Stoked to Travel

Claire Stokes and her Stoked to Travel blog is a must read for the more intrepid UK traveller. Originally from Brighton, Claire has taken the life and vibrancy of her home town and transferred it into her writing. Expect detailed destination guides, great travel tips and posts that make you want to get up and go.

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1st August 2020 by Stoked to Travel

14 of the best beaches in Cornwall for a Summer Staycation

It’s no secret that Cornwall has the very best beaches in the UK. There is more than 300 miles of coastline in Cornwall, with the beaches varying from open stretches of soft sand to hidden coves and rock pools. And although it’s a long drive for most people to get to, as it’s England’s southernmost county, it’s a hugely rewarding visit for those who make the journey. Cornwall’s beaches are famous for their quality and variety, with some incredibly similar to famous beaches in other...

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27th July 2020 by Stoked to Travel

Lesser known islands to visit on a Greek Island hopping itinerary

There are more than 6,000 islands in Greece, so deciding where to go can be a pretty challenging task. A google search typically brings up the favourites, including Santorini, Mykonos and Crete. What about what the smaller islands? The ones that are just that bit harder to get to? The islands which are almost untouched by mass tourism, offering a slower and more gentle insight into the charm of Greek daily life. You may have read my Greek Island hopping itinerary here, which covers a popular...

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15th July 2020 by Stoked to Travel

30 of the best places to visit in the South of France

The South of France, stretching from the Spanish border to the Italian border, alongside the Mediterranean Sea is a gorgeous part of Europe to visit for a summer holiday. From the glitzy towns of Cannes, St Tropez, Nice and the mini-country of Monaco making up the area known as the French Riviera, to the historical and cultural gems of Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon, the South of France is a truly beautiful corner of the world....

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29th June 2020 by Stoked to Travel

Best places to visit in Andalusia, Spain

Covering most of southern Spain, Andalusia stretches from the Portuguese border to the Balearic Sea. And this beautiful region is home to some of the most iconic highlights in Spain, including the world-famous Alhambra Palace and the epic Caminito del Rey. It is, without doubt, one of the best places to travel to in Spain. Although hundreds of thousands of people flock to its beach resorts each year, there are plenty more places to see and things to do in Andalusia. From weekend breaks in the...

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5th June 2020 by Stoked to Travel

Everything you need to know before visiting Ghana

Ghana, a small country on the West coast of Africa, is one of the most accessible and safe destinations in the region. And it is packed with exciting historical and cultural things to do, as well as countless outdoor adventures. Beautiful Ghana is one of my favourite places on earth. Having spent more than six months there, it feels like a second home. From the paradise beaches in the west of the country, the remote adventures in north near Tamale or the pulsating energy of Accra. I would...

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5th June 2020 by Stoked to Travel

10 of the best places for a safari in Southern Africa

A safari is one of the best adventures to be had. And Southern Africa is known as one of the best regions in the world for wildlife experiences. South Africa and Botswana are the most well-known destinations, especially the world-famous Kruger National Park. But Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia also offer exceptional safari experiences, a little further off the beaten track. So if you’re looking for the best places to go on safari in Southern Africa, I’ve got you covered!...

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1st June 2020 by Stoked to Travel

8 of the best places to visit near Bologna, Italy

The underrated city of Bologna in the northern Italian region of Emilia Romagna is rising in popularity. But until recently, it has always sat in the shadow of its tourist-magnet neighbours, including Florence, Rome, Venice and Milan. Not only is Bologna the true home of some of the best food in Italy. Such as tagliatelle al Ragù, lasagne and mortadella ham, but it also an excellent base for exploring the region. This is mostly thanks to the efficient train network. Some of the best day trips...

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29th May 2020 by Stoked to Travel

Best things to do in Verona, Italy

The historic Italian city of Verona is somewhat synonymous with Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, and having read the play multiple times, I’ve certainly envisaged my own Verona. So when I had the opportunity to finally visit Verona recently, I was very excited. Naturally, visiting the setting for one of the world’s most famous plays is top of the list, but there are plenty of other things to do in Verona too. In fact, this the pretty, peaceful and compact city is one of my favourite...

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5th June 2020 by Stoked to Travel

Best things to do in Ravenna

Ravenna is a beautiful city in the eastern half of Emilia Romagna. It is a lesser-known destination that offers an authentic getaway, with far fewer crowds than other places in Italy! Ravenna is a destination packed with history and culture. From basilicas, mausoleums, tombs to the ancient and contemporary mosaics for which the city is famous. From visiting the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, to sampling delicious fresh seafood, cycling in the nearby pine forests and swimming in the nearby...

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29th May 2020 by Stoked to Travel

China itinerary: The perfect two itinerary in China

China, the second largest country in the world, is one of the most diverse and contrasting destinations on the planet. Ancient traditions and complex history are sharply contrasted with the modern and futuristic architecture and transport. China can be loud and chaotic, and also rustic and remote. Having travelled extensively through the country, it really is like nowhere I’ve even been. And planning our China itinerary was one of the biggest challenges. The country is vast, with so many...

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15th June 2020 by Stoked to Travel

Best things to do in Noosa

Noosa is hands down my favourite place in Australia. If I had to pack my bags and move to one place tomorrow for the rest of my life, Noosa would be that place. Located on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia, Noosa is one of the most charming and beautiful places to visit. So if you’re already planning to visit Noosa, you’re in for a treat. Here’s my Noosa travel guide, covering everything you need to know to plan your trip!...

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29th May 2020 by Stoked to Travel

Exploring the Australian Outback: Darwin to Alice Springs on the Ghan Train

Taking the Ghan Train through the Outback is one of the most incredible adventures to have in Australia. Although the full stretch spans a colossal journey from Darwin to Adelaide, one of the most iconic legs travels through the heart of the country. Travelling from Darwin to Alice Springs on the Ghan train means leaving the tropical Top End and spending 24 hours on board until your arrival in Australia’s Red Centre. The Ghan Train is one of the most iconic train journeys in the world, and a...