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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25th February 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

How to get off the beaten path in Japan

Ah, the highlights of Japan. The glistening snowy silhouette of Mount Fuji framed by cherry blossom. The bright lights and big city vibe of Tokyo. The quiet cobbled geisha lanes and temples in Kyoto. There are so many amazing things to do in Japan and must-see places for your itinerary. But if you're a thoughtful and curious traveller (which you probably are if you hang around here) then perhaps you'd like to go further than the standard tourist spots in Japan. To travel deeper. ...

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11th February 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

The best areas to stay in Lisbon

Terracotta tiles cascading down steep hillsides, pastel-washed buildings, grand neo-classical architecture, cafes, restaurants and bars spilling customers out onto sun-kissed sidewalks. Lisbon, one of Europe’s most famous old capitals, is renowned equally for its beauty, its culture and its laid-back ambience....

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9th February 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

How to find the Salamanca Frog, Spain’s mysterious promise

For centuries, the university town of Salamanca has entertained students, children and visitors with a game of "spot the frog." As the oldest university in Spain and third oldest in the world, Salamanca knows how to spin a good tale. Ours starts at the entrance to the Universidad Civil, an immense sandstone carving that rises towards the sky. There, amid the carved stonework above the Puerta de Salamanca facade, lives the all important Salamanca frog....

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3rd February 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

The best day trips from Tokyo

With enough energy and an early start, you can climb Mt Fuji in a day. This exhilarating but tough hike remains one of my favourite memories of Japan. Not only is Mt Fuji the highest volcano in Japan but she's an iconic landmark in her own right. On a clear day, from a skyscraper, you can see her outline from Tokyo....

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31st January 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

What to do in Triana Seville: More than famous ceramics

When I used to live in Seville, Triana was my favourite neighbourhood. Perhaps because it used to be "the wrong side of the tracks." Perhaps because of the spirit of exploration, the former home to the sailors who set off to find the so-called New World. Triana scorches like a spotlight when it comes to local tradition. You'll find cafes and bars, religious processions, ceramic workshops and, well the Inquisition....

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11th February 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

21 of the best things to do in Singapore at night

You'll find so many things to do in Singapore at night, you won't know where to begin. From sweaty, syrupy coffee houses to pyramids of spice and semi-precious stone, Singapore squeezes flavour, colour and character into every other street corner. And unlike some other cities, it's easy to avoid the sleaze. So make the most of that jet lag, and add some of the myriad of things to do in Singapore at night to your Singapore itinerary....

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15th February 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

The best things to do in Trieste, Italy’s surprise city

Trieste is not like the rest of Italy. Perched on the border with Slovenia, it's a mix of Italian flair and Balkan practicality. But it's a beautiful place and one I'd highly recommend visiting. It was winter when I arrived in Trieste. The wind carried with it the whisper of sleet and the soft scent of snow. The ground sparkled with the reflections of Christmas lights in the afternoon rain and the central square was surprisingly quiet....

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1st February 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

Berlin in one day: The 24 hours in Berlin itinerary

Is it possible to see Berlin in one day? Well, for a complex city with a complex past, you can do a lot in 24 hours without feeling rushed. How? Through some strategic choices and inside tips. Though I'd heartily recommend you give the city more time, here's how to spend one day in Berlin....

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15th February 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

How to spend three days in Riga

For this 3 days in Riga itinerary, I'm assuming that you'll probably be arriving on a Friday evening and have to head home on Sunday. For that reason, day one is quite short. It allows you to settle into your hotel, unpack, freshen up, take a wonderful walk through the streets and then enjoy dinner and some great drinks. ...

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9th February 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

The Canarian potatoes recipe: How to make Papas Arrugadas

Papas arrugadas. They may look as though they’re just potatoes with more wrinkles than Mick Jagger and a crusting of salt on the top but…No, hang on, it’s true. The recipe boils down (ho-ho!) to potatoes and, er, salt. Some daring souls throw in a splash of lemon juice but I suspect that’s because they feel embarrassed to list a “recipe” with only two ingredients....

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10th February 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

The best things to do in Jordan: A guide to help you plan your trip

Lie back and float in the salt of the dead sea. Watch the sun set over swirling sands and the rocks that, quite literally, saw Lawrence of Arabia. Share hot, honeyed knafeh in a street stall in bustling Amman, see one of the oldest maps in the world and walk along the iconic ruins of UNESCO World Heritage Site Petra. ...

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9th February 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

Mallorca or Menorca for your Balearic Islands holiday?

For years, Spain has hidden her beauty, exporting pics of high rises and overcrowded beaches to Britain while her inhabitants knew the truth. Alongside empty beaches, turquoise sands, tapas and siestas, Spain contains world class art, UNESCO biosphere reserves and more flavours than you'll find in a paella....