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Sue King

Travel Writer @ Nomadic Ku

Location icon United Kingdom

I am passionate about travel and adventure and have lived or travelled in over fifty countries. I backpack, housesit and love to explore, whether I am hiking in remote landscapes or checking out city street art. My mission is to inspire people to hit the road and take adventures of their own. I produce informative and inspiring travel articles, guides and essays based on a combination of personal experience and meticulous, accurate research.

My articles have been published in Huffington Post, LA Travel Magazine, International Living, Wanderful, In the Know Traveler, Travel and Talk. MisAdventures Magazine, My Itchy Travel Feet, GirlsGetaway, Travioor, Chasing la Bella Vita, TravelSignPosts, Writer's Weekly, GomadNomad, Campsites.co.uk, Dollar Stretcher, Inspired Senior Living, WanderGoGo, Price of Travel, Travel-Wise, Eat your World, Offbeat Travel, Freedom with Writing, Epicure and Culture, Matador Travel and Great Escape Publishing. I am a regular contributor to Trip by Skyscanner and Go Overseas and have been a weekly columnist for TravelPride.

In 2016 I was featured in the bestselling book 'Grand Adventures' by adventurer, Alastair Humphreys.

I am presently based in Brighton, UK where I am working on a 20,000-word Brighton city guide for Touch Screen Travels. My upcoming travel plans include New York City and extensive explorations through Mexico, Cuba and Colombia starting in January 2020.

If you require travel-related content of any type, don't hesitate to get in touch at [email protected]

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WanderGoGo
05/24/2019
The Six Best Places to Celebrate Day of the Dead in Mexico

The Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is Mexico's most popular festival and is celebrated each year between 31 st October and 2 nd November. The event honors those who have passed on and is a fascinating juxtaposition of contemplative and joyous.

Chasing La Bella Vita
11/04/2017
My Love/Hate Relationship with India and Why Love Always Wins Out - Chasing La Bella Vita

Everyone knows about India's splendid temples, forts, palaces and magnificent landscapes, but traveling in this astonishing country goes way beyond sight seeing. A trip to India demands the traveller leave their comfort zone and step into a bewildering, yet bewitching world. India is a country of extremes beyond any other.

GoMad Nomad
06/29/2017
Six Spiritual Destinations in India to Visit on Your Next Trip

With its many ashrams, colorful temples, and mysterious sacred rituals, India has always been a magnet for spiritual seekers. Here are a few of the most venerated destinations in the country, all of them captivating in their own unique way. Situated on the banks of the River Ganges, ancient Varanasi is the most sacred city in all of India.

LA Travel Magazine
01/18/2017
Lanai - Hawaii's Best Kept Secret

When visiting Hawaii, everyone heads to the beaches of Oahu, Maui or Kauai, but Lanai has a lot to offer to the discerning traveler.

WanderGoGo
08/26/2017
Manali to Leh: A Road Trip Through the Indian Himalayas

We crept past the sleeping receptionist and out of the hotel at 1:30 am, walking through Old Manali in the pouring rain. Stray dogs howled and a rat scurried across the street in front of us. I had been traveling in India for several months with my partner, Teresa.

In the Know Traveler
09/01/2017
Exploring Cappadocia: A Magical Landscape - In the Know Traveler

Having fallen in love with the awe-inspiring deserts and incredible rock formations of the American South West many years previously, I never believed that there would be anywhere else on earth to rival the sheer beauty and spirituality of those captivating landscapes - until I discovered Cappadocia.

GoMad Nomad
01/04/2018
How to visit Antigua Guatemala on a Budget - GoMad Nomad

Antigua Guatemala is easily the most beautiful city in Central America. Situated in the Central Highlands, less than an hour's drive from Guatemala City, it is a popular destination for well-heeled tourists and backpackers alike. It's easy to understand why. The cobbled streets are dotted with crumbling ruins and picturesque plazas.

Offbeattravel
A Taste of Testaccio in Rome Italy

I sat on a bench in the piazza taking in the scene. Locals walked their dogs or chatted to one another in the spring sunshine. I was in the neighborhood of Testaccio for a food tour and was relishing my escape from the masses of selfie-stick toting tourists in central Rome.

