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JamJar Lounge, Kyoto, Japan

Be a treasured guest at Kyoto’s Jam Jar

Rosalind Dempsey | Flights & City Break Specialist Getting off the no. 50 bus at Kamishichiken and taking the short stroll from the bus stop (past yummy Lawson’s) down the quiet lane to Jam Jar Kyoto, I could feel my heart bursting with happiness – this was the place for me. This is where to...

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Nakasendo Way, Japan

When to Trek Japan’s Nakasendo Way

Japan’s Nakasendo Way can be walked year-round. There are four very distinct seasons. The best months to visit are April–May and October–November. If you wish to travel during this time, you’ll need to book well in advance to secure the best accommodation along the trail. Other good options are the end of March, all of June...

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Swiss Alps, Switzerland

When to trek Switzerland

The Swiss Alps summer hiking season officially starts in mid-June but July is the real beginning of the hiking season. It winds down in late September but officially finishes in early October. No matter which month you decide to visit this amazing region, we are sure you will love your Swiss trekking experience. Switzerland is...

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Dolomites Italy

When to trek the Italian Dolomites

The European Alps summer hiking season officially starts in the second weekend of June and ends on the second last weekend in September. The Dolomite mountains offer some of the best weather in all of the Alps. No matter what time you decide to visit this amazing region, we are sure you will love your...

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Tour du Mont Blanc, Guided Trek

When to trek Mont Blanc

The European Alps summer hiking season officially starts in the second weekend of June and ends in the second last weekend in September. No matter which month you choose to visit this amazing region, we are sure you will love your TMB trekking experience. Just remember to pack for all conditions – the weather in...

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Camino de Santiago, Spain

How walking the Camino changed me

Adrian Mayer | Camino Specialist “The underlying self belief and trust that I can do anything I set my mind to is so profound and ingrained in me now that I can’t remember my past self doubt.” If I was asked to summarise my adult life it would be hard to come up with adjectives...

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Meseta Camino de Santiago

Why think twice about skipping the Meseta

Adrian Mayer | Camino Specialist  If you want to walk the Camino but are time poor, ask most people which part to skip and they will invariably say the stretch from Burgos to Leon, primarily occupied by the Meseta. For me, this is like going to Egypt but skipping the pyramids. Essentially the Meseta is...

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flights

Flying carbon free & the future of flights

Dave Reynolds | RAW Travel Founder What role does travelling play in global warming and climate change? It’s an uncomfortable question for a travel company and certainly one that most of my industry colleagues would prefer to ignore! But I must firstly acknowledge my own carbon deficit from many years of travelling. While I always...

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St James Feast Day – the most iconic day on the Camino calendar

Saint James Feast day on the 25th of July every year is the most iconic day on the Camino calendar. Saint James was one of Jesus’ first disciples and the faithful believe that his remains are buried in Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Santiago de Compostela celebrates its largest festival of the year for two...

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