Tag Archive: Europe

How to see Barcelona (without hopping on the tourist bus)

Barcelona solo travel

There’s nothing wrong with the hop-on hop-off tourist bus, of course – it will take you to the well-known sites and save your feet on a hot day – but if you want to take things more slowly, save your…
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Cheap and free things to do in Barcelona

cheap and free things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona, like many Western European cities, can end up being a pricey break, with entrance and activity fees, food and drink, and transport costs racking up. I was a little worried about trying to spend a week there on a…
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London to Barcelona by train

London Barcelona train

Tell someone that you’re taking a train trip to another country, and the reaction is pretty much always the same; that it sounds wonderful! There’s something romantic and intrepid about long train journeys, and in the UK we only have…
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In praise of walking tours

walking tours Budapest solo travel

I first discovered walking tours when I was on a super-budget short trip to Budapest, Hungary, and was looking for free things to do in the city. My searches led me to a company offering free walking tours of the…
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Should I go to the beach alone?

Solo beach trip

Sometimes only a beach holiday will do. Culture, famous landmarks and a plethora of activities are all well and good, but there are times when you just need to relax, unwind, lie on the sand and do very little apart…
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The best gluten free and dairy free cake in Bedford!

best gluten free dairy free cake Bedford

Food intolerances can be frustrating when you’re out and about. Sure, you can just bring some snacks that you know you can eat, but sometimes you get fed up of watching enviously while your coffee-shop companions munch on something sweet,…
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How I changed my mind about vacation apartments

Vacation apartment Corfu

As a solo traveller, I’d never considered renting holiday or vacation apartments when choosing my accommodation. It seemed like a waste of space for just one person! However, when I was looking for somewhere to stay on the Greek island…
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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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