Category archives: Europe

5 cool things to do in Edinburgh

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I'm a Glasgow girl through and through - after two years of living here, people can certainly pick that up from my accent, and I love it. They might even be able to pick it up from my behaviour, as a friend of mine put it very adequately after the police had been called to our hotel on a recent trip, because I was chatting to loudly with my balcony neighbour[...]

18 things to do in Copenhagen on a budget

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Yes, you read it right, Copenhagen is doable on a budget! Anyone who has ever travelled to Scandinavia knows that it can be very expensive but unbeknownst to many tourists, there are a lot of awesome things that you can do for cheap - and for free. Summer is a glorious time to visit, as Copenhagen comes alive and teeming with many delightful sights and prosp[...]

The Travelettes Guide to Interrailing through Eastern Europe

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We slept under the stars, were chased out of a train in Serbia at 4am, saw the Julian Alps in Slovenia, got on three wrong trams in the middle of the night in Zagreb in a row (I blame the excellent Croatian wine!), and wandered around a deserted warehouse in Budapest. We cried when taking the first steps in Ljubljana (it’s stunning like that), skipped every [...]

A beginner's guide to Russia

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Matryoshkas, Vodka, Communism. If these are your first associations with Russia, think again. The world's largest country in terms of land area has far more to offer than that. So don't let yourself be intimidated by what you hear on the news. Don't fear the language barrier. Here's what you need to know when you think about travelling Russia for the first t[...]

Falling in Love with Fethiye

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The first real glimpse we have of Fethiye, during our trip to Turkey, is from above. A patchwork blanket of terracotta-coloured rooftops spreads out before us, the high-shine domes of mosques and the odd satellite dish winking in the dazzling sun. In the distance, the glittering sea provides a suitably epic backdrop, dotted with picturesque islands rising up[...]

10 Tips for the Edinburgh Festivals

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After living in Scotland since 2013, I finally made my way around to Edinburgh in August, when no less than six of the city's twelve (!) annual festivals rock every last stage the city has to offer and, if necessary, build their own. The Edinburgh International Festival, the Fringe, the Book Festival, the Art Festival, the Military Tattoo and the Edinburgh M[...]

A Cruise on the Dalyan River

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Last month, I was lucky enough to go on a wonderful honeymoon. Even though I’m not married. Now, before you start thinking I crashed some poor, hapless soul's first few weeks of wedded bliss, ("Hi guys, where are we sleeping?") let me quickly explain! A dear friend of mine has had a pretty crap year and to cut a long story short, her honeymoon to Turkey was [...]

Estonia for foodies - a Travelette's journey

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I had wanted to spend my birthday outside of the UK this year, so when my boyfriend suggested going to Estonia I immediately said YES! But I had no idea what to expect there. I was totally clueless. I did some shout-outs on Twitter and in Facebook traveller groups for Estonian tips, but no one could really give me much info on the country nor any insider tip[...]

The ultimate adrenaline rush at Llechwedd Slate Caverns

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Caving, spelunking, subterranean exploring, slithering around rocks, getting lost in the dark; call it what you like, exploring caves makes for a pretty good adventure! But if you think you know caving then think again, my friends. Head into the depths of North Wales and experience something that will truly blow your socks off… and your helmet and your attra[...]

A pleasantly wet weekend in England

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Yes, you have read correctly - the words 'wet' and 'pleasant' are both in that title. Now, before you dismiss me as crazy defector who has run over to the dark side of weather appreciation, let me assure you, that we're not talking about wet-by-rain here. I forgive you that mistake though - after all, I'm talking about my recent weekend spree to Northern Eng[...]