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The 5 stains of Thanksgiving 

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Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your Thanksgiving meal without worrying about stains, because we’ve got you covered with this handy guide. 

  • Turkey
  • Gravy
  • Yams
  • Pumpkin
  • Lipstick

Turkey 

Turkey is the traditional meat eaten on Thanksgiving. In fact, it is probably one of the first things you think about when you think of the holiday. If you accidentally drop a piece of turkey on your clothing, don’t panic, the oily stain left behind can easily be removed. 

To remove a turkey stain you will need…

  • Dull knife or spoon
  • Clean napkin or towel
  • Cornstarch, talcum powder, or bicarbonate of soda
  • Heavy-duty liquid detergent 

To begin removing your turkey stain use a dull knife or spoon to lift any solid bits of turkey from your clothing. Be careful not to push too hard when lifting the turkey as you could push the stain further into your garment, making it harder to remove. 

Once you have removed as much turkey as possible, use a clean napkin or towel to blot at your stain. This will soak up some of the oil and make your stain easier to lift. Make sure that you are blotting and not rubbing as rubbing will only push the stain further into your clothing

After blotting at your stain, sprinkle cornstarch, talcum powder, or bicarbonate of soda over the stained area, making sure that your stain is completely covered. Regardless of which of these powders you use, they will help to absorb any oil that you could not lift from blotting. Leave your powder for 10-15 minutes, before shaking it off. 

Next, rub a small amount of heavy-duty laundry detergent directly onto your stain. You must make sure that you are using a heavy-duty detergent as they contain the necessary enzymes to break down the oil molecules in your stain. You can use your fingers or a soft-bristled brush to work your detergent into your stain. Once you are satisfied that your detergent has been fully worked in, leave it to sit for 15 minutes. 

After 15 minutes, wash your garment as you usually would, checking that the stain has been completely lifted before drying. 

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Gravy

You can’t possibly enjoy turkey without gravy. Be careful though, as gravy, although delicious, is easily spilt. 

To remove a gravy stain you will need…

  • Dull knife or spoon
  • Heavy-duty laundry detergent
  • Soft-bristled brush
  • All-fabric bleach (optional)

To begin removing your gravy stain use a dull knife or spoon to lift as much gravy from your clothing as possible. You may be tempted to use a cloth to rub the stain, however, this will only set it further into your garment and make it harder to remove. 

Next, cover your stain with a heavy-duty laundry detergent and use a soft-bristled brush to work it into your stain. Scrub your stain lightly with your brush, using enough effort to ensure that the stain is being penetrated by the detergent, but not enough effort to rip your garment. Once you are satisfied that your detergent has adequately covered the stain, leave your garment for 15 minutes. 

After 15 minutes, wash your clothing using the hottest setting advised on your items care label. You may also want to add a small amount of all-fabric bleach to your washing machine to lift any discolouration caused by the gravy.

Once your wash cycle has finished, check that your stain has been completely removed before drying

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Yams

Yams are the perfect Thanksgiving side. They are beautifully sweet and taste wonderful when paired with gravy. If you accidentally drop some, don’t worry, a yam stain is easily removed. 

To remove a yam stain you will need…

  • Dull knife or spoon
  • Cold water
  • Heavy-duty laundry detergent

To begin removing your yam stain use a dull knife or spoon to lift as much solid yam from your clothing as possible. Try to be as gentle as possible whilst lifting your yams as you could push your stain further into your clothing, making it harder to lift. 

Immediately after lifting as much solid yam from your clothing as possible, use cold water to flush out your stain. The water will run through the stained area of your garment, pushing out as much of the stain as possible. Make sure that you are using cold water as anything hotter will only set the stain into the fibres of your clothing. 

Once you are satisfied that your stain has been adequately flushed, pour a small amount of heavy-duty laundry detergent directly onto the stained area. Work the detergent into your stain using your fingers, making sure that the whole stain is covered by detergent. Once you are satisfied that your stain has been covered, set your garment to one side for 15 minutes. During this time the detergent will penetrate your stain and begin breaking down its oily molecules. 

After 15 minutes have passed, wash your clothing as you usually would. Once your garment has completed its wash, check thoroughly to make sure that the stain has been completely removed before drying. 

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Pumpkin 

After a delicious Thanksgiving meal, there’s nothing better than a delectable dessert. Pumpkin pie is one of the most popular desserts to have during Thanksgiving, and pumpkin is a likely stain to find during the holiday season. 

To remove a pumpkin stain you will need…

  • Dull knife or spoon
  • Cold water
  • Heavy-duty laundry detergent 
  • Rubbing alcohol or white vinegar 
  • White cloth or napkin

To begin removing your pumpkin stain use a dull knife or spoon to lift as much solid pumpkin from your clothing as possible. Be careful when doing this as pumpkin can be slippery and you don’t want to spread your stain to other areas of your clothing

Next, flush your stain using cold water. Before putting your stain under the water make sure that it is cold as any warmer temperature will set your stain further into your garment. Leave your garment under the water until you are satisfied that no more of your stain can be flushed out. 

Once you have removed your garment from the water, rub a small amount of heavy-duty laundry detergent into your stain. Make sure that your whole stain has been rubbed with detergent or risk only lifting part of the stain. Once you are satisfied that your whole stain has been adequately rubbed with detergent, set your garment to one side for 15 minutes. 

After 15 minutes, wash your clothing as you usually would. Once your garment has completed its wash, check to make sure that the stain has been completely removed. If the stain has not been removed, dampen a clean white cloth or napkin with rubbing alcohol or white vinegar and blot at your stain. Once you are satisfied that you won’t lift any more of your stain by blotting, rewash your garment. 

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Lipstick 

Thanksgiving is about sharing time with the people you love, and showing them how much you care. As such, don’t be surprised to find a lipstick stain or two pressed into your clothing by the end of the day. 

