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Nightlife in London

Even for the most reclusive travellers among us who mostly prefer “quieter” activities like sightseeing and the likes, that irreplaceable buzz of the nightlife beckons a bit too strongly to ignore. Continue reading

Alternative Stag Dos In the UK

Britain is a great place for a stag party, especially if you are into outdoor adventure, rock climbing, canoeing, go-karting or of course – paintball! Continue reading

A Few Quick Tips for Brits Abroad in New Zealand

Thinking of escaping to New Zealand? Here are a vast amount of quick tips for you:

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The 2015 Rugby World Cup – where to stay and eat in Cardiff?

The 2015 Rugby World Cup gets underway on the 18th September and, although England are hosting the famous event, a number of matches are set to take place at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium. In fact, the Welsh ground will witness six group games while two knockout matches shall also take place at the 74,000 capacity stadium. The atmosphere in the city is set to be electric and those travelling to the area will have an incredible choice of restaurants, bars and accommodation. pic

Defending champions New Zealand will play one of their group stage games at the venue and many people will attend that match with the hope that the All Blacks will trounce their opponents. Meanwhile, Wales will play two of their Pool A matches against Fiji and Uruguay at their home stadium and will be looking to put on a show for the home support. For more Rugby World Cup news, odds and information, click here.

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Cardiff has some amazing hotels that allow you to sleep peacefully but still soak up the atmosphere in the centre of the city. For a cheaper experience, the Premier Inn in the city centre is perfect and simply cannot be beaten. However, for a more unique stay, supporters can enjoy staying in other hotels – for example, the Thistle Cardiff City Centre, Parc Hotel. One of the classiest hotels in the city, the establishment has contemporary bedrooms, exquisite food and a well stocked bar – what more could a rugby fan wish for!

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In terms of restaurants, there are plenty of excellent eating establishments in the city. If you are in the mood for an Indian, the Mint and Mustard has superb reviews and is certainly worth a visit. However, if you prefer traditional British cuisine, The Potted Pig is one of the best eateries in the city and is easily accessible near Cardiff Castle.

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In terms of bars and places to enjoy a drink, there are numerous public houses in the town centre. From traditional pubs such as Wetherspoons to sport havens like the City Arms, Cardiff has an array of drinking establishments for everybody to enjoy. The Pen & Wig is a ‘gastro-pub’ and is fully equipped with a beer garden – a perfect venue for enjoying a couple of beverages before the rugby. One thing is for sure, wherever you stay, eat and drink in Cardiff, the atmosphere will be fantastic and you will love every minute of your stay.

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What to do on a Wet Weekend in Wales

So you’re in glorious Snowdonia, one of the most gorgeous locations in Wales. You’re packed up, ready to roll, and stride out the door towards the adventurous horizon. Only, it’s raining.
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Our Outdoor Adventure Week in Beautiful Bala


Now, Bala is about as natural as you can get- as you can imagine, it is an outdoorsy paradise for couples whose definition of a sweet and romantic 5-day week is being caked in sweat and mud, cycling like maniacs and essentially rolling down hills in such grace and fervor that Jack and Jill would whistle in solemn appreciation. This is Steve and I in a nutshell…

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We love Bala and the area around it. To be fair, almost everywhere in North Wales has the postcard-picturesque quality about it, but I like Bala because of the memories I have of visiting it with my grandparents when I was a kid; essentially, it makes me think of kayaking, sausage and chips and ice-cream! Not a bad trip down memory lane…!

We decided to upgrade from our pretty battered and bruised tent and begin our adventure by booking a holiday home not far from Bala, Llawrbetws Leisure – recommended to us by a friend. This is not exactly a hardcore start, but you do have to take a break sometimes to be hardcore another day – and no-one likes to be soggy for 5 days on end, and if there’s anything you can’t rely on, it’s the Welsh weather!

Besides, the holiday home we ended up with was beyond amazing, and exactly what you need after a mental day of adrenaline, excitement and dirt. I could fill pages about how comfortable we were while staying there, and it definitely gets huge, dirty (and bandaged!) thumbs up from Steve and I.

Hiking

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So, we got the base of operations all set up, and were ready to do what we came here for. We decided to go hiking first- it was a good hypothetical warm up for the days ahead, and we would have the chance to explore and appreciate the local sights. I always loved hiking in the hilly regions, and that’s something Bala boasts in abundance! It was unadulterated nature with every turn, a great workout for our lazy, 9-5 office-bound limbs, and we got really scenic views to boot, killing two birds with one stone. (Though bird stoning is an activity I generally do not condone – no animals were hurt in the writing of this article).

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The next day was somewhat in the same vein- while visiting new areas, we prefer to do familiar activities first so we are able to transition into the “we should try that!” zone. To be fair, the zone is all-encompassing, so, for better or for worse, we don’t really miss out on anything. This time, instead of covering distances by walking, we decided to do it while on a mountain bike. As precarious as mountain biking is, there is not much on this earth that could give you as much high. Blood pumping, hearts drumming and eyes blurring, we rode the course until we had to huff and puff our way back to our holiday home.

Zorbing

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We were both bright eyed when we woke up, as we have arrived at the border of the zone. However, this was our third day, which was the middle of our 5-day week. Looking longingly into each other’s eyes, we both knew exactly what we truly wanted to do together that day: stick ourselves into giant balls and roll down hills. This is romance. This is Zorbing. Zorbing is the process in which you (alone or with a partner) are placed inside a sphere and harnessed into place. You are then offered to the mercy of physics, and it is highly recommended that you do not overeat beforehand.

Rafting, High Ropes and Home

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The last two days were more on the winding down side of things, though not any less physical or exciting. We did a high rope course and then some white water rafting. We finally ended the trip with a soothing kayak ride to take in the sights one last time. Our last night was spent in our cozy and comfortable Llawrbetws Leisure holiday home, pondering if it were possible to move to Bala in the foreseeable future….

4 absolutely incredible things to do in Wales this summer

Amazing things to do in Wales that you should add to your bucket list:

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