Welcome to NextOnTheMap! Travel and photography are my two biggest passions and when put together this is what you get! I love to travel and after each trip I love to share my experiences with you guys! Have a read, fire over any questions or comments and enjoy! Be sure to also check out my travel guides which you can see below. If you want to keep up with all my latest posts then click my side bar and subscribe via email. You'll get notified of each new blog!

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Hey everyone, I'm Gary, the guy behind NextOnTheMap. Welcome and thankyou for finding your way to my travel blog! A few years ago after a little bit of inspiration I decided it was time to pull out a map and start exploring. Since then I've never stopped, I got a taste for travel and combined that with my ever growing interest in photography and now I'm constantly looking for where's next!

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Travel Guides

Planning your travels can be extremely overwhelming and at times can slightly zap the fun out of what should be an enjoyable process. There’s so much to consider and so much that goes into making each trip the best it can be and when doing it for the first time you may well feel lost!

Now after a good amount of travel and various different experiences I’ve formed some guides to offer the help that I would have loved! I don’t claim to be an expert but I do think I can offer some experience based guidance which will make your planning process a lot less of a chore! 

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Staying At The PENZ Hotel

Staying at the PENZ Hotel in Innsbruck, Austria is an absolute treat. With an urban-alpine feel, this attention grabbing hotel is nestled in the heart of the city with everything you want within walking distance. The focus on elegance and design, the luxurious interior provisions and the most friendly team of staff make this place a go-to. We stayed here for the weekend, it was our second time visiting and we will undoubtably look to return again. 

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Visiting Lisbon In January

Lisbon, the colourful capital of Portugal! It may not be as common to see someone visiting Lisbon in January as it's a rainy month and the temperatures are a little lower. For us however it was the perfect time to go! The sites are clear and you can as we did get very fortunate with the weather. Lisbon was the first trip of 2019 and it made for the perfect city break to kick off this years travels!

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My 2019 Travel Wish List

It's finally time to write my favourite blog post of the year, my 2019 travel wish list! I write this each year and acutally visit the majority of the locations I post about. 2018 has been a fabulous year for me and NextOnTheMap. Although I missed a few from my previous travel wish list, I visited 10 new countries and loved them all! Lets see what 2019 has in store! Who's with me?!

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How To Plan The Perfect Interrail Trip

Travelling Europe with Interrail has been one of my most memorable travel memories to date. I completed a 12 day route visiting some absolute European hot spots and wouldn't hesitate in recommending this to all of you guys. The planning that went into making this trip the best it could be was key. From my experience I'm going to share how to plan the perfect Interrail trip including some important things to do prior to hitting the trains!

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Staying At Hotel Savoy

What do you get when you are staying at Hotel Savoy during the autumn? Intense autumnal colours, clear blue skies and absolute comfort! We were fortunate enough to stay at this lovely hotel for 3 nights during out recent trip to the Czech Republic. It was our favourite stay in Europe so far!

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