Travel-Wise
07/24/2018
Sussex Travel Guide: Visit Meghan & Harry's Royal Domain

When Harry and Meghan got hitched in May, the Queen bestowed them with the titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The landscape of their new domain, Sussex, is quintessentially that of Southeast England. Situated on the coast, it's a 1,500 square mile county of castles, rolling hills, white chalk cliffs, winding lanes and traditional seaside towns.

Matador Network
Why Brighton is worth so much more than just a day trip from London

Brighton is sometimes referred to as "Little London by the Sea." Situated on the south coast of Sussex, Brighton is a mere 50 minutes from London by train, which means tourists usually just go for a day trip - if they bother going at all. But you should consider basing yourself in Brighton instead.

Things To Do In London
11/28/2018
22 Things To Do & See In Wimbledon (That Serve Up A Real Treat)

Having grown up in South West London, Wimbledon holds a special place in my heart. I have returned to my old stomping ground many times over the years, not only to watch tennis, but also to make the most of Wimbledon's other attractions.

WanderGoGo
12/08/2017
Searching For The Elusive River Ganges In Varanasi

Visiting Varanasi - the spiritual heart of India - on the banks of the River Ganges, was a long-standing dream of mine. The city had always fascinated me, maybe even scared me a little. I had read that few people visited Varanasi without falling ill.

Travel-Wise
12/19/2017
Copenhagen Christmas: Your Holiday Guide for Copenhagen

Although Copenhagen is delightful at any time of the year, it is at its glorious best in December. The twisted cobbled streets, soaring spires, turreted buildings, blend of gothic buildings and cute multi-hued houses are a winning combination. Add a sprinkling of Christmas and you feel as if you are in a scene from one of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales.

England Travel
01/06/2016
Brighton - The Coolest City in the UK | England Travel

In addition to being the coolest city in the UK, Brighton was recently voted the happiest city in England. No wonder the city receives a constant flow of day-trippers and weekenders from London. On the Sussex Coast Basking on the Sussex coast, Brighton is less than an hour away from the capital by train.

WanderGoGo
08/09/2017
The Weird and Wonderful World of Las Pozas, Mexico

High in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico, hidden in a subtropical jungle, there exists a surreal sculptural fantasyland called Las Pozas. It was created by English eccentric and visionary, Edward James between the years 1949 and 1984.

Eatyourworld
02/08/2018
Brighton, UK: What to Eat | Eat Your World Blog

Seafood platter at the Salt Room (courtesy of the Salt Room) A mere 47-minute train ride from London, Brighton, on the south coast of England, combines traditional seaside fun with an artistic, free-thinking vibe.

Matador Network
7 epic long walks in the UK you can plan yourself

If you want to enjoy the natural scenery of the United Kingdom the way the locals do, go for a walk... a really long walk. From Cornwall to Scotland, you can trek from a week to two months across rolling hills, along coastal tracks, through urban sprawls, or in shaded woodlands.

Matador Network
The 7 most beautiful beaches you didn't know existed in the UK

Everyone has heard of the popular beaches of Brighton and Blackpool, but with 7,760 miles of coastline, the United Kingdom has an abundance of gorgeous beaches that most of the world has no idea exists. From wild and rustic shores to glorious bays overlooked by castles, there is no shortage of breathtaking beaches to explore in the UK.

Matador Network
7 underrated places to go coastal camping

There is nothing quite like unzipping your tent in the morning to see the sun coming up over the ocean. Whether it's a classic white sand beach on a tropical island or a wild and remote shore scattered with driftwood, wherever you are headed in the world, you can usually find a beach to call home for a night or more.

Matador Network
The 7 most beautiful places to go kayaking in New Zealand

New Zealand has some of the most pristine scenery in the world. Snow-capped mountains, wild beaches, fjords, and excellent opportunities to spot wildlife make the country a great destination for those who love spending time in nature. Kayaking is an ideal way to explore the coastline, lakes, and waterways of the country.

My Itchy Travel Feet
10/24/2017
Day Cycling Through the Temples of Bagan

We love exotic travel tales that include active adventures , especially when it involves biking through off-the-beaten paths. Today's guest contributor, Sue King, did just that as she cycled her way through dusty backwoods to see the incredible temples of Bagan, Myanmar.

