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What to Eat in Venice: Traditional Food in Venice You Have to Try

What to Eat in Venice: Traditional Food in Venice You Have to Try

I adore food, so trying local dishes and regional specialities is always high up on my agenda wherever I go! Finding the best food in Venice was a priority when I came here, and I loved trying out all the different options!  These are my recommendations for how to find the best traditional food in Venice and details on what to eat in Venice, from snacks to drinks, seafood dishes and delicious desserts!  How to Find the Best Food in…

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2 Days in Edinburgh Itinerary: A Perfect Weekend in Edinburgh

2 Days in Edinburgh Itinerary: A Perfect Weekend in Edinburgh

I spent a week in Scotland at the end of May, when I took a Haggis Adventures tour around Scotland.  The tour lasted for 5 days and before I went home, I spent 2 days in Edinburgh, exploring the city, getting my Harry Potter fix and eating lots of delicious food.  If you’re planning to spend a weekend in Edinburgh, these are my suggestions for how to make the most of 2 days in Edinburgh. How to Get to Edinburgh…

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How to Visit Venice on a Budget

How to Visit Venice on a Budget

Venice is an incredible city, and although its popularity has made it expensive, there are still ways to visit Venice on a budget.  Whether you’re backpacking Venice or just looking for a holiday in Venice without breaking the bank, I’ve got you covered with these tips! The Best Time to Visit Venice on a Budget Venice is best enjoyed in the shoulder seasons of spring and autumn without the summer crowds and oppressive heat when you have a good chance…

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Things to do in Loch Ness Scotland

Things to do in Loch Ness Scotland

I visited Loch Ness as part of my 5-day Highland flight tour with Haggis Adventures.  We spent two nights in Fort Augustus on the shores of Loch Ness and spent two days exploring things to do in Loch Ness and surrounding area.  I learned a lot about the Loch and the mysterious Loch Ness monster and quickly fell in love with this beautiful part of Scotland.  I had a complimentary tour with Haggis Adventures, but rest assured that all opinions…

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The Best Hostel in London: wombat’s City Hostel London

The Best Hostel in London: wombat’s City Hostel London

You may wonder if I’m biased.  As the #wombatstraveller Ambassador for wombat’s Hostels, there is no way I’d give an honest review of the wombat’s London, right?  Wrong!  I loved this hostel, not only is it easily the best hostel in London, it is one of my favourite hostels EVER.  And I’ve stayed in a lot of hostels over the years.  So why is it so awesome?  Here’s why wombat’s is one of the best places to stay in London…

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20+ Free Things to do in Venice

20+ Free Things to do in Venice

Venice is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and, sadly, one of the most expensive cities to visit.  However, that isn’t to say that you can’t visit Venice on a budget, as there are lots of activities you can do in Venice without breaking the bank.  I’ve found 20+ free things to do in Venice, to help you enjoy everything this city has to offer for free.  From churches and museums to bookshops, gardens and incredible views,…

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7 Day Scotland Itinerary

7 Day Scotland Itinerary

I loved Scotland.  I actually felt ashamed that I had not explored this country before, having lived in England for 30 years I’d only made a couple of short weekend trips before embarking on a Highland Fling tour with Haggis Adventures.  I spent 7 days in Scotland altogether; 2 days in Edinburgh and 5 days in the rest of Scotland exploring beautiful scenery, delicious food and enjoying true Scottish hospitality.  I’ll share the 7 day Scotland itinerary I followed, which…

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A Tower of London Beefeater Tour

A Tower of London Beefeater Tour

I remember going to the Tower of London when I was a kid, I must have been less than 10 years old so we’re talking maybe 25 years ago (wow that makes me feel old)!  The only thing I remember was the beautiful purple velvet crown in the Crown Jewels, and nothing else.  So, when I returned to the Tower, I was excited to see the Crown Jewels again and see what else was in store for me at the…

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How Much is a Gondola Ride in Venice?  PLUS How to Bag the Best Gondola Ride for your Budget

How Much is a Gondola Ride in Venice?  PLUS How to Bag the Best Gondola Ride for your Budget

Gondolas are an integral part of Venice, and some say you simply cannot visit Venice without taking a gondola ride.  However, the price of gondola rides in Venice is really expensive, so if you are wondering if you can afford a gondola ride then this post will all the questions you might have about gondolas, including how much is a gondola ride in Venice, and how to ensure you get the best deal on your gondola.  However, cheaper may not…

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Trento: The Loveliest Italian City You’ve Never Heard Of

Trento: The Loveliest Italian City You’ve Never Heard Of

Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan… Italy is not short of beautiful cities.  These are all cities you will have heard of before, even if you haven’t visited them personally.  But what about Trento?  Does that sound familiar?  Probably not!  I had never heard of Trento before visiting here as part of the Traverse blogger conference, but I am so glad I had the chance to discover Trento and the Trentino Region.  To help you explore as well, here are my favourite…

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