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 September 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

The truth about the salt mines near Krakow, Poland

Wieliczka holds an underground secret: pure beauty. Here's what it's like to go deep beneath the earth, complete with tips for visiting the salt mines near Krakow. “Once we start, I will not be able to talk to you. And you will not be able to turn back.” The man stands cloaked in a long charcoal jacket, blowing on his hands to keep warm. For a giant-sized man, he uses a soft voice. "Are you ready?" he asks again. I figure I'm as ready as I'll ever be to climb down 100 metres beneath the...

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21st September 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

The ultimate Florida bucket list

I'm often asked which place in the world surprised me the most. And my answer, perhaps surprisingly, is Florida. Why? Well, where to begin. The sparkling water and white sand beaches? No, you've probably heard of them. The world famous resorts? They're great but hardly a surprise. No, fasten your seatbelts for this collection of amazing things to do in Florida. From archaeological remains to pristine beaches, world class art and world leading research centres. Even a touch of Hollywood. Let me...

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13th September 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

Hidden gems in Paris: The best secret spots in Paris

Move aside Mona Lisa. Had an eyeful of the Eiffel? Here's our inside guide to the best kept secrets in Paris. Uncover our favourite collection of Paris hidden gems. Embrace modern France with a visit to the art and culture-filled Institut du Monde Arabe and sip mint tea while gazing at Parisian rooftops and the bulk of Notre Dame.For a more (ahem) immersive experience, strip off and head to the Hamman at the Paris Mosque (although not in that order.) Once you've recovered from the vigorous...

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3rd September 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

Your Perfect Kenya Bucket List Including Hidden Gems in Kenya

Kenya, one of Africa's most geographically diverse countries, brims with places worth visiting. Voted by Lonely Planet as the best value African country for 2014 and 2015, it is the perfect destination for those who wish to experience a real adventure or a once in a lifetime trip. From east coast beaches and snorkelling through colourful coral reefs, to safaris where herds of animals roam alongside your jeep, to climbing the iconic Mount Kenya, you'll simply never be bored....

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31st August 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

Beautiful and unusual things to do in Greece

Looking for inspiration for wonderful and unusual things to do in Greece but tired of lists churned out by people who've never been there? Look no further! Here is a collection of beautiful, cultural things to do in Greece, peppered with a bit of soul and a lot of golden olive oil with liberal slabs of feta cheese....

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18th August 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

How to see orangutans in Borneo: Hanging with the King of the Swingers

He loiters. He lurches. Legs bent squat and arms stretched wide, far so, ever so, ridiculously wide...he swings, then swivels, swings, then swivels. Front, back, front, back, lurch, linger, lurch linger like a twisted yoyo on a horizontal jaunt through the leaves. He's competent but not yet confident, an adolescent in terms of tree swinging and indeed at everything else. He's what the locals call the man of the forest (the literal translation of the words orang utan) and he's a curious man to...

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28th July 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

The prettiest places in Cornwall: Unbelievably beautiful places to visit

There's no doubt about it. Even Devon agrees: Cornwall is spectacular. From rugged coves to glittering seas and mystic ancient history, Cornwall keeps on drawing visitors down to the southwestiest of southwest England. Here, we round up the prettiest places in Cornwall to help you plan your trip. Hang on a minute. Are we really saying that a mining site ranks as one of the prettiest places in Cornwall. Yes, in a way, we are. The Cornwall and West Devon Mining UNESCO World Heritage Site...

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28th July 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

What is Latvia famous for? Prepare to be surprised

Close Your Eyes and Think of Latvia. If I asked you, without pause for a heartbeat, what first comes to mind when you think of travel to Latvia, I wonder what I’d hear. Would you feel the salt lick of spray from the ocean, feet squeezing soft sand beneath them? Would you see willows at sunset and aristocratic stone houses, rich plum satin curtains gathered up in gold threads? Or would you be walking through vineyards, chatting with bright blue eyes and splashing liquid through glass to taste...

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28th July 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

How to enjoy Madrid’s Literary Quarter – The gorgeous Barrio de Las Letras

In the “literary quarter” in Madrid, poetry spills across the streets in flattened golden letters. Bodegas serve cerveza, bitter green olives and fried potato til near the break of dawn. And nuns still keep their silence behind the red brick walls of a nunnery that’s centuries old....

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6th July 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

Why Trieste food stands out in Italy

When I sat down in the Buffet da Pepi, I stood out because I wasn't standing. In Trieste, it's customary to stand at the bar for lunch, as you wolf down platefuls of pork and mountains of mustard. You're supposed to know which cut you want and how you want it served, leaving me feeling sheepish under the gaze of the busy waiter....

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25th June 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

The best things to do in Kingston Upon Thames, London

Just 30 minutes by train from central London, Kingston upon Thames pulls off something of a magic trick. Part stand-alone neighbourhood village, with unique medieval buildings and history. Part seamless modern space with shopping options to convert even the most devour of puritanical monks into the 21st century consumer capital. ...

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21st June 2021 by Inside the Travel Lab

21 hidden gems in Italy: How to get off the beaten path and discover unusual things to do

How do you narrow down the place that gave us Leonardo Da Vinci, Galileo and Michelangelo? The country that invented pizza, pasta and gelato (thank you!) amid impossibly beautiful piazzas and romantic villas and canals? The place with more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than anywhere else in the world. What if you're you're looking for more unusual things to do in Italy? To get off the beaten path in Italy? To do something unique? To seek out hidden gems in Italy?...