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  1. Seeking Rome’s Best Wine Bars

    Piazza del Popolo was sinking into a contented Saturday night haze. The sun was setting over the Vatican, casting dark shadows across the cobbles of the square and sending jetstreams of silver-orange cloud into the ever-deepening blue sky. As locals and tourists alike mingled and chatted contentedly in the ancient square, complete with a 2000-year-old […]

  2. Back to Nature in Costa Rica

    “There’s the only army you’ll find in Costa Rica.” Our guide through the Corcovado National Park points, and a group of dazed and jet-lagged tourists peer at the ground. A highway of ants stretches from one side of the path to the other, with many carrying slices of green above their head. Leafcutter ants. The […]

  3. Our Top 3 Day Trips from Marrakech

    Arriving in Marrakech is piling headlong into a swirling maelstrom of noise, colour, seething masses of people, honking bikes, overwhelming scents and incredible variety and energy, all packed into a labyrinth of narrow alleyways and disorientating lanes. It is an incredible place, a feast for the senses. From the rich culture to the exquisite food […]

  4. New for 2020: Get Off the Beaten Track

    We’ve spent all year searching meticulously for the very best unique, local, responsible experiences in incredible locations, so that you don’t have to. As 2019 draws to a close and a new decade of discovery and exploration beckons, we’ve put together a little list of some of the most exciting new destinations, and the amazing […]

  5. Why We’re Giving Back This Black Friday

    Think of Black Friday, and your mind probably jumps to queues that make the New York breadlines look merely inconvenient, shoppers in fits of trancelike violence scrapping desperately for TV’s, shop windows caving in under the pressure of hundreds of hungry consumers, all in the hypnotic trance only MASSIVE DISCOUNTS can inspire, and loads, and […]

  6. Top 5 Winter Destinations

    Winter can be a tough time. The days get shorter, the nights draw in and inexplicable Christmas ads start to appear without warning. But how to stave off the seasonal depression and barrage of overenthusiastic festivity? That’s right, book a holiday. To give you some inspiration, we’ve compiled a list of our top 5 winter […]

  7. Meet Caroline, our jewellery making tutor in South West France

    Packing up and moving to rural France with four kids under the age of 7 and no knowledge of the language would seem a big step to most. But for PMC jewellery making expert Caroline and her husband Adam, it was a no brainer. Caroline remembers, “I always loved travelling. We wanted an outdoor lifestyle […]

  8. Guest review: Debbie travels solo but not alone on her jewellery making holiday in France

    Debbie fully admits that she has never been the most creative person and on this holiday she found herself with no one to travel with. Fuelled by a desire to learn something new while enjoying her holiday, Debbie chose our jewellery making and wellbeing holiday in Gascony with hosts Caroline and Adam. To her surprise, […]

  9. GoLearnTo make The Times’ list of best holidays for solo travellers

    We love it when other people realise how great our holidays are – especially when they get how amazing learning holidays can be for solo travellers. This weekend, NotInTheGuideBookswas included in Richard Mellor’s round-up of the best holidays for solo travellers in The Times. Only 20 trips made it so we were chuffed that our […]

  10. A Beginner’s Guide to Spotting the Northern Lights

    The Northern Lights are top of the bucket list for so many people, and with good reason. Standing in the hauntingly beautiful, incredibly still landscape of frozen pine trees laden with thick, pure white snow, breathing in crisp, pure air as bursts of iridescent greens and reds burn their way across the pitch-black sky, is […]

  11. Two Days in Seville as Only Locals Know it

    When you look out over the gently glowing embers that are Seville’s rooftops, you’re looking at a city that has been shaped by countless years of war, of oppression, of resistance and of shifts in culture. Unraveling the history of this cultural crossroads is, generally, unachievable in just two days in Seville. Discovering stunning architecture, […]

  12. Meet our yoga instructor Lucy & her team in Italy

    Our yoga instructor, Lucy Bremner, set up her yoga retreat in Italy in 1998 and hasn’t looked back. This unique yoga retreat, nestled in the beautiful Italian village of Casperia, hosts many special guest yoga teachers. On weeks where there are no guest teachers, you will be taught by Lucy herself. We caught up with […]