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Top 5 tips for staying safe as a solo traveller

If you’re thinking about heading off on an independent trip around the world – there are some simple steps that you can take to keep safe and give you some peace of mind whilst you travel. From researching the currency of the country you’re in to choosing the best accommodation, our guide to staying safe will keep you covered:

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Proposing on Valentine’s Day: Where in Europe should you pop the question?

Valentine’s Day is prime time to be popping bottles of champagne, but could it also be an optimal day to pop the question to your other half?  Our research shows the breakdown of prices for proposing in Paris, London, Venice, Reykjavik and Monaco this Valentine’s:

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The best vineyards to visit this Valentine’s Day

Whether you’re single and spending it with friends or coupled up and embarking on a romantic weekend, many of us like to raise a glass or two on Valentine’s Day. Why not step it up a notch this year and enjoy a glass of vino in one of the world’s most beautiful vineyards? We’ve put together a list of the top five wineries to visit this Valentine’s:

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A first timer's guide to scuba diving

Strap on that scuba mask and slip on your fins, it’s time to explore an underwater world! If you’re considering learning to scuba dive, you’ve made a brilliant choice: scuba diving, while it can be pricey, is one of those sports you’ll never regret learning. But what do you need to know as a total novice? We’ve got you covered in this guide to diving for the first time.

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Travel money in Japan

If you're heading off to Japan soon, read our Caxton Currency Checklist, which will tell you everything you need to know about sourcing, spending and enjoying your travel money in Japan.

Travel Money Tips

If you don't like saving holiday money, don't read this

Holidays are generally the highlight of everyone’s year – a time to retreat away from the 9-5, daily commute and other life chores. But planning a trip away can bring a lot of stress too. Many people are left questioning what is the most effective way to budget for a holiday? Where is the best place to exchange travel money? What card should I use abroad? These questions can rattle the brains of anyone who’s about to depart on their travels.   We’ve put together some travel tips on how best to approach your holiday finances, and how to save money in the process:

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The best long-haul destinations to visit in 2020

When was the last time you really got away from it all? If you can spare the time, a long-haul trip doesn’t have to be that much more expensive and offers a chance to properly escape the rat race and feel truly refreshed when you return from holiday. To help you think ahead for your more memorable 2020 holidays, we’ve put together a list of the best long-haul destinations to visit this year:

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10 things you didn't know about Chinese New Year

Here in the UK, New Year’s Eve is but a distant memory and 2020 is already in full swing. However, in China, their new calendar is only about to begin; Saturday 25th January marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year celebrations. Here are the top ten things you might not have known about the Chinese New Year and how it’s celebrated:

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A day in Delhi

It’s undeniable that landing in Delhi from London can be quite a culture shock if you are someone less travelled. You may feel that London’s air quality is rubbish – wait until you breathe in Delhi’s! My partner and I landed in Delhi around midnight and despite the smog, were extremely excited to start exploring this bustling city.

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Your 2020 holiday calendar: The best travel destinations for every month

The dreaded January blues are hitting all of us UK residents now; Christmas is over, skies are grey, and everyone is severely lacking in Vitamin D. We’ve put together a month by month calendar of the best destinations to visit around the world, ranging from more budget European breaks to once-in-a-lifetime holidays.