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Wowcher’s KathmanDOs and KathmanDON’Ts

Nestled between the snowy peaks of the Himalaya and the fertile forests of the Indian plains, Nepal is a land of monkeys and monks, Stupas and steeds, and plenty of dos and don’ts…

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Sit on the terraced platforms of Durbar Square. Despite being engulfed by various gift shops and part-time tour guides, Durbar Square is still the heart of the old town and one of Kathmandu’s most spectacular architectural sites. Made up of three squares, this World Heritage site is a great place to sit and soak up the atmosphere like the kings of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Take at least a few days away from the city smog to visit Pokhara, the ‘jewel of the Himalaya’. Set amongst the bewitching backdrop of snowy peaks, Pokhara Valley is blessed with stunning panoramic views, serene lakes and dense forests of bamboo, rhododendrons and oak. Take advantage of our trekking deals to make sure you don’t miss anything!

Pokhara Valley is blessed with stunning panoramic views, serene lakes and dense forests of bamboo, rhododendrons and oak.

Pokhara Valley is blessed with stunning panoramic views, serene lakes and dense forests of bamboo, rhododendrons and oak.

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Wowcher’s Guide To: Cancun


Once a small fishing town, today Cancun is a worldwide phenomenon in its own right. Somewhere beyond mega-hotels and Spring Break lies palm-lined promenades, tranquil sunsets and an idyllic city with an inimitable sense of sophistication. If you’ve outgrown cavernous nightclubs and wet T-shirt contests, enjoy our guide to the hidden side of Cancun just waiting to be discovered…

Fine Dining
The best of 21st-century Mexico, Cancun offers everything one could want in a vacation – shopping, sports, spas, beaches and of course, world-class cuisine. Exquisite food isn’t an exception here, it’s to be expected. Seafood is a speciality, so try out some of the very best at Pescaditos, a relaxed restaurant serving up fish tacos and grilled shrimp aplenty. Located in the downtown bullring, La Guadalupana is the go-to for traditional Mexican food – linger over a leisurely lunch accompanied by icy cervezas and an assortment of unforgettable appetizers.

Home to the planet’s second largest barrier reef, Cancun is an ideal place to try your hand at scuba diving and snorkelling alike.

Home to the planet’s second largest barrier reef, Cancun is an ideal place to try your hand at scuba diving and snorkelling alike.

Under The Sea
Home to the planet’s second largest barrier reef, Cancun is an ideal place to try your hand at scuba diving and snorkelling alike. Arrecifes Chitales situated a stone’s throw from Punta Cancun is a shallow reef (35ft deep) that lies close to the shore. With a constant current running from the south-east almost year-round, it makes a perfect choice for both beginner and experienced divers. Just remember to pack an underwater camera – you won’t regret it! Read more

Great Scot!


On the 18th September, Scotland will cast their votes on whether they want to grab Alex Salmond’s jam-covered carrot or remain in the sweaty arms of David Cameron. Here at Wowcher we don’t judge, if you sell your vote on eBay, we don’t mind. We love Scotland and we just want her to be happy.

We’re not gonna lie, when Alan Hansen left Match of the Day, we lost something we never thought we had. The word ‘diabolical’ would never be so beautifully uttered by anyone else, certainly not by Shearer or Lawrenson. In the words of Joni Mitchell, ‘you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone’ so let’s celebrate Scotland in all its tartan wonder, whether or not they decide to go independent on September 18th.

Apart from feral goats in the highlands and news stories about men with their heads stuck in bins, Scotland is to be loved for many reasons. If you’re not sure why then thistle clear things up: Read more

Wowcher’s Hidden Venice (And Beyond)

Traditional Venice today can be a nightmare to navigate – especially during summer’s warm months, where tourists flock in their droves to take selfies in St Mark’s Square against the backdrop of gothic architecture that is the Basilica of San Marco and Doge’s Palace. However, there’s more to Venice than meets the eye, and here at Wowcher, we know exactly where you should head if you’re after a true (tourist-free) flavour of Venetian Italy…

Before you go exploring, first get your head around how Venice is divided. Think of it in the same way as you would think of New York, Paris and even London, which all have their structured street patterns – except Venice is a kind of archipelago, made up of lots of tiny islands that are divided by canals with hundreds of bridges (or dead ends). The one thing you won’t see in this city is a car! Read more

Wowcher’s Guide To: Cruises

We do a lot of cruise deals here at Wowcher, so to gain an insight into these so-called floating hotels, we asked our expert Hannah for her tips on what to really expect on-board…

If your idea of cruising equals a fear of being trapped on a boat with your Gran and all her mates, think again. While the older generations love to sail the seas, there are also plenty of young people who have cottoned on to this value-for-money, 24-hour food and drink culture too. And why wouldn’t you?

