Tag: independent travel

The Easy Route into Albania

The Easy Route into Albania

This autumn, we fancied a bit of sun, good food and culture for little money. Would we find it in Greece again? Looking at the cheapest available flights for the last week of November, we found flights to Corfu, Venice and Bari for around 100EURO. […]

The Pillars of Hercules: Easy trips from Gibraltar

The Pillars of Hercules: Easy trips from Gibraltar

Would you think of Gibraltar as a to-go place to learn sailing in the sun? Perhaps, if you are from the UK but otherwise? Croatia, Turkey, Portugal and Spain all spring to mind for super nearly all-year round sailing holidays, but Gibraltar? Well, deeply entrenched […]

Hotel Review Marble House, Athens: perfect for an autumn culture break

Hotel Review Marble House, Athens: perfect for an autumn culture break

Last October, I went to Athens to catch a bit of sun. We spent three days in Athens and three days on Aegina Island. In Athens, we stayed at the Marble House Hotel. We could not have wished for a better hotel: quiet, friendly, individual, and […]

Learn to Sail the Royal Yachting Association Way – The Best Way?

Learn to Sail the Royal Yachting Association Way – The Best Way?

Throw back to late summer 2012, and a boat trip through the Vieux Port: As we glided past moored sailing yachts against the backdrop of a sunny Marseille, I decided that I must learn to sail. I have always liked water, and anything on or on […]

Florence: 10 bites of advice from the mad dog

Florence: 10 bites of advice from the mad dog

Yes, yes, listicles are so great, and lovely for SEO. So I am going to write one, too. It’s not gonna be great, but I promise it will be an easy read.  It might provide you with some useful inspiration about what to do and […]

Florence in high season – mad, bad and dangerous for you?

Florence in high season – mad, bad and dangerous for you?

This mad dog is back from Florence! After seeing to the killer migraine and draining a few humongous blisters, I now want to tell you all about it. Is Florence in high season a good idea? As I reported earlier, I had little choice my […]

See Armenia the easy way: Day Trips from Yerevan

See Armenia the easy way: Day Trips from Yerevan

Armenia is a relatively small country.  It makes good sense to base yourself in Yerevan, even if you are planning to tour the country. Day trips from Yerevan may be easier, more comfortable and more budget-friendly than trying to do a tour. Why? Many sights […]

New Year, New Travel – what will 2018 have in store?

New Year, New Travel – what will 2018 have in store?

Yeah yeah, typical, writing this thing about travel plans when half the year is almost over. And I have no excuse. Does this happen to you, when your plans, great and totally practicable in January, become a bit woozy in February, then change again later, […]

West Bank Banksies, Walls and Sweet Child Jesus: a Day in Bethlehem

West Bank Banksies, Walls and Sweet Child Jesus: a Day in Bethlehem

Bethlehem: I looked everywhere in my 2011 Bradt Guide, but couldn’t find it. What’s going on with Bethlehem? No wonder… Bethlehem is in the West Bank, one of the three Palestine Territories in Israel. So, it wasn’t even in the guide! (I believe many other guides […]

Athens without the Crowds: 10 Tips to enjoy the Classic City

Athens without the Crowds: 10 Tips to enjoy the Classic City

Athens is great! Almost year-round sunshine, close to the Mediterranean Sea, safe, brimming with ancient history and museums full of artefacts. The food is excellent, and many people speak English. But this means it is extremely popular, and do not let the recent Greek economy […]

Volcano to Kailua-Kona… back round the other side of Big Island

Volcano to Kailua-Kona… back round the other side of Big Island

We’re half round the  Big Island, and just another three days until we return hone to very early nights and frost, and yet  we’re just been away from home a week – that’s what happens when you start a new job and move house. We better […]

Greece in Autumn? Yes, please!

Greece in Autumn? Yes, please!

Greece is a wonderful place to visit out of season. Autumn in Greece is still warm You know, that time when for us Northern European it is time to dig out the winter coats, boots and moan that it is already dark by the time […]

Haiku No.2

Haiku No.2

Late sun in autumn so hot and sparkling at sea shiny ships await you

Abydos: Visit an underrated jewel in the Nile Valley

Abydos: Visit an underrated jewel in the Nile Valley

As previously reported, I was lucky to meet a German woman in one of the minor sites on the West Bank on my short trip to Luxor, we started talking, and before I knew it I had a neat individual itinerary of Nile Valley sights […]

Abu Simbel in a Day? Tricky but possible

Abu Simbel in a Day? Tricky but possible

Who isn’t interested in ancient Egypt? Probably very few people could deny any fascination with what remains of the Seven Wonders of the world, hieroglyphs and monumental temples. My earliest memories of them are from trips to my grandparents and the 1930’s history encylopaedia they […]