Medina Social Club, Fés, MOROCCO

The Medina Social Club offered us excellent hospitality. It was an incredibly warm hostel.

The facilities are excellent for a hostel. We stayed in a private room with an ensuite and a small alcove with courtyard view to retreat. The rooftop terrace has lovely views of the Medina and beyond. Street cats hover about up there and there’s ample seating to lounge about. The restaurant in the atrium has excellent food; vegetarian, tagines, curries, salads. All healthy and all safe for the international traveler (well, we didn’t get sick from eating here).

The hostel offers Free breakfast 8.30-11am and free wifi. It’s relatively easy to navigate to, however they offer a driver pick up service from the airport for €15 which is invaluable because the Medina is a maze.

On our last night, we got sick (food unrelated to the hostel) and requested help from the hostel. Staff were incredibly accommodating, even the ones who spoke limited English. We were allowed to stay an extra night to recover and I was personally taken to the local pharmacy for medication. The kitchen made special rice and bread for us to eat to help us regain energy and they went above and beyond to support us.

They also offer various day trips to notable places, like the local Medina, Chefchaouen and more. Had we known this we would have booked through them.

I cannot recommend this hostel highly enough- best accommodation and food in Fés.

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Torres De Belém, Lisbon, PORTUGAL

The Belém Tower is a landmark of Lisbon. We used the City Sightseeing Hop On/Off bus to access the Tower and we were not disappointed.

Built in the early 16th Century, the Tower stands steadfast. It looks out for the ocean as a testament to early naval defense, and has a museum attached dedicated to Portugal’s defense forces over the years.

The line was obscene, so we didn’t go inside. We could have bought skip the line passes, to go inside the tower, but we were happy to walk around and marvel at the Tower from where we were. The structure is stunning and it’s location on the Tagus is really something. Worth going to see as part of your Lisbon experience.

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Marina Bay, SINGAPORE

You cannot visit Singapore without stopping by Marina Bay. Facts are facts. It’s right in the middle of it all; Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Sands resort, casino and shopping precinct, the famed Merlion and business district. It’s a cultural hub, as the performance Centre sits on the banks of the bay, and there’s a floating sports stadium for the soccer fans.

At night, there’s a light show from Marina Bay Sands. At night, Clarke Quay (at the mouth of the Bay) goes off. There is so much to see and do here. Take a boat cruise, go for a stroll. Marina Bay has it all.

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Former French Concession, Shanghai, CHINA

The Former French Consession in Shanghai is the perfect place to get lost in. Quaint lane ways, boutique shops, hidden museums and minimalist cafés; there’s something to satisfy everyone.

It’s easy to access via subway and is worth an afternoon’s worth of exploration, at least. The main drawcard for many people is the architecture. Serving French flavours with a Shanghainese twist, the residences are graceful and sophisticated. There are even placards out the front of the historical ones, helping orientate you along the way.

You’ll never know what you’ll find down these streets. I’ve heard of a few speakeasies, but I didn’t find them on my excursion there. I didn’t look hard enough. I need to go back.

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Nomad Safaris, Queenstown, New Zealand

What a day trip! I had such fun on a half day from Queenstown to Glenorchy.

I’ll say it once so listen up: you don’t have to be a Lord of the Rings buff to take a trip with Nomad Safaris. But it really helps.

The tour guides have so much specific knowledge about the area. They have film stills and cast anecdotes and movie secrets that’ll put you into information overload.

We had Badger as our guide and he took us to the forest to go LARPing (live action role playing). Who can resist donning a cloak and wielding a sword when it’s put in front of you? Morning tea was included and I had the best time.

If you’re not a cinema extraordinaire, the tour is still worth it for the landscape alone. Nomad Safaris take you off the beaten track to the most unbelievable vistas and your holiday snaps will be all the better for it.

I cannot recommend this tour highly enough.

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Monarch Cake Shop, St Kilda, AUSTRALIA

The Monarch Cake Shop is like a 1950s milk bar, in aesthetic and taste. The milkshakes “taste the way they should” (or so I’m told) and the cakes are rich and decadent. There’s a lot of history that comes with this cake store, so it’s worth visiting just for the old-style atmosphere.

There are plenty of cake shops to choose from in St Kilda. This happened to be the one I stumbled into, and I was warmly welcomed by a thick chocolate milkshake and a heavy vanilla slice. What a treat!

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Million Dollar Cruise, Queenstown, New Zealand

Honestly, all anyone ever talks about in Queenstown is the Earnslaw, an old and still-functioning steam vessel. It’s expensive, it gets booked out fast, and it ties you into package deals like pat a sheep, eat a sheep and whatever.

I wanted a lake cruise but I didn’t want to pay a million dollars. Ironically, Million Dollar Cruises was the next option. A small, family run business, this cruise costs about half the going rate and takes the same amount of time.

You’re shown around Lake Wakitipu and provided with an open bar and personalised commentary on the local sights. There’s a lot of history, of the Maori legends, the gold rush era and the current demographics. I learnt a fair bit to be honest. I can’t recommend this cruise highly enough; great value, stunning location, engaging commentary and a competitive price.

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