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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 …

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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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In Defense of the “Awful” British Weather

Brits seem to love nothing more than to complain about the rain. It seems to almost be a national pastime to moan about the wet and drizzling weather, but are they missing the point? Yes, it’s true and there is no denying it. It rains a lot in the UK. The summers are short and briefly sunny and they are …

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Viva San Fermin! – The Running of the Bulls in Spain

This guest post is brought to you by Peter Hall, a 25 year old freelance journalism graduate from the University of Central Lancashire. He recently visited Spain where he jumped right into the local culture and participated in the San Fermin Running of the Bulls Festival. Here is his first hand account of this infamous Spanish spectacle. I like to …

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Bonktown: German Town Embraces Lusty Name

The town of Poppenhausen in Germany has been ridiculed for many years because its name translates to “Bonktown” as the word “poppen” is a slang for making love. Recently, the town hall officials have decided to make the most of the naughty name and create a sexy tourism image around the town. Poppenhausen will now be re branded as a …

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Beyond London – Yorkshire

It only takes 3-4 hours by train or car to visit Yorkshire from London, but this beautiful county offers a completely different side of England. What makes this part of the UK so special? First of all, there are the landscapes of rolling dark green hills and quiet farms leading up to the dramatic cliffs on the coastline. There are …

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Beyond London: Stratford Upon Avon

A quiet town on the river Avon in beautiful Warwickshire, Stratford Upon Avon is a great escape from the big city bustle of London and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country. Most people visit Stratford Upon Avon because it was the home of the playwright William Shakespeare. However, this destination offers not just Shakespeare attractions but …

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Beyond London: Bath

Ancient Roman Spas, natural hot springs, medieval buildings, gorgeous Georgian architecture, excellent museums and a range of great pubs, restaurants and nightclubs… all this and more is waiting only an hour and a half from London. Bath is set within the rolling hills of Somerset on the edge of the Cotswolds and makes a perfect weekend getaway from the chaos …

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Beyond London: Cornwall

The ancient kingdom of Cornwall is home to the longest stretch of continuous coastline in Britain and is one of the most popular regions of the UK with travellers and holiday-makers. The sun seems to shine a little more in this part of the UK upon the rugged coastal cliffs and the old market towns. Its fascinating Celtic history is …

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Beyond London: The Wild Beauty of Wales

(This is the third post in our Beyond London Series, a collection of destination guides that encourage backpackers to get out of the capital and explore the rest of the UK.) When you mention the UK to most travellers, they will immediately think of the capital and largest city, London. In fact, it almost seems that people around the world …

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Beyond London: Cumbria and the Lake District

(This is the second post in our Beyond London Series, a collection of destination guides that encourage backpackers to get out of the capital and explore the rest of the UK. Check out the rest of the guides here) When you mention the UK to most travellers, they will immediately think of the capital and largest city, London. In fact, …

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Beyond London: Lovely Lancashire

(This is the first post in our Beyond London Series, a collection of destination guides that encourage backpackers to get out of the capital and explore the rest of the UK.) When you mention the UK to most travellers, they will immediately think of the capital and largest city, London. In fact, it almost seems that people around the world …

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Why The United Kingdom is Not a S#!thole

After falling for his sexy accent, I followed my boyfriend Lee home from New Zealand, and ended up living for 14 months in the small Lancashire town of Accrington, England. During our many evenings socializing at the local pub, I would end up chatting with people who noticed my unusual Canadian accent. These locals would more often than not ask …

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Photos: The Palace Of Versailles

The Palace of Versailles is a gorgeous royal Château just outside of Paris, France. It is a marvel of architecture and one of the most beautiful achievements of 18th-century French art. It was originally built as Louis XIII’s hunting lodge, and later his son Louis XIV expanded it, moving the government and the court of France there in 1682. From 1682-1789 it was …

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The Digital Nomad Experiment Conclusion (But It’s Not Over)

This summer, Lee and I rented an apartment in Portugal for 3 weeks in an attempt to learn more about the working/travelling lifestyle of a Digital Nomad. We wanted to see if we could pull in a full time income from my freelance writing work, while still enjoying the beautiful Algarve coast surroundings. In short, the experiment was an absolute …

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World’s Coolest Cities: Vienna

The capital and largest city in Austria, Vienna is one of those places where you can effortlessly create the feeling of having stepped backwards in time into a more elegant and graceful era. Visitors can enjoy a ride in a horse-drawn carriage, or get dressed up in their best evening gown to savour a night at the opera or waltz …

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World’s Coolest Cities: Edinburgh

The city of Edinburgh has the wonderfully rich atmosphere of an old bookshop. Its cobblestone alleyways give the impression of narrow aisles, and there is an overwhelming feeling that the buildings are made of volumes and volumes of stories stacked on top of each other. Even just standing within all this, you can feel a pervasive sense of history. When …

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Bournemouth Hotel is Chocolate Lover’s Dream

If you are chocolate fan, the Chocolate Boutique Hotel in Bournemouth, UK is the closest you will get to heaven while still staying on this earth. It is the world’s very first chocolate themed hotel! Imagine a holiday completely themed around chocolate, with a bar that serves Chocolate Martinis, chocolate themed rooms, and chocolate portrait painting sessions on offer where …

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