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7 Reasons to visit Romania

7 Reasons to visit Romania

I am spending the next year or so exploring more of Europe, and hope to be visiting Romania some time next year.  I am fascinated by this country I know so little about – and until I can get there and see it for myself, I asked Marius from Romanian Friend to share his reasons to go to Romania.  Are you thinking: why visit Romania?  Here’s why: You probably don’t know much about Romania, do you? Tucked away in Eastern…

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Where to Stay While Backpacking in Dublin: Gardiner House Hostel Review

Where to Stay While Backpacking in Dublin: Gardiner House Hostel Review

Dublin is a wonderful city, and unsurprisingly very popular with visitors from all over the world.  However, Dublin can also be very expensive, especially during the summer holidays and at weekends.  Finding a cheap hostel in Dublin isn’t easy, and finding a good cheap hostel if you’re backpacking in Dublin is even harder!  I was searching for where to stay in Dublin on a budget, somewhere clean, central and good value, and I found the Gardiner House hostel – read…

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Free Museums in Leeds You Need to Visit

Free Museums in Leeds You Need to Visit

I lived in Leeds for 10 years.  I love this city in England, I came here to study at the University of Leeds, and stayed around for several years after that.  However, I am ashamed to admit that in all that time I didn’t appreciate everything I had on my doorstep.  True, Leeds has changed a lot in the last eight years since I left, but some of the best museums in Leeds have been here for much longer than…

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Things to do in Portrush Northern Ireland

Things to do in Portrush Northern Ireland

The Northern Irish Coastline is incredibly beautiful.  There aren’t quite enough superlatives to describe the variety and drama of the cliffs, beaches, castle ruins and UNESCO World Heritage sites.  The whole of the Causeway Coastal Route is fascinating, and if you have a few days to spend in Northern Ireland then you should take the time to explore.  I spent two nights and three days in and around the Giant’s Causeway, and one of the days I decided to visit…

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Ireland Backpacker Tours: Shamrocker Adventures 5 Day Ireland Tour

Ireland Backpacker Tours: Shamrocker Adventures 5 Day Ireland Tour

Most of the time, I travel on my own.  I spent two years backpacking in South America, Mexico and Central America, so I have no problem travelling solo – in fact, I love it!  However, on my recent trip to Ireland, I only had a few days to try and fit in as much as possible, so I decided to take a 5 day tour of Ireland with Shamrocker Irish Adventures.  Shamrocker Adventures arrange escorted coach tours of Ireland for…

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Incredible Belfast Street Art You Need to See

Incredible Belfast Street Art You Need to See

Everyone in the UK (and beyond) has heard about the political murals in Belfast, Northern Ireland.  In fact, that was pretty much the only thing I knew about Belfast before I came here.  However, after spending several days exploring the city, I discovered that there is far more to Belfast than it’s difficult past.  Yes, the murals are still there, but there is a buzzing street art scene which has emerged in Belfast, where a different kind of art is…

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Afternoon Tea at the Titanic Museum – A Delicious Afternoon Tea in Belfast

Afternoon Tea at the Titanic Museum – A Delicious Afternoon Tea in Belfast

I adore afternoon tea.  I’ve had delicious afternoon teas in cities all over the UK including some of the best afternoon teas in York, and a themed afternoon tea in London, so when I read about afternoon tea at the Titanic Museum in Belfast, I knew I had to give it a try.  There are lots of options for afternoon tea in Belfast, but none quite as iconic as at the Titanic Museum!  Here is my full review of afternoon…

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A Giant’s Causeway Tour from Belfast to Walk the Causeway Coastal Route

A Giant’s Causeway Tour from Belfast to Walk the Causeway Coastal Route

Lonely Planet named Belfast and the Causeway Coastal Route in Northern Ireland as the best place to visit in 2018.  They weren’t wrong.  From the moment I arrived in Belfast I have felt welcome, safe, and have been wowed by the hospitality of the people and the gorgeous scenery of the coast.  When you are visiting Belfast, you definitely should visit the Giant’s Causeway, and either spend a couple of days exploring the region or take a Giant’s Causeway Tour…

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The Best Hostels in Semuc Champey Guatemala

The Best Hostels in Semuc Champey Guatemala

Semuc Champey in Guatemala is a special place.  Limestone rock pools cascade through a canyon in the middle of the Guatemalan jungle, surrounded by lush green.  Semuc is in the middle of nowhere, at least an 8-hour journey from Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala City, or Flores, so it isn’t possible to visit Semuc Champey on a day trip.  You need to stay at least two nights here, to allow for a day’s travel, sleep overnight at Semuc Champey or nearby Lanquín,…

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Discovering the Best Hikes in Patagonia

Discovering the Best Hikes in Patagonia

I didn’t make it to Patagonia when I briefly visited Argentina, so it is still firmly on my bucket list!  Hiking in Patagonia is an incredible adventure which I definitely want to do one day, so I asked Mila from Travel Belles to share her tips and advice for some of the best hikes in Patagonia. Patagonia offers trekkers a wonderfully diverse landscape to explore, which is why it has become such a popular hiking destination.  Offering a variety of day…

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