Author - Abbi

The diving culture of Koh Tao, Thailand

The Thai Islands, offer a whole host of things for many a traveller, and people are drawn there for usually one or two reasons, not the least for a relaxing time by the beach. If it is Koh Phangan, to the East of the country; this will the infamous Full Moon Parties, were people party from dusk to dawn, drinking a variety of cocktails, served in beach buckets. This...

Travel Talk; an interview with Jonny Blair from Don’t Stop Living

This week, I am excited to be starting a new series called Travel Talk, were I interview other travellers, travel bloggers and writers, and where best to start, than with the one man that kick started my inspiration to travel. Jonny Blair, writes on various travel sites; his main site being Don’t Stop Living; the longest running one man travel guide to all...

Visiting Borobudur Temple, Java, Indonesia

As we drove up the windy and rough path, and into the lush countryside, I spotted them, on the hill. Giant Bell shaped structures, layered in a square complex, all guarded by various Buddhas. The sun shone through the gaps and created a mystical vibe. We had arrived at Borobudur Temple, which is about an hour outside of the city Yogyakarta, where we were staying. It...

Life for rent: reflections on returning to the UK

This post has been drafted in my head for sometime now, but as tomorrow (February 14th), marks 4 months of being back in the UK, I thought I’d publish it. 4 months?! I thought to myself. Have I really been living back in the UK for four months?ย  In the 4 months prior to that I had visited 9 different countries, had many new and wonderful experiences, witnessed...

3 free views of London

Visiting London is often on many a bucket list; with its varied history, and beautiful buildings, to the many attractions. The only downside; like many cities is, it is expensive. But, It doesn’t have to be. One thing I really love doing, is getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city and seeing a view from up high, or afar. It gives you a different...

Flying over London, with Emirates Airline

London is an ever expanding city, and as such; it requires more transport options for its residents and visitors. One thing, that surprised me after moving to London a few weeks ago, was how easy it is to get around, and how easily you can be sucked into the mentality of the busy Londoner; running and pushing people out of the way for the 7.16am bus, which will...

Short term apartment rental in London

Often when you travel, accommodation can take up the bulk of your costs. So much so, that people are looking for alternative places, and ways of maximising their stay in a location. Although the need for hotels, will never vanish; there appears to be more of a demand for short term rentals, or holiday homes; a home away from home.   This past weekend, I became...

5* luxury for under ยฃ50 per night at the Grand Aston, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

I’ve never quite understood the rating system given to hotels. In particular, why could one fancy looking hotel be a 4* and another at a similar price be 5*? ย Do the 5* hotels have a string quartet in the lobby, whilst 4* have music over a speaker? On top of this, it never really bothered me that much, as a budget backpacker, my general budget per night was...

Celebrating New Years Eve in London 2014

New Year’s Eve is one of those events, that everyone gets psyched up about, and often spends way too much money on! As you wave goodbye to another year, and come into the next, many people have hopes, dreams and aspirations. Many will join a gym, or promise to keep in contact with friends and family more often, swear less, or even drink less (Dry January anyone...

Crossing borders: England to Northern Ireland with the Travelling Snowman

Since the beginning of this blog, and my subsequent travels, I have not spent a Christmas at home in three years. My last Christmas was in 2011; prior to travelling to New Zealand. This year, I am home, with my family and friends, and it is lovely. About four years ago, the UK had some of the largest dumping of snow in years, and as usual, the country was not...

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