36 Hours in Prague

What could be more festive than Prague in December? The Christmas markets, the promise of snow, the steaming cups of mulled wine… the poker (I’ll explain later)? With a couple of flexible days in my schedule, I figured it was time to get my Christmas ON with another of my “36 Hours In…” cheeky weekend breaks.

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The London Staycation: Hoxton Holborn


 a holiday spent in one’s home country rather than abroad


Just because you can’t get away AWAY, doesn’t mean you cant get away (…if you get my meaning?).  If you’re short of cash, short of time or just in need of a change of scene. Even if you are only going a few stops down the tube line, you can still have a mini holiday in your hometown.

My impromptu little overnight came about as those meanies at Virgin Flying Club threatened to expire all 69,431 of my miles as I haven’t flown with them for a very, very long while (first they take away my Silver Status, now this. Oh the humanity!). Continue Reading →

#TBT: San Juan del Sur, December 2013

This is the view of the sunset from poolside at my hostel – yes, HOSTEL – Casa de Olas in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.

High on a hill, palm-thatched dorms skirt the edge of an infinity pool, perfectly positioned to catch the sun as it sets over the town and beach below.

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The Budget Trip: 36 Hours in Copenhagen

Could I spend 2 days in über-expensive Copenhagen on a budget of £100? Am I crazy? (Spoiler Alert: yes and YES)

Copenhagen is one of the world’s top ten most expensive city break destinations, but this should come as no surprise. Tales of the high cost of living in Scandinavia are almost folkloric – you’ll have little trouble finding someone who’ll tell you about the time they spent £8 on a pint in Stockholm. Even I can bore you with the time I went to Oslo on a work trip and ended up spending £17 on a quick snack in a 7/11 (it was literally a bottle of water, a pastry and a packet of crisps. I paid with my corporate card and didn’t realise the ugly truth until I came to do my expenses. Should’ve chosen something healthier…)

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In Vino Veritas: Tasting the Hunter Valley

When your BFF is a wine snob, but all you know is how to drink it in large quantities, a little wine tasting education is in order. While travelling through Sydney, a tasting tour to the Hunter Valley provided the ultimate liquid learning experience…

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The Sweetest Day in Paris

With a macaron making class as the main ingredient, I set out to find the perfect recipe for the ultimate day out in Paris. What was I thinking??!!

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Mexico: Seeing Ruins, Getting Ruined

Mexico had been on my list for ever, so when Virgin started their  service to Cancun, I jumped at the chance to burn some miles and plan a dream trip.

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36 Hours in Ibiza

Jetting off to Ibiza makes for the definitive “pimped-out” weekend…well it beats tidying the flat and doing laundry! I fly out to the White Isle for a two-night budget(ish)-bling break fit for a Diva…

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