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Visiting Demre, Turkey: More than Santa Claus

by Asako Maruoka / Dec 03, 2013 /
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Have you heard of Demre, Turkey? It’s on the southwest Mediterranean coast, in the Antalya Province. And, it’s the town of three names – currently named Kale, although no one calls it that. Most people head to Demre to visit the church of St.

7 Unusual Things to Do in Koh Samui

by Asako Maruoka / Nov 20, 2013 /
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It seems that everyone’s going to Koh Samui these days, and raving about it. An island in Thailand (actually, the second largest island, after Phuket), Koh Samui has beautiful white sandy beaches, coral reefs, and Plenty of coconut trees.

12 Cool Things to Do in Cornwall

by Asako Maruoka / Nov 17, 2013 /
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Ah, Cornwall –full of history, great eats, and amazing scenery. From Plymouth to Newquay to Falmouth and more, Cornwall boasts small and large towns, full of treasure.

10 Favorite Beaches in the Algarve

by Asako Maruoka / Nov 16, 2013 /
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You know me – it’s all about the beach. Whether I am swimming, snorkeling, diving, windsurfing, kayaking, or listening to the peaceful sounds of the waves, being by water makes me happiest, of anywhere in the world. Some of the best beaches in Europe can be found in the Algarve, in Portugal.

Exploring the English Riviera

by Asako Maruoka / Oct 26, 2013 /
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Have you heard of the English Riviera? It’s a great nickname for Torquay, a coastal town located in Devon, along the English Channel (and the surrounding area). Why the English Riviera?

School trips to Barcelona

by Asako Maruoka / Oct 22, 2013 /
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School trips to foreign countries are a brilliant idea. Not only do they give the students a chance to try out the language that they are learning in a real life environment, but they also help to encourage a love of travelling, preventing a fear of places that you don’t know, while also allowing bonding between the students.

Visiting Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

by Asako Maruoka / May 21, 2013 /
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Sharm el-Sheikh has long been a favourite for many tourists, and the tourism minister is eager to stress that the fun in the sun is still available.

Teaching in Egypt is almost like being on vacation!

by Asako Maruoka / Apr 15, 2013 /
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So you're looking to take time away from teaching, your chosen career path, and add in some travel and adventure. You want to experience a little bit of the world, broaden the horizons before finally settling down. That's a good move and a road which thousands of your compatriots have already travelled down.

What to Expect in Japan

by Asako Maruoka / Mar 14, 2013 /
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To fully enjoy all that there is to offer in Japan, it is essential to do a bit of research on the customs and traditions of this interesting part of the world. Getting to grips with being polite, table manners and general customs will stop any unintended offence and a bad reputation for western travellers. So as you head to Japan, leave your ignorance behind you as you open yourself up to the Japanese culture.

What to do if You Have Been Injured on Holiday

by Asako Maruoka / Jan 29, 2013 /
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Imagine all the months of saving up to go on that much deserved holiday, finally arriving at your dream destination and feeling the sun on your face only to have it ruined by an accident or illness that causes personal injury.