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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27th June 2022 by Inside the Travel Lab

The best of Innsbruck for kids: Your 3 day itinerary

Innsbruck is a city and a playground all in one. The snowy mountains ridge and rise and peak and pine up out of the earth to create a glorious backdrop and ever present reminder that nature's sense of fun and adventure is always waiting for you to join in. The city itself is as modern as any in Austria but its Old Town serves up a platter of medieval houses and inns in soft pink and ochre, combined with gargoyles, stone saints and sinners and a beautiful collection of boutique shops that...

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22nd June 2022 by Inside the Travel Lab

How to spend 7 days in Kauai, Hawaii’s garden isle

Planning for a vacation is one of the most exciting things to do. It implies unplugging from the daily hustle and switching to relaxation mode in your preferred destination. It is important to ensure that you have fully maximised your time away when planning. One of the best destinations is Kauai, an island in the North of Hawaii...

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13th June 2022 by Inside the Travel Lab

Why summer in Austria will make you feel better

Summer in Austria spills sunlight over mountain peaks and covers the snow in a carpet of glitter. In the Austrian Alps, hiking paths and ski resorts create the perfect playground for both outdoor activity and wellness and relaxation. But if your mental picture of summer in Austria stops right after images of hikers (and, let's face it, probably yodelling) then it's time to think again. Those warmer months open up a huge wealth of activities, both outdoor and otherwise, with regional differences...

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13th June 2022 by Inside the Travel Lab

Dark tourism in Vienna: What you need to know

The year is 1945 and ash, smoke, poverty and despair rise through the rubble of Europe. Nearly ten million Soviets died on the eastern front. Eleven million in the concentration camps. And the Soviet Red Army have just captured Vienna. Berlin stands divided between the victorious Allied Forces: France, Britain the US and USSR. This division, hastily conceived out of the urgent need to manage a crippled city, paved the way for some of the most dramatic scenes of the Cold War: the Berlin Wall,...

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25th May 2022 by Inside the Travel Lab

The best things to do in Darwin, Australia’s Northern Territory

After two years in the wilderness, Australia is back, baby! And with red earth, crocodiles, beer can art and a flourishing foodie scene, it's time to revisit the best things to do in Darwin, capital of Australia's Northern Territory. WHERE IS DARWIN? Darwin is the capital city of Australia's Northern Territory and it sits on the coast, on the western shoreline of the NT. WHY GO TO DARWIN? Darwin brings a smidge of city slick to the wide open Northern Territory of Australia. It's a long way...

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19th May 2022 by Inside the Travel Lab

Is Jordan safe for solo female travellers?

Jordan is a very safe country in the Middle East and most visits are completely trouble free. That said, it is a predominantly muslim country and dress codes are more formal than in the UK and US. In rural areas, people can be very conservative and so you will stand out as a solo female traveller. ...

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18th May 2022 by Inside the Travel Lab

The best Dominican food: The 15 dishes you need to try in the Dominican Republic

Simply put, the best Dominican food is some of the best food in the world! It mixes sunshine with juicy fresh produce, melts a chequered history into a diverse range of flavours and weaves a taste of culture into each and every bite. It features influences from each wave of immigration, from the original Taino Indians to the Spaniards to the people shipped across from Africa as slaves. Each culture has blended with the one before it, making Dominican cuisine fascinating as well as delicious....

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11th May 2022 by Inside the Travel Lab

Unique things to do in Graz, Austria’s charming city of design

Graz. It’s not the most inspiring of names, now is it? Short, squat, and sounding more than a little like the French word for fat, it lacks the flourish that sweeps Barcelona and Vienna into the linguistic catwalk of European city names. But names can be deceiving. For Austria's second largest city not only has plenty of unusual things to do, she also has some unbeatable awards to her name. ...

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3rd May 2022 by Inside the Travel Lab

What you need to know about trekking Kilimanjaro

Ah my, where to start. Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro is one of those things you'll remember for the whole of the rest of your life. It's not done in a day. It's between five and six days of trekking, scrambling and searching for strength inside you. I reached the summit many moons ago in my early twenties. And, like most foreign visitors, I had help. Porters carried my camping gear and main backpack. A trip guide led the way. ...

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25th April 2022 by Inside the Travel Lab

The best things to do in Belgravia, London’s beautiful neighbourhood

For a soothing Sunday afternoon, London's Belgravia is hard to beat. This beautiful little neighbourhood manages to make the city's streets shine, in muted rainbows of pastel pretty pinks and lilacs, with memories of cornflower blue. Flowers, real and artistic, tumble around doorframes and tiny cobbled streets lead to sweet little mews just waiting for their Hollywood moment. ...

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18th April 2022 by Inside the Travel Lab

What to wear in the Dominican Republic: Your packing list

If you're wondering what to wear in the Dominican Republic, then the likelihood is that you're heading to this fascinating Caribbean nation soon. Congratulations! You're going to have an amazing time. We loved the Dominican Republic for its glorious beaches, yes, but also for its UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Santo Domingo, its tropical mountain landscapes, the punchy mamajuana drink and catchy merengue dance....

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17th April 2022 by Inside the Travel Lab

When is the best time to visit Jordan? You’d be surprised.

When it comes to planning your trip to Jordan, there's one big question. It's not whether you should go, it's when should you go! The best time to visit Jordan depends on a few different factors. Firstly, is a sunny beach break in Aqaba a large part of your plans? Or are you primarily visiting Jordan as the spectacular open air museum that it is, gathering Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea within its borders? ...