20 Things I Love About Glasgow

I might be a little biased since it's the nearest city to my countryside village home here in Scotland but I believe Glasgow is a truly underrated city. It's all too often left forgotten Read more

What Are Cruises Really Like?

I'm a fan of cruises and I'll happily admit that. I know there are people out there who absolutely hate cruises and that's fine, cruising isn't for everyone. I've been lucky enough to have Read more

A Guide to Scottish Slang

One of the things I love about being Scottish (and there are many) is that us Scots have our own little Scottish words, phrases, slang and accents. I know from travelling a lot that Read more

Why You Should Visit Scotland in Autumn

Autumn is such a perfect season. I love the yellow, orange and red leaves as they transform from green through the colour spectrum. I love the piles of leaves sweeping around as they're caught Read more

My Favourite Travel Beauty Products

As a travel blogger and writer, travel is an enormous part of my life and I spend a lot of time on the road away from home. In the last year or so I've Read more

How to Alleviate Wanderlust Without Travelling

This past weekend has been a little bit of a disappointment. I was supposed to be exploring a new city for me, Madrid, yet I ended up staying at home. Why? Well, I was meant Read more

3 Months at Home; The Effects of Not Travelling

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It’s the beginning of September and I haven’t left the United Kingdom since the end of May. Three whole months. That might seem like a short space of time for some people, but not for me. I’m used to travelling frequently and jetting off often to new countries, revisiting old ones and discovering new places, cultures and languages along the way.
EFFECTS OF NOT TRAVELLING
Travelling is part of my job as a travel blogger and writer and it’s something that I love and adore. Although I’ve travelled to so many countries and places in the past that I’m yet to write about so there’s no fear of me running out of material anytime soon, travelling is still a fundamental part of my job.

Being at home in the UK for three whole months has been my longest period without travel for more than a year and a half. Read more

My Travel Fiction Book Must Reads

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I’ve been into books and reading for as long as I can remember and when I was a kid I even used to ask for books as gifts when it came to Christmas or my birthday. I love getting lost in the world of fiction with new characters and far off lands. It’s the perfect escape from day-to-day life and great writing always manages to capture me in a way that nothing else can.
TRAVEL FICTION BOOKS

I take my beloved kindle absolutely everywhere with me and I love passing the time on long flights, bus journeys and train rides by escaping into different worlds contained within brilliant novels.

Check out my favourite travel fiction books that I think every travel enthusiast should read…  Read more

My August Travel Blogging Round Up

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TRAVEL BLOGGING

A random collection of photos from my August including glamorous, delicious dinners on cruise ships, long walks in the last of the summer sunshine, homemade truffles and cute doggies. Perfect!

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Fit for Kings: Travelling Down the Nile and Red Sea

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A cruise down the Nile and along the Red Sea coast is an adventure that you should embark upon at least once in your lifetime. The Nile is acknowledged as the longest river in the world and on this voyage you can explore ancient cities as well as take some time out to laze around on beautiful beaches.

In contact with history

NILE AND RED SEA

You’re going on a journey of kings when you board the liner on Red Sea cruises, and it’s a journey not to be missed. You can encounter cities such as Luxor, which provides you with easy access to famous locations such as the Valley of the Kings and the ancient city of Thebes. If you travel a little further, there’s scope to make the immense rock temples of Abu Simbel part of your journey; these temples were carved from the face of a mountain over 3,000 years ago. This is definitely a trip for culture vultures. Every day brings a new point of interest.

The Red Sea coast

Many people will choose a multi-destination Nile and Red Sea cruise, giving themselves the best of both worlds — old and new. The Red Sea coast features vacation destinations such as the beach resorts of Soma Bay and Sharm el Sheikh. Call in at these locations and you can venture into the waters for wreck and reef diving or take a camel ride in the Sinai Desert. You may even set out on an overnight journey to the summit of Mount Sinai to witness the sunrise, which you should make the most of if you have the opportunity. Of course, you can always laze around on the beaches too — the weather isn’t likely to spoil this relaxation.

RED SEA AND NILE

Combining accommodation

The best way to take in the whole cruise experience is to overnight on board the ship, but some will combine their journey with hotels. This allows them to spend time sailing the Nile and then sleep on dry land. This option gives you time to cram in some more activities and extra excursions such as trips to Cairo to see the pyramids and even a visit to the historic city of Alexandria.

The bonus of a cruise vacation is of course that you need simply relax while you follow the sun to your next port of call. Many people dream of visiting this part of the world and a cruise holiday will help you to experience more of this northeast African beauty spot.

Images by annemarieangelo and alljengi, used under Creative Commons licence.

What NOT To Do When Visiting India

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I’ve already written lots about things you should know before visiting India, what you should wear in India and my thoughts on the country since my trip there last year. It’s a colourful, crazy, incredible country that is so different from anywhere else that I’ve ever visited.
WHAT NOT TO DO WHEN VISITING INDIA

There’s a lot of things that you should know before visiting India but here’s some of the things you should remember NOT to do when visiting India… Read more

Top 6 Places to Visit in Italy

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Italy is one of my absolute favourite countries in the world. Whenever I think of Italy I think of the delicious food, beautiful scenery, incredible history, stylish Italian people, laid-back lifestyle and of course all the fantastic places that I’ve been lucky enough to explore around the fabulous boot-shaped country.

Here’s my absolute favourites so far…

Venice

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