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Castles and Coastlines

Travelling from Aberdeen's awe-inspiring city centre through the amazing areas of Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms National Park makes for the perfect Scottish road trip.

Hiring a car and hitting the road means you can take it at your own pace, combining a city break with a country adventure, choosing exactly what you want to see and when.

Perhaps you'll find yourself speaking a little Doric, the ancient Scottish dialect, which is still spoken here. 'Fit like min?' It just means 'Hi – how are you?'

Article and image supplied by Visit Scotland and Inspires by Avis, written by Annierose Knox.

A Safari That Drifts

Zambezi Queen makes her home in one of the world's most captivating places, Africa's legendary Chobe River. Unlike a typical river cruise that travels from one port to the next, the Zambezi Queen was designed for an entirely different purpose—to facilitate optimal game viewing along the Chobe. As this floating hotel drifts along the river, animals perceive no threat and come to the water to drink and bathe, affording you with an amazingly up-close view and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Article and images courtesy of AMA Waterways

It Has It All

Named as "the metropolis that has it all", Mexico City allows you to penetrate its streets and encounter their historical past; it offers bohemian corners nestled in traditional bars and restaurants that have become a haven for travellers and locals alike.

It transports you to a surreal world comprised of the eclectic mix of wrestling matches, grand baroque aesthetic, and luxurious palaces. It has an incredibly diverse nightlife, where you will find everything from unconventional clubs to typical canteens, and venues that offer a cosmopolitan flavour, which represents but a fragment of the complex cultural mosaic that converges in this city.

Article courtesy of Visit Mexico. Image Shelley Carlin.

‘No’ Is The Reason To Go

Moloka'i gets relatively few visitors, especially by comparison to the four Hawaiian Islands that are larger and more populous (Hawai'i, Maui, O'ahu, and Kaua'i). There are quite a few reasons why this is so, and they all start with the word "no" – no chain motels with flashing 'vacancy' signs, no lush resort with parking attendants poised at the porte-cochere, no spas, no commercial lu'au, no movie theaters, no white-linen gourmet restaurants, no Lamborghinis for rent. That sounds pretty negative until you start thinking about what else is not there – no traffic signals, no traffic, no city lights, no noise, no crowds, no tension, no hype, no mistrust, and no chance that you'll ever get lost.

Article and image courtesy of Go Hawaii