Travel future: The Explore Canada road trip

The #ExploreCanada road trip

After falling in love with Canada last year, I’m heading back tomorrow to explore some more, and this time I’ll be road-tripping through the heart of the country. It’s all part of the #ExploreCanada road trip – a blogger RV relay across Canada. Travel with Kat did the first leg in Vancouver Island and Quirky Traveller is just finishing off her route through the Rockies from Vancouver to Calgary. Then my sister and I take over for the longest stretch between Calgary and Toronto, before Heather on her Travels finishes things off from Toronto to Montreal. … 

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The Old Rectory, Hastings

The Old Rectory in Hastings, reviewed

For a proper traditional British seaside break, you really have to stay in a bed and breakfast. B&Bs are a British seaside institution, but after a few years of apartment rentals and hotel stays it’s been a while since I stayed in one. But just as towns like Hastings are reinventing the classic seaside resort,… 

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A Sussex seaside break in Hastings

A Sussex seaside break in Hastings

A hundred years ago, a British holiday meant a week by the seaside. The country’s coastline was scattered with seaside resorts with their piers, donkey rides and dance halls. As time went on, cheap flights and package holidays meant the rest of the world suddenly opened up and the old favourites got left behind. But… 

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May 2016 On the Luce

May 2016 On the Luce

May has whizzed by in a flood of words as I’ve been buried deep in copywriting projects. I’ve spent the last few weeks being transported to places like Reykjavik, Dubrovnik and Monte Carlo – on paper at least. All that writing has meant posting’s been a bit slower on the blog recently but I have… 

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Vintgar Gorge, Slovenia

In pictures: The green waters of Slovenia’s Vintgar Gorge

A few miles outside of Bled is one of the greenest places I’ve ever seen – the Vintgar Gorge. In between the steep rocky walls of the gorge flows the bright aqua Radovna River. In some stretches it bubbles and swirls its way through rapids and mini waterfalls, and in others it’s so languid you… 

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Ljubljana's Dragon Bridge

5 reasons to fall in love with Ljubljana

By capital city standards, Ljubljana is tiny. Slovenia’s biggest city only has 287,000 residents (about the same size as Newcastle) and you can walk from one side of the historic centre to the other in 15 minutes. But in this case small is beautiful, or as they say – “small by surface area, large by… 

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Ljubljana lost luggage

Taking on the Lost Luggage challenge in Slovenia

Over the years I’ve become more and more of a light packer. I only check in baggage once or twice a year if I’m travelling long haul, and have downsized my carry on to a smaller suitcase. I’m happier the less luggage I have to cart around with me, but travelling without any luggage at… 

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Edinburgh on a budget

Visiting Edinburgh on a budget

The Scottish capital might be best known for its August festivals and Hogmanay parties, but Edinburgh’s got a whole lot to offer at any time of the year. There’s the UNESCO World Heritage Old Town with its cobbled streets, Gothic buildings and narrow alleyways. Or the wide streets and Georgian mansions of the New Town…. 

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The Motel One Edinburgh Royal reviewed

Motel One Edinburgh Royal, reviewed

Normally when I’m on a city break I don’t spend much time in my hotel, and all I really need is somewhere clean, comfortable and central to sleep. I’ve tried the big brands – Premier Inn, Ibis, Tune Hotels, Z Hotels – with varying degrees of success. But now a new option has arrived in… 

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April 2016 On the Luce

April 2016 On the Luce

So May has arrived and with it comes the first of two Bank Holiday weekends here in the UK. Normally we’d be digging out the BBQs, but instead it’s been the umbrellas and thermals. Snow in April? Sort it out please English weather! I might have spent a bit more time inside by the radiator… 

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The Real Mary King's Close, Edinburgh

Underground Edinburgh: The lost streets of Mary King’s Close

Above ground the streets of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile are a mass of tourists, souvenir shops, pubs and busking bagpipers. A walk across the Old Town is a journey through history, from Edinburgh Castle at one end to the Palace of Holyroodhouse at the other. But not all of Edinburgh’s history is on the surface. Deep below… 

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