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Watching Shakespeare at the Rose Theatre York

Watching Shakespeare at the Rose Theatre York

Shakespeare has come to York.  I was really in York to find delicious food, but when Ana from Visit York told me that I could watch Shakespeare I couldn’t resist!  The Rose Theatre York is a pop-up theatre that is just here for 10 weeks over the summer and is a fantastic opportunity to see one of Shakespeare’s plays in a unique setting in York. Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre York Shakespeare’s Rose Theatre is set up next to Clifford’s Tower and…

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The Best Places to Visit in the UK on a Budget

The Best Places to Visit in the UK on a Budget

This year I have been spending more time in the UK, and I have a new-found appreciation for my home country.  However, some parts of the UK can be pricey so I asked Becky from MyVoucherCodes to suggest some cool places to visit in the UK on a budget. The weather in the UK has been glorious lately.  Temperatures have been well above 20 degrees for the past couple of weeks and fingers crossed it continues like this. With all…

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Climbing the O2 Arena with Canine Partners and Up at the O2

Climbing the O2 Arena with Canine Partners and Up at the O2

I was back in London again, but this time for a good cause.  I was climbing up the O2 arena, the old Millennium Dome to raise money for Canine Partners, an amazing charity which helps to train puppies to become assistance dogs to help people with disabilities.  The climb up the O2 was great fun actually, although I was nervous at first, and coming down was steeper than I thought!  Before I talk about the climb itself I want to…

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What to Eat in Vienna: Traditional Viennese Food You Must Eat in Vienna

What to Eat in Vienna: Traditional Viennese Food You Must Eat in Vienna

Food, glorious food.  In Vienna I decided not to do a food tour as usual, instead, I found the best places to eat in Vienna all by myself.  There are so many choices when deciding what to eat in Vienna so I tracked down some traditional Viennese food that you simply must eat in Vienna.  I’ve picked out my favourite Austrian dishes, and some of the best places to eat them, so you can enjoy this drool-worthy visit to Vienna…

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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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The Acatenango Volcano Hike to see Fuego in Guatemala

The Acatenango Volcano Hike to see Fuego in Guatemala

I met Roman in Antigua Guatemala, when I was there last year.  I had asked him to write this article about the Acatenango hike before the fatal eruption of Fuego volcano in Guatemala on June 3rd 2018.  I thought long and hard about whether to publish it at all after so many people lost their lives, homes and loved ones.  However, tours to do the Acatenango Volcano hike are running again, so hiking Acatenango responsibly and donating some of your…

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How to Fall in Love With London in 2 Days

How to Fall in Love With London in 2 Days

Another trip to London?  I rolled my eyes.  Overcrowded and overpriced, London was never my favourite place to visit and had always felt so overrated to me.  However, on my recent visit to London, everything changed.  I wasn’t stressed out by the traffic or the people, and I didn’t feel ripped off every time I paid for something.  Instead, I went to new places in the city, ate amazing food, saw a theatre show, and had a wonderful time.  So,…

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Is Rio Safe for Tourists?

Is Rio Safe for Tourists?

I travelled to Brazil in 2016 and was in Rio de Janeiro for Carnival, which was incredible although we did have a couple of unnerving experiences.  I haven’t written much about Brazil or Rio yet, so I asked Yvonne from Now in Rio to share her thoughts on a question that is often asked about Brazil’s buzzing city – Is Rio safe for tourists? Favelas. Drugs. Violence. Guns. This is the most common image of Rio that the media chooses…

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Backpacking Ecuador Travel Guide

Backpacking Ecuador Travel Guide

Ecuador might be small, but it certainly packs a punch.  As any backpacking Ecuador travel guide will tell you, Ecuador has one of the highest biodiversities for any country in the world and is a mecca for nature lovers who come to visit the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon, and the Andean region of Ecuador. Indigenous culture is still strong in several regions of Ecuador too, and the Otavalo market is one of the best in South America.  I’ve brought together…

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