Matador Network
7 epic caves you can hike through in the US

Exploring the subterranean underworld has always had an allure for intrepid adventurers. Hiking above ground is one thing, but scrambling, climbing, and crawling through mysterious caverns provide an adrenaline rush unlike any you'll get where the sun shines. Whether you're a caver or spelunker, the US has a huge amount of cave systems for exploring.

HuffPost
09/28/2017
Expect the Unexpected - Top Tips for the Freelance Travel Writer

I've been a passionate traveler for over 20 years, and an on-the-road freelance travel writer for around 18 months. Since I started out, I've had close to 50 articles published, and I learned a few lessons along the way. As a rookie travel writer, success is largely down to forming the right habits and consistently putting them into practice.

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Dog Friendly Campsites in the Lake District by Campsites.co.uk

The Lake District National Park is the largest national park in the UK and the first to be awarded with world heritage status. A natural landscape of 885 square miles, the scenery comprises of stunning mountains, deep valleys and scenic lakes.

Girls Getaway
09/07/2017
A Girls Weekend in Brighton: Cocktails, Drag Queens and More - Girls Getaway

As a travel writer who is on the road for much of the year, there is nothing I enjoy more than returning to my hometown for a fun girls' weekend in Brighton. These precious weekends give me a chance to catch up with the girls, re-visit our favorite haunts and check out the hippest new venues.

Travel and Talk Travel
12/18/2017
Hampi - India's Hidden Gem - Travel and Talk Travel

As a traveller, every now and again you come across a place that steals your heart a little. For me, Hampi, in the Indian state of Karnataka was one of those places. Magical and bewitching, Hampi is an ancient temple town surrounded by 16th century ruins.

Epicure & Culture
07/18/2018
Vegetarian Restaurant In Brighton | 10 Eateries Serving Plant-Based Menus

By Sue King, Epicure & Culture Contributor Love eating meat-free? You can easily find a tasty vegetarian restaurant in Brighton, England to satiate your palate. But, that's not the only reason to love this United Kingdom travel destination. The seaside city of Brighton is nestled between the rolling hills of the South Downs, just a one-hour drive from London.

Go Overseas
Ethiopia Tours

Want to travel to Ethiopia? Learn about guided tours in Ethiopia and top attractions and activities, plus read reviews from fellow travelers.

Go Overseas
01/02/2019
What You Need to Know about Becoming an Au Pair in Mexico

Sue is a passionate traveler and has been exploring the planet full-time since 2012, backpacking, housesitting and volunteering. Au pairing is perfect for those who love both travel and the company of children.

Go Overseas
Volunteer in Belize

Want to volunteer in Belize? Learn about volunteer programs in Belize, read tips on finding a volunteer placement in Belize, and explore reviews from past volunteers.

Go Overseas
El Salvador Tours

Surfers are drawn to El Salvador because it has some of the best breaks in the world. Even if you don't surf, the unspoiled beaches are beautiful and refreshingly uncrowded. Apart from beaches, the country is home to cute colonial towns, coffee plantations, active volcanoes to scale, and beautiful national parks to explore -- making El Salvador an adventurer's dream destination!

Go Overseas
Learn Chinese in Singapore

Want to learn Chinese in an off-beat destination? Consider Singapore! This island nation offers plenty of opportunities to learn Chinese through language schools and immersion. Learn more and read program reviews.

Go Overseas
Philippines Tours

For adventure junkies, the Philippines are the perfect place to get away from it all and hike, bike, and kayak in remote areas. Adventure tours also include such activities as cliff jumping, white water rafting, spelunking, waterfall climbing, and snorkeling. The Philippines are a natural playground for adventure seekers of all types and there are tours to suit everyone.

Great Escape Publishing
03/28/2017
Expect The Unexpected: Top Tips For The Freelance Travel Writer

I've been a passionate traveler for over 20 years, and an on-the-road freelance travel writer for around 18 months. Since I started out, I've had close to 50 articles published, and I learned a few lessons along the way. As a rookie travel writer, success is largely down to forming the right habits and consistently putting them into practice.

Go Overseas
Honduras Tours

The best spot for white water rafting in Honduras is Cangrejal River Valley. With its Class III and IV rapids, the rafting here provides not only a heart-pumping adrenaline rush but a chance to take in the lush jungle landscape and huge granite boulders.

