• Battle Abbey
    My Own Back Yard

    Battle Abbey

    Have you ever had a day where so many things go wrong that you want to laugh and cry with disbelief at the same time? Whilst Battle was a worthy place to spend my time, I originally had intentions to visit two other places on the day’s trip. Unfortunately things went brilliantly wrong and I was at the point of frustrated exhaustion by the time the train pulled into Battle. Read more about this in Lessons from a Greedy travel day. In the meantime, let’s get back to Battle. Located in East Sussex, the village of Battle sits in the heart of what is known as 1066 country. Full of…

  • French quarter of New orleans
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    Tales of Terror from New Orleans

    New Orleans reminds me of a cat with nine lives. It has survived so many disasters and the city rises today upon layers and layers of its historical past. The residents of New Orleans love their unique city and revel in its supernatural atmosphere. Ghost tours are a popular pastime and guides relay tales and legends so whole-heartedly, it was impossible not to get caught up in the dark world woven around you. I don’t pretend that the following tales are 100% fact, but are very entertaining and at least in part based on real life. So sit back with a glass of liquor on a bar porch. Hear the…

  • La Nouvelle Orleans
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    New Orleans – 48 hours in The Big Easy

    New Orleans was one of the biggest surprises of my six week tour of the USA. From friends visiting for Mardi Gras to the destruction on the news from Hurricane Katrina and books set against the backdrop of the city, I had heard a lot of stories. A heady mix of cultures, jazz and southern hospitality was on the cards and I couldn’t wait to see New Orleans for myself.   My tour of Louisiana had started in Lafayette, the most humid place I have ever been in my life. Home to some very ancient looking and pretty large dino-bugs, which love to hide in corners of tent folds by the…

  • Hawaii beach - watching the surf
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    Beating the Anxiety bug abroad

    On my global travels I have learned that travellers tend to fall into one of three categories when it comes to planning trips. Those who are completely laid back and plan things as they decide to do them, those who have a rough plan of what they are going to each day and those that do thoroughly research the locations they go to, book advance tickets, know how long each activity will take, how to get to the next, where some good food places are, etc etc…. While I completely accept the fact that I am a planner and enjoy it, recent trips have got me thinking that it would…

  • Cycling through the mountains
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    Surprises I learnt on a Cycling holiday

    If you follow The Faraway Bug, you will have seen our previous pieces about a crazy cycling tour we were gifted with to Slovenia. In spite of not having ridden a bike for a decade or so, I decided to embrace the challenge and headed out for an adventure in the stunning Slovenian mountains with the add-on of a night in Venice afterwards. Recovery time, hello! We had some good times (unbelievable alpine views) and a few bad ones (getting completely lost in the snow and pouring rain), it was definitely an experience and one I don’t regret a second of. What I didn’t expect was to learn a few…