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"gap-year" related travel guides

Akaroa (Halfmoon Cottage)

Ten great New Zealand hostels

Destination: New Zealand

With a fantastic network of budget accommodation, you're spoilt for choice for places to stay in New Zealand. From city centre hostels to remote beach houses, here are ten of the best bargains

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'Golden Temple', Kyoto

I left my heart in Tokyo

by sgl4maj

Destination: Tokyo

A backpacker's guide to Japan on the cheap

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Lake Rotorua

Why Rotorua is hot, hot, hot

Destination: New Zealand

Things get pretty steamy in the area round Rotorua, a hotbed of geothermal activity on New Zealand’s North Island. And however impressive you expect it to be, the reality is even better

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Sairee Beach

Koh Tao know how

Destination: Koh Samui

A guide to one of the most beautiful islands in Thailand - Koh Tao. Great beaches, fantastic food, friendly locals and some of the clearest waters in the world

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wanaka

Snow limit to learning in Wanaka

Destination: Wanaka

An extended holiday or a career change - whatever you choose, training to be a snowboard instructor will change your life. Here's how one person did it in Wanaka, New Zealand

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Post-dive sunset

Take the plunge on Thailand's Turtle Island

Destination: Ko Tao

Bask beneath swaying palms with a plate full of fresh fruit and a cool drink while watching the sun rise before a dive. Welcome to Turtle Island - one of Thailand's last secret beauty spots

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Marvellous Melbourne

Marvellous Melbourne

Destination: Melbourne

With its grand Victorian architecture, its vibrant restaurant and art scene, not to mention its unbridled appetite for sport, marvellous Melbourne makes for a visit to remember.

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Palmyra

The real Syria

Destination: Damascus

Friendly people, great food, some of the most uncrowded and beautiful sites of antiquity... all this and more awaits anyone who ventures east to Syria

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The Moorish minaret

Seville's unique style

by stokel

Destination: Seville

A rich blend of cultures and influences have played their part in making Seville the magnificent city it is today, with charming old quarters, beautiful gardens and stunning historical attractions

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