Author Archive: The Imagination Trail

My name's Rachel and I'm a British twenty-something woman going (mostly) solo to places that intrigue and inspire. I'm a blogger, writer and dreamer.

Twenty-four hours in Tirana, Albania: one of the most interesting cities that I’ve visited

Tirana Albania Skanderbeg Square

Albania is a holiday destination which has been growing rapidly in popularity in recent times, with sun-seekers lured by the promise of sunny beaches, blue sea and cheap beer only a short ferry ride away from the Greek island of…
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Five things to do on a rainy day in Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown New Zealand

I have very varied luck when it comes to the weather and travelling. Sometimes it goes well – like the fact that the March rain that always occurs in Queensland stopped for the one day of my birthday both of…
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A city rebuilding: why Christchurch is worth a stop on your New Zealand trip

Christchurch New Zealand tram

Last year, when I was planning my New Zealand trip, the first thing that came to mind when I thought of Christchurch, New Zealand, was the devastating earthquake of 2011 which ravaged the city. As someone with a deep interest…
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Why you should take the ferry between New Zealand’s North and South Islands

New Zealand ferry between North and South Island in dock at Picton viewed from the cliff

I’m a big fan of boats, and, beyond that moment of excitement of the plane speeding up and taking off, not the biggest fan of flying. So whenever I need to make a journey that involves crossing a body of…
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In search of New Zealand’s volcanoes: Auckland, Rotorua and Taupo

Kuirau Park Rotorua geothermal park volcanoes New Zealand North Island

When I told people that I was going to visit New Zealand on my way home from Australia, they all told me to head straight to the South Island for its stunning scenery. However, the thing that had drawn me…
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Architecture, history, and plenty of rain: 24 hours in Krakow, Poland

Wawel Castle Krakow Old Town Poland

Regular readers may be wondering what happened to New Zealand; after taking you through my two years in Australia I left you at Brisbane airport, on the way to Auckland, and now we’re suddenly in Poland! I am working on…
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Why visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau isn’t just something to tick off a list

Auschwitz-Birkenau Poland not tourist attraction solo female travel

I’ve always tried to visit historical sites of trauma when I find myself in a region where something terrible happened. Not because I have some weird fascination with death and destruction, as some people might think, but because I believe…
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Seven days in Cairns: the Daintree, Port Douglas, and the Great Barrier Reef

Cairns Daintree Rainforest Cape Tribulation Port Douglas Queensland Great Barrier Reef Australia solo female travel

After my last-minute decision to stop off in Townsville and go looking for koalas on Magnetic Island, it was time to board the northbound Greyhound bus one last time, for the final leg of my journey up the Queensland coast….
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