Travel & ad­ven­ture road test... three of the best

Whether you want to see the real-life lo­ca­tions for Game of Thrones, or just have good hol­i­day hair, Trupti Bi­radar has it cov­ered.

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I’m a high main­te­nance trav­eller, and yet even I never have a hair dryer on my much-too-long pack­ing list. I’ve never stayed at a ho­tel that didn’t have one – though ad­mit­tedly some are all noise and no heat and chained to the bath­room coun­ter­top. Even glamp­ing sites will usu­ally pro­vide one. But a muggy sum­mer in sunny Spain changed my mind. It was my first Airbnb ex­pe­ri­ence, and while a bed, bath­room ac­cess and tow­els were pro­vided, lit­tle else was. So when I faced each day look­ing like Monica from Friends in “The one in Bar­ba­dos”, I re­ally wished I’d had the fore­sight to put one in my lug­gage. This cute lit­tle one from GHD is tiny, but it packs some real power. My hair is dry in un­der five min­utes, sleek, and un­der con­trol. It fits into a case eas­ily too – I didn’t even need to forgo a pair of shoes – and it comes with uni­ver­sal voltage. $119 from most sa­lons and ghd­


From the beau­ti­ful Wa­ter Gar­dens of Dorne in Seville to the fight­ing pits of Meereen in Osuna, Spain has plenty to of­fer the in­trepid Game of Thrones fan. Wan­der the Al­cazar of Seville, which dou­bles as the seat of House Martell, or ex­plore Samwell Tarly’s an­ces­tral home – Castell de Santa Florentina – a cas­tle in the town of Canet de Mar, Cat­alo­nia. Dis­cover the his­toric walled city of Girona, a city that has stood in for Braavos and King’s Land­ing.


Cer­sei’s in­fa­mous walk of shame was filmed in Dubrovnik, with the sea­side city pro­vid­ing the per­fect back­drop for the Wes­teros cap­i­tal King’s Land­ing. Visit Black­wa­ter Bay, or the site where the epic bat­tle was ac­tu­ally filmed. Nearby, the Fort Lovri­jenac pro­vided the lo­ca­tion for the Red Keep. While Minc­eta Tower was used as the ex­te­rior of the House of The Undy­ing in Qarth – when Dae­narys goes in search of her dragons in sea­son two.


Stroll in the foot­steps of the Starks at Win­ter­fell, or Cas­tle Ward, not far from Belfast. Fans can visit the16th cen­tury ru­ins that serve as the fam­ily’s home. Al­though one tree was knocked down in a storm, around 90 of the fa­mous beech trees on the Kings Road still re­side near Ar­moy in County Antrim – the Dark Hedges have be­come In­stafa­mous and fea­ture on many a bucket list since their ap­pear­ance in sea­son two when Arya, dis­guised as a boy, tries to es­cape King’s Land­ing.


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