Kyiv, Ukraine and The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone: Europe’s Most Unusual City Break

Telling people I was visiting Kyiv on holiday became my new favourite thing to do; their mild confusion and surprise grew to be quite enjoyable – ‘Ukraine… really?’. I wasn’t going to Ukraine just because I’d found cheap flights, or because I wanted to ‘check off’ new country, or because it was ‘a bit different’ […]

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Uncovering The Best Of Venice (On A Budget!) In Just 24 Hours

A view of the Gondolas in Venice on the blue water on a summers day in the sunshine

Despite grappling with the heavy muggy heat of visiting Italy in mid-summer, my first impression of Venice was a huge surprise to me. Like most, I could appreciate the bucket-list allure of this romantic city of waterways, but I was wary about subjecting myself to the hellish ‘high-season’ crowds I’d be warned about. Previous holidays […]

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Sun, Sand and Sea Turtles: A Travel Guide to Zakynthos, Greece

blue sea and white sand famous beach in zante greece

“Lads, lads, lads, we’re off to Zant-ayyy!” is what I’m sure you’re thinking. Zante? Really, Michaela? I didn’t have you pinned as Ouzo-guzzling, out-until-dawn, hard-core raver? Well, no, I suppose you’d be right. I’m approaching thirty, and I’m very partial to a comfortable bed and a good cup of tea. So what am I doing […]

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A Long Weekend in Helsinki: How to Experience This City in 72 Hours

Helsinki Cathedral in the Sun white with a domed roof with trees obscuring the view in Finland

Okay, so Helsinki is one of the lesser-visited European capital cities, which baffled me; the city seemed to tick a lot of boxes! Fins are known for their sauna culture, moomins, of course, for having more heavy rock bands per capita than anywhere else in the world, and a word in their language ‘kalsarikanni‘ that […]

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Seven Countries, Eleven Cities, Nine Days: One Ridiculously Epic European Road-Trip

Liechtenstein views of the Swiss Mountains Beautiful scenery and green fields road trip through Europe

If you’d believe it, this trip was simultaneously slightly spontaneous and totally planned out. To explain… mentally, I’d dreamt out this type of trip for a long, long while; tracing an imaginary line on Google maps and thinking up mini-itineraries, but I never thought I’d have the time or the guts to complete a complex […]

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Hello Stockholm! Three Days in Sweden: A Travel Guide

Arriving into Stockholm in biblical style downpours was amongst the worst of welcomes we’ve had at the beginning of any trip. We’d also just flown into Stockholm Skavsta, where the use of ‘Stockholm’ in it’s name shouldn’t be relied upon too heavily; the coach transfer on the ‘Flygbussarna’ took nearly as long as our flight […]

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A Guide To 48 Hours In Luxembourg City & Why You’ll Want To Book A Trip Too

We already know everything we need to know about Luxembourg, right? A tiny tax haven crammed on the cross roads of Germany, Belgium and France. Surely not the first place you’d think about visiting for a bank holiday weekend? Well, sure, probably not. In all truthfulness, I wanted to visit Luxembourg because my unintentional avoidance […]

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A Weekend in Bremen: Budget City Breaks

There were four things that I knew about Bremen before I visited. One, I’d eat far too much. Two, It’s February and I will freeze. Three, I’d love it. And four, even if I didn’t, I was going for some Schweinshaxe and hey, everything will be okay. A week prior to my trip I’d convinced myself […]

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Crushing on Croatia: Famous Places – Dubrovnik Old Town

I shouldn’t imagine that this city needs all that much of an introduction. Dubrovnik; the Pearl of the Adriatic or rather, ‘Kings Landing’ should you fancy yourself as a citizen of Westeros… whatever Dubrovnik is to you, and even if you’re never been to Croatia, you’ll be familiar with Dubrovnik’s old town; every corner of […]

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The Ultimate Balkan Road Trip: Exploring Mostar, Dubrovnik and Kotor

How can I call myself a travel blogger? I’m having two weeks off work to uh, travel, and I’m getting in a right state over it. Regular followers may have figured that city trips are my forte; long weekend jaunts, strictly hand-luggage only. It’s certainly my thing; I swear, just give me a destination, three […]

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Falling For Mechelen: Uncovering Belgium

Sat in the eye of a storm; the clothe-splosion engulfing my living room floor, progressively getting more chaotic as I came to the realisation that the twenty-four hours I had back in the UK was actually a stressfully short amount of time from landing at Stansted, fresh from Croatia to getting back on the road […]

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My Complete Guide To Three Days in Hamburg

Germany’s second largest city Hamburg is like Berlin’s older sister; understatedly cool, modest and confidently sure of herself, but there’s that shared underlying streak of edginess and rebellion that Berlin brazenly flaunts. When I was trying to find a word that describes my trip, ‘unexpected’ seems to best capture my experience. Hamburg was totally unexpected. If you’ve […]

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Day Trip To Dublin: Seven Rainy Hours In Ireland

I utterly love Europe. Sure, I can get a little contented about where I live sometimes, but other days you’ve just got to give yourself a sharp elbow and remember that being part of this continent makes it possible to spontaneously hop over the sea one weekend, day-trip in fantastic cities such as Dublin, and […]

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Off Beat Belgium: How To Spend A Weekend in Ghent

Adjective – Fairy tale: “having a special and attractive or beautiful quality, like something in a fairy tale“. You’ll rarely find a blog post or piece of travel writing on Brugges that doesn’t shoehorn this term into every paragraph. ‘You’re going to Belgium?’ ‘Oh’ they say, ‘go to Bruges it’s beautiful! Street’s like a fairy tale’ Yup, Well hey, how […]

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