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Solo Traveller Gemma Thompson – In Interview

Solo traveller Gemma Thompson
For part two of our solo travel series we have interviewed Gemma Thompson. Gemma is a solo traveller, and the creator of “A Girls’ Guide to Travelling Alone” which is a free online resource for inspirational travel advice, guides and interviews around solo female travel. Gemma has also turned this passion for solo travel into an inspirational book of the same name. This eye-opening, honest and varied read is the result of contributions from several women of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds each with their own compelling tale to tell based on their solo travel experiences. Read our interview in full with Gemma below!

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Best Destinations for Solo Travel

Welcome to part one of our solo travel series. In this series we aim to shine a light on the ups, downs and downright incredible moments that you can experience as a solo traveller. Solo travel truly is one of the most rewarding ways to explore the world and immerse yourself in new cultures. So although a fear of travelling solo is fairly common for various reasons, we want to show that traveling alone can be fulfilling, life-changing and rewarding.


For part one of our solo travel series we have reached out to some of the world’s most inspirational travel bloggers, to hear from them, on the best holiday destinations for solo travel. Whether you would rather travel solo around a bustling city, or bask in the sunshine on a beautiful beach, here are the best places to travel to alone.

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How to Spend 48 Hours in Albufeira

The Algarve Holidays
Albufeira, a city and municipality in the southernmost region of the Algarve requires no introduction. With average highs of 26 °C between May and September it is the perfect holiday destination for families, golf lovers, groups, and couples looking for a relaxing retreat. The proximity to the UK makes the Algarve incredibly accessible with direct flights to Faro, the closest airport, taking just under three hours. With so much to do and see, here’s our guide to spending 48 hours in Albufeira the Rich Vein Travel way.

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Restaurant Review: Vila Joya, Albufeira

Villa Joya Portugal

Vila Joya,  Estrada da Galé, 8201-917 Albufeira, Portugal

Vila Joya, a home, restaurant, and spa overlooking the Atlantic Ocean is the Algarve’s best kept secret. Vila Joya means “House of Joy” and is named after Joy Jung, the sole owner. As one of the leading luxury hotels of the world, impeccable service and elegantly appointed rooms are a given. But it is the gourmet restaurant led by Austrian chef Dieter Koschina that draws gourmet food lovers from around the world to its doors. The only restaurant in Portugal to make the top 50 on San Pellegrino’s list of the World’s Best Restaurants, Koschina’s daily changing menu is a complete and utter sensory delight. This is our review from a sublime day spent at Vila Joya in June.

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The Top 5 Holiday Destinations in July

With summer in full swing in Europe, and the children beginning their summer holidays, July is one of the most popular months for a holiday. If you can’t decide where to go, this post on the world’s top 5 holiday destinations for July is the perfect guide.

Why a Luxury Cruise is the Best Decision Ever

​Luxury cruise holidays are becoming increasingly popular with passenger numbers up significantly last year. The sheer range, scale and variety offered by the world’s best luxury cruise lines has ensured that there is something for everyone. With voyages around the world from glorious Mediterranean luxury cruises, to remarkable expeditions in Antarctica, and adventures in the Far East, no dream holiday destination is out of reach. Outdated notions about luxury cruises being boring, old-fashioned, or stuffy, certainly do not apply here, and with incredible prices there is nothing stopping you!

Fit for a Queen: Best Royal Honeymoon Destinations

santorini honeymoons and luxury holidays
With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle rumoured to have chosen Namibia for their honeymoon, we have rounded up the best royal honeymoon destinations over the last few decades. Fit for a queen, each of these destinations offer the utmost in privacy and comfort, with stays in some of the luxury hotels of the world.

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Restaurant Review: Restaurant Balances, Lucerne

Hotel Balances Restaurant
Hotel des Balances, Weinmarkt, CH-6004 Lucerne
Sample the tasting menu at Restaurant Balances in the heart of Lucerne for an exciting indulgent epicurean adventure. Boasting 14 Gault Millau points, this spectacular restaurant’s Des Balances Inspiration menu changes each month with market fresh creations and divine wine pairings.

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The World’s Most Pet-Friendly Hotels

pet friendly Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
When planning a luxury holiday it can be incredibly difficult finding a dog-friendly hotel or cat-friendly hotel. Finding hotels that allow dogs in particular can be especially challenging in the most popular holiday destinations. So, whether you are looking for a luxury family holiday, romantic break, or even if you are intending to travel solo (to a degree!), we have found the most pet-friendly luxury hotels of the world. These hotels not only allow both cats and dogs, but they celebrate them, making it perfect for discerning travellers and their four-legged friends.

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How to Spend 24 Hours in Lucerne

The serene beauty of Lucerne renowned for its emerald lake, mountainous panorama, and the Kapellbrücke have ensured that Lucerne will forever be a charming holiday destination where Mother Nature and the city coalesce. Alone, Lucerne could be the perfect destination for a luxury holiday in Switzerland. However, should you find that you only have 24 hours in the city; this is our guide to spending a day in Lucerne the Rich Vein Travel way.

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