Posts made in April, 2013

Saxony: 10 reasons to visit Germany’s hidden gem

Posted by on 27 Apr, 2013 in Destinations, Germany | 2 comments

Saxony: 10 reasons to visit Germany’s hidden gem

It’s a proven fact that everybody loves Germany. The culture, the landscape, the beer and the people make the country a popular port of call on trips around Europe – not to mention the appeal of Berlin, Munich and Hamburg as budget city break destinations. But one corner of Germany that most visitors seem to miss is Saxony. I spent three months living in Leipzig, Saxony, and below are just a few reasons why my adopted heimat quickly became my favourite part of Germany. When: I visited all of the below places summer 2011. How:     Ryanair fly Stansted to Leipzig/Halle, but both Leipzig and Dresden are an easy train ride from Berlin. Sign up to mitfahrgelegenheit.de...

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That awkward moment when… Most awkward travelling experiences

Posted by on 24 Apr, 2013 in England, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia, Scotland, Travel philosophy, UK, Ukraine | 7 comments

That awkward moment when… Most awkward travelling experiences

As discussed in an earlier post, life is full of awkward moments – which is why I chose to share some of mine. Here are a few choice highlights of my awkward travel moments. 4. Heights This is probably the one that springs up most often: my crippling fear of heights. Funnily enough, this hasn’t ever stopped me attempting to climb tall things (including the Sydney Harbour Bridge). I seem to forget just how bad my fear is when I’m safely at ground level looking up at something that doesn’t look that big at all until, inevitably, I’m clinging to a hand-rail for dear life shakily passing my camera to a friend to take photos while I ‘enjoy’ the view. Though I managed to...

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Window on the west: St. Petersburg in photos

Posted by on 20 Apr, 2013 in Photography, Russia | 7 comments

Window on the west: St. Petersburg in photos

I lived in St. Petersburg from February to late June, 2011. The city is incredible – simultaneously beautiful and difficult. I would recommend visiting to anyone. Whilst the winter snow is certainly a bit magical, it makes getting around pretty hard. The best time is definitely June: the weather is brilliant, there’s a celebration almost every weekend and the light lasts all the way through the night. Elagin Island Lenin Defenders of Leningrad monument St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral Smolny Cathedral Kazan Cathedral in summer Jordan staircase, the Hermitage View from St Isaac’s cathedral Frozen Neva The Bronze Horseman in the snow Northernmost Buddhist...

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How to find cheap flights

Posted by on 19 Apr, 2013 in Travel tips | 4 comments

How to find cheap flights

A lot of people have asked me about the best ways to find good deals and cheap flights to European destinations. While there are no set rules, below are a few tips I have found useful in the past and some advice on how to get cheap flights for your budget break. 1.       Know your budget airlines There are a lot of airlines in Europe and it’s useful to know which offer the best value for money. Though I fly with Ryanair most often, I always keep an eye out for others who might have better deals. For example, while WizzAir aren’t the best connected in the UK, flying out of a just a few choice cities, their network has excellent coverage over Eastern and South-Eastern...

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Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

Posted by on 16 Apr, 2013 in Destinations, Lithuania, Photography | 2 comments

Hill of Crosses, Lithuania

A selection of photos from my visit to the Hill of Crosses in Šiauliai, Northern Lithuania, May 2011. To read more, click here. Hill of Crosses Hill of Crosses Hill of Crosses Hill of Crosses Hill of Crosses Hill of Crosses Hill of Crosses Hill of Crosses Hill of Crosses Hill of Crosses Hill of Crosses Hill of...

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Oslo: an expensive city on a cheap budget

Posted by on 14 Apr, 2013 in Destinations, Norway | 11 comments

Oslo: an expensive city on a cheap budget

Oslo might not be Norway’s most dazzling tourist destination, but there is certainly enough to make it an attractive destination – if you can afford it, that is… How:                     Ryanair Manchester – Rygge-Moss, £40 return Where:                Anker Hostel, Storgata 55, £35 for 2 nights in private room When:                  Mon 2nd – Wed 4th July, 2012 Weather:            Changeable: warm/boiling, overcast/blinding sunshine. The flights were booked on a whim after finding a great deal on Ryanair. We didn’t have a huge budget but thought, ‘how expensive can it really be..?’ Vigeland Sculpture Park and the National Gallery There are definitely plenty of...

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7 reasons to leave London

Posted by on 10 Apr, 2013 in Destinations, England, Scotland, UK, Wales | 6 comments

7 reasons to leave London

Burn your oyster card, brush up on your regional dialects and prepare to be astounded by just how cheap everything is – it’s time to leave the capital behind. Centuries ago, it was discovered that the world doesn’t revolve around the sun. Most Londoners today seem to think it revolves around their city instead. While talking to a girl at a party on a recent visit, I said I lived in Manchester. Her instant response was, ‘Woah, that commute must be a bitch!’ Now, I love London. It’s an amazing, huge city, and I always think whenever you walk around you can tell that world history happened there, but London isn’t very British. It’s a beautiful, multi-cultural, cosmopolitan...

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Lithuania: the best country you’ve never been to

Posted by on 5 Apr, 2013 in Destinations, Lithuania | 6 comments

Lithuania: the best country you’ve never been to

Lithuania is a small country that packs a big punch: an exciting history, beautiful scenery you won’t find anywhere else, and an amazing pizza chain. How: Ryanair fly to Vilnius from Leeds/Bradford, Liverpool, Luton, Stansted. Wizzair fly from Doncaster/Sheffield and Luton. Wizzair fly to Vilnius from Doncaster/Sheffield and Luton. Ryanair fly to Vilnius from Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Gatwick and Stansted. Where: Klaipeda Hostel, Buktu Juzes str. 4-7, Klaipeda. Hostelgate, Šv. Mikalojaus gatvė 3  Vilnius 01133. When: I was in Lithuania from 29th April – 5th May 2011. Weather: One day of glorious sunshine. One morning of snow. Chilly, with rain. Intinerary: Three...

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6 overlooked and underrated cities in Europe

Posted by on 1 Apr, 2013 in Blog, Destinations, England, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Spain, UK, Ukraine | 26 comments

6 overlooked and underrated cities in Europe

Not every destination can be a Paris, a London, or a Rome, but there are plenty of cities in Europe that are unfairly overshadowed by their bolder, brasher, bigger brothers. Here is a small selection of cities that are rarely given their due – cities that will hopefully soon find their way onto the map. For more underrated cities, click here.   Vilnius, Lithuania   While tourism in Riga and Tallinn has boomed in recent years thanks to the arrival of budget airlines, Vilnius seems to remain in the dark – and it’s hard to understand why. Vilnius has a beautiful old town, a fascinating and complex history and its own independent republic. The Museum of...

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