Stopover in Dubai: Cheap things to see and do

Dubai is known as a playground for the rich and famous, so it’s no surprise that it’s also perceived as hugely expensive. While Dubai definitely can be hard on your pocket, it doesn’t have to be. If you’ve got a stopover in Dubai and you’re looking for cheap things to see and do, this is the post for you. Whether you’re […]

The Ultimate Guide to a Weekend in Morocco

Travellers looking for an exotic weekend away just a stone’s throw from Europe should look no further than Morocco. This North African country is located a mere 15km from Spain across the Strait of Gibraltar, but with Arab, Berber and European influences, it feels like another world. French and Arabic are both widely spoken in […]

7 must-have souvenirs to pick up in Morocco

Morocco is a vibrantly colourful country. From the gorgeous gold-fringed abayas [long loose dresses worn by Muslim women] in pink, teal and blue on sale by the old mosque to the mosaics that adorn many of the buildings, the country never misses an opportunity to transform the blandest of items into something beautiful. Morocco is a ridiculously affordable country […]

5 must-do experiences in Istanbul

I’m not going to lie – I was a little bit nervous about my latest trip – a visit to Istanbul. It was only about six weeks after the recent military coup after all. There were very few tourists around during my visit, but there was no trouble at all while I was there. Turkey […]

Vivid memories of Vietnam

Backpacking in Vietnam It’s hard to believe, but in February it will be seven years since I had my first experience of travelling in Asia – a visit to Vietnam in 2010 when I was 21. At the time, I was teaching in Abu Dhabi, and I went on this trip with around 12 other […]

[Review] Brussels to Doha in Business Class with Qatar Airways

A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to have my first experience of travelling in Business Class. And not just with any airline either – I was onboard with the opulent, award-winning Middle-Eastern airline, Qatar Airways.Unless you’re a celebrity or high-powered business-person, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Here, I’ve broken down some of the highlights […]

25 reasons I’m in love with Galway

Shortly after I moved home to Ireland in December 2015, I dashed off this post about things I love about Galway. I just rediscovered a more in-depth post I wrote on my old blog on the same topic, so I thought I would share it. Don’t forget to leave a comment with your favourite things about […]

10 magical quotes about travel

If you’re passionate about both words and travel, the chances are you and I would get along well. This post looks at what some of the world’s most famous writers have to say about travel, adventure and discovering new cultures. They show how much we can unearth through experience – how our own eyes and ears […]

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20 thrifty travel tips: Wanderlust on a budget

Last week, in a conversation with my brother and a friend, I commented: “It’s so easy to travel cheaply these days.” They looked at me like I was insane. When I followed it up by saying I think everyone should take a holiday once every 12 weeks, I thought they might punch me. I truly […]

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