Eating fish sandwiches on Galata Bridge and haggling in the Grand Bazaar... most guide books will describe these as unmissable experiences. But there's plenty more to Istanbul. Here is my guide to the perfect 24 hours in an incredible city!
I have therefore come to the conclusion that it doesn't really matter which one you pick. Both guarantee a great and eye-opening experience. You can always go travelling after university, just like you can always go to university after travelling. If you want to do both, you merely have to decide on the order in which you wish to do it.
A trip to Cappadocia offers the perfect break from the vibrant, frenetic city of Istanbul. So next time you're thinking about booking a holiday to Turkey, skip the resorts, and go on a Cappdocian adventure!
Dear Lizzie, You are 18 right now and probably sitting in your trackies stressing about uni work and when you are next going to get to see your long distance boyfriend. As much as you feel like you don't, you really do have a lot going for you.
Having arrived in Australia's culture capital Melbourne, I am giving life 'Down Under' a go. I have achieved the most important aspect of a happy life and have landed myself an amazing group of friends (more of them later) and have a super flat with work in the pipeline.
Working in travel is one of the most exciting, rewarding occupations in the world; being passionate about exploring the globe is just part and parcel of being successful in the industry, so it pays to be well-travelled. But where are the ultimate, ultimate places that travel experts want to go?
We have so many ways to communicate with each other it's become impossible to switch off. Last night I had dinner with a friend and was saddened to see half the family on the table next to us interacting only with their mobile phones, rather than to each other.
The excitement has become less about the individual and their own journey and more about being confined by the rules. We feel like we need to live up to in answer to the inevitable burning question of "Where you going travelling then, mate?".
The Spanish are overwhelmingly friendly, living up to their positive stereotype. On my first day at work I was introduced to a thousand people, who all looked genuinely content at the prospect of working with a hindrance of a foreign intern.
What was there to do on these two paradise islands? Other than swim, snorkel, walk their perimeter and relax on the beach... not very much! What a beautifully unfussy life! No one was in a hurry or clutching a mobile phone. There was no TV or radio blaring.
Unlike the cities of its closest neighbour United Arab Emirates, the Sultanate of Oman hasn't quite let go of its exotic past just yet. If you're expecting the glitz and glam of Dubai or the skyscrapers of Abu Dhabi, you'll be disillusioned.
Choosing to travel is so wonderful so much of the time that it is easy for everyone (travellers included) to forget that it is like any choice in life: when you choose one option you have to forgo whatever the other option may be.
So, university has begun and you are past the Fresher love for your new town or city. You reminisce about your Gap Year or wish you had taken a year to really "find yourself". Easter and summer breaks offer the perfect opportunity to break out of the library and travel. But which kind of cultural experience are you after?
I have been travelling for just over six months and haven't put finger to keyboard for the whole time beyond the weekly reassuring email home. The good English girl that is still left in me feels like I should apologise for being so slack and not meeting expectations.
I find music and travel both utterly addictive. After one short trip away, I return with post-travel blues, desperate to go on another one. The same with music - I'm incapable of listening to one song, then turning off.
A journey to Burma is something of a surreal experience. Scenic mountains, endless forests, enchanted temple ruins and a captivating culture with a distressing past running through the veins of the sovereign state.