How to survive your first day back at work

Surviving your first day back at work after a holiday

Everyone knows the worst part of going on holiday is coming home. Worse still is going back to work! You’ve just spent two weeks out of the office on a beach/city/adventure break (delete as appropriate), where the hardest thing you had to do was decide whether you want beer or a cocktail with your dinner.[…]

10-Day Sri Lanka Itinerary

Sigiriya

This 10-day Sri Lanka itinerary is the perfect way to explore the relatively untouched paradise of Sri Lanka. Like most visitors, we were attracted by its stunning countryside, tropical climate and friendly people, but mostly because of its endless list of things to see and do. With this itinerary, you’ll be able to see it[…]

The Shoulda Woulda Coulda Day

Today has been one of those days. One where I think, ‘if I had just done…’ or ‘if we had just not…’, it would have been very different. I’m four days in to our epic tour across Sri Lanka – without doubt the most beautiful country I have ever been to. I paid enough money[…]

Why I fell in love with Spain

Plaza de Espana, Seville

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may have noticed that I’m quite a big Spain fan. And even that’s an understatement. I absolutely adore the country. How could you not, when it’s given us some delicious food, spectacular scenery and Enrique Iglesias?! Just me on that last one then… My Spanish[…]

How to travel with a full-time job

Travel with a full-time job

My full-time job is the only thing that’s stopping me from travelling. Actually – that’s a lie. There are other things like money and my cat, but really my full-time job isn’t stopping me at all – I spend most free moments thinking about my next destination, planning or trip or actually taking one. Even[…]

Japan Etiquette Guide for Visitors

Japanese etiquette

For me, Japan conjures up images of geishas wearing kimonos, cherry blossom lined streets, giggling schoolgirls… But something else springs to mind – the politest people on the planet. Etiquette is huge in Japan, with behaviour and body language seeming to be even more important than what you say. There seems to be a never-ending list[…]

One night in Cambridge

2016 Travel Highlights: Cambridge

Last weekend, Tim and I had a lovely couple of days away in Cambridge. It’s a city I’ve been meaning to visit for ages, but have just never got around to it. Desperate to fill the gap between our holidays in Copenhagen and Sri Lanka, March was the perfect time to finally go. With just[…]

Learning Spanish in Spain: International House Valencia Review

Espanole Valencia

If my 7 year old self knew that I would be willingly spending my holiday at school, I don’t think I’d believe it. In fact, I’m hard pressed to believe it now. But it’s true. At 27 years old, I spent a week’s holiday (my birthday week no less) at school. And I loved it.[…]