Three UK Review

Review: Three’s travel accessory pack

Straight up: I received these products for review courtesy of Three UK. All opinions are my own, totally honest and not skewed by the fact I got a freebie. UK mobile network Three is all over the place these days. Their recent #holidaybraggie and #holidayspam campaigns have taken over social media and for good reason … Continue reading

Mauritius

[Photo post] Just back from Mauritius

I’m no photography expert; I’ve always fooled myself into believing that I can get away with my trusty iPhone and Instagram filters… But when I found out I was going to Mauritius, there was no question: I needed a decent camera. This was a once in a lifetime trip and it would have been a crime to rely … Continue reading

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A Taste of Mauritius

My trip to Mauritius is imminent – this time next week I’ll be watching the sun set on my first night on the island – so when I was invited to sample some Mauritian cuisine in London courtesy of Shanti Maurice hotel, I felt I had a duty to attend in the name of pre-trip … Continue reading

Alghero-old-town-Sardinia

A brief sojourn in Sardinia

I gripped the wheel at the standard 10 o’clock, 2 o’clock position I always assume when in control of a moving vehicle, knuckles only slightly whiter than usual this time. Navigating one’s way out of a European airport isn’t the gentlest introduction to driving abroad; unwieldy roundabouts, incomprehensible road signs, equally snail-paced fellow foreigners jerking … Continue reading

Fox & Squirrel Lindsay Faller

Review: Fox & Squirrel’s Brixton food walk

When it comes to my appetite for travel, and my greed for exploring new sights and cultures, I’m insatiable. Sometimes though, I’m just hungry. Which is why I immediately accepted an invitation from Fox & Squirrel to eat my way through Brixton on their Guardian-approved walking tour. Little did I know, however, that the experience … Continue reading

Paris, December 2013

Review: GowithOh apartment rental in Paris

When I recently tweeted asking for accommodation recommendations for an up-coming trip to Paris, I was impressed to receive the following from a company I had never heard of before: The options I found on gowithoh.com weren’t half bad. Airbnb had unfortunately failed me (I was struggling to find anything suitable and my requests had been … Continue reading

Package holiday in Lanzarote

Travel Confession: I went on a package holiday (and I liked it)

‘Welcome to Lanzarote everybody! Can I get a round of applause for our driver, Manolo?’, our smiley holiday rep, Samantha, encourages us over the coach mic. The holidaymakers around me whoop and clap. Eye twitching, I put my hands together slowly and cringe a half smile. I consider myself an independent traveller, yet there I … Continue reading

Safestay £1 bed bonanza

Newsflash: Safestay’s £1 Bed Bonanza!

Who fancies a £1 stay in the swankiest hostel in London? You? Read on friends. I can’t believe it’s been a whole YEAR since I reviewed Safestay hostel. Over the past twelve months the hostel has gone from strength to strength, topping all sorts of lists (including Visit Britain’s best luxury hostels) and well and truly … Continue reading

Photo post: Island life, Koh Tao

I travelled to Koh Tao, Thailand in April 2013. Besides learning to dive, I also saw some rather beautiful scenery. At only 21 km², Koh Tao crams in as many stunning lookouts, golden bays and kaleidoscopic sunsets as possible, a small collection of which I present to you here. Follow Sparkyseestheworld on Instagram I travelled to … Continue reading

48 Hours in Florence – for foodies on a budget

Florence is a compact city; all narrow streets, cobblestones and hidden piazzas, sun-blushed buildings and peeling paint. The soundtrack is a symphony of click-clacking designer shoes, zippy motorbike engines and the chime of distant bells. It’s the perfect weekend getaway, with the right combination of history, beauty and of course, sigh-inducing food and drink. So, … Continue reading

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