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Owner of Jam Jar Inn, Kyoto

Making memories at Kyoto’s Jam Jar Lounge & Inn

Ever since coming to Japan on a working holiday visa more than 25 years ago, Melbourne’s Danny Matheson has been infatuated with all things Japanese. A self-confessed Japophile, Danny made Kyoto his home 3 years ago. Having worked in the travel and hospitality industries in Australia for 20 years, he opened his own guesthouse –...

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Portuguese Tarts at Lisbon's Pastéis de Belém

Portuguese Tarts at Lisbon’s Pastéis de Belém

If you are making a trip to Lisbon then eating pastry is a must-do! The famous bakery Pastéis de Belém in the district of Belém is famous for pastries. Coming here will be a culinary highlight of any trip to the Portuguese capital – it’s here that you’ll find the unique flavour of time-honoured Portuguese...

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Why I love Kyoto

Kyoto, the former capital of Japan, is a wonderful contrast between old and new, modern and traditional, energy and serenity. For many people the very name Kyoto conjures up the classic image of Japan: streets of traditional wooden houses, the click-clack of geta (traditional wooden sandals) on the paving stones, geisha passing in a flourish of brightly coloured...

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Meet Ukky, our local Japanese guide on the Nakasendo Way

On our 8-day guided Nakasendo Way trek you will have the cheerful company of our local Japanese guide, Ukky. We asked him a few questions so that you can get to know him better. Why did you become a qualified guide? I started as a guide in the mountains in 2012 after 23 years’ service in...

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Woman trekker looking at snow-capped mountain in Nepal

Nepal: the ideal destination for a solo traveller

A few years ago I spent a month travelling in India. While it was a fascinating, eye-popping experience with unparalleled moments of joy, it tested me. It was often tough and confronting; many times I didn’t feel safe. There were days when I almost booked a flight home. The intense crowds, pushy touts, sexual advances,...

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Weather on the Camino

The Camino season is back in full swing and our staff and friends in Spain are talking about how cold and late the winter has been this year. We are seeing pictures of snow, and not just in the mountains as you would expect. For some of us this spells mystery and adventure! What is...

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A day in the life: Yoga & Hiking Adventure

If you are after a journey of transformation then a RAW Travel Yoga & Hiking Adventure may be just what you are looking for. The powerful combination of yoga and hiking while being immersed in nature will leave you feeling more connected to yourself and the world around you. Our yoga classes are suitable for...

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Man hiking near Mt Titlis, Swiss Alps

10 reasons to hike Switzerland

We love walking holidays in Switzerland. The Swiss make it so easy to hike here! There are endless options, even for people with little hiking experience, and practically every town has a cable car or lift to carry you up the mountain. There are shimmering lakes to bathe in, spa resorts to relax in, and of course majestic...

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Airplane in sky at night flying near Eiffel Tower in Paris

Save on summer flights to Europe!

If you are walking one of the Camino de Santiago routes or hiking Mont Blanc or the Italian Dolomites this year, now is the perfect time to book your return flights to Europe. Many European flights fill fast in peak times and prices skyrocket if you leave it to the last minute. Grab one of...

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