Go Overseas
Teach English in Nicaragua

Want to teach in Nicaragua? Learn about teaching jobs in Nicaragua, read a guide to teaching English in Nicaragua, and read reviews from past teachers.

Great Escape Publishing
02/18/2017
What Editors Want: 3 Things To Help Build An Ongoing Writing Relationship

I have been a travel writer for 18 months. In the space of that time, I've had close to 100 articles published. Along the way, I've learned a few lessons about what editors want. Whether you're an aspiring writer or an old hand, here are three important things to remember: Make your deadline!

Great Escape Publishing
12/07/2016
7 Tools For Travel Writing Success

There are a few items that are essential for every emerging travel writer, and had I known about them when I was starting out, it would have made life easier and my progress swifter. A couple of the things I have listed here are obvious, but there are one or two that are perhaps less so.

Great Escape Publishing
05/16/2019
6 Ways To Make Your Articles Stand Out

After three years and nearly 200 published articles, I have learned a thing or two about freelance travel writing. One being the importance of an alternative perspective. The travel writing market is flooded with straightforward destination pieces, so standing out is vital. But how can you make your articles stand out?

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Nomadic Ku #travel (@kuking1) | Twitter

The latest Tweets from Nomadic Ku #travel (@kuking1). #TravelWriter, #Backpacker, #HouseSitter, Free Spirit - pursuing a life of #adventure and exploration. Living out of a very small(!) backpack since 2012. Brighton, England

Robgreenfield
12/22/2015
Safety Tips and Stories from 23 Solo Women Travelers

Fairly often people make comments about my adventures such as, "Women can't do what you do" or "this lifestyle is very dangerous for a woman" or "you can only do this because you are a man." There are undoubtedly some risks that women deal with much more frequently than men but I still believe that women can travel safely and can even travel solo.

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Cool Cafes of Brighton

Brighton has been my base for many years and I have always loved the fact that it is home to so many unique venues. Bars, clubs, entertainment spaces and shops all reflect Brighton's creativity and individuality. Over the last few years, the café scene in this vibrant metropolis-by-the-sea has flourished.

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Places in Brighton that tourists don't know about

Brighton is one of Britain's most popular destinations. Easily accessible from the capital, it is a popular escape for Londoners and both foreign and domestic tourists. Everyone knows about Brighton Pier, the Royal Pavilion and British Airways i360, but Brighton has a few hidden gems that most tourists haven't even heard of.

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LGBT Brighton

Brighton, one of the most gay friendly cities on the planet, is situated on the Sussex coast of England. Most of the action is centered around vibrant Kemp Town, where rainbow flags flutter and same-sex couples happily walk hand-in-hand. From cosy piano bars to hard-core dance clubs, you will be spoilt for choice.

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The Streets of San Cristobal de las Casas

I loved traveling around Mexico and everywhere I visited was amazing, but I have to admit that San Cristobal de las Casas was probably my favorite place of all. 7000 feet above sea level and situated in a lush green valley, the air is crisp in this alluring city.

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The Wonders of Oaxaca

I stopped off in captivating Oaxaca when I was traveling around Mexico by bus. Its vibrant arts and crafts scene, tempting restaurants, beautiful colonial buildings and shady plazas stole my heart. I loved the colorful, and often politically inspired street art and the gorgeous light, especially at sunrise and sunset.

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Exploring Antigua - The Jewel of Guatemala

Some destinations don't live up to expectations. The enchanting colonial city of Antigua exceeded mine. Delightfully easy to traverse by foot, its colorful buildings, stunning churches and vibrant markets sit in the shadow of no less than three volcanos. Superb restaurants offer a smorgasbord of dining experiences from Thai food to Mayan specialities.

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Chilling out in Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

On the east coast corner of Sri Lanka next to the Indian Ocean, lies the surfer's paradise village of Arugam Bay. Consisting of a strip of ramshackle beach huts, restaurants and off-beat hotels, it's a perfect place to surf, practise yoga, explore the surrounding countryside or simply swing in a hammock with a cocktail in hand.

