Soul Glamping in Suffolk: Happy Days Airstreams

  When the light hits them they shine bright, almost blinding. They remind me of the movies – truck stops, road trips, and the infinite ...

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How to Embrace Slow Travel When You Work Full Time

  Those of you who read lots about travelling will no doubt have come across the term ‘slow travel’. It’s used to describe ...

Discovering British Wine: The Story of Three Choirs Vineyard

  “We make use of this area’s microclimate, and we've tweaked our techniques over the years. You see the high hedges over there? Even ...

An Ireland Road Trip: Falling For the Emerald Isle

  Now that I’ve visited Ireland, I can see why everyone says it's best discovered by car. The freedom driving gives you to explore its ...

Day Trips from Dublin: Exploring the Seaside Town of Howth

  I walked along the pier listening to the jingle-jangle of boats bobbing on the shallow waters. A few hundred metres away was a busker with ...

Driving Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

  Every weather report on the radio said the same thing: strong winds and heavy rain. Warnings were going out across the country to advise ...

Killarney National Park: The Gap of Dunloe in Pictures

  A steady thud-thud-thud of my walking boots on the road was my soundtrack for this walk in Killarney National Park. The monumental, ...

Visit West Cork: Glamping & Hiking at Top of the Rock

  From the outside, they resemble upside-down arks. Golden, tactile wood lines the entrance, and sandpapery tiles protect the roof. A fresh ...

County Wicklow Photos: Snapshots of The Garden of Ireland

  I was told that County Wicklow is nicknamed 'The Garden of Ireland' on the day that I arrived, at the very beginning of my road trip ...

Day Trips from Dublin: Discovering Killiney and Dalkey

  Temple Bar, the Guinness Storehouse, and Trinity College Library – images that spring to mind when picturing Dublin. During my recent ...

Unique Accommodation Ireland: Gypsy Caravans in Wicklow

  It was morning, and light was just starting to peep through the tiny gaps in my curtains. I was curled up in my duvet, awake enough to know ...

Hiking in Wicklow: Exploring Ireland’s Longest Glacial Valley

  About half way through the hiking trail, I came to a clearing and looked down across the valley. On the hill opposite me there was a ...

Dublin’s Creative Quarter: Where Community & Innovation Rule

  On the morning I was due in Dublin’s Creative Quarter, I got lost. I arrived in the city centre and wandered around trying to find the ...

Travel Reading Recommendation: Interview with Latterly

  I discovered Latterly Magazine last year, not long before they launched their first issue. While not exactly your usual travel reading, ...

Dartmoor in Pictures: 12 Photos of Vast and Silent Spaces

  "Look at the noises on the moor at night. There's not a man would cross it after sundown if he was paid for it. Look at this stranger ...

30 Tips on Saving Money for Travel

  I am a thrifty person – it's always been that way in my family. My Mum brought me up to know the value of money, and how far a good ...

Visiting Dartmoor: The People’s National Park

  Wind whipped strands of hair around my face as I stood high up on Pew Tor, a hill in Dartmoor National Park. I was between two towering ...

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7 Reasons Why Travel Planning Should Start with a Map

  I always begin the travel planning process with a map. If I'm thinking of travelling in the UK, I'll refer to my grandfather's complete ...

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15 Barcelona Film Photos: Looking Up to the Rooftops

  There's something about rooftops that I can't help but want to photograph. It could be the silhouette they make against the sky or the way ...

Wild Camping in England: Sleeping Alone in the Forest

  My eyes snapped open when I heard a screech. Or was it a howl? I had been asleep beforehand, so couldn't tell if I had just dreamt ...

Photo Journal: 21 Film Photos of Bath, UK

  There was something gleefully childlike about taking photos of Bath with a film camera - like I was 11 again and my parents had given me a ...

Travel Reading Recommendation: Boat Magazine

  Boat Magazine is a bi-annual independent travel magazine that focuses on one city per issue. Around ten features are presented in each, ...

The Ultimate Guide to Jane Austen in Bath, UK

  I stood on a hill overlooking Bath, and picked out the places that Jane knew well. Straight ahead of me towered Bath Abbey and next to it ...

How to Use Instagram to Plan Your Travels

  You may have trawled Instagram for food and fashion ideas, but travellers are now increasingly looking to this social network to plan their ...

Shopping in Bath: Interview with The Foodie Bugle

  My attention was grabbed by the green leaves piled in bowls that were sat on the corner of a table in the window display. On the other end ...

A Guide to Tea Rooms & Afternoon Tea in Bath

  One of the most famous stereotypes about Britain is that we're all a bunch of tea fanatics. While we like to argue most stereotypes about ...

Photo Journal: Around Oxford

  I have deep roots with Oxford. I was born there, and although I've never actually lived in central Oxford, I do feel a strong sense of ...

Dating in Toronto: Let Me Tell You About Louis

  I remember it was snowing on the night we met. It was the first really cold Canadian night I had experienced; the first time I had to wear ...

Down to Earth: Oxford’s Local Food Movement

  As a UK native, there's something so satisfying to me about British food - and it's not just a nostalgia thing. While there are certain ...

Photo Journal: Southwest Wales

If you say the words 'travel in Wales' to anyone from the UK, you'll most likely conjure up in their minds a picture of wet weekends away, trudging ...

