This is how Costa Rica can enrich your mind, body AND soul

Take in the views in La Cangreja National Park (Picture: http://www.VisitCostaRica.com) Work can feel like it never stops with never-ending streams of emails pinging through at all times of the day; tedious traffic jams and challenging clients often punctuate your day. That’s why holidays are so important. With the world at our fingertips, cookie-cutter holidays needn’t be the go-to option. What about a destination that is ‘full of life’ – a country whose whole essence is based on the saying Pura Vida, which literally means ‘pure life’. As we become…

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British backpacker complains fruit picking in Australia made her ’88-days a slave’

Stephanie Banasko, 25, said she felt like she worked ’88 days a slave’ (Picture: Instagram) A British backpacker in Australia has claimed she was treated like a ‘slave’ while picking fruit for four hours a day in Australia. Stephanie Banasko, 25, had been trying to extend her visa for a second year by working at the Farmgate Backpackers in Childers, Queensland. But the blogger, who travelled to Australia to escape her ‘nine to five bulls*** life’, summed up her experience by saying she was ’88-days a slave’. She claims she…

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Going on holiday soon? Well, you can now enjoy Nando’s on a flight

Nando’s snacks are coming to Jet2! (Picture: Jet2) Going on holiday soon and fancy a Nando’s on your flight? Well, you can now do that thanks to Jet2. The budget UK airline has just started serving Nando’s on its flight – introducing two snacks infused with Nando’s Peri-Peri spice. Nando’s Peri-Peri Flight Bites include a dip and dunk ‘Nando’s Box’, which involves their infamous houmous, Peri-Peri drizzle and salted pita chips. There’s also Nando’s Half-Popped Corn, in case you don’t fancy a dipping snack. *Need* (Picture: Jet2) A Jet2 spokesperson…

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Somebody is leaving free flowers on Tube and commuters are confused

Kind-hearted commuter leaves flowers for stranger on the Tube (Picture: SWNS) Commuters were left bemused and confused this week on their Central line train commute when they were pleasantly surprised by a gesture of goodwill. A kindhearted person left a bouquet of flowers on the Tube on purpose, with a note that read: ‘FREE FLOWERS. To anyone who needs their day brightening up :).’ A warm gesture for the otherwise hostile environment of the underground commuting community. Have you missed your train? Maybe flowers might help (Picture: SWNS) Of course,…

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This idyllic bar in the middle of the Caribbean Sea is looking for a new bartender

You could be working here this summer (Picture:Joe Pepler/PinPep) Bartenders, don’t have it easy. If you work behind a bar, you’re probably sick of watching people wave money to try and get served, cleaning up those split drinks and then stepping out into the dreary British weather after closing time. This could be the perfect opportunity for you – a beautiful floating haven in the middle of the Caribbean sea, needs a new bartender for the summer. Yes, you might still have to shake up a few cocktails but at…

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You can stay in a tree house in Bali overlooking stunning views for £30 a night

The view is stunning (Picture: Airbnb) If you’ve ever dreamed of going to Bali but you haven’t been able to afford it, you’ll be over the moon to know you can now stay there for under £30 a night. We’re not talking a hotel or a hostel. There’s this stunning treehouse overlooking the ocean and it’s absolutely dreamy. Tree House Rumuh Pohon is a lovely little wooden house sat on the top of a tree. It has a ladder so that you can get in and out – though people…

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Malta is Europe’s hottest new wedding destination! And THIS is why

Malta is the dream wedding destination that’s right at your fingertips There’s a reason why couples are choosing Malta as their dream wedding destination in 2019 so read on to discover why this island is Europe’s hottest new place to say ‘I do’ and for your chance to WIN a luxury wedding in Malta. Not only is the country an attractive, affordable and accessible option for nuptials abroad, but everyone is welcome to get married in Malta, thanks to its LGBTQ pledge. Malta, the largest in an archipelago of beautiful…

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Wondering where to fly for your next long weekend? You’ll love these quick escapes

Fewer tourists, milder weather, cheaper fares — shoulder season is the smart time to escape for a long weekend away. Whether you want a taste of island paradise, a dose of culture or a romantic retreat, the short breaks below are at their best before the crowds descend. Best for scenic cycling Mallorca, Spain There’s a reason top pros such as Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish have been spotted riding in Mallorca. The island has smooth well-maintained roads, challenging climbs, sweeping descents, flat coastal routes and fantastic weather. It’s a…

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Why you need to jet off to Corfu if you want to relax and recharge

There’s nothing quite so lovely as an aquamarine stretch of coastline – so still that hardly a wave breaks, and so quiet that you feel like you have the entire world to yourself. I imagine that’s probably what Jackie O enjoyed when she holidayed at the Onassis family’s hotel in Corfu. That same hotel, after a few upgrades and changes of ownership, is now the luxurious Domes Miramare where I’ve checked in for a couple of days of rest and respite. It’s a world away from Corfu Town (Picture: Qin…

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Head to Tainan and Alishan if you want to see more of Taiwanese culture

Taipei is always the first port of call for first-time visitors to Taiwan – and rightly so, given that it’s the capital. But if you really want to delve into Taiwanese culture, heritage and explore the lesser known parts of the island, you need to head south. I decided on Tainan, the former capital, as my first port of call. On the train down, I spotted an article on some of the craftsmen in the city – that’s how I ended up at Tainan Kuang Tsai Embroidery Shop. Mr Lin,…

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