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Couchsurfing in India: It’s not that scary, I promise

Couchsurfing India

Everything that I read online about travelling in India somehow alludes to how dangerous it is. I constantly see posts on Facebook travel groups written by people who want to travel to India but are scared of what to expect, people who completely disregard India as a destination due to fear for their personal safety and people who put India on some kind of pedestal as ‘the worst place for women to travel in the world.’ I recently saw a…

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Ultimate Couchsurfing Guide: A Complete Guide from Start to Finish

Couchsurfing

Couchsurfing has become increasingly popular in recent years as an easy way to meet local people and lodge for free in a new city. I began couchsurfing last year as a way to travel every weekend without completely breaking the bank. I was ready to take advantage of my year abroad but of course, travelling that regularly can get a little costly- especially for those on a student budget like yours truly. By embracing Couchsurfing, I was able to explore…

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5 Off the Beaten Track Destinations in France

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I’ve spent at a lot of time since September travelling around France during the weekends, making the most of my year abroad and visiting some of its lesser-known destinations. Most of France is completely obscured by the bright shining light of its capital, Paris. The capital of France is one of the most popular city breaks in the world but a lot of the places that I consider my favourites in France are often not on the radar of many…

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My Study Abroad Experience: Moving to Lyon, France

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It might seem like a little late in the day, so to speak, to post about moving to Lyon, considering this has been my home now since September. However, if I’d written about it in the first few weeks that I’d arrived it would have been a post full of nerves, stress and bittersweet sadness. Study abroad in France always seemed like an utterly romantic whimsical dream of mine but as I’d visited more times than I can count, I honestly…

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2 Day Trips from Ljubljana: Predjama Castle and Lake Bled

Slovenia

We stayed three days in Slovenia: the first we spent exploring the capital Ljubljana and on the second and third days we took two easy day trips from Ljubljana city centre to see some more of Slovenia’s nature and culture. Predjama Castle On the first day we took the bus from Ljubljana bus station to Postojna, the town closest to Predjama Castle and caves. The bus fare was pretty cheap and at the desk they even gave us the chance…

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 Ljubljana, Slovenia: Ultimate City Guide

Slovenia

Our commute to Ljubljana from Split was stressful to say the least. 10 hours on a coach without a toilet or A/C, one missed coach, a long 5 hour wait at Zagreb’s dusty bus station and another 3 hours on a second coach made up our incredible journey. (Read my tips on travelling Croatia to find out how to avoid making the same mistakes we did.) We eventually arrived in the city that no-one can pronounce and being welcomed by…

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Croatia Travel Guide: My Top Tips and Recommendations

Croatia

Croatia is one of Europe’s most beautiful holiday destinations. Quintessentially Mediterranean: a paradise of olive trees, waterfalls, beaches, fresh fish and endless sunshine. I spent a couple of weeks in Croatia this past summer and although I had never been previously that lured by the idea of visiting, I was shocked and blown away at how much beauty I found there. However, it is an extremely popular tourist destination, especially for other Europeans. So here’s how to best hold on…

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Hvar Island, Croatia: The Perfect Two Day Hvar Itinerary

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This post contains affiliate links. If you click one of them, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Here’s how to spend 2 days in Hvar. For your first day on Hvar Island, check out my previous post where I suggest walking around the town of Stari Grad, including climbing up Glavica Hill to thoroughly explore one of the oldest towns in Europe before relaxing on a beach of your choice (we stayed on a…

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Stari Grad, Hvar: Exploring the Oldest Town in Europe

Croatia

The next morning I woke up in Hvar to find that my early night had had no beneficial effects on my brewing cold. I felt goddamn awful. My throat was inflamed, my glands were swollen, my nose blocked and my whole head felt like it was full of wool. It was really the opposite of how you’d want to feel on your first day exploring a new place. I crawled from the tent into the outside world fairly begrudgingly. There have…

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Improvised Travel: A Blessing or a Curse?

Croatia

As we left so early from Krka, by the time we arrived back in the bus station in Split, it was only about midday. We had the whole day, and nearly two weeks in front of us but still no concrete plans. The temperature had soared that day, my back was sweating under the immense weight of my backpack and I was starting to worry that we had no flights booked home, or any idea where we would even be…

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