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The World First Wander: travel blogs we love this week

Welcome to our weekly look at what’s hot in the world of travel and travel blogging and writing. Each week we scour the internet for the very best travel articles to bring you the definitive “what’s hot” list. It is compiled, as always, by our social media man Tristan Rothwell.

This week we look at travel destinations around the globe, from Kernow  to Malawi via Athens and a Sri Lanka.


Did Simon LeBon lie here? Who knows! But save a prayer that someone will take you to Sri Lanka someday soon.

Like camping, only a bit more posh!

We start off this week’s adventure heading south west from our Exeter office to Cornwall or “old mother Kernow” as many refer to her, myself and MD Martin Rothwell included. It may be a term used by Lauren at the Enjoyable Rut too, as she hails from our hometown of Penzance.

While camping may be a bit out of season now, glamping can be a year round affair. And there’s no better place to do it than Cornwall. Lauren has written a list of five of Cornwall’s best glamping spots and it includes some fantastic places to stay, from a tree house on the Lizard to hut by a lake…

Like Cornwall, only a bit warmer

Just the mention of Sri Lanka to people of a certain age will conjure up images of Duran Duran’s 'Save a Prayer' video (didn’t you know it was shot there? Surely). Naturally the team here at World First are too young to remember it but…

Our next post from Yaya and Lloyd over at Hand Luggage Only is guaranteed to make you want to grab your trusty  travel insurance policy, read our quick guide to travelling in Sri Lanka, pack a pair of Speedos and head for the beaches of Sri Lanka. As always the photography from Yaya and Lloyd is amazing!  10 beaches you have to visit in Sri Lanka will whet your appetite. If not, maybe a snippet of the aforementioned Duran Duran will…

Play Swiss Family Robinson on your own desert island

We are Africa bound next as we head to Malawi with Helen Davies.   Malawi was formerly known as Nyasaland and is nicknamed “the warm heart of Africa”. Helen shows us how to chill out on lake Malawi and stay in our own private island. It looks amazing. Check out her forthright post 10 reasons why Malawi should be on your Africa bucket list & 1 reason it shouldn’t.

From Africa to Athens  

Next up is another of our favourite bloggers, Becki Enright, who runs the Borders of Adventure travel blog. She recently spent 72 hours in Athens and, from her post  72 hours in modern Athens – the misunderstood metropolis, we can see it looks great. None of us in the office has been and it looks like we won’t be going any time soon either, as the boss refused to take us there for the Christmas party.  Oh well. From its amazing street art to art museums it’s a deeply cultured and historical place and we want to go right now…

Right now, the temperature in Athens is 25°C

If you need any further persuading that Greece may be the place to be at the moment then the temperature might help to ease the way. As Emily Luxton says in our next blog post that’s a whole 10 degrees warmer than London at the moment and 12 degrees warmer than here in Exeter at the time of writing. So is Greece the perfect winter destination? Have a read of Emily’s Five reasons to head to Greece this winter  and then, when you are about to book, head over to look at our Greece travel insurance page.

Scotland: probably a little bit colder than Greece

Not everybody loves the heat. Some prefer things a little more unpredictable, and if that’s your cup of tea then our next post from Locomotion Scotland may just fit the bill. Barra Island, which is part of the Outer Hebrides, looks totally amazing. The opinion is split in the office between plaxces like this or more urban destinations. What do you think? Would you like to head off to your own deserted island? Take a look at My Isleathon visit to Barra.

Aruba: eating your way around the world

Part of the thrill of venturing to a new country is enjoying the new foods. From that first taste of Babotie in South Africa to Phat Kaphrao in Thailand, food is a very good reason to travel. Eating as the locals do might seem like taking your life in your own hands sometimes but it’s a great way to discover a nation’s culture. You won’t get that if you dive into MacDonald’s the minute you arrive.

Are you a travel blogger? If you have written a great blog post recently drop us a tweet or leave a comment below and let us know about it and it may get included in next week’s World First Wander.

Until next week.



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2 Responses to The World First Wander: travel blogs we love this week

  1. Suze - Luxury Columnist says:

    Hi, some great travel blogs here – I’d love to be considered for one of your next round ups

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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