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My velvet escape travel tip: Malibu

“My velvet escape travel tip” is a guest series about what the name ‘Velvet Escape’ evokes and what that would be in the hometown or favourite place of the guest writer. With this series, I hope to uncover travel tips from places around the world to help visitors have a truly local experience. Today’s guest […]

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Cruising Alaska’s Inside Passage

“Good morning Wilderness Discoverers”! It was the first thing I heard every morning through the speakerphone in my cabin: a friendly greeting at the start of a new day and an invitation to breakfast. The Wilderness Discoverer is a small cruise ship operated by InnerSea Discoveries on their routes in southeast Alaska. I was one […]

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The scenic Costa Brava coastal trails

The Costa Brava is a stunning coastal region in Catalonia just north of Barcelona and stretches right up to the border with France where the Pyrenees mountains meet the Mediterranean Sea. Costa Brava means ‘rugged coast’, a reference to the spectacular cliffs and hundreds of coves that line the coast. Though famed for its beaches […]

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Seven mornings in Alaska

On board a small-ship cruise through Alaska’s Inside Passage Excerpts from my Travel Journal My recent trip to Alaska was a dream come true. Cruising through southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage on board InnerSea Discoveries’ small cruise ship, the Wilderness Discoverer, I got to experience some of the most breathtaking scenery imaginable. I stood out on […]

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Experiencing the Alaskan wilderness

ALASKA! It’s been on my bucket list for ages and guess what? Tomorrow’s the big day! I’ll embark on an 8-day cruise with InnerSea Discoveries through the Inside Passage, passing some of the most pristine areas in southeastern Alaska. Think whale and bear spotting, hikes through ancient rainforests, kayaking among massive glaciers and insights into […]

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Ten things to do in Asturias

Asturias is a small principality in the northwest of Spain. Squashed between the glistening peaks of the Cantabrian mountains and the Bay of Biscay, Asturias is home to great natural beauty, a rich cultural heritage and varied culinary traditions. It is a land of gushing rivers, lush forests and impressive mountains whilst its dramatic coastline […]

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The pristine beauty of Cap de Creus

The Cap de Creus peninsula in northeastern Catalonia is a rocky, mountainous region of wind-swept slopes covered by thick gorse; quaint coastal villages; and crystal-clear coves. The mountains extend from the snow-capped peaks of the Pyrenees to the turquoise coast of the Mediterranean sea and are now part of the Cap de Creus national park. […]

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Ten of the world’s finest golf courses

The beauty of golf is that it allows the amateur to play on some of the world’s greatest venues in a way that no other sport can offer. With a degree of ability, the weekend golfer can take golf breaks and play on professional courses all over the world. Naturally, every opinion will differ as […]

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Heaven = El Celler de Can Roca

Heaven is what you make it to be. For me, it’s a certain state of mind: moments of heightened consciousness when all my senses are being teased….. simultaneously. A warm bath; a cup of hot chocolate on a winter’s day; the rich bouquet of a full-bodied red wine; or the cool, silky feel of the […]

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Onboard the luxurious Transcantabrico Gran Lujo

There’s something about luxury trains that never fails to capture the imagination. Aside from passing through some of the most stunning landscapes in the world, trains like the Orient Express or the Blue Train transport their guests to a bygone era that exudes luxury and romance. The latest addition to the world’s luxury trains, the […]

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