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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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World Map Christmas Gift Ideas to Inspire Wanderlust

World Map Christmas Gift Ideas to Inspire Wanderlust

Oh yes, it’s that time of year again!  Christmas seems to be getting earlier every year, and with Black Friday sales already starting this week, you can get some great Black Friday offers on gifts for the special traveller in your life.  If you are looking for the perfect Christmas present for wannabe travellers who are not currently on the move, I’ve found these awesome Christmas gift ideas to inspire wanderlust and have them planning their next trip asap!  From…

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Coming Home, Reverse Culture Shock and What Now?

Coming Home, Reverse Culture Shock and What Now?

England feels very different to Mexico.  Different to anywhere in Latin America in fact!  Everything in England is calmer and quieter, but less colourful, and less fun.  A grey afternoon in November wasn’t the best welcome back to my native country, that’s for sure!  Many people find that reverse culture shock is worse than the shock of travelling to a new place, and coming home after more than a year I understood why. Reverse Culture Shock: My Experience Returning home…

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10 Things I’ve Learned After Two Years on the Road

10 Things I’ve Learned After Two Years on the Road

I’ve been travelling in Latin America for about two years now; ten months in South America, and 13 months in Cuba, Mexico and Central America.  I am still no expert, but I have definitely learned a few things along the way!  I wrote a similar post about what I had learned after one month of travel, but now two years on things have changed a little.  As I am in my final couple of weeks before coming home, I started…

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