Stirling Castle and highland coos

We recently had the pleasure of being invited on a number of tours around Scotland with Rabbie’s Trail Burners, departing from Edinburgh. If you’re not familiar with Rabbie’s, they’re a Scottish tour company who offer small group tours (maximum 16 people) across the UK and Ireland.

They started in 1993, and were Scotland’s first five star tour company. Today they offer all sorts of tours, from day trips to multi-day experiences. We did three tours with them over the course of a week – two tours of the Scottish Borders, and one tour focused on Malt Whisky. You can probably guess which of the these 3 tours was my top choice!

A Whisky Tasting Tour of Scotland with Rabbie’s

Stirling Castle and highland coos

We recently had the pleasure of being invited on a number of tours around Scotland with Rabbie’s Trail Burners, departing from Edinburgh. If you’re not familiar with Rabbie’s, they’re a Scottish tour company who offer small group tours (maximum 16 people) across the UK and Ireland.

They started in 1993, and were Scotland’s first five star tour company. Today they offer all sorts of tours, from day trips to multi-day experiences. We did three tours with them over the course of a week – two tours of the Scottish Borders, and one tour focused on Malt Whisky. You can probably guess which of the these 3 tours was my top choice!

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Two Week Thailand Itinerary Post

I’ve travelled extensively in Thailand, and it’s easily one of my favourite countries in Asia – the friendly people, the excellent food, the relaxed vibe all make for a fantastic country to travel in. I’ve written a great deal on Thailand already, but haven’t put together a suggested itinerary post, as I’ve done for other countries like Sri Lanka, the UK and New Zealand.

Time to change that! Here’s everything you need to know for the perfect Thailand trip, including information on getting around, the food, cultural considerations, budget, information on accommodation – and more! Enjoy, and pop any questions in the comments at the end. First though:

Why Should You Visit Thailand?

Thailand is a fantastic country to visit, particularly if this is your first trip to Asia. It’s an easy country to travel in, with friendly and welcoming people. It’s also relatively easy on the wallet – perhaps not as cheap as other parts of Asia, but certainly very much in the budget category.

Two Weeks in Thailand: A Suggested Itinerary

Two Week Thailand Itinerary Post

I’ve travelled extensively in Thailand, and it’s easily one of my favourite countries in Asia – the friendly people, the excellent food, the relaxed vibe all make for a fantastic country to travel in. I’ve written a great deal on Thailand already, but haven’t put together a suggested itinerary post, as I’ve done for other countries like Sri Lanka, the UK and New Zealand.

Time to change that! Here’s everything you need to know for the perfect Thailand trip, including information on getting around, the food, cultural considerations, budget, information on accommodation – and more! Enjoy, and pop any questions in the comments at the end. First though:

Why Should You Visit Thailand?

Thailand is a fantastic country to visit, particularly if this is your first trip to Asia. It’s an easy country to travel in, with friendly and welcoming people. It’s also relatively easy on the wallet – perhaps not as cheap as other parts of Asia, but certainly very much in the budget category.

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Ceylon Tea Trails Sri Lanka

We were in Sri Lanka recently for a brief trip where I was talking at the PTBA TBC Asia conference. We did want to spend a bit of time exploring, particularly as Jess hadn’t visited before, but we only had four full days to tour, so had to be pretty focused on what we wanted to see.

As a tea lover, Jess was keen to visit a tea plantation – Sri Lanka being world famous for its tea production. I was particularly interested in wildlife spotting, and in particular, heading south to Yala to see leopards, something I had failed to do on my previous two trips to the country.

A Four Day Sri Lanka Tour

Ceylon Tea Trails Sri Lanka

We were in Sri Lanka recently for a brief trip where I was talking at the PTBA TBC Asia conference. We did want to spend a bit of time exploring, particularly as Jess hadn’t visited before, but we only had four full days to tour, so had to be pretty focused on what we wanted to see.

As a tea lover, Jess was keen to visit a tea plantation – Sri Lanka being world famous for its tea production. I was particularly interested in wildlife spotting, and in particular, heading south to Yala to see leopards, something I had failed to do on my previous two trips to the country.

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Rocky Mountain National Park bear Lake rd

Jess and I recently visited Colorado, which was my first visit to this wonderfully mountainous part of the US. We were primarily there to attend a travel influencers conference, but we tacked on a few days to do a bit of sight-seeing, starting off in the capital of Denver, where I watched my first ever baseball game, after which we headed out to explore some of those incredible mountains.

Two Days Visiting Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park, Colorado

Rocky Mountain National Park bear Lake rd

Jess and I recently visited Colorado, which was my first visit to this wonderfully mountainous part of the US. We were primarily there to attend a travel influencers conference, but we tacked on a few days to do a bit of sight-seeing, starting off in the capital of Denver, where I watched my first ever baseball game, after which we headed out to explore some of those incredible mountains.

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Sunset New Orleans Canal St

We had the pleasure of undertaking a fantastic roadtrip in early 2016, starting in Charleston, South Carolina, winding our way through four states, and ultimately ending up in New Orleans, with stops in Savannah, Birmingham, Baton Rouge, and many more along the route.

Visiting New Orleans During Mardi Gras

Sunset New Orleans Canal St

We had the pleasure of undertaking a fantastic roadtrip in early 2016, starting in Charleston, South Carolina, winding our way through four states, and ultimately ending up in New Orleans, with stops in Savannah, Birmingham, Baton Rouge, and many more along the route.

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Airbnb alternatives: Manhattan skyline from the sea

I’m not going to lie, we love AirBnB. It’s a wonderful way to find accommodation all around the world in lodgings that range from quirky to palatial, from budget to princely. If you’re new to the world of peer to peer accommodation, take a look at Jess’s post about AirBnB, which will answer all your questions.

