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April, 2016

  • 14 April

    Dublin Travel Suggestions from a Drunken Stranger

    The first night we arrived in Dublin we went straight to the pub. After all, when in Rome… We ordered a pint of Pale Ale in The Ferryman, a pub on the banks of the River Liffey, and toasted our arrival. We weren’t in there very long before a grinning bearded guy approached our table to chat and offer to …

June, 2015

  • 23 June

    How Canadians Can Get a Working Holiday Visa for Ireland

    Whether you are in search of rich culture, unparalleled historical marvels, some of the best beer in the world, or mythical creatures of all shapes and sizes, the Republic of Ireland is one country that is undoubtedly somewhere on your top 10 list. With a truly remarkable landscape and national legends and lore shrouded in mysticism, there is just no …

  • 21 June

    Creepy Paris: Exploring The Dark Side of the City of Light

    Once you explore beyond the lovely romance of the city’s sidewalk cafes and tree lined banks of the Seine, you will discover that there is definitely a dark and creepy side to La Ville Lumiere. This city has a long and fascinating history involving plenty of ghosts, legends, murders, and dead famous people. If you are interested in the gruesome …

April, 2015

  • 28 April

    I Was Followed By a Creep on the Paris Metro – Here’s What I Learned

    My first mistake was bringing enormous wheeled luggage that was far too heavy. It was my first travel experience and I really had no idea what I was doing, so I was struggling to lift my suitcase up and down the steps of the Paris Metro on my way to catch a bus to Amsterdam. A guy came over and …

  • 16 April

    I Made a Lot of Mistakes When I Planned My First Trip to Paris

    I am quite knowledgeable about travel now, but that wasn’t always the case. Back in 2008 when I was a clueless 21 year old planning my first trip around Europe I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. I made a lot of silly mistakes back then, so I hope you can learn from my misadventures. I Took Travellers …

February, 2015

  • 13 February

    Cheese and Wine on the Grass — The Best Places to Picnic in Paris

    Paris is a perfect city for picnics. When the warmth of springtime comes around, Parisians and tourists alike will flop down on the grass of their favorite parks and enjoy lengthy feasts of baguettes, cheese, olives, and wine while chatting and admiring the views. This city has so many lovely spots in this city for al fresco dining, as well …

  • 6 February

    Istanbul Was Wonderful (Despite the Tear Gas)

    I woke up on the top bunk of our hostel in Istanbul with a strange slight burning sensation in my eyes and nose. I didn’t think too much of it as I climbed off the bed and took my laptop into the common room to get to work on some writing. But as I left the bedroom the burning sensation …

January, 2015

  • 19 January

    Why I Prefer British Pubs to North American Ones

    As a Canadian who has lived abroad in the UK and traveled throughout Canada and the USA, I have had plenty of experiences in both British and North American drinking establishments. I have come to the (perhaps controversial) conclusion that when it comes to pubs, the United Kingdom does it better. Here are a few of the reasons why I …

November, 2014

  • 10 November

    Ten Brilliant UK Cities to Visit Besides London

    When tourists think of visiting the UK, they usually have one destination in mind: London. The capital city of England seems to dominate the international image of the UK and many other cities are not usually considered in most tourists’ plans. Of course, the city of Big Ben and Beefeaters is certainly worth visiting, as it is a world class …

October, 2014

  • 8 October

    Discovering the Delights of Derry

      Whether you call this place Derry or Londonderry (and it depends a bit who you’re speaking with as to which name you use), “the maiden city” and its surrounding coastline is a fascinating part of the world. Derry is the original name for the second-largest city in Northern Ireland, the name is derived from the Irish word for “oak …

  • 7 October

    A Beginner’s Guide to Skiing at Val D’Isere

    I grew up on a small farm in rural Australia. We were a long way from anything that looked like snow. It wasn’t until I was in Europe and a group of friends was organising a skiing holiday that I really got excited about the prospect. I decided to learn how to ski. I really hate looking incompetent at anything, …

September, 2014

  • 18 September

    5 Ways to Avoid Freezing your Ass off During Winter in Russia

    “Isn’t it going to be really cold?” was the response we most commonly received after mentioning our plans to visit to Russia in winter. But Robert and I were insanely excited, and it entirely lived up to our expectations. Snowflakes landed on our shoulders as we waltzed through Red Square in the heart of Moscow, St Basil’s Cathedral looking unbelievably …

  • 8 September

    Why Malta is a Must-See Destination for Everyone

    Before I first visited it by chance, nearly ten years ago, I knew little about Malta.  At the time all I was after was a bit of winter sun on a budget and Malta fitted the bill.  Malta certainly has plenty of winter and summer sun (the average yearly temperature is around 23 °C), but as I soon discovered, this tiny …

May, 2014

  • 23 May

    Reliving the Viking History of Oslo

    I’ve always been a bit obsessed with Vikings – ruthless, bearded men, running around, killing anything in their path, and violently raiding England and other neighboring countries. While the Viking peoples originated from across the region that we now know as Scandinavia and the Nordic countries – if you want to get some Viking action first hand then Oslo, the …

April, 2014

  • 8 April

    Exploring Croatia on a Budget – Insider Tips

    This guest post is brought to you by Frank and Vera from Frank About Croatia. They share their insider tips for making the most of your trip to this beautiful country on a small budget. I moved to Croatia from Canada almost ten years ago without really planning it. I haven’t even known much about Croatia prior to moving here. …

March, 2014

  • 3 March

    Sofia, Bulgaria – Let’s Just Chill Out Here

    In our digital nomad lifestyle, Lee and I are travelling 365 days of the year. It’s a wonderful life of adventure, but it’s very different than the pace a two week holiday. Although we do spend our spare time visiting attractions and going on tours, we often find ourselves in a laid back mode where we simply relax and enjoy …

February, 2014

  • 19 February

    Bratislava, Slovakia – Beautiful Architecture and Bloodthirsty Zombies

    We woke up in Budapest that morning with plans to go to Vienna, Austria next on our trip through Eastern Europe. However, while sipping our cups of tea – Lee casually turned to me and said, “Fancy going to Bratislava instead?” I said, “why the hell not?” so we took a detour to Slovakia. Because that’s just how we roll. …

October, 2013

  • 30 October

    Budapest’s Ruin Pubs in Photos – Drinking in the History

    Getting drunk in an old abandoned factory might sound a little dodgy, but in Budapest it’s the hip thing to do. The Hungarian capital is known for it’s historic “Ruin Pubs” – which are bars that are made from old tenement houses and factory buildings that were once doomed to be destroyed. These old buildings haven’t been renovated very much …

August, 2013

  • 13 August

    My UK Travel Bucket List

    For the last few weeks Lee and I have been back in England, visiting his lovely family and our wonderful friends and enjoying all of the pleasures that this country has to offer, from cups of tea to steak and kidney pies to football matches and walks in the countryside.I’ve already expressed in a previous post how much I love the …

January, 2013

  • 27 January

    Lanzarote – Things to Do Beyond the Beach

    Lanzarote is the easternmost of Spain’s autonomous Canary Islands and a popular sunshine holiday hotspot for many British and European tourists. It’s an ideal place to simply relax and most people are happy enough to spend the day soaking up Lanzarote’s beach life. However, if you are the adventurous type and you can only doze on a sun lounger for …

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