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As we welcome 2015 with open arms, excited for what's around the corner for us all, we take a look at the 10 most clichéd travel destinations and activities to do before you die. January is the month everyone gets that little extra boost in their...

Fiesta de San Fermín originated as a week long celebration in honour of Saint Fermin. It's said that he was dragged to death by bulls on the very same streets of Pamplona that the famous running of the bulls is hosted. San Fermín actually blends...

125 years ago today, the Eiffel Tower officially opened after just 2 years, 2 months and 5 days of construction. Originally built for the 1889 World's Fair and named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower; it is still as popular as ever. We managed to tick visiting the Eiffel Tower off our bucket list last year in 2013 when we went on a road trip across Europe. I'm not sure what was more daunting though, standing directly underneath the Eiffel Tower looking up knowing full well we'll soon be right at the top, or the fact there were massively long winding queues at each entrance! With such long queues during the middle of the day, the sun burning down on us would be too much to queue up for hours. This didn't faze us though, but we decided to make the most of Paris during the day and decided to visit the Eiffel Tower at sunset instead. cue the pictures...   [gallery type="rectangular" link="none" ids="1614,1613,1612"]

For my last birthday Kate surprised me with what can only be described as the most amazing, right out there kind of present.. to fly a plane! So now the weather has started to slowly improve in good old Blighty, it's time I made the call and to book my flight experience! - A little nervous but so excited, I can't wait! I have chosen to fly in Brighton where we can make it a lovely trip away, get ourselves exploring and making the most of Brighton's famous night life. The flight itself was an introductory lesson where I would be taught the basics of how to fly in a briefing room before I take to the skies - eek! As Kate got me this amazing thrill seeking gift, I felt a little saddened by the fact I'd be having the time of my life whilst she's got her feet firmly on the ground below. I knew no matter how I described the experience it would never be the same as actually doing it for yourself...

Who doesn't love a little romance huh? - We ticked off visiting a Love Lock Bridge (Pont des Arts) whilst in Paris and even added our names to the forever growing collection of padlocks. Well in such a romantic city, we were never going to say no were we ;) So what is a love lock I hear you say? A love lock is a padlock which lovers lock to a bridge, fence, gate, or similar public fixture to symbolize their love. Typically the persons names or initials are inscribed on the padlock, and its key is thrown away to symbolise unbreakable love. [gallery type="rectangular" link="none" ids="1076"]

Viva Las Vegas! In 2012 39m people visited Las Vegas and we were two of them 8-) We managed to check this off our bucket list during our road trip around California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah in a rented RV. So let the fun commence, we had just come from Zion National Park so the nightlife, bright lights, and gambling had us buzzing with excitement! So far we had been travelling around day by day with next to no itinerary, but knowing the places we wanted to check off our list. We arrived in Las Vegas at the start of the night, after battling to drive the 25 ft RV with the strongest side winds known to man (okay maybe it wasnt that strong, but with such a big vehicle we were battling the whole entire time to keep it on the straight and narrow! - eek!) So once we made it we found an RV park just a short walk from Downtown Las Vegas - Woohoo! After walking around the casinos with our jaws dropped on the floor from amazement of us actually being here, we decided to take advantage of the cheap prices Vegas has on offer. A few Lobsters, pints and steaks later, we hit the district. After walking to the strip (yes we stupidly walked it) we were done for the night, on our way back we were greeted with a passed out homeless guy by the side of the road with the cops driving past not blinking an eyelid. (Are we in the safest area?! we are thinking to ourselves.. is this the usual for Vegas? Do we do anything to help?)

Last Summer we agreed that we couldn't really top the USA road trip, neither did we want to. We fancied something a little less intense but still a great adventure to somewhere new. After potentially looking at Croatia, we actually decided on Amsterdam and Paris - lots to see and do and all relatively cheap. The price between driving and flights wasn't much in it, so we decided to drive, and get back to basics with camping :) So we set off at around 10pm to head down to Dover, catch the ferry at gone 12am, reach Calais and then drive 230 miles straight to 'Camping Zeeburg' where we pitched our tent next to the noisiest goats they had as pets at the campsite.. Little did we know they were going to be our personal alarm clock for the next week! BUT they did get us out of bed nice and early to make the most of our time in Amsterdam :D

In June 2012 we both took up the chance to drive along the famous Route 66 during our road trip across California, Arizona, Utah and Nevada. This is a must for all, you don't even have to be interested in cars or even Harley Davidson's to experience this fantastic piece of road (well what's left of it). In case you didn't realise just how far the original historic Route 66 spans, it starts in Chicago, crosses 8 states, through 3 different time zones and finally ends in Santa Monica, Los Angeles. You can soon work out why it's also known as "The Mother Road" being 2448 miles long - yes that is 2448 miles!

As we were cruising through California into Arizona we had the chance of driving along some of the historic route, with one of our first stops being Seligman. This small town is a great stop over and is certainly dressed for tourism nowadays. There are various shops, diner's and even a road kill cafe that have been decorated with Route 66 signs and some of the most weird and wacky designs. This includes an old American convertible classic car with a life-sized Santa Claus!?!