“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page”

Welcome to Sarah Lee travels, a blog for anyone with a passion for travel. Sarah is a travel journalist who writes for magazines and websites on destinations all over the world. She specialises in timeshare and fractional properties, luxury hotels, cruising and business travel.
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Darling Harbour

The maths behind Australia’s successful tourism of flora, fauna, and aviation

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to understand why Australia is one of the most visited places in the world. The country and continent is home to idyllic beaches, wonderful trails, a myriad of wildlife.

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LiveShareTravel, a new travel and lifestyle magazine that keeps it sociable

Hold the travel blog – there’s work to be done!

Writing a travel blog can be something of a labour of love. But it’s all worthwhile when you know people are reading your posts and actively engaged in what you’re writing. However sometimes labour of another variety can put paid to the labour you love. Earlier this year I embarked on a new work project. LiveShareTravel is an online travel and lifestyle magazine that takes a different approach to sharing travel ideas and inspirational features.

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Sunnies and smiles at Benicassim

Facing the music at Benicassim

A glittering array of celebrity faces adorned the stage at this year’s Festival Internacional de Benicassim (FIB). But there were also many less famous faces happy to have the spotlight turned on them. Festivals are not just the stomping ground of the young and free, plenty of people looked like this wasn’t their first while the odd infant took their first rhythmic steps to the sound of Benicassim’s drums, under the watchful eye of a parent, proud to take their child to their first ever music event.

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Discover a different way to cruise at The Cruise Show | pic Viking River Cruises

All aboard for a cruise giveaway

Are you planning a cruise? In need of a little inspiration? Then get to The Daily Telegraph’s Cruise Show in Birmingham this October to find out more about the latest ships and discover the hottest destinations. We know you love cruising – stories and videos on this blog on Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Jade and Celebrity Equinox have garnered a lot of comments, so we’ve teamed up with The Daily Telegraph’s Cruise Show to bring you two incredible offers.

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Benicassim can be exhausting

Confessions of a music festival virgin

Stepping off my flight to the eastern shores of Spain I knew I was in for a new experience. For the second time in a month I was about to lose my virginity. Just weeks earlier I’d attended my first Grand Prix in Valencia and now I was succumbing to the temptations of another racy lady. She was a lady of the night – dark, mysterious and very, very loud. Benicassim was the home of Europe’s music scene and for four nights she held me in a passionate embrace.

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Damon Albarn of the Gorillaz led the line-up at this year's Benicassim Music Festival

Benicassim – hot days, sizzling nights

It’s festival season across Europe so time to don wellies and prepare yourself for an avalanche of rain and mud. Or maybe not.
Ok so this year Glastonbury-goers experienced better weather than they’ve witnessed in years.
But if you really want to play in the sunshine, Spain’s Festival International de Benicassim (FIB) is the hot tip for music fans!

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Who had the golden balls to pick the World Cup winners?

We’ve a World Cup winner!

We’ve been pretty remiss and can only apologise for not announcing this before but as you know we’ve recently been swept away on a tide of music at the Benicassim Music Festival. And with approximately a week spent in sunny Spain (where wifi was free but dismally slow at our hotel) we weren’t able to post about the winner of our World Cup score predictions competition. So here goes…

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I love Benicassim!

This week we were at the Benicassim music festival in Spain, seeing a whole host of great performers including The Prodigy, Kasabian, PIL, The Specials, Ray Davies, Peter Hook, Dizzee Rascal, Gorillaz, Ellie Goulding, Ian Brown, Vampire Weekend, Leftfield, Calvin Harris, Goldfrapp, Ash and The Klaxons. We don’t usually go to festivals, so we asked the Benicassim crowd what they thought of it all…

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Gorillaz will be rocking Benicassim

Join us live from Benicassim

Just for the record, I don’t do festivals. While the masses are happy to lap up the mud and back-to-nature camping of the likes of Glastonbury, I watch the music fest from a safe distance in the comfort of my own home. So quite what I’m doing going to Festival International de Benicassim, in Spain this week is a little beyond me.

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The Cradle of Humankind where our earliest ancestors were found

Five unmissable South African attractions

After Spain and the Netherlands battled it out to be World Cup champions (well done Spain!!) we’re reflecting on what a brilliant competition South Africa has put on. In honour of this incredible country we give you five of our favourite South African attractions. It’s difficult to choose just five so we’ve gone for something slightly more unusual than the likes of Table Mountain and Robben Island (though both of these are pretty good as well of course).

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Searching for a needle in a haystack? Or travel reviews from people just like you?

Just how useful are travel reviews?

I recently had the chance to sample Norwegian Cruise Lines’ latest ship Epic. I’ve just been reading through a fairly mixed bag of reviews of the ship – some saying it couldn’t be better, others quoting specific bad experiences and personal niggles. It’s made me wonder: how useful are travel reviews and do they say more about us than the hotel/ship/airline we’ve reviewed?

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View from the Sha Wellness Clinic | pic Sha Wellness Clinic

Can a wellness clinic make me a new man?

Hands up if you’ve been to my home town – the Midlands’ gem of Nuneaton? If you had you’d know you’re unlikely to find many men open to alternative therapies. When I was invited to the Sha Wellness Clinic, in Valencia, I felt I was a long way from home! The term wellness clinic suggested hallways thick with the smell of disinfectant, medical types in white coats and dormitory beds where lights out was by 9.30pm.

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