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Favourite Photos Of 2014
Favourite Photos Of 2014

2014 has raced by for me, but the end of another year is always a good time to reflect on the last twelve months. To end 2014 here are some of my favourite images taken by staff and volunteers in our destinations over the past year.

December 30th, 2014
Live Like a Local With Our Top Ten Alternative Things To Do In Cape Town
Live Like a Local With Our Top Ten Alternative Things To Do In Cape Town

Samantha Corbett works in our Global Information Office in Cape Town. In this blog she encourages you to get off the beaten track in her beloved city and explore some of Cape Town’s lesser known, but equally worthwhile attractions.

December 3rd, 2014
Aches, Scrapes And Plenty Of Cakes - Cycling The South Downs Way
Aches, Scrapes And Plenty Of Cakes - Cycling The South Downs Way

In this post we focus on a travel challenge a bit closer to home. Guest blogger Joanna Glyde tells us about cycling the South Downs Way, a 100 mile cycling route in the south of England. Jo is joined on her challenge by Projects Abroad’s UK Recruitment Director, Suzi Lamb.

November 12th, 2014
Saigon & Sand Dunes: Part 2 Of Our Top Things To Do In Vietnam
Saigon & Sand Dunes: Part 2 Of Our Top Things To Do In Vietnam

Part 2 of our Vietnam special and we are heading to the tropical South. Palm-fringed beaches, mad monks and Saharan-like sand dunes – this country is full of surprises!

October 22nd, 2014
Sail Away To Halong Bay & Top Up Your Tan In Hoi An: A Few Incredible Things To Do In Vietnam
Sail Away To Halong Bay & Top Up Your Tan In Hoi An: A Few Incredible Things To Do In Vietnam

Vietnam offers the keen traveller an intoxicating mix of tantalising cuisine, spectacular scenery and enchanting culture. In this blog, I share my top things to do in North Vietnam.

October 8th, 2014
Traditional Chinese Food, Shameful Scams And Walking The Wall: My 4 Week Trip To China
Traditional Chinese Food, Shameful Scams And Walking The Wall: My 4 Week Trip To China

From the lantern-lit streets of chilled-out Chengdu to the intense crowds and pace of life in the capital, China really does blow you away. Some of my most memorable experiences ended up involving traditional Chinese food and drink in some way. In this blog, I’m going to share some of my favourites.

September 24th, 2014
Best Time To Visit Thailand: Where To Go When
Best Time To Visit Thailand: Where To Go When

In my opinion, there is no best time to visit Thailand. Whilst some remote destinations may be difficult to access during the rainy season, you shouldn’t let the weather put you off - there is always something going on somewhere! So, rather than wondering whether you should go at all, look at it more as where you should go when. I’ve provided some of my suggestions for each month of the year to help you decide.

September 10th, 2014
Swimming With Dolphins: Time To Kick It Off The Bucket List?
Swimming With Dolphins: Time To Kick It Off The Bucket List?

From mass slaughters and miserable living conditions to hushed-up attacks on humans – in this blog we look beyond the dolphin smile and ask whether or not it’s time to kick swimming with dolphins off the bucket list.

August 6th, 2014
The Ultimate Travel Checklist
The Ultimate Travel Checklist

Packing for a big trip can be stressful but it can also be quite exciting. I’ve put together a comprehensive travel checklist to help you plan what documents you need to have, the items you need to buy and the things you need to take.

July 23rd, 2014
24 Incredible Camera Trap Images Of Animals: What They Get Up To When No-one’s Around
24 Incredible Camera Trap Images Of Animals: What They Get Up To When No-one’s Around

Camera trap images of animals are increasingly being used to raise conservation awareness. Some of these images are amusing, others have captured rare or elusive animals. All show incredible scenes that you would never get to see up close or in person.

July 9th, 2014
Summer Competition: Win A Backpack For Your Gap Year
Summer Competition: Win A Backpack For Your Gap Year

Projects Abroad is offering you the chance to win a Highlander Explorer 60+20 litre Teal Travel Backpack. We’re also throwing in a Travel Essentials Kit for good measure! Read our blog to find out how you can enter.

