Inside the Travel Lab

Abi started her career as a doctor, before turning her hand to writing. Her blog, Inside the Travel Lab is the UK's top independent luxury travel blog, and we love it! Her travel guides are essential pre-trip reading.

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21st January 2022 by Inside the Travel Lab

Why you will love the Verbier E-Bike Experience in Switzerland

The last time I tried this, it didn’t end well. Perched up on tip toes, sunlight slanting through the spokes I wondered how today's mountain adventure would go.  Last time, I was in San Marino, with a rogue instructor, a gaggle of comrades and a vertiginous, uneven descent. I had to cut short the hour long excursion and make my way home, tail between my wheels. This time, the slopes of Switzerland stood ready to test my mettle. And I stood alone. A full day of cycling stretched across...

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17th January 2022 by Inside the Travel Lab

Why summer in Switzerland is the time for you

Summer in Switzerland sits ripe on the calendar like an open secret that everyone ignores. Distracted by talk of chocolate, cheese, clocks and army knives, imaginations whisk people along the ski slopes and snow-laden chalet roofs to the postcard pretty view of Switzerland in winter. Dripping with ice diamonds and cosy Christmas markets, snow-cloaked pines and visible puffs of breath, winter in Switzerland makes it easy to overlook the obvious. ...

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10th January 2022 by Inside the Travel Lab

Your complete Iceland bucket list

When all is said and done, a bucket list is simply an ugly term for a beautiful wish list. What should you put on your Iceland bucket list? What would you love to see, to taste, to feel, to breathe? Here's a round up of the top things to do in Iceland, so that you can start to make your own plans. ...

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10th January 2022 by Inside the Travel Lab

The best Alabama road trip itinerary for your next adventure

Alabama isn't one of those states that people know well. Even among friends and fellow travel writers, I heard question after incredulous question. Why are you going to Alabama? What is there to do in Alabama? And even, more than once, is it worth going to Alabama?! Well, where should I start? With the white sand beaches, award-wining eco credentials and dolphins dipping at sunset? The rust and russet rolling peaks of the Appalachian mountains? The heartbreaking and heart-fixing stories of the...

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3rd January 2022 by Inside the Travel Lab

The best islands in the Mediterranean for your next trip

When it comes to beautiful mediterranean islands, truthfully, I don't think you can go too wrong. Whether you want the postcard perfect crystal clear waters and beautiful beaches or would prefer a unique twist of culture mixed with olives and the scent of pine, the Med can deliver. Over the years, I've travelled to many a mediterranean island and in response to your questions, here are the ones I'd recommend. Happy browsing and happy planning!...

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17th December 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

Kazakhstan food: The 10 dishes you need to try

In this interconnected age, we've all heard about and tasted just about everything, haven't we? Not so. And nowhere does that become more apparent than in the cities and steppe of the 9th largest country in the world: Kazakhstan. From the moment you book your ticket and make your travel plans, the world will delight in the shock value of one major cultural difference. The practice of serving a sheep's head at special dinners, with visitors (yes, that means you) being expected to carve out the...

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6th December 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

What is Somerset famous for? You may be surprised…

Living in the UK, I'm always surprised at how so many place can slip beneath the radar. Somerset is definitely one of those places. I mean, at first glance it seems firmly on the radar, bleeping lights, soaring alarms, important looking people scurrying around in naval uniforms on the radar, the works. Because of the city of Bath and all its UNESCO World Heritage Site glory. But after that, the radar falls silent. Once people have taken in the Royal Crescent, Circus, the Roman Baths and all the...

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29th November 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

The Famous Landmarks in Greece You Need to Know

What are the most famous landmarks in Greece? Ethereally, I'd suggest the sky and the sea of that deep, deep blue. But today, we're talking about the more classical and traditional famous Greek landmarks. The UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the places you'd want to be sure about if you were back in school sitting a geography exam....

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23rd November 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

27 interesting facts about Dubai for curious travellers

Dubai is both a city and an Emirate in the United Arab Emirates, a country that borders Saudi Arabia and Oman. Without a doubt, it's the most famous internationally, known for its glitzy lifestyle and ambitious projects. Sure, people may visit the other emirates for different reasons. Ras Al Khaimah loves the adventurous side of life, Sharjah embraces ecotourism and culture and F1 fans head to the capital Abu Dhabi for the Grand Prix and Ferrari World. But like many travellers, my first trip to...

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8th December 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

Hidden gems in Australia: Uncover these beautiful secret spots

Between the Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru, there's no shortage of Australian landmarks to steal the crowds. However, if you’re looking for more unusual things to do in Australia, take a look at this handy list. They're all hidden gems in Australia and they range from the most beautiful places in the country to some places that may not be pretty but they come laced with intrigue. Tourism in this country is so much more than beaches and road trips. All told, there are...

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25th October 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

Autumn in Hanoi: The best time to see Vietnam’s intoxicating city

Autumn in Hanoi rolls in with a gust of silver-orange leaves around the edge of Hoan Kiem park. There's a sense, from the Old Quarter to the new, that change has arrived once more. The sky is less sticky. The heat less intense. Autumn in Hanoi is a beautiful time to see the city and here's why....

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18th October 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

The Asturias Highlights You Need to Know From Spain’s Secret Region

When thinking about Asturias highlights, I close my eyes and remember this quiet, contemplative part of northern Spain. There's so much more to this region than just a checklist of buildings and list things to see and do. Asturias oozes culture, tradition, cider and sound from every cobbled corner. And one of the best ways to experience it is to take the luxury Transcantabrico train....