beach

Epic beach experiences for travellers over 30

Forget lying on a beach. That’s so last year. Instead, we crave experiences that make our hearts skip a beat. We want to get out on the waves, with the fresh ocean spray on our cheeks. We feel the urge to channel our inner David Attenborough, getting nearer (but not too close) to the extraordinary […]

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work stress travel

How solo travel peels back layers of stress

Most of us are quite unaware of the stress we carry around with us. It’s etched into our shoulder blades, and lies heavy in our jaws. It’s insidious; a slow-growing force that is far more powerful than we might imagine. Stress is a hard emotion to manage, largely because it remains hidden. We don’t understand […]

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career break

6 career break worries that everyone shares

Want to take a career break but keep talking yourself out of it? You’re not alone. Carving time out from a job is a major move, and we all face similar worries in making the leap. Too often, fear gets in the way of what could be a life-changing opportunity. Here’s how to quell your […]

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Why women revel in the ritual of being single

Isn’t it interesting how fiction would tell us that single women are a bit sad and hapless (Bridget Jones) whereas single men are empowered and masterful (Mr Darcy). Naturally, the truth is rather different. A new study has blitzed the stereotype of the poor lonely spinster out of the water, revealing that women are actually […]

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Why every man should take a sabbatical once in his life

“A man of ordinary talent will always be ordinary, whether he travels or not; but a man of superior talent will go to pieces if he remains forever in the same place” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The eminent ivory tickler wasn’t wrong. In fact, his sentiments may presently be more on the money than ever: […]

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Why Flash Pack travel works for introverts

Being “on form” is something that I quietly dread. I’m not exactly shy – on those ridiculous extrovert-introvert scales that are churned out now and again, I fall squarely in the middle – but nevertheless, the idea of banter is enough to bring me out in a cold sweat. I don’t want to perform, or […]

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play

Overloaded? Try an unstructured day of play

Productivity is the buzzword of the modern working world. We all know that person who rises at 6am and slots in a quick boxercise class before flawlessly churning their way through a mountain of tasks. They’re optimal performers who thrive on cramming the most into their days, and we want to be the same. We […]

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Forget dating and just connect with people

Dating these days is, frankly, a bit of a disappointment. Sure, you might end up marrying your Tinder match (we all know at least one person who’s done this). But equally, you risk feeling forever frustrated and bored – despite a never-ending stream of new faces. You ride a gauntlet of emotion: lingering hope, excitement […]

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The most beautiful airports in the world

Say what you will about the downsides of air travel – parking your car so far from the terminal you’re practically in another time zone; jousting for available plug sockets; that eternal slog through security – there’s no denying the allure of airports. It’s all too easy to forget just what an important role this transport […]

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Where in the world is your ultimate beach?

Finding a beautiful beach is a bit like making the perfect cup of tea. Everyone has their own exacting specifications. Some prefer the classic palm tree-fringed idyll of powdery white sands and warm, inviting waters. Others prefer a party vibe: think cocktails on tap and an open window for people-watching. Still more are drawn to […]

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