To remove a lipstick stain you will need…

  • Heavy-duty laundry detergent 
  • Oxygen-based bleach 
  • Cold water

To begin removing your lipstick stain use your fingers to rub heavy-duty laundry detergent directly into the stain. Make sure that you are covering the whole of the stained area with the detergent. Once you are satisfied that the detergent has been adequately applied to the stain, set your garment to one side for 15 minutes. 

After 15 minutes, wash your clothing as you usually would. Once your garment has been washed, check to see if the stain has been removed. 

If your lipstick stain has not been completely removed, mix a solution of oxygen-based bleach and cold water. Submerge your garment completely in the solution, and leave it to soak for 8 hours. Over the course of 8 hours, the oxygen-based bleach will penetrate the waxy stain, loosening it and making it easier to lift.  After 8 hours, remove your garment and wash as you usually would. If your lipstick stain still has not been lifted, repeat the process. 

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Travel hacks for couples 

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Whether its your first, second, or hundredth time travelling as a couple, make sure that it isn’t your last by following these handy travel hacks.

  • Create an itinerary together
  • Split the responsibilities
  • Use 1 suitcase 
  • But separate packing cubes
  • Share toiletries
  • Get a charger with dual ports 
  • Consider twin beds
  • Share meals
  • Always split the money
  • Enjoy your time together

Create an itinerary together

When travelling as a couple it’s important to remember that it’s not just your holiday. You may have a list of things to see and do, but so may your partner. To ensure that you both enjoy your holiday to the fullest create an itinerary together, making sure that your time is split equally between things that you both want to do. This may mean that you won’t get to see everything that you wanted to, but it’s the fairest way. 

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Split the responsibilities 

There is a lot to think about when travelling. Transport, accommodation, insurance, packing, the list is endless. That is why it’s best to split the responsibilities equally. You cover half of the tasks and your partner covers the other half. Not only does this mean that you are equally responsible for the holiday, but it will also mean that you get through your list of responsibilities quicker. Remember, 2 hands are always better than 1. 

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Use 1 suitcase

Arguably, the worst part of travelling is having to lug your suitcases around. When travelling in a couple, why bother with the hassle of packing 2 suitcases when you can just take 1. Between yourself and your partner, pack 1 suitcase, and take 1 backpack with essentials as a carry on. This will limit the amount of luggage weighing you down, and make travelling a lot more enjoyable for the both of you. 

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But separate packing cubes 

To prevent any bickering about sharing the space in 1 suitcase, assign packing cubes for yourself and your partner. To ensure that you are equally sharing the suitcase space, give yourself and your partner the same number of packing cubes, perhaps with 1 cube left for items that you can share. Not only will this help eliminate space arguments, but it is also a great way to help you be brutal with what you want to bring on your travels

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Share toiletries 

The issue with taking 1 suitcase for both you and your partner is that you have limited space. To save you both some space consider sharing toiletries. Items, such as toothpaste, shower gel, shampoo, and conditioner, can be shared between yourself and your partner, allowing you additional space for clothes, shoes, or electronics. Just make sure you that you take your own toothbrush.

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Get a charger with dual ports

Although small, another great space saving idea for travelling couples is to buy a charger with dual ports. This will allow both you and your partner to charge your electronics at the same time, without the hassle of bringing two charging plugs. In addition, having a dual port charger should prevent yourself and your partner from losing your chargers as you will both be looking after the same one. 

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Consider twin beds

Accommodation can be incredibly expensive when travelling, especially as a couple. Although you probably want to share a bed with your partner whilst on holiday, you may want to consider paying for a twin room rather than a double. On average, twin rooms are less expensive than their double alternative, so it may be an easy way to save yourself and your partner money. Once you are in the room, you can easily push your beds together to form a makeshift double. 

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Share meals  

Another great way for couples to save money whilst travelling is to share meals. If you find that you and your partner aren’t often finishing your full meal, it may be a good idea to share one main meal with a selection of sides. Not only will this save you money, it will also prevent food waste. 

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Always split the money 

Regardless of whether you are using cards or physical cash, it’s important to split the money equally between both you and your partner. You never know what can happen whilst travelling, so splitting the money equally ensures that you will always have some money with you regardless of if any gets lost or stolen. 

Enjoy your time together 

The most important things to remember when travelling with your partner is to enjoy your time together. Enjoy being on holiday, alone, with no interruptions. It may be hard to find moments like that when you get back to your normal lives. 

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Free things to do in Rotterdam

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Holiday’s are expensive, so finding free things to do is a great way to save money. Luckily, Rotterdam is brimming with fun, free, things to do, see, and explore. 

  • Stroll along the harbour
  • Explore the Markthal
  • Wander the markets
  • Sail on the SS Rotterdam
  • Learn about Rotterdam on a walking tour 
  • Visit De Ster
  • Take in the views at Lührs viewpoint
  • Enjoy the peace and quiet of Eiland van Brienenoord
  • Cycle the city 
  • Visit Rotterdams iconic structures 

Stroll along the harbour

Rotterdam is home to the largest harbour in Europe. As you journey along the harbour, you will come across some of Rotterdam’s most famous landmarks, including the Erasmus bridge, Hotel New York, and the SS Rotterdam. If you find yourself stuck for something to do on a clear, dry, day in Rotterdam, a stroll along the harbour is the perfect solution. 

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Explore the Markthal

In the heart of Rotterdam you will find the Markthal, a quirky take on the classic market square. A large arch of 228 apartments covers a central market hall of 96 food stands where you will sample some of the best food you will find in Rotterdam. From classic cuisine to exotic eats, the Markthal is a culinary lovers dream. Whilst sampling Rotterdam’s finest foods, look around at the mural painted on the arch covering the square. “Cornucopia” shows enlarged food items alongside flowers and insects in reference to Dutch paintings from the 17th century. The masterpiece was created by artists Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam, and provides a glorious view to enjoy with your food. 

