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.

Solo travel film review: Tracks (2013)

This week I decided it was finally time to have a go at vlogging! So here’s my video review of the film “Tracks”, which tells the (true) story of Robyn Davidson, who in 1977 set out to trek the Australian…
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Why you should go to Transylvania

Bran Castle Transylvania

Whenever I told someone I was off to Transylvania for a few days, their reaction was usually a comment about vampires, or an admission that they hadn’t realised it was a real place! It’s certainly somewhere with associations which brings…
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The Transfagarasan Road, Romania

Transfagarasan Road

I can’t claim to have watched much Top Gear, and I am most definitely not a fan of Jeremy Clarkson, its now former presenter, but when I began researching how to reach Poenari Citadel, the “real” Dracula’s castle, in Romania,…
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The real Dracula’s castle

The rain that’s hammered the windows all the way across the grey-cloaked mountains and up the winding Transfagarasan Road shows no sign of stopping as we get out of the car and contemplate the steps ahead of us, leading up…
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My favourite food and drink of Lisbon

Cascais

This post was originally published on my first travel blog on 22 March 2015. It was my birthday this week, and to celebrate my boyfriend and I went to eat at a small Portuguese restaurant in Bedford that I’d heard…
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Eclipse

Solar eclipse

This post was originally published on my first travel blog on 20 March 2015. Sometimes you don’t have to go very far from home to see something magical. Today, outside my workplace in Bedford, I witnessed the biggest solar eclipse…
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Why TripAdvisor SHOULD be “political”

This post was originally published on my first travel blog on 14 March 2015. TripAdvisor has been in the news in the UK this week, after removing a review where a customer highlighted the inappropriate behaviour of a Bedfordshire restaurant…
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Five literary spots to visit in the UK

Mary Shelley's grave literary spots UK

This post was originally published on my first travel blog on 15 November 2014. Yesterday I spotted a Buzzfeed article on “19 British Places all Book Lovers Must Visit”. It’s a great list, and I was slightly ashamed to have…
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Corfu, Greece

This post was originally published on my first travel blog on 29 July 2014. Every July I go away for a week somewhere hot and sunny, to ensure that whatever happens with the British weather, I will get at least…
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Culture ‘n’ stuff

This post was originally published on my first travel blog on 16 June 2014. So I tend to only write about foreign trips on this blog which, on reflection, is a bit daft really, as I have plenty of adventures…
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