Every year, when my birthday comes around, I like to take a trip to a ...
At the beginning of this month I went to Girona for four nights on ...
Hill Towns, Monasteries, and Wine Tasting: A Half-Day Tour around Montalcino – Gallop Around The Globe
Whilst the majority of Tuscany’s larger towns can be easily visited in a day using ...
Mum and I had already explored a fair chunk of Tuscany before we arrived in ...
Lucca (pronounced “Luka”, not “Lucha”) was the one place in Tuscany that my uncle and auntie (my mum’s brother and his wife) insisted I must take mum during our 7-day trip around this beautiful region in central Italy. Encircled by an imposing ring of tree-lined Renaissance walls that you can walk or cycle along, Lucca […]
I’ve never written a packing list post before because – even after all these years of travelling – I always seem to forget items I later realise would have been really useful, or I pack items I later realise are not really fit for purpose. However on my recent three-day trek from Kalaw to Inle […]
When I was researching an itinerary for mine and my mum’s 7-day trip to Tuscany, I kept being drawn to the beautiful medieval hill town of San Gimignano. Photo by Lorena Torres Angelini via Flickr With a population of just under 8000 permanent residents, and no roads within its 13th century walls wide enough to […]
Last month I spent seven nights exploring Tuscany. Four of those nights were at a beautifully renovated ground-floor Florentine apartment just steps from the Basilica di Santa Croce. Whilst we did make a couple of day trips from Florence, to the walled city of Lucca and the medieval hilltop town of San Gimignano, we spent […]
Those of you who read my 2017 Travel Plans, Goals, and Aspirations post will know that my decision to book a 7-day trip to Tuscany with my mum was a result of a personal tragedy in our lives. My mum loves Italy and Tuscany was one of the places she’d hoped to visit with my dad. I […]
For years I travelled with a Pacsafe Venturesafe 25-litre backpack as my carry-on bag for long weekend breaks and short (up to around 10 days) backpacking trips in Europe. However the waist strap broke over a year ago and on my recent city break in Copenhagen I couldn’t tighten the shoulder straps, meaning that I […]
When you have just shy of two weeks with which to explore a new country, it’s almost impossible to find the time to stray very far from the well-trodden tourist trail. I find myself torn between wanting to visit some of the country’s most notable sights and attractions (there is a reason travellers flock to […]
If you’ve read my latest post you’ll know that exploring the temples of Bagan was my absolute highlight of the two weeks I spent in Myanmar. Aside from the incredible temple-dotted landscapes and the snapshots of local life that surrounded us in every direction, what I loved most about my three days in Bagan was […]