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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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Are the Pink Lakes in Mexico Worth Visiting?

Are the Pink Lakes in Mexico Worth Visiting?

The pink lakes in Mexico were on my bucket list for a while, after seeing Instagram photos of the bright pink water and gorgeous blue sky, with a girl floating on an inflatable pink flamingo.  I wanted to be on that flamingo, and take a dip in the unearthly pink water.  So, when I realised the pink lakes of Las Coloradas were in the Yucatan region of Mexico where I was going to be for a few weeks, I knew…

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Awesome Budget Things to do in Bogota Colombia

Awesome Budget Things to do in Bogota Colombia

Bogota certainly isn’t my favourite place in Colombia.  Compared to the rest of this beautiful country, it is dirty, the traffic is always horrendous, and there are much better places to spend a week in Colombia, like Tayrona National Park, or the Cocora Valley for example.  However, I was pleasantly surprised to find there were more than enough things to keep me occupied for a few days before I took my flight back to Mexico.  For me, to really understand…

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Taking Your Travel Photography To The Next Level

Taking Your Travel Photography To The Next Level

Travel photography is something we all do, every time we go on holiday, take a trip or visit a local attraction.  We all want to take perfect travel photographs to remember our vacations, and with the popularity of Instagram and Facebook, we want everyone to be wowed by our holiday snaps.  I love taking photos, but I am by no means an expert!  To learn more, I asked Charlie from World Travel Photography to share some of his top tips…

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Food Tour & Cooking Class in Bogota with 5Bogota

Food Tour & Cooking Class in Bogota with 5Bogota

You must be realising by now that I am a huge food fan.  Everywhere I visit I am trying to take as many cooking classes and food tours as possible, from a tapas tour in Barcelona to a cooking class in Mexico City, and learning how to make chocolate in Belize, I am always on the lookout for food related activities!  When I was trying to decide what to do in Bogota, there weren’t many options for a cooking class or…

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Las Gachas and Guadalupe Colombia: The Ultimate Guide

Las Gachas and Guadalupe Colombia: The Ultimate Guide

I first came to Guadalupe Colombia in June 2016.  It was one of the last places I visited in South America before I flew home, and was one of my favourites.  This tiny town in the Santander region of Colombia was barely on the map back then, I’d read one blog article about Las Gachas, the natural plunge pools nearby, and my hostel in Bucaramanga recommended that I come here.  So, I came.  There was one hostel, one decent restaurant,…

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Why Diving in Utila is the Best in the World

Why Diving in Utila is the Best in the World

Utila is one of the best places in the world for scuba diving.  You may not have heard of this little island off the coast of Honduras, but if you want to learn to dive, or to dive in in one of the best locations for scuba diving, you had better learn more about Utila!  I took my PADI diving course in Utila, and here’s why I think diving in Utila is the best in the world : READ MORE:…

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Uyuni Salt Flats: El Salar de Uyuni Tour in Bolivia

Uyuni Salt Flats: El Salar de Uyuni Tour in Bolivia

The Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia are truly incredible.  One of the highlights of my time in South America as a whole, and an experience not to be missed in Bolivia.  Actually, the first time I went to Bolivia, I decided to skip el Salar de Uyuni.  That was a mistake, although I still had a great time exploring Sucre, Samaipata & La Paz!  Luckily, I had the time, and the flexibility to be able to return to Bolivia later…

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Tips for a First-Time Visitor to Italy

Tips for a First-Time Visitor to Italy

I adore Italy. It is hard to resist Italy’s incredible food and wines, the diverse scenery and awesome architecture. With so many possibilities, it can be overwhelming for visitors, especially for those making their first trip to Italy. Many first-time travelers are left wondering where to go, which foods to try, what are the best options for homes for rent in Italy and how to travel. To help, we’ve written this brief guide that offers important tips for those traveling…

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