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Healthy holidays and a sunscreen rethink: top five travel trends for 2019

Healthy holidays and a sunscreen rethink: top five travel trends for 2019 Rising eco-awareness, wellness breaks and a farewell to passports … we look at changes in the world of travel for the year ahead Last October, Club 18-30 holidays staggered off into the sunset, aged 50. To the relief of Mediterranean resorts that had spent decades dealing with the carnage caused by epic drinking challenges, it appears that buckets of warm sangria – or worse – have lost their appeal. We have entered the era of the healthy holiday, driven by young people who want to be sober enough to take a flattering selfie. The rise of ‘ego travel’ was cited by Thomas Cook when it retired the…

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The Japanese beach that became an Instagram sensation

The Japanese beach that became an Instagram sensation Chichibuga beach on Shikoku island was barely known until photographs of stunning sunsets started to appear on social media. Now visitors flock to capture images of the fiery sea and skies at dusk People were running down the beach. Not for exercise but to get into position before the sun slipped below the horizon. I hurried along, swept up by the sense of urgency. Mini tripods were lined up on the sand at the water’s edge, and selfie sticks were held aloft. Groups of friends, silhouetted against the pink sky, were trying to synchronise their star jumps, while women instructed their boyfriends on exactly how to photograph them as they stared…

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Best vegan travel bloggers to follow

Best vegan travel bloggers to follow As more of us are making a conscious effort to opt for a lifestyle that is in harmony with the ecosystem, eating vegan is becoming normalized and more accessible. However, traveling as a vegan does not come without its challenges. If you are looking for some inspiration for the road, here is a list of vegan travel bloggers who will make your life a little easier. 1. Kristin Lajeunesse, Will Travel for Vegan Food A post shared by Kristin Lajeunesse (@wtfveganfood) on Jun 5, 2018 at 8:25am PDT Kristin Lajeunesse is the founder of the award-winning website Will Travel for Vegan Food. Originally from New York, she began her travels in September 2011…

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The coolest camper van conversions to inspire you to hit the road

The coolest camper van conversions to inspire you to hit the road Don’t lie: you’ve spent time at work fantasizing about living your #vanlife dreams. If you’re like most of us, the biggest thing preventing you from hitting the road is likely the lack of a van itself. But if you have the motivation (and DIY skills) to turn a normal vehicle into a haven for everything from camping to cooking to remote work, you can be on the road in time for summer adventuring. These Instagram-famous eternal road trippers built their vision from the ground up; their epic camper van conversions are sure to get you pumped up for summer travels. 1. 40 Hours Of Freedom Sara and…

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‘Ego travel’ – your guide to the narcissistic heart of modern holidaying

‘Ego travel’ – your guide to the narcissistic heart of modern holidaying Millennials have replaced the sun, sea and sex of the Club 18-30 holiday with Insta-friendly trips featuring toad licking and ayurvedic smoothies. Have you become one of them? After 50 years of putting the “shag” in Shagaluf, Club 18-30 could be coming to an end. According to Thomas Cook, the tour operator that owns the infamous holiday brand, millennials are more interested in “ego travel” than pairing off with like-minded singles over buckets of cocktails, with their tastes being shaped by what looks good when posted on social media. But what is ego travel – and are you guilty of it? Here is your guide to the…

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This majestic cat on Instagram is our new hiking icon

This majestic cat on Instagram is our new hiking icon Does the name Jean Luc Piccat ring a bell? If Star Trek came to mind, you’re not too far off. Jean Luc, an adventure-hungry Bengal cat, lives in Seattle and has earned notoriety for taking after the adventurous spirit of his namesake Jean Luc Picard, Captain of the starship USS Enterprise-D. A post shared by Jean Luc (@jeanlucpiccat) on Mar 4, 2018 at 2:07pm PST His expeditions through the mountains of the Pacific Northwest are a bit more earth-focused than Picard’s, but certainly no less risky. Jean Luc’s “continuing mission, (is) to explore strange new trails. To seek out new mountains and new trail-side snacks. To boldly go where…

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Parisians enjoy uncommon snowfall

Parisians enjoy uncommon snowfall Parisians have not had the easiest of winters. Last month, heavy downpours resulted in near-catastrophic flooding up and down the Seine. Just a few weeks later, the City of Lights is facing a blizzard and the freezing temperatures that come with it. But at least some locals are making the best of this uncommon snowfall by taking pictures and doing silly things on Instagram. For starters, Parisians want us to know that their city is just as beautiful in a snowstorm as it is any other time of the year. A post shared by Mary Quincy (@mary_quincy) on Feb 6, 2018 at 4:52am PST A post shared by George K (@geekay) on Feb 7, 2018…

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chef shares best Parisian desserts

chef shares best Parisian desserts In a world full of indulgence, the food and fashion of Paris stand out for their luxuriousness. But only the most decadent of these items fall under the lens of graphic designer and pastry chef Tal Spiegel: Parisian shoes and desserts. Born in Israel, Spiegel left his career as a graphic designer to study the art of sweets at the legendary Ferrandi School of Culinary Arts in Paris. He soon began to Instagram his favorite (and often brightly colored) pastries that he came across in the city. While this might seem ordinary for an IG account, Spiegel’s account, Desserted_In_Paris, livens his images up by including the tips of his shoes in the background, which…

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Instagram is ruining travel

Instagram is ruining travel My story is stereotypical. I quit my two jobs, sold all my stuff, moved out of my home of five years, and took off to parts unknown on a one-way flight to travel the world and work as a digital nomad and travel blogger. To make things work out, I took a deep dive into Instagram as a way of getting my blog out there and started following all the top travel bloggers and traveling Instagram influencers. At first, the travel photos were motivating, but slowly, a feeling of uneasiness and inadequacy started creeping in. Every Instagram post was trying to one-up the others with the next best-fabricated travel photo to get the most likes…

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an agoraphobic traveller has exhibit

an agoraphobic traveller has exhibit Turning your fears into a strength that positively transforms your life is something we all aspire to do. In the case of Jacqui Kenny, the biggest challenge in her life became the fuel for one of the most unique photography exhibits out there. Jacqui Kenny is a New Zealander living in London who suffers from agoraphobia. When Kennedy was in her mid-20s, she began to get severe anxiety attacks — bad enough that she had to visit the ER. After being told that the cause was agoraphobia, Kenny began to withdraw from the world. She lost her job and traveling for her sister’s wedding required months of therapy. Depression was a daily ordeal. Sometime…

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