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Manchester: The Perfect Family City Break

November 6, 2013
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Manchester surprised me. I headed there on a flying overnight visit for work, and I’ll be absolutely honest: I wasn’t expecting much. But as soon as I stepped out of the train station, the uniqueness of this city hit me. I fell in love with the tall, red brick warehouses – once home to a […]

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Eight Things to Do in London in the Autumn

October 17, 2013
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London in the autumn can be grim; grey sky, grey puddles, rain that never stops. But when the sun comes out, the rain-spattered streets are paved with gold, just as Dick Whittington saw them, and the trees are aflame with russet and orange. I actually love autumn – it’s my favourite season here in the […]

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Much Better Adventures

October 15, 2013
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This isn’t a sponsored post or an advert, but it is about a travel company. One I’m pretty impressed with and I wanted to share. Much Better Adventures found me on Twitter, while I was asking about where to find a good chalet for this season’s ski trip. Kudos for that kind of proactive marketing, […]

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A Lazy Girl’s Guide to Munro Bagging

August 8, 2013
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The Inaccessible Pinnacle. A mountaineer’s dream. One of Scotland’s 282 Munros – mountains over 3,000 feet (that’s 914 metres for those of you in metric land.) It does what it says on the tin – or nearly; you won’t get up it without a bit of real climbing, up a vertical wall of rock. Not […]

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Seeing the Keralan Backwaters on a Budget

May 28, 2013
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Many tourists to the beautiful Keralan Backwaters in southern India take cruises through the channels and canals on beautifully-converted rice barges – an image that was firmly imprinted in my mind when I arrived in Kerala. But on a budget of £10-15 each a day, it soon transpired that this simply wasn’t going to be […]

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5 Ways to Turn a Day Out Into a Holiday

May 20, 2013
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Like I always say, you don’t have to go anywhere exotic to travel in the truest sense of the word: for me, it’s more a state of mind than anything else. And when the local weather is on your side, the best thing you can do is get out there and see something new – […]

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Touring Amsterdam with TripAdvisor’s City Guide

March 28, 2013
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Last weekend, I visited Amsterdam for the first time. I know, I know, after nearly three decades, it’s hard to believe I’ve never made it there before – especially during those university years. But there you have it. I didn’t have much time to plan and I knew our houseboat wouldn’t have WiFi – something […]

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