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  • This summer you can hire a sandcastle butler | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    Crafts and markets Cycling Deserts Discovery Diving snorkeling Everyday Life Extreme Adventure sports Family friendly Festivals events Food drink Heritage ruins Indigenous culture Leisure Luxury Mountains Museums art Music National parks reserves Nature Nightlife Novelty Off the beaten track People Photography Railway journeys Relaxation Road trips Romance Shopping Structures Surfing Tourist Trail Tradition Transport Walking trekking Wildlife Winter sports This summer you can hire a sandcastle butler By Colt St George July 16th 2015 View Comments You ve dug a moat successfully sculpted a mound higher than your knees and managed to drizzle a viscous mixture of sand and salt water over the château spires for that drippy je ne sais quoi then some rogue child bulldozes your beach creation back to oblivion Well it was never as good as it could have been because you didn t have a professional Sandcastle Butler to help you This is no joke Oliver s Travels a family travel company that prides itself on the quirky exquisite and extraordinary is currently training the world s first fleet of Beach Butlers to help families transform loose sand into their wildest dreams From securing a premium plot of shoreline to concocting the perfect water to sand ratio this new breed of VIP concierge will be grand masters in the art of sand sculpting No construction is too extreme They ll help you brainstorm draft actual blueprints find the right spot and create something with a structural integrity you can be proud of along the beaches of the UK Spain France Italy and Greece Of course this bespoke service does come at a cost Prices are listed at 500 for a full day and 300 for a half Thankfully Beach Butlers will also be fully trained in childcare before receiving their artisanal qualifications so you don

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  • Travel Features by Colt St. George | Rough Guides
    can turn a technically easy climb into a deadly expedition But whatever the weather many aspire to tackle the world s hardest mountains to climb Here s our ranking of the 11 Colt St George 10 02 2016 7 lessons everyone learns travelling Inspired by the new edition of First time Around the World our definitive guide for the first time traveller we ve been discussing the most indispensable pieces of globetrotting wisdom Whether you re a budding explorer or a seasoned vagabond a wanderlusting weekender or a wayfaring backpacker we reckon these are 7 lessons everyone learns travelling What else have you learned on the road Colt St George 08 02 2016 Quiz which remote island should you visit Ever feel the need to get away really really far away We ve compiled a gallery of our favourite remote and isolated islands to fuel your escapism But if you re feeling spontaneous or a little stuck on the countless options to choose from take this quiz to discover which distant isle is calling your name Colt St George 28 01 2016 The best theme parks in America The USA is practically bursting with amusement parks from the sprawling and city sized to the off beat and unexpectedly endearing Cotton candy and corn dogs kiddie rides and coasters here are the best theme parks in America Six Flags Magic Mountain California Magic Mountain boasts the world record for most roller coasters in a single amusement park clocking Colt St George 26 01 2016 Quiz which region should you visit this year The best bit of the new year is brainstorming your next adventure We ve compiled a definitive guide to the best countries cities and regions to help you plan your big 2016 trip But if you re feeling undecided on ideas or even a little spontaneous take this quiz to find out which region you should visit this year Colt St George 22 01 2016 The most haunted places in America Ghost stories are fun Though folk tales and flatout fabrications abound the best of them possess a kernel of historic truth that prompt us to ponder the lives of those who inhabited the world before we came along From Hollywood horror hotspots to dilapidated colonial settlements here are the most haunted places in America Fact Colt St George 22 01 2016 Quiz which city should you visit in 2016 The new year means new adventures To help you on your way we ve compiled a definitive guide to the best countries cities and regions to travel to in 2016 But if you re feeling undecided on destinations or a little spontaneous take this quiz to discover which city you should visit in 2016 Colt St George 15 01 2016 Discover Indonesia our film of the week Searching for that daily dose of travel inspiration Look no further but don t be surprised if your feet start to itch for Indonesia This archipelago nation is vast and complex the

