UK

For an awe-inspiring road trip: look to Scotland

For a stretch of land of relatively small size, the British Isles host some of the world’s most breathtaking scenic routes. Many will be familiar with the epically long trips found in larger countries, but few countries have as diverse and breathtaking scenic routes as the UK. There’s plenty of it, too; Britain hosts 200,000 miles of road with the majority of that...

Exploring Port Sunlight, The Wirral

Beautiful, unique and the perfect day out. That is how Port Sunlight village trust describes this place, and I couldn’t agree more. Port Sunlight is a small but perfectly formed model village in the Wirral, which is across the mersey from Liverpool. It was built by Lever Brothers, you know the soap guys – “if you’re not happy, Lever Brothers...

Why you should consider donating to your local foodbank

“Oh, they’re on offer!” I exclaim, as I throw a share bag of chocolate buttons into the trolley. “They’re only a pound” I say to my husband as he looks at me disapprovingly. An additional £1 isn’t going to make a difference on our weekly shopping cost. However, for some people £1 may be their budget to feed themselves for the...

Getting locked up at Escape Rooms, Cardiff

Imagine turning up to a darkened room, along a side street and being locked in a room with a bunch of your mates. Would this be your idea of a fun night out? (or a night in, as the case could be) Escape rooms are a concept which has gained global appreciation, with the objective to get out of a locked room within a certain timescale, through the solving of a series...

Get out of London: 5 trips away from the Capital

Let me start off by saying that I love London. It is diverse, and vibrant and has plenty to see, great places to eat and stay. However, there are times when I question myself, when I’ve wandered into the capital, why I am there – when I am being trodden on by several tourists, who are shoving their selfie sticks in my face, or just being trampled upon by...

What it feels like to be home

Boarding the flight, I settled in, as I normally would, and made sure I had everything on board to ensure that the next 8 hours would be as comfortable as possible. It felt like any other flight that I had taken over the past 3 years since I left my native Northern Ireland, or indeed in the recent 5 months I had spent in South-East Asia. Except it wasn’t.  I was...

A weekend wander to Arundel, West Sussex

Arundel sounds like it should be in France, or mainland Europe. It sounds positively continental, and just rolls off the tongue like melted butter. It isn’t though, it is a little market town, in West Sussex, in the South East of England, and was the destination of choice for my weekend wander last weekend. When I think of England; what often comes to mind is...

A Weekend Wander to Hever Castle, Kent

Summer has arrived and is firmly underway in the UK, and with that, many people jet off on their 1 or 2 week breaks to Europe or further afield. However, you don’t always have to jet off to faraway lands to discover something new, or different. Something amazing can be found on your doorstep. Living back in England, and having recently moved to the South East...

Buying a car, as a traveller

This post isn’t so much about travel, or about what amazingly wonderful, or exotic country I have been to. It is about something which most people would consider normal, or part of ‘regular life, but is a huge step for me. Today, I bought and picked up a new car; something I mentioned I was doing in a previous post about ‘settling down’ (or...

A new direction for life in a rucksack

Sometimes it takes slowing down, to realise how much of a crazy ride you’ve been on. When I was younger, I loved roller coasters; the more daring the better. You could hang me upside down and spin me round as fast as possible, and I’d still scream ‘faster, faster’. I loved the thrill, buzz and excitement. I’d go on the most dangerous...

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