My Best Travel Destinations of 2014

In 2014 I've travelled to 14 different countries and more places than I can remember. Here's my round up of the best travel destinations 2014 showed me... Iceland I fell head over heels with Iceland on Read more

9 Things to Know Before Visiting Scotland

Are you thinking of visiting the best country in the world? Here's a few handy things to know before visiting Scotland... 1. Men don't always walk around in kilts I've met quite a few people Read more

A Few Days in Edinburgh

Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city is one of the most charming, historical and picturesque cities in the world. Fact. It's a city I never tire of visiting and I'm lucky that it's only around an hour Read more

Amazing Christmas Gifts for Travellers

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmaaaaas! It's getting colder outside, it's getting darker earlier and everyone is getting ready for Christmas whether they like it or not. Are you looking for the perfect Christmas Read more

Things I've Learnt from Travel

Recently I've been thinking a lot about the way in which travel has influenced my life. I think it's important to stop every so often and take stock of how much I've learnt, not only Read more

10 Photos to Make You Want to Visit Kotor, Montenegro

I didn't really know what to expect the first time I visited Kotor in Montenegro. I'd heard it was beautiful but I certainly wasn't prepared for just how beautiful it would be. The town Read more

Best Places to Visit in Spain

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Spain is definitely one of my favourite countries in the world and I love being just a short plane ride away from the land of tapas, sangria and sunshine.
BEST PLACES TO VISIT IN SPAIN

There are so many fantastic places to visit in Spain and I’m lucky enough to  have explored many of them (but still have lots more to see!). Here’s my favourite places to visit in Spain… Read more

How to Successfully Master Visiting Markets When Travelling

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Markets can be great places to visit when you’re travelling. Often they’ll be frequented by local people and you can really get a good sense of a place from visiting it’s markets and seeing what is sold there. It can give you a great insight into the types of food and drink that local people eat and you can even discover new foods that you didn’t know existed!

I’ve visited markets all over the world from Vietnam to India and many more in between, and I’ve managed to perfect my skills for visiting markets and getting some bargains on the road.
MASTER MARKETS WHEN TRAVELLING
Here’s some of the things you need to know in order to successfully master visiting markets when travelling… 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.