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Category: Backpacking in Europe

Europe is a special continent, and with so many amazing & different countries packed so close together there is plenty of things to see and do.  Backpacking in Europe can be expensive, but there are plenty of ways to travel in Europe on a budget!

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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14 Stunning Images to Make You Want to Visit York, England

14 Stunning Images to Make You Want to Visit York, England

York has been hailed as Britain’s most beautiful city, and the place where most people want to live in the UK.  It certainly is a special city – its small, but crammed full of beautiful buildings, and more boutique shops, restaurants and cafes than you can shake a stick at.  History seeps from every brick, wood beam and cobblestone, and it’s hard not to imagine legions of Romans or hordes of Vikings roaming the streets.  York is one of my…

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Festivals in York You Cannot Miss

Festivals in York You Cannot Miss

York is a beautiful historic city in Northern England, and is well worth visiting in its own right.  But if you can time your visit with one of its fantastic festivals you are in for an extra treat.  York has a year-round calendar of events, and with so much going on you are sure to find something to suit every taste!  These are special festivals which bring together the very best of York’s talent and history, offering a unique insight…

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The Best Afternoon Tea in York

The Best Afternoon Tea in York

Afternoon tea is the quintessential British treat.  Contrary to popular belief outside the UK, not all English people “take tea” in the afternoon.  I don’t even drink tea myself, but I’m pretty sure that the most extravagant thing  most people have with their cup of tea is a chocolate biscuit.  However, when I recently visited York, a beautiful historic city in Yorkshire in the North of England, I wanted to see what I was missing out on!  I sampled two…

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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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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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Djurönäset – Relax in the Stockholm Archipelago

Djurönäset – Relax in the Stockholm Archipelago

As part of my recent visit to Stockholm, I was invited to Djurönäset to enjoy ‘relaxation the archipelago way’.  I was intrigued, and excited to get a taste of Sweden outside of Stockholm – and who could turn down the chance to spend the night at the 4-star hotel! Djurönäset – A World Away From Stockholm Having arrived in Stockholm the previous day, I had time to do a little research before I was picked up to go to Djurönäset.  I learned that the…

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