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Where we went in March

SAN FRANCISCO
Richard Singer, managing director, Europe
What I loved: The variety that San Fran has to offer. It literally has everything -- shopping, culture, nightlife, beaches, walking, skiing and cycling.
Don't go without: Your running kit. Everyone is sporty in the Bay Area.
Off the beaten track: Hire a car and head north over Golden Gate Bridge. It's a wonderful drive to Point Reyes to see the whales migrating. Stop off at Stinson Beach for a walk and have lunch at the oyster farms on the way. I highly recommend this is done in a black Ford Mustang convertible! 

TALINN
Jon Kissack, sales manager
What I loved: Beautiful medieval walled town with amazing architecture -- and home to the marzipan museum!
Top tip: Have cocktails in the Radisson hotel roof top bar at dusk and watch the town walls and turrets light up against the night sky.
Off the beaten track: Visit the Seaplane Museum on the outskirts of town – it's a fascinating museum housed in a huge seaplane hangar built by the last Tsar of Russia during the First World War.
Anything else that might be interesting: Rataskaevu16 -- a wonderful restaurant serving hearty Estonia fare such as braised elk! (ranked number 1 on tripadvisor for good reason).

DUBLIN
Victoria Sandison, publisher, Local Deals
What I loved: The live music, the quirky, independent cafés and bars, the artistic, cultural vibe.
Top tip: Take an open-top bus tour at the start of your trip to suss out where to go and for some fascinating historical background -- but do get one with a live guide for some hilarious local humour along the way.
Don't go without: The weather is highly changeable -- we went from glorious sunshine to snowstorms and back again in the space of an hour -- so pack clothing for all eventualities.
Off the beaten track: The National Library holds fantastic free exhibitions on legendary local literary figures such as Joyce and Keats. A guided tour of the National Leprechaun Museum makes for a fun and family-friendly outing offering an unusual look into Ireland's centuries-old myths, legends and story-telling traditions.
Anything else that might be interesting: Look out for the snugs in the old, traditional pubs -- tiny, secluded drinking hidey-holes only big enough for two.

COLOMBIA
Nicola Gibson, head of business development, Local Deals
What I loved: Jazz and salsa bars of Cartagena, the lush forest and hammock stays in Tayrona National Park and the pretty fishing village of Taganga. Super-easy to travel around. 
Top tip: Take a small overnight bag so that you can leave your luggage and visit some of the smaller beaches and islands for a day or two. Many of the transfers are by boat, so lugging a huge bag around is tricky. 
Don't go without: A lot of energy! The nightlife is incredible -- late-night dining and lots of dancing. 
Off the beaten track: Camping on the beach at Tayrona National Park.
Anything else that might be interesting: It's hot (lots of sun cream is needed), but also the windiest place I've ever been! 

FUERTUVENTURA
Esther Flores, sales operation manager
What I loved: Beautiful beaches, local food, wine and the carnival!
Top tip: Make sure you rent a car and explore the national parks. Corralejo National Park in the northern part of the island is an 11-kilometre-long area of sand dunes. If you're lucky, you may see goats and camels.
Also, go to Cofete Beach in the south, where "Exodus" by Ridley Scott was filmed. It's quite an interesting trip through a rocky mountain pass, leading you to an unbelievably beautiful beach.
Don't go without: Your driving licence, sunglasses, sun lotion and good trekking shoes.
Anything else that might be interesting: The local food is really good. Don't leave without trying papas arrugas (small unpeeled potatoes steamed with lots of salt, served with a hot mojo sauce) and queso majorero, a local goats' cheese -- delicious!

INDIA
Felicity Pont, associate producer
What I loved: India is a complete feast for the senses -- the noise, the smells, the sights. Everywhere you look, you see something different, be it breath-taking or totally shocking. A lot of the time it has to be seen to be believed.
Top tip: It is worth being a little cautious with the food (as delicious as it is) to prevent illness. I went vegetarian for the majority of the time, only eating seafood when I was near the coast. I didn't eat any salad or fruit that could have been washed, and always went for a bread option instead of rice in case it wasn't freshly cooked.
Don't go without: Small change. Few of the tuk-tuks or eating places had change for larger notes. Try to get change early on to avoid awkward situations.
Off the beaten track: One of my highlights was a cycle tour through Old Delhi. It is a little frightening at first due to the tiny lanes, the crazy traffic and the masses of people, but you see some amazing things and can go to places you'd never find on foot without a guide.

COSTA RICA
Christina Bracewell, associate publisher
What I loved: There's so much to see. In 10 days we managed to fit in wildlife spotting in the national park, a canopy tour through the tree tops in the rainforest, trekking round a volcano, wallowing in the thermal pools at Tabacon and a few days chilling on the beach -- and we didn't even scratch the surface.
Top tip: You don't need a fancy camera to get amazing wildlife pictures. We went on a couple of tours in the jungle and the guides were able to help us take pretty good photos on a camera phone/compact, through their telescopes.
Don't go without: If you hire a car, get GPS. There are no signs anywhere. Luckily we added this at the last minute for 10USD per day, and we would have really struggled without. The roads weren't bad, but if you don't where you are going, you'd be in trouble.
Off the beaten track: Not so much off the beaten track, as totally unexpected: we loved this treetop restaurant at Playa Hermosa, where we feasted on firecracker shrimps, red Thai curry, shoestring fries with sizzling garlic sauce and warm chocolate lava cake.

PARIS & VERSAILLES
Sara Kriegel, website editor
What I loved: The food, and the views, and the insane opulence of Versailles and the opera house.
Top tip:
Surprisingly, the Bistrot de la Tour Eiffel has reasonably priced good food with an amazing situation (and views) down a quiet street from its namesake.
Don't go without: Walking shoes and a camera -- obvious, but vital.
Off the beaten track: Marie Antoinette's personal village at Versailles is captivating.

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Daniel

Deal Expert, London
Monday, 31 March 2014
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