Lean In: A Winter Journey in Southwest Wales

  The sun came out in slices through the trees and rolled over the windscreen as we drove along the spaghetti roads through Brechfa Forest. ...

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Tastes of Tradition in Athens: Manas Kouzina Kouzina

  "In Greek, we say the word twice when something is becoming extinct - it's mostly used with animal species. We used it for Manas Kouzina ...

Goodbye Thailand, Hello UK – Returning Home for 2015

  I like to think of myself as a bit of an open book. Some people find it hard to admit their weaknesses, but I'm quite happy to acknowledge ...

Coming Home to My Polo Neck

  Pulling the thick black cotton over my face sparked a memory in the back of my mind. This was my favourite buy from the previous winter, ...

Spain

Driving Through Iberia: Porto to Madrid

  This is the final post in a four-part series on driving through Spain and Portugal. If you haven't seen the others, make sure you catch up ...

Driving Through Iberia: Sintra to Porto

  This is part three in a four-part series on a drive through Iberia. If you've not caught up on previous posts in the series, make sure you ...

Driving Through Iberia: Sagres to Sintra

  This is the second in a multi-post series about my Spain and Portugal road trip. If you haven't read it already, you can find the first ...

Driving Through Iberia: Cádiz to Sagres

  I hadn't seen Cara in nearly two years. We had parted ways in August 2012 after becoming close friends as expats in Barcelona, and our ...

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The New GKM: On Setting Goals and Being You

  Do you know what my least favourite word is right now? Should. Recently, a life coach friend of mine asked me to help her with a ...

Barceloneta – The Last Barrio

  Barcelona? It’s a theme park. “The world’s best shop”  – Llum Ventura, resident of Barceloneta. Quote from Bye Bye ...

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Thailand: Woman vs Cockroach

  (Please forgive all the cursing in this post. In fairness, the amount written here is actually only a tiny fraction of the amount I was ...

Getting Over Your Fear of the Unknown

Getting Over Your Fear of the Unknown

  Wow, you’re brave. Seriously? By yourself? Aren’t you scared? These are things I’m very accustomed to ...

Warsaw’s Pop-Up River Bars

  By the time I was ducking my head to walk under unfinished bridges, dodging rubble in construction sites, and watching my flip-flopped feet ...

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23 Ways to Get Wonderfully Lost

    Not just lost, but wonderfully lost. This might be a phrase you've heard or read pasted on many travel-related pictures ...

Discovering Ontario’s Cottage Country

  As spring creeps into Ontario, fevered anticipation lingers in the air. Locals shake off the snow, stomp out their boots, switch their ...

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Growing Into Your Style of Travel

  It’s been five years since I started travelling, two and a half since I’ve been living nomadically, and a lot has changed. Back in ...

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Exploring Warsaw’s Praga With Kasia

  'You see these buildings here, the apartments? Behind them runs the railway line. Those blocks of flats were built all the way along it so ...

Toronto Interviews

Interviewing Today’s Torontonians

I left Toronto at the beginning of May 2014, after living there for just under a year. Upon leaving, I thought about writing a long-winded ode to ...

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Retrome Vintage B&B: Sleek and Chic Barcelona

  Ever since I was a little girl, I've been obsessed with anything vintage or retro, and for that I thank my father. Looking back on my ...

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15 Places for Comfort Food in Toronto

    The food. Oh, the food. This is, and always will be, my response to the question, ‘What was the best part about living ...

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You Are Foreign (and That’s Okay)

  It's the truth of travel. You are, and always will be, foreign in any other country but your own. There seems to be a 'you're not from ...

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The Pros and Cons of Solo Travel from a Solo Cyclist

  The following is a guest post from the highly adventurous Dave of Vague Direction. “Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.” - Paul ...

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Cuba: 14 Need-to-Know Varadero Tips

To many, Cuba is a mystery. For some, it is even entirely off-bounds, making it even more alluring. Before I travelled to this hip-swivelling, ...

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I Love the People of Varadero, Cuba

    In the space of three days, I had given impromptu English lessons in the ocean, been invited to spend the day with a Cuban ...

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Argentina: Hiking Cerro Llao Llao in Patagonia

‘You haven’t even reached the best part yet. Keep coming further up - the view is so much better here!’ If what my friend Jeremy was seeing ...

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Best Cafés and Bars in Toronto For Winter

  This winter in Toronto has been a rough one, and even though the sun is shining as I write this, I don’t think we’re out of the woods ...

How India Took its Hold, and Never Let Go

  It was like breathing in soup. I could hear nothing but horns, see nothing but people, and smell nothing but spice and heat, dense and ...

USA Bus Travel: Two Weeks through the Northeast

  It's a feeling that every travel addict has experienced. Maybe you've suddenly come across some time to spare. Perhaps some other plans ...

The Good, Bad, and Bearded – Toronto’s Parkdale

I moved to Parkdale in Toronto in September of 2013. I started living with three girls, good friends, on a quiet street tucked away in between Dundas ...

NYC: Budget Accommodation – Hostels vs Couchsurfing

  Accommodation for the thrifty traveller in New York is a nightmare at first glance. As one of the most expensive cities in the world, NYC ...