Stoked to Travel

Claire Stokes and her Stoked to Travel blog is a must read for the more intrepid UK traveller. Originally from Brighton, Claire has taken the life and vibrancy of her home town and transferred it into her writing. Expect detailed destination guides, great travel tips and posts that make you want to get up and go.

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13th April 2021 by Stoked to Travel

Portugal Guide: Best places to visit in Portugal

Located on the Iberian peninsula, Portugal is a country packed with attractions. From beautiful landscapes to cities and towns bursting at the seams with history and culture, as well as fantastic food. Portugal truly has something for everyone, and best of all, it’s pretty affordable too! Of course, Lisbon the capital is famous for its steep trams, colourful buildings, rooftop bars and bygone traditions. And the south is known for golf and rugged beaches, but there’s plenty more to see in...

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17th March 2021 by Stoked to Travel

New Zealand travel guide: Best places to visit on South Island

South Island is home to some of the most thrill seeking activities on the planet – in fact, New Zealand is the best place in the world for adventure seekers. There are literally hundreds of different things to do in New Zealand, ranging from the pleasant and scenic to the ultimate in intrepid adventures and daredevil activities. The country is split into two distinct geographical areas. These are South Island, known as Te Waipounamu and then North Island, also known as Te Ika-a-Māui. Each...

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6th March 2021 by Stoked to Travel

New Zealand travel guide: Best places to visit on North Island

New Zealand is the best place in the world for adventure. There are hundreds and hundreds of things to do in New Zealand, ranging from the gentle and scenic to the ultimate in thrill-seeking adventures. The country is divided into two distinct geographical areas. These are North Island, also known as Te Ika-a-Māui, and South Island, known as Te Waipounamu, with each offering distinctly different landscapes and adventures. This guide aims to cover all of the very best places to visit on North...

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30th December 2020 by Stoked to Travel

Thailand Travel Guide: The best places to visit in Thailand

Thailand is by far the most visited country in Asia, and one of the most popular countries to attract tourists from around the world. It’s renowned for gorgeous beaches, lush jungle, interesting culture and history, and amazing street food. It’s also pretty cheap! On my first ever backpacking trip at 18, Thailand was the first destination we landed in. I remember arriving in a sweaty, chaotic Bangkok and being almost instantly drawn in with its energy and buzz. I’ve returned several times...

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1st December 2020 by Stoked to Travel

Malaysia Travel Guide: The best places to visit in Malaysia (including Borneo)

Stretching south of Thailand, Malaysia is a somewhat underrated country in South East Asia. It’s often excluded from the well-trodden backpacking route covering Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, and often omitted for a twin-centre stay with Singapore. Travellers often head to the Philippines or Bali in Indonesia....

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25th November 2020 by Stoked to Travel

Singapore travel guide: The best things to see and do in Singapore

This tiny nation island just south of Malaysia and north of Indonesia is full to the brim with things to see and do. In fact, I doubt anywhere in the world can offer as much to do as Singapore in such a small space! Singapore is a land of visionaries. Its founders have realised their vision to create one of the most forward-thinking and futuristic places in the world. Yet the city is not all metal and glass – the city is still as Asian as can be, and a quick visit to a Hawker Centre or one of...

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25th November 2020 by Stoked to Travel

Vietnam travel guide: The best places to visit in Vietnam

Stretching nearly the length of South East Asia, Vietnam is a beautiful country that really has it all. From breathtaking landscapes and mesmerising scenery, to a wealth of historical and cultural offerings, you could easily spend months in Vietnam. Fortunately, excellent transport around the country also makes it a brilliant place for a shorter trip too. Anything from ten days to three weeks will really offer a chance to explore and discover the best of Vietnam. Although Vietnam has a...

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12th November 2020 by Stoked to Travel

The best places to visit in Cambodia

Wedged in between Vietnam, Laos and Thailand, this small but beautiful country is a much-loved stop on most South East Asia itineraries. Once mostly popular with just backpackers, Cambodia and the surrounding countries now have plenty to offer all travellers. There has been a raft of new luxury hotel openings, more family-friendly activities and better flight paths into the country. Cambodia is most famous for Angkor Wat, a mammoth temple complex near Siem Reap. Visiting here has long been the...

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20th January 2021 by Stoked to Travel

London Travel Guide: A local’s guide to the best areas to visit in London

London, the beautiful capital of England is a city like no other. Unlike Paris or Barcelona, there’s no obvious core of central activity or tourist hub. In fact, London is pretty special in that not only is its very centre worth visiting, but also all the eclectic and interesting neighbourhoods dotted throughout the city. It’s certainly hard to know where the best areas to visit in London are! Each neighbourhood in the city is distinctly different, making the capital one of the most...

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20th January 2021 by Stoked to Travel

Best places to visit in Sussex in the UK

The best things about Sussex, in my opinion, are: its proximity to London (most places are just 1-2 hours by car or train), its arguably better weather and the fact it offers beautiful countryside, excellent beaches and charming villages. I’m biased of course, but I do think it’s one of the best parts of the country for sure. Most of us know Sussex for the cosmopolitan and world-renowned city of Brighton, but there’s plenty more on offer. Read on to find out more!...

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17th August 2020 by Stoked to Travel

Best things to do in Ghana

Beautiful Ghana, located in the heart of West Africa is one of the safest, most accessible and most vibrant countries on the continent. Although Ghana is less visited than other countries in Africa, such as Morocco, South Africa and Kenya, those that do go to Ghana are greeted by the warmest smiles, open arms and a buzzy, colourful energy. And best of all, travelling around Ghana is reasonably straightforward, meaning visitors can explore many of the country’s highlights with ease....

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17th August 2020 by Stoked to Travel

14 of the best beaches in Cornwall for a summer staycation

It’s no secret that Cornwall has the very best beaches in the UK. There is more than 300 miles of coastline in Cornwall, with the beaches varying from open stretches of soft sand to hidden coves and rock pools. And although it’s a long drive for most people to get to, as it’s England’s southernmost county, it’s a hugely rewarding visit for those who make the journey. Cornwall’s beaches are famous for their quality and variety, with some incredibly similar to famous beaches in other...