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Lisa Ward

Lisa Ward is a travel writer based in Jersey. She loves hiking and adventure travel and has hiked to Everest Base Camp and Machu Picchu, as well as through Patagonia and up several volcanoes across the world. Lisa cycled down Death Road in Bolivia, went canyoneering in Costa Rica, climbed canopies in Honduras. That school trip to Honduras sparked Lisa’s interest in the underwater world. She has since undergone basic training in biological research concerning marine conservation, most notably that of coral reefs. She is a PADI qualified Rescue Diver with a specialty in underwater photography. So far, she has dived in Jersey, Honduras, Indonesia, and the Great Barrier Reef.

After gaining her law degree and falling into the world of finance, Lisa gained a qualification in digital marketing before deciding to take the leap into writing full time. Lisa is also a trained English Language tutor with a TEFL qualification and specialty qualifications in teaching online and 1-1. Other interests include playing the clarinet, which Lisa played in orchestras from the age of 10 to 19, martial arts (black belt in karate), and quite literally anything outdoors.

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When visiting one of Japan‘s hidden gems, Beppu, you’ll find something to suit every taste, budget, and need. It’s a popular city near Oita City, the capital of the Oita Prefecture, so it’s a very accessible option for your next vacation. The onsen culture in Beppu is strong, with close to 3,000 hot springs to …

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It may be a relatively small city compared to other places higher on the tourist radar, like Tokyo, Kyoto, or neighboring Oita City, but there are still many things to do in Beppu that make it well worth a visit. This charming city located in southern Japan is still something of a hidden gem, but it’s …

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Amsterdam is a popular tourist spot in Europe that welcomes 20 million visitors yearly. Its world-famous canal system, artistic heritage, unique architecture, top-tier nightlife, and abundant museums are significant draws. But it’s also a well-connected city with affordable and reliable public transport, making planning any trip to this incredible city much easier. In this article, we’ll run …

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Switzerland is a popular tourist spot, welcoming around four million travelers yearly. Boasting lively cities, top-tier skiing, world-class hiking, and some of the world’s best cheese, you will never regret visiting this charming and beautiful country. One major selling point of the country is that it is dotted with countless pristine lakes. Often enjoying the …

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Lake Constance (Bodensee in German) features a shoreline of 273 km, and the lake lies across three countries in Europe: Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. With an abundant and diverse range of things to do, Lake Constance is a top tourist spot for a little adventure. The German side of the lake covers the largest section …

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Puerto Rico is one of the best Caribbean islands to book a flight to for your next tropical getaway. It’s also a top choice for Americans looking for places to visit without a passport for an easy and quick break away from it all. With its natural beauty, white sand beaches, world-class golf courses, and …

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Maastricht is a city where the old and new harmoniously blend together to create a thriving city full of gorgeous architecture, museums, history, and more. While not as popular as other cities in the Netherlands, such as Amsterdam, Maastricht can still hold its own as a top tourist spot and can provide a perfect getaway! …

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There’s no shortage of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Europe to visit. There are over 400 to choose from to try to fit into your next European trip itinerary (or a lifetime’s worth of itineraries). From Italy, boasting the most UNESCO sites in all the world, to the Czech Republic, claiming the smallest, Europe has …

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As an avid travel-trend (and Shay Mitchell) follower, I was eager to try the BÉIS luggage carry-on. I travel a lot and usually only bring a carry-on roller. So, it is important for me to have a functional carry-on roller that is also visually appealing. Here’s our full BÉIS carry-on roller review. The BÉIS carry-on roller combines …

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While the general go-to for a city break in Europe is to set your sights on Western Europe, many picturesque cities in Eastern Europe deserve way more attention than they get. Are you looking for an all-out party weekend at the ruin bars of Budapest or a relaxing stay on the beautiful beaches of Split? …

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Round-trip flights are generally cheaper than their one-way alternatives. But how do you take that further and book the cheapest round-trip plane tickets possible? Finding ways to save money on cheap round-trip tickets can sometimes feel complex. The algorithms and other pricing strategies airlines use mean that tickets can sometimes change prices from one day …

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The Yi Peng Festival is an annual celebration held throughout northern Thailand, but many tourists will flock to Chiang Mai to experience the event for themselves. It is also written as “Yee Peng Lantern Festival” or is often referred to as the “Festival of Light.” The festival is when people release sky lanterns, or “Khom Loi/Khom …

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If you find yourself interested in visiting England, you’ll find that this country is bursting at the seams with reasons to visit. The things to do in England are numerous and diverse and can provide a memorable and enjoyable trip for the whole family. There are bustling cities, peaceful countryside retreats, and rugged coastlines to …

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There are many things to do in Budapest, Hungary, that can suit all styles of traveler. This wonderful city in Central Europe is bursting at the seams with historical significance, cultural intrigue, and enriching activities that make visiting Budapest a real treat. Budapest’s history has been restless. After invasions and wars, many of its most …