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Wander the markets 

The Markthal is not the only market in Rotterdam. There are an array of street markets running 6 days a week, selling all manner of fresh produce, trinkets, and flowers. The biggest market in Rotterdam is at Binnenrotte near the Rotterdam Blaak train station. Here you will find more than 250 stalls selling everything including fresh fruit, fish, cheese, flowers, vintage goods, and even furniture. If you are visiting the city during the Christmas season, there are plenty of Christmas markets selling perfect stocking filler gifts and traditional Danish food and drink. 

Sail on the SS Rotterdam

The SS Rotterdam is iconic. Launched back in 1953, the ship sailed for 41 years, ferrying passengers from Rotterdam to New York. In 2000, the SS Rotterdam was returned to the city, where the ship has since been turned into a hotel, restaurant, event space, and tourist attraction. You can explore the ship for free, learning about it’s rich history and tales of it’s transatlantic voyages. If you are willing to splash out on dinner on the boat, there are plenty of options for you to indulge in. Whether you fancy a relaxing afternoon tea, suave fine dining experience, or simply some greasy finger food, there is something to satisfy everyone’s tastes on the SS Rotterdam. 

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Learn about Rotterdam on a walking tour  

The best way to get to know a new city is by exploring it with the locals. Free Walking Tour Rotterdam is run and conducted by volunteers who live in Rotterdam and truly love their city. The tour begins at the Markthal and takes you to some of the most iconic areas of the city where you will learn about the history of Rotterdam. The tour runs every day from 1:30pm and there is an additional morning tour on a Saturday beginning at 10:30am. 

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Visit De Ster

Did you really go the the Netherlands if you didn’t visit a windmill? The Kralingse Bos forest is a beautiful recreational area, perfect for running, cycling, or simply taking a stroll. The forest encases Kralingse Plas lake, along which you can find windmill De Ster (the star). Dating back to 1866, windmill De Ster is a fully functional windmill which is still used to grind tobacco leaves to create snuff. Guided tours of the windmill are available every second Saturday of the month between 10am to 4pm. Entrance to the windmill is free, however any generous donations made do go towards maintaining the windmill. 

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Take in the views at Lührs viewpoint

Lührs viewpoint is a Rotterdam hidden gem. After hiking up a 40 meter hill you will be rewarded with a stunning view of the Rotterdam skyline and, on a clear day, The Hague. It is the perfect place to escape the city, enjoy nature, and unwind with a beautiful view. 

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Enjoy the peace and quiet of Eiland van Brienenoord

Under the Van Brienenoord Bridge in Rotterdam you will find a slice of peace and tranquillity- Eiland van Brienenoord. Grassy plains, open waters, and a forest make up the island, giving a home to a multitude of plants, birds, and animals. The island was created in the 19th century when silt plates formed in the Nieuwe Maas and became overgrown. Whether you are looking to do some bird watching, enjoy a gentle jog, or simply stroll around the island, Eiland van Brienenoord is the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. 

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Cycle the city 

There are many ways that you can enjoy the city of Rotterdam, but none are as fun as cycling. You can spend hours cycling across the city, from the city centre to Delfshaven, exploring the hidden gems that the city has to offer. There are cycling routes that you can take, or you can make your own route, following the harbour and simply seeing where you end up. 

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Visit Rotterdams iconic structures 

Rotterdam is renowned for its quirky architecture and iconic structures. Spend a day charting the structures of the city, roaming from one icon to the next. From the Cube Houses to Hotel New York, the Witte Huis to the Euromast, create yourself a route to all of the famous landmarks in Rotterdam and spend the day exploring. 

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Doha’s best brunches

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Who doesn’t love going to brunch? In Doha, there are plenty of places that serve outstanding brunch options. These are just our top picks. 

  • Sabai Thai 
  • B-lounge
  • STK Doha
  • CUT
  • Market

Sabai Thai 

Sabai Thai is the best place in Doha to experience authentic Thai cooking, even when visiting for brunch. Their brunch menu is a surprisingly reasonable QR130, and available on Saturdays from 1pm-4pm. Despite the exceptional price, Sabai Thai does not falter when it comes to providing extraordinary Thai brunch cuisine. A stand-out dish would be their Thai Green Curry, washed down with a beautifully refreshing mocktail. 

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B-lounge

If you are looking for a luxurious brunch experience, then look no further than B-lounge. With its beautiful marina views, stylish interiors, and large terrace, B-lounge has made quite the name for itself as the ultimate Doha hangout spot. The food at B-lounge is a seamless blend of Asian flavours with international touches, which carries through to their specialist brunch menu. Beginning with a sushi platter, before moving on to a hot starter, main course, and finishing with a ‘gorgeous platter’, the food at B-lounge is unmatched. If you are in the Doha area, it is definitely worth booking in. 

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STK Doha

STK Doha offers a steak dining experience like no other. Located in the West Bay Lagoon district, you will encounter a mix of traditional and innovative cuisine, which makes for an energetic dining experience. Their brunch menu offers a selection of starters, mains, and desserts, including ginger tofu and daikon salad (starter), a grilled meats platter (main), and an elusive junk chalice (dessert). You can sample their eclectic brunch menu every Friday from 12pm-4pm, with prices from QAR 275 per person. 

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CUT

Notorious Austrian chef Wolfgang Puck opened CUT in 2017, bringing his classic American steak restaurant to Doha. Wolfgang’s philosophy is to cook simply using the finest selection of beef and locally sourced ingredients and to present them beautifully. This philosophy is perfectly demonstrated in the slow-cooked BBQ brisket on offer as just one of his amazing brunch options. From 12:30pm- 4pm, treat yourself to the finest brunch menu in Doha at CUT. 

