amsterdam travel guide

Many Amsterdam travel guides will tell you what to do and where to eat and drink while on holiday, but the likelihood is they will all say the same thing. If you want to go off the beaten track then my top tips below are a good place to start.

Websites and blogs will most likely recommend the Museum District, the Anne Frank House and the Heineken experience. They might even suggest the Erotic Museum in the Red Light District, or simply visiting the city’s famed coffee shops to sample substances that are illegal in most of the world.

I am not here to tell you not to bother with those places, they are all wonderful and worthy. I am simply offering a supplementary travel guide for a more unusual and authentic experience…

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Viewing the magnificent Aurora Borealis is one of life’s bucket list experiences and there is an incredible choice of different ways to see the Northern Lights, from mountain biking to ice flotation, or from the comfort of a luxurious glass igloo.

For those looking for inspiration, here’s top ten ways to see the Northern Lights…

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An incredible one in seven UK travellers has chosen a holiday destination based solely on the sights of the food on Instagram, according to new research from Heathrow in their Taste the World report. So wouldn’t it be handy to know the top ten most Instagrammed food destinations around the world before you went away? You wouldn’t want to miss out.

 

Instagrammed food

One in five will choose which restaurants to dine in based on what that restaurant’s food looks like on Instagram. As a working travel writer, food reviewer and social media obsessive on the side, I’m not at all shocked by this.

What I was a little surprises at, was the fact that 28 per cent of Brits not only said that they post pictures of their holidays meals, but that they actually they enjoy their holiday more by doing so. If this sounds like you, then check out my post on ten top tips for taking a great #foodie photo for Instagram.

So, where are the top ten most Instagrammed food destinations?

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I have dreamed of going on holiday alone for almost two years, but have always been a little afraid to bite the bullet.

After moving into a studio flat in May and realising how much I like to be alone – please think of me as a lone wolf rather than a hermit – I knew I was ready for a long weekend away.

So I went to Montreal, which I realise is very far away for a first timer, but it turned out to be the ideal location for a lone traveller.

holiday alone

 

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Travel tips for a long weekend in Madrid, Spain: how to travel, where to stay, what to do and the best places to eat and drink…

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Day one

We landed in Madrid at 10am and made our way into the city for a three-day adventure. Madrid was the first place I ever went on holiday with friends, aged just 17 and talking our way into clubs.

I had thought going with the other half (P) might be very different, but after a daytime siesta the natives work late, eat late and drink even later into the night and as they say, when in Rome…

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