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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…

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    Making time for travel – Musings from Faraway

    The more and more I see of the world, the more I realise that a lot of people out there don’t make time for themselves a priority. While the rewards of grinding that “work” grindstone make us smile on payday, unless you love your job, the everyday reality of job-land for the rest of the month could be robbing you of something far more valuable…joy. We are all told of the importance of self-care in our hectic daily lives and I fully accept the concept but believe it exists in two elements, daily care and ongoing fulfilment. We need to be healthy both inside and out to go about our…

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    My Own Back Yard

    How to spend a day in Oxford

    Have you ever gone somewhere new and felt like this is exactly where you supposed to be at that moment in time? That is what happened to me after I found myself in Oxford on a spontaneous day trip earlier this year. I had always wanted to visit the city that was the setting for so many stories I have read and place of education for so many people I admire. I had a very short list of places to visit (one), but what I experienced in that one day was a whole lot more than I ever expected. Come with me and take a turn around the City of Spires…

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    Travel tales: Jules Verne’s Around the world in 80 days

    For anyone that is fascinated by the steampunk movement, this is the perfect book for you. Journey with Jules Verne’s famous character creations in a proper gentleman’s tale, evoking feelings of good times past by sweeping readers straight into a world of Victoriana. Like Phileas Fogg’s notebook, Around the world in 80 days is a pocket story that travel fans will keep close in their thoughts a long time after reading the last page. We join Phileas on a day like any other. Leaving his new servant Passepartout at home, Mr Fogg visits the Reform club on Pall Mall, London. Here he engages in a game of whist with some…

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    The Art of Solo Travel

    As someone who is comfortable with themselves and appreciates time by themselves, I have never been worried about starting out on a solo trip. I’ve always valued the freedom of being able to sit quietly and uninterrupted with a book on a flight or looking at a map and thinking where do I want to go today and taking that spontaneous trip. I know however, that not everyone is like this. Solo travel, like living alone is something that most have to get used to. In this article I’d like to share some tips and information about what I get from solo travel, to bring confidence to anyone thinking of…