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10 Handy Travel Apps to Solve All Your Problems

10 Handy Travel Apps to Solve All Your Problems

No matter how perfectly you think you’ve planned your trip, sometimes things go wrong.  From trivial things like no phone credit or poor wi-fi to having your passport stolen or needing medical assistance, we all have travel problems that pop up every now and again.  To help you overcome these issues, I’ve put together some of the best travel apps to help you out of any difficult situation while you are travelling. Official US State Department App Be prepared before…

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How to Travel for Free by Volunteering Abroad with Worldpackers

How to Travel for Free by Volunteering Abroad with Worldpackers

Who hasn’t thought to themselves ‘I want to travel the world for free’?  That has been my dream ever since I can remember, to see the world and have incredible experiences, but without it costing and arm and a leg.  And guess what?  There is a way to travel for free by volunteering abroad with a website like Worldpackers.  Worldpackers acts as an intermediary between prospective volunteers and individuals, families and companies who are looking for volunteers to help them…

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea in London

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Afternoon Tea in London

An afternoon tea is a quintessential London treat, but why have any old afternoon tea in London when you can have a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory afternoon tea?  This wonderful experience at One Aldwych was voted the best afternoon tea in London by Bookatable in 2017, and it isn’t hard to see why.  I thoroughly enjoyed sampling all the sweet and savoury delights in this themed afternoon tea in London, read on for my full review! Afternoon Tea in…

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How to Find the Best Flight Deals for Black Friday (& All Year!)

How to Find the Best Flight Deals for Black Friday (& All Year!)

It’s coming!  Black Friday is nearly upon us, swiftly followed by Cyber Monday.  A weekend of flight deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday makes it the best time of year to book flights for your next vacation.  To help you find the best flight deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Skyscanner is compiling all the Black Friday flight deals they can find and bringing them together in one place.  Where will you choose? Skyscanner can also help you find cheap…

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Travel Insurance for Backpackers

Travel Insurance for Backpackers

If you are planning any trip, and asking yourself ‘do I need travel insurance?’ the answer is YES!  Travel insurance for backpackers is absolutely essential, as so many things can (and do) go wrong on the road.  Having travel insurance to help pay the cost of lost and stolen items, medical bills and a whole host of other things can save you and your family a ton of money and heartache if the worst does happen. World Nomads provide travel insurance…

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Inis Mór Island: A Day Trip to the Aran Islands from Galway

Inis Mór Island: A Day Trip to the Aran Islands from Galway

Inis Mór, or Inishmore, is the largest of the Aran Islands, a group of Islands off the Galway Coast in Ireland.  Famous for their woolly Aran sweaters, I hadn’t realised just how beautiful Inishmore Island would be.  I visited Inishmore on a day trip from Galway as part of my Shamrocker Adventures 5-day tour around Ireland, and Inishmore is well worth exploring, either by spending the night or by taking a day trip to the Aran Islands from Galway.  Here…

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Visiting the Cliffs of Moher from Galway

Visiting the Cliffs of Moher from Galway

The Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most spectacular and most famous sights.  Towering above the sea, the dramatic cliffs are an essential stop on any Ireland trip itinerary and make a great day trip from Galway.  Although it is possible to visit the Cliffs of Moher from Dublin, I’d suggest at least spending a night or two on the east coast of Ireland so you can enjoy the area and take a more leisurely visit to the cliffs…

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Best Self-Guided Walking Holidays in Europe

Best Self-Guided Walking Holidays in Europe

Europe is a wonderful and diverse continent with 50 countries, the majority of which, have had their walking trails for centuries. Taking a self-guided walking holiday in Europe is best between April and October when the weather is warmer, and you can make the most of the outdoors. The most popular walking holidays include those in the Alps, the Amalfi Coast or the Austrian Tyrol. If you’re really thinking outside the box then there is the Picos de Europa In…

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Why You Should Go from Cusco to Ollantaytambo Before Machu Picchu

Why You Should Go from Cusco to Ollantaytambo Before Machu Picchu

Ollantaytambo is a fascinating place to visit, and should certainly be on your Peru travel itinerary.  Often overlooked, be sure to give Ollantaytambo, or Ollanta as it’s also known, a chance to show you just why it is so special.  Here I’ve listed my reasons to hopefully persuade you why you should go from Cusco to Ollantaytambo before heading to Machu Picchu. READ MORE ABOUT PERU: Backpacking Peru Budget Travel Guide Why Go from Cusco to Ollantaytambo Instead of Straight…

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Blarney Castle Tour & Kissing the Blarney Stone

Blarney Castle Tour & Kissing the Blarney Stone

Blarney Castle in Ireland is famous for the Blarney Stone legend, and visitors flock to the castle to stand in line and kiss the blarney stone.  However, there is much more to Blarney Castle then I expected, so take your time here and explore Blarney Castle Gardens too.  I visited Blarney Castle as part of my Shamrocker Adventures 5-day tour around Ireland, but you can also visit Blarney Castle from Dublin on a day tour or spend some more time in…

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