It’s important to take pictures!

When you’re away make it a priority to take pictures! Of course for your memories but also so people like me can use them. In the slideshow below I’ve put together photos of our interviewees on their travels. Once again this is to make you jealous and inspire you to book a trip! Click the link and enjoy.

Pictures with permission from Alice Mason, Emily Denham, Sunveer Sandhu & Siobhan O’Connor

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Make sure you tweet when you’re away

It’s good to share your travel experiences through social media. I’ve already shown you how its done through Vine, now I’m going to show you Twitter. Here are some tweets I found of people in different places (some of which I’ve talked about previously). It may make you jealous but hopefully it inspires you at the same time.

1) Having fun in Thailand

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Top Travel Bloggers

I’m still new at this and unfortunately I haven’t started my adventures yet. Not to worry though, plenty of travellers blog their experiences for us to see and make us jealous.

Here are five I’ve found interesting so far.

1) The Globe-Trotting Graduate

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Now this is a blog by a graduate called Lydia who since last year has been to India, Thailand, China, Croatia, Spain amongst other destinations. Her blog documents her experiences during her travels and providing advice to others who are about to travel even offering tips about budgeting and potential scams.

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Thailand

Thailand has always been a popular place for travellers to go to and there are a number of reasons for this.

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It’s such an exotic destination how can one resist, International Student Volunteers says the main qualities of Thailand and their “Sun-swept beaches, mystic temples, smiling faces, lush tropical rainforests and tasty cooking”, while STA say that “words can’t describe the bliss of sitting on some of the best beaches in the world”.

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What about South America?

South America should definitely be on your mind for a long journey. A huge continent, rich in diversity and culture, it seems guaranteed to give the adventure of a lifetime.

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Its best features, perfectly described by Lonely Planet are the “Andean peaks, Amazonian rainforest, Patagonian glaciers, Incan ruins, colonial towns, white-sand beaches and vertiginous nightlife”.

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Get in touch with your spiritual side

Not all trips are about fun, some people would rather go on a pilgrimage. There are a number of places to go in this case and programs to help you get there, depending on your religion.

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For Muslims, maybe now is the time to think about a Hajj trip. The Holy Prophet described Hajj as “the most important journey for any Muslim”. Mecca is the dream for most Muslims, luckily various organisations such as Dome or Haj Tours can turn this dream into a reality.

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America

Almost everybody wants to go to some part of the States at one point in their life.

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Just like Australia or other countries in the world the size of the USA puts England to shame and with over 50 states to choose from its easy to be spoilt for choice.

Most people want to do a road trip of the whole country, which if planned properly can be  once in a lifetime experience. Alternatively you can travel via one coast at a time depending on which your preference is.

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Five websites to get you started

If you want to plan a long trip the key is preparation. I have spoken to numerous people during this project and they all said the same thing, “Do your research!”.

Instead of boring yourself looking through whatever pops on on Google have a look at some of the sites recommended to me by the people who did their research before choosing a journey.

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Australia

Let’s start with the land down under, formerly a dumping ground for our nation’s naughtiest criminals, Australia has transformed into a land of paradise where many crave the style of living.

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My reasons for wanting to go to this place are simple, the weather, easy lifestyle and the fact that I wouldn’t have to learn another language.

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