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 visited York, […]

A Backpacker’s Guide to York on a Budget

York Minster - Backpacker´s Guide to York on a Budget

In the heart of Yorkshire’s countryside in the north of England lies the beautiful historic city of York.  A gem in Britain’s glittering crown, I have many fond memories of visiting York as a child, and was thrilled to go back and revisit this incredible city.  It is a popular destination for tourists, both home-grown […]

York Food & Drink Festival : A Paradise for Foodies

York Food and Drink Festival

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, and as a die-hard foodie I couldn’t resist!   About York Food […]

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, some of the best things to do in Liverpool include a visit to the Beatles Museum, the home of John Lennon or the Cavern Club.  But for those who […]

How to Travel Around the UK on a Budget

Travel the UK on a Budget. Cheap Travel in the UK

The UK isn’t the cheapest destination, but it needn’t cost the earth.  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 […]

Nine Reasons to Visit the North of England

Reasons to Visit the North of England

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 […]

The Barcelona Taste Tour: The Best Food Tour in Barcelona

Tapas Food Tour in Barcelona - The Barcelona Taste

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 […]

Djurönäset – Relax in the Stockholm Archipelago

Djurönäset Relaxation the Archipelago Way

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 […]

Barcelona Brunch: My Top Best Spots for Brunch in Barcelona

The residents of Barcelona love a good brunch, that’s for sure.  And as lunch in Spain doesn’t really start until 2pm (at the earliest), we have the luxury of being able to lie in bed that little bit longer, and only stumble to our favourite brunch hangouts before 4 or 5pm to take advantage of the […]

How to Make Friends in a New City

drinks with friends - how to make friends in a new city

Congratulations, you’ve done it!  Taken the plunge!  Took a deep breath and leapt into the unknown!  And here you are, in a new city, excited at the adventure that faces you, thrilled at the prospect of discovering new places, learning new things, making new friends and living a new life!  But wait.  Ah.  Shit.  Friends.  […]