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Exploring Medellin - A City Transformed

In just twenty years, Medellin has moved on from its reputation as the most dangerous city in the world to being exalted as one of the most creative and innovative. Beautifully located in Aburra Valley, Medellin is surrounded by the mountains of the Central Andes.

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Discovering Leon - City of Revolution

Leon, known as the city of revolution, is Granada's grittier counterpart. Whereas Granada is brimming with tourist restaurants and bars, Leon is more low key. In Leon, foreigners are very much in the minority, giving the city a more authentic Nica vibe.

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The Treasures of Truro and Beyond

Cornwall - home of surfers, picturesque fishing villages and the Cornish pasty has a magical air about it. As you enter this special county, you feel as if you have come across somewhere special and a little different to the rest of mainland UK.

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The best of enchanting Leh

Leh is a magical city situated high in the heart of the Indian Himalayas. Culturally, it is more similar to Tibet than India. Surrounded by snow capped mountains, prayer flags flutter in the breeze and Buddhist monks stroll through the ancient streets.

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A Stroll around Granada

Granada is Nicaragua's showpiece, the oldest colonial city in the country and the main draw for tourists who venture to this exciting country. I spent a couple of weeks there exploring the streets, learning Spanish and enjoying some delicious food in the many types of eateries.

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Exploring the Isle of Wight, England's Garden Island

The Isle of Wight, situated a mere few miles from the Hampshire coast, has been a favorite getaway for British holidaymakers since Victorian times. With its secluded sandy beaches, towering chalk sea stacks and attractive villages, it's no wonder that the island is so popular.

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Exploring Fort Kochi - Indian Queen of the Arabian Sea

Also known as Cochin, the port city of Kochi sits on the south west corner of Kerala, India, overlooking the Arabian Sea. Fort Kochi is the oldest part of the city and has a laid-back vibe and a multi-cultural history which is reflected in the style of its buildings.

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Experience the Captivating Pink City of Jaipur, Rajasthan

Known as the Pink City, Jaipur was founded in 1727 by the great warrior, Maharaj Jai Singh II. The streets of Jaipur are brimming with palaces, cows, temples and ornate historical buildings in various shades of you've guessed it.... pink. Jaipur forms part of the Golden Triangle, which is a legendary tourist route also taking in Delhi and Agra.

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Surprising San Jose

All roads lead back to San Jose. At least that's what you will find if you visit the beautiful country of Costa Rica. You can't cross from the Pacific to the Caribbean coasts without going through the capital, so most visitors find themselves spending at least a day or two there.

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Making the Most of Magical Marrakech

There is nothing quite like experiencing the wonderfully atmospheric Djemma el-Fnaa for the first time. At sunset the famous square in Marrakech comes alive with a host of astonishing sights and sounds. Snake charmers, musicians, acrobats and storytellers enchant the crowds, while the enticing aroma of grilled meat and tagines waft from row-after-row of food stalls.

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Take a Trip to Torquay, The English Riviera

Known as the English Riviera for its palm trees, sandy beaches and above average temperatures, Torquay, situated on the coast of Devon, has been a popular vacation spot for Brits since the 1930's. These days visitors still flock to the resort to enjoy the many attractions in and around the town.

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Exploring the Streets and Rooftops of Kathmandu

Back in the day, when I dreamed of traveling the world, Kathmandu was one of those destinations which sounded achingly exotic to me. The Himalayan kingdom of Nepal was prominent in my travel dreams. Now I have been to Kathmandu several times and the city still holds a special place in my heart.

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Chilling out in Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

On the east coast corner of Sri Lanka next to the Indian Ocean, lies the surfer's paradise village of Arugam Bay. Consisting of a strip of ramshackle beach huts, restaurants and off-beat hotels, it's a perfect place to surf, practise yoga, explore the surrounding countryside or simply swing in a hammock with a cocktail in hand.

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Norfolk for foodies

Having friends in the area, I have found myself visiting Norfolk a couple of times a year. For me, one of the most surprising and enjoyable aspects of my visits has been discovering the wealth of great restaurants, pubs and cafes in the area. Much of the food is locally produced and imaginatively served.

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Floating around on Flores

Most people use Flores in Guatemala as a base to visit the ancient Mayan city of Tikal. A couple of night's stay with a day slotted in between for a trip to the ruins, and they are on their way again. That was my intention, but a week later I found myself lingering.

