Over the next few months the team at Clever Travel Companion will be creating their guides to clever travel in 2016, including places they're going, places they want to go and places they've already been! Todays offering comes from our own Johanna who, despite only being January, has already been to Sweden, Abu Dhabi and Kuala Lumpur. With that sort of travel appetite, you can imagine the rest of the year is going to be even more exciting! Here's a sneak peak of Johanna's 2016 travel guide...
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I'm sure this is an experience that would be found near the top of most female travelers agenda's. Somewhere alongside swimming with dolphins perhaps. Lusitano's are a famous, ancient breed of Iberian horse, known for their majestic stature and willing temperament. Riding such an intelligent and powerful animal along a Portuguese beach at sunset is certainly something for the Instagram album but more importantly, an experience to be treasured for a lifetime. This is high up on Johanna's list and will be a fantastic opportunity to test out her new Clever Travel Companion Leggings. Most jodhpurs don't come with pockets and the last thing she'll want is a bag bouncing up and down with the horse!
Sardinia is a sizeable island just off the west coast of Italy. It comes complete with breathtakingly stunning coastal views and trails, a wild, relatively untouched landscape, beautifully preserved historic elements dating back to the bronze age and of course, 4 million sheep. What more could you want? It's one of many European islands that may fall under the radar at times, but anyone who calls themselves a traveler needs a Sardinian boarding pass to add to their collection.
Be sure you take your Clever Travel Companion travel safety gear because although Sardinia ranks as #1 for tourist safety in Italy, there is an organized crime influence and areas that are classified as unsafe, in particular, the areas close to Cagliari football stadium.
A fjord cruise again is probably something at the top of most people's lists and if it isn't, it should be. Perhaps one of the most unique travel options one can experience, certainly not your regular beach or city break. Fjords are narrow geological inlets, created through glacial erosion. Very scientific but they make for fantastically stunning views of the surrounding land mass, beautifully clear and incomprehensibly deep blue water and the freshest air you will probably ever taste. Cruise's are also family friendly providing plenty to do for all ages, if you're planning on taking your kids for some whale watching on board, make sure to kit them out with a few Clever Travel Companion Kids Tees, they'll keep the little one's safe and allow you peace of mind to enjoy the wondrous surroundings. For those looking for something a little different but as equally exciting as any experience, take a fjord cruise.
Situated on the North Western tip of Africa, separated from Europe by just 14.3 kilometers of Alboran Sea and cut off from the rest of Africa by the Sahara desert, Morocco is an amazingly diverse cultural hub. Predominately an Arab and Berber country, it has strong French, Spanish, Portuguese and African influences through a rich 12 centuries years of European colonization and busy surroundings. All of this influence makes for some of the most spectacular surroundings and uniquely diverse food a traveler will ever come across. Known for its bustling markets, Morocco and in particular the capital Marrakesh could certainly compete for the title of "the world's kitchen". Keep in mind though, by definition, these markets are certainly places to stay vigilant, so keep your valuable close with your Clever Travel Companion gear and you'll be just fine.
As well as being culturally and historically diverse, Morocco is also as geographically diverse as it gets. The Sahara desert, Atlas mountains, Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts can all be found and experienced in this beautiful country. Be sure to check it out and absorb the magnificent colours, sights, sounds and smells to be had here.