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What you need to know about planning a Wedding

Weddings are momentous occasions, but planning them can feel like quite a mamoth task. There are so many elements to them, and deciding on each can take weeks. Last spring, I got engaged whilst on a trip in Switzerland. It was an exciting time, and we had lots of celebrations with friends and family initially afterwards. Our celebrations quickly progressed into full...

Staying hydrated as you travel with the B on 1 water bottle

If waterholic was a word, then I am sure I would be one.  For those that know me, will notice that I am never too far from my water bottle (that and a good cup of tea!) Water makes up most of what I drink in a day, and is important for both physical and mental functioning. As I travel frequently, I am always on the lookout for a good solid and easy to use drink...

How to have a social media free Christmas

Whether we like it or not technology is advancing around us, and shapes how we live day to day. Most of this tecnhology can be helpful, but we are now spending the majority of our life, living online. We do our banking online, shop online and may even dab into the world of online dating. A lot of things are automated, and we sometimes have no need to speak to an...

Do travellers from Northern Ireland know their own culture?

Culture is something we are all born into; it gives us a sense of who we are, and is woven into the very fabric of our lives. Our culture has he ability to influence us, our behaviours, belief systems and values, but culture can also change; the way we think and behave, but there is a chance, we may also lose sight of what our own culture is. When people ask why I...

Where are you travelling to? Conversations with a backpacker

Picture the scene; you’ve just arrived off a long bus, train, boat or plane ride. You get to your hostel, and check in to your dorm room. If there aren’t any people around, you head down to the common area, to find your fellow backpackers. You meet some, get a drink and begin talking. Conversations generally go like this. “Hey, I am (insert...

What makes a good hostel?

When I told people I was travelling for a little over 4 months, many of them said “isn’t that expensive? Hotels aren’t cheap!” Correct, hotels aren’t cheap. Well, in South East Asia, you can get one for as little as US $10 per night (my most recent was Hotel Xoai in Can Tho, Vietnam) or you can push the boat out and stay in a 5 star, for...

Travelling solo one day at a time

Have you ever wanted to travel solo, but have felt apprehensive, and thought it may be too hard, or that it would push you out of your comfort zone? Well it will .. but travelling Solo is easier done than you think, if you just remember this one piece of advice I am about to share with you. Today marks 5 weeks into my 18 week trip around South East Asia, and...

What I’ve learnt from living and travelling in New Zealand

What I’ve learnt from living and travelling in New Zealand

It had always been one of my dreams to visit New Zealand. I’m not sure why. Perhaps it was the incessant talking it up that my aunt (who has lived in Auckland for the past 10 years) had done, or due to the fact that it is literally, the furthest away I could be from my home country, and it was that ‘discovering the unknown’ dream I had...

Travel agents, and why I am reluctant to use them again

Travel agents, and why I am reluctant to use them again

I am not often one to publically slate particular places or companies, but I feel that with experience I have been through recently. It is totally warranted. Also, in the day and age of online review sites, lots of people name and shame certain companies all the time. I do not intend to be nasty, and I’ve tried to keep finer details of my problem as anonymous as I...

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