Things to do in Lanzarote: Ultimate One Day Road Trip

Things to do in Lanzarote: Ultimate One Day Road Trip

Lanzarote
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Do you ever go on holiday, do a load of research on things to do and then suddenly realise that you've only got a couple of days left and spent most of the trip lying in the sun doing nothing much at all? Well that's exactly what I've done in Lanzarote and I have absolutely no regrets at all - I loved my week of relaxation! But there was a lot I wanted to see, so I decided to plan an ultimate Lanzarote road to see as much as possible in one day.
Santa’s Coming: What to Expect at Santa Pauli, Hamburg’s Kinky Christmas Market

Santa’s Coming: What to Expect at Santa Pauli, Hamburg’s Kinky …

Hamburg
It's no surprise that Germany is home to fabulous Christmas markets - they originated there after all! Whereas as most UK cities have just one Christmas market (often selling exactly the same thing in every city), many German cities have multiple markets. This is particularly true of Hamburg, where markets aren't the only thing happening in multiples. This December I took my mum on a girlie weekend to explore Hamburg's Christmas markets, in particular the Santa Pauli market A.K.A. Hamburg's kinky Christmas market. From willy trees to stripping Santa's, here's what to expect at Hamburg's kinky Christmas market.

Hi, I'm Nell. I’m a Leeds based travel blogger creating content to inspire you to make the most of your weekends, limited annual leave and hard-earned cash by writing about part-time, mid-budget travel. Here you'll find posts about city breaks, hiking trips and tales of food and wine.

Istanbul to Venice By Train & Bus – A 17 Day Itinerary

Istanbul to Venice By Train & Bus – A 17 Day Itinerary

Balkans
If, like me, you have an endless list of places that you want to visit but don’t fancy travelling long term and can’t take every other week off work, this itinerary is for you! I visited 6 countries in 17 days and managed to not feel rushed, tired or burnt out - although I did have to have a couple of early nights towards the end of the trip. It took a fair amount of planning but it all paid off and it didn’t cost the earth either. Starting in Istanbul, my boyfriend Billy and I headed across the Balkans and into Italy before flying back home.
Finding the Best Cicchetti in Venice

Finding the Best Cicchetti in Venice

Venice
What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Venice? If you'd asked me that before I visited I'd have probably said 'bridges', 'canals', 'Bellini' or 'St Mark's Square'. Now that I've returned, the one word that sums up Venice or me is most definitely 'cicchetti'. You might not be familiar with cicchetti (I wasn't until I found myself eating it) so let me tell you all about it and where you can find the best cicchetti in Venice.
Falling in Love With Venice

Falling in Love With Venice

Venice
Opinions on Venice seem to be pretty mixed. Some people are charmed by it’s romantic canals and inspired by it’s grand architecture, whilst others find it overcrowded and overpriced. Venice had always been on my bucket list, but I'd also heard negative things about it, so I was quite nervous about visiting incase I disliked the place that was so perfect in my head! Would the tens of thousands of tourists cramming onto bridges to take selfies and the extortionate price of a coffee in St Marks’ square make me hate Venice?
How to Spend 24 Hours in Ljubljana if You Love Food and Wine

How to Spend 24 Hours in Ljubljana if You Love Food and Wine

Ljubljana
Despite being more excited about Ljubljana than any other city on my Balkan trip, I ended up with just one full day there. This meant that I had to spend my 24 hours in Ljubljana wisely, which meant getting through a lot of food and wine! Here's what I got up to, hopefully inspiring you to visit Ljubljana and giving you some ideas of what to do whilst there.
Why Kamnik is the Perfect Base to Explore Ljubljana and Velika Planina

Why Kamnik is the Perfect Base to Explore Ljubljana and Velika Planina

Slovenia
I'd not actually heard of Kamnik before, but when the Ljubljana tourism board offered me an overnight stay in Kamnik and cable car tickets to visit Velika planina, I discovered that these were places that I didn't know I was desperate to visit! Furthermore, I found that Kamnik was the perfect base to explore not only Velika planina but also Ljubljana, offering a much quieter spot just 30-40 minutes away from the city.
A Glamping Paradise on a Vineyard in Slovenia

A Glamping Paradise on a Vineyard in Slovenia

Maribor
Whilst travelling through the Balkans I stayed in a range of accommodation types from AirBnb apartments to hotels to hostels. We mainly chose where to stay based on our budget - even the more luxurious AirBnBs were significantly cheaper than staying in a hotel or even a hostel in many cases. Everywhere we stayed was lovely, but nothing compared to one particular night of pure luxury... glamping at Chateau Ramsak. This place is absolutely incredible and was a true highlight of our trip (particularly the breakfast), so read on and let me tell you all about it.
The Swankiest Hostel in Zagreb? A Review of Swanky Mint Hostel

The Swankiest Hostel in Zagreb? A Review of Swanky Mint Hostel

Zagreb
I'm going to start this blog post by admitting that I'm not really a hostel traveller. I like my own space and I mostly stay in AirBnbs, with a few hotels thrown in to the mix as well. Oh and the odd mountain hut if I'm hiking! However, I was travelling through the Balkans with a backpack and as a result I felt compelled to give the hostel thing a go. So let me introduce to Swanky Mint Hostel.
Why Sofia is the Perfect Destination for a Relaxing Summer City Break

Why Sofia is the Perfect Destination for a Relaxing Summer City Break

Sofia
From the moment I arrived I was greeted by wide roads lined with bustling cafes, views of the surrounding mountains interrupted only by the impressive green domes of multiple Orthodox churches, and an instant feeling of being on holiday. Bright yellow trams trundled along busy streets, and the sweet smell of pastry drew me towards every hole-in-the-wall bakery that I walked past. Two and a half days later and I was in love with the place! Here's why Sofia makes the perfect relaxing summer city break followed some tips on what to do, where to eat and where to stay.
Why You Should Take the Night Train From Istanbul to Sofia

Why You Should Take the Night Train From Istanbul to Sofia

Istanbul
I really wasn't sure about getting a night train from Istanbul to Sofia. Surely it would be like sleeping in a hostel dorm but much, much worse? Cramped, dirty"beds", snoring train companions, horrible toilet facilities and absolutely zero sleep. Right? Wrong! It was a fantastic experience and one that I would happily take again. In this blog I'll explain the basic information you need to know such as when it runs, how long it takes and how much it costs, what to expect on the train and why you should definitely consider taking it in the future. So, let's get started!
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