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Festive travel: The joy of Christmas Markets

I love Christmas and everything about it. It is a time of great company, perfect food and (most importantly!) mulled wine, which all induce a general feeling of happiness that everyone embraces throughout the festive period. However old you are, every single one of us turns into a child as we try to enjoy the simple things of life and forget all the day to day struggles which bug us for the rest of the year.» >

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New Year in Prague?

As Christmas is fast approaching, I find that my thoughts, instead of thinking about all the food and fun I am going to have over the next few weeks, turn to the next big event in the calendar. The one that has become almost as big as Christmas itself – the celebrations welcoming the New Year.

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I have got into a habit of going abroad for these exciting festivities to experience how our European friends from across the channel welcome the first of January.» >

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London travel: The Shard

Jess Freeland

One of the newest features of the London skyline is the Shard and as the name suggests the building resembles a shard of glass. At three-hundred and ten metres it is the tallest building in Europe and if you have not seen it yet, it is as impressive as it sounds.

Visitors to the capital usually flock to the London Eye to get their ‘birds-eye view’ but if I were you I would climb the Shard – with adult advance tickets at £25 it is around the same price as the Eye, yet you get to go more than double the height!» >

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Travel tips: How to pack

Right now I’m packing for a two week long trip up Australia’s West Coast. So I totally need that fancy dress, four pairs of shoes, more than one towel, lots of jackets (it’s hitting 40c but you never know…). Packing can be a nightmare, especially if you are on a limited baggage allowance. Airlines can sniff you out in an instant as you struggle to stand upright! And people never like it when you take up all the baggage area on trains.» >

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Travel tips: Day trips

Katie Parris

Bored at the weekend? Go on a day trip! 

Are you bored at the weekend and fancy doing something different? Here’s my list of things to do whilst studying in Reading:

Reading is well known for its close proximity to London, but there are many other days out to enjoy and experience whilst studying here other than the obvious attraction of ‘the Big Smoke’. One destination which is based relatively close to Reading is the Harry Potter Studios in Watford.» >

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An Italian Adventure

For a long time Italy has been my personal version of ‘Mecca’. For years now I have wanted to visit the country that is richly steeped in history, good food and (most importantly) sun.  With all these expectations it could have been so easy for ‘the land of pizza’ to let me down, but it certainly did not. It was everything I had hoped for and more!

 

All photos courtesy of Charlotte Coster.

All photos courtesy of Charlotte Coster.

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Cycling Holidays in Europe

For a lot of people, the idea of doing a cycling holiday may sound horrendous. I know a lot of people who believe that a holiday is a chance to get away and do nothing but relax and sunbathe. The thought of cycling instead of reclining to them is less than appealing. However, I have found that cycling is one of the best ways to experience and travel across a country.» >

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Reader’s pick: Cinque Terre, Liguria, Italia

Gabriella Craft

Cinque Terre National Park, a stretch of coastal Liguria made up of five coastal towns jutting out into the sea; hidden almost entirely from the mainland by mountains and forests. I was to travel three hours from Florence in order to make the hike through three of those towns, so we were up at 5.30am to catch the train to our first stop, the furthest north point of the park, Monterosso al Mare.» >

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