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Before we get started on the different Dutch foods you have to try during a visit to my adopted country of the Netherlands, I would like to ask you to undertake a little exercise. Raise your right hand to the side of your neck, keep it upright and flat as if you’re about to karate chop into your collarbone. Then wave it around a bit by your ear and say …

[ Written by Frankie | 31 Mar 2015 | 15 Comments | ]

Hands up if you’re a Fandroid?!? I knew it wasn’t just me! While I loved my iPhone 3GS back in the day, for the last 3 years I’ve been more than happy with my Android phone which does everything an iPhone does and cost me almost a third of what the latest iPhone does. I’m currently the proud owner of a LG Nexus 5 but also have a soft spot …

[ Written by Frankie | 23 Mar 2015 | 7 Comments | ]

“It’s been a month since my last flight… Hi, my name’s Frankie and I’m a recovering travel addict.”

I woke up this morning and realised something scary. I don’t have my next trip booked. I don’t have any plans to leave the country where I now live. And I don’t know where my next journey will take me or if I’ll even go abroad again this year.
It wasn’t a conscious decision not …

[ Written by Frankie | 2 Mar 2015 | 45 Comments | ]

I haven’t lived in the UK for more than a few months since 2011. That’s a bit of a long time. While there are many things I don’t miss – the way rain is drawn to that country like a magnet, the dire TV options on a Saturday night (bring back Blind Date and The Generation Game, I say!), and how last orders still seems to come before 11.30pm in …

[ Written by Frankie | 2 Feb 2015 | 18 Comments | ]

I love the Internet, I do. And not just because of Spotify, YouTube or Grumpy Cat.
I love the Internet because it connects me with great minded folk who inspire, support and care about what I do with my time. Monika Kanokova is one of these people. We met on a social network (of course), she discovered that I was an indie author, and she asked to interview me for …

[ Written by Frankie | 15 Jan 2015 | 9 Comments | ]

As 2014 sinks out of sight like a bright, round pink sun and 2015 rises on the horizon promising a blank canvas of opportunities, don’t write a list of the things you’re going to do (or not) – lose weight, clean out your closet, or get fit. Instead think about all the things you can do to get more out of your travel experiences next year. Whether you have no …

[ Written by Frankie | 31 Dec 2014 | 10 Comments | ]

For me, 2014 was the year of festivals. I went to six in total… and only one of them required wellington boots. In fact, I didn’t even sleep in a single tent during all of my festival attending time. Call me boring, but this is exactly the way I like my festivals; with a comfy bed and a warm shower.
The reason I attended so many festivals this year was because …

[ Written by Frankie | 19 Dec 2014 | 5 Comments | ]

Fast. Free. In flight. Full of life. These are all the things that snowboarding makes me feel.
However, it wasn’t always this way. Once upon a time I was a beginner and a bad one too. I couldn’t stand up. I couldn’t turn. I couldn’t go faster than a shopping trolley with a broken wheel being pushed by an eighty year old woman in the snow. And at first, for a …

[ Written by Frankie | 25 Nov 2014 | 4 Comments | ]

I thought that when I saw a photo of the duo behind 365 docobites via the brilliant Humans of Amsterdam Facebook page (which of course is influenced by the mahoosively popular Humans of New York) that was the first time I’d heard of the project.

With Debra from Humans of Amsterdam.

But a quick navigation around their website and I realised I’d seen some of their work before on Sailing HR’s Facebook …

[ Written by Frankie | 22 Oct 2014 | 6 Comments | ]

We love wishlists, you love wishlists, but does winter travel love wishlists?
Does the cold, snow and windy weather lend itself to being explored, enjoyed and embraced?
YES, is my confident answer, which is based on many previous winters bringing me some of the best travel experiences I’ve ever had. While Kathi outlined her winter travel bucket list earlier this year and we’ve given you five reasons to travel in Europe this winter, …

[ Written by Frankie | 13 Oct 2014 | 3 Comments | ]