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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Getting Back on the Metaphorical Horse

That good old metaphorical horse, eh? Well I’m back on it in terms of travelling and exploring after about a year and a half of trying to shoe-horn myself back into a ‘normal’ life. Everyone is different and everyone is on their own journey. Even if you don’t understand or agree with someone else’s path, it’s their business and their decision. I have been guilty of trying to change someone else’s plans, and have also been on the receiving end of this. But I’ve learned…

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Goodbye 2017

HiFly Aircraft at BHX

Goodbye and in a sense, good riddance! Whilst there have been some highlights, some travel, and some unexpected new experiences, I’m mostly glad to see the back of this year. From lousy jobs to money worries, stress, and heartache, this year hasn’t been without its pitfalls. But with the bad comes the good, and I have found vocation happiness and also a surprising love of aviation at the airport. Without a shadow of a doubt, I had a few of the best months working at…

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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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A Mini-Break of Relaxation, Healing and Lots of Cake

At the start of the week, I made my biannual pilgrimage to Wales to visit my good friend Carol and my ex-share-horse Dancer. The four-hour journey is now quite familiar, and although driving is one of my least favourite pastimes, I do enjoy leaving the Midlands behind as I head towards beautiful Pembrokeshire with its rolling hills, pretty cottages, and quaint towns and villages. My visits to Wales contain just a few staple ingredients; horses, dogs, coffee and cake. Seriously, what more could you need?…

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My First Scuba Diving Experience

Last month in Malta, I went scuba diving for the first time. I had my reservations about it because I can get ‘situation claustrophobic’ and like to know I can leave if I want to. You might be thinking “Well, what can be more free than swimming around in the ocean looking at little fishies?” And you’d be right in a way – scuba diving is a freeing experience – but physically, scuba diving is up there with Houdini-style restraints, minus the skills to actually…

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My Journey to Minimalism

I’ve never been a huge fan of wandering around the shops for hours, arms laden with bags full of new clothes and shoes. But I do like having new things, and in the past I have been an online-ninja-shopper! However, for the past year I have been on a personal mission to trim down my belongings, stop buying into consumerism, and generally live a more minimalistic lifestyle. This time last year when I first started to seriously think about moving abroad, I kept thinking “but…

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A Hotel in Naples – Parties and Prostitutes

Ok, now that I’ve got your attention with the title (ahem) I’m going to share with you the weirdest, most surreal hotel experience I’ve ever had. After a few days in Rome last week, we spent the remainder of our holiday on the outskirts of Naples. We booked the hotel through a reputable site and read the (albeit rather dated) reviews. On arrival we were pleasantly surprised by the decor; an ultra-modern black marble reception area with floor-to-ceiling smoked-glass sliding doors leading off to the…

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The Lowdown On My First House Sit

House sitting had made it onto my list of potential ways to travel more often/for longer/forever. The basic idea is that in exchange for looking after someone’s property and pets, you get free accommodation. In theory, it’s a win-win situation for travelling pet-lovers; you get to visit and stay in some amazing places rent-free, all while taking care of some lovely animals! There are tons of resources available on the internet, detailing everything from how to write a great online profile, to finding the best…

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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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