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10 Tips to beat the Pickpockets in Barcelona

10 Tips to beat the Pickpockets in Barcelona

Violent crime in Barcelona is virtually non-existent. I am surprised how often people ask me if I feel safe here, as they have heard it’s a dangerous place!   It is very rare that belongings are taken by force or with any threat of force; but Barcelona certainly has a reputation for pickpockets. Pickpocketing is pretty common, especially in busy tourist areas like Las Ramblas and the metro, as it is not a crime here – at least if the value of…

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An Expat in Barcelona: 10 Things I Miss About the UK

An Expat in Barcelona: 10 Things I Miss About the UK

I wasn’t born to live in Britain.  I have always yearned for travel and adventure, for more excitement than the usual kids’ activities of girl guides and piano lessons.  From ice-skating to horse-riding and considering jumping out of a plane at 15 (as I was underage I needed a parent to jump with me, which strangely wasn’t met with enthusiasm from my mum & dad, so I haven’t yet ticked that off the list) I always knew there was more beyond…

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Keep Looking Back at 2014? Look Forward to 2015!

Keep Looking Back at 2014? Look Forward to 2015!

As we usher in a new year, shake off the inevitable hangovers, grimace at our waistlines and look ahead at the year to come, many of us also look back on the previous year.  We assess our achievements, successes, adventures and the missed opportunities.   2014 was my second full year living in Barcelona.  I had some definite highs and some real ‘kick you in the crotch’ lows, all of which I have learned from.  I am older, hopefully wiser (or…

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Ten Simple Pleasures of Travelling

Ten Simple Pleasures of Travelling

There are many simple pleasures in life, that don’t require any technology, hard work or complicated designs.  And for me, most of these can be found through travelling.  I was planning to just do a top 5 list but there are just too many pleasurable aspects to travel!  The sheer joy of discovering something new, leaving your daily grind back in the city, and breathing fresh air somewhere else….. just get me on a plane! 1. The moment you get…

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Lucky 7? My Tips for Flying with Ryanair (& other Low Cost Airlines)

Lucky 7? My Tips for Flying with Ryanair (& other Low Cost Airlines)

Cheap with no frills, these so-called “low cost” airlines are usually adequate as long as you don’t need anything else from them, but are to be approached with caution, and typically, low expectations.  I don’t like flying with Ryanair et al, but I continue to do so simply because they are cheaper, and still get you from A to B (even if B is slightly further away from where you actually need to get to). Having said that, both the…

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What is the Best Thing about Solo Travel?

What is the Best Thing about Solo Travel?

As I sip my glass of white wine out of a plastic cup I gaze around at my surroundings.  A pop-up bar along the banks of the Danube, made up of an old camper van, pallet furniture, and a couple of hammocks, it also boasts recycling for our cups, and a banging stereo system propped up on the bar.  Chatting with my fellow party goers who I only met a couple of hours before, it all feels slightly surreal.  But…

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What is the Worst Thing About Solo Travel?

What is the Worst Thing About Solo Travel?

The world is full of adventurous souls, discovering new and exciting lands every day, and many of these travellers are doing it solo.  Going it alone can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience, but it is not without its trials and tribulations.  So what is the worst thing about solo travel? For me, it is dining alone.  I can go to a museum, visit a monument, wander around a city to my heart’s content; all quite happily by myself.  However,…

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My Top 10 Travel Tips

My Top 10 Travel Tips

In my years of travelling, and working in hotels, and having so many frustrating moments of ‘oh crap why did I do that??’  I have learned a few tricks along the way that help make your oh so stressful journey just a little more enjoyable.  Some may be obvious, some maybe not, but these have become my Golden Travel Rules!  What do you think, are there any I have missed? 1.  Take earplugs with you, wherever you travel.  They are…

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