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Market

Market provides many options for breakfast and brunch. Inspired by Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s concept of the Hotel as a Home, Market offers casual comfort food from around the world. If you are looking for a wide variety of food options, you can sample the breakfast buffet for QAR 140. Included in the buffet is a variety of Arabic, American, and International breakfasts, fruits, salads, yogurt, and cereals. Alternatively, you can try something from the A La Carte menu, such as Menemen, eggs benedict, or pancakes. This menu is available from 6am-11am every day. 

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Must-see Singapore sights

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Singapore is over-flowing with beautiful sights to see. These are just 10 of our favourites. 

  • Merlion Park
  • Gardens by the Bay
  • Botanic Gardens
  • Singapore Flyer
  • Chinatown
  • Sentosa Island 
  • Treetop walk at MacRitchie Reservoir
  • Lau Pa Sat market 
  • Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
  • Pulau Ubin 

Merlion Park 

Merlion Park is one of Singapore’s most famous attractions. Located on the promenade overlooking Marina Bay, you will find the iconic 28-foot Merlion statue, shooting water into the bay. The half-lion half-fish statue is symbolic of Singapore’s beginnings as a fishing village, and a nod to ‘Singapura’, which translates to ‘Lion City’ in Malay. As one of Singapore’s most famous attractions for tourists, the area is always busy, so it may be best to view it later on in the day when there are fewer people, and both the Merlion and Marina Bay are lit up. 

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Gardens by the Bay 

Spread across 250 acres of land, Gardens by the Bay is a colourful and futuristic green space right in the middle of Marina Bay.  Undoubtedly, the stars of the Gardens by the Bay are their 18 Supertrees. 158,000 plants, of more than 700 species, cover the 18 Supertrees that tower over the park at 224 feet. Asides from the Supertrees, you will find the largest indoor waterfall, flowing at 114-feet, the Flower Dome hosting spectacular events, such as Tulipmania, and the Cloud Forest, which mimics the cool and moist ecology of the tropical highlands. The beautifully futuristic, and architecturally stunning, Gardens by the Bay is definitely worth a visit whilst you are in Singapore. 

Botanic Gardens 

Keeping with the greenery theme, Singapore’s Botanic Gardens make for a beautiful and peaceful visit. Singapore was awarded its first UNESCO World Heritage nomination for their Botanic Gardens, the first and only tropical botanic garden on the World Heritage list. The Gardens were designed with four cores- Tanglin, Central, Bukit Timah, and Tyersall Gallop. Within these 4 cores are an array of gardens with a multitude of different plants, including 48 species of Bonsai. It is the perfect place to stroll, relax, and admire the variety of plants that Singapore has to offer.

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Singapore Flyer

If you want to take in the whole of Singapore, it’s worth riding the Singapore Flyer- the world’s largest observation wheel. As you rise into the sky on a 30-minute journey, you can take in the sights of Singapore, whilst learning fun-facts about the country and its origins. If you want to ride in style, you can book Sky Dining, and enjoy a 4-course meal whilst taking in the beauty of Singapore. Alternatively, sip on a Singapore Sling or glass of Champagne whilst riding the wheel and appreciating the stunning views that Singapore has to offer. 

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Chinatown 

Singapore’s Chinatown is a testament to the influence that China had on Singapore’s past. The streets are lined with red lanterns, and there is an abundance of restaurants selling authentic Chinese food. Nestled within Chinatown, you will find the Chinese Heritage Centre and beautiful temples. As you walk the streets, you will notice heritage markers that were installed to better explain the importance of the area. These markers have been translated into English, Japanese, and Chinese, and are worth reading to better understand both the area and the country. 

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Sentosa Island

If you’re looking to relax on the beach, then head to Sentosa Island. Located 10-20 minutes away from Singapore’s city centre, Sentosa Island offers all the fun of a beach holiday, a stones-throw away from the city. Whether you are looking to relax on the beach, or try something a little bit more adventurous, there is something for everyone. On the Island, you will also find the Underwater World aquarium where you are given the opportunity to swim with dolphins. 

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Treetop Walk at MacRitchie Reservoir

There are several beautiful hiking routes in MacRitchie, and the Treetop Walk is the highlight of them all. The free-standing, 250m long, suspension bridge connects the two highest points in MacRitchie, Bukit Peirce and Bukit Kalang. As you hike across the bridge, you get a birds eye view of the vast array of plants and animals that inhabit the forest canopy. This 2 hour hike is the prime opportunity to observe the nature and beauty of Singapore whilst exploring the forest. 

Lau Pa Sat market 

Lau Pa Sat market is a Singapore landmark and national monument. Found in the heart of the financial district, the striking octagonal shape of the market is a spectacle in itself. It’s sweeping arches and columns are not dissimilar to it’s original structure of the 17th century. Nestled within the market is an array of culinary delights. The aroma of Singapore surrounds you as you pass from stall to stall and sample the local delicacies on offer. There is an old-world charm to Lau Pa Sat market that should not be missed. 

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Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is Singapore’s ecological gem. Covering 87 hectares of land, the wetlands are a chance to see a multitude of animals in their natural habitat, including otters, kingfishers, crabs, and migrating birds. First discovered in 1986 by avid birdwatchers, the Singapore government designated the Wetland Reserve as a nature park in 1989 and has been welcoming eco-tourists since 1993. You can wander the Wetlands solo, or take a free guided tour. If you are a lover of nature, the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve should be at the top of your list. 

