Before I travelled to Cuba, the notion of Casas Particulares to me was just a general term for a homestay, a nice and more local alternative to the usual hotels/hostels that the majority of tourists, travellers and holiday makers alike use as a form of accommodation. Little did I realise just how significant a concept the Casas Particulares in Cuba has become. These government-run ‘homestays’ have all but taken over in Cuba as not just the most economical, but most popular and rewarding way of travelling for the majority of tourists visiting the island. It has especially taken off in the last few years since 2011 when bureaucratic regulations relaxed, allowing some Casas to turn into a kind of private business employing staff and even advertising online where possible. It’s definitely a hugely positive step in the ever evolving economy of the country. It’s not an exaggeration to say that you see the familiar Casa Particular logo hanging off almost every other house on every street, even in the smallest of rural villages. I think …
There are hundreds of temples in Thailand’s bustling capital, but with so much choice how do you decide which ones to visit? Here I bring you a rundown of the top 4 must-sees whilst in Bangkok, so you can plan your day of sightseeing.
Around Europe, more and more couples are symbolising their eternal love by scratching their initials onto a love padlock and then throwing the key in the river.
When planning a multi-stop trip – whether it’s one country or one continent – can be daunting, with many places to see. Do you stay on the well travelled route – or do you want to go off the beaten track? Are you travelling on a shoestring or do you want to treat yourself? Are you going to plan it all before you go or give yourself some flexibility and leave it open? Are you going to fit it all in to a few weeks or stretch it out over a few months?
The region of Angkor in Cambodia, once the heart of the Khmer empire, still remains the jewel of the kingdom. Its beautiful, ancient temples are part of a fascinating history.
From travelling down the Kinabatangan River in Sabah, Borneo (one of only two places in the world where you can find these species of monkey: Bornean Orangutan, the Proboscis Monkey, Macaques, Maroon Langur and Bornean Gibbon) to adopting a baby orangutan at the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary to the beautiful untouched beaches of Kota Kinabalu in the Northwest, here is my adventure…
“There’s something really special about going on a road trip, isn’t there? It screams adventure, camaraderie, great tunes, cosiness and freedom – and if you’re doing it abroad; then probably sunshine, having the windows down and the open road in front of you… some would say, it makes the best kind of holiday”
Florence As it was coming to the end of my year abroad and I had spent the entire time in France and Spain, I decided to go and brush up on my Italian (the third language of my degree) and booked myself onto a 4 week intensive language course in Florence! I couldn’t wait to spend some time in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.
So my parents have just got back from the most amazing holiday in the Maldives. The hotel just looks incredible and unreal! I am extremely jealous and it’s definitely on my bucket list for the future. But the reason I’m writing this blog post is because on the way out they did a 3 night stopover in Dubai and hearing their stories and seeing their pictures reminded me of the many amazing times we spent in the Middle East on family holidays.
Bordeaux is one of my all-time favourite cities and I couldn’t help but fall in love with it!…Although this is slightly biased as it was my hometown for around 4 months during my year abroad.