Travel / 04/05/2021 The Best Cities in Germany

In these uncertain times, you’ve probably set your sights for your next trip a little closer to home. As one of our closest European neighbours, how about Germany? I’ve rounded up the best cities to visit, highlighting some lesser-known gems as well as ways to rediscover the cities you might already know. Germany is a...

Travel / 04/05/2021 Why Everyone Should Try Solo Travelling At Least Once

For many people, travelling alone can seem daunting, scary, and anxiety-inducing. For others, it produces a sense of liberation, self-confidence, and empowerment. I believe that even a short solo trip can be incredibly educational and can help broaden our perspectives. So why are people often apprehensive about solo travel? It’s mostly because of the feeling...

Travel / 04/05/2021 Why Mountains Are Better than Beaches

Incredible picturesque landscapes, clean fresh air, peaceful and tranquil; the mountains are full of unmatched beauty. They offer you the chance to disconnect and escape from the hustle and bustle of life. When you’re up in the mountains, all your worries will ease away as time stands completely still. Whether you’re exploring close to home...

Travel / 04/05/2021 Beaching About Mountains

Blowing breezes and gentle winds were voted the 2nd most popular type of ASMR on Healthline, and the beach is the live concert of these hissing, whispering waves. Does anyone search for shouts ricocheting off mountain walls to help them sleep? No, and that’s because beaches are better. The first thing that hits your taste...

Travel / 13/04/2021 Why I Travel

I’ve never been able to fathom why anyone would want to stay in the same place for their entire life. Of course, everyone’s entitled to do whatever makes them happiest, but I’m hyperaware that there’s an entire world out there, waiting to be discovered! Filled with new experiences to discover, new people to meet, and...

Travel / 13/04/2021 A quick portrait of ecotourism

The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) defines ecotourism as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserve the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people, and involves interpretation and education.” But what is it really? Ecotourism requires conscious travel with consideration of impacts on local communities and the environment. It gives a positive and educational experience...

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My worst travel experience

In January of 2019, I bought tickets to see a couple of plays and a football game in London. I thought I’d just book a hostel to stay in, how bad could it be? The answer was very. I arrived at the hostel and went upstairs into a dark, sauna of a room with 6…

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The future of travel in 2021

Travellers hated 2020. We all did. In 2019 alone, 93.1 million Britons travelled overseas, spending a total of £62.3 billion. Then struck the deadliest virus of recent living memory, destroying lives and killing nearly 2 million people globally. Many of the world’s most popular tourist destinations lay deserted. They still do. And the answer to…

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Celebrating Christmas around the world

Here in the UK, we have roast dinners and mince pies, boxing days and nativity plays. Festive lights illuminate the streets. Gifts are exchanged. Christmas crackers are pulled. Overall, December is a joyous time of the year, but different countries celebrate differently. Let’s look at some unique Christmas traditions from across the globe! The Giant…

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How to be miserable in lockdown

Lockdown 2, while less alien than the first, is still a wonderful opportunity to descend into misery and despair. It’s easier than you might think, so easy that you might be doing it already. If you’re serious about getting miserable, the first thing to consider is your sleep schedule. You should endeavour to wake up…

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Why comfort food is so comforting

The phrase ‘comfort food’ immediately brings to mind feelings, memories and tastes. Whether it’s your mum’s shepherd’s pie on a cold day, chocolate when you’re feeling sad, or chicken soup when you’re ill, we all have those foods that bring us comfort. For me, it’s a roast dinner on a Sunday, a veggie lasagne, or…

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Luxury versus budget travel

Newsflash: Once upon a time, travelling for pleasure was something people actually did. As we reminisce during a pandemic, our holiday plans have either been totally destroyed or at least, delayed.  I refuse to beat around the bush. Covid-19 has seismically affected travel providers. Not only are travellers spending less on exotic getaways to faraway…

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To document or not to document?

“Pics or it didn’t happen”, goes the notorious saying I feel like I have heard too many times. A phrase that I believe completely ruins certain aspects of travel. Picture your favourite moment on your last vacation. The image of mine very much lives in my head as opposed to a photo on my phone….


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