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Backpacking Solo in Belize: Tips for Staying Safe

Mind-boggling, but in an oddly pleasant way, Belize is a total misfit. Culturally Caribbean, linguistically English (or a bizarre creole form), accepting of US dollars as legal tender, surrounded by Spanish-speaking countries and there are Chinese takeaways everywhere. Belize only gained independence from the ruddy British in 1981, and this is the outcome after 34 years […]

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sitting on tortuguero beach, travel anxiety

Dealing with Travel Anxiety

For months you’ve looked forward to this moment. Every time you’ve got up at 7am to go to work and thought “fuck this”, your mind has instantly drifted to the epic journey that awaits you. You’ve scraped, scrimped and saved as much as possible and meticulously planned your itinerary. Everything is in place. There’s nothing left to do. […]

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open road, driving abroad

8 Tips for Staying Safe on the Road Abroad

When driving overseas, there are many things to think about – you never know what’s just around the corner or where the next motorcyclist is going to come from! However, when it comes to being safe, nothing should be overlooked. These are the top tips that you should follow when it comes to remaining safe on […]

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sicily, mount etna, volcano, italy

Mount Etna: A Day Trip Definitely Worth Doing

When visiting Sicily, visiting the island’s towering Mount Etna is a must. It is Europe’s largest and most active volcano (3,329m), is in an almost constant state of activity, having erupted several times in the last five years, and dominates eastern Sicily’s skyline like an enormous earth cloud. The Greeks believed that the mighty god Hephaestus used it […]

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left hand drive, driving, motorway

Hiring A Car in Italy? Do so at your own peril…

My gusto for driving had come gushing back on a hot summer’s day in Oxfordshire after– incredibly –five and a half years without practice in Britain. It was me, my aunt’s lent and neglected Ford Ka, a hoard of nostalgia-reeking metal CDs from my early adolescent years (still know ALL the words) and a half asleep/half stoned friend, […]

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Ireland, Cliffs of Moher

Burren, Aran Islands and Cliffs of Moher Day Trip

09.15am. Still no sign of our driver. He was supposed to pick us up from our B&B twenty minutes ago, but there’s no rush; the morning is fresh, blue-skied and quiet, and we’re not quite ready to be thrown around the back of a minibus so soon after yet another textbook full Irish. My Dad and I are in Galway, […]

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