When I was Mugged in Thailand…
Aug31

When I was Mugged in Thailand…

  I was only just walking down to see the sights of Khao San Road in Bangkok. I was only looking around with a pleased expression on my face. I only wanted to smell the wonderful aromas from the many food stalls that appealed to me. I was only just on my second day on my round the world trip. And I only just had my first mugging… Waking my parents up in the middle of the night there back home, all they could hear was my...

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Sunrise on the Ionian Sea
Aug23

Sunrise on the Ionian Sea

My alarm startled me out of my deep sleep and I peeked out under my covers to be greeted with the faint glow of twilight gleaming through my window. I took a moment to think where I was whilst cursing my alarm for waking me up at an ungodly hour. I was here in Basilicata, Italy, and I was staying on the Ionian Coast at Porto Agranauti Resort. The fourteen slices of fresh Italian pizza slices sat heavily on my stomach and I heaved out...

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The Epic View From The Shard
Aug15

The Epic View From The Shard

My head was craned up highly, eyes shielded from the sun as I stood at the entrance of London Bridge Station. Slightly distracted from the airplane streaking across the sky from London City Airport, my main focus was on the triangular structure that stabbed the warm evening and cloudless sky. This is the Shard. Made famous in 2012 becoming London’s tallest structure at 87 stories high, far outstripping the BT Tower, the Gherkin and...

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Newcastle Upon Tyne in Pictures
Aug13

Newcastle Upon Tyne in Pictures

Sometimes it’s nice to revisit a place where you have lived before. In this case, I lived in Newcastle Upon Tyne where I studied for my Masters degree in Environmental Consultancy. Flash-forward five years later, I was standing in Grey’s Street yet again and it brought back so many memories. I was here for the Traverse 2014 Conference hosted by the Newcastle/Gateshead Tourism Board ready to learn the next steps of blogging...

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Flying Royal Class with KLM
Aug11

Flying Royal Class with KLM

With a shiny and exclusive invitation to hand, I walked up to my local Humberside Airport ready to fly a class that few people had flown before. Royal Class. It was two words I thought I wouldn’t utter to myself. Heck, I haven’t even gone on Business or First Class let alone the slightly ambiguous Economy Plus. For this Budget Traveller, I would be propelled to the most exclusive class on Earth thanks to KLM Royal Dutch...

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A Hen Do in Leicester
Aug09

A Hen Do in Leicester

Guess what. I’m a bridesmaid. I’ll wait until you’ve stopped laughing. When my very good friend Emma got engaged a good few months ago, she approached me asking me to be her bridesmaid and would I come to her hen do in Leicester? Huh? I was flummoxed at first. Aren’t I breaking tradition? I immediately heard that the best man was going to be a woman and also a friend of mine, Andy, was going to be another...

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33 Reasons Why Ghent is Beautiful
Aug06

33 Reasons Why Ghent is Beautiful

Did you know that Belgium truly has a big secret? It’s called Ghent, the old capital of Flanders. I was recommended by Visit Flanders to check out the gorgeous city on my Belgian trip, ‘#RexyinBelgium‘ starting from Bruges and finishing in Brussels. I had a couple of choices really, I could either go to Ghent, Antwerp or Ypres. However, tired from my ferry crossing the night before from Hull to Bruges and spending a...

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The Flight of the Angel
Aug04

The Flight of the Angel

Staring down at the huge abyss in front of me, laid flat on my stomach suspended with only a harness to stop me hurling to a painful death, I simply squirmed in mild panic. I wasn’t thinking about the minuscule swaying trees in the valley below or for the fact I was going to be hurled across the valley at speeds of 120kph (70mph). I was working out in my mind how much I weighed in kilograms. A minute earlier, the Zipline guide...

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Around the World Adventures
Jul30

Around the World Adventures

A bit of adventure on holiday can make yours one to remember. There’s a shed load of heart racing activity going on out there, so take a look at these top trip ideas for some inspiration for your around the world adventures.   Skiing For the perfect combination of adrenaline-fuelled sport and beautiful surroundings, it’s hard to beat ski holidays. The best thing is, you don’t have to go far to experience the majesty of snow-capped...

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The Festival of the Marriage of the Trees
Jul26

The Festival of the Marriage of the Trees

‘You want wine?’ a cheeky Italian got in front of my bleary eyed face and shook his leather-skin pouch holding the nectar goodness. I was taken aback actually and had to check my watch again for the time. It was eight thirty in the morning and I only had a drop of espresso to get me through the hour-long drive from my Corte San Pietro hotel in Matera. It was far too early in the morning, I reluctantly surmised. With a...

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