Using the Caledonian Sleeper to Travel in the UK

Caledonian Sleeper

Sleeper trains! Jess and I are big fans, and we’re taken them in a wide variety of countries. We’ve ridden all sorts of sleeper train, from creaky old eastern European models through to the vintage Orient Express.

But one thing we’d never done is try a sleeper train in the UK. After all, the UK isn’t exactly that big. You can get from London to Edinburgh in under five hours by train, so why would you want a sleeper version?

Read More

3 Days in Rome: The Perfect Rome Itinerary

Pantheon Rome

Rome is easily one of our favourite cities in Europe. It is absolutely stuffed full of sights, with thousands of years of history layered upon itself – you’ll find everything here from Roman ruins to Renaissance art.  It’s also home to fantastic food, the Vatican City and sights like the Trevi Fountain, the Coliseum and the Spanish Steps.

Certainly three days is not enough to see absolutely everything that Rome has to offer, but it’s definitely enough to see all the highlights if you manage your time effectively.

Read More

How To Get Online When Traveling

Travel blogger at Cantaloupe

We’ve all heard horror stories from people who’ve gone away on a trip and then returned home to a huge bill thanks to their mobile phone roaming on data networks when they’re away.

The good news is, this doesn’t have to be you. There are lots of options for getting online when you travel, ranging from entirely free through to more premium options.

Read More

The Harry Potter Locations in London Every Fan Should Visit!

Harry Potter Filming Location London - Millenium Bridge

As long time visitors to the blog will know, I love visiting filming locations. In New Zealand, I found my favourite Lord of the Rings filming locations, and I always enjoy seeing the real world locations that are transformed for big screen adventures.

Jess and I are also fans of Harry Potter. Jess has already written the definitive guide to Harry Potter locations in Edinburgh, and on a recent trip to London we decided we should do the same for London. Unlike Edinburgh though, London was actually used as a filming location for many of the scenes from the movies, so you can visit actual sights that appear in the movies. Which is pretty cool.

Read More

The Street Art of Glasgow - In Photos

On our recent trip to Glasgow Jess and I were both impressed by the amount and quality of the street art and wall murals that we found in the city. So much so in fact, that of course we wanted to share it with you.
Read More

The Best Photography Locations along Scotland’s North Coast 500

NC500 sunrise light beams

Hey! Have you heard of the North Coast 500? Well, if not, it’s an epic scenic drive around the northern coast of Scotland, starting from Inverness in the north east of the country and heading all around the top of Scotland in a big loop that brings you back to Inverness.

In those 500 miles of driving you’ll see some of the best scenery that the rugged Scottish north has to offer, from lochs to castles to highland landscapes. There’s delicious food, winding roads, white sandy beaches, whisky and gin distilleries, art galleries – basically, everything you can think of.

Read More

Visiting Pollok House, Glasgow

Pollok House Glasgow by Laurence Norah

On our recent trip to Glasgow, Jess and I were keen to visit the nearby Pollok House. This grand old property, operated by the National Trust for Scotland, was particularly intriguing to us because as well as all the usual things you might expect at a historic property like this, they also had an escape room.

Read More

A 2 Day Itinerary For Glasgow and Loch Lomond

Sir Walter Scott Cruise Loch Katrine_by_Laurence Norah-2

Jess and I were recently invited to visit both Glasgow and the nearby national park called Loch Lomond & The Trossachs. Despite having been based in Edinburgh for over a year, we still hadn’t made it the short distance across to Scotland’s largest city, and we were keen to rectify this omission.

The goal of the trip for me, as you can see from the post title, was to share a perfect two day itinerary that encompasses both Glasgow and the beautiful Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, demonstrating how you can pack more in to even a two day itinerary.

We actually spent four days in Glasgow discovering all the highlights, and we’ll be sharing more posts about the city in the coming months across both our blogs to help you plan your perfect Glasgow adventure.

Read More

Highlights of Route 66 Illinois–In Photos

Route 66 Pontiac illinois mural_by_Laurence Norah

Well, I’ve finally got to the final state from our epic Route 66 adventure across the United States! We drove the entire route from Los Angeles in California through to Chicago in Illinois, sticking to the original route as closely as we could for the whole journey, using this incredible book to help us stay on track.

I’ve created a post for each of the states in the series, and you can see our Route 66 highlights for each of the following states by clicking on their name: California, Arizona, New Mexico,  Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma.

Today’s post is the last of the photo series, meaning you can now see the best of Route 66 in every state it covers! Let’s see what Illinois had in store for us..

Read More

Space Tourism: The Next Travel Frontier?

Space Murals Museum%252C Las Cruces by Laurence Norah

Despite the name of this blog, I have been distressingly earth bound for all of my years thus far. Given recent developments in space exploration technology though, hope is not yet lost for the dream of going into space as a tourist – without having to shell out the millions of dollars that past tourists have paid!

Read More

© 2017 Finding the Universe®.