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Category Archives: European Travel

Croatia Calls….

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We spent an afternoon walking in the sun at Ancona prior to our ferry across the Adriatic Sea that evening, sampling the last morsels of Italian Gelato(!), as well as the breath-taking Passetto Monument and cathedral in the town. By the time our ferry was about to depart though, the glorious sunshine from the afternoon had turned to dense, dark and very damp clouds as a thunderstorm brewed out at sea. Witnessing the lightning storm on the open sea was simultaneously terrifying and spectacular and needless to say not much sleep was had that night!

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Crossing the Italian border to Milan and Rome

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Early starts are never enjoyable, but the mountain views travelling through the Swiss/Italian border were a truly remarkable sight to behold (even through sleepy eyes on the 07.42 from Geneva to Milan).

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Our Travel Gurus reach Geneva

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It only took until Day 2 of our adventure to be reminded of home, in the form of a rail replacement bus service from Bellegarde to Geneva (well it was a Sunday afternoon after all!) The stunning scenic views traversing through the mountains between the French/Swiss border far outweighed any inconvenience in the extension to our journey time!

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Our Travel Gurus board the train to Paris to begin their European adventure

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Following several months of planning, packing and last minute panicking (tip: don’t leave packing until the last moment like we did), at 8.30am on Saturday 26th July 2014, Team Giggity (Chris and Mark), started a month long adventure that we are never going to forget!

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Follow our Travel Guru winners on their tour of Europe

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Last year redspottedhanky.com launched Travel Guru to find people who are just as excited as we are about exploring new places, experiencing different cultures and customs, and travelling to foreign countries.

Many of you submitted your 30 second travel videos to show just how much you love travel, and from those entries we picked four pairs of finalists to go head-to-head in a series of challenges – some of them unusual, some ingenious, most of them silly.

Team Giggity, comprising of Mark Dumpleton and Chris Hayward, were the biggest hit with online voters, and were crowned redspottedhanky.com Travel Gurus.

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Travel Phrasebook: Five Essential Phrases in Spanish

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Spanish is spoken from Argentina to Venezuela, either as a mother tongue or a significant second language. Get what you need, find your way around and keep the locals happy with our must-use essential phrases. Whether you’re booking train tickets or finding a lost friend at a festival, we’ll keep you rocking the lingo this summer!

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Top tips for tipping!

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Some folks do and some folks don’t – and if you walk the wrong way through the tipping minefield, you can ruin your whole trip. Avoid bad service, moody stares and downright offence caused, with our handy guide to who to tip; when to tip them; and what to do if you get it wrong…

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14 travel resolutions for 2014

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How are your New Year’s resolutions going? It’s usually round about now that all those good intentions start to buckle under the weight of normality. Well, fear not – because the good people in the redspottedhanky.com Facebook and Twitter community have come up with these brilliant travel resolutions for 2014! We reckon it might just be fun committing to keep one or two of these…

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The redspottedhanky.com Valentine’s Survival Guide for Singles!

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Valentine’s schmalentines. If you’re sick of cutesy e-cards and saccharine status updates, it’s time to fight back. Trouble is, it can be hard to find quick break destinations that aren’t going to be overrun by doe-eyed couples. Well, fear not – because we’ve put together a list of single friendly destinations for you. Room for one, please captain. We’re going on holiday!

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2014 Sporting Highlights

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2014 Sporting Highlights

2014’s set to be another great year for sport. Whether you’re travelling to the city to watch England’s 2014 World Cup effort get under way, or heading up to Leeds to get involved with Stage 1 of the Tour de France, redspottedhanky.com can help bring those costs down with winning discounts on everything from trains to hotel rooms!

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