Jana Crowne

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  • 23 Nov 2018
  • Travel Advice
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Capital economy: The cheapest and most expensive capital cities for travellers

With international travel becoming more and more common – among the older generations as well as the younger ones – it’s become increasingly important to budget while travelling, in order to ensure your money is going as far as it possibly can. And while experts are predicting that the price of travelling is going to rise by up to 3.7%, it is still possible to get around the world on a budget – you just have to know where to go.
  • 06 Oct 2018
  • Travel Advice
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How to write the perfect destination song

What does it take to make a hit song that evokes a very real place on earth? So much so that the destination mentioned becomes as coveted as the song itself, playing endlessly in the back of our minds. Eagles did it with Hotel California, as did The Mamas and The Papas with California Dreamin', and most recently Camila Cabello with her smashing debut single Havana, a resounding global success that topped charts all over the world. So, how did she do it? How did they all do it? We investigate.
  • 18 Sep 2018
  • Photo Blog
Cuba through the lens

A meal with a view at El Templete overlooking Havana Bay

One of my most memorable dining experiences in Havana was, surprisingly enough, at a government-run restaurant (as opposed to the more popular private “paladares”) set overlooking Havana Bay. If the panoramic views weren’t enough to sway me, the food was up to par or even better. With a strong emphasis on fresh seafood, the fish was simply cooked but super-tasty and included international favourites that are hard-to-get elsewhere in Cuba, like grouper, sole or Mahi-mahi. The Basque chef puts a unique spin on the food served and house specialties combine the best of local dishes with elements of traditional Spanish cuisine. It may be closed for refurbishment now but will open soon renewed and refreshed. A rare gem not to miss in Old Havana!
  • 11 May 2018
  • Travel Story
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Around the world in limericks

To mark the celebration of National Limerick Day on 16th May, we thought it the perfect opportunity to put on our creative hats and write up a few fun-filled limericks about some of our favourite cities around the world. From Havana to Tokyo, and from Sydney to New York, this selection of tongue-in-cheek rhymes is sure to put a smile on your face. Happy limerick chanting folks!
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