Sunday, 29 March 2015

A surprising taste of Brixton that left me hungry for more

It can be extremely refreshing to find yourself re-exploring an area many years on, but I never actually thought this particular place would ever be one of them.

I spent a week in Brixton, nearly 20 years ago, when I was sent there to work. And I think I blanked it out. However, I do recall feeling uncomfortable, and the fact that each evening I would scuttle along the High Street, rushing for my train to escape home.

After that brief experience, I have never ventured back.

So just this week, I was pleasantly surprised to be introduced to a very different version of the Brixton I remember. There was also the added advantage of experiencing some local food delicacies, and the very knowledgeable company of our guide, Roo, on Mind the Gap's "Eat London Tour".

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Bath in all seasons

In the first of my posts on places to visit outside of London, I've been busy shortlisting what I think are some of the more worthwhile destinations.

A mere 90 minutes out of London by train, and away from the busy capital, Bath offers a fresh perspective and a stepping stone to many other places.

Pulteney Bridge

The great thing about this city, is that it is an all weather destination, just be prepared for typical British weather and you will not be disappointed.

Sunday, 15 March 2015

My most used travel apps

I've read quite a few posts featuring recommended apps for travelling, so today I thought I would share my own recommendations with you.

Being able to access an app and utilise it's main features offline is my first priority when travelling. Often this means planning ahead to ensure I can make the best use of the apps on my Android tablet when I'm on the road.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

7 scams in Cuba

My trip to Cuba last year was amazing and I'm so glad that I went when I did.

The announcement that the US has decided to loosen it's restrictions on travel and commerce to Cuba, is likely to take a bit of time to fully impact the island, but it will soon be a very different place.

I don't think the recent news will change everything. For example, the standard of living created by the very low average wage, means that many Cubans have to find an alternative income to afford more than basic supplies.

Unfortunately this means some Cubans turn to scamming tourists. So much so that it's difficult to avoid the common scams during a visit. Please don't let this put you off going there though, as they are only trying to make a living and often it's not a lot of money. The reality is that some of these scams also exist in many places elsewhere in the world.