Outside of my regular day job, my passion is travelling, planning holidays, talking about trips and helping my friends have the best holiday.
I look for value in terms of time and money. I want to make the most of my annual leave and get the most out of every dollar. I believe in travelling the world for meaningful experiences. Finding quality over quantity. Collecting memories not material possessions.
I grew up pouring over atlases and spinning model globes.
I read and dreamt about travelling the world and spent my spare time learning languages.
Now as I work full time, I am enjoying a combination of weekends away in Australia and New Zealand with a few overseas trips each year.
Once I was old enough to start exploring the world independently, I spent time in New Caledonia, China, France and Thailand. I then moved on to more stereotypical “travel” in South-East Asia, Europe, the US.
Of all the things I am not very good at, living in the real world is perhaps the most outstanding – Bill Bryson
Things to do in Barcelona
Take an architecture tour, I recommend taking the free (pay what you feel) Gaudi tour: https://runnerbeantours.com/tours/gaudi-free-tour-barcelona/ Parc Guell, catch public transport to Lesseps or Vallcarca stations then walk the remainder of the way. You can show...
Europe travel advice
Knowledge is power - scope out where you're going in advance, look up the place on Instagram and follow the hashtags, read the wikipedia page and some local news. If you speak the language or are learning the language, listen to local radio online in preparation for...
Where to visit in Spain
Barcelona - architecturally interesting, fabulous food scene and a cleverly laid out exciting city (2 days minimum) Ronda - a fairytale beauty, literary jewel of a town, which has to be seen to be believed (day trip or stay longer for a leisurely relaxed trip) Granada...
Cheap things to do in Paris
Take the stairs up to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. Not only is this less than half the price of taking the elevator to the top, but you can buy tickets on the spot generally skip the queue and the view is still excellent. You can also buy stairs + elevator...