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7 Secret Bars & Restaurants In The UK

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There’s nothing like the thrill of finding delicious food and drink in an undiscovered place. So-called hidden or “secret” restaurants have become increasingly popular over the last few years. Many have taken inspiration from old illegal speakeasy’s erected in the 1880’s after the idea came overseas from New York. Nowadays, it’s a lot less illegal and a lot [...]

How to visit 12 Scottish islands in 2 weeks

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Earlier this year, I counted how many Scottish Islands I had visited since I moved here in 2013. I don't usually count countries, but I thought - to heck with it - and did it anyway. With 790 islands, some inhabited, but many just pure wilderness - there is no way to ever "see them all", and so the counting became about something different than just ticking [...]

Island Hopping around Scotland

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Most people, when they think about island life, see images of tropical islands somewhere in the Pacific or Indian ocean; palm trees swaying in the gentle breeze; sipping on rum cocktails while people/wildlife watching on the beach; digging their toes into the warm sand. But when I think of island life, I envision something slightly different - the serene bea[...]

Why I Love Exploring My Backyard Instead of Traveling the World

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Back in 2014 I lived what you might want to call 'the dream'. I had just finished my studies, started working as a freelance travel blogger, writer and social media editor, and traveled the world. Within 18 months I traveled to Norway, France, England, Scotland, Croatia, Israel, Spain - twice, Curacao, Germany, the Netherlands, Shetland, Zambia, Tanzania, In[...]

Christmas at Hogwarts: The Complete Guide to the Harry Potter Studio Tour London

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Here I am on the train, it's finally happening. I boarded this train in London - had a little trouble finding the platform at first, but a helpful stranger took my by my hand and showed me the way. I waited impatiently for the train doors to open, quickly found my seat among others excited faces and now I'm here. Whisking through the city's suburbs, leaving [...]

On the tracks of Game of Thrones: A Causeway Coast Guide

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I can't remember when exactly the Giant's Causeway made it onto my bucket list, but I've certainly been dreaming about visiting this place in Northern Ireland for many years. Little did I know that the entire Causeway Coast is a stunningly scenic road trip - and who doesn’t love a good road trip? I spent about 2 and a half days at the Causeway Coast and [...]

What to Expect at a Yoga Festival

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When you think of festivals, you may think of glitter, booze, dancing, raging hangovers and general mayhem. The majority of England's festivals have all of that and more, but why not take some time out from the rollercoaster ride of festival season for something that will nourish you both inside and out, and leave you feeling better than you arrived: a yoga [...]

Wilderness and culture: A day in Hay-on-Wye

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On the border of England and Wales, Hay-on-Wye is world famous for its literary festival, which runs in May and June. But this sleepy, charming town deserves a visit at other times too. What’s extraordinary about Hay-on-Wye is that you can spend hours out in the wilderness of the rugged Black Mountains, with only sheep and shaggy ponies for company. A[...]

Experience Glastonbury - A Festival for all your Senses

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I cannot believe I am here. My first thought while standing in front of the colorful Glastonbury sign overlooking the huge festival area. After having bought the tickets last October, not knowing which tragedies would cross my life's path the following months - including a cancer diagnosis. Now I am close to tears, thankful and looking forward to some of[...]

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