Costa Rica: Part 2

Arenal Our next stop was pretty close by – or so it looked on Google Maps. Unlike in England, when you drive 60 miles in Costa Rica, it does not take 60 minutes (call it 6 hours). I actually enjoyed the transfers because we saw some beautiful scenery and interesting scenes en route, and the…

Costa Rica: Part 1

After catching the travel bug for a second time when I travelled around South America two years ago, I decided it was time for another long-haul trip – and my first trip to Central America. This time I had a trusted travel partner: the one and only Alex Landes. San José While the country’s capital…

An Insider’s Guide to Paris

So you’ve done your first trip to Paris; you’ve ticked off the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and Louvre, but what about your second, third or fourth trip? Here are my personal recommendations for must-dos in Paris if you’re looking for some hidden gems! NB. See my ‘My 5 Favourite Places to Eat in… Paris’ article…

5 Trips to Take While You’re Young and Free

I recently wrote a travel bucket list, a list that extends so far that it covers most of the world’s countries and continents, minus those that suffer from extreme climates or the sad constant threat of war. Faced with a 50-something list, I was contemplating ways of prioritising them all, and for the moment at…

7 Things to Do in… Gothenburg

When most people think of Sweden, they conjure up images of snow and Stockholm. If you fancy somewhere a bit more off-beat, but still want to see the country’s second-largest city, then Gothenburg could be one for your list! Here’s 7 things I recommend seeing/doing/eating if you’re in this vibrant and youthful waterside city: 1….

Travel Diaries: Edinburgh

In a bid to extend my birthday celebrations for as long as possible (and because it’s been on my travel bucket list for ages now), Tom and I decided to take a trip to Edinburgh for the first three days of November. It was also my first ever visit to Scotland, which I was very…

Travel Diaries: Toulouse

Another month, another trip away! Having all lived in Paris once upon a time, my ex-colleagues and I now all live in different places, which is always a great excuse to go abroad, I find. This time, it was the turn of Toulouse, where my lovely friend Victoria moved to at the start of this…

The Amalfi Coast: Sorrento, Positano, Pompeii, Capri

After the lousiest of lousy British ‘summers’, a holiday to sunny bella Italia was very welcome indeed. Italy is one of my favourite countries, admittedly mainly because of the food, but also because the scenery is beautiful, hence why the Amalfi Coast had been on my bucket list for a long time. We started our…

My 5 Favourite Places to Eat in… Paris

The annual ‘I left Paris *insert number of years ago* today’ date has recently passed, so cue another Paris article! With France arguably being the gourmet capital of the world, it’s unsurprising that Paris is filled head to toe with food delights. From bistros to luxurious restaurants, markets to bakeries, the French capital has it all….

Travel Diaries: Lagos

This June saw another instalment in my solo travel diaries and the beginning of my quest to become a surfer babe. With a week off work and nowhere to go, I stumbled upon the ‘Algarve Surf Hostel’ in Lagos on Hostelworld. While I’ve never specifically thought about trying surfing, at the same time, I was…

My 5 Favourite Places to Eat in… Birmingham

It has recently come to my attention that I have yet to focus on the fourth theme of my blog, this being food. Ah, food. One of life’s main pleasures, and arguably one of the things that makes me happiest. Having lived in a couple and visited a number of different cities, I thought to myself, why…