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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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...

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27th July 2020 by Stoked to Travel

Lesser known islands to visit on a Greek Island hopping itinerary

There are more than 6,000 islands in Greece, so deciding where to go can be a pretty challenging task. A google search typically brings up the favourites, including Santorini, Mykonos and Crete. What about what the smaller islands? The ones that are just that bit harder to get to? The islands which are almost untouched by mass tourism, offering a slower and more gentle insight into the charm of Greek daily life. You may have read my Greek Island hopping itinerary here, which covers a popular...

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15th July 2020 by Stoked to Travel

30 of the best places to visit in the South of France

The South of France, stretching from the Spanish border to the Italian border, alongside the Mediterranean Sea is a gorgeous part of Europe to visit for a summer holiday. From the glitzy towns of Cannes, St Tropez, Nice and the mini-country of Monaco making up the area known as the French Riviera, to the historical and cultural gems of Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon, the South of France is a truly beautiful corner of the world....

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29th June 2020 by Stoked to Travel

Best places to visit in Andalusia, Spain

Covering most of southern Spain, Andalusia stretches from the Portuguese border to the Balearic Sea. And this beautiful region is home to some of the most iconic highlights in Spain, including the world-famous Alhambra Palace and the epic Caminito del Rey. It is, without doubt, one of the best places to travel to in Spain. Although hundreds of thousands of people flock to its beach resorts each year, there are plenty more places to see and things to do in Andalusia. From weekend breaks in the...