Where to stay in Buenos Aires, the 3 most charming neighbourhoods

This city definitely takes the biscuit for our favourite South American capital, I would move here in a heart beat if I could. The food is amazing, the people friendly, the bars unique and the laid back cool culture permeates everything.

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Day trips from Paris that avoid the crowds

I’ve been living in Paris for over 2 years now, going to new museums, restaurants and hidden corners whenever I can. I’m still discovering hidden treasures even now! Many people who come to France stay in Paris for the duration of their trip, it’s easy to see why as there’s plenty to keep you busy here for a week or more. However, taking day trips out of the city allows you to experience the country’s rich heritage, impressive buildings that form the legacy of its legendary monarchy, now a republic and therefore open doors. Castles, forests and palaces all beautifully preserved and waiting to be explored. Most people automatically head for the Chateau of Versailles which is a beautiful palace, but hoards of crowds can make it difficult to enjoy. I can of course offer advice on avoiding the queues and busy times, but I also have some alternatives to present you that I myself have enjoyed more than Versailles. Continue reading “Day trips from Paris that avoid the crowds”

Thailand without the Tourists

You’re probably already doubting whether this is even possible. Thailand is one of the most popular destinations in the world, how could it possibly be visited without the tourists in this day and age? Well of course, the aren’t many parts of this massive country that haven’t been discovered, but there are definitely quieter corners to explore that are still beautiful and still unspoiled. The treasures of the country like Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Kho Phangan still merit a visit, they’re popular for a reason! But mixing it up with some of these gems will give you a well rounded holiday where you can relax and feel like you’ve discovered the real thing. Continue reading “Thailand without the Tourists”

Our adventure-style Honeymoon in Japan

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Ishigaki Island

Judging from my previous travels it probably comes as no surprise that when deciding on our honeymoon destination, we were looking for something a bit different.

Unlike our round the world trip, this one wouldn’t be on a shoestring (thanks to our generous wedding guests!), so the only limit was our imagination! Well that, and the fact we wanted somewhere with good weather in late September, beaches, mountains, culture and great food. So rather a lot of criteria actually.
Luckily there was a country waiting for us to discover that matched our criteria perfectly. Welcome to Japan: the ultimate adventure holiday destination. 

Dine like a local in Paris: Best restaurants for the real Parisien experience

Le cafe du commerce

Living in Paris is a dream for a foodie like me. I’ve been here for 2 years now, so have plenty of great restaurants and bars to recommend that I go to on a regular basis. They are enjoyed by tourists and locals alike, and fit in well with sightseeing as I often go to these places when I have friends in town. Enjoy! Continue reading “Dine like a local in Paris: Best restaurants for the real Parisien experience”

Weekend City Breaks: Porto or Lisbon?

After a week in Portugal I was totally in love and already wondering when I could come back, or even if I could feasibly move here! The ancient culture, fresh flavoursome food, gorgeous architecture and laid back culture are just a few reasons why it’s easy to fall in love with this country. 

Most people visit either Porto or Lisbon on weekend city breaks, with both cities well suited to such a trip. We on the other hand decided to do a 8 day long holiday visiting both cities for three days each and 2 days in Sintra. Both have different activities to offer and different cultural identities, read on to find out my top tips for both.  Continue reading “Weekend City Breaks: Porto or Lisbon?”

Where To Get The Most Out Of Patagonia

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Perito Moreno Glacier, El Chalten by Nestor Galina on Flikr

Whether you’re visiting Argentinian or Chilean Patagonia, this area is sure to be a highlight of your trip to South America. The scenery is mesmerising, with rolling hills, jagged peaks and best of all, gigantic glaciers. They are an outstandingly beautiful natural wonder and this is the most accessible place in the world to view such big ones. My tips are for Argentinan Patagonia as this is where I travelled to last Christmas (and after extensive research the side that looked like it would be the most rewarding), it was an incredible trip and I can’t wait to go back and visit the Chilean side! Continue reading “Where To Get The Most Out Of Patagonia”

The Alternative Guide to Northern Vietnam

Going on holiday to a popular country always poses the same problem: wanting to see the very best sights the country has to offer whilst not feeling too much like a tourist on the same tourist trail as everyone else. Balancing these two desires can be somewhat of a nightmare and at times is unavoidable. This is certainly true of Vietnam, an incredibly popular country to visit with some striking attractions including Ha Long Bay, the rice terraces of Sapa and the enchanting historic town of Hoi An. However this is a also a country well versed in tourism which unfortunately can result in a lot of scams, overcrowded attractions and pushy agents. This should absolutely not deter you, this is one of my favourite countries with so much to offer, you just need to know how to handle it! That’s where I come in. Continue reading “The Alternative Guide to Northern Vietnam”

The Real Sydney in 3 Days

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My last travelling adventure in 2010 ended in Sydney, Australia and I ended up staying a lot longer than I’d planned. Like, a year longer. It’s a captivating city, one you fall in love with more the longer you stay. It has plenty of distinct neighbourhoods to wander around, beautiful beaches to suit every taste, classy bars, dirty drum and bass clubs and heavenly food. I was never bored here, I just always wished I had more money to burn. Returning here with Mickaël, I was determined to show him my Sydney and show him why I loved it here so much. So naturally, I planned the perfect itinerary each day to take us on a 6 day journey of food and frolicking.

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