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April 17, 2015

48 hours in the land of Pavarotti and Ferrari

‘One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.’  Luciano Pavarotti   One of the things I love about coming to Italy is to just eat. I eat like a pig and have no shame in telling […]

April 8, 2015

A free, self guided walking tour of Edinburgh

Two good friends of mine recently visited Edinburgh. For those of you unaware, Edinburgh was home for almost 10 years. I guess anywhere you live so long, it becomes part of your DNA. I love living in Madeira. I’ve met someone special here, the people are wonderful and the island is a beautiful place with […]

March 31, 2015

10 things to do for free in New York (whilst slow dancing to a mellow tune)

By Arpita Bhattacharya, BagFullofBooks.com     Life passes most of us by in a breathtaking buzz. When we take a vacation, the last thing many of us want to do is to frenetically tick off places  to see from a never-ending wishlist. Sometimes it is more enjoyable to savour a few choice experiences. Better still […]

March 23, 2015

Vincent Van Gogh, in 40 pictures & 20 songs

Last week I turned 36. I am a year younger than when Vincent died. This year marks 125 years since his death: 30th July, 1890. As a treat, I turned my birthday week into a personal quest to find Vincent and had the lovely Sofia aka FromMadeiratoMars to help me.  Here is the story of my […]

March 20, 2015

Cheap Eats Guide to Madrid

By Sofia Vasconcelos   Last January, me and some friends spent a weekend in Madrid. As part of our trip we decided to go on the Huertas Neighborhood Food & Market tour from Madrid Food Tours In this tour, we were able to explore for about 3 hours , Madrid’s literary quarter. Price of the tour […]

February 10, 2015

Win 1 of 10 FREE flights to Japan

So. A break from blogging to share with you some news and…..the fabulous chance to win 1 of 10 free flights to Japan. In case you’ve been following my recent Instagram feed you will know that in December I was invited to Japan to shoot a film for the lovely people at Lonely Planet and the Japanese […]

November 27, 2014

Backpacking in style across Malta & Gozo: 21 tips

Malta I have gravely misunderstood you. Growing up in the UK, my image of you ( Thanks to Thomas Cook and a Place in the Sun ) has always been that of a package holiday destination. An island crammed with Brits looking for the holy trinity of sun, cheap beer and a sandy beach. Till […]

October 21, 2014

10 Budget tips for Krakow

    I’m huge fan of Krakow since visiting the city 3 years ago.  As this report from Merit proves,  Krakow remains one of Europe’s best value destinations with bunch of great savings to be found on accommodation ( great hostels ) plus on food, drink and transportation. It remains a city that I long […]

October 2, 2014

10 ways to save money in Vietnam

By Amy Woodyatt   I started my love affair with Vietnam in the way that most tourists do – in my living room, watching an old war movie. The lush green forests and wild jungles, the endless rice terraces, the huge rivers… I had to go. Vietnam is a beautiful and fascinating country, and despite […]

September 22, 2014

Backpacking in style across England: a 2 week itinerary

England. So much to see and yet so little time. It’s a question I’ve been asked many times by my readers. When is the best time to visit England? Where should I go in England? How much should I budget? Bus, train or car-what is the best way to explore England? Do you know any […]

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