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May 24, 2014 12:37 am    |    by Jonny Blair

For those of you not familiar with the past Iraqi War or with Persian geography, you may not have heard of a couple of places that have played a part in its history. You may not have heard of Amna Suraka. This place is located in Iraq and is considered as one of the more impressive museums in Iraq. It has however, a fairly dark and horrible past. Being a former prison, the museum houses not only memories but painful incidences in Iraqi history as well. It has been the location wherein thousands of Kurdish prisoners were punished and tortured just because they were Kurdish […]

May 23, 2014 2:51 pm    |    by Jonny Blair

So here goes folks – it’s that once every 4 years sensation! The World Cup is almost upon us but if you haven’t booked your ticket yet – there’s still time to travel to Brazil. The tournament takes place between June 12th and July 13th and there are still tickets available for some of the games at the 12 different locations to be used throughout the country during that time (though these are, admittedly, mainly minor games). But when it comes to major world football tournament like this – it tends to be a “love it or hate it” type of thing. So being in […]

May 22, 2014 3:43 pm    |    by Jonny Blair

With our extensive travels to the United States, we yet again share our visa tips on visiting the “land of the free”. Firstly, a load of nationalities can now apply online for what is known as an esta. An esta is the visa that Nationals from countries such as Norway, Ireland, United Kingdom and France need. A full list of countries that need an esta for the USA is here, a total of 38 nationalities: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom. You need to have authorisation under ESTA In order to travel without a visa you must have authorisation through the Electronic System for […]

May 19, 2014 11:46 am    |    by Jonny Blair

With so many cheap flights across Europe today, it’s really easy to pop over to Madrid in Spain for a weekend or just a few days. There’s no shortage of things to see and do there, in fact, if you’re only there for a short time, you’ll have to pick a few highlights to get a flavour of the city without going home feeling frazzled. See some sights There are many beautiful buildings in Madrid, but surely the most impressive is the Royal Palace, the largest palace in the whole of western Europe. Other highlights include Madrid Cathedral, and the Templo de Debod, an Egyptian […]

May 12, 2014 2:26 pm    |    by Jonny Blair

I’m heading to South America, Central America and the Caribbean next. I first travelled to South America in 2010 and I visited Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Suriname and a few others. Then I jaunted into the Caribbean and Central America. My memories are sweet and it’s a HOT place to travel in, I’ll share 5 destinations from the region for you today. These are my top 5 travel tips for the Caribbean and Central America, especially for new travellers. 1. Trinidad and Tobago I first visited Port of Spain in 2011 and loved it. A flambouyant mix of Spanish and English influence meets that funky […]

May 1, 2014 4:13 am    |    by Jonny Blair

I went hyena feeding in the old city of Harar in Ethiopia – quite an amazing experience – here’s an overview of it. How to get to Harar Ethiopia To do the hyena feeding you’ll need to be in Harar, and as the feeding occurs at dusk (7pm ish – changes depending on the seasons), you’ll need to spend at least a night in the town of Harar. You have to be keen if you want to get there – it’s a long, scary and gruelling bus journey in a crampt and overcrowded mini-bus trust me! To get to Harar the mini bus can be […]