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Author: Claire

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Kirkstall Abbey Leeds, England

Kirkstall Abbey Leeds, England

I lived in Leeds for 10 years, I went to university there then stuck around after graduation.  I have very fond memories of the city where I spent my student days, for its huge variety of shops, bars, restaurants and nightlife.  However, it is only recently I have come to appreciate the cultural side of Leeds, perhaps it is old(er) age which is driving me to explore the other attractions in the city, like Kirkstall Abbey. Where is Leeds? For…

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Mancora Peru – Beaches & Mosquitos

Mancora Peru – Beaches & Mosquitos

I didn’t expect to like Mancora in Peru, a small beach town on the northern coast known for surfing and partying.  I hadn’t planned to go there, but after returning to Lima before going to Ecuador, Mancora Peru was a good spot to break the long journey from Lima to Guayaquil in Ecuador, with spectacular beaches and a more chilled out vibe than I had imagined. How to get to Mancora I took a Cruz del Sur bus from Lima…

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Where to Stay in Leeds: A Review of the Art Hostel Leeds

Where to Stay in Leeds: A Review of the Art Hostel Leeds

I went to university in Leeds, and lived in the city for about ten years before I started my nomadic, wandering lifestyle.  When I come back to visit, as I frequently do, I usually stay with friends, but this time I fancied a change.  When I was looking for Leeds budget hotels and hostels, I realised that there isn’t a wide range of budget accommodation in Leeds, so when I read about the Art Hostel Leeds, I knew I had to…

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Are Guide Books dead?

Are Guide Books dead?

As you are reading this article from my blog, I am glad you chose to research more into your travels than simply buying a guide book.  Travel blogs, review sites and social media have opened up a whole new world of travel planning resources that weren’t available ten, or even five years ago.  So, does this overwhelming amount of information on the internet mean that good old-fashioned guide books like Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, and the rest are obsolete?  Are…

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Ten Unique Activities in Iceland

Ten Unique Activities in Iceland

Iceland has been on my bucketlist for a while, the land of fire and ice is unlike anywhere else on the planet.  For the moment, I’ve had to postpone my Iceland travel plans until I save up some more cash, but to keep my wanderlust in check I’ve been exploring some of the unique activities in Iceland that you can do on this magical island and nowhere else!  So read on for some inspiration for unique things to do in…

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15 Awesome Free Things to Do in Barcelona

15 Awesome Free Things to Do in Barcelona

Barcelona is a perennially popular destination, and with its Mediterranean climate, spectacular food, nightlife, culture, and beaches, it’s not hard to see why. Recently tourism has faltered after the terrorist attack, and the more recent demonstrations regarding Catalan independence, but there is no denying Barcelona has long-lasting appeal.  Barcelona does tend to be more expensive compared to other cities in Spain, but there is still plenty to do for the budget traveller.  Here are just a few of the awesome…

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Cenote Diving in Tulum Mexico with Ko’ox Diving

Cenote Diving in Tulum Mexico with Ko’ox Diving

After learning to dive in Utila Honduras, I was keen to test out my PADI diving certification in Mexico.  The last time I was in Tulum, I went snorkelling in some cenotes near Tulum, and saw some people diving in the cenotes there, so I thought this would be the perfect way to dive again, without risking the sea sickness I suffered from last time!  In my hostel in Tulum, a fellow guest recommended Ko’ox Diving, so I contacted them…

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Bite Berlin Food Tour Review

Bite Berlin Food Tour Review

Another city, another food tour!  Everywhere I go I love to try the local food and drink, and explore areas I wouldn’t normally discover by myself.  From chocolate making in Belize to a taco and street food tour in Mexico City, most of my travels revolve around food!  Berlin was no exception to this.  I must admit, I wasn’t very familiar with German food, so wanted to try some traditional dishes whilst learning more about Berlin’s own fusion of cuisine,…

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The Mermaid Hostel Beach, Cancun Mexico: A Review

The Mermaid Hostel Beach, Cancun Mexico: A Review

I was only planning to stay in Cancun a couple of days.  Luxury resorts and all inclusive hotels in Cancun where you stay by the pool all day didn’t appeal to me, if I am going to be in Mexico, I like to feel like I’m in Mexico, not just a hotel.  So, when I was looking for where to stay in Cancun I wanted to find somewhere with a friendly, local vibe, near to the beach – and found…

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Top Things to do in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Top Things to do in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

Nicaragua is one of the countries in Central America I still haven’t made it to.  It is definitely on my list, for the incredible nature, volcanoes, beaches and friendly people – I can’t wait to visit Nicaragua!  In the meantime though, I asked Daniela from The Lost Romanian to share her tips and recommendations for the best things to do in San Juan del Sur, one of the most popular destinations for backpackers in Nicaragua.  Here are her top activities…

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