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Our Favourite Travelling Duos


Travel blogging couples offer real-life advice, tips, inspiration and photos for couples seeking holiday destinations around the world. It has become a great way to write content about wonderful places and share it with someone who is on the same page. Recently there has been several travel blogging couples that have caught our attention. We drew inspiration from some of our favourite travel blogging couples, as well as movie couples who have starred in some of the awesome destinations in Europe and the Middle East.

Flight deals to Barcelona

1. Barcelona

Barcelona is an inspiring and enchanting city close to the Mediterranean coast. It is the center of Modernism and a city filled with architectural wonders, many of which were designed by Antoni Gaudi, such as Park Güell, Casa Batlló, La Pedrera (Casa Milà) and Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família. The city has its share of Gothic buildings such as the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar. It has miles and miles of wonderful beaches with deep-blue waters, numerous festivals and celebrations, sumptuous Catalan cuisine and a very artistically-inclined and fashion-induced culture, which makes the city a haven for shoppers. It is one big party place, where bars and clubs remain open very late at night.

Flight deals to Barcelona

We’re inspired by the travel couple Mike and Luci to choose Barcelona as one of our featured destinations. Their 1000 Places to Fight blog is full of wonderful information, about travelling together, working together, searching for and arranging the next getaway and how to find great and cheap travel deals, and overall staying (and fighting) together.

Take me to La Boqueria

Mike and Luci both loved to travel and started their blog after their honeymoon in Lake Tahoe. Perennially caught by the travel bug, they always asked themselves where they will go next. Giving themselves a $100 budget for every year of their marriage, they took turns in planning their yearly adventure, which forced them to be very creative in finding good travel deals. Their adventure in Barcelona (which they say is a perfect place to date) talks about their discovery of La Boqueria, the fruit and fish market where they experienced the daily life of ordinary Barcelona natives, which we think is the very essence of travelling and exploring the unknown.

Flight deals to Rome

2. Rome

What is there in Rome that makes you want to visit the city? For one thing Rome has some of the most wonderful art masterpieces of Maderno, Sangallo, Bramante, Nicola Salvi, Bernini and Michelangelo. It has several galleries and museums where you can see exemplary works and discoveries. It has plenty of budget accommodation, 12 UNESCO Heritage Sites such as the Spanish Steps, Navona Square, St Peter’s Square, the Colosseum and the Pantheon. It has the historic Trevi Fountain, fantastic shopping districts, world-class wines, interesting and riveting history, scrumptious food, diverse culture and wonderful cars – think Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati.

Trevi fountain
Fly me to Rome

Couple traveller and bloggers Dave and Deb, owners of the award-winning travel blog site The Planet D gave us the inspiration to have Rome as a feature destination. The couple worked their butts off in the film industry and were once part of the crew of major Hollywood blockbuster. With very few hours left to themselves, their marriage suffered but was resurrected when they started to travel together. The couples new-found desire to work and live together resulted with them having their own travel blog, their full-time preoccupation right now. They believe that people do not have to be an adrenaline junkie, an uber-athlete or super rich to be able to have a memorable adventure.

Flight deals to Rome

While Rome has all the accoutrements that tourists look for, the areas outside of Rome are equally beautiful, which Dave and Deb found during their Roman adventure. There’s the quaint artists’ commune of Calcata clustered on a volcanic cliff; the small town of Tivoli and the awesome Villa d’Este and its fantastic gardens; the luxurious natural surroundings of Villa Georgina (also in Tivoli) and the beach in Anzio. In June one of the places to be is the quaint town of Genzano as it celebrates Corpus Domini and line up the main street with 13 different flower carpets. Fancy a hike? Places to do this are around Lago della Duchessa, Lago del Turano and Ostia Antica.

Fly me to Paris

3. Paris

Paris is one of the cities that travellers all over the world want to visit at least once in their lifetime. It is such an incredible city, teeming with history and tradition and everything in between. It has some of the most admired icons and monuments, such as the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Sacre Coeur Basilica. It is the world’s fashion capital and has an awesome collection of art from around the world spanning many centuries in the confines of the Louvre Museum. You’ll find joy and gastronomic satisfaction once you’ve tasted authentic French cuisine and sip some of its famous wines. Even the hardest of hearts will have the chance to fall in love with Paris many times over. After all, the city speaks the language of love.

Fly to Paris

Russian photographer Murad Osmann takes incredible pictures as he travels around the globe, led by his lovely journalist girlfriend, Nataly Zakharova. Together they regularly update their travel blog, Follow Me To on Instagram, which they started in 2011. The unique concept presents Osmann as he sees each destination through his camera lenses while his extended hand holds on to his girlfriend who pulls him along. Their blog is a visual diary of the many fascinating destinations the globe-trotting couple have explored and discovered, such as their adventure in Paris.

The picture that Osmann took of her girlfriend on an old fashioned carousel while looking out at the majestic Eiffel Tower evokes plenty of interpretation. It makes us want to be there as well, which is why we must have Paris in our early bird flight deal. It is like a portal to the many wonders that Paris has to offer, which can make you dizzy like when you had several turns at the carousel and soar to new heights as you check out the myriad icons, monuments, historic buildings and sights, modern attractions, festivals and cultural events and every little happening that make Paris such an eclectic and electrifying city.

