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Lisbon Sardine Festival Portugal

Lisbon’s festival of sardines

Every year from 12–14 June, Lisbon honours its most respected saint with a sardine festival. The first of several saints days celebrated in Portugal, it marks the beginning of the city’s many summer festivities. The whole city celebrates the much-anticipated Saint Anthony Sardine Festival! The winding serpentine streets and plazas of some of Lisbon’s oldest neighborhoods...

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Camino sign, Spain

You know you have walked the Camino de Santiago when…

If you miss the simple daily routines, shared and solitary experiences, and luxury of walking all day on the Camino de Santiago you’re not alone! Many pilgrims continue to reflect on experiences from their trip, long after those final steps in Spain. They learn the true meaning of gratitude and are surprised by the pleasure of simple Camino traditions....

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Champagne on business class flight

Are there cheap business fares?

The answer is a qualified, Yes! You can occasionally stumble across exceptionally cheap business class fares ( Dave, the RAW Travel owner scored ‘Round the World’ business fares with Virgin for $3400 last year!) and you will need to jump onto sale fares as soon as they are released. If you follow our Facebook page...

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Chamonix, France

48 hours in Chamonix

Chamonix is surely one of the most beautiful places on Earth! This picturesque French Alpine town nestled at the foot of Mont Blanc’s majestic snow-capped peak is the gateway to our Tour Mont Blanc treks. And there’s so much to do here, as I found out when I joined our 8-day Tour du Mont Blanc Highlights...

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Hiking Portuguese Coastal Camino

Taking my yoga on a hike through Spain

Are you seeking a different kind of holiday? Twice daily yoga and meditation combined with the world’s most spiritually charged pilgrimage provides a unique experience and journey of transformation… In May this year I had the pleasure of hosting one of our Yoga and Hiking Adventures on the Portuguese Coastal Camino and it was an incredible...

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Street Art Pamplona

Pamplona – more than bulls!

While the small city of Pamplona is world-renowned for its Fiesta de San Fermín held every July, there is so much more to this atmospheric city than wild bulls stampeding down the main street, as our Camino Destination Expert Sue discovered during her visit in May. With the running bulls and rowdy San Fermin crowds...

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Hiking in Japan

Hiking in Japan – Kumano Kodo or Nakasendo Way?

If you are interested in hiking in Japan, RAW Travel offers two great walks – the sacred pilgrimage that is the Kumano Kodo and the Nakasendo Way, an easier route through the mountains of central Japan. We often get asked about the differences between the two walks and if they can be combined in one trip....

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True Cross, Monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana

The secret of Santo Toribio Monastery

Deep within the spectacular Picos de Europa National Park in Northern Spain there is a relic that is inextricably linked to the Camino. On her recent visit to Europe, RAW Travel’s sales manager Mel Reynolds found herself in the monastery of Santo Toribio de Liébana kissing this treasure – purportedly the single biggest chunk of Christ’s...

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Travel apps you will actually use!

As technology has improved, the number of options for staying connected while travelling has increased. While this means more choice, it can also be confusing. Here at RAW we are strong advocates of detoxing and tech-free adventures, but it’s still worth knowing what’s reliable and economical. We asked our Destination Experts for their favourite ways...

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