• La Nouvelle Orleans
    Global Guides

    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…

  • Venice Grand Canal View
    Travel Guides

    Solo Adventures in Venice

    Venice is a place where you can learn the meaning of the Italian phrase ‘Dolce far niente’ – the sweetness of doing nothing. It is the place in Italy I have visited most and my favourite location to visit solo. Here is a place you can feel completely anonymous. No-one notices that you are walking around on your own, most are looking down at their mobile apps whilst trying to navigate themselves in the right direction. The rest are trying to get around tourists to find their way as quickly as possible to wherever they are going.  This provides a sort of security for solo travellers who can feel comfortable…

  • Resources

    Travel Insurance – Be travel safe with World Nomads

    World Nomads has been our go-to for travel insurance since we first discovered them 5 years ago. Their range of insurance is designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a spectrum of adventure sports and activities. WorldNomads.com offers the opportunity to buy and claim online which I find particularly helpful as I often forget until the day before or day I go!   7 things you should know about travel insurance from WorldNomads.com Trusted reliable underwriters WorldNomads.com is backed by a suite of strong, secure, specialist travel insurers who provide you with great cover, 24 hour emergency assistance and the highest levels of support and…

  • Park Guell Barcelona

    Staying safe

    Staying Safe is something you learn to do along your travelling way. There is an element of common sense and awareness of your whereabouts, but there are also some surefire tricks that you can adhere to for every trip.  Here are a few ideas that I have found useful: Ziplock bags – There are many sellers of ziplock bags out there. Amazon in particular have a great selection of these. I bought a shoulder bag as a day pack for a recent trip around Europe and was very impressed. The bag was a medium handbag size with wire in the straps to prevent thiefs cutting the strap and whipping my…