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blu’s alternative travel guide: where to go in 2015

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blu’s alternative travel guide: where to go in 2015

Planning your summer holiday? Same here. If you fancy getting adventurous this year, check out our alternative destination guide – and take the road less travelled.

Jersey

Yup, you heard us. Closer than Cannes. Home to stylish St Helier. Filled with film-set beaches. Jersey has that South of France feel, plus you don’t have to feel guilty about choosing fish ‘n’ chips.

La Hougue Bie – explore a Neolithic site scattered with ancient treasures
Elizabeth Castle – paddle out on low tide to see this 300-year-old fort
‘Feast’ – dine under Gorey Castle and look out over St. Martin’s Harbour
Bellini’s Blue Note Bar – tap your toes in St. Helier’s jumping jazz club

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Buenos Aires

With all eyes on Rio for the 2016 Olympics, it’s the perfect time to nosey around the neighbours. Eat fist-thick steaks at ‘parrillas’. Wash down with red wine. Dance the tango to shake off those carbs.

El Cuartito, Recoleta – this steakhouse also bakes fugazzeta – a pizza topped with crispy onion
Floreria Atlantico, Recoleta – a cocktail bar that side-lines in vinyl records. Why not?
Salon Canning – drool over tango dancers in this iconic dance hall
Palermo district – catch this nightspot by day for street art outside ‘Hollywood in Cambodia’


Memphis

2015 is Elvis’ 80th birthday and Memphis is getting ready to party. Enjoy the South’s famously warm hospitality – and red hot sauce doused on barbecued ribs.

Graceland – for $77 you can snoop around Elvis’s pad and private jet collection (times were tough)
Kooky Canuck – head to this BBQ mecca, home to the Kookamunga burger challenge
Mississippi River – take a lazy, Huckleberry Finn style cruise down the world’s most famous river  
Gibson Guitar Factory – from binding to buffing, watch ‘luthiers’ craft these iconic instruments

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Lombok

Bali’s less popular sibling, Lombok’s beaches are just as white, and way less crowded. If you finish your book, hike around its active volcano and dive into natural hot springs (no Radox needed).

Mount Rinjani – watch the sun rise from your camp site
Gili Island – snorkel in impossibly blue waters and explore its coral reefs
Pura Lingsar – pay shrine to this holy temple hidden away in rice fields
Coco Beach – eat ‘nasi goreng’ (seafood) by the beach and shake off a hangover with ‘jamu tonics’

Looking to save up for your holiday? Check out our money saving guide.

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