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Helsinki: an architectural walking tour

Helsinki: an architectural walking tour

Set against the crisp blue Baltic sky, Helsinki’s buildings are breathtakingly striking. Finns take design exceptionally seriously; just take a look at any of the furniture or homeware shops around the city and you’ll find beautifully crafted pieces made with precision and careful consideration. Everything is […]

The Quick (and Very Dirty) Guide to London on a Budget

The Quick (and Very Dirty) Guide to London on a Budget

London – as with any major city – can be eye-wateringly expensive if you let it. For tourists and travellers who want to soak up as much of the capital as possible, the costs can soon start to add up, particularly when pricey food and drink […]

Linger at Loy La Long: One of Bangkok’s Best Boutique Hotels

Linger at Loy La Long: One of Bangkok’s Best Boutique Hotels

It’s rare that a hotel is the star of the show: more often than not, it’s where you grab a good night’s sleep and hopefully a decent breakfast before heading out for the day’s adventures – particularly so if you’re on a budget. And in […]

10 Reasons Why You Should Visit the Cotswolds this Spring

10 Reasons Why You Should Visit the Cotswolds this Spring

The Cotswolds is pure gold for tourists seeking out the English idyll of old – and even more so for the coach tours and guides that routinely deliver bus-loads of visitors to the various villages. The area itself is still an astonishingly untouched glimpse of […]

A spring walk in Stratford-upon-Avon

A spring walk in Stratford-upon-Avon

This week I was lucky enough to be in Stratford-upon-Avon – a gorgeous, ancient town which is even more picturesque on a sunny spring day. Stratford is normally heaving with tourists, but head there on a weekday outside the height of summer (particularly a Monday, […]

Nan Tien Temple, Australia: the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere

Nan Tien Temple, Australia: the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere

If you had three guesses as to where the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere is located, I can almost guarantee that you wouldn’t go for the industrial outskirts of a town called Berkeley, an hour or two south of Sydney. Amazingly, this is […]

10 Things I Hate (and Love) About You: Budapest

10 Things I Hate (and Love) About You: Budapest

As I’ve said elsewhere, I don’t harbour particularly warm, fuzzy feelings towards Budapest. To cut to the chase, it made it onto my ‘list of places I’ll never go back to’, and for all the wrong reasons. In all honesty, Budapest mystified me – I’d gone with […]

5 Quintessentially English Weekend Breaks!

5 Quintessentially English Weekend Breaks!

I’m normally one for travelling as far away as possible, but recently I’ve been considering the charms of locations a bit closer to home. For one reason and another I’ve been planning and booking a few weekends away in good old Blighty of late, and it’s […]

The Versatile Blogger Award!

The Versatile Blogger Award!

Many moons ago now, the wonderful Travelators kindly nominated me for a Versatile Blogger Award! I was very chuffed to be in such great company (see their other picks here) and to have a shout out from them. Their blog is a wonderful account of how to […]

Forget NYC, Come to Toronto: Top 5 Things to Do and See

Forget NYC, Come to Toronto: Top 5 Things to Do and See

Guest post by Lifting Anchors! A lot of people dream of visiting New York, London, Paris, but sometimes the cities in Canada get overlooked. Lonely Planet ranked Canada the #1 destination to visit in 2017. Over here we have a lot to offer, but the […]


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