72hrs in Oporto

The city that gave the country (and port wine) its very name, Porto (Oporto in English) is Portugal's second largest metropolis after Lisbon. The city itself isn't very populous compared to the metropolitan Greater Oporto area, as the locals prefer to live on the outskirts in much calmer surroundings.

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The Lust Series - 3 Water Bottles that Help the Planet

Today is World Water Day. This year’s theme is Nature for Water, which is very timely given the fact that we have seen some of the worst water related natural disasters in quite some time. This has left communities without access to basic water. An estimated 1.8 billion people use an unimproved source of drinking water with no protection against contamination from human faeces.  

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Best Boutique Hotels in Palma de Mallorca

Mallorca is a breathtaking island located in the Balearic islands of Spain. The island continues to offer wonderful Mediterranean experiences that boast rustic retreats, hiking trails, luxury resorts and more. Palma de Mallorca, has seen a rise in boutique and luxury stays in the last few years, and this teamed with traditional artisan places, Michelin star eateries and contemporary museums, makes for a melting pot of a city. 

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Why you need to visit Egypt, the Red Sea and Jordan

For embarking on a journey through time and for unravelling the fascination of the land of Pharaohs and lost kings, all you need to do is consider discovering Egypt, the Red Sea and Jordan next winter. The highlights of a trip that will unveil the magnificence of these close by destinations are Cairo, Luxor, the Red Sea islands and resort areas, as well as Aqaba, Petra and Wadi Rum. 

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72hrs in Mexico City

When you first set foot on the streets of Mexico City, you’re greeted with a new world of sensory experiences. The man selling gas is competing with the tamales vendor on how loud they can yell to attract customers. The locals are lining up to grab a few tacos al pastor from a street food stall that is surrounded by a vivid aroma of slow-cooked meat. The sounds of cars honking are mixed with a constant hustle and bustle coming from the street. You get a feeling that you’ve arrived to one of the most busy and exciting cities in the world.

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Celebrating women and culture

Happy International Women's Day! We thought we'd celebrate some of the inspirational women that we have had the pleasure of meeting whilst embarking on our Travel & Lust journey. This year's theme is #PressforProgress, encouraging women to unite, influence and support in the name of gender parity. We have got to know some inspirational women that have done just that and are setting a new standard when it comes to women at work and following your passion. Prepare to be inspired.

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Españolita Trips - The Mediterranean Retreat

The personal experience is something that remains a consistent talking point when referring to travel. Airbnb launched their 'Experiences' offering last year and it has been a huge success with more and more travellers want to connect to the place they are visiting. When we discovered Españolita Trips we were immediately drawn to Founder Carmen Ruiz's strong focus on wanting to share her Mallorca with others.

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1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair - Marrakech

After successful runs in London since 2013 and Brooklyn in 2015, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, will launch its first edition in Marrakech this weekend. The leading international art fair prides itself on promoting contemporary art that goes beyond the usual notion of Africa. It instead, references broader African perspective, thus contributing and reflecting a diverse Africa.

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Ten Romantic Hotel Stays Worldwide

Charming country houses with freestanding bathtubs. Picturesque views from idyllic and palatial stay up on high. Opulent hotels with all the amenities two can fathom. Personalised service and indulgent dining experiences. Sometimes you just need to escape. There is something about exploring a new place, or simply allowing yourself to be still, whilst you're with your significant other.

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Two Greek Destinations for Spring Break

Greece is a place that has the benefit of a very long season due to its fantastic Mediterranean climate. You can almost feel the Summer brewing as early as Spring that acts like a precursor, paving the way for typically warm temperatures and endless sunbathing sessions. In some respects, Spring is perhaps a better time to visit Greece as it usually is associated with better rates, less crowds and since temperatures are not that high, you can spend time doing much more than just lying on the beach. 

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The Lust Series - I&You Ceramics

With the food game still making its mark on social media, it's no surprise that styling is becoming more and more important. How you actually plate your food isn't just for those in the restaurant industry, even the everyday foodie that perhaps hosts a gathering wants a little something special to serve their culinary dishes on. Take for example popular lifestyle bloggers such as Alison Wu and Lee From America, who often snap their colourful fruit bowls or match latte´s in beautifully designed ceramic plates and mugs made from local artisans.

 

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Postcards from Paros island

Paros in Greece is among the most popular islands in the Cyclades that is postcard-worthy and heavenly substantial, to say the least. Some of the oldest European civilizations have been embraced in this part of the world, bridging culture and history bringing with it food, music and architecture. Paros has dozens of crystalline beaches awarded the blue flag under the Blue Flags of Europe Program, providing visitors with the options for not only for swimming, but also water sports activities. Although the locals consider the mainland peninsula to be the 'real Greece'.

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The Lust Series - Yasmine Darwiche

Every so often we get the opportunity to discover some incredible talent on profiles such as Instagram and Yasmine Darwiche is one of them. Last year Yasmine was featured in Dezeen magazine and has been working on several collaborations in Beirut, one of which includes some of her work showcased at Lebanese restaurant Mar Mikhael. It is Yasmine's vivid use of colour and punch that caught our eye whilst scrolling the feed, which is why we decided to find out more about her work and what inspires her. 

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Go glamping at Olimia Adria Village

When you think of Slovenia, the last thing that probably comes to mind is glamorous camping, otherwise known as glamping. The term coined to best refer to a style of travel that pairs modernity with adventure has been in full swing the last few years. It is usually associated with festival-goers, bohemian 'gypset' and those in love with the outdoors. In reality, it suits a wider audience, as today you can find many resorts dedicated to luxe living in a tent with all the modern amenities, whilst being surrounded by a luscious green landscape.

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Top 6 Travel Experiences of 2017

This year we have had the opportunity to experience all kinds of adventures. With the new year fast approaching, we thought we'd share some of our favourite experiences, including those that haven't been referred to previously. From the moment we booked our stay at Indulgence Divine, we could tell we were about to experience something special. Owner Gattaldo was extremely responsive and informative from start to finish and shared with us a wonderful selection of things to do and places to eat whilst in Malta.Read on to see our best travel moments in 2017.

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Three Magical Winter Wonderlands in Crete

As Greece’s most autonomous and diverse island, Crete is an intriguing place to visit all year round. Its cities are very vibrant and buzzing full of life while its rural locations are effortlessly astonishing, as winter gives the landscapes an alluring Winterland charm. The Mediterranean winter climate is a mild, and although tit does get colder, there are many crisp sunny days for visitors to enjoy. Read on to find our what three destinations in Crete make a great escape in the winter months. 

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Postcards from Malta

Malta is ideally located just below the Italian island of Sicily, within close proximity to the north-east tip of Africa. The island has an abundance of World Heritage Sites, modest stilled beaches and a satisfying culture revolving around food. Some of our favourite times on the island included losing ourselves in timeworn backstreets in chronicled old cities and eating at some of the best restaurants the island has to offer. Through this experience, we mingled with the locals, tasted some goodies for ourselves and got a genuine feel for the island's lifestyle.

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