Nature

Allow Costa Rica to Renew your Mind Body and Soul

'Pura Vida' can be heard echoing throughout Costa Rica. Translating to 'pure life', the term has been adopted unofficially as the country's national motto, symbolic of the Costa Rican mindset and indicative of the enriching experiences that await travellers.  With today's hectic lifestyle, it's never been more important to enjoy an occasional break from the daily grind, take a digital detox from our phones or simply make time to revel in the world around us. If you're looking to pair all this with an immersion into nature, then Costa Rica makes for a prime destination choice. Read more about Allow Costa Rica to Renew your Mind Body and Soul

Serengeti, Tanzania: Where the Wild Things Are

The baby wildebeest is lying in the long grass, lurching around like an infant learning to walk as it strains to get back on its feet. It would be cute, if only it wasn't struggling so much - but then the lioness, her mouth dripping with blood, digs her fangs back into the baby's throat, and the flailing ends; the wildebeest has succumbed and the queen of the jungle is ready to enjoy her fresh kill. Read more about Serengeti, Tanzania: Where the Wild Things Are

Drive the Southwest Peninsula, Ireland

As I roll along a narrow country road behind yet another country road being yet another tractor in no hurry, I take the chance to poke to my head out of the car window. Sprawling paddocks dip into a huge body of water and the grass is an impossible shade of green, like it has been touched up in Photoshop. Sheep turn their heads and walk towards me as if they are the welcoming party for the wild west of Ireland - it seems Irish hospitality knows no bounds. Read more about Drive the Southwest Peninsula, Ireland

Jordan: Some Like it Hot

Chances are when you think of Jordan, you're more likely to imagine deserts and ancient monuments than canyoning in a river valley in the world's lowest nature reserve.  But while star destination like Petra deservedly takes the spotlight, Jordan has more than a few surprising attractions which are still off the beaten tourist track. Now with budget flights to the country's capital Amman, it's easier and cheaper than ever to discover the country.  Read more about Jordan: Some Like it Hot

Back to Nature in Slovenia

Wellness tourism is nothing new in Slovenia. It's countryside is seriously idyllic - especially in and around Lake Bled to the mountainous nations north-west. It was here that pioneering Swiss wellness expert Dr Arnold Rikli established a 'healing institute' in 1855, prescribing a strict meat-and-booze-free diet, and a routine of hikes in the hills and swims in the lake, much of which was to be done naked for maximum sun exposure. Read more about Back to Nature in Slovenia

Experience the Grandeur of Longleat Manor, England

The Elizabethan manor of Longleat, with its grand dimensions and adornments has a radical element - the West Wing. Here, numerous doors camouflaged by a sweeping mural punctuate a grand corridor. I'm overcome with giddy suspense each time our guide clicks over the key, knowing that no single room has been spared the creative stroke of its owner's paintbrush. Read more about Experience the Grandeur of Longleat Manor, England

Wine Break California

Anyone who has seen the movie Sideways will know that exploring California's wine regions will be a trip of a lifetime before you've even packed your bags. The Golden State not only has some of the most exciting pinot noirs on the planet, it is home to artisan towns, epic scenery, great wildlife, welcoming locals and, of course, fascinating wineries. Read more about Wine Break California

Discover Some of California's Spectacular Lakes and Mountains

Few adventures still stir the soul like the great American road trip. This near-mythical experience seems to go to the very heart of the world's third largest country - the Mustang, the Charger, the Bronco all being cars that conjure up the spirit of riding horseback across wild, unchartered land - and hitting the road is the embodiment of freedom in the land of the free. Read more about Discover Some of California's Spectacular Lakes and Mountains

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