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Things to do in: Istanbul

Things to do in: Istanbul

Tucked between Europe and Asia, Istanbul is a reflection of the Greek, Roman and Ottoman empires that once ruled in this part of the world. As a bi-continental city, influence from both Eastern and Western cultures is evident, as this city is distinct in its mixture of sights, sounds, smells...
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24 hours in: Istanbul

24 hours in: Istanbul

The mighty Istanbul. Famous for straddling two continents, this city’s east-meets-west vibes have been attracting travellers for decades. The city can easily overwhelm the uninitiated, so we asked our local team of Istanbul tour guides to tell us what they would do with just 24 hours in Istanbul. Morning: 7am...
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What it’s like to visit a Syrian refugee centre in Istanbul

What it’s like to visit a Syrian refugee centre in Istanbul

Our Olive Tree of Istanbul tour is run in partnership with Small Projects Istanbul, a local NGO that’s helping Syrian refugees to find their feet in a new home. Here’s what one traveller discovered on the tour. For travellers, to roam and be immersed in new cultures and landscapes is...
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The complete guide to: Istanbul travel

The complete guide to: Istanbul travel

Istanbul houses a vibrant and eclectic culture that draws from both the East and the West. With an abundance of intricate architecture, a beautiful language, fascinating traditions, and amazing food (and coffee… and desserts…), your chances of experiencing culture shock (in a good way!) are pretty likely. Travel is rewarding, but it can also be...
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Ramadan celebrations in Istanbul

Ramadan celebrations in Istanbul

In honour of Ramadan, we asked our guides around the globe how they celebrate the holy month in their home. Here’s what Jen, our guide on the ground in Istanbul, told us about Ramadan in her city. Having grown up in the “bush,” I honestly don’t think I knew what...
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Making a new home in Istanbul

Making a new home in Istanbul

The future of Syria may be uncertain, but the future of Syrian students and families doesn’t have to be. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Shannon Kay is the co-director of Small Projects Istanbul (SPI), grassroots NGO with a mission to provide access to formal and supplemental education for Syrian newcomers to...
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30 things you should experience in Europe

30 things you should experience in Europe

It’s impossible to ever grow-out of Europe. You may have experienced a flurry of European capitals on a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it, blurry-eyed coach tour in your early 20’s, then perhaps ventured back a few years later for a more adventurous solo trip through The Balkans, and maybe you were invited to your...
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Where to find the best street food in Thessaloniki

Where to find the best street food in Thessaloniki

If you’re spending just a weekend in Thessaloniki and looking for some affordable yet worthwhile places to eat, we suggest focusing your appetite on street food. Indeed, this diverse and multicultural city knows by heart what good street food is. The rise of this gastronomical phenomenon has been steadily growing...
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Learning Toronto’s history is better with beer

Learning Toronto’s history is better with beer

I arrive about three and a half minutes late, and it’s not enough that people are irate, but it’s enough that I know to give a yielding nod. We’re standing outside Toronto’s Hockey Hall of Fame and Jordan, our boisterous and charismatic tour guide, begins to paint a picture of...
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How can tourism help fund your NGO’s mission?

How can tourism help fund your NGO’s mission?

5 financing ideas for NGOs and nonprofits Financial sustainability is necessary for the long-term survival of any business, but for non-profits, money-making comes with an entirely different set of factors to consider — and collecting sufficient and continuous funds to deliver their organisational mission has long been giving NGOs and...
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