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The HoliDaze Offbeat Travel Guides

A collection of travel guides to places not covered in the guide books ― because all good travelers know that once you ditch the guide book, the real adventures begins!

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Unique & Offbeat Global Travel Guides

Encouraging people to travel beyond the guide books, the HoliDaze is a collection of over 100 authors inspiring and educating global travelers.

You'll never know what you are missing if you don't get off the beaten path. So come and join us, and make your future holidays unforgettable holidaze!

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Trustworthy advice and information from fellow travelers that never disappoints, not someone who was paid to pretend they know what they are talking about.

No matter what you like or how you travel, there is plenty here at the HoliDaze just for you ― from wild adventures and motorcycle travel guides to budget travel tips and luxury recommendations.

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