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Pulau Ubin 

Pulau Ubin offers a look into Singapore’s past. Located a short 15-minute boat ride away, it is an idyllic place to unwind away from Singapore City. Originally known as Pulau Batu Jubin, the island’s granite quarries provided the stone used to construct the Istana and the Singapore-Johore Causeway. Now, visitors can admire coconut rubber plantations, fish farms, and Singapore’s last remaining kampong (traditional village). As you trek the island, you will come across an array of different habitats, including seagrass lagoons and mangroves. With each new habitat, comes various different species of wildlife. If you are interested in exploring a new island, you can take a day trip to Pulau Ubin, or spend a little bit longer getting to know the island. 

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Manama travel guide

Manama is bursting with exquisite cuisine, nightlife, and culture, making it the perfect holiday destination. 

  • Temperature
  • Visa and passport requirements
  • How to get to Manama
  • Popular neighbourhoods
  • Currency
  • Must-see sights
  • Top delicacies
  • Shopping locations
  • Nightlife

Temperature

Manama has a desert climate, with the average yearly temperature reaching 26 degrees Celsius. The summer months are particularly brutal, as temperatures can reach as high as 50 degrees Celsius. In the winter, the temperature is considerably cooler, with temperatures ranging between 14 and 20 degrees. The spring and autumn months are more pleasant with temperatures averaging between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius. 

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Visa and passport requirements 

If you are travelling to Manama as a United Arab Emirates national, you will not need a visa, but you will need to have your National ID Card. 

It’s best to check with your respective embassy whether you need a visa before visiting Manama.

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How to get to Manama 

To reach Manama, you can fly in to Bahrain International Airport. The airport is directly connected to major international destinations, such as New York, Mumbai, London, and Singapore

If you can’t fly into Bahrain International Airport, the King Fahd International Apirport is 53mks from Manama. 

Once you have landed, there are a number of taxi services available to take you into the city. Taxis can be expensive, so if you are looking for a cheaper option, the Saudi-Bharani Transport company run 8 buses daily into central Manama. Alternatively, if you have an international driving permit, you can hire a car and drive yourself into, and around, the city.

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Popular neighbourhoods

Adliya is the central neighbourhood in Manama. It is where you will find the best restaurants and bars, so if you are looking for nightlife, it is the best place to start. 

Alternatively, Seef District, is located near the water front of Manama. There are an array of excelled restaurants to be found in the area, as well as Seef Mall and other shopping complexes. 

Amwaj Island sits in the Persian Gulf. It is a man-made island that comes complete with a water park and several shopping malls. It is the perfect neighbourhood for those on a family holiday. 

Currency

The local currency in Manama is Bahraini Dinars (BD). You can find BD in the form of 1,5,10, and 20 Dinar notes, or 5,10, 25, and 50 fils. 

Credit cards are widely used in Manama, however the local souq will only accept cash, so it is advised to buy Dinars beforehand. 

Must-see sights  

There are an abundance of incredible things to see and do in Manama, one of which is to visit the Manama Souk. It is a famous flea market, and the best place to buy gold, clothes, jewellery, and souvenirs. 

To get a better understanding of Bahrain and it’s culture, head to the heritage centre and explore its collection of traditional clothes and photographs. 

For the animal lovers, Bahrain’s Royal Camel Farm is a must-see. At the farm you will see, feed, and pet thousands of camels. 

If you are a thrill-seeker, visit Coral Bay. There, you can try a variety of water sports, from jet skiing to water skiing. Alternatively, you can take a relaxing boat trip across the Bay to soak in the sun and sea.

Top delicacies 

You can find a smorgasbord of delicacies in Manama, including kaboo, hot bread, and bharat, a mixture of local spices that is heavily used in many Manama dishes. The local fish include halibut, chimaera, mackerel, and bream. For those who are vegetarian, you can enjoy balls of falafel, hummus, and baba ghanoush. 

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Shopping locations

The best place to shop in Manama is the Bab Al Bahrain souk district. You can find hundreds of stalls here, selling everything you would ever want. From flowers to spices, carpets to fruits, there is a vast array of souvenirs that can be found within the souk. 

If you are looking for gold, head to the Gold Souk. Here you will find jewellery, diamonds, watches, and, of course, gold. You can even trade in your old gold items for new ones. 

Moda Mall is where you will find all the best designer shops. Located on the ground floor of the World Trade Centre, you will find 160 international designer stores, including Armani, Versace, Louis Vuitton, and Christian Dior. Once you’ve finished shopping, you can relax and refuel at one of the many restaurants located within the mall. 

Nightlife 

Manama has a very vibrant nightlife. Whether you are looking to relax in a bar after a long day of sight-seeing, or are eager to party the night away at a club, you will find both within the city. 

There are several bars within Manama, the most popular of which offer outdoor seating. For the best bars, head to Block 338 in Adlliya. If you are looking for a quite drink, be warned that a lot of bars will turn up their music for more of a party vibe after 11pm. 

If a party vibe is what you are looking for, Manama has plenty of nightclubs to be enjoyed. Whether you want to listen to Western music, such as dance, pop, and hip hop, or Arabic music, there is something for all demographics. 

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Best Dubai souvenirs

It’s always nice to get a souvenir from your holiday to remind you of where you have been. These are the best souvenirs to get from Dubai. 

  • Camel milk chocolate
  • Oudh and Bakhoor
  • Attar
  • Pashmina 
  • Gold jewellery
  • Arabic coffee and coffee pot 
  • Lucky stones 
  • Dubai spices 
  • Traditional shoes
  • Persian rug

Camel milk chocolate 

Camel milk chocolate is not a life-time souvenir but more a tasty reminder of your time away. It is manufactured solely in Dubai by Al Nassma and comes in only five flavours- whole milk, 70% cocoa, dates, macadamia, and spiced. These chocolate bars are famous for their enticing taste and can be found at Al Nassma kiosks, duty-free shops, and the Camelicious Camel farm. For an added treat, buy the camel shaped chocolates rather than a standard bar. 

