Posts tagged tips
The Vélodyssée - Part Two

The overnight ferry arrived in Roscoff early the next morning and we were a little tired, hungover and hungry, but rather than stop immediately to fuel up, we headed in the vague direction of where the EuroVelo route started. The EuroVelo routes are a network of long-distance cycle routes which cover nearly every corner of Europe. Some, like those in France, are completed and offer some of the best uninterrupted, traffic-free, cycling in Europe. Others are still in development, but it’s a great initiative which is getting Europe moving.

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‘Come to the Costa del Sol’ - By Samantha Owen-Stoddart

After visiting the Costa del Sol over Christmas time, I wanted to write a short blog about what there is to see and where you can venture too whilst enjoying southern Spain! I rented a car (the least said about that the better…) as I wanted to get out and about and see this lovely part of Spain. I remember fondly family holidays in this region, I am not sure if you’ll agree, but it seems the older I become the more appreciative I am for seeing places or discovering parts I have never seen. This is how I feel about the Costa del Sol and why I was so determined to travel along this stretch of coastline.

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Tipping in Thailand - By Toast To Thailand

When in Thailand … to tip or not to tip? This was the question that came to our minds during our first taxi ride in Bangkok. Back then, we didn’t carry smart phones and had no way of checking what was appropriate – so we let our driver keep the change. He first looked confused, then amused, then he said, “Khop Khun Khap” (thank you), and smiled. It worked. Or did it – had we tipped too much?

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A Weekend in Vibrant Valencia

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.

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Top food & Drink Tips for your London weekend

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.

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A Weekend Break in Seville

When I was based in London I loved to do weekend trips to nearby places. Cambridge, Brighton and St. Albans were just a few of the great places that I went to. Now, having moved to Madrid, i’m getting to experience a whole new culture and some fascinating cities.

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Spanish City ‘Making the most out of Malaga’

Back in May whilst I was travelling around Gdansk in Poland, Adam booked us two return flights with Easyjet to Malaga for November. Firstly as they were a fantastic deal and secondly because that’s the kind of lovely person he is! Always super supportive of my travel blog, to which I am thankful. When we discussed accommodation, he happily booked a place we had been to see a year earlier on a Boxing Day trip to the city, called Dulces Dreams. It was a small hotel, very central to everything and cheap. Our booking was confirmed and we began planning our trip…

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Visiting Vegas - My Tips! By Samantha Owen-Stoddart

Las Vegas is situated in Nevada’s Mojave Desert in the United States of America, nicknamed ‘Sin City’. Vegas as its known to most is a renowned resort city, mainly known for gambling, shopping, fine dining and nightlife. Its origins actually date back to 1905!

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Safari and Saltlick - By Samantha Owen-Stoddart

During my time in Kenya I went on a two day safari to the Tsavo East National Park, enjoying the sights and sounds of the park’ animals. They included the elephant, leopard, lion, Impala and giraffe to name but a few. Tsavo East National Park is one of the oldest and largest parks in Kenya, opened in April 1948 and is 13,747 square kilometres in size. The location of the park is an area formally called the Taru Desert, next to the town of Voi, in Taita-Taveta County. The Tsavo National Park is split into two sections Tsavo East and West, separated by the A109 road and a railway. Its name came from the river Tsavo, which flows west to east through the national park.

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’48 Hours in Geneva!’ - Switzerland (Part One) - BY SAMANTHA OWEN-STODDART

After returning from Geneva last week I want to fill you all in on my latest adventure… about a month ago I was scouring the EasyJet website, as I regularly do, I saw a return flight to Geneva for 29.99 per person on offer! I immediately wanted to book it, so after checking on accommodation availability in Switzerland, I paid for two flights as my husband was accompanying me on this short break. Booking.com was my first port of call for a hotel, I pre booked the Ibis Hotel in Petit Lancy for two nights bed and breakfast basis with payment on departure, which is a great idea. The cost was £90 pp for the stay, so all in all the city break to Geneva was £119.99 each BARGAIN! With a little pre destination reading I was excited to see what Geneva had in store for me.

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Making the most of Madrid (on a budget)

City breaks in Europe are great option if you want to save some pennies (assuming your point of origin is also in Europe). Whilst it’s easy to go on holiday and spend lavishly, it’s often harder to go away on a shoestring, yet it needn’t be. Madrid is a city which I know pretty well and there are plenty of hidden cafes and restaurants, hilltop hideaways and basement bars that offer great value for money. So, if you want to explore the Spanish capital on a tight budget, stick with me…

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Tipping in 3 tourist hotspots: London, New York and Barcelona

London, New York and Barcelona are cities which welcome millions of tourists each year, but tipping in each city isn’t necessarily the same.

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Showing your gratitude

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. 

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