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Scratch Map® Oceans Poster: Beginner’s to Sailing Holidays in the Mediterranean

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Who wouldn’t want to go sailing in the Mediterranean for a few days? Months? Years are probably preferable. With all the coastlines, beaches, resorts, and sights to be concurred, get ready to hop on a boat or yacht for our beginner’s guide to sailing holidays in the Mediterranean.

1. Formentera

If you’re looking for a pristine beach on an island oasis, make sure to uncover Formentera on your Scratch Map® Oceans poster. Just south of Ibiza, Formentera is a Spanish island home to one of the most beautiful beaches the world has to offer. Migjorn beach must have fallen out of rom-com with its white sand and transparent waters it’s just the place to get a bit of colour and practice your water sports.

2. Sicily

Maybe you need a bit of space to stretch out after being in Formentera, Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean, meaning a sufficiently impressive bit of foil to remove from your Scratch Map® Oceans poster. This place has it all because of its wide role in history, so if you’ve ever wanted to see a Greek Temple on Italian soil, get your passport ready. Sicily is a gold mine for history buffs and foodies alike, so don’t hesitate to start your day posing under 12th century mosaics in the cathedrals and posting your dinner that evening from one of Sicily’s Baroque towns. You really can’t go wrong here.

3. Malta

Holidays while trying to save your pennies is probably one of the most difficult obstacles in life, but a quick trip to Malta is exactly what the doctor ordered. This Italian island has 300 days of sunshine a year, that’s a lot of sunblock and bikini shopping to prep for. It’s home to a mass of historic sites from megalithic temples to fortresses and burial chambers dating back to 3600 B.C. An inexpensive holiday spot with beaches, food, and historical sites? To the boat!

4. Santorini

After a devastating volcanic eruption in the 16th century, Santorini has embraced its modified landscape and has become the king of romantic holiday spots. Most famous for its distinctly white-washed towns of Fira and Oia, Santorini offers a unique sense of beauty that goes for miles. The towns are especially primed for a Kodak moment at sunset after a long hike. Fira even has a hiking trail for those feeling like getting in shape over the holiday before passing out on one of the beaches below the cliffside. The island is iconically Greek and a great way to finish your sailing excursion in style.

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Scratch Map® Oceans Poster: Island Hopping in Indonesia

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Summer’s approaching. And with all the lukewarm days and rain clouds most of the world can offer us, it’s definitely time to start researching your next escape to the sun. How about an island hopping adventure through Indonesia? Get ready to take your coin collection to your Scratch Map® Oceans poster, we’re showing you some of the best island destinations in Indonesia…

Bali Island

Bali Island looks like something straight out of a picture postcard, or these days an Instagram account worthy of 100K followers, and the some! One of it’s beaches is even called Dreamland Beach! How much more drool worthy could you possible get? This island also offers some amazing sights such as the rice terraces in Ubud, the Tanah Lot Temple, and a trilogy of volcanic mountains. This place is a feast for the eyes and is a haven for Yoga buffs, your IG follower count is about to go stratospheric….

Bunaken Island

If you’re looking for a place to test out your snorkelling gear, Bunaken Island is the place to be. Its surrounding bodies of water have over 58 different genera of coral to explore, with over 2000 different species of fish in the marine park. It’s a cornucopia of splendour for under the sea viewing. It’s a place you have to see to believe, not even the Scratch Map® Oceans has this kind of detailed coral depictions.

Kepulauan Seribu (Thousand Islands)

The Kepulauan Seribu is another name for the ‘Thousand Islands’ in the bay of Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. These islands have become a go to weekend spot for locals and with approximately 128 different island formations, there’s much exploring and adventuring to do. Between the national parks, beaches, and resort life Thousand Islands gives all the local flavour and is a great stop if you’re having trouble deciding exactly what you want to see and do on your Indonesian adventure.

Bangka

This island known for its tin production (great if you’re celebrating your 10th wedding anniversary!), kind of looks like a dream oasis. It has dozens of different beaches, meaning you could go to a different beach every hour and have a full day planned. This Indonesian gem is also home to the Dendang hot spring, Maras Mountain, and 7 other islets to explore.

Komodo Island

If you’re a fan of large lizards, you’ve probably heard of Komodo Island. Home to the largest lizard on the planet, it also has some less deadly assets. One of the highlights is the Pantai Merah, or Pink Beach, which is exactly how it sounds. This pink sand isn’t something you’ll see anywhere else in the world, it’s worth the trip to see it first-hand. Komodo also has a national park and variety of other beaches to sunbathe on, it’s just what that cloud induced complexion needs.

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Scratch Map® Capitals Poster: A Beginners Guide to Paris

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Paris is pretty much the ultimate city to visit. You can’t claim to be a traveller without visiting the city of love. So grab your Scratch Map® Capitals poster, pack up your suitcase and prepare to scribble Paris off your list after reading our beginners guide to Paris…

1. The Eiffel Tower

You absolutely CANNOT go to Paris without visiting the Eiffel Tower. Yes it may seem a bit of a tourist trap, but this 19th century architectural wonder is essential and completely worth seeing. Plus it’s close enough to the infamous Notre Dame cathedral and some precious Parisian cafés where you can sit down for a croissant and a latte.

2. Champs-Elysees

It may be another of those cliché things to do but you can’t go to Paris and completely avoid the shopping, it’s what Paris is for. The Champs-Elysees is an essential shopping destination to uncover on you Scratch Map®. There’s a multitude of recognizable storefronts from Sephora to Gap, and even a Starbucks if you’re feeling homesick. But if you want to indulge in the ultimate Parisian cafe, visit Laduree (75, avenue des Champs Elysées 75008) for macarons and coffee – or a champagne cocktail if you’re done shopping!

3. The Louvre

Even if you aren’t a museum goer, the Louvre is too sensational to avoid. You don’t have to do what everyone does and spend 6 or 7 hours hunting for the Mona Lisa, but it’s a great place to mark off your bucket list. It’s important to remember that the Louvre is closed on Tuesdays, and there are a few special circumstances and holidays when you can get in for free, definitely worth checking prior to your visit.

4. Montmartre

If you’ve ever seen an impressionist painting or wanted to be in one of the bohemian centres of Paris, or are maybe just looking for a bit of nightlife, Montmartre is your place. Named after the hill on which the Sacre-Coeur is so comfortable sitting on, this district is tourist friendly and has a great view if you’re brave enough to endure the trek up Montmartre. You can even tick the Moulin Rouge of you to do list, because it’s in the district, along with other night-life hot spots.

5. Get lost

Yes, it isn’t a generic place, but the best thing to do in Paris is just get a bit lost. Brush up on some basic French before you hop the Eurostar and you can go just about anywhere in the city. There’s so many back alleys to explore, wonders to uncover, and food to gorge on that by the end of the trip you’ll have a massive area to uncover on your Scratch Map® Capitals and some great memories to go with it.