Today, everyone’s after a bargain. Primark’s always rammed, you can never find a table in Maccy D’s and don’t get me started on the bartering found at car boot sales (you want my Abercrombie hoody for 10p? I don’t think so). So when you come across a holiday deal that says it’s only a few hundred pounds for a week’s accommodation, all your meals, activities (if you choose to take part), nightlife and lots of picture-perfect places to see in one go, you’re thinking where’s the catch, right?

Forget the horror stories, it’s time to dispel a few myths about cruises… Read more

Off The Beaten Track In Barcelona

Here at Wowcher, we’re all about thinking outside the box and nothing changes when it comes to our summer holidays. We like to maximise our beach breaks and city vacations by getting a real flavour of the area and exploring hidden gems as well as the major tourist attractions. Bustling Barcelona is one of Spain’s most culturally-rich hot spots for beach bathing, nightlife and history – but again, we strive to bring you the freshest and most exciting excursions…  Read more

Wowcher’s Guide To Stockholm

Built over the course of 14 islands, the archipelago city of Stockholm is a mirage of unrivalled shops, world-class restaurants and design hotels aplenty. A multi-ethnic mecca, Sweden’s cutting-edge capital exemplifies Scandinavia’s penchant for the contemporary. Innovative bars intermingle with traditional Swedish bakeries, clothing boutiques lie beside antiques stores. With a plethora of places to experience and things to discover, the question is, where to begin?

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A vibrant meeting of the modern and the majestic, Northern Europe’s best-preserved medieval city features a multitude of enchanting sights. A nature enthusiast’s paradise, the island of Djurgården is no exception. Once the king’s private hunting ground, today it features Skansen, an open-air museum celebrating Swedish history, and the awe-inspiring Rosendal Palace. Take a picnic and enjoy the numerous Instagram opportunities that await.

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Wowcher Takes a Bite of the Big Apple

Image by Suzie Boswell

Image courtesy of Suzie Boswell

New York, New York… It barely needs an introduction, but now that Frank Sinatra is stuck in your head grinning and clicking in an inviting manner, he and those ‘little town blues’ can be hard to ignore. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best bites, sips and sights of The Big Apple ready for your next trip across the pond.

Food, Glorious Food
Some call it the city that never sleeps. But from personal experience, the city that eats and eats and eats is far more fitting. New York is a culinary playground for the hungry and is forever fusing cuisines, perhaps owing to its diverse demographics. Many gastro mishmashes have made their way to menus – bacon and maple syrup, fried chicken and waffles – you name the questionable combo, they’ve done it (and probably served it on a bed of pancakes with a blob of ice cream).

But New Yorkers aren’t limited to breakfast, lunch and dinner. No, the most important meal of the day is undeniably brunch. The best part about this jolly compromise between breakfast and lunch is that it’s completely acceptable to quaff cocktails like there’s no afternoon, evening or tomorrow, and many brunch joints (such as East Village café Sidewalk) will even serve unlimited refills. From Bellinis to Martinis, the cocktails scene starts flowing at 9am and ends at… well, never. So when you’re feasting on eggs benedict, remember it’d be rude not to invite Bloody Mary along. Read more

Wowcher’s Top 5 Places To Go in Marrakech

Through a tumbling criss-cross of never-ending souks, where slender cats swoop down from stalls, and there’s a roar, and a rattle, and a ring at every corner, you know that here, within the whirring madness, you’ve made it to Marrakech. But the question is, where to explore first?

Jemaa el-Fnaa
Learn the lingo, and arm yourself with some nifty Arabic phrases – la shkran translates as no, thank you – that’ll be gold dust in a square filled with persistent sellers. Tempted by the funnel-shaped spices and medicinal Argan oil? Resist the urge, as goods in the square are not government controlled – and are often diluted. For a little extra, you can buy 100% naturally sourced Argan oil straight from the High Atlas Mountains.

Jemaa el-Fnaa, while infamous for its snake charmers and storytellers, is also home to dizzying orange juice stalls. I met a Slovenian tourist who stocked up on three a day for only 12 dirhams (12 MAD-£0.86p). For more fresh food, you can find cheap eateries littered about the bazaars: lively places where local couples and travellers come to chat over the steam of sugared mint tea. On the menu are traditional meat and veg dishes slow-cooked inside piping tagine pots, but you can get anything from a morning coffee to lentil soup here with ease.

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Painting the Town Red: The Wowcher Guide to La Tomatina!

You know that festival thing in Spain somewhere with the tomatoes? Well, we think it’s a festival, and we think it’s in Spain. Right? Come on, you’ve seen the pictures a hundred times. Well it actually looks like a hoot, and yes it is a festival. In fact, it might be the the most frantic, ridiculous, delicious and nutritious festival you’ll ever go to… Read more