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Author: Claire

one woman. one backpack. a whole world to explore!
Xochimilco – Mexico City’s Venice

Xochimilco – Mexico City’s Venice

When conjuring up thoughts of romantic boat rides with a gondolier, one can’t help but think of Venice.  But Mexico City?  No way!  I had no idea before I came here that Mexico City was founded on a network of lakes and rivers.  Nowadays in most of the city you would never guess, as the metropolis has swallowed up almost all traces of its river based past.  But South of Mexico City, Xochimilco offers a glimpse of Mexico City’s history,…

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Travel Planning Made Easy: Essential Travel Resources

Travel Planning Made Easy: Essential Travel Resources

Travel planning can be stressful, worrying and downright horrible.  I hate having to think sensibly about important things as I’d rather just get out there and do it!  But, when planning for a year abroad, a long-term trip, holiday or even a weekend away, there are several resources out there to make your life that little bit easier.  Here are my favourite essential travel resources to help plan your trip of a lifetime! Essential Travel Resources: Destination Planning I love…

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How to Survive as a Vegetarian in Mexico City

How to Survive as a Vegetarian in Mexico City

I’m not a vegetarian myself, but a lot of my friends are, and I know how difficult it can be to find vegetarian food in Latin America.  So I asked my good friend Laura Pollard from Go Go Brownie Mission for her take on how to survive Mexico city as a vegetarian.  She lived here for four months, and sought out the best tips and restaurants  if you’re vegan & vegetarian in Mexico City! Find accommodation in Mexico City on Booking.com…

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Backpacking in Cuba on a Budget

Backpacking in Cuba on a Budget

Let’s not beat about the bush; Cuba is NOT a cheap destination for foreigners.  It seems that the Cuban government are very savvy about the revenue they gain from tourism, and although crime is rare & foreigners are officially very well looked after, it can be hard not to feel like a walking wallet, especially in Havana.  After spending three and a half weeks in Cuba I was tired of the constant battle, so I decided to put together some…

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Discovering the Stockholm Subway Art Gallery

Discovering the Stockholm Subway Art Gallery

Stockholm is a city with many secrets.  One of those is its extensive free art gallery in the subway.  Hiding beneath its busy streets lies a network of some of the best art in the city.  For the cost of a single subway ticket you can zip around the stations, and admire rainbows of colour, eerie caves and mysterious sculptures.  On a recent visit to Stockholm, I thought I’d check out some of the stations and discover the Stockholm Subway…

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Lucha Libre in Mexico City – Uncovering Mexican Wrestling!

Lucha Libre in Mexico City – Uncovering Mexican Wrestling!

A visit to the Lucha Libre in Mexico City is an essential part of your visit to the capital, and is great fun – especially if you go in a group and have a few drinks beforehand to really get in the swing of it!  Here’s all you need to know about going to watch the incredible Mexican wrestling at the Arena de Mexico in Mexico City. Find accommodation in Mexico City on Booking.com or Hostelworld.com Lucha Libre in Mexico City…

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La Gatería Cat Café in Mexico City

La Gatería Cat Café in Mexico City

I’ve never considered myself as a cat person, but it seems that lately I have developed more affection for our feline friends.  Perhaps it is the lack of close friends & distance from my family when I’m travelling, but there really is something therapeutic about stroking a cat.  When I found a Cat Café in Mexico City just down the road from my awesome hostel I knew I had to check it out! Find accommodation in Mexico City on Booking.com or…

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2016 in Review, and Plans for 2017

2016 in Review, and Plans for 2017

I wasn’t going to do one of these posts, but sometimes it’s important to look back at and appreciate what you have achieved, and to see more clearly what you want to do this year!  2016 was an incredible year for me – full of adventure and amazing destinations, but also tinged with some difficult times. 2016 was certainly a crappy year for celebrity deaths, with famous faces sadly dropping like flies.  I have been lucky not to lose anyone myself…

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Free Walking Tour of Mexico City: Estación Mexico

Free Walking Tour of Mexico City: Estación Mexico

I am often sceptical about walking tours, preferring to wander around a city by myself at my own pace.  However, when I was invited by Estación Mexico to join their free walking tour of Mexico City, how could I turn them down?! Find accommodation in Mexico City on Booking.com or Hostelworld.com The tours meet at every day at 11am in front of the Cathedral, and the guides are easy to spot wearing bright pink t-shirts & holding a pink umbrella.  They…

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A Practical Guide to Tayrona National Park

A Practical Guide to Tayrona National Park

Tayrona National Park, or Parque Nacional Tayrona as it’s called in Spanish, is on the northern coast of Colombia, enjoying the heavenly warm seas of the Caribbean.  In this practical guide to Tayrona National Park you’ll see how to get there, what to take & where to camp in Parque Tayrona.  One of the most beautiful places I have ever been, don’t miss it! How to Get to Tayrona National Park Santa Marta or Palomino make great bases to stay before and…

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