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For anyone considering exploring Vienna, you’ll be pleased to know that the list of things to do is diverse and plenty! The Austrian capital, Vienna, really is a city that has it all. Any traveler will find something within the city or its surroundings that can build towards a most memorable trip. History buffs can …

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Deciding which comes out on top between Prague vs. Budapest is a challenging feat. Both European capitals find themselves on many a traveler’s bucket list, and for good reason. Either city can provide the goods for the ultimate city break. Whether you’re after a party, a relaxing retreat, a foodie indulgence, or a history buff …

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Any eager traveler will find themselves spoiled for choice with the abundance of things to do in Greece. This country effortlessly blends beautiful landscapes, ancient history, and energetic and welcoming culture into one delightful package. So, it’s not rocket science as to why this destination is popular with tourists.   Whether you’re a history buff, a …

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You’ll find yourself amazed at the extensive and diverse array of things to do in Corfu, Greece. One of the more popular Greek islands to visit, Corfu welcomes any visitor with open arms and promises a unique and memorable experience. From stunning beaches, traditional villages, hidden secret coves, and tiny sea caves, this proud member …

Read More about 15 Fun & Best Things to Do in Corfu, Greece

Planning a trip to your dream destination can be an exciting experience for many travelers! When planning your getaway, there’s a benefit to snooping on travel websites to help save money and stretch your budget to its total capacity. But with the number of travel websites offering vacation deals worldwide, picking one can be overwhelming. …

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If you’re planning a trip to Central Europe, don’t miss out on Slovakia, one of the hidden gems and best destinations in Eastern Europe. This captivating country in the heart of the Slovak Republic offers a wealth of places to visit and experience. The picturesque landscape in Eastern Europe’s heart has the most beautiful castles, …

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Staying at one of the many castle hotels in Germany is a fantastic way to enjoy this wonderful country. A vast array of castle hotels are scattered across the country’s most scenic towns. Each one can provide whimsical fairy-tale experiences for memorable and relaxing stays. German castle hotels provide top-tier dining experiences, ranging activities, and …

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Southwest vs. Spirit, or the battle of the low-cost airlines, matches up two quality airlines providing affordable travel options for budget-savvy travelers. Unless money is no object, or you already have an alternative go-to airline, it’s a good idea to do some snooping online to find the best airfare deals. After all, flight costs usually …

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How realistic is no luggage travel? For the obsessive packer, the thought of going baggage-free might seem daunting. But traveling light with just a carry-on can be gloriously liberating and make for more enjoyable travel. Traveling light and forgoing checked bags is the go-to travel style of many travelers. Taking only a carry-on with the …

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Washington, D.C., has some undeniably incredible and fun museums to jam-pack into a visit to America’s capital. But which options make for the best museums for kids in D.C.? From exploring far-off worlds at the Space Museum to getting selfies with your favorite celebs at Madam Tussauds, you’ll find something for you and your mini-me …

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How often do you think about soap cases when packing your luggage before traveling? Let’s be honest; probably not much, if ever. Ditch the small plastic bottles and, instead, enjoy the numerous benefits of traveling with a travel soap container for soap bars! Soap cases should be on the list of your travel essentials for …

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Amsterdam is a beautiful European city that oozes charm and will make you fall in love with its design, historic buildings, top-tier restaurants, and numerous colorful attractions along the canals. Despite being small, Amsterdam is still a great place to tour, with multiple fun activities to fit into a visit. This, however, can make planning a girls’ …

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Scattered across the coast of Ireland are arguably some of the country’s prettiest towns. We love the Irish countryside and looked at the best coastal regions in Ireland, from Doolin’s colorful streets to the culinary haven of Kinsale. Ireland is often defined by its bigger cities like Dublin and Galway, but the Emerald Isle offers …

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A trip to Japan would almost be incomplete without some authentic Japanese souvenirs to bring home for yourself, your family, and your friends. So, if you’re wondering what to buy in Japan, get your wallet ready. Japanese culture has perfected the art form of omiyage, which roughly translates to ‘souvenir.’ This term refers to the gifts you …

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The Caribbean Sea has so many beautiful islands, making it a popular tourist destination year after year. Moreover, some true hidden gems in the Caribbean await to welcome you with open arms. While some Caribbean islands have fallen prey to over-tourism, some fairly secret Caribbean islands remain. There are still many options remaining that have …

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Jordan is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in the Middle East. The trek to Petra from Dana Reserve is a shining example of why you need to pop this country on your radar for your next vacation. Hikers, bikers, and climbers looking to experience the world’s most remote and challenging landscapes head to …

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Do you dream of visiting another planet? If so, your chances of realizing that dream are slim- unless you’re willing to relinquish space travel and take a slightly more conventional voyage to Bolivia. That’s where you’ll find the Salar de Uyuni, an austere and surreal landscape as close to another world as you’re likely to …

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The Hells of Beppu, also known as the Circles of Hell, is a series of volcanic hot springs in Beppu, Southern Japan. Beppu is one of the top destinations in Japan to experience hot springs. Even though there are nearly 3,000 hot springs in total in the area, there are head honchos that people come …

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