Weekend Walks: Silent Pool and St Martha’s Hill

I love to get outside in the fresh air at any time of year, but there’s something about January that makes you feel, I don’t know… that it requires a little more effort than those long, lazy summer walks, you know? It’s no surprise that January is regarded as the gloomiest month of the year, and with it comes the …

24 hours in Barcelona: What Not to Miss

Full of historical architecture and a vibrant and buzzing nightlife, Barcelona is an entertainment hub for both residents and travellers. It’s world-famous for its enviable sunny weather, beautiful churches, and delicious food from superb Catalan cuisine to traditional tapas and pinxtos. There’s such a wealth of activities, it’s almost impossible to narrow down the best things to do and see …

Tenerife: Beyond the Beaches

The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife has been delighting travellers with its blend of amazing weather (only 14 days of rain per year!) and volcanic beaches for decades. But Spanish-owned Tenerife, situated just off the west coast of Africa is undergoing a rebirth. No longer will it be known just for its ‘fly and flop’ holidays: There is so …

How to Spend a Beautiful Budget Weekend in York

How have I never been to York before? Having lived in London for the past 5 or so years it seems madness that I didn’t make the short journey up north until now. In less than two hours by speedy Virgin Trains East Coast (full review coming soon), you can be in the centre of one of the most fascinating historic …

Two Days in Dubrovnik: What to Do

I didn’t even know I was heading to Dubrovnik until a couple of hours before my flight. When my Surprise Trips destination was revealed as Dubrovnik, my first reaction was one of relief, now I knew where I was going, and my second was of total elation. I’m a huge Game of Thrones fan, and the chance to immerse myself …

The Best Things to Do in London Spring 2016

I’m back in London, the clocks have moved forwards and I’m ready to rock this Spring for all it’s got! Spring is a great time to visit London. As soon as there’s a hint of sunshine, the whole city strips down into shorts and summery skirts and flocks to the nearest bit of grass to indulge in that oh-so British …

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London hacks: Free London (or super cheap)

London is one of the greatest cities on the planet (I should know, I live here), but if there’s one thing to say about my home city, it’s that it’s not always cheap to entertain yourself here. A pint in a pub will cost you around a fiver, and a mediocre meal will set you back at least 20 quid. …