Hotel or B&B?

Luxury B&B Glastonbury

Having just returned from a mini-break to Tetbury and Glastonbury, where I sampled both a luxury hotel and a top-notch B&B, I had to ask myself which I preferred. Location aside, which can affect things like pricing, parking, and room size (they can’t just knock down the building next door and extend, y’know) there really is a whole world of difference between these two types of accommodation. And for the main part I think it comes down to a ‘feeling’ and personal preference rather than…

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Looking Back on 2016

Huge Palm in Nerja, Spain

What a year it’s been! From an insane amount of celebrity deaths, Brexit and even Donald Trump becoming president of the United States, I think most people would agree that 2016 has been nothing short of crazy. However… 2016 has been a pretty good year for me. With the exception of the passing of my Nan in July – yes, many ‘normal’ people have passed away this year too, not just celebrities – I’ve had a life-changing, adventurous year, filled with travel and new experiences.…

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Part 2: The time I was hounded by a sad-stray-dog waiter

After carefully avoiding an over-enthusiastic Argentinian traveller who followed me around one evening in Ibiza, I managed to land myself in more even bother in the form of a very pitiful Bulgarian waiter. It started one evening about halfway through my holiday. I was in one of my favourite bars in Es Cana, sipping a nice cold beer, listening to my mp3 player, and doing some writing. Not long after receiving my drink, a forlorn waiter came over and asked if I’d have a drink…

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Part 1: The time I had to utilise MI6 spy tactics to avoid a waiter

I read a lot of Spy/Black-ops/Secret-government-agency type books and fancy myself as a bit of a Secret Agent in Training. So when I was s.t.a.l.k.e.d by a waiter during my holiday in Majorca a few years ago, I utilised every tactic I knew to avoid him and avoid detection. It all started on my second morning during breakfast. A waiter came over to talk to me, and asked what I was doing that day. I told him I was planning to take the bus into…

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The Wins and The Mishaps

Shopping in Malaga

Whether it’s backpacking, beach holidays, or mini-breaks, we all learn things about ourselves when we travel. It’s even better when you deliberately push yourself out of your comfort zone, try new things, do something that scares you, or even just do something for the first time. I am a bit of a worrier but I’m slowly gaining confidence with each trip and each accomplishment, however small it may be. And don’t forget the mistakes- they probably teach you more than anything else! So with that…

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The Worst Hotel Room

The Worst Hotel Room

Exactly a week ago I was strapped into seat 15D flying back from my month in Spain. I wasn’t in the best of moods, although there was a rather nice male flight attendant who lifted my spirits after performing the most masculine, commanding safety demonstration I’ve ever seen. My less than jubilant demeanor was in part down to the two nights I’d just endured in the worst hotel room I’ve ever stopped in. In the grand scheme of things, I’ll admit it probably wasn’t that…

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A Summer in Spain Update – The Final Chapter

Torremolinos turned out to be the last destination of my summer adventure in Spain; I returned to the UK a few days ago for family reasons which I won’t go into here. But I managed to spend a month, almost to the exact date, in Southern Spain and I miss it already. There’s no two ways about it- Torremolinos is mega touristy and tacky. However, it’s just what I needed! Hundreds of chiringuito’s, really friendly people, cheap food and drink, and sunshine so bright it…

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A Summer in Spain Update – Leg 3 of the Adventure

Torremolinos Apartment from TripAdvisor

After a short stop in Málaga, which you can read about here, I moved west to Torremolinos. The apartment I have rented (through TripAdvisor Rentals) is on the edge of Torremolinos, almost in Benalmádena. Whilst this trip is partly a holiday, I don’t feel like I’ve been on holiday yet, as I haven’t really been able to switch-off and relax. So I’m hoping to have a ‘holiday’ this week. I want to have a few too many drinks in the evening and sleep late the…

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Saying Goodbye to Nerja

Afternoon Cana in Nerja

It’s time for me to move on from Nerja, so here’s my round-up on this lively little seaside resort on the Costa del Sol. If there’s nowhere to park on the road, some locals will park fully on the pavement instead. If there’s a bit of pavement right outside their pitstop, even better. Don’t worry if you’re a pedestrian though- they will wait for you to move before mounting the curb, abandoning their vehicle, and strolling into the chosen establishment. The accent/dialect is just divine…

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Nerja: Hidden Beaches and Late Night Bakeries

Palm Trees Near Balcon de Europa

Nerja grows on you. It doesn’t hit you in the face or slap you on the back the moment you arrive, but instead it gradually find its way under your skin; like a song you’re not too sure about to start with but in time becomes one of your favourites. Full of surprises, this Spanish resort town will impress you, look after you and try to hold onto you when it’s time to leave. Bars and Restaurants Nerja is absolutely packed full of cafés, bars…

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