Archive | August, 2013

A Guide to Visiting Holi Festival (India)

Today’s guest post was written by Karen Bleakley. The Holi Festival, or The Festival of Colours as it is also often referred to, it is an iconic Hindu religious festival primarily observed in India. During the celebrations you will find many smiling participants throwing brightly coloured powders at each other as the festivities take to the streets! It is celebrated across the […]

Over coming my fear of flying to get to South America

For years now South America has been on my agenda as a continent I had to travel. In the 3 years that I spent travelling without taking a flight, as my fear of flying began to take a tighter hold on my life, I looked at every other possibility I could for crossing that ocean without getting on a plane. I looked […]

Top 3 Cruise Destinations To Visit In 2014

Taking a cruise is not a method of transport or holiday usually associated with budget travel – hence why I rarely write about it. As a general rule it tends to be expensive. However, there are certain parts of the world where I think it’s genuinely worth it to fork out that extra cash. Particularly when a […]

Is Istanbul Safe Post-Taksim Protests?

When Istanbul’s Taksim Square protests commenced on 28th May 2013, like many people I watched the scenes portrayed across our news screens with deep concern. I was appalled at the Turkish government’s reaction to what started as very peaceful protests. The original protest, which was in fact a sit in to contest the urban development of Istanbul’s Gezi Park, resulted in a brutal eviction. […]

Where to escape the crowds in Tenerife

Today’s guest post was written by Hari Apostolides. Spectacular scenery. Stunning beaches. Thriving cities and a fast and furious nightlife. All of these things make Tenerife the ideal holiday destination. The only problem is that you’re not the only person to have noticed the island’s long list of positives. In fact, hundreds of thousands of tourists […]

First Impressions of Istanbul (Turkey)

I visited Istanbul recently as the final destination of my latest trip through Eastern Europe. It was a city I had heard great things about and so I was very excited to arrive. In total I had 6 nights there. These were my first impressions; A different feel to Eastern Europe Istanbul is a transcontinental city, […]

Hostel of the Month – Haggis Hostel (Edinburgh, Scotland)

On every trip I’ve been on since I started travelling 7 years ago I’ve always chosen hostelling as my main method of accommodation. It’s the most affordable way for a solo traveller such as myself to travel and it’s also the easiest way that I’ve found on the road to meet other travellers. I owe some of […]

First Impressions of Veliko Tarnovo (Bulgaria)

I visited the beautiful city of Veliko Tarnovo for 2 nights on my recent tour of Eastern Europe. These were my first impressions; Bulgaria’s most beautiful city? One of the best things about travelling by rail across Europe is that you often find and stop off in places you would never have experienced otherwise. Veliko Tarnovo is […]

First Impressions of Brasov (Romania)

I recently visited the city of Brasov in Romania. It was by far one of the highlights of my current Eastern European trip, and I’m glad I went out of my way on this itinerary to visit the place. These were my first impressions; Simply beautiful Brasov is beautiful. I genuinely felt like I could walk […]