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The Best of Lanai

While the crowds head to the more well known Hawaiian Islands, Lanai remains quiet and unspoilt. With only thirty miles of paved road, the majority being dirt track, exploring Lanai makes a visit feel like an intrepid adventure. The island offers some unique natural attractions, including the sublime and otherworldly Garden of the Gods and the wild and beautiful Shipwreck Beach.

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Discovering Leon - City of Revolution

Leon, known as the city of revolution, is Granada's grittier counterpart. Whereas Granada is brimming with tourist restaurants and bars, Leon is more low key. In Leon, foreigners are very much in the minority, giving the city a more authentic Nica vibe.

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Exploring Kuching - Borneo's City of Cats

Located on the Sarawak River in Borneo, Malaysia, balmy Kuching is an excellent base from which to explore the bountiful attractions nearby. When I stayed in the city, I discovered that there was plenty to keep me busy on the days when I wasn't trekking or visiting orangutans.

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Exploring Lyme Regis and the Jurassic Coast

Ever since I saw 'The French Lieutenant's Woman' I have wanted to visit Lyme Regis. The image of Meryl Streep gazing out to sea was prominent in my mind when I finally made it to the famed fishing village in Dorset, UK. It's no wonder that picturesque Lyme Regis is a popular location for movies.

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LGBT Brighton

Brighton, one of the most gay friendly cities on the planet, is situated on the Sussex coast of England. Most of the action is centered around vibrant Kemp Town, where rainbow flags flutter and same-sex couples happily walk hand-in-hand. From cosy piano bars to hard-core dance clubs, you will be spoilt for choice.

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Discovering the Historical City of Norwich

Norwich lies approximtely one hundred miles north-east of London. With its magnificent Norman cathedral, ancient city walls and historical buildings, it retains much of its medieval charm. It is home to a plethora of wonderful independent stores, which can be found in the lanes and alleyways of the city centre.

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Hitting the Streets of Historical Hastings

Located in my home county of East Sussex in the UK, Hastings is a town I have become familiar with over the years, having visited many times. Smugglers, bootleggers, warring gangs and witches have all played a part in Hastings history. Nearby Battle is named after one of Britain's most iconic events, The Battle of Hastings.

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Exploring the Magical Island of Santorini

The white Cycladic houses of Santorini clinging to the cliffs is an iconic and enticing image and one that has graced the covers of many travel magazines. Is it possible that Santorini is as breathtakingly beautiful as it always looks in photographs? The answer is a resounding 'Yes'.

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Exploring Merida - Queen of Yucatan

I arrived in Merida on a weekend and was greeted by a cool Cuban band playing in the plaza opposite my hotel and people dancing to the beats. It is that kind of place. Grand colonial buildings and lovely squares set the scene for musical performances throughout the city, everyday of the week.

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The Best Of Laidback Nelson

Nelson became my base during my two month stay on the South Island of New Zealand. I have friends who live there, so was privileged to experience an insiders perspective. Being in the most consistently sunny area of the South Island, Nelson is a laidback 'outdoorsy' and slightly quirky kind of place.

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Brighton's Best Hotels, Hostels and B & B's

Brighton's appeal is wide. Party town, seaside resort, LGBTQ mecca and a magnet for artists, writers and creative types of all kinds - there really is something for everyone in the city.

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Gangtok - A City Above The Clouds

The capital of Sikkim, Gangtok, is nestled in the Eastern Himalayas. At five and a half thousand feet above sea level, it often feels as though you are floating above the clouds. I was unfortunate with the weather when I was in Gangtok.

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Hanging Out in Hampi

It is easy to fall in love with captivating Hampi, as I did when I visited recently. A small temple town in Southern India, its surrounding landscape is strewn with giant borders and ancient ruins. Sadhus wander through the narrow streets, while monkeys leap overhead and the aroma of incense fills the air.

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Tea, Trains and Mountain Peaks in Darjeeling

I spent a week or so exploring the mountainous ex-British hill station of Darjeeling, Surrounded by tea plantations and the magnificent Himalayas, it's a popular vacation destination for Indian tourists. Visitors arrive in jeeps that twist their way through the narrow winding roads from the lowlands.