The thing is, AirBnB has become a bit popular of late. There’s plenty of choice, but prices have definitely started to creep up. At busy times, properties can book out a long time in advance. In some cases, it’s also become quite the industry, losing the personal touch as landlords cash in, meaning the only human interaction you get is when you get your keys at the beginning of your stay.

9 Best Alternatives to AirBnB

Airbnb alternatives: Manhattan skyline from the sea

I’m not going to lie, we love AirBnB. It’s a wonderful way to find accommodation all around the world in lodgings that range from quirky to palatial, from budget to princely. If you’re new to the world of peer to peer accommodation, take a look at Jess’s post about AirBnB, which will answer all your questions.

The thing is, AirBnB has become a bit popular of late. There’s plenty of choice, but prices have definitely started to creep up. At busy times, properties can book out a long time in advance. In some cases, it’s also become quite the industry, losing the personal touch as landlords cash in, meaning the only human interaction you get is when you get your keys at the beginning of your stay.

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Tower Bridge London Two Day Itinerary

I am a huge fan of London. I do have to admit though that it was a city that took me a while to get, and it was only after I lived there for a couple of years that I really had an appreciation for it.

There’s just so much to see and do, from some of England’s loveliest city parks through to thousand year old castles and churches. And that’s before I’ve even thought about all the culture on offer, from museums to musicals, theatre shows, live music and fine dining.

A Two Day London Itinerary: Essential Sight Seeing!

Tower Bridge London Two Day Itinerary

I am a huge fan of London. I do have to admit though that it was a city that took me a while to get, and it was only after I lived there for a couple of years that I really had an appreciation for it.

There’s just so much to see and do, from some of England’s loveliest city parks through to thousand year old castles and churches. And that’s before I’ve even thought about all the culture on offer, from museums to musicals, theatre shows, live music and fine dining.

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Route 66 road sign New Mexico

You should know the drill by now! This is part 3 of my series featuring my favourite images from our Route 66 adventure across the US in the summer of 2015, a journey we undertook in a bright green Jucy campervan. If you’re late to the party, fear not – you can still check out my Route 66 California highlights and Route 66 Arizona highlights.

I have to admit, New Mexico was slightly vexing. I was very excited to visit, not least because I had been led to believe that the state has spectacular sunsets. We even had a whole song on our Route 66 playlist dedicated to the things.

As it was, we were not fortunate with the weather, and didn’t get to see much of a sunset. This was sad, but a reason to return at least! As you’ll see from many of my pictures from this state, it was a bit grey. Ok, very grey. But the views were still excellent, and there were plenty of Route 66 related attractions to keep us happy. Let’s have a look at what we found!

Highlights of Route 66 New Mexico – In Photos

Route 66 road sign New Mexico

You should know the drill by now! This is part 3 of my series featuring my favourite images from our Route 66 adventure across the US in the summer of 2015, a journey we undertook in a bright green Jucy campervan. If you’re late to the party, fear not – you can still check out my Route 66 California highlights and Route 66 Arizona highlights.

I have to admit, New Mexico was slightly vexing. I was very excited to visit, not least because I had been led to believe that the state has spectacular sunsets. We even had a whole song on our Route 66 playlist dedicated to the things.

As it was, we were not fortunate with the weather, and didn’t get to see much of a sunset. This was sad, but a reason to return at least! As you’ll see from many of my pictures from this state, it was a bit grey. Ok, very grey. But the views were still excellent, and there were plenty of Route 66 related attractions to keep us happy. Let’s have a look at what we found!

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Mont St Michel France

Despite living in France for three years, I didn’t do much sight seeing. So when the opportunity recently arose to spend a couple of days in the north-west of the country, we leapt at it.

We didn’t have a great deal of time to play with as we were visiting my parents further south in France, but we gave ourselves a couple of days in the area, basing ourselves near Mont St. Michel, with the aim of exploring both that and the Normandy Beaches.

Two Days in Normandy: Visiting Mont St. Michel and the D-Day Beaches

Mont St Michel France

Despite living in France for three years, I didn’t do much sight seeing. So when the opportunity recently arose to spend a couple of days in the north-west of the country, we leapt at it.

We didn’t have a great deal of time to play with as we were visiting my parents further south in France, but we gave ourselves a couple of days in the area, basing ourselves near Mont St. Michel, with the aim of exploring both that and the Normandy Beaches.

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Weekend in Baton Rouge - State Capitol

In early 2016 we took a wonderful road trip through some of the southern states of the USA, discovering excellent cuisine, gorgeous old plantation homes and fantastic cities. We also learnt a great deal about the history of the USA, and in particular the civil war and civil rights movement, both of which were focused in this part of the US.

Our road trip adventure covered five states and over 2,000 miles of driving, with us starting in Charleston, and finishing in New Orleans (just in time for Mardi Gras, and my birthday!). You can read all the posts from our southern USA road trip here – more are on the way as I fill in more of the blanks.

11 Ways To Spend a Weekend in Baton Rouge

Weekend in Baton Rouge - State Capitol

In early 2016 we took a wonderful road trip through some of the southern states of the USA, discovering excellent cuisine, gorgeous old plantation homes and fantastic cities. We also learnt a great deal about the history of the USA, and in particular the civil war and civil rights movement, both of which were focused in this part of the US.

Our road trip adventure covered five states and over 2,000 miles of driving, with us starting in Charleston, and finishing in New Orleans (just in time for Mardi Gras, and my birthday!). You can read all the posts from our southern USA road trip here – more are on the way as I fill in more of the blanks.

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