Oudh and Bakhoor

Whilst you are walking around Dubai, you may notice a distinct smell. That will be either oudh or bakhoor. Oudh is a traditional and expensive oil that comes from agar wood resin. Bakhoor is the term for agar wood chips that are burnt to produce a similar smell to oudh. 

Both oudh and bakhoor can be bought as souvenirs, however, oudh is much more expensive than bakhoor as it comes in an oil form, and can be mixed with floral oils to produce a stronger smell. 

Whether you choose oudh or bakhoor both allow you to bring home the smell of Dubai

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Attar

Sticking with scent-derived souvenirs, attar is the name given to essential oils that are derived from plants. These oils are widely used by men and women in Dubai as perfumes. There are a variety of scents that you can choose from, and if you can’t decide the vendors at the Perfume Souk in Deira will be more than happy to help you choose one. 

If you are looking for a more distinct and original scent than you can make your own fragrance. Simply inform the vendor of what fragrances you would like to combine and they will make it for you. 

Prices for attar start at AED90 

Pashmina 

If you are looking for a slightly more luxurious souvenir than get yourself a pashmina. A pashmina is a traditional South Asian shawl that is made from cashmere. The starting price of an authentic pashmina is AED250. 

If you would like a pashmina but don’t want to pay the high price for it, there are plenty of vendors who sell inauthentic pashmina’s. These will be made from viscose or silk and will be priced around AED30. 

To test whether your pashmina is authentic or not try pulling the whole shawl through a ring. If it is authentic, the silkiness of the cashmere mixed with 30% silk should allow it to pass through the ring easily. If your pashmina does not pass through easily it is likely that it is not authentic. 

Gold jewellery 

Dubai is the perfect place to buy yourself some gold jewellery as it is a lot less expensive than in many other countries. Whether you are looking for a pair of earrings, a necklace, or a ring, the best place to buy your gold souvenir is the Dubai Gold Souk. The average price of gold begins at around AED110 per gram, however, don’t forget that you can often haggle vendors for a better price. 

Arabic coffee and coffee pot

Coffee farming is a long tradition in the Middle East. Arabic coffee has a very distinct, often bitter, taste that is not to every coffee drinker’s liking. That being said, if you do enjoy an Arabic coffee then do not miss out on the opportunity to take some home from your trip to Dubai. To complete your Arabic coffee experience buy yourself a traditional Arabic ‘dallah’ coffee pot. Often these pots will be exquisitely decorated so can be used for coffee purposes or simply as a design feature. 

Lucky stones 

Lucky stones are based on your birth month and are said to bring good luck. They can usually be found set in gold or silver rings and pendants that are to be worn to receive the gift of luck. All lucky stones can be customised to fit your taste and make great souvenirs for those in need of a bit of luck.

 Dubai spices 

If you visit the Spice Souk you can take home the taste of Dubai. At the Souk you will find an array of spices, including those that you can not find anywhere outside of the Spice Souk. If you like aromatic food, then you simply must purchase some Dubai spices. 

Be warned that as pleasant as these spices make your food, they can also make your luggage smell and prove difficult to get through customs. Make sure that you have securely wrapped them in your suitcase before heading to the airport. 

Traditional shoes

Traditional Arabic shoes are beautiful and said to be incredibly comfortable. They can be bought for men, women, and children, and come in an array of colours and with beautiful embellishments. Buying a pair of traditional Arabic shoes as a souvenir will serve as a reminder every time you wear them of your time in Dubai as you will not be able to buy an authentic pair outside of the UAE. 

The average price for these shoes is between AED50- AED100.

Persian rug 

A Persian rug is definitely an investment souvenir as, authentic, Persian rugs are expensive. For the best variety of styles head to the National Iranian Carpets or Persian Carpet House. If you have your heart set on a Persian rug, but can’t find one that suits your taste, then you can have one specially designed and made. 

When it comes to Persian rugs remember that you need to check their authenticity before purchasing, and you need to get it on the plane somehow. 

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What to pack in your travel backpack

Whether you’re backpacking across the world or going on a hiking holiday, these are your backpacking essentials. 

  • Essential documents 
  • Money
  • Chargers
  • Shoes for all occasions 
  • Plenty of underwear
  • Suitable clothing
  • Medicine
  • Essential toiletries 
  • Backpack rain cover 
  • Reading material

Essential documents

The most important thing to make sure you pack is your essential documents. This includes your passport, visas, transport tickets, and any other documents that will allow you to freely travel. Without these documents, you will not be able to travel so you must make sure that you have them with you at all times. 

Money

Asides from your essential documents, the most important thing to pack in your travel backpack is money. You must make sure that you have enough money for the whole of your trip. If you are travelling to numerous countries with different currencies, you must make sure that you have a suitable amount of money in each currency you will be using. It’s always best to take extra money with you when you’re travelling just in case you run out before the end of your trip.

Chargers 

Firstly, decide what electrical items you want to take with you. Whilst making your decision, think about the space that you will have in your backpack, how heavy your appliances are, and whether you will have access to charging ports. Once you have decided on your electrical items make sure that you pack your chargers. For backpacking, it’s always best to take portable chargers so that you can charge on the go.

Shoes for all occasions 

There is limited space in a travel backpack, however, you must make sure that you pack shoes for all occasions. If you are planning on going on long walks or hikes make sure that you pack hiking boots. A comfortable pair of trainers is always essential whenever you go travelling. If you are staying in a hostel during your travels make sure that you pack a pair of flip flops for the showers. 

Plenty of underwear

Whilst you’re travelling you may not always be able to find facilities to wash your clothes. This is why you must make sure to pack plenty of underwear. In addition to this, you may want to pack extra socks for when you’re walking as hiking boots tend to rub the heels of your feet. The more underwear you have the more prepared you will be for any situation. 