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The Best of Colorful Campeche

When I arrived in the colonial city of Campeche, I knew immediately that I would like it. Within the fortified walls of the city sits a picturesque plaza and a profusion of pastel painted houses that dazzle in the incredible light of Southern Mexico.

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Escaping the Clubs - Exploring Ibiza's Other Side

I first visited Ibiza as a wide-eyed seventeen-year old. It was my first vacation with friends rather than family. I danced the night away at Club Ku, suffered sun-stroke from too many hours on the beach and took a Booze Cruise.

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The Very Best of Valladolid

I used Valladolid as a base to visit the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, but soon discovered that the city is a worthwhile destination in its own right. The streets are a pleasure to explore, particularly the areas of Principle Plaza, Avenida de Los Frailes and Templo de San Bernardino.

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Chilling out in Tropical Tulum

For many years, I sat at my desk and gazed longingly at a photograph of the Mayan ruin, El Castillo at Tulum, wishing I was there. Exquisitely poised on a cliff, overlooking the aqua Caribbean Sea, it is an iconic image.

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Exploring Offbeat Hawaii

Most people visit Hawaii for the stunning beaches, waterfalls and mai-tais, but for those who appreciate the unusual, there are some hidden off-beat aspects to these islands which are worth seeking out. Big Island is the definite winner as far as quirkiness goes, thanks to the hippy towns of Honokaa and Pahoa.

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Quirky Oamaru

I stayed a few days in Oamaru when I took a road trip around the South Island of New Zealand. At first glance, it is a quaint, mid-sized provincial town, but delve a little deeper and Oamaru throws up a few surprises. Oamaru is a town proud of its history and eccentricity.

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The Best of Blackpool - A Fun-tastic City by the Sea

Blackpool is one of England's favorite seaside destinations and is situated on the Lancashire coast. Appealing to everyone from bucket and spade wielding families to hardcore clubbers, it is primarily a city of recreation and entertainment. Famous for its iconic tower, spectacular illuminations and glitzy persona, Blackpool is the UK's answer to Las Vegas without the casinos.

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Chilling out in Peaceful Pokhara

Pokhara almost feels like a second home to me. My most recent sojourn there wasn't intentional. I found myself stranded there when Nepal came to a standstill in a period of strikes and unrest in Nepal. I wasn't complaining though. It's a beautiful spot, 200 km west of Kathmandu, and situated next to Phewa Lake.

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Sun, Fun and Sand Galore in Bournemouth

On a sunny day you can be forgiven for thinking that you are in Miami. With its swaying palm trees and endless sandy beaches, Bournemouth can almost pass for exotic. The seaside town which is located on the Dorset coast of England receives more than its fair share of sunshine too, with an average of 7.7 hours of sunshine a day in the summer months.

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Places in Brighton that tourists don't know about

Brighton is one of Britain's most popular destinations. Easily accessible from the capital, it is a popular escape for Londoners and both foreign and domestic tourists. Everyone knows about Brighton Pier, the Royal Pavilion and British Airways i360, but Brighton has a few hidden gems that most tourists haven't even heard of.

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A glimpse into the heart of San Luis Potosi

Known as the city of seven neighbourhoods, the charms of San Luis Potosi make this often overlooked destination worthy of a visit. I spent a few days exploring its streets. Unlike some destinations, you wont come across many foreign tourists here - this is an authentic Mexican city.

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Seeking spiritual enlightenment (and a good lunch) in Dharamsala

Located on a ridge of the Dhaladhar mountain range in the Indian Himalayas, the Tibetan colony of McLeod Gang in Dharamsala is a popular destination for backpackers, hippies, spiritual seekers and outdoor enthusiasts. The streets of McLeod Ganj are lined with traveller cafes, Buddhist book stores and Tibetan craft shops and Buddhist monks rub shoulders with Indian and western tourists.

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An Introduction to the Streets of Shoreditch - London's Coolest Neighborhood

Why not get off London's well-beaten tourist trail and head to Shoreditch to immerse yourself in one of the capital's coolest neighborhoods? I recently spent a week staying in this vibrant area and discovered a wealth of authentic curry houses, East End boozers, trendy bars and some of the best street art in the capital.

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