June 25th, 2014
Weird And Wonderful Travel Experiences
Weird And Wonderful Travel Experiences

Working for an organisation like Projects Abroad, you end up travelling a fair bit. With travel comes experience, often of the unusual variety. In this blog, we share some of our quirkiest travel experiences.

June 11th, 2014
What To Do In Brazil When England Lose On Penalties Again
What To Do In Brazil When England Lose On Penalties Again

With the FIFA World Cup just around the corner, the question on everyone’s lips is ‘does England have a chance?’ Let's face it - probably not, so in this blog we have put together a list of things to do in Brazil when England get knocked out.

June 4th, 2014
3 Incredible Weeks In Sri Lanka Volunteering As A Family
3 Incredible Weeks In Sri Lanka Volunteering As A Family

Earlier this year, Programme Advisor Heidi decided to take her 6 year old son volunteering in Sri Lanka. In this blog I catch up with her to find out what they got up to.

May 21st, 2014
Top Things To Do In Marrakech
Top Things To Do In Marrakech

In March I headed off to Marrakech, the ‘tourist capital’ of Morocco. It was a 5 day get-away crammed with local culture, good food and even better shopping! Check out my top things to do in Marrakech.

May 7th, 2014
My Most Memorable Foreign Friend: The Monk Who Liked Punk
My Most Memorable Foreign Friend: The Monk Who Liked Punk

In this post, guest blogger Joe Jamieson talks about his time spent in the jungles of Thailand where he met a Buddhist monk with a predilection for punk music.

April 23rd, 2014
Top 10 Things To Do In South Africa
Top 10 Things To Do In South Africa

At the end of February, I embarked upon an ambitious road trip in South Africa. The rainbow nation has something for everyone: mountains, beaches, forests, deserts, wildlife… take your pick! Here are my top 10 things to do in South Africa.

April 9th, 2014
What Is Rabies And Should I Get The Rabies Vaccination?
What Is Rabies And Should I Get The Rabies Vaccination?

Whether or not to get the rabies vaccination – that age old question that most travellers find themselves asking at some point. In this guest post, registered nurse Jane Bell dispels some common myths and explains who should get the vaccination.

March 26th, 2014
Why I Took Two Gap Years And How They Shaped Who I Am Today
Why I Took Two Gap Years And How They Shaped Who I Am Today

In this post, guest blogger Joanna Glyde talks about her gap year in Nepal, and what made her give up a great career to take a second gap year twelve years later.

March 12th, 2014
Top 10 Things To Do In India
Top 10 Things To Do In India

India is a country like no other. It’s a full-on assault on the senses: bursting with colour, buzzing with life and everywhere you go the enticing aroma of spices fills the air. In such a big country, it’s hard to know where to begin, so in this blog I list my top 10 things to do in India.

February 26th, 2014
Women Travelling Alone: The Good, The Bad & The Things No-one Tells You
Women Travelling Alone: The Good, The Bad & The Things No-one Tells You

Travelling alone as a female can be a daunting prospect. After reading some of the advice and safety tips out there, you could be put off travelling altogether. All too often this advice has been given by somebody who has never visited the destination they are offering advice on. In this blog, I speak to a number of my female colleagues who have experience of travelling solo to find out what their tips and advice would be.

February 12th, 2014
My Most Memorable New Year: El Chalten, Argentina
My Most Memorable New Year: El Chalten, Argentina

Whilst the fireworks in Sydney blew me away, and a street party in Cambodia will long remain the funniest, my most memorable New Year’s Eve has to be that of 2011. Mountains, glaciers, M&Ms and stalkers – just a few of the things that made our new year in El Chalten one to remember.

January 22nd, 2014
Elephant Rides: What I Wish I'd Known
Elephant Rides: What I Wish I'd Known

Thailand welcomes several million foreign tourists each year and for many an elephant ride is high on their to-do list. In this blog, I outline the suffering that these animals undergo in the name of entertainment and how tourists, often unwittingly, are fuelling this demand. I also look at those establishments that get it right so that you are armed with alternative ways to see elephants should you so choose.

January 8th, 2014

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