York Food & Drink Festival : A Paradise for Foodies

York Food & Drink Festival : A Paradise for Foodies

Every year in September, York is taken over by food and drink lovers in a 10-day long celebration of all things food related.  I was invited by Visit York to come and see what is on offer at the York Food and Drink Festival for its 20-year anniversary, and as a foodie I couldn’t resist! The 2016 festival is currently running until 2nd October, so you still have chance to visit and try it out for yourself! I previously lived…

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What to do in Liverpool if you Hate the Beatles

What to do in Liverpool if you Hate the Beatles

Liverpool is the musical jewel in the crown of English popular music, being the home of the biggest pop band ever, The Beatles.  For most people, a visit to the Beatles Museum, the home of John Lennon or a visit to the Cavern Club is a must.  But for those who aren’t fans of the Fab Four, there are still plenty of options to keep you entertained.  Here are some ideas of what to do In Liverpool if you hate…

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How to Travel Around the UK on a Budget

How to Travel Around the UK on a Budget

The UK isn’t the cheapest destination, but recent fluctuations in currency thanks to the ‘Brexit’ vote, means this is the perfect time for many people to visit my home country.  And there are a few tricks that can help your hard earned cash go even further to allow you to explore more of the UK during your trip.  Here I have put together some tips for how to travel around the UK on a budget: Travelling to the UK on…

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Nine Reasons to Visit the North of England Now!

Nine Reasons to Visit the North of England Now!

So many people I meet have been to England, and not left London.  When I tell them I’m English their eyes light up and they eagerly tell me they visited the London for a few days, but nowhere else, or occasionally some went to Brighton or Cambridge or another town close by.  Of course, London is a great destination, but there is plenty more to explore outside our vibrant capital.  If you have the time to venture outside the city…

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How to Get a Replacement Passport While Travelling

How to Get a Replacement Passport While Travelling

Your passport is the most important document you will ever own, as a traveller at least.  If the worst should happen and your passport is stolen, do not worry – this need not mean the end of your trip.  An inconvenience, definitely, and extra expense for sure, but in most cases you can continue travelling with just a few minor adjustments.  After having my passport stolen in Ecuador, here is my story of how I managed to get a replacement…

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Hiking the Cocora Valley in Colombia

Hiking the Cocora Valley in Colombia

Salento is a beautiful village, and the perfect base for exploring the Cocora valley.  We heard about a hike from Cocora, just 30 minutes from Salento, where you can hike through the valley, visiting a humming bird sanctuary and admiring stunning scenery including the magnificent wax palm trees that grow here. The Hike Around Cocora Valley According to my guide book the hike takes between 4-5 hours, which in my opinion is a huge under-estimation.  Including a short visit to the humming…

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The Barcelona Taste Tour: The Best Food Tour in Barcelona

The Barcelona Taste Tour: The Best Food Tour in Barcelona

If you are planning your first visit to Barcelona, deciding on where to eat can be a challenge. The city is bursting with literally thousands of bars, restaurants and cafes, all potentially offering the best food money can buy. Or not.  I found a saviour in The Barcelona Taste Tour. The choice of where to eat in Barcelona is overwhelming, and as a tourist in an unfamiliar city there is a tendency to either follow your Lonely Planet Guide to…

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Crossing Borders in South America – Your Guide

Crossing Borders in South America – Your Guide

Crossing an international border in South America is, on the whole, very easy.  A little too easy in fact.  I have crossed 14 international borders in South America since I arrived last August, and once you know how it works the first time, the rest of the crossings should be a doddle.  There are still a few things to bear in mind when you are crossing borders in South America. During my 10 month journey I have crossed the following…

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Guadalupe, Santander: Off the Beaten Track in Colombia

Guadalupe, Santander: Off the Beaten Track in Colombia

Have you ever been to a place so beautiful, so pure and untainted by tourism that you wanted to keep it for yourself?  I have.  It’s called Guadalupe, Santander. Discover Colombia Off the Beaten Track Guadalupe is a tiny town in the Santander region of Colombia.  It is no longer a secret in Colombia though, and at the weekends bus-loads of visitors from Bucaramanga and the surrounding areas arrive – usually just for the day – then disappear as quickly…

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10 Essential Items for your Backpack

10 Essential Items for your Backpack

Packing for a backpacking trip can be difficult.  There are so many things that would be useful, and so many that just take up valuable space, it can be difficult for a backpacker to decide what to pack!  These are the things I couldn’t do without on my ten month backpacking trip to South America, the 10 essential items for your backpack that I guarantee you will be glad you took with you! Essential Items for your Backpack: The Basics Lifestraw…

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