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RESTAURANTS IN BYRON BAY

They say that the way to a person's heart is through their stomach, which is probably the case-and-point of why we have all fallen so head-over-love-struck-heels for Byron. My personal consensus (I’ve put a bit of thought into this) is that Byron is a foodie paradise, mainly due to the local fresh produce and also the calibre of chefs and restaurants in the area. With around 30,000 residents populating the shire and over 2 million tourists it has a small town mentality of ‘if you don’t produce quality everybody knows about it’ combined with the huge amount of tourist resourcing to justify investing in beautiful fit outs, top notch chefs and industry professionals who are willing to push the limits of cuisine (and just about everything else). Every time I have visited there has been somewhere new to try, so after a glorious day in paradise, what better way to farewell the sun with a great dining experience, from the multifaceted options at your fingertips.

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CAFES FOR BREAKFAST/ BRUNCH/ LUNCH IN BYRON BAY

If you love healthy and genuinely good-for-you food Byron is the eating destination of your dreams. Coming here I feel like I can eat decadently and self indulge myself in all of my favourite things to eat and yet feel as light and healthy as ever. It’s a detox for the body, disguised via sustainably produced ingredients, organic everything and a real focus on reducing the nasties like refined sugar. So you are eating yummy but looking after your insides (and your waistline, hallelujah). There is so much diversity here, I would be so surprised if you couldn’t find a cafe that you didn’t fall head over heels in love with - these places live up to their Instagram perfectness. Here are my eight favourite finds to start the day right, whether you are up with the sun or have enjoyed a lazy sleep in, all of which I keep coming back to time and time again.  

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9 SITES TO SEE IN COPENHAGEN

To be completely honest, Copenhagen isn’t really about the landmarks and the tourist moments. For me it was all about immersing myself into the Danish lifestyle and (at least attempting to) blend in like a local. Think eating amazing food, cycling from A to B, wandering the city streets and generally chilling out. But until you get the hang of this city, these top-notch spots are a great place to start.

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CYCLING THROUGH COPENHAGEN

When visiting Copenhagen, forget the Metro or ‘just walking around’ – it’s time to get yourself some wheels and jump on a saddle. Bicycle culture is a major part of everyday life in Copenhagen with more bikes populating the city compared to people and over 350 kilometres of cycle tracks complete with dedicated traffic lights that provide cyclists right of way over cars. All in all, cycling from point A to point B is fast, easy, convenient, relatively cheap and generally good for the soul.

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BEACHES IN SYDNEY

If you want to get the most out of Sydney, you need to head to the coast and immerse yourself in the beach culture of this city. Here are my favourite spots to lay in the sun or surf up a storm, from some of Sydney’s best known to the hidden gems.

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A WEEKEND IN DAYLESFORD

During my visit to Melbourne I decided to take a little quiet time and venture North West for some rest and relaxation. Just a stone’s throw from Melbourne’s CBD or one and half hours’ drive I discovered a little piece of countryside bliss.

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GLAMPING IN DAYLESFORD

I love the idea of immersing myself into nature, escaping the busy city for some quiet and serenity but I don’t like the idea of sleeping in a sleeping bag with insects and bugs. Cue, Cosy Tents, who have brought the best elements of camping together with some luxury touches, to make the perfect middle ground between a tent and a hotel room.

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WHERE TO EAT IN MELBOURNE

With the world at our fingertips, it might sound strange, but Melbourne is one of my favourite cities to eat in. The restaurants listed below are my hand-selected picks that I return to time and time again (or at least every time I’m in Melbourne). Global cuisines at their yummiest.  

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Australia, TravelTom Box
WHY YOU’LL FALL FOR MADRID

Madrid has a lot for everyone, so it will be really hard for you not to fall for this beautiful and versatile city. A melting pot of culinary talent, stunning architecture, things to do and see, great weather and beautiful people, lead by a new generation of Madrileños it is a reawakened city that is not to be missed.

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Spain, TravelSam Reynolds
THE BEST BARS IN SYDNEY

It’s no secret I love a good cocktail (or two), so I thoroughly enjoyed working my way through the best bars Sydney has to offer. This city hosts a huge variety of bars, from rooftops to basements and everything in-between, there quite literally somewhere for everyone in whatever mood or vibe you seek. I quickly discovered, most of the best bars are not the easiest to find, hidden away from the casual passer-by and they almost always have a great backstory. Here is a selection of my favourite bars in Sydney.  

