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Category: Backpacking in the United Kingdom

Backpacking in the United Kingdom was the chance for me to re-discover cities I had visited in my youth, and view them with new eyes.  I love travelling in the North of England, and want to make sure visitors to the UK make the trip and leave London!

The Best Places to Visit in the UK on a Budget

The Best Places to Visit in the UK on a Budget

This year I have been spending more time in the UK, and I have a new-found appreciation for my home country.  However, some parts of the UK can be pricey so I asked Becky from MyVoucherCodes to suggest some cool places to visit in the UK on a budget. The weather in the UK has been glorious lately.  Temperatures have been well above 20 degrees for the past couple of weeks and fingers crossed it continues like this. With all…

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Climbing the O2 Arena with Canine Partners and Up at the O2

Climbing the O2 Arena with Canine Partners and Up at the O2

I was back in London again, but this time for a good cause.  I was climbing up the O2 arena, the old Millennium Dome to raise money for Canine Partners, an amazing charity which helps to train puppies to become assistance dogs to help people with disabilities.  The climb up the O2 was great fun actually, although I was nervous at first, and coming down was steeper than I thought!  Before I talk about the climb itself I want to…

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How to Fall in Love With London in 2 Days

How to Fall in Love With London in 2 Days

Another trip to London?  I rolled my eyes.  Overcrowded and overpriced, London was never my favourite place to visit and had always felt so overrated to me.  However, on my recent visit to London, everything changed.  I wasn’t stressed out by the traffic or the people, and I didn’t feel ripped off every time I paid for something.  Instead, I went to new places in the city, ate amazing food, saw a theatre show, and had a wonderful time.  So,…

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Kirkstall Abbey Leeds, England

Kirkstall Abbey Leeds, England

I lived in Leeds for 10 years, I went to university there then stuck around after graduation.  I have very fond memories of the city where I spent my student days, for its huge variety of shops, bars, restaurants and nightlife.  However, it is only recently I have come to appreciate the cultural side of Leeds, perhaps it is old(er) age which is driving me to explore the other attractions in the city, like Kirkstall Abbey. Where is Leeds? For…

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Where to Stay in Leeds: A Review of the Art Hostel Leeds

Where to Stay in Leeds: A Review of the Art Hostel Leeds

I went to university in Leeds, and lived in the city for about ten years before I started my nomadic, wandering lifestyle.  When I come back to visit, as I frequently do, I usually stay with friends, but this time I fancied a change.  When I was looking for Leeds budget hotels and hostels, I realised that there isn’t a wide range of budget accommodation in Leeds, so when I read about the Art Hostel Leeds, I knew I had to…

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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 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 tea…

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A Backpacker’s Guide to York on a Budget

A 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 and from abroad, so I was worried it was going to be expensive.  However, I was relieved to find there is plenty to see and…

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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, and as a die-hard foodie I couldn’t resist!  The 2018 York Food and Drink Festival will be running from 21st to 30th September 2018, so come and try it out for yourself! About York Food and…

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