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Snowdonia National Park: Exploring the Fairylands

Outside London Wales

On our first full day in Snowdonia, we slept in a little longer than we wanted so instead of climbing Mount Snowdon, like the original plan, we decided to explore the immediate surrounding area a little more instead. After eating our breakfast of delicious pastries that we ordered the previous night from the campsite office, we set off into the village to explore. The weather was quite overcast and foggy, however it was lovely seeing the mountains shrouded in mist,…

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North Wales Natural Beauty: Snowdonia National Park

Outside London Wales

For my boyfriend’s birthday I bought us both train tickets to Snowdonia National Park in North Wales to camp for 3 nights. After the lessons learnt in our failed wild camping experience in Northumberland, we booked a spot in a campsite in the centre of the National Park, close to Mount Snowdon. We left our homes in Leeds bright and early for our 6:30am train on the 6th June ready for a day full of travelling to our campsite and…

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Stranded and Wet: Wild Camping Catastrophe in Northumberland

England Outside London

Our plan was to have a leisurely bike ride down the Northumberland Coast, stopping to relax on the sand in the sun occasionally, camping on a grassy patch, exploring seaside towns and and watching the sun set over the sea. It didn’t go exactly to plan unfortunately. To read the first part of the story click here. After leaving the pub with bellies full of chips and ale, we ventured out into the misty dark to find somewhere to camp…

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70 Mile Cycle Ride in Northumberland? Time for Disaster

England Outside London

Last Sunday whilst staying in Newcastle with my boyfriend’s family, I decided to take the opportunity to explore the Northumberland coastline. He planned a trip cycle ride from Berwick-upon-Tweed down to his town in Whitley Bay, about 70 miles away, wild camping along the way. Let’s say that it didn’t go exactly to plan. From Newcastle we got a return ticket to Berwick. We got a return just in case we decided to go home early and found a suitable…

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Geordie-Land!: Visiting the City of Newcastle-upon-Tyne

England Outside London

If you’re a fan of London, definitely give Newcastle a visit whilst you’re in England- it has the same bustling nightlife, similar cultural attractions and an equally interesting history. However, unlike London Newcastle is less victim to the formidable crowds and is also a short train ride away from the coast, something hard to find in the capital. I’ll cover the beauties of the Northumberland coast in my upcoming posts but for now, here’s what to check out in the…

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The Travel Bug Bit Me: Finding Out My Passions

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In September 2015, I took a mini European travel break through Budapest, Paris and Amsterdam with my best friends Cloé and Lyd. The trip was a spontaneous decision. We knew we didn’t have much money or time to spare but wanted to get a taste of places we’d never been before. We chose to travel to our three destinations because they were all so different- different locations, languages and cultures. Flying between each country, we had a lot of pressure…

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3 days in Amsterdam: Our First Travel Disasters

Amsterdam

As soon as we arrived in Amsterdam, everything seemed to go wrong. This is where the deposit from Vélib bikes in Paris came back to bite us. We had all of our travel money stored on one shared travel-card for ease and this is what we used to pay for the bike deposits. When we arrived at our hostel, we were horrified to find that we didn’t have enough money left on the card to pay. We had hardly any…

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3 days in Paris: Museums, Jardins and more

Paris

This is part 2 of my adventures in Paris! Check out part 1 here Musée Louvre + Jardin des Tuileries  We were so lucky to be close to the Louvre because my god, it is a truly spectacular piece of architecture. When you think of the Louvre, the new glass pyramid structures are what first come to mind, but the medieval palace surrounding the courtyard is really what takes your breath away. Again, we could access the museum for free but we…

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3 Days in Paris: First Impressions of the City of Love

Paris

After our 4 night stay in Budapest, we flew straight to Paris and I found out something about myself: I am unashamedly and utterly in love with Paris. This comes as no surprise as I’m already a self-confessed Francophile. Paris Accommodation  We stayed at ‘Louvre Youth Hostel’, which was literally 2 minutes from the Louvre, in the 1st arrondissement. You really couldn’t get more central if you tried, which was pretty amazing. The actual hostel wasn’t quite so amazing, the staff were…

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Budapest Part Two: Across the River Danube

Budapest

Buda and pest are separated by the River Danube- Buda on the West side and Pest on the East. Both are very different places. Historically, Pest is the town of the commoners, whilst Buda was where the wealthy population and royalty would reside. It’s easy to see the distinction between the two: Pest has a dense population, full of shops, markets and restaurant whereas Buda is home to the Buda Castle, the Castle district and the old fortress Citadella, upon Gellért…

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