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MY FAVOURITE SPOTS TO EAT IN MADRID

This nocturnal city beats to a different food clock. The locals usually don’t have breakfast until around 10am, lunch is between 2pm and 4pm and dinner isn’t until after 9pm. For me, a part of diving into the Spanish culture is working to this schedule and having a few strategic snacks so that I can last until 9pm for dinner. The best part is, you don’t have to go to a Michelin starred restaurant to find the best food in Madrid. Wandering the back streets of La Latina, the food halls and the small family run restaurants are the best places to be. Here are a few of foodie highlights from Madrid.

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PLACES TO SEE IN MADRID

This was my first visit to Spain, and talking to people before I left I discovered a divide between lovers of Madrid and lovers of Barcelona. It seemed everyone had picked one side or the other, so I decided to visit both. Here is what I discovered during my time in Madrid…

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TOP 5 THINGS TO DO IN BARCELONA

Barcelona doesn’t stop for a breath. It is a vibrant city bustling with life and energy. It hosts many beautiful contrasts as gothic churches mix with Antoni Gaudí’s modernistic architectural creations and located just footsteps away are the beach, great restaurants, bars and nightclubs. During peak Summer season, it lives up to the hype of being the Spanish tourism success story. In 2016 it was estimated there were 32 million visitors, judging by my time there I would think this year looks to be equally as impressive.

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THE BEST OF DUBROVNIK

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dubrovnik truly is a fantasy land. The minute you walk through the grand medieval walls of Old Town a sense of awe encompasses you. It is like stepping back in time onto the pages of a historical book or onto the set of a movie, it almost doesn’t seem real that a city like this still exists today. Since the end of Croatia’s war for independence Dubrovnik became a hidden gem for tourists who had discovered its beautiful white limestone streets, baroque architecture and seaside culture. Now, Dubrovnik is one of the most popular tourist destinations with a mix of ‘Game of Thrones’ fans flocking to see their favourite TV show in real life and a cycle of young party goers sailing in and out every day.

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A WEEKEND IN BOWRAL

Follow me down the garden path to... Bowral, a sleepy town in the New South Wales Southern Highlands. A charming country town just 90 minutes’ drive from Sydney’s CBD and the perfect destination to escape the daily grind of the city. This sleepy country town is one of the biggest in the Southern Highlands, and boasts some amazing retreats for a some personal TLC.

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SUMMER IN SYDNEY

Jumping across to the Southern Hemisphere, it is here I begin my journey exploring Sydney, Australia. I loved discovering the endless unspoilt beaches, thriving bars and restaurants, iconic landmarks and historical architecture this city has to offer. The best part is, as your start to scratch beyond the surface, this city only gets better.  

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HVAR

A short ferry ride from Split, we discovered paradise – also known as Hvar Island. Its stunning tropical waters, sunshine and great nightlife are a draw card for young partygoers and the rich and famous alike. This town has the same charm and architecture of Split, but with a party island spirit at its heart and a touch of luxury.

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Croatia, TravelSam Reynolds
48 HOURS IN SPLIT

Across the Adriatic Sea and to the Balkan Peninsula, I find myself at my next stop: Split, Croatia. The city is the perfect contrast of beautiful old buildings made of white limestone and marble offset by crystal clear turquoise ocean and the dramatic mountain ranges that frame the outskirts of the city. A lively little city, which centres around an old town, it has the best of historical elements mixed with a little modernity and nightlife. Although Split was only a quick stop off for me, it is the perfect introduction to the Dalmatian way of life and culture.  Across the Adriatic Sea and to the Balkan Peninsula, I find myself at my next stop: Split, Croatia. 

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Croatia, TravelSam Reynolds
POSITANO

Into the heart of the Amalfi Coast lays pretty Positano. A town in every sense of the word, it is petite but picturesque, almost dreamlike. It is a must stop for a truly Italian experience and a great location for some well earned rest and relaxation. Writer John Steinbeck wrote in 1953 ‘Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone’ and I couldn’t have described it better myself.

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Italy, TravelSam Reynolds