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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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How to Cope with the Altitude in Cusco and Altitude Sickness at Machu Picchu

How to Cope with the Altitude in Cusco and Altitude Sickness at Machu Picchu

Peru is on many people’s bucket lists, and for good reason.  The Inca Citadel at Machu Picchu has graced the cover of countless South American guidebooks and travel magazines, and this iconic UNESCO site is certainly a worthy entry in the New Modern Wonders of the World.  However, the altitude at Machu Picchu and the rest of the Andean region of Peru is high enough to cause problems for many visitors to Cusco and Machu Picchu.  After spending several months…

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The Riviera Guesthouse in Whitby – My Yorkshire Foodie Adventure

The Riviera Guesthouse in Whitby – My Yorkshire Foodie Adventure

When I was researching where to stay in Whitby on my Yorkshire Foodie Adventure, I realised that there are a lot of guesthouses and bed & breakfasts in Whitby.  The town on the north-east coast of England is a popular tourist destination, which brings with it a range of different accommodations.  Although I often stay in hostels, B&Bs are by far the most common type of accommodation in Whitby.  Small, family run hotels which offer bed and breakfast are typical…

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Mojácar Pueblo: Why You Have to Explore Old Town Mojácar

Mojácar Pueblo: Why You Have to Explore Old Town Mojácar

I recently went on a trip to Mojácar with Jet2holidays.  This little town, and it’s 17km of coastline, is a perfect destination for an active holiday in Spain as there are tons of things to do in Mojácar.  Alternatively, you can choose to spend all your time by the beach in Mojácar Playa, or chilling by the pool in your hotel.  However, no matter what you decide to do in Mojácar, you absolutely cannot miss the chance to explore the beautiful…

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How to Find the Best Backpacker Accommodation Around the World

How to Find the Best Backpacker Accommodation Around the World

Finding budget accommodation for any kind of trip, from a weekend away to a year-long backpacking trip, is an essential part of travel for almost everyone, especially backpackers.  I have travelled for the last three years around Latin America and Europe, usually on a very tight budget, so I’ll share all my tips for finding the best backpacker accommodation around the world, including how to find the best hostels, budget hotels, and other ways of finding a place to sleep…

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The Best Time to Go to Europe

The Best Time to Go to Europe

Europe is a spectacularly varied continent, from the snow-covered northern countries to the warm Mediterranean climate.  Europe is a perfect destination at any time of year, but certain times can be better than others, depending on what you are looking for.  I asked fellow travel expert Jamie Campbell, creator of the travel blog Gaijin Crew, to share his advice on the best time to go to Europe. There is no definitive answer to the question, “when is the best time…

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Eating Local Food & Drink

Eating Local Food & Drink

Eating local food and drink when you travel is one of the best ways to understand more about the culture and the people of the place you are visiting.  How could you not try fish and chips in England or tacos in Mexico?  However, how you find the best local food isn’t always easy – especially in popular tourist destinations.  Try some of these fabulous foodie experiences to help you taste the very best of a region.  If you are…

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Backpacking Guatemala Travel Guide

Backpacking Guatemala Travel Guide

Guatemala is a special place.  Torn apart by civil war from 1960 to 1996, Guatemala is slowly recovering, and is now becoming a must-visit destination in Central America.  Backpacking in Guatemala will reward you with incredible scenery and natural wonders, from volcanoes to limestone pools and huge lakes, strong indigenous cultures and colourful clothes, delicious food and a warm welcome.  I have brought together all my Guatemala travel tips for you in this epic backpacking Guatemala guide, including a handy…

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