Take me there to Istanbul

4. Istanbul

Istanbul is a very fascinating city and truly a study in contrasts. It’s got modern skyscrapers amid ruins from the Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman periods. It is part Asian and part European. It is a chaotic mix, but one that intrigues and mystifies. You can see women covered in traditional burkas alongside modern women in tight jeans and impossibly high heels. You can dine on food fit for kings yet still enjoy a delicious sandwich from a stall beneath a bridge. There are lots of Chinese imports displayed alongside exquisite and delicate hand-made silk cloths and carpets. In the Bosphorus, traditional trawlers are dwarfed by gleaming cruise ships and modern ferries.

Istanbul is a cacophony of sights and sounds that appeal to everyone, befitting the city that has just been named this year’s #1 destination. In the 2012 movie, Taken 2, Bryan Mills, played by Liam Neeson and his daughter, Kim, played by Maggie Grace take you around the beautiful city of Istanbul as they elude and chase mobsters that had planned to exact vendetta on former CIA operative Mills.  Viewers get to see both sides of Istanbul, its rustic charm with its numerous iconic buildings and monuments, and what lie hidden behind the beautiful façades.

Flight Deals to Istanbul

You will see both the glitz and the grit of the city, which provided a fitting backdrop to the high-action and suspense-filled action thriller. If you have not watched it yet or want to recall it, you can watch the trailer once again. The movie inspired us to revisit Istanbul and to feature it in our early bird promo.Istanbul is crammed with 2,500-year history, just like Rome. It had been the seat of four empires: Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman, which started in 330 AD up to 1922. It is a city where you will find centuries-old buildings adjacent to gleaming, tall skyscrapers, which vie for space among the synagogues, churches and mosques. Istanbul has its share of wonderful landmarks that are worth exploring, such as its Spice Bazaar, Grand Bazaar, Dolmabahçe Palace, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and the world-famous Hagia Sophia. Also intriguing and interesting are the Galata Tower, Basilica Cistern and the Süleymaniye Mosque, which are just some of the wonderful icons that dot the city.

Fly me to Amsterdam

5. Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a city that rivals Venice with its beautiful canals that you can see everywhere. Taking a cruise along the canals give you a different view of the city and its many landmarks. It’s got its own unique attraction, the ever-busy Red Light District, where you see women displayed in shop windows (oops, no photos please). Amsterdam has numerous coffee shops particularly within the Dam Square, which turn into a big nightspot with a great party atmosphere in the evenings. When in the city be sure to have a taste of Amsterdam’s traditional food, herring, which is served in various ways. You can get herring-filled sandwiches to sate your hunger as you discover the city sights, especially before you visit the city’s wonderful museums such as the Van Gogh Museum and the nearby Rijksmuseum. It even has a Museum of Sex, mind you.

In some cities you have to be wary of cars and buses. In Amsterdam, you have to be wary of bikes, which are everywhere. Biking is not only a pastime in the city, it is actually one of its most-favoured mode of transport to keep the people healthy and the environment green and pollution-free. And speaking of clean and green, you can spend hours within the city’s parks, particularly at the Osterpark and Vondelpark.

Fly me to Amsterdam

Amsterdam was one of the filming locations for the 2004 comedy heist film, Oceans Twelve, which starred George Clooney and Julia Roberts, the husband and wife team, Danny and Tess Ocean, who were involved in the race to steal the Fabergé Imperial Coronation Egg. The film may be old but it’s still something to watch or rewatch for the funnies and its all-star cast, as you can see in its official trailer. Location shoots in Amsterdam took three weeks to complete, with film shoots done at The Hague City Hall, Haarlem railway station, Hotel Pulitzer and the KattenKabinet, a cat-centred art museum.

Flight Deals to Amsterdam

As you watch Oceans Twelve you can see the beauty of Amsterdam and while only a part of its charms were shown, it makes you want to go there yourself and discover the city. Fly to Amsterdam cheaply via Skiddoo’s early bird flight deals and create your own Amsterdam adventure, complete with a cruise along the Canal Ring, visits to the museums and the Artis Royal Zoo or see the colourful floating flower market, shop to your heart’s content at the Nine Streets Shopping district, explore the house of Anne Frank and relax with some ice-cold Heineken Beer, which is brewed right in the city.

Manchester_cityFlight Deals to Manchester

6. Manchester

Aside from being the home of one of the largest football teams in the world (Manchester United) and the world’s richest football club (Manchester City), the city of Manchester has its own charming allure, of the old world kind. It is a beautiful city that is comparable (but definitely cheaper and less congested) than London. It has a fantastic music scene where some of the world famous bands and acts originated. Consequently, Manchester has such a vibrant nightlife and quirky bars as well such as The Temple. It has superb transportation system that makes waiting for any mode of transport almost non-existent.

It is a city where you can see some of the best in street art and the Northern Quarter where some parts are painted (decorated) every three months. Speaking of the Northern Quarter, it was one of the filming locations for the hit Marvel live action movie in 2011, Captain America: The First Avenger. It starred Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America and Hayley Atwell, who played his love interest, Peggy Carter, an English Strategic Scientific Reserve officer. The film was a commercial and critical success, with worldwide gross sales of more than $370 million. Watch the official trailer to re-live the action and see why this is such an inspiring film for us here at Skiddoo.

Manchester museum
Fly me to Manchester now

The Northern Quarter is a charming part of the city centre with a very bohemian culture and alternative lifestyle. But this is not the only attraction in Manchester, a city that boasts of the John Rylands Library, National Football Museum, The Manchester Museum, Manchester Art Gallery and the magnificent Manchester Cathedral, which is a must-see for first-timers to Manchester.

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