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Josie Sampson

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Discover top tips, indulgent guides and no end of travel inspiration in our Travelex hub.

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The Independent | Halloween Haunts: The Spookiest Castles around the World

If walls could talk, the world’s castles sure would have some horror stories to tell. From battle to torture, murder to scandal, these striking buildings have lived through it all.

With centuries of gristly history reaching from the tallest of turrets to the deepest of dungeons, it’s no surprise that many of the world’s castles are rumoured to go bump in the night. Under the shadows of darkness, do sinister beings come out to play?

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Expedia Blog | Discover the USA's Deep South this September

America’s Deep South is more than just a geographical location; it’s a way of life. From twangy-accented southern belles to sizzling soul food, country music to cotton plantations and civil war battlegrounds, the Deep South conjures up an identity that’s all its own.

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Stylist Magazine | 10 Amazing Breakfasts from around the World

Whatever the time of day, you can guarantee that someone somewhere in the world is tucking into a hearty breakfast. But just what foods will they be revelling in?

Well, wonder no more, because here’s our guide to exactly how breakfast is enjoyed all over the world. They do call it the most important meal of the day, after all.

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The Culture Trip

The Culture Trip | The Artists of the Night: Nuit Blanche Comes to Paris for 2013

On the first Saturday of every October, the streets of Paris come alive with a nocturnal carnival of arts and culture. Kicking off as the sun sets at 7pm and continuing until daylight and reality begin to fade in at 7am, Nuit Blanche (White Night) is a celebration of all that is creative about Paris, encouraging visitors and Parisians alike to see the city in a new light.

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Huffington Post | A Novel Place to Stay: Famous Literary Hotels Around the World

If you're a fully-fledged bookworm, it's safe to say that you might just consider your favourite writers and novelists akin to rock stars of the literary world. And where better to make like a rock star than by paying a visit to the very hotels where they wined and dined, let inspiration hit or simply holed up away from the glare of writer's block?

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MSN | 7 Places Every Cocktail Lover Needs to Visit

Whether you're treating yourself or trying to impress, the right cocktail bar has all the ingredients you need for a night of decadence.

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Clothes on Film | Clueless: Crayola Brights & Rich Girl Prep

‘Do you prefer “fashion victim” or “ensemble-y challenged”?’ Josie Sampson, creator of Film Reel Fashion examines the legacy of Mona May’s costume design for Clueless (1995).

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Kubrick on the Guillotine | The Fashionable Mr. Ripley

Akin to the best restaurant in town where only those in the know are privy to its taste-sensation secret, Anthony Minghella’s 1999 adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley, whilst garnering praise from many critics within the industry, has also been overlooked for having all style and little substance. Style, it has to be said, is something that it has in abundance.

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The Independent | Would You Visit the Sets of the Scariest Horror Films?

With Halloween fast approaching for another year, there’s only one thing that you need to do: draw the curtains and dim the lights as you put on your favourite horror film for another scary screening.
Whether you run and hide behind a cushion or face your fears head on, there’s no denying that horror films offer two hours of pure, unadulterated adrenaline rush. Reaching the ending credits feels like crossing the finishing line of the world’s most punishing race.

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Munsell Color | Travel by Colour

Have you ever chosen your next vacation based purely on a photograph? Yep, me too. Whether a beach paradise or an exciting city twinkling by twilight, a beautiful image can be enough to tempt you towards your chosen trip. But here’s a concept you might not have considered: choosing your vacation by color. Picture bleached white sands, clear blue skies or luscious green tropics and you’ll soon see what I’m getting at.

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Elephant Journal | 10 Unmissable Vintage Shops in Europe

A vintage store is akin to a fashion museum, indicative of a city’s culture and history.

What’s more, its green-friendly and recycled nature gives you the perfect excuse to check out a city’s offerings without that shopping guilt. So whether you’re a retro boutique enthusiast or you consider yourself more of a thrift shop devotee, there’s second hand glamor to suit every price budget. Here we bring you our choice of the best vintage shops to be found on the streets of Europe.

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The Independent | 7 Best Alternative Winter Snow Sports Holidays

With the winter months upon us once again, you can’t escape the feeling that the days are only getting colder and the nights only longer. But winter doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom; there’s plenty to be thankful for during the festive season. In fact, if you’re a snow sports fan, this must just be your favourite time of year.

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Mirror Online | 5 of the Most Expensive Celebrity Pets Ever

When you’re a world famous celebrity, you might suddenly find yourself with more money than sense. What do you spend those hard-earned riches on, you ask? A new house? A shiny car? Nope, the residents of Hollyweird prefer to splash their piles of cash on the strangest and most expensive pets they can find. Here are a few of our favourite purchases.

Driving on the edge   8 of the worlds most dangerous roads 136396305194210401 150220142821 article | Driving on the Edge: 8 of the world’s most dangerous roads

Getting behind the wheel and out on the open road can sometimes feel like a one way journey to relaxation – but there are some places around the world that you simply wouldn’t ever want to find yourself driving along on four wheels.