Bed Edits: Camping Fit for a Princess in Anglesey

Resident royalty Wills and Kate may have added a little sparkle to the island of Anglesey in North Wales, but this pocket of Snowdonia has long been considered the jewel in the crown of Wales’ outdoor adventure scene. The beautiful, natural surroundings of Snowdonia makes camping seem like the obvious accommodation option but if you don’t fancy the prospect of a windswept tangle with tent pegs and ground sheets, compromise and opt for a ready-built…
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Bed Edits: LX Boutique Hotel Lisbon

In terms of location, LX Boutique Hotel doesn’t get much better.  Close to both Cais de Sodre train station (gateway to the coastal resorts of Estoril and Cascais) and Bairro Alto – the epicentre of Lisbon nightlife, the hotel provides the perfect boutique base for a city break in Lisbon. Let’s start with the decor.  Just like the Portuguese capital, it’s cool, it’s retro, it’s eclectic.  In a nod to Lisbon’s famous Azulejo tiles, the lobby…
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Best Hostels in Portugal: Nice Way Sintra

Sintra may be located just a short hop from the bright lights of Lisbon, but in terms of charms and atmosphere, it couldn’t be further. While Lisbon endears itself to us with its ‘take me as I am’ attitude of chipped tiles and crackled paintwork, Sintra is manicured to perfection, its lush green hills harbouring secret palaces and gardens. Sintra’s star attractions, Pena Palace and Quinta da Regaleira look like they’ve fallen straight from the…
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Best Hostels in Portugal: Garden House Hostel, Porto

In Porto you never know what’s around the next corner.  It could be a church clad in cobalt-blue tiles… It might be an old telephone, just hanging around… Or, if you’re unlucky – a street that dips so low it looks as if it could swallow everything in its path. Thankfully, there’s no danger of waking to a surreal nightmare in the city’s hostel accommodation. Like the rest of Portugal, Porto delivers the goods when…
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Hotel Review: Condesa DF Mexico City

“Another shooting,” tuts the taxi driver, stopping to eye up a crowd of assembled police officers and nosy onlookers. All I can utter is “oh”. My heart sinks as I clutch my backpack closer. It had to happen sooner or later. This was Mexico City after all, the mothership of drug lords, gangsters and other assorted undesirables. What was I thinking coming here? “Must be a big production”, he continues. They were filming a movie?…
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