A Weekend in Vibrant Valencia
Top food & Drink Tips for your London weekend
Continuing with my exploration of Spain I decided on a trip from Madrid to the nearest coastal city, Valencia. I’d been to Barcelona in the past and loved it, but I didn't know much about Valencia, a city some 350km south of the Catalonian capital.
Poland - ‘Gdansk with Me’ - BY SAMANTHA OWEN-STODDART
London is a city very close to my heart, having lived there for six years until very recently. It’s a massive place and quite hard to navigate if you’re new to the city and, with so much on offer, it’s easy to miss the ‘hidden’ food gems in favour of the tried and tasted tourist-favourites.
‘Red City Restaurants’- Marrakech - by Samantha Owen-Stoddart
Over the last May Bank Holiday weekend I took a trip to Gdansk, with my mum. Gdansk is a port city on the Baltic coast of Poland. We always plan one or two girls trips throughout the year, mainly to spend some quality mum and daughter time together and live out both of our passions, you guessed it travel! As I have said before my mum and dad instilled the need to travel and learn from other cultures into to me from being small. I am so thankful that they did so. My mum is a lovely lady, so kind and caring. Even though I am 35 soon, she would tell you if she met you I was still her little girl and always will be.. She is not only mum, she’s my best friend. So who better to experience Gdansk with!!
Tipping in Kenya
Each time I visit the Red City I like to try new restaurants. With hundreds of restaurants to choose from in Marrakech you are always spoilt for choice! Sometimes I plan where I would like to eat, to avoid the disappointment of not getting a table and others times it is by other people’s recommendations or sheer spontaneity of seeing somewhere.
Tipping in 3 tourist hotspots: London, New York and Barcelona
Kenya is one of the most visited countries in the continent of Africa. With its beautiful Indian-Ocean coastline, lakes, savannah grasslands, valleys and highlands it has a lot to offer tourists. Not to mention its bustling capital city, Nairobi. Its climate and exotic wildlife means there is a big market for tourism across the country with locals offering a great insight into their country.
Tipping at this Summer’s World Cup in Russia.
London, New York and Barcelona are cities which welcome millions of tourists each year, but tipping in each city isn’t necessarily the same.
When in Rome
This Summer thousands of football fans from around the world will congregate in Russia for the 2018 football World Cup. Russia is the largest country in the world and is already one of the top 20 tourism destinations in the world, so they are no strangers to hosting.
Showing your gratitude
Having written about the tipping cultures of USA and Japan, we’re moving over to Europe to see how you tip ‘when in Rome’.
I am a keen traveller and often go on short city breaks across Europe and occasionally further afield to more exotic climates other than the cold, wet city that is London (my base). I'm used to tipping in the U.K based upon the service I receive and whether or not I'm feeling flush (not very often), but when I'm overseas I feel that good old British need to be super polite and (over)tip. After all, I am representing my country and I don't want people thinking we're rude.