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What Would You Do With £5k?

What Would You Do With £5k?

What would you do with £5000 to spend on travel?  Hmmmm what would I do with £5000?  I am thrilled to say that I have been shortlisted in the Affordable Travel category of the Post Office Travel Blogger Awards 2018, and the prize is up to £5000 from Post Office Travel Insurance to spend on adventures abroad!  The only thing I have to do is say what I would spend the money on.  And get you lovely people to vote…

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Why Staying in a Hostel for the First Time Isn’t Scary (Even If You’re Over 30)

Why Staying in a Hostel for the First Time Isn’t Scary (Even If You’re Over 30)

When I travel, I almost always stay in hostels.  This is partly to save money, and partly to save my sanity.  I usually travel alone, so if I stayed in a hotel I would just stay in my room and keep myself to myself – I can go for days without talking to anyone.  While sometimes I need the privacy and luxury of a private room, most of the time I still like to meet other travellers, and luckily there…

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Why India is on my Bucket List

Why India is on my Bucket List

“India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great-grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.”  Mark Twain. India is a place that has fascinated me for years, but I haven’t had the chance to go yet.  It does seem to split opinion, and people who have been to India either love it or hate…

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How to Date a Woman who Travels

How to Date a Woman who Travels

Maybe it’s me.   Maybe I have spectacularly bad taste in men.  Or maybe it’s because I travel.  Apparently, finding love as a solo female traveller is pretty damn hard.  All my friends back home are married with kids, or at least settled down with a cat or two, and I’ve been single for the past ten years.  I am a 35-year-old woman who is smart, not bad looking, but can’t keep a relationship for more than a few weeks.  Don’t…

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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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2016 in Review, and Plans for 2017

2016 in Review, and Plans for 2017

I wasn’t going to do one of these posts, but sometimes it’s important to look back at and appreciate what you have achieved, and to see more clearly what you want to do this year!  2016 was an incredible year for me – full of adventure and amazing destinations, but also tinged with some difficult times. 2016 was certainly a crappy year for celebrity deaths, with famous faces sadly dropping like flies.  I have been lucky not to lose anyone myself…

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10 Travel Tips That Will Make Your Next Trip A Breeze

10 Travel Tips That Will Make Your Next Trip A Breeze

In my years of travelling, and working in hotels, and having so many frustrating moments of ‘oh crap why did I do that??’  I have learned a few tricks along the way that help make your oh so stressful journey just a little more enjoyable.  Some may be obvious, some maybe not, but these have become my Golden Travel Rules!  What do you think, are there any top travel tips I have missed? Essential Travel Tips Take earplugs with you,…

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