Suitable clothing 

Think about where it is you are travelling to and how active you are going to be. Use this as a guide to help you choose what clothing you are going to pack. If you are going to a warm destination you want to choose lighter materials. If you are going to a cold destination you may want to pack thermals. Regardless of where you are going make sure that you pack comfortably and practically. It’s always best to pack at least one waterproof jacket. 

Medicine 

If you suffer from allergies or need to take medication on a regular basis, make sure that you pack it. Ideally, you want any medication to be near the top of your bag so that it is easily accessible. Asides from medication that you take on a regular basis, make sure that you pack some basic medical essentials. Paracetamol, ibuprofen, plasters, sun cream, bug spray, etc. You want to make sure that you are equipped for any low-level injuries that you may face whilst on your travels. 

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Essential toiletries 

As previously mentioned, you do not have a lot of room in your travel backpack, so you need to bring essential toiletries only with you. Essential toiletries include toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, lip balm, and any contact lens solution you may need should you wear contacts. You may also want to take skincare products, however, these are not a priority and should be taken out if there is not enough room. You should store your essential toiletries at the top of your bag with your medicine as you never know when you may want to quickly freshen up. 

Backpack rain cover

Your travel backpack will store all of your belongings for the duration of your travels. It will be the most important item on your trip. This is why it is essential that you invest in a backpack rain cover. You don’t want to get stuck in the rain with your backpack and risk getting your belongings wet, and potentially destroyed. A backpack rain cover will protect your backpack, and all of your belongings, from the rain, ensuring a safe and dry journey. 

Reading material 

When your travelling you need to conserve the battery on your devices, such as your phone, as you won’t always have access to charging portals. This means that when you aren’t exploring, you will have to find other ways to entertain yourself. Take some reading material on your travels as a way to entertain yourself. You could even take books on your destination(s) so that you can do some pre-reading on where you are going. Make sure that you don’t pack too many books though as you don’t want to make your bag too heavy. 

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How to make the most of a short holiday

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When your holiday only lasts for a long weekend, or a few short days, it can seem like there isn’t enough time to get much done. That is not true. This is how to make the most of a short holiday.

  • Be prepared 
  • Unplug
  • Consider your hotel location
  • Prioritize 
  • Hire a guide
  • Try something new
  • Wake up early
  • Live like a local
  •  Be aware of time zones 
  • Give yourself time to relax

Be prepared

The key to any successful holiday is being prepared, but when you know you have a limited amount of time the need to prepare is heightened. To adequately prepare for your holiday, you first need to establish what type of holiday you want. Do you simply want to relax by the pool or on the beach? Or are you looking for more of an adventure, exploring a new city or town? After you’ve established the holiday you want, you can start researching what is available for you to do- guided tours, activities, restaurants in the local area, etc. Once you’ve done your research, set a loose itinerary for your holiday. You don’t want to put yourself under pressure by scheduling in too much in a small amount of time, but creating a loose itinerary as a guide will ensure that you see and experience all of your bucket-list things. 

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Unplug

Holidays are all about escaping from your everyday reality. When on a short holiday, it’s best to soak up every moment of not being in your everyday surroundings. The best way to do this is to completely unplug. Keep your phone available and fully-charged just in case of an emergency, but don’t constantly be checking it. Leave the technology behind, and embrace the feeling of being outside of your normal routine. Before you know it, you’ll be back at work, so you need to enjoy your well-deserved time-off whilst you can. 

Consider your hotel location

Short holidays mean less time to explore, however that doesn’t mean that you need to miss out on the excitement of exploring a new place. When booking your hotel, look at what is in the immediate surrounding area and what is close by. Choose hotels close to the city or beach, depending on your holiday preference. Make sure that there are good transport links if you want to go on a day-trip further afield. Check the local bars and restaurants in the area. Make sure that you pick a hotel that will allow you to do everything you want to do in the time frame you have. 

Prioritise 

If you like adventurous holidays then there is probably a long list of things that you would like to achieve whilst away. That being said, on short holiday’s you won’t have the time to experience everything. Make a bucket-list of the top 5 or 10 things you want to see and/or do whilst your on holiday and prioritise your top 3. Doing this will ensure that, even though you may not see everything you want to see on your holiday, you will at least see the most important things you wanted to. 

Hire a guide

The best way to see a location in a short period of time is by taking a guided tour. Guided tours will take you around a city or a certain area of a country, and explain the history and cultural significance of it. Whether it’s an open-top bus tour or a walking tour, investing in a guide is a great way to see the highlights of a place in a short amount of time. 

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Try something new

Part of the thrill of going on holiday is experiencing something new. Whether that is a new country, a new destination, or even a new way of living. Whilst on your short holiday, push yourself to try a new experience. It could be anything from a new cuisine, to just talking to a new person. Being on holiday is the perfect opportunity to explore new experiences you would never try in your everyday life, no matter how long your holiday is. 

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Wake up early

If you have a long list of experiences that you want to try whilst on your short holiday, it’s best to wake up early. Some people enjoy relaxing and not having to set an alarm whilst on holiday, however, if you know that there’s a lot you want to achieve, it’s best to start your day early. Don’t force yourself to wake up early every day though, remember that you are also on holiday to relax. 

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Live like a local 

If you’re holidaying in a country you have never explored before it can be exciting to spend your time living like a local. Before heading on your holiday, do some research into bars, restaurants, and general places where locals will go. When on your holiday, engage a local in general conversation and show a willingness to get to know about their culture and way of life. You will get a much more authentic experience out of a country if you spend, even a day, living like a local. 