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  • The Best Hostels In Europe | Rough Guides
    class used to be Photo courtesy of Jumbo Stay Cocomama Amsterdam Amsterdam is a bucket list city for most travellers Its relaxed attitude to drugs and vice attract thousands of thrill seekers but after assault from the haze of cannabis and the gaudy Red Light District you ll need somewhere to catch forty winks Located in a former brothel this boutique hostel has themed dorms sleeping up to six people and lovely en suite private rooms plus a pleasant smoke free communal kitchen area a cute little garden and even a friendly house cat Gallery Hostel Porto One of Europe s finest second cities Porto is less pretentious than the capital Lisbon and extremely welcoming Art loving travellers in particular will feel right at home in this superb and spacious hostel cum gallery in Porto s emerging artists quarter The house built in 1906 and carefully restored has its own library bar and TV room The helpful family running it even offer free tours and trips to local galleries Hedonist Hostel Belgrade We ve been keenly following Belgrade s rejuvenation over the past few years and its growing stack of terrific hostels is yet another string to its bow Occupying an old town house the fantastic Hedonist Hostel is a superb antidote to the ubiquitous apartment style places that proliferate bare brick walls and low wooden beam ceilings lend it considerable charm There s also a chill room with PlayStation and the chirpy owners lay on regular barbecues in the pretty garden A massage room and bike rental are available too Hostel Celica Ljubljana You ll find the alternative face of Ljubljana Metelkova a five minute walk east of both the bus and train stations This is one of the city s most colourful quarters its graffitied streets now accommodating a cosmopolitan array of independent societies underground clubs bars and galleries Stay at the centre of this artistic district at this brilliantly original hostel in a former military prison Beds are in bright dorms and two three bed cells each designed by a different architect or artist Expect concerts exhibitions and parties too Photo courtesy of Hostel Celica St Christopher s Inn Paris St Christopher s have two outposts in Paris a whopper of a hostel with over six hundred beds well placed for the Eurostar by Gare du Nord and a purpose built canal branch close to the nightlife along the Canal St Martin They re a very slick operation dorm beds have lockable storage cages and USB points in the headboard plus there are on site restaurants and bars Other perks include phones for free international calls a female only floor and a slew of nightly activities Jetpak Alternative Berlin You ll find this attractive high end hostel in a gritty Berlin neighbourhood close to all the action in Kreuzberg a premier twenty something late night hangout and Friedrichshain home to many of the city s best clubs and alternative hangouts Perks include free internet a buffet breakfast

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  • The top ten best ever British hikes | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    potentially not so perfect introduction to the dastardly Highland midge Forget that repellent at your peril Lizard Peninsula Cornwall You likely won t see any lizards on this Cornish peninsula the name rather has its roots in the native tongue but you will breeze through some of Britain s most spectacular coastline complete with exotic subtropical plants rugged caves and exquisite coves and an endlessly churning sea And though it makes up a mere fraction of the marathon six hundred mile South West Coast Path you could happily spend days exploring its serpentine nooks and filmic crannies Wester Ross Scottish Highlands Since Monty Halls turned his back on the twenty first century in favour of the simple life as a crofter in The Great Escape the coast of Wester Ross has become as popular with would be escapees as its mighty Munros have long been with hill walkers and climbers While both Applecross and the Loch Torridon settlements of Shieldaig and Diabaig all make great bases for some gloriously scenic and relatively easy going sea walks the ancient fortress like peaks of Torridon itself not least the twin pronged bulk of Liathach the famous horns of Beinn Alligin and the gleaming quartzite crowned massif of Beinn Eighe offer some of the most dramatic ascents on the British mainland Helvellyn Lake District It s not the highest peak in the Lake District but it can still stake a claim as the most romantic with a capital r or otherwise Beloved of Wordsworth Wainwright and generations of walkers England s most popular mountain is a study in contrast its summit flat enough to land a plane and its deceptively named western arête Striding Edge sharp enough terrifyingly so to evoke the Sublime in even the most hardened scrambler Wessex Ridgeway A different kind of ridge entirely from the arêtes of Lakeland if no less steeped in history this archaic highway has been chalking up foot traffic for centuries threading as it does into an old Devon to Norfolk trade route Its 137 mile course passes through some of the loveliest landscapes in southern England think intimate woods hidden valleys and open downlands with views that go on forever taking in Avebury s stone circles the fringes of Salisbury Plain and ancient droving trails in Hardy s Dorset en route to the chalk giant of Cerne Abbas and the coast Tryfan Snowdonia It may slop and squelch under some of the heaviest rainfalls in Britain but Snowdonia is hard to beat Its serrated slate lined peaks cater for a range of abilities yet it s also home to the only mountain on the British mainland that demands scrambling as part of the main ascent regal Tryfan The famous north ridge route in fact pans out far less intimidatingly than its razor like fin suggests from the ground but once you reach the summit and leap the five foot gap between the iconic Adam and Eve rocks you ll feel like a true mountaineer

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  • Beer around the World | Rough Guides
    Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark England Estonia Finland France Georgia Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Italy Kazakhstan Kosovo Latvia Lithuania Malta Montenegro Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Scotland Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey Ukraine United Kingdom Wales Middle East Abu Dhabi Dubai Iran Israel Jordan Oman Qatar Saudi Arabia North America Canada Greenland Mexico USA South America Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia Ecuador Guyana Peru Uruguay Venezuela UK View by Theme Activity Architecture Beaches Belief Boats sailing Budget travel Coasts islands Crafts and markets Cycling Deserts Discovery Diving snorkeling Everyday Life Extreme Adventure sports Family friendly Festivals events Food drink Heritage ruins Indigenous culture Leisure Luxury Mountains Museums art Music National parks reserves Nature Nightlife Novelty Off the beaten track People Photography Railway journeys Relaxation Road trips Romance Shopping Structures Surfing Tourist Trail Tradition Transport Walking trekking Wildlife Winter sports Map beer from around the world By Charles Parkes March 31st 2014 View Comments Beer lovers rejoice the British Government recently announced that a pint of beer in the UK will be a whole one penny cheaper than before Not exactly saving a fortune but why would that matter when you have thousands of alternatives from around the world From the Belgian Chimay to the Turkish Efes Europe alone has much to offer But look further afield at Argentina s Quilmes Kenya s Tusker or even North Korea s Taedonggang and drinking anything in the UK seems distinctly unexciting Take a look at the map below for a boozy tour of beer around the world Got more suggestions Or think we ve missed something Tweet us your favourite world beers with the hashtag bestworldbeers or comment below this article and we ll add them to the map Want more inspiration Get

