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Croatia Part Three: food and drink in Hvar

3 – 6 June 2016 When travelling on a budget and staying in hostels, I always feel like I should be making the most of the kitchen facilities, eating light and pre-drinking in the common areas but now that I am technically growing up (even though my budget might not have expanded as much as I would like – thank you London rental prices), I feel more justified in buying food out as much as possible and checking out the local nightlife. Since Hvar has so many options for both, I racked up quite a decent list during my three day stay.  (If you want to check out what else I got up to in Hvar, where I stayed and how I got around here)

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Croatia Part Two: activities, transport and accommodation in Hvar

3 – 6 June 2016 Before I went to Croatia, I spoke to several friends who had been to get recommendations for where to go and what to do. My holiday buddies did the same thing. Without fail, every person we asked told us to go to Hvar. After I arrived, it took me all of 30 seconds to see why. I spent three nights on the island but I could easily have spent my entire week there. Its pretty, its relaxing and there are loads of good places to eat and drink. 

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Croatia Part One: Dubrovnik

2 – 3 June 2016 My trip to Croatia had an early start: 3.30am to be precise. My flight was at 7am, I had to be a Gatwick at 5am and so I needed to leave the house (having ordered by first ever Uber) at 4am. Ew. Thankfully I was so excited I could just about manage it. My week long trip to Croatia was going to start in Dubronik before taking me onto Hvar and then Split and the airport. At the airport, I treated myself to a croissant from Apostrophe stuffed with ham and cheese – my four travel buddies all went for healthier options but this was a holiday. Our flight was only two and a half hours so it wasn’t long before we touched down, leaving cold England to the brilliant sun of Dubrovnik. 

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City Guide: Singapore

This post is part of my series of city guides, designed to give you a bit of an introduction into the city in question: activities, accommodation, transport, restaurants, food and nightlife. It’ll also basically act as a contents page for everything I’ve ever written about the place. I went to Singapore as part of my Gap Year trip in 2010. After America and Australasia, it was my first ever experience of Asia. I was only there for a couple of days, where I stayed with some of my travel buddy’s family, who took us out and recommended some sites. At the time, I thought that a couple of days was enough to explore Singapore- a sentiment which I have heard expressed by others- but in hindsight I’m sure there is much more than I did not get to discover.

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City Guide: Venice, Italy

This post is part of my series of city guides, designed to give you a bit of an introduction into the city in question: activities, accommodation, transport, restaurants, food and nightlife. It’ll also basically act as a contents page for everything I’ve ever written about the place. On my third trip to Italy, I finally made it to Venice. I was looking for somewhere to go over the Easter Bank Holiday, with one my Berlin travel buddy and, after flicking through the Ryanair website, we settled on Venice. I was there for three nights and three full days and we packed a lot in. Although there were a couple of things I would like to go back and see, I don’t feel like I missed too much.

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City Guide: London, UK

This post is part of my series of city guides, designed to give you a bit of an introduction into the city in question: activities, accommodation, transport, restaurants, food and nightlife. It’ll also basically act as a contents page for everything I’ve ever written about the place. This one is structured a little differently. Since I’m in London several days every week for work and general social merriment, any city guide I write will be constantly updated. Therefore, I’m directing you to the various categories instead. I’ve lived in Kent, an hour’s train journey away from London since the age of 1 when my parents decided to leave London for the country. I’ve been obsessed with the city for as long as I can remember: the museums, the landmarks, the red buses and black cabs and the general hustle and bustle.

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City Guide: Düsseldorf, Germany

This post is part of my series of city guides, designed to give you a bit of an introduction into the city in question: activities, accommodation, transport, restaurants, food and nightlife. It’ll also basically act as a contents page for everything I’ve ever written about the place. I visited Dusseldorf in August 2014 for a two-week work placement at a company based in the city’s Medienhafen. Not only was it my first experience of working abroad but it was also the only time I have travelled solo. I wasn’t sure what to expect in Dusseldorf but I was pleasantly surprised. Admittedly, it is not the kind of place you’d go on your summer holiday but if you are travelling around Germany, or Europe in general, I’d definitely recommend stopping off. Dusseldorf is also a good base to visit other cities in the state. Alternatively, if you are flicking through Ryanair’s flights, looking for a good deal for a city break, then you should seriously consider Dusseldorf. The city is also a hub for business so if you …

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A Road-Trippers Guide to California

Get ready for a pretty hefty post (there is a shorter alternative here). I wanted to do a city guide for the places I stayed in California but I realised that I didn’t explore any of them fully enough to write a good guide. Well maybe I did but it was a while ago so I don’t remember all the details. Instead, I thought I’d put together a guide for anyone planning a road trip through California, with a brief outline of where I went, ate and stayed. In April 2010, I went on my Great Big Gap Year Adventure. Calfornia was my first stop, for a 3.5 week road trip from San Jose in the north to San Diego in the south, and back again. I’m now going to pass on the infinite wisdom I gained in this post. On first glance, this may just look like a guide to places but if you bear with me, there’s also tips on transport, routes, music, time and food. I appreciate that this could be deemed an excessively …

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City Guide: Prague, Czech Republic

This post is part of my series of city guides, designed to give you a bit of an introduction into the city in question: activities, accommodation, transport, restaurants, food and nightlife. It’ll also basically act as a contents page for everything I’ve ever written about the place. With this is mind, I have updated my initial ‘a guide to Prague on a shoestring’ article to fit with the series. During August 2013, I was staying in Berlin, a mere five hour train ride from Prague. On discovering Berlin’s fantastic train links, my travel buddy and I decided we had to take advantage of them and so, one weekend, off we went for a whirlwind trip to the Czech Republic. Although we were only there for two days, and while you could surely spend longer in Prague, I think our stay was pretty perfect for travellers on a budget/tight schedule.

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Brussels Grand Place Belgium

City Guide: Brussels, Belgium

This is the first of what I plan to be a series of city guides, in order to give you a bit of an introduction into the city in question: activities, accommodation, transport, restaurants, food and nightlife. It’ll also basically act as a contents page for everything I’ve ever written about the place. I went to Brussels in October 2014 for a weekend. Not a long weekend, just a normal weekend. Although there was obviously things in the city that I didn’t see or do (or eat, the city has a serious sweet tooth) I don’t feel like I missed out on anything major. Brussels is a great city to visit if you can’t afford to take time off work but need to get out of the country.

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