Showing posts from November, 2014

Thinking About Phuket, and South East Asia

After what will be a long cold winter for me up in Lapland and the Baltics, I’ve been thinking about my plans for next year, and have decided to head somewhere nice and hot. Its been in my head for a while now; I want to head to South East Asia. My ‘sister’ lives in Cambodia currently and I’d like to visit her, as well as travel to other places like Vietnam, Burma, and Thailand.

Foto Friday: Berlin

Have you visited the Reichstag in Berlin? The views across the city from the roof are pretty spectacular!

Traveller Tuesday with Kiara from Gallop Around the Globe

This is the FIRST post in a new interview series on this blog. Each Tuesday from now on I'll be hosting interviews with other travel bloggers, to help you discover more blogs and even more inspiration to travel. If you want to be part of this series please contact me.

1. For those who don't know you, introduce yourself and your blog

My name is Kiara Gallop and I blog over at Gallop Around the Globe. It’s a travel and photography site which focuses on all my favourite things - beautiful landscapes and architecture, hiking, cycling, art, culture, music, and food. I’ve recently returned from a 5-month trip through South America, and am busy writing about my adventures and experiences on the continent right now!

10 Tips for your First Winter Walk- by GearShed

This is a guest post by GearShed a community led peer-to-peer marketplace where you can rent outdoor sports equipment from individuals or rental businesses.

Winter walking can be a great chance to explore the outdoors and is one of the things that we look forward to the most now the weather has turned cold. Whether you plan to try a big mountain route or an easy ramble, it can be great fun for the whole family. We’ve put together our ten top tips on winter walking to share our passion and help get you into the outdoors.

Keeping Out the Homesickness

It's one thing going travelling for several weeks seeing different towns, cities and countries, it's a whole other thing moving to a different country to fulfil a temporary contract. I know I'm going for a short time, and I know that after a short break, I'll be coming home, but this trip will be the longest I've been away from home, and the longest I've been away from my dog- it'll be almost 2 months when I get back. 

Introducing Finland

"Have you visited Finland before?" Everyone asks me, lately.
The answer is no. Nope, I'm going blind. I've never been to Finland before, and yet I've accepted a work contract there for five weeks... mad? Perhaps. Excited? Definitely. Since I haven't been, I sat down about a week before with my trusty Rough Guide to Europe on a Budget (the best travel guide I've ever bought) and read a bit about this country I'll be calling home for the next few weeks. 

Whilst I'm in the Area...

The contract for my new job is just a temporary one, and ends shortly after Christmas. This means that come January I'll be unemployed. Being unemployed in January, and moping at home seems like a total waste of mine, and everyone involved's time. Therefore I've decided to do the obvious thing; whilst I'm in the area, I'll travel!

My Arctic Packing List

I feel like it wasn't five minutes ago I wrote a packing list for Iceland. I kind of thought this one would be similar but longer, but alas, it's not really, especially since I have a luggage allowance! It turns out that Lapland is really, really cold(!), and for that sort of cold you need better gear. My allowance is 18kgs, and I have a backpack that I'll be using as hand luggage, so here's what I'm taking:

Things I Am Looking Forward to in Lapland

I am kinda nervous about Lapland, partly because I am contractually obliged to be there. Partly because I'm leaving my beloved dog behind, tho' I know he will be well looked after and is even going on a mini holiday himself. That said, I am mostly excited, because Lapland. Excited because my flight finally came through on Tuesday- tho' from Manchester! Excited because for the first year since I was 17 I won't have to serve Christmas meals in a pub, and get fed up of turkey before the Big Day has already happened. It's gonna be great! There are tons of things I'm excited for, but here are the ones that I'm looking forward to the most:

131 Thoughts Everyone Has When Travelling with Busabout

I've travelled with Busabout on various trips, two of their Eastern Trekker's, a Croatia Sail (the only one without any buses involved), and various festivals. I adore it, but life on the bus is a law unto itself. This is a real amalgamation of things that actually happened on ALL my Busabout trips!

This is my list of thoughts everyone has when travelling with Busabout:

I Passed My Driving Test (& What That's Got to Do With Travel)

I had three goals on coming back to the UK:

1. Go to Glastonbury Festival (not achieved)
2. Eat proper Fish & Chips (achieved, a lot)
3. Pass My Driving Test

As you may have guessed from the title of this post, I passed my driving test! On Thursday, after a sleepless night, and in spite of incredible nerves, I somehow lived through 45 minutes of being tested and PASSED!

I'M MOVING TO THE ARCTIC (temporarily)

Kind of out of the blue, no?

Let me tell you how this came about, because it definitely was not on my itinerary of Things to Do this year! In fact I would call it serendipity.

Gorgeous Gran Canaria

Before I moved back to the UK permanently I spent a while living in Gran Canaria. Far more than when I lived in Fuerteventura, I found it hard to find work living in one of the biggest tourist areas on the island. It was noisy and my dog and I moved to the UK pretty swiftly. Before moving there, I had visited Gran Canaria at the weekends. It's super easy to get from Fuerteventura with flights every hour during the day. Most of the tourist areas are in the south of the island, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't check out it's capital, as well. The island is often called a "Miniature Continent" due to its diverse landscapes and climates on the island. A mixture of white sandy beaches, and picturesque villages further inland. Like Fuerteventura, a third of the island is a UNESCO protected biosphere reserve, there is even jungle on part of the island.

Fuerteventura Facts, Introducing the Island I lived On

Fuerteventura is the second largest Canary Island, yet it only takes 3hrs to drive from the northern tip to the southern tip. If you hire a car, you can pretty much get anywhere- even Cofete. The island was declared a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 2009. I lived there from 2005- 2009 working all sorts of jobs including DJing, waitressing, and estate agent. The resort I lived in was El Castillo (The Castle, in English) & it was a popular tourist destination.

Cities in Spain You Need to Visit

Spain is the most incredible country, diverse and full of beauty. There's so much to see, it's the second most mountainous country in Europe and has had the the most diverse settler's leading to an interesting mix of people. The influences of all these settler's can be seen across the country, and attracts visitors from around the world. Gaudi's architecture in Barcelona, and the Alhambra in Granada, showing exactly how diverse this country is. Never mind the different dialects and languages spoken (Basque is much more difficult to understand than Catalan, but even Catalan is different than Castilian Spanish). Here are five cities you should visit in Spain.