Blogs by Lauren Rayner

Written by Lauren Rayner

A former Flight Centre UK writer, Lauren Rayner loves to travel! Follow her on Twitter here.

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Asia
Templed Out? 10 stylish things to try In Siem Reap
Discerning traveller Jaillan Yehia discovers the stylish side of Siem Reap and gives us 10 reasons to linger near Cambodia’s Temple City.Most tourists come to Siem... Read More »
Australia
Getting to know Brisbane
30 January’s Flash Sale destination and a firm favourite of many a Flight Centre crew, Brisbane is worth getting to... Read More »
Asia
Hidden heaven at Hotel Maya, Kuala Lumpur
‘Urban boutique’ Hotel Maya is a peaceful respite in Kuala Lumpur’s busy city centre, says Lauren Rayner.Stepping into my room on the 18th floor above Jalan... Read More »
Vancouver
Spotlight on: Vancouver
Consistently voted one of the best cities in the world to live in, what does Vancouver have in store for the unsuspecting visitor? Lauren Rayner heads there to find... Read More »
Europe
Cool places: The trulli of Alberobello, Italy
Looking out across the conical roofs jutting out from the landscape of Alberobello, you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve slipped into a forgotten JRR Tolkien... Read More »
6 great travel reads that have been made into films
Reading about our favourite or must-visit destinations and then seeing them in film is almost as enjoyable as travelling itself. Here are some of our picks for travel... Read More »
Canada
Hitting the slopes in Sunpeaks
Next week the global Flight Centre social media team is gathering in Canada for its annual conference - and while we're there, we thought we'd test run a few of the... Read More »
Europe
Cool places: the palaces of Sintra
Deep in the hills beyond Lisbon, there lies a sleepy village surrounded by a smattering of palaces – a playground for pleasure seekers of bygone eras; a place that has... Read More »
Canada
Travel oddities: Sign Post Forest, Canada
We’ve all seen pictures of those sign posts pointing out the distances to far-flung destinations around the globe – but there’s one place in Yukon, Canada that has... Read More »
Destination inspiration: stopovers
You’ve checked in, passed through security, indulged in a spot of duty-free shopping and now you’re settling into your seat for a long flight. You think: there’s... Read More »
Australia
Video: Kangaroo Island, Australia
Kangaroo Island, South Australia is like a zoo without fences, with national park, conservation and wilderness protection areas spanning the island. In fact, the koalas... Read More »
Europe
Where to Find the Best Views in Rome
There is no doubt that you must wander the ruins of Rome to appreciate the history that has unfolded there, and stroll the crooked alleys of the historic centre and... Read More »
Paris
The spookiest spots to spend Halloween
They say travel is all about going outside your comfort zone – and Halloween is the perfect time to quite literally do that. If you get a thrill from that... Read More »
Europe
3 alternative things to see in your favourite European cities
You – yes you, the person guilty of the ‘holding up the leaning tower of Pisa’ tourist photo. Or are you pinching the top of the Eiffel Tower? Or are you smiling... Read More »
Best places to see the leaves turn
There’s a chill in the air. The winter coat has been retrieved from the back of the closet (I swear I only just stuffed it in there) and our fingers have hovered over... Read More »
Europe
Norman goes to the Baltics
Remember Norman, our infamous travel photographer? His exquisite composition, his skilled use of light, his ability to capture the thrill of travel in a single... Read More »
Top tips from the travel experts
They say travel teaches you valuable lessons, gives you greater self understanding and an appreciation of different cultures. They also say stuff some money in your... Read More »
Turkey
Top spots for an Indian summer
Right folks, that was it. Summer. The Olympic torch has been extinguished and the Jubilee’s a distant memory. We stayed put to cheer on our athletes, eyes loyally... Read More »
Immersed in Marrakech
Stepping into Marrakech’s vibrant medina is an invitation to inspire the senses – with exotic sights, sounds and smells all jostling for attention amid an... Read More »
Berlin: The low key low down
In Berlin, you can find something to suit every personality, every age group and every mood. Last week we brought you just a few of its facets – from the über-chilled... Read More »
Berlin: a culture of cool
Berlin. Whatever you picture when you think of the city, it’s likely to be different from someone else’s view. From low-key cafes to warehouse raves, a dazzling... Read More »
World
The World's Worst Travel Photographer 2012
Over the past few weeks we’ve been bowled over by the calibre of photographic talent from our World’s Worst Travel Photographer entrants – and we don’t... Read More »
Announcing: the World’s Worst Mobile Photographer
There’s no denying that the quality of mobile cameras is making travel snapping simpler. Unfortunately, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the quality of travel... Read More »
Simon Reeve answers your travel questions
He’s been surrounded by a pack of hungry cheetahs, walked through minefields, survived malaria and pursued by a gigantic ‘amorous’ camel, and on Friday he answered... Read More »
Anthony Cullen’s story behind the picture: Reunited Bosnian family
Throughout our competition to find the World’s Worst Travel Photographer we’ve been sharing top travel photography tips and stories behind some of our judges’... Read More »