Ferries and Fireworks

How to start your ‘Aussie’ adventure with 7 nights in Sydney.

“If Paris is a city of lights, Sydney is the city of fireworks” – Baz Luhrmann

Sydney, Australia

Sydney is one of the most iconic cities in the world. A vibrant and modern hub on the south east coast of Australia, it has a little bit of everything you could want from a destination and an incredible connection with the water that surrounds it. So whether you’re a foodie, a beach bum or super keen on seeing sights, I feel confident you’ll find something here to satisfy your interest. We spent 7 nights in Sydney at the beginning of our big Australian adventure and it’s a great place to start. Continue reading “Ferries and Fireworks”

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A Stopover City

What to do in Hong Kong on a two-night city break.

“The mind is everything. What you think you become.” – Buddha

Hong Kong, China

If you’re doing a long haul journey, like the one we just did from the UK to the land down-under, often these routes require a stop. If you’re already paying for the flight, I say grab two or three days somewhere you may not have visited otherwise. This is what Hong Kong was for me. It’s a destination I may not have considered as a trip in itself, however a ticket to Australia with Cathay Pacific meant I could stop and see this little piece of the world, almost for nothing. If you are interested in learning more about stopover cities, check out the airlines that get you to and from your destination and their respective hubs to see where your next adventure could take you as an interesting side trip. This month, join me in Hong Kong as I share with you what we spent our stopover doing. Continue reading “A Stopover City”

Jokes and Giants

Discover Irish fun and folklore in Belfast and the picture-perfect Antrim Coast.

“Your feet will bring you where your heart is” – Irish Proverb

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Belfast has an ongoing and recent history of trouble but such a beautiful part of the UK also has so much to offer. A visit to Northern Ireland’s capital is a great idea for a short 2-3 day break. Don’t let the politics put you off. The Irish are happy-go-lucky souls who welcome you with open arms and are proud to show off their part of the world. Just an hour flight from London, it’s a super easy getaway idea for both city-lovers and natural-beauty-admirers. Continue reading “Jokes and Giants”

The Best City on Earth

Why I love London and my recommendations for visiting.

“There’s nowhere else like London. Nothing at all, anywhere” – Vivienne Westwood

London, England

It’s my capital, so I’m biased, I know. And I haven’t visited every city on Earth. But London for me really is something wonderful. London was the first place I moved to when I left home aged 20, London was where my Nana was born and raised (East London) and London was also my first experience of finding adventure in a non-foreign land after catching the travel bug. It’s a really great place to explore as a local or in the way non-Brits do, and the love affair continues today. No matter how often you visit, there’s always something else to discover. I’m fortunate to live under an hour from this cosmopolitan city of England and it is one of the places in my country I am most proud of. Continue reading “The Best City on Earth”

An Eye-Opening Experience

A Kraków city break itinerary that includes a day trip to Auschwitz.

“Human suffering anywhere concerns men and women everywhere” – Elie Wiesel

Kraków, Poland

Not all experiences are happy ones. Sometimes, it’s important we travel in order to appreciate the lives we live and learn about who we are. I have always been keen to visit Auschwitz, a part of history that we are all taught as children, but seldom think about as adults. A city break to Kraków is my chosen destination this month. This beautifully preserved medieval city is well-worth a visit, especially with a vital piece of human history just a couple of hours away. Continue reading “An Eye-Opening Experience”

Sequins and Samba

How to enjoy a long weekend in Rio for bucket list worthy Carnaval with Tucan Travel.

“Life is for those who know how to celebrate” – Osho

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Everyone has something in life they have always wanted to achieve. Every year, I look at the flights and hotels in Rio around Carnival and groan at how expensive it becomes at this popular time of year. Next year, I tell myself. But if you always say ‘next year’ it will never happen. So, despite not really being able to afford this one, last summer I booked flights and a tour package to Rio de Janeiro for February 2017! Sometimes, the things we look forward to the most and for the longest, can never live up to our incredibly high expectations. ‘Carnaval’ was everything I’d dreamt of … and more. I feel so blessed to be able to share with you this month a real once-in-a-lifetime experience. Continue reading “Sequins and Samba”

Fairytales and Festivities

The ultimate Christmas city break itinerary full of markets and mulled wine.

“To Travel Is To Live” – Hans Christian Anderson

Copenhagen, Denmark

At the beginning of December, I visited Denmark’s idyllic city Copenhagen. Any city in Europe will get you in the Christmas spirit at this time of year but Copenhagen was particularly magical. I was instantly surrounded by tasteful Christmas lights, multiple Christmas markets and even managed to get well acquainted with the Danish concept of ‘hygge’ (to be cosy in both body and soul). Continue reading “Fairytales and Festivities”