Saturday, 24 December 2016

Tips for Myanmar travellers

This under-the-radar destination seems almost unvisited compared to its neighbours Thailand, China and India.

As a first time traveller in Asia, Myanmar is probably not a good destination to start with, but don't let that put you off. If you are prepared with the basics, you'll be experiencing what Thailand probably was 20 years ago, and it's surprisingly easier to travel there than you would expect.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Christmas market countdown

With the last few days of the Christmas period fast approaching, what better than to visit the Christmas markets for those last minute gifts, where you can relax with a glass of something warm.

The best Christmas markets in my opinion are by far the German ones. However, if you can't quite stretch to a trip to Cologne or Nuremberg, there are more and more markets scattered around the globe, and maybe just close enough to stop by in the coming days...

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Toilet tips for travellers #worldtoiletday

Today is World Toilet Day (yes really!), as designated by the United Nations General Assembly, in 2013. Originally established in 2001, the campaign was created to highlight the sanitation issues experienced in many parts of the globe. Read more information at the official website here.

To mark the occasion I thought it time to share my top toilet tips for travellers. Prepare yourself... there's no holding back on the graphic details today!

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Surprising observations from Myanmar

Myanmar (formerly the British colony of Burma) has been on my shortlist for quite some time. Mostly, because I was curious to see for myself a country which had been unofficially closed up from the outside world, for decades; due to its military regime.

Sunset over Bagan

The extent of recent changes was way beyond what I had anticipated, and sadly a little disappointing. Untouched and less visited it is no longer, plan a visit as soon as you can.

In as recently as 2011, changes introduced by the military leaders, including the release of 6,000 political prisoners, have quickly extended to other reforms. This time last year the country elected the first civilian-led government in more than 50 years, and in May this year the US eased many sanctions allowing for investment opportunities.

Further changes are expected to occur fairly rapidly. Guide books continue to be out of date soon after print and so blog posts such as this are the best place to find out up-to-date info before you travel there.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Travelling to Thailand: October 2016

Just a week ago, the sad news was announced, of the death of the King of Thailand, King Bhumibol Adulyadej. At 88, and holding the record for the world's longest reigning monarch, Thailand's population and a good portion of the rest of the world is in mourning.

Streets are congested with tuk tuks, food sellers are scattered along the pavements and old ladies are selling their frog souvenirs. But Bangkok is very different to normal, with increased visitors from the provinces heading there to pay their respects.

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Czech out Brno

Few people have heard of it, many can't pronounce it and most have never visited it. Despite this Brno has quite a lot to offer any visitor who chooses to head here as an alternative to the capital, Prague, in the Czech Republic.

Freedom Square, Brno

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

5 reasons to visit Belfast

Why are you going there?

This seemed to be a recurring theme of responses from most people I mentioned my visit to Belfast to, other than those that had visited themselves.

So, here are some of the reasons for my visit and recommendations for why you should visit too.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Where to get your Harry potter fix in London

Whether you have tickets for the play or hoping to get along to catch the new film, Harry Potter fans will be in their element in the coming months.

A trip to London or some of the other Harry Potter filming locations around the UK should be on the to do list as the wizarding world is once again upon us. Where to start is the question?

Saturday, 25 June 2016

5 must try tapas in Seville

Seville is filled with numerous tapas and copas bars and restaurants. So much so you will be overwhelmed with the choice and probably much like me on my first visit... sway towards the touristy places and consequently the more un-traditional dishes.

Tapas originates from its direct translation: Tapa, meaning lid or cover. Regardless of which of the many stories you decide is most feasible, your focus will most definitely be on the variety of dishes rather than the fables of their origination.

The art of eating and socialising in Spain, promises the opportunity to share and try these small plates of food, whilst moving from place to place, as many tapas eateries will specialise in certain dishes. Seville in particular maintains its tradition more so than other cities in Spain, so food lovers should put it at the top of your list for your next destination.

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Take your pick from Harry Potter themed tours in London

As Harry Potter fans prepare to descend on the British capital over the next few months for the upcoming Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play, that previews this month, they may also find they are spoilt for choice in terms of other Potter themed things to do.

The Warner Brother's Studio Tour of course is an absolute must do. But there are also numerous filming locations in and around London that, with a little research, you could easily visit independently. Or you could of course learn a thing or two extra and take part in one of the many Harry Potter tours available

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Long term travel isn't for everyone

Whether you have dreamed of long term travel, given it a try or will be embarking on that long awaited trip very soon, it's good to keep an open mind.

There are numerous blogs and articles written by long term travellers, which often make it sound like long term travel is what we should all be doing. What they often don't mention is long term travel isn't for everyone.

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Second chances: Marrakech

Many first time visitors will arrive at the central square, Jeema El Fna, and immediately experience the chaotic hustle and bustle of Marrakech, day or night.

Forty five degree heat and a skinny white bloke, who had barely experienced the non western world before, were not the two best things to be travelling in or with here. Arriving just across from Jeema El Fna was the best we could manage in navigating to the centre after losing our battle with a airport taxi tout.

Our suitcases were super heavy, the sweat was pouring and the dust was getting everywhere. What sticks in my mind, from that first visit to Marrakech, most, is just how much worse it became as the week wore on.

Saturday, 16 January 2016

9 ways to make the best of a visit to Bergen

Last year I finally made a trip to Norway, after having avoided it for lack of inspiration, time and money. 

Definitely one of the most expensive countries in the world, but some what beautiful, so I had to take a short break there.

Rather than the capital, I visited to the coastal city of Bergen. A beautiful maritime destination which is compact enough to explore on foot. Head to Bergen with a little pre-planning and you will not be disappointed.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

New stuff

A rather belated Happy New Year to you, along with a long overdue post.

2016 looks to be a busy year already, so before I fully get going on what I hope will be a positive year for my travels, I'm taking a moment to pause; pour a(nother) glass of wine, and sit back to reminisce over the year that has passed.