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Be aware of time zones 

When travelling outside of your home country it’s best to remember if there is a time difference. Depending on where you are travelling to and from in the world could depend on whether you get an extra few hours on holiday or not. If you are aware of the time zones you are travelling to and from prior to your trip, you can easily plan around it. 

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Give yourself time to relax

The most important thing to remember when going on holiday, no matter its length, is to relax. You are going on holiday to escape your normal life, have a new experience, and unwind. Remember to enjoy your time off and not stress yourself out if you don’t see or do everything you wanted to. 

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Top day trips just outside of Amsterdam

When you’re on holiday, sometimes it’s nice to explore areas outside of the city centre. Here are the top 10 day trips to enjoy just outside of Amsterdam

  • Keukenhof Tulip Garden
  • Rotterdam
  • The Hague 
  • Giethoorn 
  • Batavia Stad
  • Gouda
  • Delft
  • Kinderdijk
  • Muiderslot Castle
  • Efteling

Keukenhof Tulip Garden

The Keukenhof Tulip Garden is one of the most iconic landscapes in the Netherlands. It is the world’s largest flower garden, home to 7 million flowers including daffodils, orchids, roses, and the Netherlands famous tulips. Take in the spectacle of fragrance and colour as you wander through gardens and pavilions, observing a multitude of flowers.  

The fastest way to reach the Keukenhof Tulip Garden from Amsterdam is to take the train to Haarlem and then get the Keukenhof Express bus to the Tulip Garden. 

Rotterdam

If you enjoy city holidays, then why not explore the Netherlands second-biggest city Rotterdam? If you are taking a day-trip to Rotterdam, take in the whole city by travelling 185 meters up the Euromast. Your journey will be taken in a rotating glass elevator so even as you travel you can observe the beauty of the city. Once you have reached the top, take in the stunning cityscape. When you’re feet touch solid ground again, take a stroll down the Maas river and explore the abundance of cafes and restaurants there are on offer. 

There are direct trains running from Amsterdam to Rotterdam so travel is no issue. 

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The Hague

The Hague is the International City of Peace and Justice. Not only is it home to the United Nations International Court of Justice and Peace Palace, but it is also home to the Dutch government and the Dutch royal family. Whilst exploring The Hague, don’t forget to visit The Mauritshuis. Featuring masterpieces by groundbreaking artists, such as Andy Warhol, Rembrandt and Vermeer, it is a must-see.

Direct trains run from Amsterdam Central to Hague central.

Giethoorn 

Giethoorn is a hidden gem. It is a classic Netherlands village, built on a complex series of canals that are best explored by Gondola. Once you’ve explored the village by boat, explore it by foot. Giethoorn is a picturesque village in every way. From its abundance of flowers to the perfectly restored farmhouses, Giethoorn is the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of central Amsterdam and enjoy some country living. 

From Amsterdam Central station, take a train to Steenwijk. There are direct trains available but if you find a connecting train via Zwolle, that will also get you to Giethoorn. 

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Batavia Stad

If you area lover of shopping then you must visit Batavia Stad- the Netherlands leading outlet shopping mall. Explore 250 brands across 150 stores before enjoying a meal at one of the many cafes and restaurants that can be found throughout the outlet. There is something for everyone at Batavia Stad, but be aware that it is best to visit the outlet on a clear day as it is open air. 

Batavia Stad is just outside Amsterdam city centre and there is a free shuttle bus that can take you straight to the outlet.

Gouda

If you love cheese then visit Gouda. In Market Square every Thursday Gouda hosts the Gouda Cheese Market where you can truly step back in time. Observe as cheese wheels are carried around by sellers in traditional costumes and sold on the market stalls. Once you have travelled around the market, don’t miss out on the opportunity to explore the rest of the historical town. There are several buildings, dating back to the 13th century, that perfectly preserves the history of the Netherlands. The Gouda Stadhuis, for example, was constructed back in 1448 and is a prime example of perfectly preserved gothic architecture.

There are direct trains available from Amsterdam Central to Gouda. 

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Delft

The old Netherlands town of Delft will provide you with the perfect opportunity to relax away from the city. Best known for it’s Delft Blue pottery, this old Holland town is complete with beautiful canals that can be explored by walking over classic humped bridges. If you want to see the whole of the town, climb up to the top of the New Church and take in the picturesque town in all of its glory. 

There are direct trains from Amsterdam to Delft. 

Kinderdijk

The Netherlands is well known for its iconic windmills. If you want to see those windmills in action then visit Kinderdijk. At Kinderdijk you will find historic windmills that date back to the 16th and 18th centuries. You won’t only find picture-perfect scenery at Kinderdijk, but you will find a rich history that is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you’re interested in the history of the Netherlands, you won’t want to miss Kinderdijk. 

The easiest way to reach Kinderdijk is by car, however there are organised tours that will take you to the historical site. 

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Muiderslot Castle

Dating back to the 12th Century, and complete with a moat, Muiderslot Castle is the perfect day out for families. This is not simply an opportunity to stroll around an ancient castle, this is an opportunity to learn about the history of the Netherlands in an interactive way. As you travel around the castle there are interactive games to play, dress-up opportunities, and even falcon displays on Saturdays. Once you have fully explored the castle, take in the beautiful gardens that you are free to wander at your leisure. What is more, if you have an iAmsterdam City card you can get in for free. 

If you are feeling adventurous, take a bike ride from Amsterdam to Muiderslot Castle. Otherwise, you can drive via car or take the train. 

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Efteling

Efteling is an amusement park like no other. It is the largest theme park in the Netherlands and one of the oldest theme parks in the world. Each attraction found at the park reflects elements from ancient myths and legends, fairy tales, fables, and folklore. 15 million people visit the park each year and enjoy not only the park but the four-star Efteling Hotel and 18-hole golf course. 

The best option for travelling to Efteling is by bus. 

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