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Haapsalu, Estonia: a holiday hotspot for the tsars and Tchaikovsky

Some brightly coloured wooden houses with flowerpots in front in Haapsalu, Estonia

It was my final full day in Estonia, and I woke to the sound of heavy rain pummelling the road outside my hostel in Tallinn. Having already spent a couple of days exploring what the capital had to offer, and…
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A day trip to Helsinki by ferry from Tallinn

A yellow house by the sea with the fortress behind on Suomenlinna island in Helsinki

Being back in Europe after two years in Australia, I’m very much enjoying the novelty of being able to country-hop by train, bus and boat. So when my research prior to my trip to Tallinn uncovered the fact that there…
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Churches, palaces, street art and spies: exploring Tallinn (and not just the Old Town)

The view of Tallinn's Old Town from one of the viewing platforms

Tallinn is another one of those places that I have always wanted to visit, ever since studying the history of the USSR and communist rule in Europe at school, so, after ticking Krakow and Albania off my bucket list this…
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Gjirokaster and Butrint: two unmissable day trips from Saranda, Albania

Bazaar in Gjirokaster Old Town

After my immensely interesting day exploring Tirana and learning about the history of Albania, I was heading south, to the popular seaside resort town of Saranda. My research had uncovered that there were frequent public buses covering the route every…
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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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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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In search of koalas: Townsville and Magnetic Island

Townsville Magnetic Island Queensland Australia

I was never intending to stop off in Townsville. I was running out of time before my Working Holiday Visa expired and I had to leave Australia, and I was keen to get to Cairns and explore the rainforest and…
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Five fantastic day trips from Perth

Pinnacles desert Western Australia

My time in Sydney was fairly short-lived. That’s not to say anything against the city at all – it was a fantastic place to spend a few weeks, with plenty to see and do both in the CBD and further…
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Broke in Brisbane; or, how I didn’t give up on my Working Holiday Visa

Brisbane solo travel Working Holiday Visa Australia

Reader, it’s been a while. Hello. I’ll start by apologising for the silence, and the massive chunk of my South East Asian story that’s still missing from the blog. I’m working on it. The past five months have simply been…
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