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  • Travel Features by Charles Parkes | Rough Guides
    Herzegovina Bosnia Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark England Estonia Finland France Georgia Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Ireland Italy Kazakhstan Kosovo Latvia Lithuania Malta Montenegro Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Scotland Serbia Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey Ukraine United Kingdom Wales Middle East Abu Dhabi Dubai Iran Israel Jordan Oman Qatar Saudi Arabia North America Canada Greenland Mexico USA South America Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia Ecuador Guyana Peru Uruguay Venezuela UK View by Theme Activity Architecture Beaches Belief Boats sailing Budget travel Coasts islands Crafts and markets Cycling Deserts Discovery Diving snorkeling Everyday Life Extreme Adventure sports Family friendly Festivals events Food drink Heritage ruins Indigenous culture Leisure Luxury Mountains Museums art Music National parks reserves Nature Nightlife Novelty Off the beaten track People Photography Railway journeys Relaxation Road trips Romance Shopping Structures Surfing Tourist Trail Tradition Transport Walking trekking Wildlife Winter sports Features Charles Parkes Sort by Date Popularity Map beer from around the world Beer lovers rejoice the British Government recently announced that a pint of beer in the UK will be a whole one penny cheaper than before Not exactly saving a fortune but why would that matter when you have thousands of alternatives from around the world From the Belgian Chimay to the Turkish Efes Europe alone has much Charles Parkes 31 03 2014 Our favourite spectator spots for the Grand Départ 2014 It s less than 100 days until the Tour de France begins and the organisers of the opening stages are already gearing up for the Grand Départ with the announcement of 17 spectator hubs earlier this week The race begins in Yorkshire making it the first time the Tour has ever visited the north Prepare yourself Charles Parkes 27 03 2014 Travel Offers Travel insurance Hotels Hostels Car hire

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  • Our favourite spectator spots for the Grand Départ 2014 | Travel Feature | Rough Guides
    Saudi Arabia North America Canada Greenland Mexico USA South America Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Colombia Ecuador Guyana Peru Uruguay Venezuela UK View by Theme Activity Architecture Beaches Belief Boats sailing Budget travel Coasts islands Crafts and markets Cycling Deserts Discovery Diving snorkeling Everyday Life Extreme Adventure sports Family friendly Festivals events Food drink Heritage ruins Indigenous culture Leisure Luxury Mountains Museums art Music National parks reserves Nature Nightlife Novelty Off the beaten track People Photography Railway journeys Relaxation Road trips Romance Shopping Structures Surfing Tourist Trail Tradition Transport Walking trekking Wildlife Winter sports Our favourite spectator spots for the Grand Départ 2014 By Charles Parkes March 27th 2014 View Comments It s less than 100 days until the Tour de France begins and the organisers of the opening stages are already gearing up for the Grand Départ with the announcement of 17 spectator hubs earlier this week The race begins in Yorkshire making it the first time the Tour has ever visited the north Prepare yourself for some stunning scenery and beautiful landscapes as the route winds through the Dales departing from Leeds taking in Harrogate and Sheffield via Ripon and the Peak District then finishing up in London during Stage Three the route for which is yet to be confirmed All of this means you re spoilt for choice when it comes to picturesque spots from which you can watch the cycling either in person or on huge screens provided at some of the hubs See the map below for our favourite stops on the Tour de France in England Contains Ordnance Survey data Crown copyright and database rights 2014 Explore more of England using the our destination page for England Book hostels for your trip and don t forget to purchase travel insurance before you go Tags Europe

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  • Extreme Sports | Rough Guides
    to travel 20 places to embrace your inner hippy The most beautiful places in India 20 brilliantly colourful places The most beautiful places in the USA as voted by you The most beautiful places in England 20 of the best family travel destinations In pictures around Italy in 16 foods 30 inspiring quotes to live by from around the world 20 seriously weird places around the world 20 of the best honeymoon destinations The most beautiful city in the world as voted by you View by Destination Africa Egypt Ethiopia Kenya Madagascar Mali Morocco Namibia Rwanda South Africa Tanzania Zanzibar Tunisia Asia Cambodia China India Indonesia Japan Laos Malaysia Mongolia Myanmar Burma Nepal Philippines Singapore South Korea Sri Lanka Taiwan Thailand United Arab Emirates Vietnam Australasia Australia Fiji New Zealand Central America the Caribbean Barbados Belize Costa Rica Cuba Guatemala Jamaica Panama Puerto Rico Trinidad Tobago Europe Austria Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Czech Republic Denmark England Finland France Germany Greece Hungary Iceland Italy Montenegro Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Scotland Serbia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey United Kingdom Middle East Dubai Israel Jordan North America Canada Mexico USA South America Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Ecuador Peru View by Theme Activity

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