work harder and live on kale becoming a distant dream? Fear not! It’s not too late to make some magnificent travel resolutions for 2014 that will turn you into a superhuman!*

Here are 5 travel related resolutions that you’ll definitely want to keep way past the first 2 weeks of the year, resolutions that could actually have a very real and long lasting impact on your life. Plus, you’ll actually have one hell of a time keeping them!

Remember - quality over quantity when it comes to travel photos.

*Disclaimer – resolutions may not actually turn you into a superhuman – but they will help you make the most of your travels.

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